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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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Release Your Regrets

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Recognise Your Regrets

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Loving Your Regrets

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Sin and it’s consequences!

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Obey the Lord!

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Are sins weighted as small and inconsequential while other sins are seen as huge and far reaching in the damage they cause? Christians tend to categorise sins like this. The reality is that no one sins in isolation. Each time we sin, we show disobedience to God – it affects not only the sinner and the relationship he/she has with God, but also countless others people in both the present and the future.

If you were the judge at the time Adam and Eve sinned, would you have convicted them as God did? After all, they just ate fruit from a tree they weren’t meant to. Is that so bad? It is bad because it is disobedience to God. Today, unfortunately, people think nothing of ignoring commands—even biblical ones.

Each of ours sins is followed by negative consequences. Adam and Eve’s disobedience led to pain and frustration in two basic areas of fulfillment—relationships and meaningful work. The whole earth fell under sin’s curse, and every person born since then has entered the world with a sinful nature that detaches them from the Lord.

That first sin plunged humanity into a terrible condition. Civilisation is now plagued by countless ramifications of the innumerable sins committed by human beings throughout the ages. This is why the world is in such terrible shape. Sin causes suffering; it robs us of God’s best. We may never enter The Garden of Eden again. Ever.

Here’s the good news – Christ’s grace and forgiveness is our only real hope in this fallen world. Thinking about and focusing on sin’s consequences is necessary to remind us of the greatness of our salvation and to move us to obey God, even in the small things. Each sin measured the same – disobedience to God.

Move toward Obedience to God.

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Smite me, oh Mighty Smiter

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In The Garden

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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 →

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The Greater Glory of the New Covenant!

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The veil over our hearts is removed!

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Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 2 Corinthians 3: 7-15

The veil Paul speaks of is that of a deceived mind formed and shaped in the world’s Satan-manipulated beliefs. It is so against the true God and His Word that it fights the very way of God to heal them through a great, freely given gift, just as the Jews rejected Christ.

However, the effects of the self-centred way of life we have adopted through the ways of this world remains in our attitudes and characters, becoming what must be overcome. It will stunt in us all our converted lives as a means of testing our determination to be in God’s Kingdom, as well as our love and loyalty to our God and Saviour.

Be aware that the astounding removal of this veil of blindness by God, through the pleasing gifts of His Spirit and of a great hope, also places a responsibility on us, we are granted the ability to choose between God’s way and the world’s way.

Choosing to submit to God provides our witness of God, as well as the means of building the character God desires to create within us.

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Late Mother’s Fight Against Cancer

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Learning from Christian Persecutions- Radical Faith!

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The soil of Your Heart – God’s Voice

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