Call on God He will Answer you…

 

(ref,Jeremiah 33*3) “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognise, and have knowledge of and understand).”

(ref,Proverbs 2*1) “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

(ref,Matt 13*23 )“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

How fruitful and treasure filled is your life? Take a while to meditate on how that can be changed.

Encourage one Another …..

 

Listening to God’s voice depends on your heart attitude

“Therefore just as the Holy Spirit says, today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, where you fathers tried Me by testing Me, and saw My works for forty years. Therefore I was angry with this generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they did not know My ways;’ as I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.”(ref, Hebrews 3*7-11)

 

(Exodus 17*1-7)“Then all of the sons of Israel journeyed by stages from the wilderness of Sin, according to the command of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, and there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people quarrelled with Moses and said, ‘Give us water that we may drink.’ And Moses said to them, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?’.

 

“Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you and evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today,’ so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”(ref,Hebrews 3*12).

Encouraging here is an example of a believing, soft heart. The exact opposite of how the Israelites were behaving by quarrelling. If the people had come to God/Moses in faith saying “God has done great things in the past – He delivered us from the Egyptians when we crossed over the Red Sea, He turned the bitter waters sweet at Marah, He is providing the manna everyday to feed us so He can easily give us water in this dry place.” I believe that this would have been an example of how to “Encourage one another day after day” and how to “Draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4*16)

Think of a way that you can either encourage another or change the way that you are reacting in a situation, so that a positive faith reaction can make way for God to move in our lives.

HOLY SPIRIT PRODUCES THE FRUIT IN US…..

It is Holy Spirit who produces the fruit in us. Yes, we must submit ourselves to the Spirit’s leading, but it is the Spirit who produces the fruit of spiritual growth in our lives.

What does spiritual growth look like?(ref,Galatians 5*22-23) has the answer, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” If you are becoming more loving, more joyful, more kind, more self-controlled, etc., then you can rest assured that spiritual growth is genuinely occurring in your life.

 God works in different people in different ways. Some people grow rapidly, while others grow slowly, but steadily. Our focus should not be on comparing ourselves with others, but on comparing ourselves with God’s Word. The Scriptures are the mirror to show us what we are like spiritually and to shine light on the areas that need to experience and learn spiritual growth.(ref,James 1*23-25) declares that, “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.”

 

Ingredients of Faith is Focus……

 

 Whatever we are thinking consistently, becomes our Focus in life!

Thought is creative. Whatever we are focusing on, we will create, have or experience.
If we focus on what we don’t want, we will also get what we don’t want. If we focus mainly only on the things that we want and desire, we will get the things that we want.
Just remember that this will not happen if we just do it only for 5 – 10 minutes a day and the rest of our day we go back to our old habits of focusing on what we don’t want. Also remember that the things that you used to focus on that you did not want will not now magically disappear in your life. Your thoughts have already set those things in action. Your job is to counteract those thoughts by now focusing only on what you want in life.

To explain it to you more metaphorically: It is like a plant. “The part of the plant above the soil is the results that you are now getting in life and the root system is the cause (whatever you were previously focusing on). If we take a blade and cut the root from the plant off just under the soil, the plant will not just disappear instantly. It will gradually start to wilt and then die. But the plant will still be visible. It will take some months to fully decay and become part of the soil again. This is exactly how, over time, your results will change if you can change your focus and ONLY Focus on what you want and desire in life. Everything will gradually start to fall into place.”

It is by such exercises as these that we will finally be able to control our mental moods, our attitude, and our consciousness. Thinking is the process by which we may gain the things we hope for in life and hold the result in until it becomes a part of our lives, That’s Faith.

Being in Christ..

Abide in Christ – Being in Christ
“Abide in Me [Christ], and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (ref,John 15*4).

 Consider abiding in Christ or being in Christ as a journey you have to take. This spiritual adventure begins with a personal experience with Jesus Christ and continues for the rest of your life. The steps on this glorious path are ones of both pain and great gain since you must leave your former, natural pathways to follow a new way of living (ref, 2 Corinthians 5*17).

This new path involves denial of your former behaviours and paths and its accompanying selfish desires. (ref,Romans 6*3-5), but is also filled with great blessings, including the very presence of Jesus Christ and a joy that is beyond description in human terms alone (ref, 1 Peter 1*8). This new life is one lighted only in small steps, which require faith in following along with, but not ahead of, Jesus Christ. Yet those who choose to discipline themselves do so with the assurance of fellowship that continues forever with Jesus Christ in His Home called Heaven ( John 14*1-3).

Allowing The Glory of God..

 

Do you have a person or circumstance in your life that is causing you pain? Maybe it is the attitude or action of someone that irritates you. Sometimes, we are tolerating things that we shouldn’t be—and it is right to be honest, confront and deal with those issues. However, there are times God allows painful situations or pain in our lives because He has a greater purpose with our lives.

I believe God wants to show you the potential for His glory in that situation that has been causing you ongoing irritation, annoyance or even grief.

Stay humble and Release God’s Glory into that Situation. Many people, in order to stop the pain, they harden themselves against the source of pain. They close their hearts or become critical and judgmental towards that which is causing frustration and pain.

Your Father says, ‘Stay soft and vulnerable before Me! Allow yourself to feel the irritation and welcome it as a reminder. Release my Presence and glory over that thing that is causing you pain in your life.’ God Himself is the only defense we need. ‘But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.’ (ref,Psalm 3*3).

‘Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.’(ref,Col 3*13).

Has a person been a source of aggravation or ongoing hurt? Release glory, release the Presence of God through forgiveness.
Any time you are reminded of the pain, continue to maintain an attitude of forgiveness.

Release Blessing and Prayer.
Speak blessing towards that issue, or that person who is aggravating you. The root words of the Greek word for blessing, eulogeo, means to speak well of.

Jesus said, …bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.’’(ref,Luke 6*28)

Turn ongoing irritation into a reminder to pray for that person or situation.When you pray, you are releasing the glory of God, you are releasing His power. You are participating in Divine transformation.

God’s Approval…..

What others think and say should not matter in your life. You need God’s approval in life.

When you believe in Jesus Christ as your savior, you gain his approval and acceptance. You become one of God’s adopted children. God gave his people the Ten Commandments, and our obedience of those laws is pleasing to him. We all fail from time to time. Your sins are unacceptable to God, but you are accepted.

See the difference? Our acceptance by God is through the sacrifice and grace of Jesus Christ, not through our performance. We cannot become acceptable or gain salvation by works. As a believer, you have God’s approval. While the approval of other people might be reassuring or desirable, it is not necessary for your completeness.

You will gain a sense of strength and fulfillment when you obey God. God loves your obedience. And the more you love God, the more you will want to obey him. Obeying God can often lead to the approval of people, but we don’t obey God because we’re worried about what others think. We obey God out of love and gratitude for him and for Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

When we choose to imitate Jesus, we spend less and less time trying to influence what others think and say about us. and we will get and gain more time rejoicing over God’s approval and acceptance by God.

As you follow Christ and walk in his ways, your confidence grows. The Holy Spirit convicts you of God’s love for you. You come to see that staying faithful to God is what matters. The approval of others may come and go, but God’s love is solid, unconditional, and everlasting.