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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



If you love me….(Day 24) What Is Love? Challenge

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As christians we love to talk a lot about God’s love for us…

about how much God loves us,

how he loves us unconditionally,

how he created us in love,

how even when no one loves us, he still does,

how he paid the ultimate price for our sins by dying on the cross,

how nothing can separate us from his love,

how he protects, provides, heals…

It’s almost like we’re bragging, but what’s there not to brag about? Our God is AWESOME and there is NOTHING out there like his LOVE…

But no one likes to be in a one sided relationship… Thank God, God is not human, that he understands our fleshy struggles, he continually pursues us, he waits patiently for us to come back to him, even after we’ve turned our back away from him over and over and over again…

He’s always standing right outside our door, knocking and waiting for us to let him in…

In today’s scriptures (Day 24- What Is Love? Challenge) Jesus, talks about how we can show our love for him and what happens when we do…

John 14:21-27 (ESV)

21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Sin automatically separates and alienates us from God and his love…

The only way to let God into our hearts, the only way God can manifest himself to us and make a home in our hearts, is by us keeping his commandments and his word, by doing so we’re showing him that we love him…this is our invitation for him to come and abide in us.

Darkness and Light cannot co-exist, therefore, if we choose not to follow his word we’re automatically closing our door on him and he can not exist within us…when we sin we’re alienating ourselves from God.

In the beginning when Adam and Eve were in the garden of Eden, they were in such proximity with God, they walked with him and received guidance from God…they were in communion with God and surrounded by his love. But sin came between them and God…and the consequence of sin was to be separated from God and his presence.

Jesus came to restore this relationship, and because of this, God can now abide in us when we simply obey him and follow his words and commandments.

God understand that we’re humans, we’re weak and that we struggle with our carnal desires, that’s why he sent us the Holy Spirit as our helper…so we don’t have to do this alone. The Holy Spirit fills us with love and wisdom. He guides and teaches us how to live a life that glorifies and pleases God.

Sin fills us with guilt, shame, fear and takes away our peace…sin is a heavy burden. We usually think by not following God’s way that we’re gaining freedom, but that freedom comes with a heavy price, we lose peace and his love.

When we have God on our side, everything else seems so insignificant in comparison. How can you be worried about the troubles of this world when you have a mighty God who created the world?

Matthew 10 :28 (ESV

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

They say actions speak louder than words, God has showed us with his actions, time and time again just how much he loves us… how can we show with our actions that we love God?

Love always,

XOXO

Dee



Love binds everything together…(Day 23) What Is Love? Challenge

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Unity cannot exist where there is no LOVE, no matter how different we are, no matter what our background is, what life experiences we’ve gone through, where we come from, the color of our skin or how much money or success we have, there is only one thing that can unite us all and that is LOVE. At the end of the day we all seek LOVE, we seek to LOVE and to be LOVED and this is evident in our pursuits of the things of this world…the underlying need that we’re really trying to fulfill is the need for LOVE

Today’s scriptures, (Day 23) of the What Is Love? challenge, tell us once again how to live as followers of christ, but most importantly we’re told we should “put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony”

Colossians 3:8-15 (ESV)

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Most times this world will try to blur out, what is right and what is wrong. Because of this, we’re led to believe that we lead pretty Ok lives. The media loves to sensationalize things and highlight the most dramatic things that take place in the world. Of course they do this because that’s how they attract viewership and ratings. However, you can not base your life according to what you see in the world, if you do, you may end up convincing yourself that compared to what is going on out there, I’m doing pretty ok, I’m a decent person, you know at least I haven’t done that….

However, as christians we can’t base our life on the standards of this world, our standards are kingdom standards, the bible is very clear on what is right and what is wrong,

In today’s scriptures we’re told specifically to get rid of:

  • ANGER
  • WRATH
  • MALICE
  • SLANDER
  • OBSCENE TALK
  • LIES

As followers of christ we have to get rid of our old selves and put on a new self, one that is being renewed in knowledge, the ultimate goal is to be more like the image of our creator. As christians we are all one and we’re all connected together in unity by his LOVE.

As new people we’re supposed to exude the following characteristics:

  • COMPASSIONATE HEARTS
  • KINDNESS
  • HUMILITY
  • MEEKNESS
  • PATIENCE
  • FORGIVENESS

Above everything that we’re called to be, the most important is LOVE!!! Love brings everything together in perfect HARMONY and where there is LOVE there is PEACE. Let our lives and hearts be ruled by PEACE. Not forgetting to be thankful and remain content about everything and in every season of our lives.

Love Always,

XOXO

Dee

 



We’re here for RELATIONSHIPS…(Day 20) What Is Love? Challenge

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This past Sunday, our church service was dedicated to exploring the Trinity of God…and as part of the sermon our pastor brought to our attention this beautiful piece of Art, “The Trinity” by Andrei Rublev which depicts God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Without going into the whole history of this painting, I just wanted to talk about it’s significance as explained by our pastor. That even before the heavens and earths were created, God existed within an interconnected RELATIONSHIP driven by LOVE.

If you explore the story of creation in Genesis, God created man in his image,

Genesis 1:26-28 (NIV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Man (Adam) was formed to have a relationship with God and next he was given the woman (Eve) so that they can have a relationship with each other, so that they can form a union…which is the institution of marriage as we know it today, the most important institution created by God,

Genesis 2:18 (ESV)

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Genesis 2:24 (ESV)

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

and as we discussed on Day 1 of the “What Is Love? Challenge” the greatest command is to LOVE…to love God and to love others…love can only exist within a relational state with others. We can’t say we love God and ignore to express his love that lives within us, to others. And we can’t live like Islands, as long as we live on this earth we will form various forms of relationships with others. And God calls us to love them as he has loved us.

Therefore, the whole purpose of our existence is to have a loving relationship with God and mirror God’s love in our relationships with others.

This brings me to today’s verse from Day 20 of the “What Is Love? challenge”

1 Peter 3:8-12 (ESV)

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For

“Whoever desires to love life
    and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
    and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
    let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Today’s verses, teach us, how as mirrors of God’s love, we are supposed to relate to others. God calls us as a body of christ to be united and of one mind… God is our head, and although we’re part of his body and may have different functions, we all exist for one purpose to glorify him, therefore we should all strive to keep this in mind and stand together in unity.

Next we are called to be, sympathetic, loving, tender hearted (kind, gentle, compassionate) and humble…reflecting the characteristics of God.

Following in the steps of christ we are not supposed to repay evil for evil but to bless those who mistreat us and leave judgement to God….the same way Jesus forgave and prayed for those who crucified him…if we behave in this way God will also bless us…

Next we’re advised if we want love life and see good days we’re to keep our speech from evil or lies, keep everything pure and transparent, turn away from doing evil and instead do good, seek peace and pursue it…

We’re reminded that God sets his eyes on the righteous and he hears their prayer, but hides his face from those who do evil…

so today let’s pray and ask God to help us:

have a good relationship with him and with others so that we may glorify him,

exist in love and mirror his love in our relationship with others,

to be united in mind with other believers, to be sympathetic, loving, tender hearted and humble,

not pay evil for evil but have the strength to forgive and bless those who mistreat us,

turn away from evil and always do good,

keep our speech from evil and lies,

seek and pursue peace,

 - Amen

Love Always,

Dee