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Prescriptions for a Happy Life

Many of us are enjoying material blessings in our lives but we cannot deny the fact that many of us are not enjoying life. Yes, this is the truth. You can enjoy material things in life but you are living a troubled life. Christians are not exempted from living in misery when they live in disobedience to God.
The Bible has many do’s and dont’s for our good. And it’s imperative for us to follow them for our blessedness. The word “blessedness” in the Bible means happiness.

Here are some ways to be happy in life.

Strive on having a clear conscience.

Psalms 37:21a
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again:

Perhaps you have already experienced lending money to somebody but unfortunately, they have had “amnesia” and never remember to pay you.
This verse does not talk about money only. It pertains to all kinds of things you can lend to others or things you can borrow from others. This Bible verse teaches us to be responsible for giving back the things others rightfully owned.

Be generous to a worthy cause.

Psalm 37:21b
but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

We live in a world full of deceit, where indolent people camouflage themselves in beggars’ clothing to loot on unsuspecting benevolent fellows. This is when generosity is abused and willingness to help is suppressed.
We are then reminded to be aware of whom we extend our helping hands.
Helping those who are in need and are not able to repay you gives value to your worth. We should not give for honor and praise of men but simply a channel of blessing to others.

Live in uprightness and integrity.

Psalms 37:27
Depart from evil, and do good, and dwell forevermore.

Many people have built a cage where they imprisoned themselves. They cannot get out of their houses without their guns. They were worried and anxious about what would happen to them at any time because they know they were hunted by their own wickedness. Many have secluded themselves from others because of sin and lost their self-worth and living in depression.
Living in integrity gives you the freedom to walk around wherever you go. You’re not going to hide but sociably mingle with other people that make your life happy.

Speak with graciousness.

Psalms 37:30
The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

The power of life and death is in our tongues. It’s either you build a man or destroy him by the power of words. Slandering is fatal. Many lives had been lost because of fabricated stories. Lies that are told have destroyed homes and friendships. People who love stabbing others will someday the victim of their lying lips. Our mouths should be a fountain of words of wisdom that edify others. Our words should be a healing balm to a broken spirit and cold water to a dry heart that became calloused and numb to sympathy.

Our wills should be subject to the word of God.

Psalm 37:31.                          The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

I’m usually drawn to the musically talented people. Musicians who play heartily seems their hands and fingers have their own brains. Likewise, to a person who has God’s law in his heart, he’s inclined to do right automatically. When our wills are not bound by the precept of God’s word, we might attain some success but have an empty heart and living an unfulfilled life.

If we live righteously, we have a peaceful life. And peaceful living equals a happy life.

Reference:
The King James Bible

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Thorns of Life: Protect Us from Pride

Oftentimes, men present flowers as an emblem of their love and care for the ones they love. They do not simply pick any flowers but choose a bunch of lovely Rose flowers because it became a symbol of love. This perhaps the reason why Rose flower is called the “Queen of Flowers” for its exquisite beauty resembles the sublime glory of a queen.

The unique characteristics of a Rose plant are its thorns. Though its thorns can not really protect it from hungry animals that feed on it.

Since Rose flowers became a symbol of love, there’s a saying that goes to it. “Every Rose has its thorns.” It says that life is not always a bed of roses.

I want to look deeper into life by comparing it to the rose.

The flower itself draws your eyes to behold it. It attracts your sight as its petals smile on you. Yes, its flowers give beauty to the rose plant and that makes it for us to admire it.

In life, success beautifies our lives. Achievements in life are most of the things people look at us. They admire you when they know that you bloom like a flower through your “thorns” in life.

But why do we need to have thorns of life? Many people have fallen to the trap of self-sufficiency. When they’ve reached the peak of their success, they have forgotten who they are.

Perhaps at this time in your life, you are praying for deliverance from handicapped, sickness, infirmities, circumstances or problems. And you wonder why God seems not listening to you.

The apostle Paul had something to say about that.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 KJV
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
For this thing, I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

As the Bible says, thorns of life keep us from being prideful. It is what we need to stay humble and grateful when we achieved something. And as Christians, to give God the glory as He bestows us wisdom and strength to accomplish things in life.

