Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Obeying our masters...

Do we obey our bosses?
Sometimes i find this quite a funny comment because, I for one have not obeyed my boss 100%, and from I have heard from friends and others, they haven't either.

But what does obeying / serving our masters really mean.
Well, first of all, God is my only master. My boss at work is not my master. But think of the times when this was written. There was the situation of slaves/masters which is the same as now days workers/bosses.
This is not meant to be vindictive in any way.
I find not easy to always 'obey' my boss.
Often I don't agree with him and I don't believe he is right and then I would carry on with what I want to do anyway. My boss isn't a bad person at all,in fact he is a very good boss with good morals.
I hate to be in a situation where my boss was a non-christian and was practising non-christian stuff within the company and that I had no control over it.
Asa christian we are still called to obey our bosses, no matter their beliefs, as it not our way to judge anyone, but it is also required of us to do our work in a christian manner. Do not become like your boss or a non-christian because he is..
His judgement will come because of his unfaith in God.

Christian workers whose mosses are also believers, should double their service, not reduce it.

If you have the opportunity, try and instill good morals in your department or area of the company. Your boss may see what good you are doing and may ask many questions. Speak to your boss with respect, even if you disagree with him.
This is so difficult because often I get spoken to like dirt, but that is not our problem, God will deal with that. We are called to be the better people as Christians and reveal Christ through our serving our bosses and serving Christ while we do it.
Now to do it :)

Blessings.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Respect to our family and Parents.

It is so easy to live a life and not to involve others in it.
Live your own life and ignore other people that have helped you to get to where you are or have helped you along the way and still do.
It is so easy to keep on taking from family members but then never give back. I certainly do this often and I know many people that do this as well (in my own family).
I dont think this is specific to my family, because I know many people that 'do' this.

They grow up and live their own lives and concentrate on there own families, but then at the same time, forget the respect they owe their parents/grandparents etc.
I was reading 1 Timothy today and it just kicked off another thought that I had which had nothing to do with the reading and that is respecting our family members.

I certainly say, isn't respect earned. Well Yes it is!
but that doesn't mean that we stop loving them and ignore what they may have done for us. I know for a fact that my parents did a great deal for me to get me where I am today.
Loving and acknowledging your parents doesn't mean that you don't fight and argue with them, we are all different people with different opinions.

What does the bible say about respecting our parents and family:

Proverbs 30:17 - The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.   
     
Exodus 21:17- “Whoever curses his father or his mother shall be put to death.        

Ephesians 6:1-4 - Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Sometimes, discipline that my parents gave me was the reason why I got 'upset' with them and didn't love them anymore (you know what its like when you are small), but this cannot be held on forever. As a parent now, I can see the bigger picture.

Proverbs 13:24Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

A Christians family life should be of love and care for each other, not to hold on to grudges from the past. It is extremely difficult, but with the power of God, surely this can be overcome. In fact, I know it can!
God wants us to live in harmony! God created families to love each other and respect each other and to rely on one another...The issue you may have is when you have family members that just don't play ball and do lots of "relying" and none of "loving".

The Christian family is an institution that is ordained by God and needs a work from every member of the family in order to function as a unit. Just as Gods family needs every part of it to function correctly to work successfully as a unit.

God bless you and you family. Pray for Gods influence and Holiness in your family!
Amen.

Here is a link I found to another blog site, I enjoy Reading Eric's blog on Christian family life:
http://christianfamilylife.blogspot.com/



Monday, February 27, 2012

Living like a christian!

Quite a good list of Christian values...

http://www.centralcal.com/christ10.htm

Friday, February 24, 2012

Influenced by others?

We are told not to divert our attention away from God.
This that He should always be the prime example of everything we do in life.
There are so many people that try and takeoff the path of Jesus. These people could be non-Christians or people that once were Christians but have decided to go against or fall away from God.
I have personally seen/heard people tell me or others what they should or shouldn't be doing, eat this, pray for that, attend this or don't buy that.
The only example we should be listening to here is Gods example, not stories from humans.
If you know that a christian is talking about something that is in Gods Word and agrees with His Word, the go right ahead and listen to them.
My question is..are we sure that someone is a christian?
Are we sure that this person talks from a perspective of Gods Word?
The only way we will know....is to know Gods Word ourselves!

