Being mindful that I can only accomplish these by the Grace of God!!
- To read the bible, which is the inspired word of God like I truly know the meaning of the word inspired. To read it day and night and meditate and think upon it.
- To memorize Psalm 139 and many other scriptures weekly
- To read more than 12 good books. Yes Good books
A holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ. He will not only live the life of faith in Him, and draw from Him all his daily peace and strength, but he will also labor to have the mind that was in Him, and to be conformed to His image (Rom. 8:29). It will be his aim to bear with and forgive others, even as Christ forgave us; to be unselfish, even as Christ pleased not Himself; to walk in love, even as Christ loved us; to be lowly-minded and humble, even as Christ made himself of no reputation and humbled himself. He will remember that Christ was a faithful witness for the truth; that He came not to do his own will; that it was His meat and drink to do his Father’s will; that He would continually deny Himself in order to minister to others; that He was meek and patient under undeserved insults; that He thought more of Godly poor men than of kings; that He was full of love and compassion to sinners; that He was bold and uncompromising in denouncing sin; that He sought not the praise of men, when He might have had it; that He went about doing Good; that He was separate from worldly people; that He continued instant in prayer; that He would not let even His nearest relations stand in His way when God’s work was to be done.
These things a holy man will try to remember. By them he will endeavor to shape his course of life. He will lay to heart the saying of John: “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did” (1 John 2:6), and saying of Peter, that “Christ … suffered for us, leaving us an a example that you should follow His steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
Happy is he who has learned to make Christ his ‘all’, both for salvation and example! Much time would be saved, and much sin prevented, if men would oftener ask themselves the question: “What would Christ have said and done, and done if He were in my place?”
Truth must be defined and safeguarded, otherwise people will walk off into error. So, if we object to doctrine, it is not surprising if we do not see things clearly, it is not surprising if we are unhappy and miserable. There is nothing that so clears a man’s spiritual sight as the apprehension and understanding of the doctrines of the Bible…
It is important that we should take the doctrines of Scripture in their right order. If you take the doctrine of regeneration before the doctrine of the atonement you will be in trouble. If you are interested in the rebirth and having new life, before you are clear about your standing with God, you will go wrong and you will eventually be miserable. The same applies to taking sanctification before justification. The doctrines must be taken in their right order. In other words, we can sum up all this by saying that the great cause of the condition (Spiritual Depression) which we are considering is a refusal to think things right through.
It is the fatal danger of wanting to enjoy something before you really grasp it and possess it. It is men and women who refuse to think things right through, and who do not want to learn, and who become unteachable for various reasons—often self-protection—these are the people who generally become victims of this spiritual confusion, this lack of clarity, this seeing and not seeing at the same time.
Do you believe that from the standpoint of salvation and justification with God that all our customary distinctions are abolished at a stroke and that what determines whether we are sinners or not is not what we have done, but our relationship to God? I say, therefore, that this is the test, that you acknowledge readily and say clearly that you look to Christ and to Christ alone and to nothing and no one else, that you stop looking at particular sins and particular people. Look at nothing and nobody but look entirely to Christ and say:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness,
I dare not trust my sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus Name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
You must so believe that as to be able to go further and say with holy boldness:
The terrors of law and of God
With me can have nothing to do,
My Saviour’s obedience and blood
Hide all my transgressions from view.
Would you like to be rid of this spiritual depression? The first thing you have to do is to say farewell now once and for ever to your past. Realize that it has been covered and blotted out in Christ. Never look back at your sins again. Say:
It is finished, it is covered by the Blood of Christ
That is your first step. Take that and finish with yourself and all this talk about goodness, and look to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is only then that true happiness and joy are possible for you. What you need is not to make resolutions to live a better life, to start fasting and sweating and praying. No! You just begin to say:
I rest my faith on Him alone
Who died for my transgressions to atone.
Take that first step and you will find that immediately you will begin to experience a joy and a release that you have never known in your life before. “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the Law.” Blessed be the Name of God for such a wondrous salvation for desperate sinners.