Reference :
The King James Bible

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Life’s Lesson from the Pencil

     Many writing materials are available around us. There is a pen, ballpen, speedball pen, fountain pen, felt tip pen, and many more. These materials were designed according to their use and purpose. But at this time, I want to share with you what lessons in life I’ve learned from pencils.

     For the draftsmen and sketch artists, they are more familiar with different kinds of pencils.

     Today, I want to liken our lives to a pencil.

First, a pencil is manufactured to serve its purpose.

We were created by God to bring glory, honor, and praise to His name. In this life, we do different things from each other according to our gifts and talents to serve our calling.

Second, a pencil must be sharpened to be used. A pencil is useless if you can’t use it to write or draw.

In order for us to be used of God effectively, we need to be trained in holiness. Sanctification is one of the most important aspects of our Christian life to be used in God’s vineyard. Mortification of sins and purging from worldliness are the sharpeners of God to make us effective in the ministry.

Third, pencils are used to write or draw on a blank paper.

I believed that children learning to write were given pencils so that if they ever made a mistake, they can erase it.

In this world, we are writing our lives to be read of people. Just like the pencil, we can start a new page of our lives if we commit sin. Though we can not totally erase the scarce of sin, God can empower us to live for His name.

Fourth, a pencil cannot write on its own. It must be held and directed by a hand.

As a Christian, we believe that without God we can do nothing. When we say “nothing”, it doesn’t mean that we can not accomplish anything in this life but nothing worth of eternal value.

> Our lives should be guided by the unseen hands of God so that we may write a life worth reading by the world.

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Faithfulness: The Kernel of Christian Life

1 Corinthians 4:1-2

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man is found faithful.

Every one of us is given talent to use for God’s work and we are required to be faithful.

I. Faithfulness Provides Honesty

We are commanded to provide honest things in the sight of all men (Romans 12:17).

We must be truthful. Let us not betray the trust of others as they confide to us their ups and downs in life. We betray their trust when we live in hypocrisy.

We are also commanded to provide honest things in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 8:21
Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord but also in the sight of men.

We can fool our fellow by appearing good in their eyes but we cannot mock God. We should be faithful to our commitments in serving Him even though no one will appreciate us.

II. Faithfulness Produces Consistency

If we are faithful to God, we become consistent in our labour of love.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

We should be determined in serving the Lord. If we know His promises to us, that’s what will keep us in keeping on.

III. Faithfulness Produces Patience and Perseverance

Patience emanates from faithfulness and patience equals love (Romans 8:24-25).

IV. Faithfulness Brings Reward

Proverbs 25:18

As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.

If we are faithful, we are an inspiration to others.

If we are faithful, it gives praise and honor to the name of God.

Proverbs 27:18
Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honored.

If you are faithful, you shall be honored. You shall be lifted up by your good deeds.

Proverbs 28:20a
A faithful man shall abound with blessings.

And if you are faithful, you shall be entrusted with material things.

Faithfulness is the basis of rewards, not talents.

We should live faithfully for we must all appear in the Judgment Seat of Christ; reckoning with Him of what we have done in our Christian life. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

Reference :
The King James Bible

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The Bible: Our Roadmap to Life’s Journey

Traveling to other places is an exciting thing. It gives you a sense of pride having the time of going to some places where other people had not been. Many people have a lot of money but they don’t have time to travel. And if you were given a chance to travel to places you have never been to, you know, you need a roadmap.

Roadmaps provide necessary information to the traveler. You will know which road to take to get to your destination.

In this life, we want success in our own endeavor of living. The good thing is God provided a roadmap to success through His Word.

Joshua 1:8 KJV
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Knowing the roadmap to our life’s journey gives us the wisdom on what course of action to take to have good success in life. We say “good success” if you succeed by hard work and integrity and by God’s grace. Many people have attained to “bad success” by mischievous acts and oppression which God hates.

It’s important to know and keep the principles of life embedded in God’s Word to have good success. Detours in life’s journey were just laid around us to make us weary, running the “rat race”.

