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Thursday, 12 April 2018

THE REAL DEAL

 *Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.*
Colossians 3:9-10

Many of us with pets at home will attest to the fact that they misbehave and are normally wild when we first bring them home but we teach them to behave: to go outside when they need to, not to jump on the table or hang around looking for food.

Dogs for example have no moral consciousness; they have merely been housetrained – taught to behave by consequences.

It is possible for us as Christians to also be evangelically housetrained. We are taught how to behave in the right company, and we are meticulously observant, but out of company or around those who are not Christians, we behave very differently.

We are not driven by an inner compulsion and appetite for what is right, but by external motivation. *The real measure of our sanctification is more how we behave when nobody else is watching.*

The Christian life involves being genuine with our temptations, failures and weaknesses, and looking to the Holy Spirit to produce an inward morality which will be expressed in an outward activity. That is not being housetrained, it is being sanctified.

 _*The authentic Christian life is consistent, whether we are being watched or not.*_

Be real before God and you will be real before others.

PRAYER: Almighty Father, I humbly ask that Your Holy Spirit will help me put You first and to please You in every aspect of my life especially when am alone, in Jesus mighty name.. Amen🙏🏼

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YOUR LIFE IS IMPORTANT TO CHRIST.

SEX TALK

 *Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.*
Ephesians 5:3

We live in a sex-saturated world today, but in many ways this isn’t new. The Apostle Paul wrote from a context where sexual immorality had been normalized as fully as in our own day. Paul wrote to the Ephesians knowing Ephesus was a city built on the worship of the goddess Diana, the goddess of fertility.

This cult was riddled with fertility rights disguised as religious duty, involving temple prostitutes and numerous sexual deviations that satisfied the base lusts of people.

There are those that try to persuade us that the sexual ethics of the New Testament are no longer relevant for Christians today. They even say that sexual ethics are unreasonable and unnecessary for we can control reproduction much better than they could in ancient days, and we are to celebrate our sexuality.

Many people in the church today are seriously into pornography and many men when caught lustfully discussing a woman, will say "we are admiring God's creation". _*Oh how they are deceived.*_

There were those in the church in Ephesus deceiving people in this very area, says Paul, who brought themselves under the wrath of God. It is not that God is anti-sex, or does not appreciate physical pleasure. *After all He created it but its fulfillment is found in a right context, apart from which it brings only trouble and pain.* The evidence of that is all around us.

 _*We should all be careful of allowing the culture around us to normalise sin and deceive us about its sting.* _

PRAYER: Lift up any unclean thoughts to God in prayer today. Bring them to the light of Christ and ask for help to overcome them in Jesus name.

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GOD THINKS ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY.

CHASING THE WIND

 *I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.*

Ecclesiastes 1:14

There are three words or phrases that are key to understanding Ecclesiastes. First, Solomon writes that, ‘ *Everything is meaningless* ’ The second phrase is ‘ *under the sun* .’ Here the writer looks at life as only what he can see, touch, feel, smell and hear. The third phrase says that his pursuit of meaning is like ‘ *chasing the wind* .’

Ecclesiastes could have been written today. When people try to make sense of life without God, we can only come to one honest conclusion: ‘ *Everything is meaningless* .’

We are left to create an artificial sense of meaning and purpose as the writer says he did, through wine, work, silver and gold, good food, plenty of sex, only to conclude, ‘I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. ... Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun’ (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11).

It is only at the end of the book he wakes up to the truth: ‘Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: *Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind* ’(Ecclesiastes 12:13.) That alone gives lasting meaning!

 *_The hard truth is that we cannot make sense of life without God._ *

What are you pursuing to find meaning? Is it things of the physical world or the things of God?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please help me to be a Heavenly minded Christian in Jesus mighty name.....Amen.

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BELOVED IN CHRIST, SINCERELY CHASE AFTER GOD.

Friday, 6 April 2018

THE FATHER'S TIME

 *The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.*
1 Thessalonians 5:24

A wise older man told me when I was young that I need three things for life's journey: ‘ *You need patience, and then you need more patience, and then you need still more patience.* 'He was right.

We are always in a hurry. But God works to a different time frame than we do. We are limited by time but God doesn’t wear a watch, carry a calendar or use an iPhone.

When Abraham came to Canaan and God promised him that he would have a son and from that son would come a nation, he was 75 years old and his wife was 65. Finally, it was when Abraham was 100 years of age and Sarah was 90 that she finally gave birth to the son who had been promised, Isaac.