The essential point is, that the way to know yourself a sinner is not to compare yourself with other people; it is to come face to face with the Law of God. Well, what is God’s Law ? Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal? ‘I have never done that,
therefore I am not a sinner.’ But, my friend, that is not the Law of God in its entirety. Would you like to know what the Law
of God is ? Here it is—’Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’ (Mark 12. 30, 31). Forget all about drunkards and their like, forget all the people you read about in the press at the present time. Here is the test for you and me: Are you loving God with all your being ? If you are not, you are a sinner. That is the test. ‘All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.’
As we face the modern world with all its trouble and turmoil and with all its difficulties and sadness, nothing is more important than that we who call ourselves Christian, and who claim the Name of Christ, should be representing our faith in such a way before others, as to give them the impression that here is the solution, and here the answer. In
a world where everything has gone so sadly astray, we should be standing out as men and women apart, people characterized by a fundamental joy and certainty in spite of conditions, in spite of adversity. Now that, I think you will agree, is the picture which is given of God’s people everywhere in the Scriptures, whether it is the Old Testament or the New. Those men of God stood out in that way, and, whatever their circumstances and conditions, they seemed to possess a secret which enabled them to live triumphantly and to be more than conquerors.
Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them,but they start talking to you,they bring back the problems of yesterday,etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Yourself is talking to you.
I am Comfortable!!
Are you Comfortable?
I am seating here pretending to be so busy while the
maid goes about everything, I can see that she is so exhausted, trying to
finish her assignments. She picks up the plate that I just used to eat before
bring me a cold glass of water. And I surely could lend her a hand but I am Comfortable.
Plus I am tired, I’ve had a long day too!! I am the king of excuses. She asks
me for just 1k so she could buy tomatoes for the food I am to eat but I refuse
to give it to her simply because I need to have enough on me as I go to see my
girlfriend plus I do not really like the way she cooks, how ungrateful.
Speaking of my girlfriend, I know that all she desires of me is tender, loving,
care and for me to make her feel like the queen that she really is. The kind
she hardly gets because we seldom meet. She expect me to take initiative and do
the small things like calling to check on her but here I am letting my ego grab
the best of me, plus wasn’t it me who called yesterday and the day before? “If
she doesn’t call I won’t” I mean, I am Comfortable!! I can’t believe I
process my thoughts like this. She has always been there for me, reached out to
me even when my family shut me out and couldn’t help me in my desperate times
of need and further more loved me for me and I can’t even get myself to go over
make her feel appreciated because I am Comfortable!!
My mother needs me to carry out some errands for her
in town but I have the latest episode of the big bang theory to watch and perhaps,
I missed the previous one and so, being the king of excuses, I lie to her that
I have a headache so I can chill and remain Comfortable.
I was walking to church the other day head high
because there were so many beggars on the street, one of them had the guts to
come say hello and hardly had he popped the question than I said to Him “GO AND
WORK” and I walked on thinking to myself “Why give my money to such a one who
is just going to spend it buying drugs or alcohol. Go someplace where there are
people in the same predicament you are, you do not make me feel safe.” And now there
is this Christian Brother who knows I like to help people and because of that,
He thinks I will only assist if he comes to the stipple. Man!! Seriously, I am
trying to be Comfortable.
Dear God, if you’re listening, I have one single
request, make me less Comfortable. I do not want this
bullet proof vest. I act like I am trying my best but I am not even giving
half. I am broken and disassembled and I tremble at the thought of standing
before you and hearing You ask me about my life. About how I was too Comfortable
to minister to our maid, my precious girlfriend, a Christian brother in need or
even that beggar. Yet again, what will I do, what I am I going to say then when
You ask me why I never sat to talk with You except for when something was
broken and I was going through a very difficult time? And I used You like a
tool, turned you into a genie and Your word into a fortune cookie like I am
doing right now. Expecting You to do something when I’ve been too Comfortable
to even spend time with You. I have a new bible, one I have always dreamed of
having and it keeps inviting me but I refuse to RSVP because I am too Comfortable
reading one of those Christian clichés off Facebook or playing FIFA 14. It’s
always convicting me, it makes me feel like I should be doing something rather than
what I am currently doing. Who cares if what I am currently doing is nothing
because I am too Comfortable!!