I find myself listening to too many opinions of other people, because that's just the way I am. Then I draw to some sort of conclusion on what the majority thinks....Which is wrong!  I need to draw to a God conclusion, a God example and in line with Gods Will.

God calls us to teach others His will and Word, not to listen to the silly stories of non-christian people. It doesn't matter your age, intellect, looks or race - Teaching people the right way and acting in the right way will make people look at you with integrity and respect and being a person of love and faith, just as we do to Jesus Christ!

God gives us the free will to make our own decisions, don't mess it up!

God Bless

Reading:http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Tim%204&version=MSG

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Qualities of christian leaders.

Leaders in our churches these days often have bad reputations.

There are so many ministers, deacons and high-up people in our churches that are not following Gods call for them.
There have been reports of child molestation, slander of other religions, rejection of the poor and alcoholism. This is definitely not the way that God meant for these people to be.
These leaders are supposed to be our role models.

I don't mean to generalise which is why I didn't say all church leaders, but the few that or in the category of 'bad', give the real church leaders a bad reputation and Christianity a reputation of being full of bad people and actually a real farce.

Paul talks in 2 Timothy 2 about the leaders in our churches and he includes the elders. I believe that all the qualities Paul mentions in this chapter are not just for leaders, but should be characteristics of us as well.
  • Faithful
  • Self Control
  • Wise
  • Good Reputation
  • Invite people into his home
  • Be able to teach
  • Not an alcoholic
  • Not be argumentative
  • Not love money
  • Manage his family well and have his children obey and respect him
  • Well respected with integrity
I mean, these are things that God calls us to be as well. Isn't this what we, as Christians, strive to be.
Well we should be. God is calling us to!
Yes, our church leaders are more in the limelight and are called to be all of these qualities, but the reason for this, is so that they can teach us these qualities as well and be a good example of what a christian should be like.
When we are like this, God will reward us with more responsibility and we will have increased confidence in Jesus Christ.

I pray to God that He can reveal these qualities to me and help me to grab them and become a better christian, husband, father and friend.
I pray the same for you!

Blessings.

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Tim%202&version=NLT

I found this site as well which lists many of the christian qualities that we should strive to have:
http://www.hm.org/character.htm
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Beautiful Women (Gods fundemental design)

Some would find Paul quite an arrogant guy.
Take a look at today's reading.
He says a lot about women and how they should dress and act and listen to the men of this world. I struggled with this part because I don’t know that because Eve was the deceived person, that now all women should pay this penalty.

Like the Lord said, one of the penalties of this evil deed that Eve did, was painful childbirth.

Do you agree that a woman will find her greatest satisfaction in life, not by trying to takeover the mans role, but to fulfill Gods design for her as a loving wife and mother with faith, love, holiness and propriety?
I do. I still think Paul is quite arrogant in this verse, but I don’t believe he is blaming of downing women in this chapter. Paul also blames Adam in other parts of the bible..take Romans 5:12-21 for example.
Gods fundamental design was to have the male in an instructive leading role and to have His wife as a loving assistant, who helps and guides her husband through love, faith, holiness and propriety. Together they make such an important team. I shouldn’t be the other way around, I don’t believe God wanted it that way.
Men should make the stand. Stand up for what is good, stand with their hands in the air and worship the God that created them and guides them. This is not saying that women need to take a backward step and stand behind the man in worship, but the man should lead in worship and the woman assist him and praying to God.
The beauty of a Godly woman is within. Not how dressed up a lady can be and how many diamonds she wears, but what comes out of her spirit and what is done in her heart.

I don’t know, I find it much more attractive when a lady is kind, loving and affectionate not just to her family but to other people as well. This overpowers looks in a big way!.
God made all of us differently, women and men, and that is the way we were born. He is not concerned about what you look like (dress, hair, jewellery etc), but what is in your heart!

Amen to that

Reading:http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20tim%202:8-15&version=NLT
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Prayer for Our Leaders

Don’t we, as Christians, aim to please our God?
Well, there are loads of things in the bible that tell us how to do this.
The new testament is brimming with ‘rules’ of how we should live, in 1 Timothy 2:2-3, it mentions another important thing that we should be doing. I know I don’t.
It says that this makes God happy and pleased. This is to pray for our leaders!

