God is your reward

There are many people who will never do something for you or give you something unless they will benefit in return. Very few people will offer something to another person out of pure generosity. It is very rare to find someone who just wants to bless another person without expecting a compensation of some kind or a humanly reward. We live in a world whereby too many people do not have good motives. It reaches a point whereby when someone appears nice to you, then you may start questioning why they are overly friendly; this is because the world is very self-centered and not many people can be trusted. Many people approach other people with hidden motives that they hide behind their smiles, or words, or actions. It is a world of ‘give this, in return for that’. Many people usually know exactly what they want when they approach somebody else. They usually approach with well-calculated moves, and a person will present themselves in such a way that the other person lowers their guard down and eventually gives them what they wanted in return.

The Bible says that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. From the hearts of people is where things arise. Many people will not show you their real selves, they will present you with an image of themselves that is like-able because they know that if they revealed their real selves then most likely you would not want anything to do with them. Many people will try to make a good impression on you, yet all that is an act, that is most likely not who they really are. It takes time to know who a person really is, first impressions can be very deceiving. There are those who have mastered the art of making good first impressions in an effort to be acceptable in the eyes of the other person. They will try to say and do all the right things in an effort to please you and, usually, to manipulate you into creating a good image of them in your mind, yet that is usually a false image. To know a person, you have to watch for the fruits of their lives. Be patient, watchful, and prayerful, and eventually, their real selves will emerge. Many people end up being deceived because they are too impatient to wait until the person proves who they really are – not by the act they try to portray in order to impress you – but the person they actually are. If their fruit is of the flesh, you better believe it, no matter how convincing their words or actions were initially to the contrary. See people for who they really are, and not for whom you want them to be or who they try to present themselves as.

Watch out for people who always expect something from you when they do something for you. Usually such people are very self-centered, though they may try to portray an image of being generous. Their giving to you is conditional and usually they expect you to pay them back in one way or another, and usually the cost to pay far exceeds whatever they may have offered to you. Beware of anyone who, after they have offered you something, somehow automatically expects something from you in return; it is usually very subtle and they will not say it in black and white. However, their actions will show you that whatever ‘favor’ they may have offered you was actually not free in their minds. Beware of those who you surround yourself with, they may be wolves covered with sheep clothing. Take caution that you do not fall prey to ravenous wolves masquerading as ‘nice’ people.

Let God be your reward. When you do something for someone, do it as unto the Lord. Remember that we are passers-by in this world and our true reward will be in heaven. Never do anything out of selfish ambitions. “Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others” Philippians 2:3-4. Do not do things for others or offer them something just so that you can get something in return from them, whether directly or indirectly. Do not be self-centered in your interactions with others; do not allow yourself to become a person whose every move is calculated for your own benefit. Do not become a person who just uses people for your own benefit. When you help that needy person, do it out of love, let that be your service to God. When you do something good for another person, do it out of love not because you are expecting something from them, and even when you expect to be paid in the course of your day to day job or work, do what you do to the best of your abilities.

As followers of Christ, our reward is from God, He will reward us for every good work we do on this earth. We need to change our mindset and stop thinking like people of the world. The world is full of manipulative people who will even prey on the vulnerable just to achieve their self-centered life goals. Many people have gotten rich out of corruption and misusing and abusing other people. There are people who will not even look at you twice if they realize that you have nothing to offer them, they will not help you even when you are in need because to them you are of no benefit. Many people will only help those who can help them in return, whether the help will come immediately or if they perceive that you can be of future benefit to them. Many people will by-pass a poor elderly person who asks for help and yet will go and waste their money by indulging in vain pleasures of this world. Let us be wise and invest our all in the service of God. When you serve one of the least ones, you are serving God. Persevere even when there is no earthly reward, God will reward you in due time.

“When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee hungry, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me” Matthew 25:31-40.

Blessings.

 

 

 

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Lust

The world is full of people with ungodly and unnatural desires. Human beings are born with a fallen nature and live in a fallen world. Lust has consumed many people and led them to do unimaginable acts and say things that leave one wondering what kind of things fill the minds of many people. Many people’s thoughts are corrupted with evil thoughts and desires. It seems like the same can be said today as in the days of Noah. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth and it grieved Him to His heart” Genesis 6:5-6.

In the world we leave in, people, including children, have access to evil images, videos, and words. The things people are exposed to on the internet, on t.v, on radio, social media, and such like, has led to deterioration of the morals of the society. Nowadays sin is promoted everywhere you turn. It seems like sin is the new ‘normal’ for too many people in the society. People will say and do sinful things and yet be referred to as ‘good’ people. Many people try to justify their evil ways by saying that they are ‘just human’. The ways of many people today are carnal, even among most who call themselves Christians. The world is deceived, it is full of blind people who are very influential and who have behind them multitudes of people who follow them blindly. It seems like the most popular people in the world today especially online are those who give their followers what they want. Because the desires and imaginations of many people are evil, there are many influential people who have risen up to feed people’s minds with their imaginations, and as a result such people have captured many followers. The more lust-provoking a person’s online updates are, the more popular they seem to become. This shows clearly the state of many people’s hearts and the extent of moral deterioration.