Know God’s Word, take the path God has set before us, and have His blessings; a good success that brings glory to His name.

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Attentiveness: The Indicator of Success

Attentiveness is the indicator of success. It points and directs us on what path we should tread upon.

Life is just like an exam. Before you proceed, you need to read or listen to the instructions properly. Doing something without knowing what exactly to be done is just wasting your time.

I. The instruction to be attentive.

Proverbs 5:1

My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:

The book of Proverbs is a book of practical insights on how to live in this sin-tainted world. As the serpent beguiled Eve in the Garden of Eden, we might also easily fall into temptation and err on everything if we are not attentive to the details of the things around us.

We live in a world where deceitful people abound thus we are instructed to know to understand and gain wisdom. We must learn how to listen diligently and discerningly. We should attain to have the skills of discerning one’s voice or speech if it is a sincere one or just flattery.

II. The blessings of being attentive.

2 Corinthians 10:12

For we dare not make ourselves of the number or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

 

Attentiveness makes you a discerning person.

1. You can identify the voice of God from the devil.

a. The voice of God is a still tiny voice.

God often speaks through His Word, the Bible. He speaks through preachers’ sermons, books, and Christian literature. God also speaks through circumstances and tragedies in life.

b. The voice of God is always challenging to faith.

The voice of God appeals to the faith wherein achievement cannot be fully comprehended.

The voice of the devil is loud. He speaks through the flesh, through the system of the world, and he appeals to the basic needs of physical life.

c. Comforting is the voice, but despising is the voice of the devil.

Proverbs 14:21

He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Loneliness, self-pity and poor self-image are the results of listening to the voice of the devil.

 

When we were yet unsaved, we are all ugly in sin. But when we were saved, God sanctified us; so we are all good looking to Him. Despising others is despising God.

When we fail to listen to the voice of God as He prompted in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, and we listen to the voice of the devil and follow it; trouble and misery will haunt us

Source:

The King James Bible 

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Why We Do Not Hear From God?

Luke 9:43-45
And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples,
Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.
But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.

 

There are so many clamoring voices in the believer’s heart and mind that makes him dull of his hearing of the still, small voice of God.

Career opportunities, relationships, prestige, and wealth are the things that can make a Christian’s spiritual ears dull that he cannot discern the voice of the world to drown him in spiritual apathy.

When your heart is attuned to the voice of the world, you will never hear His voice.

 

“God’s still, small voice can easily be drowned out by the world if we do not listen intently for Him.”
-Paul Chappell

Excerpted from Daily In The Word 4/8/2016

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Adversity Makes Us Strong

One way to measure one’s maturity in the “faith” is how a believer deals with his enemies.

 

Matthew 5:44

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 

It’s easy to harbor bitterness and hatred in our hearts when someone did us wrong. We tend to go away from people who we think would hurt us. But in the end, we get disappointed when almost everybody offended us. Adversity is just like weights pressuring us to strengthen our spiritual muscles. When we are used and overcome these adversities, we become sound in our emotions and perspectives in dealing with other people. Have we learned to be thankful for the people who are constantly annoying and irritating us? May God help us to understand His ways to be conformed in the image of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source:

The Holy Bible, King James Version 

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🙈🙉🙊Casi todo lo que la Iglesia te ha dicho sobre el sexo es incorrecto 🙈🙉🙊

     ¿Tú eres cristiano? ¿Sabías que el 90% de todo lo que has aprendido sobre el sexo en tu Iglesia está mal? No importa si eres católico, protestante o pentecostal: las enseñanzas cristianas están equivocadas sobre el sexo, la erótica, la masturbación, la pornografía, la lujuria y el matrimonio.      

     Durante miles de años, millones de personas han sido engañadas y encarceladas por enseñanzas falsas que comenzaron en los primeros siglos después de Cristo, cuando los llamados “Padres de la Iglesia” mezclaron sus muy anti ideas sexuales con el mensaje sexual sano y positivo de la Biblia.      

     ¿No eres cristiano? Bueno, ¿sabías que estas enseñanzas erróneas de la Iglesia probablemente incluso influyeron en tu mente? La mala influencia de esas enseñanzas está llegando a toda nuestra sociedad y cultura mundial. Dios quiere que vivas como un ser erótico libre.      

