Four things you should be praying for ( Day 16 ) – “What is Love? Challenge”

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It’s Day 16 of the “What Is Love? Challenge“, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love so that we can gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Love according to God’s divine plan.

On Day 15 we talked about the gift of Spiritual Rebirth, our inheritance and the purpose of pain and suffering.

Today we’ll talk about Four things we should be praying for…

Ephesians 3:14-21 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Praying doesn’t always come naturally, sometimes it feels like a routine where you’re simply repeating the same conversation over and over….and sometimes you simply go blank and don’t really know what to say…

On times like this you can always turn to the Word Of God, not only is the bible a guide for how we should live but it’s also filled with prayers…we can use it to learn how to pray and even use the scriptures as our own prayers…

Today we take a look at Paul’s prayer as a template of four things we should be praying for or including in our prayers…

The first thing we learn from Paul is how he prays..he starts praying by bowing his knees as a sign of respect, sincerity and worship to God. He also starts his prayer by acknowledging God, who he is and how great he is…

once he’s done he goes ahead and prays for 4 things:

1. For Inner Strength through the Holy Spirit: Inner Strength is important in our walk with Christ because it’s how we gain our integrity and it helps us keeps focused on our Journey.

2. Next he prays that Christ may dwell in our Hearts through FAITH: As a result of Inner Strength we gain FAITH…and as a result of FAITH we have Christ dwelling in our hearts.

3. He also prays that we’re able to comprehend what is the breadth, length, height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses all understanding: When we have Christ dwelling in our Hearts, we have the privilege of experiencing and understanding just how much Christ Loves us.

4. Lastly he prays that we’re filled with the Fullness of God: Which can only be done once we’re able to comprehend just how much Christ/God loves us…

and at this point Paul ends his prayer with worship and praise to God, who is Able to to do far more than we ask for or comprehend…

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As we can see from Paul’s prayer, in order for us to get the full experience of God working in our lives we need to have Inner Strength through the Holy Spirit, we have to have Christ dwelling in our hearts through Faith, we need to comprehend the Love of Christ that surpasses all understanding and finally to be filled with the fullness of God…

Once we are filled with the fullness of God we’re able to see just how powerful God is in our lives, we’re able to witness his work and hand in our life…and we actually get to see his will for our life…that what he gives us, is not what we want it’s actually what we need and far more abundant than our minds can comprehend or even ask for…AMEN

God Bless you,

XOXO

Dee

 

 

 



What’s the purpose of pain and suffering? – (Day 15) – ” What is Love? Challenge.”

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It’s Day 15 of the “What Is Love? Challenge“, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love so that we can gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Love according to God’s divine plan.

On Day 14 we talked about Why having a strong and consistent Prayer life, as well as why consistently reading the Word Of God (the Bible) is so important…because this is how we receive loving guidance from our Father, this is how we learn our purpose and how to live our lives.

Today we’ll discuss Spiritual Rebirth and the inheritance we receive because we are God’s precious children.

1 Peter 1:3-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

In today’s verses we’re reminded, through God’s mercy and the resurrection of Jesus Christ we’ve all been given the most precious gift, of spiritual rebirth. Because of this, anyone who declares and accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and saviour, the Messiah, has access to the gift of Eternal Life and an imperishable inheritance in heaven.

You’ve probably heard people say, “If God loves us so much why does he allow suffering?” I actually saw someone question this as I was scrolling down instagram just the other day….and you’ve probably heard the saying “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

People who question this, usually argue that this argument proves that God doesn’t exist!!! because a loving, an all powerful, God/Creator would not just stand back and allow good people to suffer or bad people to prevail…and these people often say that the power is in our hands…that instead of relying on a “non-existent God” we need to save ourselves!!!

The problem with this faulty logic though, is that if you read the bible….God never promised us a life without misery or trials and tribulations…he never guaranteed us a lifetime full of success and happiness based on our behaviour…. he never implied that if we’re devoted to him, we would be exempt from the pain and suffering of this world…

He promised however that our reward and salvation is kept in heaven and will be for eternity…he did say that our time here on earth is fleeting…and we should keep our focus on preparing ourselves for our spiritual inheritance…

He did promise to never leave us or forsake us and to give us perfect peace amidst our trials….

So what is the purpose of pain and suffering then, if our time here is limited and our inheritance and salvation is in eternity? why do we have to endure trials and tribulation in this “short” lifetime?

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As we can see from today’s scriptures, the trials we go through in this lifetime is to build our faith, to shift our focus and attention on God and to remind us to put our hope in God and all this is to bring all glory and praise to Him…

For we know everything we go through is temporary compared to the gift and promise of Eternity. The suffering that we experience in this lifetime is nothing compared to the inheritance kept for us in heaven…and once this is revealed it results in his praise, honor and glory.

Today let’s pray that God gives us the faith and strength to endure all the trials that life brings. That through it all we may have hope and lean on him. That we may keep our focus on our spiritual inheritance which is imperishable,undefiled and unfading, kept for us in heaven.

