Christianity

How to showcase God’s love


We showcase God’s love when we are willing to help others without any prompting. Some of us can give a good speech about God’s love. But when it comes to demonstrating God’s love, we fall short.

The gospel according to 1John 3:18 states:

Let us not love with words or speech but with action and in truth.

There is only one way to Heaven


Recently the FBI busted more than 40 American citizens, some well-known, in a college admissions cheating scheme.

According to news reports children of deep pocket parents, would bypass the standard admission process for entrance into top Ivy league schools, so long as their parents pay between US$250, 000 and $400,000. Some parents even paid as much as $6.5,000,000.

I scratched my head vigorously after reading the disturbing story. Then I started to imagine what I think would have happened if salvation was something money could buy. I saw all the rich people in heaven and all the poor people in hell. But thanks be to the God of the just as well as the unjust, Salvation is free because He sent His only Son to die as a ransom for our sins.

Jesus’ death and resurrection have made it possible so that nobody has to go to hell, but everybody can go to heaven

Folks, I am glad Jesus paid the ultimate price for my salvation. Because if I had to pay cash, I couldn’t afford it. And the way to heaven is not through some loopholes or back doors. It is through Jesus Christ.

Jesus closed all loopholes and back doors when He said the following:

John 10:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 I am at the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.

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Further, He made it crystal clear that status and notoriety would not be a factor:

John 14:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 …, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 

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Waving the white flag too early


Sometimes we are faced with overwhelming situations that require great courage, but instead of facing our giant we wave the white flag. Then, we walked away from such circumstances feeling dejected and abandoned. So, we blame God.

Lack of courage can be the difference between success and failure

 Goliath, the Philistine giant, was a brute of a man. People everywhere feared him. A mere glimpse at this giant caused soldiers to shake in their boots. No one dared to face him. In one encounter with the Philistine army, the entire Israeli army surrendered without raising an arm.

Then came a scrawny teenage shepherd boy named David. He would challenge and defeat Goliath. David might have been naive, but he was confident that the God who helped him defended his sheep from predators would help him fight Goliath. All David needed to do was to find the courage to challenge and duel a man many times his size.

Friends, often, it’s not the size of our problem that is setting us back. It is our lack of courage and our defeatist attitude.

Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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Perseverance


The strength we need to persevere and grow comes from God through the Holy spirit. But only if we allow Him to guide and direct our lives.


James 1:12-16 New International Version (NIV)
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

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Does your life reflect who you are?


Inspiration

It doesn’t matter where you come from; the life you live reflect who you are. Some of us may try to fake it, but in due time the real you will reveal itself.

So, as Christians, it is in our best interest to live our lives within the boundaries of the teachings of Jesus Christ. We must not forget that even though we are living in this world, we are not of this world.

We are special. The great apostle, Peter, writes the following:

1 Peter 2:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

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And because we are a peculiar people who have had our unique Damascus road experiences. Jesus calls us the light of the world and the salt of the earth. And God has set apart to carry out work. Therefore, we must live our lives accordingly.
In his letter to the Church in Ephesus, Apostle Paul writes the following:

Ephesians 4 New International Version (NIV)
4 As a prisoner for the Lord, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

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Come and rest here


Worship Wednesday

Matthew 11:28-30 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

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