     En los breves escritos de este blog, te enseñaré lo que realmente dice la Biblia sobre el sexo y el matrimonio. Liberará tu mente, especialmente cuando eres creyente, y te ayudará a convertirte en la persona que realmente quieres ser. Verás a un Dios que ama y se preocupa, que te da total libertad para sentir lo que realmente sientes, siempre y cuando vivas una vida de amor.

     Así que sigue visitando este blog para liberar tu mente. Y no te olvides de seguir mi otro blog relacionado y universal también: La nueva forma de sexo y matrimonio.      

     Dios quiere que vivas como un ser erótico libre, ¡exactamente de la manera que Él te ha creado! Nuestro Creador es un Dios erótico y sensual! Abre tu mente para una nueva forma de pensar!      Dios quiere que vivas como un ser erótico libre, ¡exactamente de la manera que Él te ha creado! Nuestro Creador es un Dios erótico y sensual! Abre tu mente para una nueva forma de pensar!

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🙈🙉🙊Almost everything the Church has told you about sex is wrong🙈🙉🙊

     You are a Christian? Did you know that 90% of all that you have learned about sex in your Church is wrong? No matter if you are Catholic, Protestant or Pentecostal: Christian teachings are wrong about sex, erotica, masturbation, porn, lust and marriage.

     For thousands of years millions of people have been misled and imprisoned by false teachings that started in the first centuries after Christ, when the so-called “Church Fathers” mixed their very anti sexual ideas with the healthy and positive sexual message of the Bible.

     You are not a Christian? Well, did you know that these wrong Church teachings most likely even influenced your mind? The bad influence of those teachings is reaching far into our entire worldwide society and culture.

God want you to live as a free erotic being

     In the short writings on this blog I will teach you what the Bible really says about sex and marriage. It will free your mind – especially when you are a believer – and it will help you become the person that you really want to be. You will see a God who is loving and caring, who is giving you total freedom to feel what you really feel, as long as you live a life of love.

     So keep visiting this blog to free your mind. And don’t forget to follow my other related and universal blog too: The New Way of Sex and Marriage.

     God wants you to live as a free erotic being, exactly the way He has created you! Our Creator is an erotic and sensual God! Open your mind for a new way of thinking!
     God wants you to live as a free erotic being, exactly the way He has created you! Our Creator is an erotic and sensual God! Open your mind for a new way of thinking!

No neutral ground

Every day people make choices for good or bad. No one takes neutral ground. The scriptures tells us an event which happened between two personalities in which a choice must be made. During the Crucifixion of Jesus,Pilate ask them whom they want to be released to them: Jesus on the one hand representing God almighty and Barabbas on the other hand representing the devil.

The Jews made a choice for Barabbas, the robber representing the devil. They soon forgot the scripture in John 10:10 that says <q>the thief commeth not, but to steal kill and destroy, i have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly</q>

The implication of this action is that when you reject Jesus, you automatically ask for the thief to come in different ways. The truth is that many have rejected Jesus. No one stands on a neutral ground because Jesus died for the whole world. Rejecting Jesus is voting for Barabbas which  is embracing a thief. Consequently, you become a child of a thief or a friend of a thief and eventually will become  thief.

You cannot be neutral, you must make a choice between Jesus and the devil, the thief. Your  choice goes a long way in determining whether you will enjoy salvation and Gods belessing or you recieve condemnation and curses.

Don’t Let Anger get the best of you

I have a quiz for you : who was the first person to break the law and why? The The answer is very Simple, Moses, in anger, broke the tablets of the law that God had just given him. Just imagine, this man had just spent 40 days and nights in the terrifying presence of the Lord; no food, no water. Yet, even before he delivered the tablets, anger made him smash them to pieces. It cost him another 40days and nights to get a replacement for the tablets of the Law.