Let’s also pray that he helps open the eyes of those who question his existence. That they may receive spiritual rebirth. That the true purpose of pain and suffering may be revealed to them and that they may be able to experience his love and glory as they lean on him through the good and bad. AMEN

Remember God loves you so much, this world is fleeting…. but one thing remains…his love never fails, it never gives up and it never runs out and nothing can separate you from his everlasting love.

XOXO

Dee



2016 the year that was…2017 the year to come…

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WOW this year just really flew over my head, I feel like I literally blinked and the year has come to an end…it’s exciting but terrifying at the same time. Exciting at the thought of a new beginning, a new chapter, new opportunities and new adventures. Terrifying that the end of 2017 may come just as fast…

For me this year has been about spiritual growth…I’m very grateful that this year I’ve really taken the opportunity to build my relationship with God and I’ve seen the work he’s done in my life. There were so many moments where I really didn’t know how I’ll get through but God gave me the strength…he provided for me and protected me. I’m forever grateful to have this experience and know that I’ve overcome not by my own strength… but I’ve done so because of God’s grace. I’m truly nothing without him.

1 Corinthians 15:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

2016 for me was a year of healing, growth, faith and patience. Most things didn’t go the way I planned in many aspects, I got blindsided a few times but through it all, I had a wonderful sense of peace…peace in knowing that no matter what happens God’s got me and is working everything out for me in the background…I just need to be still, even when I can’t make sense of it all.

Isaiah 26:3New International Version (NIV)

You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.

I’m the type of person, when something goes wrong, I immediately try to find a “fix”….I can’t stand for things to stay in somewhat of a perpetual broken state…but this year I’ve learnt that some things are not meant for US to fix…sometimes, we just need to surrender, lean on God, pray and have faith!!! He is the ultimate “fixer” and sometimes he wants everything demolished so he can build something even better….because what we tried to build was really not part of his plan anyway….and he does this so we can learn to completely trust and lean on him.

Joel 2:25 New King James Version (NKJV)

25 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust,
The consuming locust,
And the chewing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.

Who knows what 2017 holds? If anything in 2017, I’d love to go even deeper and higher in my relationship with God. I’d love to grow even more spiritually. I’d love to make God a priority in my life and seek his guidance in everything that I do. I’d love to have a more consistent and stronger prayer life. I’d love to make it a consistent and daily habit to read his word (the bible)…

I’d love to be present, cherish and appreciate each and every moment I spend with my kids. I’d love to create wonderful and beautiful memories with them. I want to laugh more and cry when I need to….I’d love to experience new things, places and opportunities….

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Happy New Year Loves, I wish you a 2017 filled with laughter, joy, health, prosperity and all the beautiful things your heart desires…May God bless, guide and keep you.

XOXO

Dee

 

 



Why Prayer and reading the Bible is IMPORTANT (Day 14) – “What Is Love? Challenge”

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Merry Christmas Everyone, I hope you and your loved ones had a peaceful and wonderful day celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ Our Saviour and our Lord.

Today is Day 14 of the “What Is Love?” Challenge where for 29 days, I’ll be sharing bible verses on Love, so we can gain a deeper understanding of the True meaning of Love according to God’s divine plan.

On Day 13 we talked about how God acts as a shield and protects us from our enemies. Today’s verses are another prayer asking God to teach us and instructs us in his ways. Today we’ll discuss why Prayer and reading the bible is so important in our spiritual life and in building our relationship with God.

Psalm 25 : 1 – 10 English Standard Version (ESV)

25 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
    let me not be put to shame;
    let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
    they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
    for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
    according to your steadfast love remember me,
    for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

As human beings we are born of sin, this is our nature, we are imperfect and are bound to fall in the trap of sin. After all we are all sinners and have fallen short of the Glory Of God ( Romans 3 :23)

If we want to live a life that’s pleasing to God,  and we want to build a strong relationship with him, we definitely need his help, we need to reach out to him and ask for his guidance and instruction. Because he is the only PERFECT being… he alone is QUALIFIED to be our ultimate teacher.

One way we can do this is through prayer!!! Prayer is the only link we have to God. Through prayer we can ask for his guidance and we can also receive instruction and this is why having a strong and consistent prayer life is so important.

Another way we can receive God’s instruction is through reading the bible. The bible is our manual, it’s God’s word and his instruction on how we should live. Through it we learn a lot about God’s character, his love for us, life lessons and what he wants for our spiritual life and relationship with him.

There are numerous examples in the bible of God providing us with his guidance. This is part of how God shows us that he loves us.

Since the beginning at the garden of Eden, we see God instructing Adam on how he and his wife should live and when Adam and Eve fail, of course there are consequences for their actions but God does not give up on us.

We also see God giving Moses the 10 Commandments, a set of rules on how we should live to please him and to live well with others.

And as if all this wasn’t enough God sends his one and only son Jesus Christ to teach and demonstrate to us how we should live and of course he also gifts us with the Holy Spirit who continues to guide and teach us even after the departure of Jesus Christ.

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Today, let’s focus on thanking God for his instruction and guidance. Let’s ask him to grant us a humble heart that will seek and receive his instruction. AMEN

God Bless you,

XOXO

Dee