It is so unfortunate that when Godly wisdom, truth, diplomacy, love of God, others, and of Country is needed most in the World, the custodians of virtues- Religious Leaders had non handy. We seem to have gotten used to the rottenness all around and decency was far gone. Non existence!
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
James 3:16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
James 4:17 He who knows what is good and right to do, and does not do it, to that person, it is a sin. SIN!!!!!!!!!
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
There are so much that God want for you, and much more that He desires from you. God want you to know He loves you even before the foundation of the earth was laid.
God made provision for you through His son Jesus Christ. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. He desires for you to believe and accept this love. It is real!
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Your loving Father has great plans for you as the above scripture stated. You however have to lean into God and His plan faithfully to be all you can be for your creator. Accept God’s love for you through Christ Jesus who died on the cross in your place. Open up your heart today, invite Jesus in as your Lord and Savior.
You will however be doing your self a favor by putting your faith into action – strategically invest in your own success.
God desires you to be proactive about His plan for your life. He is Sovereign and will fulfill the plan He has for you. Whatever dreams you have is attainable and fulfillable only in Christ Jesus! Yield your all! Embrace the love of God!
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you – Philippians 4:13
What are you known for? What reputation do you have? Whatever reputation you might have, whatever you are known for, if you are asleep spiritually, you are dead.
You might have been a believer, a priest, pastor or what not for 40years, if you are insensitive to the need of the souls around you, the need of salvation and care which invariably is the desires of God, you are but a dead corpse. Jesus Christ was very much in touch with reality, He was intune with the spiritual and physical need of the people all through scriptures.
God is calling us all to wake up from our selfish ambitions to the need of the greater good! Just think for yourself for once, examine yourself, do you see Christ in yourself? Any of Christ person reflecting in your character?
I mean, are you a kind person, generous, empathetic, selfless, truthful, humble, passionate about making sure others are comfortable and cared for? Or is it all about you wielding control over, and dominating others?
The message for you and I is “Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. Revelation 3:3″ We must shake ourselves loose from the sin that easily beset us. We must strengthen, fan up the flame of the Holy Ghost within. For our hearts is becoming seared. Hearts are dying while still breathing! I can’t begin to mention things, acts, that some believers engage in! Even unbelievers are too principled to go that low!
These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. 4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3: 1-6
You and I must not step into a new decade with old beliefs, ideas, and behaviors that has not served us well with the things that are of eternal value. They might have obtained for us admiration, accolades, and recognition, some $$ in our personal accounts etc. But all these! Do they have eternal worth?
Romans 2:12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.13 Forit is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
Is the requirements of the law written on your heart and mine? Does our conscience bear us witness? How about our thoughts? Do they accuse us or defend us? Mine goes to overdrive very often, however, communion with the Father of Spirit through His Word brings it into perspective for me.
These are questions we can ask ourselves truthfully. This is one of the reasons to examine ourselves to see if we are still in the faith for it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight but doers of The Word. “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” 2 Corinthians 13:5
We are only able to self reflect if we are matured enough to look at ourselves in the mirror without been afraid. Self reflection will help us identify areas that need to be worked upon. It helps us to consciously humble ourselves before our creator, to ask for help and and grace to overcome all and everything that is not serving the higher purpose of our being and calling.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble – 2 Peter 1:10.
Are you living the Word? Does your conscience bear you witness? For it is said that God’s spirit bears witness that we are His children – Romans 8:16. This same spirit will bear you witness that you are living right before God and man.
You are the Church built not by human hands. I Joan, I am also the Church, built not by human hands! Acts 7:48. Christ Jesus lives within us by His Holy Spirit.
You and I ought to be able to see ourself in the Scriptures. The Spirit of the living God takes up residence in us as believers.
You should have the witness of the Holy Spirit confirming with your Spirit that you are the child of God, and joint heirs with Christ Jesus!
Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Please put your name in the below verses of scriptures and read it aloud. Meditate on it! Let it go into your subconscious mind! Believe this👇👇 truth friends!
Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you (I,Joan) who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our (My) peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you ( me, Joan) who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you (I, Joan, am) are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
1 Peter 2:4 As you come to him, the living Stone–rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him–5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
I just have to say it out loud again: my assurance and confidence booster.
I am Joan, and like a living stones, I am being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Hallelujah 1 Peter 2:5
The above scriptures assures me and it should assure you also that you are in good hands. You are in God’s hand being built up, everything about you is dynamic, growing, metamorphosing, transforming, becoming who you were before the foundation of the world was laid. Wow!
