Sunday, 7 June 2015

Why We Lack True Conversion?

Background: Christianity is not stagnant, it's a continual process of overcoming sin and growing in Christ. We can never get to a point where we can safely say "I am there Lord, I have fully conquered!" This is because Satan has temptations laid out for every step of our lives. He is there, he is diligently and patiently waiting for any opportunity to lead us astray. Therefore we should constantly seek for growth and advancement in our relationship with Jesus.

Personal Experience: At some point in my life, when I was flourishing spiritually, I thought like Peter, that I will never deny Christ...#PeterMoments! Then trials yea, tribulations came, was I able to stand? Sadly NO! Reserve reformation took its course, then I began to drop one conviction after the other...#SaddestReality! But Jesus was there, he remained faithful even in my unfaithfulness. 

If you are struggling to advance spiritually the reasons could be that:
1. You have not made a clean track behind you.
2. You have no special interest in religious exercises - you just don't enjoy religion.
3. You have departed from God and righteousness.
4. You have been seeking happiness in the wrong way, in forbidden pleasures and you have not, moral courage to confess and forsake your sins that you may find mercy.

Moral of the Story: It is NOT a light thing to be a Christian. It is a small matter to profess the Christian name, but it is a great and sacred thing to live a Christian life. The question will never be asked, 'how much did you profess?' BUT, 'what fruit did you bear?'

Be Encouraged!

20-something Random Facts About Me!

I learn something new about myself everyday so you can guess it took me 20-something days to come up with this list. 

1. I spell my name as NONTIE but somehow everyone turns it to NONTY.
2. I stalk my parent's marriage (they fascinate me and they are the real reason I will ever consider getting married one day).
3. Being quiet for more than 5 minutes is out of my comfort zone.
4. I am a feet-dragger (I have to constantly remind myself to lift my feet)...#SpoiltBratTendencies!
5. My most asked question is - How old are you? When I answer it, very few believe me, so I am whatever age you THINK I am.
6. I am an Oreos fan! (twist, lick and dunk).
7. I love cake - Carrot or Chocolate!
8. Marriage is not my final destination (I have my anti-marriage days) but if it happens - Yay! If not - Yay still!
9. I love Pink!
10. Sometimes I REALLY wonder if I am a tomboy with girly tendencies or if I am girly but with tomboy tendencies (hoping to figure that out soon).
11. (Somewhere in my mind) I want to be a Court Judge.
12. I am a victim of sibling bullying.
13. BUT I am overly obsessed with my BROTHERS, they are the BEST thing that has ever happened to my life!
14. I get relationship advise for my dad - YES! my dad is cooler than yours.
15. If you are my friend and you know my dad's first name, chances are, we will be friends for a long time.
16. The BIGGEST turn off, is when someone swears in my face (please DON'T, it breaks my heart).
17. I have multiple characters, I even confuse myself sometimes.
18. Despite my very LOUD and TALKATIVE tendencies, I am very SHY, FRAGILE, SENSITIVE and I CRY a lot.
19. My dogs are both called "boo boo" and the tone of my voice tells them which one I am calling.
20. When someone lies to me, I play dump and play along to avoid killing their ego - trust me I will never ASK!
21. I am yet to meet a guy who doesn't like SOCCER! Who is not a fan of MOVIES or SERIES! (I just want to say hie...)
22. When I look at a guy, I see a BROTHER as opposed to a FUTURE HUBBY...#AutomaticBrotherZone!
23. On that note, I have a lot of brothers.
24. The thought of having a sister traumatizes me...#OnlyGirlTendencies! 
25. I get excited every time I read about ANTENUPTIAL CONTRACTS (if you have watched the movie 'Divorce Invitation' you will know why).
26. I cut my relaxed hair (hair with chemicals) because I want to be a NATURAL HAIR bride!
28. I LOVE LAW SCHOOL! - It has taught me the importance of PRAYER more than anything else.

Ciao :)

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Why People Leave The Church?

I have had my "Peter moments" where I would tell myself that I will never leave the church. Nothing would ever make me want to 'sleep in' and not go to church. Even if someone does something to me I vowed never to make that the reason to take a step back in my relationship with God. But like the bible says, if you have faith, it has to be tested. 

Personal Experience: For the past few days, yea weeks, I have been thinking of just taking a break from going to church. I told myself I would just sleep in from Friday night through to Sabbath sunset and then resume my week as normal. I was suffering emotionally, I had a lot of mixed feelings being thrown at me. You know when someone is one person today and a totally different person tomorrow. They are all sweet now and the next minute they leave you wondering what happened. You try by all means to be nice but you get crap right back in your face. Imagine the pain, the hurt and the high chances of resentment popping up. I got to a stage where if I see the person, all I could think of is the question, but what went wrong? As I was trying to battle ill feelings against the persons, constantly seeing them at church wasn't making the struggle any better. That's when I decided but why not take a 'break' from church - I mean it was for a good cause. All this made perfect sense in my head.

Fortunately enough, I say fortunate as an after thought, after realizing that God actually had a solution before the problem came up. As my brain was celebrating the brilliant idea of 'sleeping in' on Sabbath, Jesus brought a sweet lady in my life. I had always known her but we suddenly became close. You know the feeling that you get when you realize that someone loves you, without them actually saying it? That's exactly what this dear friend made me feel like. Her tender, love and care was just on another level (okay, that's besides the point), but she was the one God sent to encourage me to go to church. I would tell her that I am not going to church but she always had the right things to say that landed me right at foot of the cross.

Moral of the Story: No matter how deep life may be. When friends throw tantrums at you. Running away from Jesus should be the last thought on your mind. He is the truest friend you can ever have. Just hang in there, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.