How much strife, persecution, unhappiness and murder is occurring in our world due to poor leadership. Leadership that doesn’t care, leadership that just is not following the right way...the Christian way!
Look at the life of Jesus, there was no issues and fighting and toil and anger in Jesus life. Yes, around Him there was so much arguing and fighting and gossip and slander and bad leadership, but Jesus was the total opposite of this. The correct word here is “PEACE”.

We are called to be like Jesus, and the people leading our nations and churched should be our role models, but sadly they are not. Paul says in verse 2 that we should pray for them, so that we can lead ‘peaceful and quiet lives’. Are our lives peaceful and quite now. Mine isn’t!
I cant but help think that if every Christian prayed for our leaders, presidents, prime ministers and government decision makers, that we would make such a huge difference in this sad world.

There is only ONE GOD and MEDIATOR
Who GAVE HIMSELF UP
Just at the RIGHT TIME.

JESUS CHRIST.
He paid a ransom for our lives to be saved and our leaders. The least we can do is pray for others, their decisions, their leadership and that the peace of God will fall on them everyday.

Amen.
Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Tim%202:1-7&version=NLT
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Forgiveness...


Often we think that if we have done something very wrong in our life, we think that we aren’t good enough for the Lord.
We haven’t done something so bad that we can never be forgiven and that we are doomed for hell!
This is nonsense.
Look at Paul. Paul persecuted Christians; this is what he did in his life for a long time. At that time he was named Saul, but it was still the same person. God forgave him and used him to be one the best disciples He has ever had.
Nothing in unforgivable in Gods eyes. All we need to do is confess our sins daily to Him. This involves actually praying to God and telling Him what we have done wrong, one by one.
God promised us that He will forgive us. Although, it doesn’t just involve confessing our sin, asking God for forgiveness and then the next day resuming your old lifestyle. God wants us to repent our sins, which means when we confess, we also promise God that we will turn away from those sins and become a different person.
The Lord is generous and gracious, and once we have CONFESSED, REPENTED and asked FORGIVENESS, he will fill us with his LOVE. God had mercy on us sinners. We all sin, everyday and we are not perfect. God knows this, but He wants us to draw closer to Him every day so that we can be forgiven and through Gods grace, saved!

God knows what is in our inner heart and He knows when we mean what we say to Him, like He did with Paul...and God ended up using Paul to be one of His servants to spread the Word of God and serve Him.
And God calls us to do the same. He wants us all as servants to spread His gospel and be Christians that others can look to for comfort and for being trustworthy. I leave you with this thought.

Blessings.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

False Teachings

God has a law, we are to keep to it.
Paul talks about some of Gods law here and is quite stern about it as well.
Haven't you heard before, all sorts of people coming to you saying that the world is going to end or that they saw an angel last night, or they ramble on about bible verses that they think they know well.
Don't get me wrong, some people have in fact seen angels and this is legitimate, but there are so many false 'preachers' around these days, that it becomes very difficult to believe anyone.

Some things that come out of Paul's words here that help decipher a genuine story/preacher vs a false person:
  • True stories that come from God are always un-hypocritical. God is not a hypocrite and this will not speak through someone in such a manner
  • You will notice a love that is poured out of a persons heart. It is like a continually flowing love, just like Jesus has for us.
  • Most of their talk is meaningless. Their teachings are futile and useless. They don't make sense.
  • You will feel a sense of peace when the person speaks to you.
Shoo..This is a lot of stuff, but how do i know that people aren't still telling the truth.
Well, a good thing to do is pray to God while they are talking to you and ask His wisdom and understanding in the situation.
God will give you a sense of peace immediately and you will just know in your heart.
False preachers do not recognise their inadequacies, and therefore end up babbling on about loads of garbage, just to be heard and to attract the attention from others.

Gods law is for people who do not obey Him, who are lawless, commit murder and practise acts that are not supposed to be part of our makeup.

Pretty stern words, but nothing is more easy than praying to God about your situation so you don't have to feel alone and also ask God to give you the wisdom to counteract these false teachers.

Blessings

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Tim%201:3-11&version=NLT
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

An example to follow.

Paul tells us that we are called to earn our living and earn the food on our table. As Christians we are to work for our keep and know that everything we have is from effort on our part and not from leeching off of someone else.
When Paul was writing to the Thessalonians, that if we can, we should do our part to support ourselves and our families.
It might be easy to say this but how easy is it to actually do it.
If you have a family member that is 'down and out' and comes to you for help....will you help them?  or tell them to go somewhere else?
Difficult one!

