WE ALL NEED HELP

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God Almighty our creator knows we need help, for without him we can’t function.  So he has to make sure this world he created functions according to his will.

The right amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide is released in the atmosphere for all living things to survive.  The sun has to be at the right position from the earth.   Genesis 1:14 God said, let there be lights from expanse of the sky to separate the day from night, and let them serve as signs to mark the seasons, days and years.  And let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on earth.  God made two great lights, the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. And God saw it was good.

Jesus said, God is always at work.  So he is busy working behind the scenes.  He looks after all creatures great and small.  That’s a big job to handle, only God can do it.  So talking about work, this is work at its best.

We all have our own tasks to handle.  And sometimes our tasks can be too difficult to handle, causing us to give up.  However, perseverance helps us to go a long way.  Most of our tasks require reasoning.  Why do we do it, and what are the benefits?  God allows us to work because it is good for us. Laziness is not good for us.

Remember we acquired God’s characters, and one of them is determination.  When he decides to do something he does it as he did right from the beginning.  Relatively, when we are determined to do something we get on with it.  God gives energy, without it nothing can be done.  He made sure every creature gets enough energy to act accordingly.

Weakness is not good, for God wants us to be strong in faith and actions.  According to the Bible many of our weaknesses are brought about by Satan.  One of them is fear.  Fear, as you know, brings insecurity.  Satan’s character is to be bad in everything. Satan manipulates fear to our disadvantage, for example, fear of stepping into faith, etc. The scripture says, there is no fear in love.  1 John 4:18.  Love crosses difficult barriers.  In essence, we all need God’s love. God put a portion of love in each and everyone of us, as you know,  without it, we can’t  give or take.

Sometimes, we forget how loving and patient God is.  For without his amazing generousity and kindness, we wouldn’t enjoy life. The scripture says, don’t be deceived…every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father in heaven.

God planned that every human being needs Jesus, when it comes to his salvation.  The holiness God requires from us, can only be obtained through his Son.  He says it in the scriptures, so it’s up to us to accept it or not.  Acts 4:17.  Salvation is found in no one else, there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

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A TREASURE IN YOUR GARDEN

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I love the beauty of gardens, and walking through them gives me that sense of joy.  Our lives can be like a garden.  So your life is your own garden and you’re the farmer. There is a hidden treasure (seed of faith) in your garden, and guess what, a lot of people don’t know it. When I realised it I started digging!  How?  I looked up to God and looked deep into my own life, and realised the mistakes I was doing. And after praying I realised the treasure has always been around me (the Bible) and the seed which was planted in me when I heard the message about Jesus, needed to grow into a health plant.

A Christian garden is an eye opener.  After humbling myself before God, I started reading the Bible and set my heart on repenting of my sins and obedience.  I then got baptised.  God opened my mind and I received the Holy Spirit.  I now have to work on my self, and do what is necessary to please God.  Nowadays, the first thing I do in the morning is to pray, and then read the scriptures.   When I choose a praise song to sing to the Lord,  I have to like it.

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There was a time in my life when I was eating bad fruits which were draining and unproductive, so I decided that I’m not going to waste time on bad fruits (bad decisions), so I try my best to avoid them as much as I can.  And I know that, for my rehabilitation I need the word of God, so that I can plant good seeds as well as eating good fruits, and in the end to reap a harvest (Salvation).

When I was young and living in the village, we had a routine of planting food crops. We would cultivate the plantations by digging out the weeds first, in order for the crops to grow properly.

I relate this to my Christian garden (life), bearing in mind that I can’t do it without God’s help.  But at the same time, I have to do my part with the tools He has given me.  So I eat the fruit of that comes from the Bible.  I decided that I need the food every day which requires me to read and meditate on it.  And then I realised that for me to grow in the way God wants me to, I needed to put it into practice. When I get little weeds in my garden which I know Satan is responsible, I make decision to pull them out before they ruin my precious garden, which requires me to repent of my sins and confess.

I then realised that in the Christian garden, Jesus is the tree of life, so He is my saviour, my leader, my best friend, my teacher/preacher and when it comes to Yahweh God, He has the final say.  Guess what, once I planted this in my heart, I found myself changing from inside out.  In the end my little garden blossomed with fruits of joy, fruits of courage, fruits of hope, fruits of peace and love.