You will recall that it was this same anger that made him commit the murder that got him banished from Egypt at the age of 40. Yet, at age 80, anger was still controlling him. You will recall that later on during the Journey to the promised land, Moses got God very Upset when he struck the rock in anger, against Gods instruction that speak to the Rock. Anger formed a pattern in the life of Moses. This time, God made it plain that Moses would never get to the Promised Land.

What Lesson do you earn from this? No matter how much time you spend in the presence of God fasting and praying, no matter God’s plan and assignment for you in life, no matter how much sacrifice you have made in your service to God, no matter how close you are to your goal in life sin, in this case, anger, can block you from reaching your goal or promised Land in life.

Dear #Steemitchurch, i appeal to you, do an honest and thorough examination of your self: do you have anger in anyways? it is not allowed! Get rid of it fast Do not allow anger to deter you from reaching your promised land in your marriage,career, walk with God and any other area of your life. Remember, anger can make a man lose his senses and do things he would normally not do.

The book of Galatians 5:22-23 talks about temperance, meekness, gentleness and other qualities that will make you prayerfully overcome anger.

What Happens When we hear from God

Dear Brethren,

What happens when we hear from God? Hearing from God requires a lot of sacrifices which has many benefits that far outweigh the cost. Let us look at what happens when we hear from Him and why it’s important we desire to hear from God;

1 IT BRINGS GROWTH IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD Is there any need for relationship without communication? Before, it is vital to listen and respond to God.

Yes, we know God speaks in multiple ways, but His voice is always very clear to those who are in relationship with Him. God is not just lording over us, God understands our make up. This means that man is a spirit, having a soul and living in a body. The soul of man is made up of his will and emotion. Since God created man with emotions, He knows he (man) deserves to be loved. Therefore, God opens up an avenue for a relationship with man.

For you to be in relationship with God, you must be in one with Jesus. If you’re not in that relationship it means something is missing. It’s impprtant you become a friend to Jesus so you can hear God speak.

John 15:15

From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you

2 IT HELPS TO MAKE A SOUND DECISION:
When a man hears & listens from God, it helps him make a sound decision not going blind. There are many Brethren who arent sure of their stand in life. They are still confused on the issues of life, not knowing which way to follow. We have all been there before.

Decisions are compulsory in the day to day living of everyone. Not hearing from God could makes it so difficult and so worrisome especially on how to handle certain issues.Sometimes, I hear of believers visiting palm readers to help them see the future, they seems to forget God is the only One that can see what happens in the next 100 years to come. Whenever, I hear such stories of christians jumping from one pole to the other looking for help, I feel so sad.

Steemians, when we hear God’s voice on issues concerning our lives, it makes decision making so easy and stress free. Men may criticize you, it does not matter. You could even get mocked by everyone around, don’t feel sad, but stand firm on it. At the end of the day, people will know you’re operating in a higher level

1Samuel 23:1-5

Then they told David, saying, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are plundering the threshing floors.”
2 So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go and [a]attack these Philistines?” And the Lord said to David, “Go and [b]attack the Philistines and deliver Keilah.”
3 But David’s men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more then if we go to Keilah against the ranks of the Philistines?”
4 Then David inquired of the Lord once more. And the Lord answered him and said, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.”
5 So David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines; and he led away their livestock and struck them with a great slaughter. Thus David delivered the inhabitants of Keilah.

3 IT HELPS YOU AVIOD CERTAIN INCIDENCE: I have seen this happen all the time. When you are sensitive to God’s signal, you will be able to avoid certain incidence in your life cause the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.

Many a time, the Lord has spoken to many not to embark on certain journeys in life and that saved their souls. Do not be a casualty to something you could have avoided if you’d have listened to God. Get closer so that you can hear from Him.

1 Samuel 23:10-13

Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, your servant has certainly heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.
11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech you, tell your servant. And the LORD said, He will come down.
12 Then said David, will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver you up.
13 Then David and his men, who were about six hundred, arose and departed out to Keilah, and went wherever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah; and he decided not to go there.

4 IT MAKES US SMARTER THAN OUR ENEMIES: Jehoshaphat King of Judah and the entire nation were made wiser than their enemies because they heard from the Lord concerning their issues. This can make your enemies wonder how you get your information because you will always outsmart them.