But deep down I know You didn’t call me to a life of
comfort. I was bought by blood and pain so that through You, I may live a godly
life. Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble;
there’s no getting around it.
I claim to follow a Saviour who had no place to lay
His head yet I get bitter if I can’t sleep in my own bed. I am a lying
self-lover, loving life unless it leaves my comfort zone. I am a hot-headed hypocrite
hating he who has the audacity to hold me accountable for following the
footsteps I hear in my own head. I am as good as dead if I continue down this
path I am on toward a life of uncompromising comfort. I am really uncomfortable
with those who give 5% but Comfortable with me giving 10. I am Comfortable
with giving to compassion or any child care ministry but not with going down
the street to a family in need and showing them compassion. I am very Comfortable
with attending church on Sunday but not with serving on any other day. I am Comfortable
with interacting with those who speak fluent English and possibly went to cool
schools but not intermingling with others. I am Comfortable with being
around people who share the same beliefs I do but not being around those who
might have different views. I am very Comfortable to take a minute and
help another man but not if that man is in love with another man.
A Comfortable death, or a purposeful
Are you Comfortable?
Yes I am Comfortable!
Very Too Comfortable!
I do not know what you feel about the Prosperity Gospel-the health, wealth and prosperity Gospel but I’ll tell you what I feel about it; HATRED!! It is not the GOSPEL.
And it’s being export from America to Africa and Asian, selling a bills of goods to the poorest of the poor, “Believe This message, Your Pigs Won’t die!! Your wives won’t have miscarriages, and you’ll have rings on your fingers coats on your back” That’s coming out of America!! The People that ought to be giving their money, time and lives are instead selling a bunch of Crap called gospel.
And here is the reason it is so horrible; when was the last time that any American, African, Asian ever said “Jesus is all satisfying” because you drove a BMW?
Never!! They’ll say “Did Jesus gave you that, Yeah, Well I’ll take Jesus” That is Idolatry, that is not the Gospel. That is elevating gifts above the Giver.
I’ll tell you what makes Jesus look beautiful. For instance, you smash your car and your little girl goes fly outside your windshield
and lands like dead on the street and you say, through the deepest possible pain, “GOD IS ENOUGH!! GOD IS ENOUGH!! HE IS GOOD!! He will take care of us, He will satisfy us, He will Get Us through this, He is our Treasure. Whom have I in heaven but You and on earth there is nothing that I desire beside You! My flesh, My heart, My little girl, My family, My job, My friends, My Spouse, Name it, May fail but You are the strength of my Heart and my Portion forever“
That makes God look GLORIOUS!! As God, not as giver of Cars, Houses, Health or Safety. Oh How I pray that especially this season each and everyone of us will be purged of the health, wealth and prosperity Gospel and that the Christian Church would be marked by Suffering for Christ.
The Bond That Not Even Cancer Can Destroy!!!
As most of you know, Olivia is a twin. Her brother Wyatt was born exactly one minute before her and he has taken on the big brother role ever since. Their bond formed immediately, long before they left my womb. During our 20 week ultrasound we saw Wyatt kicking around like a wild man and Olivia holding on to his leg as if she was saying “relax, brother.” This was exactly how their relationship was for the 20 months they had together on this earth. Wyatt was wild and outgoing. Olivia was a soft spirit and incredibly calm. Nothing fazed her.
After Olivia got cancer, Wyatt became her protector. He seemed to know instantly that his sister was sick and he needed to care for her. We never could’ve expected this from such a young child. He would bring her toys, hold her hand, bring her a pacifier, push her…
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