I realise that by planting seeds of love I can help, and encourage someone else, not only in Christian meetings, but in other areas of communication. I’m pretty sure we all need fruits of love, such as joy, giving, kind-heartedness, forgiveness, good communication and peacefulness;

– To strengthen Christian congregations

– To strengthen a marriage

– To strengthen family networks

– To cultivate good friendships

– To develop good working relationships

In my own garden, I also realise that every little thing matters; an encouraging word and a good action go a long way.  So when I get the drought days, I remind myself of the little things I need to do to help me get back on the joy track.

And a daily prayer is my way of eating that delicious meal, which I need to give me the strength to fight some of my battles.  I keep reminding myself, now that I have Jesus in my life; I have to do my best to keep life simple, by focusing on his wisdom, and putting it into practice, so no worries.

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LOVING GOD

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Have you ever been in love? When your heart is devoted to someone; most of us have.  It all begins when we are very young. Little children normally love their parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends a lot.  Doing that makes them  happy.

Loving someone deeply as you know, makes us  happy.  We end up praising them by talking about them and stating how wonderful they are.  The process, begins by admiring their qualities, and then we get to know them by spending time with them, i.e. by talking and listening.  Subsequently, we end up doing what pleases them, by saying, ‘I love you’.  And eventually, we end up with a relationship which is based on submission (obedience).  Just like a loving relationship in a marriage between a husband and wife, where being faithful to each other is at heart.  According to the Bible, this is synonymous to the relationship between God, and a believer in Christ.

Loving God, begins when we admire his qualities, and acknowledge who he is as the Creator.  Recognising the beauty of all his creations and how wonderfully we are made, makes us praise him.  God made it in a way, that we cannot escape him.  His creations are all around us, to help us  think about him.  This brings me to a saying, ‘a person can run away from anyone, but cannot run away from God’. The secret to happiness is to love God and Jesus.  How do we do it?  One may ask!  Jesus gave us  tips, when he said, ‘love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength’. (Do what pleases him).

When he mentions loving God with all your  mind and heart, I used to struggle to understand the difference. It is only recently when it all became clear to me.  For example, as you know, we put all kinds of thoughts in our minds.  For what we put in our minds affects the way we feel.  So the heart is where all our desires, and feelings are stored.  Jesus said, out of the overflow of the heart your mouth speaks.  And also what comes out of our thoughts will determine our actions.

He also explained, in John 14 &15.  And in John 14:21, he says, whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father in heaven, and I too will love him/her and show myself to them.

When Jesus says, love God with all your heart; it  means to be sincere and humble when it comes to obedience.  Also another way of putting it , we shouldn’t doubt our faith in God.  So in the end, we respect and honour him by putting his thoughts (Biblical scriptures) into our minds through faith.  Jesus says, we have to do what pleases him to show our love.  As mentioned in the Bible, to focus on God through Jesus and  do what is good.

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WHAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

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Many people in the spiritual world don’t know what this means.  The Holy Spirit is a powerful force God (YHWH- His name) the creator of heaven and earth uses to communicate with people.  His name is not easy to pronounce, but in English it is translated as Jehovah, in Hebrew it is translated as Yahweh.  This is the name He revealed to the early prophets, such as Moses, Abraham etc.

Jesus (Yesuah) explained in John 16, the purpose of the Holy Spirit.

  1. To preach the truth
  2. To counsel us
  3. To convict us of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness
  4. To remind us of judgement
  5. To guide us in all truth
  6. To strengthen our faith
  7. To encourage us

God put a conscious in every one of us, in regard to the knowledge of good and evil, which happened in Eden.  We are all aware of two voices speaking to us, in regard to sin.  One says, do the right thing as opposed to the other.

The Holy Spirit as Jesus says, convicts us of sin, and reminds us to do the right thing, especially where God and Jesus are concerned.

In Galatians 5:22, we learn more: that the Holy spirit produces love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in a believer.  Note: A believer who is obedient gains much joy in Christ and will be saved.

Jesus said, the Holy spirit can only operate through him, therefore pointing us to all areas of righteousness, e.g. praying, reading his word and putting it into practice, encouraging each other in meetings, etc.

The Holy Spirit will always remind us to be obedient to God and Jesus.  God and Jesus are attached 100%. Obedience to Jesus is obedience to God.

The Holy Spirit also opens our minds to understand the Bible, to prophesy, and reminds us, that salvation (forgiveness of our sins) is only found in Jesus Christ and  Christianity.  As you can see, the Holy spirit is using me in this blog to prophesy (meaning to tell the truth about God).  Salvation is found in one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 3:12.  Jesus also says, anyone who asks God for the holy spirit, will receive.  And you can only receive if you obey. Acts 5:32.