5 IT GIVES PERFECT DIRECTIONS

Hear my testimony:

After, I finished school, I went to my uncle’s house to look for a job. I got one that doesn’t pay so well, but I needed a start so I took up the job while I kept searching for a better offer.

I applied to an oil servicing firm as a secretary and was called for an interview. We were many that had the interview, but I was amongst those selected for the job. The pay was so fantastic, I was happy and couldn’t wait to quit my current job and start up with something better. We were told to get ready and resign from our places of work.

During this period, I was very active in church. I was the HOD of the choir department and also head of a house fellowship close to my uncle’s house, but then, I got another offer to leave that particular town to somewhere else. Giving my role in the church and the oil servicing firm which pays way higher than the second offer, I didn’t want to leave. I was sure God wanted to me stay! Everyone advised me to stay, but the pastor of my church said something to me, he said “Amaka did you talk to God about it?” Of course, he’d want me to stay, but insist I seek God’s opinion.

So, I decided to pray and talk to God about it for one week. On the last day of my prayers, I had a dream, where my elder brother told me not to stay in that town. He said “take his money for transportation and accept the second offer” I woke up and It was a dream. Immediately, I changed my direction and left for the second offer. I was so sure of what I saw in my dream. Remember, the first choice was much better and more comfortable for me, anyone could easily go for the first choice, but I had to follow God’s instruction so I left.

After 3 months into my new job, I decided to call some of the people that we got the first job together. I wanted to know how they were coping with the job and I got the shocker of my life. They told me there was never any job, and that the company folded up before it could even start. This is my eighth year into that second offer that didn’t look pleasant at that time. What if I didn’t seek the face of the God?

When God directs a man, His instructions lead to an accurate direction. Driections from God delivers from destruction; leads to perfect construction of our lives and destiny. God has also promised to instruct us if only we could listen.

Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with my eye.

6 IT SHOWS WE ARE HIS CHILDREN:My dad gives me instructions on what to do even as an adult. There is nothing that I want to embark on that I don’t seek his guidance and you wanna know why? It’s because his instructions has really worked for me. Every father gives instructions to his children and this is not different between us and God. If we acknowledge God as our Father, we will definitely hear from Him.

7 IT MAKES OUR JOURNEY SWEET: Relationship is sweeter when there is a free flow of communication, when no one is hindered from expressing himself. If God speaks back to you as you speak to Him daily, you will enjoy your walk with Him just like Enoch did and he went to heaven in sweet communication with God.

Treat your neighbors right

What does it mean to show love to your neighbor? It means to treat them in ways you want others to treat you. The problem lies in the fact that people have self worth for themselves. Besides, many people do not know how they are meant to be treated. Some people also lack self respect for themselves. If you do not know how to treat your self right, you will not know how to treat your neighbor right.

The Bible encourages us to treat our neighbors right because that is what God expects from us (Zechariah 8:17).God wants us to love him before we can achieve that, we have to love our neighbors (1 John 4:20). If we cannot love our neighbors with whom we see with both eyes, how can we then claim that we love God.

A man had received his salary and went to dump it at the feet of his pastor, one day the pastor came to visit him and saw his whole family in abject poverty. He had to return the monies he had collected and encouraged him to take care of his family better first.

Which neighbors of yours have you treated badly?

Locate them today and make peace with them

 

Holy Spirit in the Church

Dear beloved, you need to have an understanding of the church, the body which you belong. The church consist of all regenerated souls, each one redeemed by the blood of Christ and transformed by the Holy spirit. Without the holy spirit, there will be no purifying church, for the Holy spirit is the sanctifying power of the church, which is the body of Christ.

Members of the body of Christ are expected to live a new life in Christ which is sustainable by the enabling power of the holy spirit. Therefore there is no subject that is of greater significance above the person and work of the holy spirit in the body of Christ.

If you are a member of the leadership of the church of Christ, you need to cooperate wit the body of Christ to solve the problems of individual members of the local assembly. That is the reason the holy spirit must be the best companion of everyone in the position of leadership . The Mission of the church is to prepare and make the body rapturable according to Ephesians 5:25-27. The church must look unto Christ and not unto person.

