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The only thing that counts in our relationship with God (Day 17) – “What Is Love?” Challenge

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It’s Day 17 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 16 we talked about Four things we should be praying for…and today we’ll talk about the only thing that counts in our relationship with God.

Galatians 5:1-6 English Standard Version (ESV)

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

I was talking to a friend the other day and we were discussing how everyone is a “Guru” of something these days…so many of us are just so lost, searching and seeking for answers…and thanks to the Internet, there’s an answer for anything and everything….whatever it is you’re trying to do…there’s an “Expert” out there, ready to give you the winning formula….

Most of us live our lives governed by a set of “formulas”…. It’s how we think we can at least determine we’re doing this thing called life correctly. It’s how we measure our success. It puts our mind at ease knowing that we’re headed on the right track. It at least gives us the sense of security and control that we seek.

From the moment you’re a child, you’re told go to school, earn great grades, work hard, get married and have children by a certain age and eventually everything will fall in place…but we soon realize that’s not necessarily true.

Life is unpredictable…and what works for one person may not necessarily work for everyone, sometimes we take a wrong turn…a detour and it sets us on a path we really never set on embarking and that’s the beauty of life.

But wouldn’t it be so boring if we all lived the same exact life, based on the same exact series of formulas…we wouldn’t be able to share the unique experiences that makes the world so rich with history, culture and diversity. These unique experiences is what life is really about, it’s what makes us human….

It’s the same thing with our relationship with God…some of us try to do this Christian thing by living according to a set of Formulas…we live our lives governed by a set of laws…we have a checklist and we say, if we do this or that and that…then we believe we’re “good” Christians…

But Paul warned the Galatians about this…he reminds us that we do not have to “Earn” our way to a relationship with God or into heaven, based on laws…because Christ already set us FREE.

If we do live our Christian lives based on a formula then we’re really just slaves and we’re actually forfeiting God’s gift of grace. It’s not something we can “Earn”, because God already gave us his grace and love through Jesus Christ who set us free when he died for us on the cross.

So how can we measure our Christianity then? how can we know we’re doing the right thing by God? Paul says laws don’t count…

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

So once again it all boils down to LOVE…ultimately all the formulas and laws don’t matter if we don’t live our lives as an embodiment of God’s love.

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



He fights our battles (Day 11) – “What Is Love?” Challenge

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It’s Day 11 of the “What Is Love?” Challenge, where for 29 days, I’m 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 10 we were reminded to be GRATEFUL for God’s steadfast love. Today’s verses are a continuation from Day 10 we continue to praise, worship and be grateful to God, for he fights our battles.

Psalm 136:14-26 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

17 to him who struck down great kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who gives food to all flesh,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

These verses remind us of the mighty things God did for the nation of Israel while they were slaves in Egypt…he saw their suffering and heard their cries and he kept his promise, to deliver them from the land of Egypt and lead them to the promise land.

While they were being chased by Pharaoh he parted the Red Sea for them and made a way…and then overthrew Pharaoh and his army…how REMARKABLE is that? not only that he continued to fight for them over and over again from many evil kings and rulers.

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We serve the same God today…not only does his LOVE for us never fail, he is our shield and armour, he is our protector, he is the ultimate provider, he fights our battles and all blessings come from him…

Every so often when we fight our biggest and baddest battles, we cry out to the Lord and ask for help, and sometimes we may not hear an answer immediately but just know he hears our cries…and he knows every detail of our lives…and he is working behind the scenes to provide the best solution for our problems.

How comforting is it to know that we have such a wonderful God on our side, that no matter what we go through, he is right there with us through it all, fighting for us on our behalf. We can go through life’s trials knowing that we have the best security system in place with him.

Everything we have or will ever be is all because of his MERCY, GRACE and LOVE.