Jesus says, if you love me you’ll obey what I command. And I’ll ask the Father, and he’ll give another Counsellor (Holy Spirit) to be with you forever. The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things, and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14

The Holy Spirit does not make people fall over, nor does it make a preacher blow and make people fall on the ground.  People fall because of imbalance and emotions, which also  happens at weddings.  I know this will surprise some people who believe this is the case.  How do we know this?  Because of the scriptures, e.g. fruit of the spirit above. There is nowhere in the Bible that supports falling over. The idea of falling over is a man’s idea, it is not God’s will.  I’d advise anyone who practices this to search the scriptures for themselves.  A preacher who uses this tactic is sending out a message that they have power, or has a misunderstanding.  I’m not judging  because I know some people believe that’s what they should do.  However,  I’m just stating out a fact which other Christians are concerned about.  God wants anyone who preaches to portray a humble attitude; to put the congregation above themselves. For God wants us to worship in truth, peace and order.

Jesus did something we believers have to learn from, especially if you are in leadership, or are among the sheep (followers). To wash each other’s feet (serving one another with a humble attitude, and doing acts of kindness). John 13:12-17.

God used the Holy spirit to do miraculous wonders, like making the disciples speak in different languages, so that the listeners would understand what was being preached. Acts 2.  Nowadays, we  learn all kinds of languages through education, part of the reason is to preach the gospel to the world. For example, English has played a major part in various parts of the world.

And this is the issue, it is impossible to be a Christian/born again without the Holy Spirit. John 3:5-8.  When we receive the Holy Spirit, our mind and actions change to the godly guidance. The word gets into our mind, and we get moulded by God through the Bible and the Holy Spirit.  The Bible also gives us a clue,  after Baptism, which is pledging a good conscious before God, we receive the Holy spirit. Acts 2:32-41.

In Romans 8:1-17, it says, those who live according to the sinful nature have set their minds on their sinful desires, but those who live according to what the Holy spirit have set their minds on what Jesus and God desires.  And those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.  Any one who does not have the spirit of Christ does not belong to God.

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PRAYER

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The most effective calming force a human being can engage in; a gift from God.

–          To help us to connect to him.

–          A way of worshiping him.

–          A way of releasing our problems/burdens to Him.

Jesus did just that, when he prayed for himself and released his heartfelt situations to the Father.

And then he prayed for the believers; he knew there would be divisions among churches because of human imperfections and misunderstandings, which somehow saddened him.

So, he prayed for unity – meaning genuine believers are united in him.  It saddens him, when genuine Christians judge each other.  (I remember going to  church and a friend in Christ said to me, you’re not one of us, because you were not baptised by us.)  And I remember saying if Jesus was here, what would he say?  He is the tree and we are the branches, and he commands us to love each other.  He is the Bible, and so whoever reads the Holy Bible and puts it into practice is in Jesus.  And if any one wants to connect to God properly they have to pray through Jesus’ name.

And according to Jesus’ wisdom, our prayers have to be specific and reasonably short, (Mt. 6-14).  He advises us, that we should pray individually in a solitary quiet place; which is just you and God.  When you look into the Bible you can see how he used to retreat to the mountains to pray by himself.  He also encourages us to pray together.

The way he taught us how to pray, is the main way God wants us to pray to Him.  (The most important prayer, Matthew 6:9-13)  Every line is significant and straight to the point. The first line is acknowledging that God is our Father in heaven.  And that he should be honoured, and his name should be sanctified.

He mentions ‘your kingdom come’, which means God’s Kingdom should be in our hearts and in our lives. The Kingdom represents his words, plan and salvation, which in the end will be established.

He mentions ‘His will be done’, which means it is important to understand that God’s will is better than ours.  He decides what to do on earth as he did in heaven.  And we can’t even argue with Him. So, we have to accept God’s will in order to have  peace of mind.

Our daily bread,’ when you think about it, God provides most our needs and we don’t even need to ask him.  For example,  food is plenty all the time, and all we need to do is to get it.  In this case, I think Jesus means wisdom and Holy Spirit.  Jesus referred to himself as our daily bread, and he said, he is life. John 6:35.  We always have to pray for guidance and wisdom.  And also to pray for every situation that bothers our minds.  For each day comes with its own issues.