Paul, is not talking about those people who could not work, but who would not work!
All Christians are called to not be supported by others but go out and find work and support themselves.
 It says in verse 12:
We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living.

Though one may be tired in doing what is right, he should never tire of doing what is right.

If Christians fail to obey what is taught in this letter by Paul, he warns them that they will be the only ones ashamed.
It is very difficult to turn family members and friends away when they are in need, it is always easy to quickly help them...problem here is that they get used to support from others and will get into a habit of not helping themselves and getting help from other.
Never get tired of doing good things but be careful of how you go about doing them and "helping out" others.

Blessings

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20thes%203:6-15&version=NLT

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Listening to God!

We all need prayer against temptation. It certainly helps to bring your concerns to God on a daily basis and 'lay your cards' in front of Him.
God wants to know how He can help you and He wont interfere until you ask Him.

Pray that your success is all due to Gods blessing.
Pray a prayer of thanks to God that he opened up others hearts to hear your words of encouragement and that you were one of the chosen to spread His word.What an honour!!


We should ask God to first deliver ourselves from the enemies of this world and the enemies against His word, and then ask God to deliver our friends, family and colleagues against the same.

The character of God should be the basis of a Christan's confidence.
God promised multiple times in the bible that He would meet our needs, so we should be assured that when we ask God for strength to withstand trials and temptation, that He will be there for us and help us against such evil.

It is really difficult to be able to pray and then 'all of a sudden', things all come right immediately. This doesn't happen to me and I believe that this maybe a reason why most people struggle to hold a strong faith, because it seems that God is not listening! GOD IS LISTENING!

He may not just fix things in your time, but all in His time!
If your earnestly pray about something and still feel that you don't get an answer, then it may be that we are not letting God speak. Maybe we don't listen for His voice.
Try it!
It may not be an audible voice, it may be through His word or it may be through a feeling that you get or through someone else that you meet. God has His ways of speaking to us, We just need to listen.

I would love to know others thoughts on this matter

God Bless you all.

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Thes%203:1-5&version=NLT

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Encouragement...

We all need Gods Grace to stay firm and 'out of trouble'. 
It is because of Him that we are able to partake in eternal life after our death here on earth.
The Holy Spirit keeps on encouraging us and edging us on to stay in line with Gods way and remain in a close relationship with Jesus Christ.
Shouldn't we be doing the same to others?

This is the reason why we should fellowship with our fellow christian believers, because we are called to encourage each other with love, gentle words and peaceful thoughts.
If we try and stay alone in our beliefs, it is much easier to 'sidetrack' from what is really important and our acceptance of temptation is much higher, because we think that no-one will know.
We all need words of encouragement, like Paul wrote to the Thessalonians in this reading, and finding close friendship with fellow believers turns out to be much more encouraging.
We should thank God everyday for choosing us as his children.
We should thank God every day for our friends and family and
We should thank God everyday for each other.

We can all share in the good news together, by regularly talking about Gods Word, reflecting on what it says and discussing this with our friends. This turns out to be very encouraging!
It says in Matthew 18:20: For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them."
God wants us to gather together in the glory of His name. He calls us to stand firm in faith and to know that we are constantly being swept away from His will by an ungodly culture.

Stand Firm in your faith and KNOW that God is always there for us and in us if we want Him to be!

God Bless!
Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Thes%202:13-17&version=NLT

Monday, February 13, 2012

Path of the un-believer

It says that, as Christians, that we will suffer persecution for Gods kingdom.
Look at how much war and killing is happening accross the world, murdering Christians because of their beliefs in countries where there is predominantly other religions involved.


It says in 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5:
We proudly tell God's other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering.(Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.)

What it also says further down in this chapter, is that God will repay every single person that persecutes you or other christian believers. He will punish each and every person that does not obey His word, His 'rules' and His kingdom.
When someone belittles you or teases you about your faith, its very disconcerting because it makes you feel embarrassed and feeling alone, but God calls us here to keep strong...Those people will be punished for their actions.
Pretty strong words here!

One day, God will come in His "Glorious Appearing", and bring rest to us Christians and fellow believers, but at the same time will bring judgement on all those who have disregarded Himself and His son.

