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Fear of the Lord

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The beginning of wisdom

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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.” Proverbs 9:10‭-‬12

The fear of God is a deep respect for God.
Wisdom will add to your earthly life and your life in eternity.
We have the responsibility to seek out God’s wisdom or suffer the consequences for rejecting it.
The choices we make are our own, they affect our conduct. Seek out choices through the wisdom of God.

There’s a comparison in Proverbs 9 between the house of the wise woman and the house of the foolish woman. The woman in both houses represents us as Christians, we should rather be seeking good, Godly counsel and wisdom and not deny God and not argue with fools.

Do not be trapped by religion. Be freed by using your God given free will to follow Jesus.

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Be Still my restless heart

Advertisements Watching the storm with a restless heart The roaring thunder The strong winds A flash of lightning The storm rages on In it, I hear God’s voice say: Be still. Psalm 46:10 God is Omnipresent 7 Where can I go from your Spirit?    Where can I flee from your presence?8 If I go up to the heavens, you areContinue reading →

Laziness Ruins Happiness

Advertisements What Makes Diligence a Virtue? Most people do not want to be thought of as lazy — as a person averse to hard work. We all know laziness is a vice — a corrupting and addicting use of a good gift: rest. Leisure in proper doses is a wonderful, refreshing gift of God. But habitualContinue reading →

Release Your Regrets

Advertisements Once you have recognised your regret for what it is, you are then ready for the next step: release your regrets. Ask yourself these five questions: Do you regret committing a sin? Your regret may have been something you did that put distance between you and God. Letting go of that regret will requireContinue reading →

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Jesus Lives!

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The life of Jesus is unique because he was fully God and fully man. We affirm he is God but never at the expense of affirming he is also man. Only because Jesus shared wholly in our humanity is he able to be our perfect priest (one who mediates between God and man) and our pattern for life.

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:14-18

Was Jesus human or “Superhuman”?

The Bible declares that Jesus came to us, as one of us, human in every way. He didn’t transcend the ordinary, daily living, but shared our complete human experience. Jesus was born a baby, grew in all aspects, and died. He experienced childhood’s weaknesses, puberty’s confusion, and adulthood’s frustrations. He hungered, thirsted, and fatigued. He wept, loved, and laughed. He even learned obedience through suffering and temptation.

If Jesus was superhuman you could admire him, but never emulate him. That’s why the Bible makes it so clear that Jesus chose to live entirely within his humanity (with exceptions like forgiving sin and receiving worship) as the true human who exemplified the Spirit-empowered life. He identified with us in every respect, yet remained sinless as he submitted himself to the Father’s will and the Spirit’s leading.

The significance of Jesus’ humanity for believers:

Jesus mediates for you as your priest—He “gets” you. He understands the limitations of a fallen body, the sting of injustice, the loss of loved ones, the abandonment and betrayal by friends, and the full weight of temptation (having never enjoyed the momentary pleasure/release you experience when sinning). He partook of everything you endure to be your priest. You can run to Jesus in your hour of trial and temptation knowing that he lives to mediate for you and pour out mercy upon you.

Jesus shows you how to live as your example—He exemplifies the possibilities of a Spirit-filled life. He didn’t “cheat” as a human by relying on his divinity to overcome Satan and sin. His life resulted from walking in radical dependence on the Spirit (the same Spirit believers have access to!) in full submission to the Father. If you call Jesus Savior, you must now follow him as Lord and example.

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16

Begin to live the way Jesus lived by daily submitting to the Father’s will and the Spirit’s leading!

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Recognise Your Regrets

Advertisements I have been thinking of regrets lately and I hope to take my experience with empowering you to respond constructively to any type of regret. Recognise your regrets for what they are. What exactly is it that you are feeling badly about? Have you either underestimated or overestimated how serious it is? What powerContinue reading →

Loving Your Regrets

Advertisements Regrets. We all have them. It may be something you wish you hadn’t done, or a missed opportunity where you didn’t take action and wish that you had. It might be something that was done to you; you were the victim, yet you still feel regret. The Sorry Cycle Whether it’s something from lastContinue reading →

Smite me, oh Mighty Smiter

Advertisements Oh mighty smiter! Smite me! Oh wait, you keep doing it! Bring it on. I can take it! Remember that line from the movie “Bruce Almighty”… “smite me oh mighty smiter”. Well… I got some questions for God, some questions for fellow believers. God makes promises throughout the Bible. Are those promises meant forContinue reading →

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What you believe drives everything!

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What are your Christian beliefs? The answers to the following three questions will you understand what you believe:
What do I believe and why does it matter?
How can I put my faith into action?
Am I becoming the person God wants me to be? One simple truth will become undeniably clear: what you believe drives everything.

God’s desire is for you to think like Jesus so you can act like Jesus and ultimately be like Jesus. This process begins with the transformation of your thoughts – from the way you behave, the habits you form, and the character that defines you are all driven by what you believe. The Gospel will help you understand the key beliefs of Christianity that will create true change in your life, in the church, and in the world.

Believe in your heart, not just in your head.  There is a difference between believing something and allowing those beliefs to shape your actions. To become like Jesus, your beliefs need to not only inform you but also transform you. It is the practice of reaching up to God and out to others that will drive beliefs from your head to your heart. These life-giving spiritual disciplines that will lead you in fulfilling your mission to love God and love your neighbour.

Becoming like Jesus is a journey.  God wants to transform your thoughts and your actions so you will bear good fruit, impact the world, and experience joy in your life. But for this to happen, you must remain in community with Christ so he can instill his life-giving spiritual virtues within you. Following and applying Jesus’ teachings will teach you how practicing these spiritual virtues will lead you in fulfilling your mission to not only think and act like Jesus . . . but actually be like Jesus.

Be transformed to be like Christ!

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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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