But what about the nation that was part of the promise? Even 85 years after God had promised Abraham a nation would come from his body, all he had was two baby grandchildren born to Isaac
and his wife, Rebekah. But the purposes of God were slowly (very slowly) coming to pass.

Patience isn’t easy. We must trust the divine timing of God. His delays in our eyes are not His denials.

 *God doesn’t keep looking at His watch, but He does everything on schedule.*

Do you trust God’s timing in the areas you are impatient?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please help me to be patient and to trust You all the days of my life especially in the most difficult days of my life. In Jesus mighty name....Amen🙏🏼

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LET'S PREPARE OURSELVES TO MEET JESUS

THE REAL JESUS

 *For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you may well put up with it.*
2 Corinthians 11:4

Paul tells the Christians in Corinth that it is possible to create their own Jesus. There are different versions of Jesus, usually tailored to fit our own particular needs or selfish interests. It wasn’t unique to Corinth.

It is easy to start with a sense of our needs, wants or aspirations, and design a Jesus who meets them. How do we know the real Jesus?
For a start, we don’t have to invent Him, for everything we know about Him in Scripture is sufficient for all we need to know.

He was born, lived, acted and interacted with people, died, was raised and ascended to heaven. *He not only taught the truth, He embodied the truth and is the truth.*

Everything we need to know about God, we see in Jesus. Many people are encouraged to close their eyes and ask Jesus to reveal Himself to them. No, don’t do that. Open your eyes and read the revelation of Christ that He has
given in His Word. As you do so, in a spirit of humility, He will step out of the Bible to become a living companion.

 _*If you’re going to look for Jesus, look for Him where He has revealed Himself....In the Scriptures.*_

Are you getting to know the Christ of the Word?

PRAYER: Beloved in Christ, pray for the revelation of Christ through the Scriptures and for the spiritual interpretation of the Word of God.

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SEEK TO KNOW CHRIST MORE FOR YOURSELF.

BURIED WITH CHRIST

Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Jesus should never have been buried. Having died as a criminal, His body became the possession of the Roman authority. In Jerusalem, bodies of criminals were thrown into a gorge on the south side of the city wall known as the Valley of Gehenna. In Jesus’ day, the Valley of Gehenna was a garbage dump. The bodies of dead animals and criminals were incinerated with the garbage.

The bodies of the two thieves crucified with Christ would have been disposed of here. But Jesus had a wealthy friend who rescued His body. This was prophesied
years in advance by Isaiah, when he wrote, ‘He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death’(Isaiah 53:9).

Paul states in Romans 6:4, ‘We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death.’ It is important to know we were ‘buried with him,’ because burial is final. We speak of something being ‘dead and buried’ when there is no hope of it coming back. The burial of Christ says that He took my sin to the Cross; He died my death and was buried.

It is over. We must see ourselves united to Christ in His burial. Our sin is dead and buried.

 *_We are not only united to Christ in His death and resurrection, but also in His burial._*


You have accepted that you have died with Christ, but do you know the implications of being buried with Him too?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please help me to understand the implications of being buried with You and to live my life as such in the name of Jesus I pray.....Amen🙏🏼

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JESUS CARES FOR YOU

DON'T GIVE UP

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. John 6:44

God’s work is to draw people to Himself. Jesus says, ‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them’ (John 6:44). We can’t predict how or in what circumstances God may do that, but we know that He will do it. It’s not easy to wait for God’s timing.

Don’t give up my dear. Your very presence is a means by which God may be at work revealing Himself. Jesus said to His disciples, ‘ *You are the light of the world* ’(Matthew 5:14). On another occasion He said, ‘ *I am the light of the world* ’ (John 9:5). His work of reaching others is done through the people in whom He lives.

We shine by virtue of the fact that He is the Light of the world and lives in us. *When He said, ‘I am the light of the world,’ He qualified it by saying, ‘While I am in the world, I am the light of the world’* (John 9:5).

Don’t underestimate what God is doing in us and through us. We don’t have to see it and we certainly don’t have to feel that we are shining brightly but if we are connecting with the Source of light in fellowship with God, it will be His business to show Himself to others though us. The alternative is to hide our light under a bowl so that the house will never see the light (Matthew 5:15).

 *_When a person comes into a relationship with God, they bring the presence of God into every situation they participate in._ *

Are you living as a light of the world or are you hiding it under a bowl?

PRAYER: Ask our Father in Heaven to help you shine brighter and to connect you with those in whose heart He is at work.

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BRIGHTEN THE CORNER YOU FIND YOURSELF