A Christian is made worthy by God's grace, which he receives as a free gift by faith in Jesus Christ.
We are called to persevere as Christians, knowing that God will sort out everything at the 2nd coming of His son Jesus Christ. He will remove the troubles from those who have experienced trouble in their lives from a religious point of view.
Being separated from the Lords presence will result in everlasting suffering.
We need to pray everyday for Gods grace, for God to forgive our sins and for Him to enable us to live a life worthy of His name!.

God Bless


Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Thes%201&version=NLT



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Friday, February 10, 2012

Heartwarming

video

FAITH RE-LIVED.

Events before the 2nd Coming!

2 Thessalonians 2 - This is one of the very important chapters that explains the events before the second coming of Christ.

The evil one hasn't come yet in the form of the antichrist, but Paul says that he is coming, and that he will cause chaos in our world.

But this is secretly happening already, and all the persecutions and murdering of Christians around the world is apart of this event that will happen soon in the future.

He will bring with him destruction, lawlessness and disregard any worship to any God except himself.

Some people may say that the day of the Lord is already here because of a dream they may have had or similar...DON'T me fooled, the Lord had not come yet. We will know quite clearly when the Lord will come in a Glorious appearing.
We will also know beforehand the events that will occur before the second coming of the Lord, as they are stated in this chapter.
Here are a few points: (according to 2 Thessalonians 2)
  • The antichrist will rise and will place himself in the temple of God and treat himself as God.
  • This man will come and create lawlessness and do the work of satan. He will persecute Christians who believe in the 'real' God.
  • He will use every kind of evil deception to divert the Christian's attention from God.
  • He will perform counterfeit miracles, which some may think is from God but they mean nothing and they are evil
God will be revealed when the time comes..We (as Christians will expect His coming because He promised us, but non-believers will not know when to expect Christ.

There are a whole bunch of events that need to happen. Here is a link to a chart that plots the events. These events are mentioned in many prophecies, repeated in many books of the bible and some are already happening.

http://www.whatsaiththescripture.com/Timeline/Big.Chart.html

Be ready for Christ, be prepared for the events leading up His coming and know that He is coming QUICKLY!

Blessings.

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Thes%202&version=NLT
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Living the Christian life Part 2

The Lord calls us respect our elders, our leaders in Christs work and have a close relationship with them.

Help them push their good work and spread the word about their good work.
Love them and don't be lazy but rather help them in what they are doing, knowing the real cause of why they are doing it.


There is whole bunch of points here that we are called to do:
  • Be Patient
  • Be Joyful
  • Help those that are weak
  • Encourage those who are timid
  • Never stop praying
  • Don't laugh and gossip over prophecies
  • Expect the Holy Spirit and believe in Him.
  • Stay away from every kind of devil or originator of evil
  • Test everything that is said and remain with the good
  • Thank God for everything that you have, will have, family, job, life and your future in Him

You know, if we look at these points above, they sound quite easy to 'obey', but are they?
Can we always be happy and joyful, do we forget to pray, do we always thank God for everything everyday and do we pray for the Holy Spirit everyday?
I know I don't...BUT i should!

These are guidelines, these are some of the things that God wants us to do as a christian. Because we are human,we will forget and we will struggle with some of these points, but God knows that. God knows that we are not perfect, so don't feel bad every time you don't keep to his guidelines, but what you can do is pray to God for forgiveness and ask Him to help you stick to these guidelines, and He will.
And not to just pray once in a while, pray for them everyday!
The God that we believe in, wants us to be faithful, wants us to know that He is always there for us and wants us to know that He knows that we are sinners....but that is another reason why we serve such a gracious God!

Bless you all
Amen

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Thes%205:12-28&version=NLT
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Are you ready for Christ?

It says in 1 Thessalonians 5:2 that Christ will come like a thief in the night....Really?
That is scary!

Will we be ready for Him?

To me, the thief in the night does not mean that He is just going to pop in unexpectedly and say 'Hi, I am here to save you!"
If we are Christians, we would know very well that Christ is definitely coming, and soon! We dont know when, but we know he keeps His promises and He will come, with a big trumpet and a commanding shout, and those who are not believers and did not believe that Christ dies for our sins and rose again for us, are not going to be saved.
I think this particular verse is aimed at those people, that don't think Christ is actually going to come again, and when He does, it will be a huge surprise..'like a thief in the night!'

