Faith

Quit


One of the hardest things for some people to do is to quit something that they have started. Sometimes you know what you are doing does not make much sense, but out of fear for what your friends will say, you proceed. But you do not need your friends’ approval to quit that which you know will only bring temporary reward.

The Bible says, Wide and crowded is the path that leads to destruction. But the road that leads to everlasting life is narrow and lonely because not many people find it.

Folks, everybody has a choice, so it is up to you to choose which direction you want to take. Saul of Tarsus was on the broad path wreaking havoc, but God stopped him in his track and changed his name to Paul. Paul became a new person. And he never looked back. Today, he is the most revered apostle.

There is something higher than material things-there is something more significant than the pleasures of this world. But you will never know until you quit travelling on the broad path.

What to do when Trials come


Trials are real, and they come in various kinds. Every Human being faces them. The Bible says “…Count it all joy, my brothers, and sisters, when you meet different types of trials, 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. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him, (James 1:1-5).

Still, it is difficult for anyone who is going through tough times to count that as joy. When tribulation comes to us, our first thoughts are to find a way out. And when we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, we tend to panic. But James is telling us to face our trials with steadfastness. Because in the end, everything will work out in our favor.

So, brothers and sisters, the next time life hits you out of nowhere and barely leaves you holding on. And when you are tired of fighting, chained by your control. There is freedom in surrender, lay your burden at Jesus’ feet and let it go. Then you will find out that your world is not falling apart. It is falling into place. Your heavenly Father is sitting on the throne. Stop holding on and let Him hold you.

Prayer for boldness.


Jasmine Murray

Almighty God, grant your people boldness. And help us to stand up for what we believe, without any strings attached. Remind us daily that our yay should be yay, and our nay should be nay. Rip out every root and branch of wishy-washiness from within us. And give us the power to face our giants with strong confidence.

Goad us to take the spotlight off ourselves and direct it at You. For without You, we are weak and feeble. But with You, we have the power to do amazing things. Amen.

Jesus can turn your house of sorrow into a house of Joy


The story of the girl who lived twice have two versions — one in Mark 5 and the other in Luke 8.

The Bible says Jairus was a Jewish religious leader and teacher. One day something terrible came upon Jairus. His twelve-year-old daughter got sick. It was a bad sickness, and Jairus knew that she was dying, and he needed to get help fast.

Jairus heard that Jesus was in town, so he defied religious norms and set out to find Jesus and bring him to his house. Jairus found Jesus amid a large crowd. And when he saw him, he fell at his feet, and entreat him much, saying: “Our daughter lies at the point of death”. Will you come and lay your hand on her, so that she can be saved and live.

Jesus senses the urgency in Jairus’ voice, so he began to follow him, but they could not move quickly. The crowd was too thick. And before Jesus could make it through the dense crowd, servants from Jairus household brought sad news. “Your daughter is dead.” “Why trouble the teacher any further?”

When Jesus heard those words, he turned turned Jairus and said, “Do not be afraid, only believe, and she will be made well.”

At last, Jesus managed to cut through the crowd, and he let no one follow him except Peter, James, and John. When he got to the house, everybody was crying and moaning. The mood was somber. And he said to them: Why do you weep and wail? That child is not dead; she is sleeping. But everyone laughed at him.

Then he put them out of the house, except Jairus and his wife and those that were with him. Then he went entered in where the child lay. He held her by the hand and said to her, Tabitha, cumi! (Child, I say to you, arise). And at once, the child got up, and she walked on her feet.

And the people were astonished beyond measure. And suddenly, the house of sorrow turned into a house of celebration. And he insisted that no one should know about it. Then he told them to give her food.

Sifted Faith


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Suffering and sorrow are part of the human life cycle. And yet we often blame the devil when these ills befall us. Of course, the devil is always plotting and scheming. But he cannot touch you unless God permits him.

So, the next time, unusual circumstances put your faith through a sift, don’t yield to Satan’s schemes; your trials might very well be God testing your trust as he did Job.

In the book of Job, we read about a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. The Bible says Job was blameless and upright. He feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. And he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yokes of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had many servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

Job was an honorable man and a faithful servant of God. The devil who roams the earth like a roaring lion could not touch him because the Lord had built a hedge around him. But the devil was determined to prove Job as a fake. So, he had a talk with God and suggested that if God took everything Job had, Job would curse Him.

God removed the hedge from around Job and permitted Satan to take everything Job had. Satan sifted Job’s faith in God as wheat. And Job lost everything, including his children. But Jobs faith never wavered. In all his suffering and sorrow, Job didn’t sin, neither did he curse God. He justified God’s confidence in him.

In the end, God would restore Job and doubled his prosperity.

The Holy Spirit can make your impossibilities possible


Wouldn’t it be amazing if people would walk up to us and say I see Jesus in you? I believe that is how Jesus wants us to live our lives.

The woman whom Jesus met at Jacob’s well was so impressed with him that she could not compose herself. She ran around telling everybody she met the following:

John 4:29 New International Version (NIV)
29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”

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It may seem impossible for a human being who was born in sin and shaped in iniquity to be like Christ. But it is not beyond our reach. Jesus expects us to do what he did and even greater.

John 14:12 New Living Translation (NLT)
12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, …

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Jesus wants us to continue the work he started. But we cannot do it on our own. We need the Holy Spirit to help and guide us.

Therefore, if we gave the Holy Spirit a suitable place to dwell, he will make our impossibilities possible.