How anyone can believe that society, in its own attempt, has created a world of peace, is beyond me. Inherently, we are selfish and will do anything to be heard and seen; all because we want to be accepted and acknowledged. That’s just the way the flesh works. It’s all about me.
The truth is, that we have been created to acknowledge God, not ourselves or other people. The only time I will find true peace in my life, is when I stop looking for the approval of those around me, and start living in acknowledgement of who God is and what He has done for me. When that becomes the focus of my life, then the the fleshly desire to be more and want more is swallowed up by the knowledge that God is all I need and He becomes all I want.
Since the beginning of time, mankind has tried in every single way to rule this world, and has dismally failed. Every single human has tried to rule their own life in an attempt to find significance and acceptance, and has failed. If it hasn’t worked since the beginning of time, it’s safe to say it never will. Why not allow God to take control and see how life changes from chaos to peace, and hate to love. He loves you and accepts you without any pre-existing conditions.
Have an amazing day!
It’s better to be slapped with the truth, than kissed with a lie.
Jesus wasn’t joking when He said that we’ll have trouble in this world; or when He told us that following Him meant carrying a cross through life. One reason why a life following Christ will cost us, is because the world is moving in an opposite direction. They have a different agenda. And that agenda is coming through loud and clear at the moment; to destroy the family unit, and to destroy the truth. And this is all done under the guise of “caring” and being “inclusive”!
Jesus also wasn’t joking when told us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. It is only in Him that we can find and live the Truth. And when that Truth, clashes with the lies of the world, there will be friction. And as long as society chooses to eliminate Christ, we will continue to be ridiculed, mocked and scoffed at. So what does that mean. Do we choose the easy way that goes with the flow and slowly allow these wayward ideologies to water down our faith and pursuit of the Truth?
Sorry for the language, but “Hell No! I refuse to deny my Saviour, who stood up for me when He died on Calvary. He never chose the easy road out, so neither will I. I am in this until my final breath here on Earth. I will continue living the life my God is calling me to live, no matter how uncomfortable it may get. Comfort is not my priority, living a life that is pleasing to My Father, is! Even though it will cost me in this life, I know what eternity holds for me. My eyes are focused on that!
Have an amazing day, rooted in the Truth.
The most effective way to do something, is to do something. And if it fails, having learnt from your first attempt, do it again, but better.
There is no place so dark in your world, where God’s light cannot shine. No matter how rock bottom your life seems to be, there is no hopeless soul in God’s eyes. Whatever you’ve done, and however many people have written you off, you can never mess up so badly that God will abandon you. While your heart is beating and your lungs are filled with air, God is extending His grace. Grace that is calling you to receive Life in the Light. Not based on our messed up lives, but on His perfection.
It continues to blow my mind that a perfect God, chooses to call a messed up me, to a live in His grace instead of my failures. He takes the pieces of my shattered attempts to do things in my own strength, and restores it to perfection. I know it doesn’t mean that whatever I try when I live for Him will work out perfectly for me. But I know that, no matter whether I succeed or fail in what I try, my life doesn’t simply add up to the sum of my mistakes. I know that my confidence is found in Christ, not my personal successes.
Today is the day that God is calling you to “Do something!” It might be that He is calling you to get up, dust yourself off and face your giants. He wants you to know that He will walk every step with you. Maybe He is calling you to break the chains that are holding you down. He wants you to know that He is a Chain-Breaker. Maybe He wants you to get back on track with Him. He wants you to know that He is a Way-Maker! Don’t allow your previous failures to darken your future. Let them motivate you to try again, and do better. This time, with God!
Have an awesome day!
There’s a massive difference between “political correctness” and morality, even though society would like you to see the two concepts as synonymous. Being polite because we don’t want to offend anyone, has nothing to do with morality Whereas “Political correctness” has to do with human preference, morality has to do with God’s perfection. God has no interest in being polite when it comes to morals. The world is in such a shambles, because more tears are shed over the lack of “politeness, than the lack of morals.
It is time for us to draw a line in the sand and to say, “Enough is enough!” The time has come to put on our “big boy boots” (that is probably politically incorrect for not mentioning all 100-and-something genders) and to stop worrying about whether we are going to offend someone. The time has come to dust off our moral compasses and be more concerned about what God expects from us, than what society would like us to do and say.
Society keeps moving the goalposts. What was considered immoral a few decades ago, is seen as absolutely fine today. It’s because there is an unspoken policy they live by. A policy that keeps moving the line that was once drawn. How dare we think that morality depends on what we feel. As sinful souls, we have no sense of what morality is, without having a starting point; and His name is Jesus Christ. So, if you and I claim to love Jesus, it’s time to draw that line and stand strong.
Let’s stop falling for the lies of governments and organisations, getting us to believe that if we bow the knee to them, that we are somehow moral. The only morality we will find, is when we bow our knee to the One and Only God of Heaven and Earth. Remember, political correctness is simply a war on noticing the absence of actual morality.
Draw a line today. Choose Jesus.
Life begins once Jesus is the reason you live it!
We all experience difficulties in life. The question is not how bad they are, but rather, how we approach these hurdles. We can either look at our circumstances and allow them to determine our future, or we can look to God and see His power in the midst of the storms of life. You see, by focusing on the waves, we lose sight of the One who has control over them. No matter how strong we are, life’s currents will drag us under, if we don’t have a Saviour.