Many relationships nowadays seem to be sustained by sex and many people will walk away if their partner refuse to be sexually intimate with them. Fornication has been normalized to the extent that those who choose to honor God and not fornicate are seen as if they are weird. Many people in such relationships then push the boundaries of normal sexual behavior and introduce perverted and unnatural ways in order to try and satisfy their lust-filled hearts. Many people are manipulating their partners to engage in behaviors the are extremely degrading. It seems there are people who are never satisfied with how God designed intimacy to be, and as a result, they start to push boundaries and cross lines and start engaging in demonic acts, all in the name of satisfying themselves or their partner. There is too much perversion in the world today. There are too many people whose minds are full of extreme levels of perversion, who most of the time may appear as normal members of the society because they have managed to put on a near perfect external mask. However, behind closed doors, such people are some of the most evil people you can ever encounter. Many people live double lives. On one side they appear like responsible hard-working people, they will show you what you want to see, and most are some of the most charming people you will ever meet, they have learnt how to use their tongues to deceive with smooth honey-coated words. On the other side, the same people at extremely proud, arrogant, liars, backbiters, slanders, extremely abusive, sexually immoral; sin-laden people with no fear of God who have perfected putting on an outer deceptive mask. When you deal with such people and you get an experience with them on both sides, you would think that you are dealing with two different people.

Adultery is a huge problem today. It seems like many people are not satisfied with their partner and they start going outside their marriage to satisfy their lust. People will give you all sorts of reasons as to why they are cheating on their spouse, usually in an attempt to elicit pity and justify their sin. They forget that marriage is sacred and adultery is sin. God Himself will judge adulterers. “Let marriage be held in honor by all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” Hebrews 13:4. There are other people who are addicted to pornography, both the single and the married alike. Pornography industry seems to be a booming business, an evidence that it has heavy consumers. Many people spend hours upon hours on their screens lusting on pornographic images of people who are being used by the devil to expose their bodies for monetary gains and in the process capture the souls of multitudes. Many pornography users usually have an excuse for their behaviors; maybe it is because they were abused as children, maybe because they are frustrated in life, others say it is because they do not have a partner, others say it is because their partner is not satisfying them, and so many other excuses. However, no matter what their excuse is, their actions is sin and they will face judgement if they do not repent.

There are people who are consumed with masturbation and have used that as a way to please their flesh. The sad thing is some of such people are even married yet they are addicted to pleasing their flesh and satisfying their carnal desires by themselves. Many marriages are falling apart because people within marriages are addicted to pornography and masturbation, and some are demanding perverse things from their partners and in doing so they are defiling the marriage bed. Many people do not know how to love their partner, and have confused lust with love. Too many people erroneously think that a marriage certificate gives them the license to practice every imagination they have ever had in their minds on their partner, they do not stop and ask themselves if those desires are godly or not. Many people in marriages are being treated with no dignity by their partner who do and say unimaginable deeds and words to them. Too many people enter marriages filled with lust and think that they will use the marriage to quench that lust. They forget that lust cannot be quenched and will lead them into wanting more and more and push them into extreme levels of perversion. Today it seems many men are now attracted sexually to other men and women to their fellow women. There are also older people nowadays that seem to be attracted sexually to children and end up ruining those children’s lives. Satan is very crafty and keeps tempting people to want more and more of something until their desires consume them and eventually lead them to destruction. “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” Romans 8:6.

There are other people who are driven by desire to acquire earthly riches. Such people will go to great lengths to amass money in their banks, no matter the cost, whether it involves destroying other people’s lives in the process or even selling their souls to the devil. Others are driven by fame and popularity and have mastered portraying the image that people want to see in order for them to be accepted by the world. Others are lusting after other people’s property and may even end up planning robbery and even murder so that they can acquire what belongs to the other person. There are others who lust after other people’s spouse, or children, or lifestyle. It is common nowadays to see someone going after a married person out of jealousy in order to destroy that family. Crimes motivated by hatred, and jealousy, and greed, and blatant lust are very common in the world today. Beware of who you keep close to you because many people will try to get close in order to have access to your life. Some people get close to you because they are jealous of you, or because they have noticed a vulnerability in you that they can exploit, or because they want to gain something from interacting with you, or because they want to use you – whether it is using your body, your money, or use your position for their gain, or use you to improve their image to others, or use you to progress in life. There are many people who will smile at you yet in their heart they are planning evil toward you. Many people know exactly what they want from you when they approach you. Sadly, we live in a world where many people use others as a means to an end, to achieve what they want. Do not be fooled by external appearances.

“And He said, that which came out of the man, that defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man” Mark 7:20-23.

Blessings.