And for the members of the body of Christ to be glorious without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, then the Holy Spirit must be allowed to do the works of purification in a believer’s life, in preparation in preparation for the rapture. Are you a member of the body of Christ.

His ways are not our ways

Man most times is a logical being he acts on whatever seems right to his reasoning and his senses. He makes judgement based on rational thinking. But Isiah 55:6-11 tells us that God’s ways are not our ways, neither are His thoughts our thoughts. The way God sees is different from the way we see.

God sees the end from the beginning. While the disciples after Pentecost saw Paul as a major threats to the church, God looked at him and saw an apostle who will not carry the gospel to the Gentile nations but also one who would later write half of the new testament.

Examine yourself and the people around you. Have you wrongly judged them? Have you condemned someone who God is not yet done with? The Pharisees could see no better than a harlot in Mary Magdalene but Jesus saw differently. Later she would be the first person to witness the resurrection of the risen Lord.

This goes to prove that mans reasoning cannot be trusted. We must not judged by the sight as 2 Corinthians 5:7 has reminded us that we walk y faith and not by sight. We must be men and women who can accurately discern the judgement of God, choosing not to judge based on our senses, no matter how convincing the physical evidences may seem, but to trust the spirit of the Lord within us to guide our decisions.

Let us choose to be different from the world, let us make decisions discarding physical evidences and only hearken to the voice of the holy spirit within us.

That we may fulfill our days

Job 5:26-27 and Psalm 90:10

You can plainly see that these verses clearly defines that, it is Gods will or desire for every person to live at least 70 – 80 years upon the earth. In other words, every man is appointed the same number of years to live on earth which is clearly shown in God’s word a minimum of 70-80 years. Psalm 90:10 says “the days of your years are three score years and ten: and if by reason of strength they be 4 scores years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow, for it is soon cut off, and we flew away”

God’s will for us is to live a full life. It is not God’s will for our lives to be cut short in anyway. It is Gods will for you to live a minimum of 70-80 years. If you understand this truth yourself, then, Satan cannot deceive you and cut your life short by binding you with some terminal diseases. The word of God clearly teaches us that Satan is a liar and there is no truth in him.

We are to resist the and his lies and he will flee from us. But if we do not know the truth, then we can be deceived. God’s word tells us that “His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. Therfore SEARCH ir, KNOW it ( the word of God) it is for your good.

The truth of knowing that God has promised you a long, full, and satisfied life of no less than 70-80 years without a doubt will be a weapon in your hands in which, to successfully defeat any sickness, or disease the devil brings upon you, or any other lie the enemy is telling you.

You can boldly say “Satan it is written my days to live upon the earth are no less than 70-80 years, so, take the disease (name the disease) and every lying symptom from my body and my household, right now, by the power in the blood of Jesus”

Dear #steemitchurch if you stand up for what rightly belongs to you, that which God has freely given you, and resist Satan, and all his lying symptoms of sickness and diseases, then he and all his symptoms will have flee from you as it is written in the WORD OF TRUTH, the holy BIBLE.