And then he says, forgive us our sins’.  This is easy to understand, because when we sin it is important to ask God forgiveness.  For this is a way of humbling ourselves when we acknowledge that we have sinned against God.  And then we have to remember, that to be forgiven, we also have to forgive. Matt. 6;14-15.   He also advises us, that if you’ve sinned against someone – go to them and apologise to create peace.  But his first message is, make every effort to avoid sinning.

And then he says, ‘let us not into temptations’…this is crucial, because it is not good to fall into temptation or Satan’s trap.  So, we should always pray to keep away from temptation grounds, but if we get tempted we should be adamant to say no, for this strengthens our faith.  A sin can weaken/destroy our faith if we fall into it, so it is better to keep away.  Temptations affect the heart and are brought about by Satan.  So when you face one…Pray! Jesus urged Peter to pray about the temptation.

And then he says, deliver us from evil’. This is crucial and critical, because it is not good to be in Satan’s trap. It is a state of destruction, for we want to be saved.  When you find your self in a trap… pray and get out!

According to Jesus we shouldn’t use many words because we end up repeating ourselves.  And he says, ‘God knows what you are thinking’.  And it seems like we shouldn’t keep on asking God for things, or we end up praying for things which He had already decided to give us, before we even opened our mouths.

Let me give you an example, non believers; they get almost everything they need.  And guess what, they don’t even pray.  As a scripture says, God makes the sun shine on everybody. John 5:43-45  He shows his kindness to everyone.

So the most important thing is to pray for our spiritual needs, as mentioned in the Lords prayer.  It is crucially  important to pray from the heart; to be humble and sincere. Think about every line from the Lord’s Prayer seriously with a heart of repentance.  And it is also important to make sure we thank him for every blessing, even when things are tough.

Jesus said, seek his kingdom first, and all these things will be added on to you. Matt. 6:33

Praying  in the morning  and at night  is crucial to get us energised spiritually.  Some Christians pray using a new tongue.  (Pentecostal churches use this a lot, I cor.13)  They feel, it also helps them in stress.  But my favourite Prayer is which Jesus emphasised on above.  I always look forward to it, knowing that it is our guidance.  And Every time I pray, it touches my heart deeply.

JUDGING

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When it comes to judging we are all guilty of it.  Sometimes we are good at pointing a finger at somebody else and forget the one that is pointing back at us.  As you know, it happens in  religions, relationships, etc.  Sometimes it is so easy to play the game because we want to protect ourselves, or our beliefs.

However, it is good to judge the wrong action and convict the wrong doer. That’s why we have the laws and courts. But Jesus said, don’t judge, you too will be judged. Mathew 7:1-6.  He wants us to understand that before you judge somebody else examine yourself first, or before you correct somebody else correct yourself first.

We are living in times whereby the message of Jesus has been diluted, and some churches are judging , ‘we are the only one and everybody else is wrong’.  But, Jesus’ message is simple and clear. Don’t judge on the outside appearance, God is the ultimate Judge. Therefore, Jesus wants us to focus on our own righteousness which is based on the Bible. As mentioned before,  for when God points a finger, it is directed at you as an individual. You do the right thing!

As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, is to tell it as it is.  God says, I (Yahweh) your God, search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a person according to their conduct and according to what their deeds deserve. Jeremiah 17:10

God the Father and his Son, exercise absolute judgement, justice and perfection.  We on the other hand, because of our imperfections, don’t know everything, and only see a little bit of a person, so we are limited in our judgement.

However, when it comes to who is a genuine Christian, Jesus gave us tips, and he said, by their fruit (righteous deeds) you’ll recognise them.  Mathew 7:16.

We also learn from him, that it is okay to see somebody’s sin and tell them to change.  Judicial and Police institutions do the best they can sometimes, but not without mistakes due to human imperfections.

We are all in the same boat called the world.  So what Jesus would say, especially to those of us who claim to follow him, ‘don’t put yourself in the Judgement seat of God.  Just focus and work on your own righteousness’.  But it doesn’t mean we cannot correct each other.  As he says, in Luke 17:3, watch yourselves. If one of you sins, rebuke them.

 

MONEY

photo 23The world has made us think that the more you have, the higher you go.  So, your status in life is above those who have less.  I used to think like that until recently, when I found something in the Bible that opened my mind to think otherwise. James 1.

Before explaining further, I have to get you to Solomon, the youngest son of David in the Old Testament.  God said to him, ask for whatever you want me to give you. 2 chronicle 1.