Today, let’s pray and thank God for everything he has done for us, for all that he has provided for us, for all his blessings, for his protection, his Justice, for fighting our battles…let’s ask him to grant us the grace to put our faith on him, to be still and wait on him, to be thankful and to have grateful hearts, to be obedient to him for his is worthy of all the GLORY AND PRAISE. AMEN.

Stay Blessed,

XOXO

Dee



You are worthy of LOVE ( Day 8 ) – “What Is love?” Challenge

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It’s Day 8 of the “What is Love?” challenge, where for 29 days I will be sharing bible verses on love in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the TRUE meaning of Love.

We’ve completed week 1 of this challenge and for the upcoming weeks I’m trying to think of a new schedule, I won’t be able to do these posts everyday but I will try to get them out as often as I can.

On Day 7 we learnt that Perfect LOVE casts out FEAR and that Love & Fear can’t coexist, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God has shown us PERFECT LOVE and because of this we no longer have fear of Judgement or Punishment.

Today verses are a beautiful declaration of God’s Love for us,

Zephaniah 3:17-20 English Standard Version (ESV)

17 The Lord your God is in your midst,
    a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
    he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
18 I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,
    so that you will no longer suffer reproach.
19 Behold, at that time I will deal
    with all your oppressors.
And I will save the lame
    and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
    and renown in all the earth.
20 At that time I will bring you in,
    at the time when I gather you together;
for I will make you renowned and praised
    among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
    before your eyes,” says the Lord.

When I read these verses the first thing that came to mind is how God delights in us, we often forget that we are his beautiful creation and in his eyes…we are good and perfect.

This world constantly has a way of implying that we are not worthy of this, that or the other…

we are constantly reminded that we are not enough, because of either our race, our background, our socio-economic status, our career, the amount of money you have, your looks, your gender, your age etc

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But you should never buy into this lie from the Devil…in God eyes you are PERFECT, UNIQUE, you have PURPOSE and a DESTINY! Each and every single one of us are precious in his eyes… he rejoices in us with his gladness…it says “he exults over you with loud singing” Imagine THAT!!! God the almighty is so pleased with you his creation that he sings for you, he rejoices in you!!!

And if you are in mourning he says he will make that you no longer suffer in disappointment and he promises that in his time he will deal with ALL your oppressors!!!
6ee48bccb61caf29db1f7d574e876c08If you’re going through something and you feel like you’re at the end of the rope, just know God says he is the God of the oppressed, he is the God of the Lame, he is the God of the outcast and the underdog!!! He is mighty to save, he will save you, he will turn your shame into PRAISE and make it known to all of the earth. He will make you known, praised and restore your fortune!!!

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Today it has been placed in my heart to speak about suicide…I’m not sure if there is someone who is considering this, but I strongly feel like delivering this message…I’ve known a few people who have been victims of this tragedy…

I’m not quite sure what is going through the mind of a person contemplating this…all I know is they must be coming from a place of intense hurt, pain, despair and loss of hope…they must be feeling like there is nothing more to live for, they must be feeling like everyone has turned their back on them and nobody loves or cares for them and if that’s their truth… they feel like they might as well not even be here…

well beloved God loves you, he delights in you, he rejoices in you, please don’t buy the lies of the devil, the devil wants your destruction, he knows how precious you are in the eyes of the Lord…it truly is not worth it…you doing so will not serve anything, life will continue on and those who have caused you hurt and pain will continue living their life, they will move on…

don’t grieve the Holy Spirit, let God get you through the darkness, seek out his love and you will find it, seek out his peace and he will give it to you, just know as long as you’re still breathing and on the face of the earth, no matter what you go through, God loves you intensely, you are his greatest creation and he is mighty to save, he can and will get you through anything! Not only does God love you but just know there are people out there who care, who love you and who will be there for you…reach out!!! Stay strong and keep moving on!

I pray that all those who may be going through trials and tribulations may find the tremendous love, peace, hope, faith and strength in God.

I Love You & Stay Blessed,

XOXO

Dee