Saturday, 29 August 2015

How to Stop sinning?

Background: There are many times when I purposed in my heart to stay away from particular sins. I would make commitments to follow Jesus and allow him to order my life and provide according to his riches in heaven. But a few days, yea weeks after that, I would be back to where I started or even worse than I was. And I have always wondered if it is possible to have total victory over sin.

This morning the Lord answered me in four words - LOVE MAKES IT EASY!

We are loyal to what we love. If we love sin more than God, then we will be loyal to that sin. Therefore the only reason we keep sinning is because we don't love God enough to abide in him fully.

1 John 3:6 says - "Whoever abides in him [God] does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen him nor known him."

Moral of the Story: My prayer is for nothing less than for you to LOVE Jesus more!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Prayer!

This prayer in a song, always speaks to me every time we sing it in church:

Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake lay not our sins to our charge,
but forgive that is past,
and give us grace to amend our sinful lives: to decline from sin and incline to virtue,
that we may walk in a perfect heart before thee now and evermore.
Amen.


Oh Lord, hear our Prayer!


Friday, 21 August 2015

Why I Love Funerals?

Death is a horrible thing, but funerals can be a blessing. The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 7:2 that,

"It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone, the living should take this to heart."

One of the moments that bring transformation in our lives is when we realise the bravity of life - when we understand that life is not forever. When this happens, one is faced with two options; either to end their life immediately because it is hopeless or to make the best out of it.

Life is short, but we can make that life long by investing in the lives of others. That way, even when we are gone, our names will remain on the lips of many - he passed by and he blessed me! Your life continues to be a blessing even when you are dead.


When you know life is short, you tend to be careful how you spend it. We should always ask ourselves two questions,

1. What have I done not to be dead?
2. What difference am I going to make?

Moral of the Story: Our prayer should be - Teach me to know that life is short and as you do that, help me understand how I can live.






Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Because God Knows!

 "He [God] looked down on the people of Israel and KNEW it was time to act" 
 Exodus 2:25

Background: The children of Israel were in bondage and they knew no one else could help them hence they cried out to the Lord for help. Even though no one else paid attention to their pain, God knew. 

In like manner, our pain that can not be heard by human ears is shouting in the loudest tone in the ears of God. Those silent cries of our own hearts reach the ears of him who has all power, knowledge, love and desires to deliver us. Hence, we can be comforted even before deliverance because in every situation of life, I can look at myself and look at my situation and say God knows. And if God knows, God is going to act and God has a plan. This didn't catch God off-guard.

Moral of the Story: So today, as you reflect upon your struggles, as you reflect upon your difficulties, your pain, your sorrows, listen and hid the words of Jesus, your Heavenly Father already knows what you need before you even ask him. Instead of worrying and stressing, just whisper these words to yourself - GOD KNOWS! - and he definitely has a PLAN! 


Monday, 17 August 2015

There is Never Enough Time!



It seems there is never enough time. The temptation is to cut short or skip time with my Lord and move on to “getting something practical done.” More and more I am realizing that if I prioritize connecting with God through prayer and the Word, He can accomplish much more of the right things! That is just what He promised in John 15!


Let’s make sure we take time in God’s word and talk often with Him. It makes a difference for eternity!

Yours in Christ

Nontie :)


Sunday, 16 August 2015

The Test of a True Prophet!

This is a continuation of our previous post, if you haven't read it, please CLICK HERE:

By definition a prophet is a mouth-piece of God. From that alone we must be able to establish that, whatever a prophet says, must be in line with God's word. God is a God of order, he will never contradict himself. Here are four verses which will be useful in testing a prophet:

1. Isaiah 8:20
Whatever a true prophet says, must be in agreement with prior revelation. As aforementioned, God will never contradict himself.

2. Matthew 7:20
The fruits of the prophet's life must testify that he is indeed a mouth-piece of God. One can't claim to be a 'prophet' of God yet he is an abusive husband, a hands-off father or is later accused of raping or killing someone. Whatever the prophet says I should do, they must lead by example. 

3. Deuteronomy 18:22
Whatever the prophet says will happen must come to pass. We have heard news about how the world is coming to an end on this particular day, but we are still here and life is going on. The bible clearly says no one knows the day nor the hour, so whoever tells you that the world is ending on a particular day, is obviously a FALSE prophet (easy test, is it not?).