Stay alert and clearheaded, doesn't mean we cant ever sleep, but it means stay strong in faith with God, stay very close in your relationship with Jesus, know Him, Speak to Him, Love Him and look at Him as your Father. You will know in your heart, then, when Jesus is coming to save us from this world.

Those Christians that have already died on earth will rise first to meet Jesus in the clouds. After this, us 'living' Christians will rise to meet Jesus and our long last family and friends in the clouds and spend the rest of eternity with them! Isn't this just an awesome promise?

This is the reason why Christians are called, worldwide, to spread the word and love of God to others and un-believers, so that they may hear His good news and also be part of Gods promise of life eternally with Him in peace, joy, worship and love!

When Christ dies for us and rose again....He rose so that we could have eternal life with Him forever!

FAITH = is knowing and believing what happened in the past.
LOVE = is how we should live our life now.
HOPE = is expecting the future and knowing that God keeps His promises.

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Thes%204:13-5:11&version=NLT

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Living the Christian life through the Holy Spirit.

Many people regard the Christian life as a set of rules to be obeyed, or a list of things that we shouldn't do or are prohibitted; but Paul regarded the christian life as a outward showing of character to please the Living God!

When Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4, He clearly states that he writes with the authority of God. This means through Gods Spirit. In fact, Paul did almost everything through the Spirit of God.
What I think we are called to do as well, like Paul, is act through the Holy Spirit. What I mean is that in everything we do, everything we say, write and act, we should do in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Through the Holy Spirit we can do anything...
Romans 8:14 (For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God...)

Paul, in this letter, was not condescending nor was he laying down the rules, but rather the writing is encouraging. Exactly how we as Christians need to be to fellow children of God.
Encourage those who look for guidance and encourage those in faith in Jesus.
The more we conform to the image of Christ on a daily basis, the more we become like Him and the closer our relationship becomes with our Lord.
When we form a relationship with other christian believers, we tend to understand them more as we share the same beliefs. But Paul calls us here to have the same relationship with non-christian believers.
We are called to love more and more and if you think you are 'loving enough', then live some more, this includes everyone, not just christian believers.
Paul also calls us to be quiet in our ways. What this means is that someone who is always 'here and there' or is constantly on the move. Often people like this become a bother to others, often getting in their way, but if we quieten down a bit, listen more than we talk, we are able to pick up things/thoughts spoken by others and act upon them if required and we will also be able to hear God speak to us more.

A Christian who strives to be at peace with himself and God will be a source of peace to his fellow human beings. Such quietude constitutes a practical demonstration of love for others.

Opinions: I would love to hear your opinions on this. What do you struggle with when it comes to living through the Holy Spirit?

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Thes%204:1-12&version=NLT

I found this snippet of Joyce Meyer which was quite interesting. Its titled Living a simple Christian life. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xjmljk_snippet-living-a-simple-christian-life_people

God Bless you today

Tomorrow we will talk about receiving the Holy Spirit.

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Joy of others in Christ

As I read 1 Thessalonians 3, It really seems a chapter on thanks to the Thessalonians. Now just think of this.
Here is Paul, sitting in prison, writing letters of thanks to these people whom he visiting sometime ago, where he spread the word of God to them and helped them strengthen their faith in Jesus. He writes here that he couldn't visit them again and that he sent his friend Timothy.
Paul cared so much about the people that he ministered to, and he was so excited to hear back from them (about their news, faith and growth in Jesus), that he made a plan to send someone else that he trusted to find out..
Paul wanted to comfort them and guide them further in their relationship with Christ, and not have them think that he has come and gone.

Shouldn't we be doing the same?
When we get over the hurdle/fear of spreading Gods word to others, God doesn't want us to convert someone to Christianity, pray with them and then disappear never to be seen again!
We need to reaffirm with them, let them know that they are not alone in their growth in Christ and help them along, be that ear to listen, be that shoulder to cry on....but the point is....JUST BE! Don't leave them in the distance, because you can bet your bottom dollar that the tempter (Devil) will be attacking them big time, and as a new christian, they may not be able to handle that.
Paul didn't want a single person to fall away from God, due to himself being in prison.
Isn't this commitment???
Aren't we are called to do the same!

