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Cult Of Celebrity

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Have you heard about the “cult of celebrity”? it’s the obsession and fascination with fame..most people would do anything to gain fame, power, money and influence…why is that? is it because we think fame will give us happiness? Is it because we think fame and money will solve all our problems?

the sad truth is most celebrities are not happy…it’s very common to hear most of these celebrities battling with depression, drug addiction, unhealthy relationships/lifestyles and untimely deaths…you would think with all the talent, fame, money and influence they have, they would be leading lives of contentment….so what gives?

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When we lack a relationship with God, we’ll always try to fill up the void with things from this world…

when our cup of LOVE is empty we’ll always seek it from others…however this world can’t satisfy our thirst or fill up our souls, it can never give us that which only God can…

even after we posses the money, fame, influence and power, if we don’t have the JOY, LOVE and PEACE of God we’ll always feel empty…because it’s all meaningless compared to the eternal glory of God. All this will pass, but his LOVE is eternal…

1 John 2:15-16 (ESV)

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world.

Matthew 16:26 (ESV)

26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

1 John 2:17 (ESV)

17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Love Always,

XOXO,

Dee



Unfailing Love, Pain & Purpose (Day 5)

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It’s Day 5 of  the “What is Love?” Challenge, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the TRUE meaning of LOVE according to God’s Divine Plan.

In yesterday’s post we re-visited the greatest commandment, and I spoke about Love and Forgiveness and how we can get past those feelings of anger, resentment, bitterness, hatred, revenge, judgement, criticism to a place of loving those who have intentionally or unintentionally hurt us.

Today we learn how God’s unfailing love can get us past our pain and give us purpose.

Psalm 42:8-11 English Standard Version (ESV)

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
    and at night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock:
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning
    because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,
    my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God.

As I was reading this text I didn’t quite understand the meaning of “steadfast love” so I had to look it up, it has been translated from the Hebrew word Chesed, but there are many other translations, this is what I found

Biblical scholars have often complained that the word חֶסֶד in the Hebrew Bible is difficult to translate into English, because it really has no precise equivalent in our language. English versions usually try to represent it with such words as “loving-kindness,” “mercy,” “steadfast love,” and sometimes “loyalty,” … ( Source )

My thoughts on today’s verses is that, in life at one point or another we must face trials and tribulations, there will be situations that will break you down so bad you have nowhere to turn to and you’ll feel so alone in this world…

And there is nothing the Devil loves more than stealing your hope and faith in God during trying times, he will use the very people in your life, some may even be people you thought you can trust or you thought loved you….

…these people will talk about you behind your back, some may even laugh at you in your face and if you are a believer some may taunt you, “Where is your God now?” some people may even abandon you when you need them the most…

And things may get so bad that it may even feel as though God has also deserted you…you may call out to him but not feel a connection, you may pray but there may be no answers from Him or even a resolution to your situation…We may wonder why is he letting this happen?

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during these times we must always keep faith and hope in his unfailing love, in his chesed…we must always praise him and keep praying as he is our salvation and our God…his love can and surely will sustain you…

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There’s a big difference between going through trials with God and without him…life is tough and no one should have to carry the burdens of this world alone!!! Sometimes the exact reason we are cornered and everything is stripped away from us, is so we can turn to him, so we can understand that without him, we are NOTHING!!! and ultimately he is all we need…and although you may go through struggles and hardships, he will give you his peace, you will have this wonderful sense of peace knowing that whatever it is he is handling it, he is taking care of it, you can let go of the reigns of control and  just know he will never desert you…

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therefore today I urge you, no matter what you may be going through, if you haven’t already turn, your burdens to the Lord, let him carry them for you, give him all your worries, give him your life, surrender to him, let him be your comforter, let him give you his peace that surpases all understanding, receive his love and have faith and hope…know that as long as you have him, you will come out a WINNER. GOD BLESS YOU!!!

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Today let’s pray that God may give us strength to endure whatever trials and tribulations we’re faced with, to keep the faith, to keep hope in his unfailing love and to understand that there is purpose in our suffering and to ask him to reveal to us within his own time what that purpose is and that we shall always depend on him and that we should always praise and rejoice in him throughout everything and throughout whatever our circumstances are. Amen

Stay blessed,

XOXO

Dee