Very soon, you will join us

There is a word that most overweight people dislike, it is a word that turns people off and makes their mind switch to another channel to avoid thinking about it. Unfortunately it is a key part to weight reduction and something that when done correctly can be the cause of your success. The word is…………….. Exercise! Now stay with me here, switch your mind back on to what I am saying stay, in this same frame. The reason most overweight people do not like the ‘E’ word is because they have set up in their mind that in equals pain and like most people they will do anything to avoid pain. There is a better way and you can find the better way when you begin to understand that there are different ‘types’ of exercise (hey, don’t disappear – stay with me now) At the lowest level there are 2 forms of exercise, these are; · Aerobic and · Anaerobic Aerobic exercise causes your heart and muscles to work very hard, pumping blood round your body at a high rate to get the oxygen to the muscles in order for them to keep working. A side effect of this is that it produces acid in your muscles, lactic acid to be precise. It is this lactic acid that causes you muscles to stiffen up after you have finished, causing you pain. Lactic acid also stays in your system for a long time as your body finds it hard to break it down. If your body cannot break the acid down it wraps it up and stores it as fat! The main type of aerobic exercise that people do on a regular basis is running, yes this helps build fitness but if you want to reduce your weight you can only concentrate on building fitness once you get down to a sufficient weight. What you should concentrate on to start with is reducing your weight and nothing else, fitness comes later. This is where anaerobic exercise comes in. Anaerobic exercise causes the heart to work harder than normal which still pushes the blood and oxygen around the body but does not work the muscles as hard and therefore does not create lactic acid. Further more anaerobic exercise helps in releasing stored fat and acid and helps it into the waste system so that the body can get rid of it. Remember you cannot ‘burn’ off your weight. The phrase ‘burning off calories’ is a myth! The weight you get rid of has to leave your body somehow and it is through your waste system that this happens. So, what is the best form of anaerobic exercise? I hear you ask Well, as the title of this article suggests it is walking. My suggestion to you is that you walk for 1 ½ hours at least 3 times per week and that should be broken down into the following; · 15 minutes warm up walking at a pace slightly faster than your normal walking pace · 60 minutes walking at a high pace that gets your heart pumping · 15 minutes warm down walking at your normal walking pace. If you cannot manage that to start with find your own level and start there and slowly build up to this level. Remember the warm up and warm down though as this is vital. Enjoy your walking. Yours truly, Graham Nicholls

Power of the mind

My dear friend in Christ, what goes on in your mind has a very great power to influence your future. The scripture says in Proverbs 4;23, “keep they heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life”. Also in proverbs 23;7 says ” for as he thinketh in his heart so he is”. From the foregoing it is apparent that our thoughts are very powerful creative force.

Look at Lucifer, he thought in his heart to be like God and immediately God reacted swiftly because God knows the power of thoughts and that with time his thoughts will become his experience.

Consider Job, a very successful man indeed but look at his secret thoughts of fear of calamity, God allowed the devil to make secret thought of Job his experience.

Beloved, remember that we are created in image and likeness of God and so whatever is conceivable is achievable. Fill yourself always with positive thoughts and eschew every negative thinking for it is a true saying that a man will become what he thinks most of the times.

In the morning when you wake up from sleep what goes on in your mind? Is it always fear of the unknown? is it worrying about how the day will be? or are you having a positive thought that your day would be great? when you are about going to bed, what are your last thoughts before you fall asleep?

Are they positive or negative? Note that your thoughts can make you or mar you. fear and worry are powerful weapons of the enemy and these weapons only operate in our minds .

So remove fear and worry not, have a positive thinking about life and about what you want to achieve and God, nature, and humans will cooperate to bring it it into reality, what you always think about.

Carry His presence

Our Father has promised us His presence. Jesus promised never to leave nor forsake us. And Indeed, the Godhead are faithful to their promise and have given us the holy spirit of promise to abide in us. But do we consciously carry his presence given to us, do we consciously seek to fellowship with the presence.

Act 17;27 records that God is not far from us. Therefore,the only reason we don’t feel his presence is because we fail to acknowledge him. It is possible to carry God everywhere you go. You don’t have to limit fellowship with God to your morning and evening prayer times. God desires that we remain in fellowship with him every second, every minute and every hour of the day. That is why Paul prayed in 2 Corinthians 13:14 that we experience the communion of the Holy Ghost.

God is not far from us. We have the Holy spirit residing with us, but we have to consciously decide to carry his presence with us and never leave his presence like Cain did (Genesis 4:16) because of His sin

Rolling Away the great stone

Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, took sweet spices to the tomb of Jesus so they might come and anoint Jesus body on the first day of the week very early in the morning at the rising of the sun.

“who will roll away the stone for us at the door of the tomb”?

To them, there was an obstacle to achieving the desire of their hearts. This thought must have given them sleepiness night. Surprisingly, when they got to the tomb, they looked, they saw that the very great stone was already rolled away.

Dear #Steemitchurch, whatever might have been giving you sleepless night is a great stone. The great stone could be lack of Money to execute certain assignments, projects businesses and son on.

Pray to the Master to roll away the stone in your lives.