Month: August 2020

Share Jesus by living like Him!

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one of the top reasons people stop going to church is because they think Christians are hypocritical. Ouch, right? But let’s think about it. The definition of a hypocrite is someone who says one thing—but does another.”

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Reflect for a moment on last week. Have you noticed any areas of your life where you say you follow Jesus, but your life tells a different story?

Maybe you went to church on Sunday but started gossiping on Monday. Maybe you say you pursue purity at youth group, but your browser history says a different story. Maybe you’re an honour-roll student, but you cheated on that last exam. 

You are not alone. Everyone has hypocritical moments because we’re all imperfect people who make mistakes. And when we are faithful to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness, Jesus offers us grace freely.

But living a hypocritical lifestyle? That’s a problem. Jesus had no patience for people who pretended to follow Him without actually doing what He said.

Back in Jesus’ day, there were a group of people called Pharisees. People hated them. Why? Because they knew a lot about God, but they didn’t really know God. They were experts at knowing exactly what God’s Law said, but they weren’t very loving. Jesus got pretty fired up about them.

In Matthew 23, Jesus called out the Pharisees as “blind guides.” He got angry with them because they were using God’s laws to make themselves look important—and to make other people feel shame. He said that they may know a lot, but no one should follow their example because they ignore the really important parts of following Jesus—like justice, mercy, and grace.

People don’t want to follow a hypocrite. But, on the flipside, people love following someone who does what they say they’ll do. Let’s not become a Pharisee—beating people down instead of lifting them up, showing off how “religious” we are to make ourselves look important, or leading people away from Jesus by saying one thing and doing another.

Instead, let’s share the love of Jesus by showing the love of Jesus. Because one of the best ways to share Jesus is to live like Him. 

So, what does that mean for us? It means that we should ask God for forgiveness for times when we’ve said one thing and done another. It means we should make a conscious effort to avoid hypocrisy. And it means knowing—and doing—what Jesus has told us to do.

Let’s learn what it looks like to live and love like Jesus. 

Heavenly Father, forgive me for times when I’ve said one thing and done another. Thank You for Your grace when I mess up and make mistakes. Help me correct any area of my life where I’m not following You. Help me become more like You and love others the way You love them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  

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In The Garden

Advertisements “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses…and the voice I hear falling on my ear the Son of God discloses…And he walks with meand he talks with me…and he tells me I am his own…and the joy we share as we carry there…no other has ever known……HeContinue reading →

Psalm 23 – The Great Shepherd

Advertisements The great Shepherd, The Lord  In Him I do not lack I rest in His presence in pastures green, and I am given the water of life Water refreshing my soul My guiding light on paths right Valleys are darkest – I fear nothing    For the great shepherd is nearest A rod and a staff,Continue reading →

Late Mother’s Fight Against Cancer

Advertisements Hi brothers and sisters in Christ Donate here I am making a personal appeal for your help for my financial recovery. Why am I in financial distress? My Mom was diagnosed with esophagus cancer in December 2017. As a family, we pulled together what immediate money we had available to start her radiation treatmentContinue reading →

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Jesus Saves and convicts false religions!

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Are you a “doubting Thomas” Christian – unless I see Jesus work and can touch Him, I will never believe? If Jesus gave you the evidence you were demanding I can promise your world will be rocked. But this is not how faith works. It’s not how Jesus works. He says: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5: 11-12

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Though you have not seen, will you believe?

Jesus’ identity stirs something deep within your soul. His Gospel cuts through false religions and pierces the heart. If the Spirit is convicting you of sin and convincing you of the truth about Jesus, turn towards Him in repentance and confess:

Confession

Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God, born to save God’s people. You are the perfect pattern who mediates between God and man and provides an example to follow. You are the sacrifice in our place who offered Yourself for the sins of the world. You are the sinless Son who rose from the dead in vindication of Your identity. You will return to judge the living and the dead. I repent of my sin. I repent of my pride in trying to fix my own brokenness. I repent of looking to other people and things to save me. You alone can rescue me. I believe You lived the life I couldn’t, died the death I deserved, and rose to life for my sin’s forgiveness. Please save me from the evil one, sin, and death. Lord, I desire to empty myself, to die to myself, to find true life in You. I place my faith in You. Give Your resurrection life to me that I might triumph over the powers of darkness and walk in Your light. Empower me for Your will to make disciples of all nations until that final day when I will be fully redeemed. 

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Learning from Christian Persecutions- Radical Faith!

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The soil of Your Heart – God’s Voice

Advertisements It is vitally important for ever Christian to grow spiritually. We ought to seek growth in our relationship with God. We do this by preparing the soil of our hearts. That is the theme of this post – prepare the soil of your heart. Today, we look at God’s voice and how God’s voiceContinue reading →

Pride Or Humility?

Advertisements by Hazel Straub How many times have we let pride, self exaltation, self absorption or arrogance consume us? We rely on ourselves and think we have to solve all our problems by ourselves, with our hard work. We use our own intellect, resources and religious formulas. However, we fail to trust God and don’tContinue reading →

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When you need to move a mountain!

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Do you need to move a mountain? God invites you, through intercessory prayer, to speak to Him what His Spirit imparts on you in prayer. We have access to the secret places of God’s heart so that we can bring kingdom values down to others.

17 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

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Prayers to Break Strongholds

What seeds have you been planting into the soil of your life? At times I’ve planted the wrong seeds into my heart and allowed woundedness, wrong thinking, bitterness, and even sin to take root, not realising an unwanted harvest would result. Other times I thought I was planting good into my life, yet I allowed bad things to take root, with not great results. Then there were the times the enemy himself sprinkled seeds of doubt and faithlessness into my seeds of faith, hope, and love. The resulting crop was unexpected, because I hadn’t realised the enemy had been in my garden, and I soon discovered the enemy’s tares were difficult to weed.

Maybe you can relate. As you look at the state of the garden of your heart, maybe you see that unwanted weeds, or strongholds, have taken root. This is not the garden you intended to plant, and now you are at a loss about how to repair your crop. Paul, in Galatians 6:7–8, talks about this problem. He says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” 

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A stronghold is when the enemy’s seeds of anger, self-pity, a poverty mindset, lies, shame, depression, grief, confusion, addiction, lust, laziness, and pride result in a harvest of sin, ineffectiveness, endless struggles, failures, and even fatigue, pain, and illness. Some of these strongholds we planted ourselves through ignorance, bitterness, hate, woundedness, or confusion. Other strongholds have taken root through the work of the enemy, who sowed trauma, difficulties, grief, and wrongs committed against us into our lives.

However these strongholds came to be, we can use prayer to weed them from our hearts. In fact, prayer can act as a spiritual weed killer to poison their very roots. When it comes to our hearts, we must protect the flowers and kill the weeds.

Abba Father, demolish any stronghold that holds captive my heart and mind and place within me the seeds of Your choosing. I desire my life to be used to bring forth the goodness and majesty of Your Word. In Jesus’s name and through the power of His blood, Amen. 

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The soil of Your Heart – Prayer

Advertisements It is vitally important for ever Christian to grow spiritually. We ought to seek growth in our relationship with God. We do this by preparing the soil of our hearts. That is the theme of this post – prepare the soil of your heart. Today, we look at Prayer and how Prayer helps prepareContinue reading →

The soil of Your Heart – The Body of Christ

Advertisements It is vitally important for ever Christian to grow spiritually. We ought to seek growth in our relationship with God. We do this by preparing the soil of our hearts. That is the theme of this post – prepare the soil of your heart. Today, we look at The Body Of Christ and howContinue reading →

Protest + Prayer

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