God’s power, His strength is not something that can just be handed to us. It is not something that comes flippantly or easily. We don’t obtain it with passivity;we earn it through battle—by walking with God.
– John Paul Jackson
1) Wear appropriate clothes. You know – Pant, Shirt, Tie, etc. Pant held firmly by a black leather belt above the navel.
2) Sing better – reverent worship and in tune.
3) Fellowship – plenty of meeting and talking about the Bible and why Song of Solomon shouldn’t be a part of it.
4) Prayer – longer and more meaningful ie more bigger words and in shakespeare like English – which was pleasing unto God.
5) Better spirit filled times – everyone fell and spoke in tongues or learned malyalam from listening to the others.
6) Relationship with the opposite sex – boys treated girls like sisters. No hugging or kissing on the cheek, one arm distance at all times.
Brother Jack married Sister Susan.
7) Respect – elders were called sir and mam and were always right.
8) Shoes – black shoes, polished to double up as a mirror. Always black and shiny.
9) Dating – oh, there was no dating.
10) Fun – party games like musical chairs, kho kho. Antaakshari, dum charades, guess the bible character, and the all time popular ‘which page in the NIV is this phrase from’ modern day parties just can’t live up to the fun of those days.
So maybe I was a bit too anxious about everything. I completely freaked out when I realized that I wasn’t seeing results in almost all the areas of my life. But I’ve come to realize what Phil 4:6-9 really means.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
P.S: Ever notice how I say “so maybe..” for almost every certainty in my life?
Love is Patient
the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.
“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience.” – Author Unknown.
Ever heard of that? A doubting God? Yeah, pretty much like a generous God, Righteous God and Loving God.
Have we? I guessed as much.
There are doubting Thomas’ and doubting Oscar’s. But make no mistake about it, there isn’t a doubting God. Numbers 23:19“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good”
to fall in love with the world. So easy to want things that the world tells you is nice and wonderful!
“Here, taste this. It’s good.” Sounds familiar? Try again now.
“Go for it.It’s a good movie; that place has awesome food; you should totally ask her out, she is perfect for you or you both look so cute; it’s a date oscar, not adultery; white lie ; what’s a signal ; your parents don’t matter, this is your decision anyway!; i need a little bit of ME time; so what if it isn’t Christian music? ; ah I can handle it.”
All coming out of the world’s nudge to take a peek, have a bite. It won’t hurt! Don’t flirt with the world. Yes, you can say Praise Ye the Lord and be dying to hold her hand. There is no such thing as harmless flirting. God saw that Adam was alone and HE(if the bold stressed word that signifies God’s sovereignty isn’t enough for you) decided that it was TIME for a helper to show up. And that is when Eve came into the picture. How do you know if you are working in His Will or not? Well if you say the word “I” too many times in your dictionary then replace it with “C”. I must bend to become “C”. (read Galatians 2:15-21)
Adam was doing what the Lord expected him to do. But you may say,’I am seeking first the Kingdom! Why am I not getting answers?”
Well my friend you forget that it says in Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Are you seeking His right will in every thing you do? This new year, get right with God in the Beginning so that it will go down well with you.
I’m going to have to make some difficult changes and decisions.
But keeping in mind His Will, it’s a small price to pay.
Got thrown out of a coffee cafe tonite for opening the Bible and preaching the Word of God to my friend. Apparently according to one customer “believers can’t preach in CCD”. I don’t know who he is, or what he wanted. And lets not get into the “how dare he”. Lets pray.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,—2 Timothy 3:12
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.—1 Peter 4:12-14, 16
for as it is written in
35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, orpersecution, orfamine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36Just as it is written,
FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG;
WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.”
37But in all these things we overwhelmingly )conquer through Him who loved us.
38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
i pictured a man writing this just before he is thrown into eternal damnation.
Nowi can see it in His eyeswish i didn’t believe in those liesi knew what it meantto take that road downtrust me now. Its filled with resentment.I’ve seen the end of it allthe rich, the poor even the big and small. The famous and infamousall who ever walked in Timecame down to a single stroke in eternitySolomon was truly wise-Everything else is Vanity.Continue reading “Now, its too late to try”→