Solomon answered, ‘give me wisdom and knowledge’.  God was impressed by his answer and thinking, so He gave him more than he asked for.   He got what he wanted, and also became the richest man in the world.  But as a human being, when he got more, he ended up wanting more, and that became his problem and downfall.  He had too many women, which was totally outside God’s will.  In the end, when he acknowledged his mistakes and thought things through in Ecclesiastes, he came to a conclusion, that God and his wisdom was the best answer.  You can read the rest of the story yourself.  One thing I like about the Bible is; we get stories God wants us to learn from.  You get to see their ups and downs, weaknesses and strengths, of which we can relate to.

Going back to my eye opening in James 1, it says that, a person in humble circumstances is in a high position, and it goes on to say the one with world riches is in a lower position. Why did James say this?

When it comes to money, most of us are in humble circumstances, we don’t have too much, therefore we are not consumed by self- indulging. Thus we only have the basic necessities, to meet our needs, e.g. a roof over our heads, daily food, etc.

Those who have lots of money, get too many material possessions, which according to Jesus is unnecessary.  This is the issue, when a person gets too much of something they get proud, which is true. And when you’re in that state of mind your position in life becomes relatively weaker.  Comparatively, when it comes to marriage and stability, a person needs one true love, and when it comes to friends just a few will do.  People with so many possessions worry more. Who is going to get their possessions when they had gone?  On the other hand, a person who has little worries less.  So, having too much money, is not good.  And I say it again; it is not good; that’s why the majority of us don’t have much of it.  However, as you know, when you consider another scenario, when someone is too poor to feed themselves, that’s not good either.  As those who have too much are in a small minority, so are those who are too poor.  So thank God that the majority of us are in the middle, we can manage two meals a day.

But the Bible again explains; if you find yourself with a bit too much, give a lot away to the poor. 2 Tim. 6:17-19.  With that attitude you’ll find yourself happier.  Jesus the Master of life says, don’t store up a treasure for yourselves which is going to disappear anyway, but have a godly treasure (wisdom and a gift from God) which will never disappear. Matt. 6:19.  And we learn from him, a person who has God and Jesus is in a better position than one who hasn’t.  And he goes on to say, the love of money is the root of all evil.  He right!!  Look at us; who in this world has not been messed up by money in one way or the other, not to mention stress, selfishness, and greed, apart from exception circumstances? Jesus knew money was going to be one of our biggest problems.  For once we put it in our hearts, it has a way of twisting us in all kinds of directions.

Even though he never had a penny for himself because he was absolutely holy,  he was required to  pay the temple tax.  However,  I find it funny and amazing that he used a fish to pay for it.  Mathew 17:27 

In this secular world as they call it, so much emphasis is placed on saving up for life  insurance purposes, which has become not just a scary process but a big business too. But Jesus says, actually make sure you get saved, and don’t worry about life.

And the conclusion is, money becomes meaningless if it is not used properly to meet our needs, and the needs of others.

DESTINY

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I often get questions like; do you believe in destiny?  I totally do; to some extent, simply because, there are things that destined for us and some are based on choices.

There is a saying most people use; to be in a certain place at the wrong time or vice versa. There is so much we have to learn about life; I believe every person we meet or set eyes on is part of our destiny.  For example, when we decide to take a certain route and those people we meet along the way have also decided to do the same.   And in a world of more than  two billion people, we end up meeting a tiny fraction in our life time.  Why do we meet some people and don’t meet others?  I think  every person we spend time with, or know is destined for a reason,  normally as a learning experience.

As you are aware, we take in information the moment we open our eyes, and are good at observing things around us.  We learn from people who are different in nature, cultures, characters and experiences.  Every human being is unique and special. That’s why God made us different so that we can learn from each other.  Someone said, life is a school.  It is so true, and I couldn’t agree more.

The people we are supposed to learn from, or vice versa, are going to come into our lives.  And we can’t even stop it.  God has a way of putting people in our way, especially if it is part of his plan. He did it throughout the Bible.

Much of our life is destined. Take another example, we don’t choose to be born as you know, God made that decision for us. Our parents played a small part. There is a certain point in our development when God puts a soul in us (breath of life ), which manifests itself in order for us to think and operate.  Genesis 2:7

Here is another one, every position of leadership or popularity, especially when dealing with people is destined, which means that  person has been allowed for a reason.  How do we know this? Because God gives time.  Jesus told Pilate, if the position you’re in was not given by God you wouldn’t be in that position.  John 19:11. Therefore, when God destinies you to do something no one can stop it.