John 17:3Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. This is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself in a conversation with the Father of Spirits. This is what eternal life is all about. KNOWING THE ONLY TRUE GOD AND JESUS CHRIST WHOM GOD SENT!
” Our life on this earth may be short and, for many, full of trouble and difficulty. But the blessings are even greater and eternal (John 17:3). Eternal life is a quality of life that starts now and goes on for ever. Bask in his blessings. Walk in Christ’s ways and lead others to do the same.” Excerpt from BIOY – Nicky & Pippa Gumbel
Knowing the Lord Jesus, having eternal life does not negate the forces of nature in terms of living in this world. There will always be seed time and harvest time. seasons will come and go, laughter and pain will walk hand in hand, there will be plenty and scarcity will dance around it, yet Christ Jesus reign supreme over these things.
Friends, what the Lord want for us is not only the aesthetic of this world, but also eternal life. To know the true God and lead others to Him regardless of their status, economies, and position in life. Jesus took time to talk to the Father about this. Eternal Life!
Jesus also told us what to do in Matthew 28:19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
John 1720“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Friends, we are to make Christ known to those that are without. That is the assignment we all have. To make Christ known not only in our words, but in our actions, the way we live, move and have our being.
Father, help me to live a life worthy of your calling. Let me by my action and way of being be an example, present an accurate representation of Christ Jesus to my world, I pray in Jesus mighty name. Amen
Luke 11:34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”
The eye is the window to the soul I hear this very often. Also, what we see with our eyes is a pointer to the state of our soul.
You can see love by just looking into someone’s eyes or hate as the case may be. You can see sorrow and despair in the eyes without a single drop of tear. I have been seeing beauty in a different dimension since the Corona Virus changed our world. I will look at old wrinkly faces and see love, compassion, kindness, strength, gentleness, calmness, and can even imagine stories of what these eyes can tell.
At dinner on my birthday a few days back my son leaned over to me and he whispered she is beautiful mummy. I was taken aback and looked at him, asking how do you know, because the waiter had mask on. He responded, her eyes mummy!. You see, our eyes says so much more than we would like others to know about us.
Also what you see is a reflection of the state of your heart and soul. To many people, nothing looks beautiful to them. Everything is ugly, dark, and worthless. This is the state of their being and has nothing to do with the object of their sight/wrath.
To some everything is in $$$ sign, not that this is a bad thing. However, when every relationship, every alliance, every activity, action, reaction, endeavour, and opportunities are all in $$$ sign, that is a problem. This means mammon has taken over!
To such people money is what dictates their love, friendship, kindness, alliances, interactions, respect, and regards. They can and will do anything for $$$. There profession of faith is directly proportional to their finances, and you are only as good a being as the amount of dollar they think you can bring, yield, or give to them.
I pray that we will all take note of what our Lord Jesus said, ” See to it, then that the light within you is not darkness – Luke 11:35; and pray for a renewing of our minds so our eyes can truly see Christ Jesus as He is, and His presence in the lives of the people around us.
In Listening To Hear Him! I chided myself about being a chatter box. This is because, I am very good at talking. I can’t seem to keep my mouth closed when I am in the presence of God which I have come to know is always. He is ever constant with me. I praise the Lord, worship Him, question him, share my thoughts, and my secrets since He is all I’ve got! I am in a constant mood to talk. However, now is a time to listen!
What a dilemma it has been for me to sit down, keep quiet, to be still just for a little while, to rest in God’s embrace so He can speak to me. I need to hear Him! This I have already established and am so eager, however, staying still is not my strong suit.
Oh Lord help me! I want to hear you speak through the pages of your Word! I do! You know I do Lord! Please help me to calm my mind down, help me to put these countless thoughts flowing in my brain into compartment so I have room to hear.
Only you Oh Lord my Father, can calm my anxious thoughts, and comfort me with your joy. Psalms 94:19 -When anxiety was great withing me, your consolation brought me joy.
I am also asking for grace to bridle my tongue as you speak Lord! Friends, now is not a time to speak aimlessly, for folly flows ceaselessly like a river from an unbridled tongue. Like a broken rudder in a ship, boat or aircraft, is anyone that lacks wisdom to bridle their tongue
When you called for a meeting Lord, wisdom demand that I come early and prepared to listen. You know I haven’t acted as such Lord, help me. Father I need you. Yes, I am trying, but I know I need more than to try. I must discipline myself to be still. I ask for help here Lord. Help me by your Holy Spirit in Jesus mighty name. Amen
All Mighty, All Knowing, All Sufficient, All Powerful Father of Glory! Thank you for your faithfulness, grace and mercy!