4. 1 John 4:2-3
The message of a true prophet must draw people to Christ. When we hear the message we must glorify God and not praise the prophet. The prophet is a messenger of God and not God himself. It doesn't make sense to go around saying 'my prophet this, my prophet that' when his/her job is simply to make known to us what God has revealed to him/her. It's like applauding  the postman for delivering a letter as opposed to the person that actually wrote it - the postman is doing his job for crying out loud!


Moral of the story: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" ~ 1 Peter 5:8.


Exposing the devil!

Yesterday at church I learnt something super exciting and I couldn't wait to share it with you. As we all know, we are living in an era where new 'prophets' are literally popping up from left, right and center. Because of the high unemployment rates, starting a church has now become a business venture more than it is a community of believers. These 'prophets' look for what people are desperate for - healing, money, prosperity - they promise them that at the expense of the 'little' wealth they actually have. 

As much as this might hurt us, we should not be surprised because the bible tells us in Matthew 24:11 that, "And many FALSE prophets shall rise and shall deceive many." This is again amplified in 1 John 4:1 ~ "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many FALSE prophets are gone out into the world." 

Since the Bible warned us against false prophets, the same bible should help us to distinguish between the true and false prophets. Guideline for studying the bible, "For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, and there little." ~ Isaiah 28:10. This means, we should use the bible and the bible alone to interpret the bible. 

Moral of the story: God is a God of order, he would not leave us to be confused. He has revealed all the light that we might need through his prophets and he will do anything and everything to protect us from the snares of the devil. 


NB - Our next post will give a biblical guideline of how we can test prophets to see which one is a true or false one. 




Sunday, 9 August 2015

It's like walking on Water!

This sharing is based on Peter's experience when he walked on water (Matthew 14:22-33). 

As I was reflecting on his experience, I realized that the moment one decides to walk with God, they immediately become a target for the devil. Many a time, we don't notice this because the devil is smart enough to wait for that moment when we think we have everything under control - that moment when we become relaxed and think the devil has nothing on us. At that moment is when he will triple his attack on us. We need to realize that, if the Lord is with us, the devil will be on our case. He is NOT going to let us go so fast, he is not a QUITTER! He is not like us. He has a target and he will do everything and anything to separate us from God. 

To live a life that is pleasing to God in this world is like walking on water and at every moment we ought to realize that, if I am walking on water, I am actually doing something that is a miracle hence I can fall. Once we acknowledge this, it will encourage us to remain focused, it will make us not unnecessarily expose ourselves to danger. In other words, knowing that ALONE we can not do it, will make us see the need to spend much time in PRAYER and BIBLE STUDY! 


Moral of the Story: As Christians living in this world, we need to understand that there is a possibility of us falling BUT this will not happen if we keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). 



Are there really No guys in the Church?

During Courtship and Marriage talks, I have heard a couple of sisters saying "there aren't any guys in the church", but I never really understood what they meant because I would always  look around and see a whole bunch of SINGLE males [we all have those blonde moments]. 

However upon reflection and research, I finally understood what the sisters really meant. Initially I thought it was just an excuse to justify 'unequally yoking' (2 Corinthians 6:14) BUT it's not. Yes there are guys in the church but very few of them are really different to [or let's say better than] those who aren't in the church. 

Being the person that I am, with the principles and convictions I live by, I have had to 'red-flag' a lot of guys for no other reason than that, they were not of the same faith. The guy might have been all perfect, all right and even willing to join my faith BUT I believe a person must only change their faith out of their OWN conviction and not for another person [dating evangelism or convert and marry - none of that]. Sometimes I look back at what could have been, sometimes it hurts letting go of that person, sometimes I even wish I wasn't a bible believing Christian. But I always say to myself "Nontie! we are here and not there, and what the bible says is what has to be done." 

Now to turn to the guys in the church, [Disclaimer: this doesn't apply to all but a few I have come across]. Okay, so some will portray themselves as 'Angels', they will sell dreams and leave you believing that they can't even hurt a fly. Then some few weeks, yea months, you will realize the brother had the 'sharing principle' over grilled in them. Some will even recite the quote that says - "to trifle with hearts is a crime of no small magnitude in the sight of a holy God" (from the book Adventist Home page 57.1 by Ellen G White) and still go on to 'emotionally torture' you. Some will have outrageous demands that will leave you wondering if they even read their bible or know what the 7th commandment says. 

Moral of the Story: to my fellow sisters - as much as we might think or believe that there aren't any good guys in the church and go on to look else, remember God will not lower his standards to accommodate us. To my brothers - may you pray that your conduct does not push a sister away from God's word and plans. Unequally yoking has deep consequences!