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Be the Light…

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This past week I read an interesting devotional on our role as christian creators. As christians we often think that the only way we can honor God, and live out our calling here on earth is by doing ministry work.

However, our life is a ministry…every single day, the way we interact with others is an opportunity to be the light and be a representative of the Gospel…

The message behind the gospel is really simple, Love God and Love Others…so how are we doing that right where we are, in our families, in our workplaces, in our communities?

sometimes it’s those little acts of kindness that can plant a seed of love in other people’s lives…

Especially, right now where people seem to be so independent…there are a lot of “lonely” and isolated souls carrying heavy burdens…and all they need is for someone to be present physically, emotionally, mentally and/or spiritually…

Most people think christians are judgemental because we preach a lot, but we have the power to make a lasting and positive impression on others, when we actually live what we preach…

ultimately, this is what God wants, for us to glorify him in all that we do…and for people to know us by our fruit i.e Galatians 5 : 22 – 23 (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control)

Colossians 3 : 23

23 Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,

When people interact with us on a daily basis can they see God’s spirit of Love within us?

That’s how we can be the light and overcome the darkness of this world…

Love always,
XOXO,
Dee



Who am I? Why am I here?…(DAY 27 ) WHAT IS LOVE? CHALLENGE

I am a child of God Who am I? Why am I here? What Is my PURPOSE? at some point or another, it comes a time when we ask ourselves these questions…and these are extremely important and valid questions to ask yourself…

If you don’t know the answer to these questions, it’s very easy to be swept away by the waves of this world…

If you don’t know who you are, the WORLD will misdirect you and give you a FAKE identity and purpose. If you try to live according to this FAKE identity and STANDARDS of this WORLD, you will always feel lost and purposeless…hitting walls and never really realizing your full potential, never really measuring up, never feeling good enough, always comparing yourself to others and even if you manage to attain all that the world claims will make you happy, you still end up feeling empty and unhappy…

this is because whatever this world tells you, you are..IS A LIE…

it is NOT your true identity….whatever this world tells you, you need…isn’t really what you need…

whatever this world tells you, will make you happy…will NEVER really make you happy…

They say if you don’t stand for something, you stand for NOTHING…

In today’s scripture (Day 27 – “What Is Love?” Challenge) we read about who God says we are…

1 John 3:1-5 (ESV)

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.

When Jesus, died for our sins and restored our relationship with God, he made it possible for us to become children of God. We inherited the kingdom and the promise for eternal life. We no longer live for the standards of this world, but for the glory and will of our heavenly father.

When we sin, we become like the prodigal son ( Luke 15:11-32 ) detached from our heavenly father who loves us so much, but once we confess our sins and accept him in our life, all is forgotten and we’re once again welcome to the family.

When you know, your true identity as a child of God, you have confidence and purpose…and if you don’t know your purpose, all you have to do is ask your heavenly father, with time he will reveal it to you. Because God created us all in our mother’s womb and he has plans for each and every one of us, even before we existed (Jeremiah 1:5)…if we are obedient to follow his will for our life, we can live according to his PERFECT PURPOSE for us.

when you know your TRUE IDENTITY…

…you no longer have to live according to the standards of this world, which tell you, you’re not enough unless you have A,B or C…because you know your PURPOSE and WORTH is defined by God…

…you no longer have to go by the “timing” of this world…that you have to have done this or achieved that by a certain time, or a certain age…because God has planned out your life and you go according to his eternal time plan…

…you no longer have to feel bad or worry about being left behind or envious about those who seem to be doing “better” than you…because you know you’re right on track, according to God’s divine plan for your life…

…you no longer have to care about the FALSE IDENTITIES, WORTH and VALUE the world tries to attach to you, because your IDENTITY, WORTH and VALUE comes from GOD…

The only way you can truly know and live out your TRUE IDENTITY is by reading what the bible says about YOU, plus by praying and listening to the guidance and voice of God.