Even though Timothy came back to Paul with the good news that the Thessalonians were growing stronger and stronger in their faith day by day,he still prayed for them over and over, asked Gods blessing over them, asked Gods Holy Spirit to be poured over them!

This is another area that is lacking in my growth in Christ...but with Gods grace, we can all work together..

I think this chapter is one which explains that we should always willing to listen and help and guide a fellow believer or  a person who wants to become a believer, whether we know them or not.
Bless you all.

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Thessalonians%203&version=NLT

Friday, February 3, 2012

Satan Blocking us?

As a christian, and as I mentioned in my previous posts, we are called to spread the Word of God wherever we can. Spread His goodness and His love for us. Its easy to do this right???

Well, it may be, but have you ever woken up in the morning all "pumped up" and ready to go and spread Gods word.
You have prayed to God about it and asked Him to lead people to you that need the Word and to hear about Him, you feel positive, you feel great....but as soon as you get to someone, you freeze up, you get scared, you worry about being embarrassed. Or not even that, you know, for example, that there is someone at work that needs a prayer or just a friend to say hello or speak to them, and you have woken up with the mission of doing that this day, but as soon as you get to work, you get interrupted by a colleague who wants your attention on something else..
As I was reading 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20 (very short bit), Paul is basically apologising to the church saying that He was blocked from coming back. He tried and tried but was blocked by SATAN!. Paul wanted to go back and provide spiritual help to new converts to Christianity.
Really?
Was he blocked by Satan or God or someone else?
Maybe it wasn't Gods will that Paul went back to them? Think about it??
BUT...to me...any hindrance to Gods work (and this clearly would have been Gods work) is the work of Satan. This is Satan's way of getting between us and doing Gods work on earth as we are called.
So back to the above paragraph, those feelings of embarrassment, anguish, fear and worry that you get when you want to even mention Gods name in front of others is that work of the devil, trying to stop you from spreading Gods word....and you know what, He CAN be beaten!!
Prayer is the best warrior against Satan and God will give you the wisdom, the words and the power you need to do His work!

Amen to that
Bless You All..

Question: Have you experienced these hindrances? How have you overcome them?

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Thessalonians%202:17-20&version=NLT

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Like a Father to his children

Paul spoke about going to the Thessalonian church and spreading the Word of God there. He did this on his own account, He didn't expect money or praise to do this and he didn't expect to be rewarded either.

This whole reading is like a father to his children (verse 2:11). Paul didn't ridicule anyone when he went to speak to the Thessalonians and he didn't "come on" to them with force, but rather he was encouraging.
He didn't discourage anyone and he treated them like children, who looked up to him for advice and encouragement (just like children do to their father).
Here again, it mentions that we should testify or witness our experiences with the Lord and what He has done for us. You should be able to do this openly and not feel embarrassed.
Now this is the part that really struggle with, and I shouldn't because how can we feel embarrassed about our Lord?
Sometimes I feel that I am going to get turned down by other people, thinking that I some religious freak, but surely I need to overcome that!
We shouldn't just speak to others about Jesus, but we need to support them afterwards...It may take some people awhile to grasp the situation, and we don't want to be far away from them when they come looking for more answers.

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Thes%202:7-11&version=NLT

1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pleasing God, not men...

When we are told in the Word to go out, spread the Word of God to others, we cannot do this to please other people. We have to do this to please God...That is the sole purpose of us going out as Jesus disciples.
Many people find it very difficult to just go into the world and start talking about Jesus, and that He is our Saviour and almost give some or other testimony. But God gives us the courage to do this. Without this courage from God, we are nothing and our words to other people about Gods good news are mere banter...
We could probably get away with speaking/spreading the good news to others, because some of the people that we speak to dont really know much about God, and when talking to them, you may appear to "know alot about God", but God knows our motives, you cant hide from Him.

We really shouldnt be spreading the Word because we want "make new friends"! Yes, build relationships with other, no doubt, as it says in Luke chapter 10, but build relationships based on the words from God and not for the purpose of gaining attention for yourself.
It may just be that sharing the good news of God means sharing your personal story with others to inspire them and lead them, but make sure that this is the story that God wanted you to tell, to lead others to him.

Bless you all

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Thessalonians+2&version=NLT

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