Why would we choose to confront our giants, when we can have God there, right beside us. We can approach life like the Israelite army, that hid and cowered from the enemy. Well trained and confident in their own abilities, but when faced with an overwhelmingly big problem, they just couldn’t deal with it. Or we can take the “David Approach”. He was small, insignificant and not confident in his own abilities. What he was confident in, was his God.
So, the ball is in your court. Whatever your life looks like at the moment, you can choose to say that it is not how your story will end. And the way to do that, is to put your life and your problems in the hands of God. Jesus invites us to bring our problems to Him. When we do, we begin to approach life like Paul did. His motto was, “To live is Christ.” Everything we do here on Earth, is to glorify Him. So that when we die, it is gain, as we move into eternity with God.
My prayer for you today, is that you will seek Christ with all your heart, and know that you are loved. And no matter what life throws at you, God is there with you.
Have an amazing day!
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Physical courage often leads to the accolades from society. When we do something that puts our life at risk, people stand in awe of such an act. People like Hugh Glass, is an example of such a person. In his early 40s, he was attacked by a grizzly bear in Grand River in 1823. The attack was so severe that his fellow trappers left him behind with the intention of escaping Native Americans. They even covered his body with a bear hide as a funeral shroud. Glass gained consciousness after a while, wrapped his body parts in the bear hide and began his crawling expedition along the banks of the Cheyenne River all the way till he reached civilization. That was a distance of 200 miles (320 km). To impede gangrene infestation on his wounds, he allowed maggots to eat his dead flesh. During his six-week peregrination, he consumed rattlesnakes, berries, roots and a stolen bison calf from two wolves. The man inspired not one but two movies. And rightly so. His courage certainly is admirable.
But here’s the thing; our physical bodies are but temporary in nature. Putting our bodies on the line and risking death, is certainly something that requires courage. But society doesn’t seem to be thinking about more eternal things. Morality is something that becomes part of our DNA when we become Christians – or it should , anyway. As a follower of Christ, we know that our life here on Earth is but temporary. There is an eternity that awaits all of us. And if we choose to focus on it, then morality becomes the compass that guides our decisions and actions. The quote that is so often used to imply a negative connotation, “Taking the moral high ground,” should be our goal in life. Not because we think we are better than anyone, but because God is calling us to be different. He is asking us to stand out from the crowd by doing the right thing; to be morally courageous. What society deems to be moral, does not fit in with God’s morality! In God, morality is based on truth, not lies – humility, not arrogance – life, not destruction.
So the choice we need to make is simple yet consequential. Will we place higher value on physical courage than we do on moral courage? Do we choose the accolades of society over the opportunity to please God through our choices and actions? Moral courage is rare, live it anyway. The privilege to live for God, far outweighs the applause of the world!
Have a great day!
There’s a tendency within society to allow ourselves to be dragged into living a plastic life. A life that is flooded with inauthenticity and fakeness. What we portray on the outside completely contradicts what we feel on the inside. We put on a mask that hides our true identity. We will do anything to impress the Jones’s, even if it means sacrificing our own “realness.” The result is that we end up living a lie!
The only way to avoid a fake life, is to know a real Saviour. Not only know about Him, but to really know Him. When we do, He takes away that desire to please and impress others. When we give our lives to Jesus Christ, he removes the mask from our hearts, and gives us back our realness. The “realness” that he intended for us to have and to live every day of our lives. Then, the only opinion that matters to us, is God’s.
If you please God, it does not matter who you displease. If you displease God, it does not matter who you please. So, be who God has called you to be, not who the world wants you to be. And the freedom you will experience will blow you away.
Spiritual pride is the most dangerous and the most arrogant of all sorts of pride. Satan knows that if he can trick Christians in becoming proud, he is winning a battle in our lives. How many church leaders are falling into the trap of allowing success to go to their heads. The thing is, that when it comes to church, success is not measured by the number of people who attend worship services. It is measured by the spiritual growth of those who do attend. Success as a pastor is not measured by how popular and “rockstarish” he or she is, but rather by their humility and dependence on God. Success is not measured by the size of a congregation’s bank account, but rather by their rate of giving.
I recently heard a guy talking about how the “Build Back Better” ideology of world leaders involves many things. One of the things that is part of this “Great Re-set” is to abolish God. I don’t know who these “powerful” people think they are, but anyone who actually believes that they can abolish God, needs to, very quickly, get off their high horse and take a little look around. Human beings are but specks in the bigger scheme of things. What is the world coming to for us to elevate ourselves to such an extent, that we think we can simply wipe out the existence of an all powerful, omniscient God, who is the One who has given us life in the first place. That’s what happens when we achieve success based on our own ideas of what success is. We allow it to go to our heads.
While on the other side of the coin, so many of us measure our success based on what these people say success should be. When we do that, we will only make ourselves depressed. Why desire to be like the rich and famous, who often lack a single strand of humility, morality and acknowledgement of God? Why hang around on Facebook and feel insignificant because you don’t seem to have the life that others do? The measure of true success can only be found in our relationship with God. No matter what you have done, whether good or bad, counts for nothing. Knowing God and walking with Him is all that really matters in the bigger scheme of things.
So don’t fall into the 2 traps that Satan has set for you. Just don’t! Don’t elevate yourself above anyone else, especially God. Because those who do, will fall the hardest. And don’t allow your heart to descend to a place where you feel insignificant and useless. God is calling you by name today. No matter what you have done in the past, He loves you. Satan wants you to believe differently, but Satan is a Liar. Don’t listen to him. Just dont!