This is how God in his word, answers our questions…P.S: here are just a few scriptures which answer our questions but as you continue to read the bible and pray, you will find a wealth of information on God’s promises for your life and your Identity in him…

Who Am I?

—-I am A CHILD OF GOD (1 John 3:1-5)

and HEIR to his ETERNAL KINGDOM (Romans 8 : 17)

Romans 8:17 (ESV)

17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Why am I here?

I am here to live according to God’s will, (Ephesians 1 : 11)

Ephesians 1:11 (ESV)

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

and to glorify him (Isaiah 43:7)

 Isaiah 43:7 (ESV)

everyone who is called by my name,
    whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made.”

by LOVING Him and LOVING others. (Matthew 22 : 37 -39)

Matthew 22:37-39(ESV)

37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

and what Is my PURPOSE? (Jeremiah 29:11 )

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

our purpose is usually, unique to each individual and will be revealed to each and every one of us once we spend time communing with God and listening to him for guidance and wisdom…but usually our PURPOSE is part of a bigger plan as part of the body of CHRIST to advance God’s kingdom…

be blessed dear friend and live according to your TRUE IDENTITY, DESTINY AND PURPOSE as defined by God, our heavenly father.

Love always,

XOXO

Dee

 



It is not human strength or power that accomplishes His will

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As human beings we sometimes feel invincible, we take for granted the abilities, talents, power, strength, personalities, physical characteristics and everything that we have. We feel as though, we acquired these things ourselves.

We think we’re the boss of us and of this universe and we conveniently overlook the power of God that works through us…

We must always remember, that all that we are and all that we have, is not a product of our own doing, but a gift from an almighty God, who through his spirit gives us the power to accomplish his will…

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Zechariah 4:6 (NIV)

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power,but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

Love Always,

XOXO,

Dee

 



When God makes you wait….

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We live in a fast paced world…everything moves at the speed of lightning, everything you want or need can be acquired at your fingertips…this has made us really impulsive and impatient…

One of the characteristics we need to develop as christians is PATIENCE, however, this is something that is really rare these days. In the bible, PATIENCE is one of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), it’s something we bear when God’s spirit lives within us…

When God gives you a dream or a vision to fulfill for your life, he doesn’t simply grant it to you, he makes you go through a long process where he develops your character. God is not a genie who simply hands us things, but he makes sure that we have grown spiritually, that we have attained spiritual maturity and are ready to handle the responsibility that comes with the destiny he has for us.

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In the bible, there are many stories where God makes a covenant/promise, but it takes years and years before the person sees the promise come to manifestation.

It took about 25 Years from the time God promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child to when they actually had Isaac. When God first made the promise to Abraham, he was 75 years old, he finally had Isaac when he was 100 years old Genesis 12 – 25

It took about 100 years from when God told Noah to build the ark, to the time when it started to rain and the flood destroyed humanity. Genesis 5:32-10:1

Joseph received God’s promise that he would be in a position of power and authority, through dreams. He had these dream when he was a young boy..however, he ended up being sold into slavery and had to wait 13 years, enduring many trials, before this dream came into fruition Genesis 37 -50

Moses was destined by God to deliver the Israelites from Egypt and to bring them to the promise land, it took about 80 years to prepare him for his role and 40 of those years were spent in the wilderness Exodus 2  to Deuteronomy 34

Jacob had to wait 7 years before Rachel was given to him as his wife Genesis 29:18-30

David had to wait about 15 years from the time he was chosen to become king until he was actually king 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel

The lesson to be learnt, God doesn’t just hand us our calling or blessing, he makes sure we develop a character worthy of our calling/blessing.

When we wait for God’s promise we usually go through a lot of trials and tests, these are often situations where our faith is tested, our endurance is built and the fruit of patience is being developed…during this time, we learn to have full dependence on God, we relinquish control of our lives and have intimacy with God…

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James 1:2-4  (ESV)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Love Always,

XOXO,

Dee