Consequently,  when you find yourself in a position where you didn’t get the job, don’t beat yourself up with misery.  It just wasn’t part of your destiny. That means your destiny is another company.  For as you know, a job is not just a job, it is also learning from people and serving.  Everyone of us is so special and different, for we all have something different to put on the table.

And here is another one, which is often asked in the Christian world;buttrfly are some people chosen to be saved?  The Bible explains God chooses some people to do certain  tasks, for example, the first Israelites were chosen to fulfil his purpose through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  After that he made his plan go to another level, whereby  for the rest of us, after the coming of Christ the saviour, we gain salvation by making a decision through him.

 

HAPPINESS

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Happiness comes:

  • when we praise God joyfully.
  • when we forgive from the heart.
  • when we have a humble attitude.
  • when we sing joyfully even in sadness.
  • when we get rid of bad thoughts and embrace the good ones.
  • when we don’t hold on to the past but embrace the future.
  • when we reflect on things that are more important than money.
  • when money is not our master but a passing experience.
  • when we put worries aside and embrace the strength within.
  • when we appreciate all God’s creations in their splendour.
  • when we focus on the positives in our lives other than the negatives.
  • when we take refuge in God during problems.
  • when we accept God’s will in our lives.
  • when we focus on giving more other than receiving more.
  • when we focus on Jesus’ guidance and take it to heart and actions.
  • when we love God from the heart and in actions.
  • when we embrace the actions of peace from others.
  • when we appreciate our blessings even the little we have.
  • when you feel you’ve done your best.
  • when we share our faith with someone.
  • when we keep life simple by living in peace and tranquillity.
  • when we focus on loving each other despite our differences.
  • when we treat others the way we would like to be treated.
  • when we take a moment to pray and say thank you God.

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BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE

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We all have problems but for me as a born again Christian, I call them little challenges.  Let’s face it; every human being needs a challenge.

A challenge has a way of shaking things up, and God knows that if we didn’t have challenges we’ll be too comfortable, too spoiled and unruly.  A challenge from God is a blessing in disguise, for it helps us to reflect on  our lives and do some assessing.

That’s why the Bible says, God disciplines believers as part of training, for nonbelievers as part of awakening.  Hebrews 12:7-8.  Every discipline is temporary, but we are supposed to learn from it.  As for me, I thank God for all the blessings and challenges that have helped me to become a better person.

A challenge may come for a short period, and sometimes it stays a bit longer.  It is supposed to teach us something about ourselves, and a reminder that we need to get on the right track and sort ourselves out.

To understand this, you have to put yourself in God’s position. He creates people in his image. He also decides to provide our needs because of his love.  God as the originator of parenthood, has given us a glimpse of his character. We learn it from parenthood, and as children.

For example, a parent would say to a child don’t touch fire, and gives a reason, ‘because you’ll get hurt’. At one point a child would test it out, to see if it really hurts. A mother would get upset because a child has been disobedient. In this case, most parents would discipline a child because they know that if they don’t, it would be catastrophic for a child. And after disciplining, a mother would normally comfort a child.

So, the same with God. He warns us, and comforts us after a discipline, but he also points a finger, and says, ‘I told you so! Don’t do it again or else’.  

Someone once said, ‘a life without challenges would be boring’.  For, in life we need to learn how to fight.  I’m not talking about a physical fight, but a spiritual one whereby you have to use wisdom, positivity, bravery, and endurance when faced with one.

We have a wonderful God, when a challenge comes he gives us the strength and wisdom to handle it.  And He has a way of taking it away if we can’t handle it.   On other occasions, when a challenge is long term he squeezes it,  and makes it smaller so that we can be above it.  Especially if we listen to him through Jesus, and have a positive attitude.  You’ve heard of the saying ‘time heals,’ but actually it is God who heals our broken hearts.

As a saying goes, where there is a closed door He provides an open door.  Someone may lose their job and moan about it, but little do they  know that a better opportunity is waiting around the corner.  I’ll never forget a Christian blind woman who shared on a radio, that even though she is blind, she is one of the happiest people on earth,  for she has peace in Christ.

Bearing in mind, some challenges have nothing to do with God’s discipline, they’re just a learning experience.  For the big part of life is about learning.  And we also learn from Job and Jesus, that many of our problems are brought about by Satan. i.e. broken marriages, drug problems, etc.  Also, bad decisions put us into trouble.  But God  is there to rescue us, if we are willing to reach out to him.