 

 

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit

We were all created by God and for God. God created everything and everyone for a purpose. Our bodies have a purpose, and that purpose is to glorify God. God did not create our bodies for us to use for our own selfish gains. In the world today people use their bodies for all the wrong purposes. In this era of internet and social media the things that are put out there show just how fallen the human nature is. Many people are using their bodies to advance the agenda of the devil, whether they are aware of it or not. In an attempt to show how confident they are in their skin, many people have fallen into the trap of the enemy and are exposing their bodies for all to see. Immorality and immodesty is being labelled as confidence in one’s skin. The devil has deceived so many people to use their their bodies for sin, all the while labeling the sin as pleasure and confidence. What a great lie the devil is advancing! Exposing yourself in such indecent manner does not please God, it does not show that you are confident or admirable, what it shows is how lost and deceived you are and exposes to what extent you would go to gain human validation and obtain what you want. Many people think that just because it is within their right to do such things, that they are okay; that is great deception. What they do not realize is that the devil is using them to advance his mission and when he is done with them, he will discard them with no mercy.

Social media had become satan’s playground. It is where many people go to seek for validation and acceptance and people’s praise and to get their lusts fulfilled. Too many people are people pleasers and will do anything to win the approval of other people. In an effort to attract attention and for fame, many people have taken the destructive route of exposing their bodies and dressing in satanic indecency. There is too much immodesty and the fear of God is lacking among many. Taking and posting selfies have become a way of life for many people, and many of such photos are usually taken in a very pride-filled, haughty, lust-provoking, seductive way. Seductions are rampant today; from the way people pose, to the way they dress, to the facial and bodily expressions they make, to the places in which they take such photos from, and extending to the intents behind most of these photos being taken and shared around. Many people have lost the basic sense of decency; they wear whatever they want, the more revealing and short and tight the clothing for them, the better, not only among people of the world, but also among people who say that they are Christians. Do they not know that the Bible says that by their fruits we shall know them?

A person who is truly living for God will neither dress like nor carry themselves like the world does. A true born again believer is set apart, they do not conform to the patterns of the world. If you say that you are a Christian yet you dress like the world, it is time to examine yourself. Do not try to make excuses for yourself such as saying that modesty is relative, it is not. Our cultures should not influence our level of modesty. Just because you live in a certain country, or a certain continent, or in a certain environment and climate, or in a certain town or city does not give you the excuse of dressing in a way that does not please God. There are standards of dressing that Christians should adhere to; it does not mean that we all dress the same but there are certain styles and fashions that should not be worn by people who profess to be Christians, irrespective of where in the world they live. You cannot dress in an immodest and indecent way and then try to use where you live and your culture as an excuse. We are to take care of our bodies and dress in ways that glorify God.

Do not let go of your health, eat well and live a healthy lifestyle. Dress well and carry yourself as a true follower of Christ. If you still have difficulty in taking care of yourself or in your dressing pray for God’s help and ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to develop and mature the character of a true Christian. Our whole lives should be a testimony that we belong to God and that we fear Him. If you let yourself go and dress any way you choose to, then people will be looking at you and wondering if that is what Christianity is all about, they will even start questioning if you are even a Christian. Be modest in your dressing and in your deeds. There are places as a Christian where you should not go, there are actions as a Christian that you should not do, there are behaviors as a Christian that you should not portray, there are attitudes that as a Christian should not be part of you. Carry yourself as a Christian in word and deed and in your lifestyle. Nowadays there is too much pride and haughtiness and self-righteousness, and many people are not open to correction. The moment you try to correct someone in a loving manner while telling them the truth, they immediately become defensive and try to explain away themselves, usually misquoting the scripture in an effort to justify their way of life.

Our bodies are not to be used for adultery, or for fornication, or for unnatural acts such as homosexuality, bestiality or lesbianism. Our bodies were neither created for show-off nor for attracting other people to lust after us. Our bodies are not to be used for acts of uncleanliness or perversion. Do not abuse your body or misuse it for purposes that do not glorify God. Do not use your body as a tool for seduction. The way people carry themselves tell a lot about what is in their hearts. Nowadays many people have become seducers and seductresses. Many people’s hearts are polluted with sin, no wonder the fruit of their life is carnality, and the works of the flesh are fully manifest in them. Many people are full of pride and you cannot tell them anything. Many people are pursing the things of this world and sacrifice their bodies in the process to achieve what they want, no matter the cost. Many people are prostituting their bodies for the pleasures and things of this world. How sad it shall be for them in the end when they realize that all the things that they were pursuing outside of God’s will is vanity. If what drives you is not of God, then in the end you will learn the hard way that God’s Word is true.

The Bible tells us to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. Our bodies are to be used for the glory of God. How you dress, how you carry yourself, the way you take care of yourself, how you use your body; all of these should glorify God. Take care of your body and be a good steward of the body that God has given you. Stop comparing yourself with others, you are unique and loved and acceptable by God in Christ Jesus. Never allow the worldly definitions of beauty to influence you into a position of compromise. Let your worth and value be found only in God alone, because when you do, then you will be firmly rooted and you will not be swayed around by worldly trends. When you are born-again, you become a child of the Most High God, adopted to son-ship through Jesus Christ, a child of the King of kings; therefore you ought to carry yourself like royalty. Do not allow thoughts of self-hate to take root in your heart, never forget that all that God created was good. “And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” Genesis 1:31.

Honor God with your body. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in you. God bought us with a high price, He gave His Son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for our sins. It cost God His Son to save us. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16. While you still have breath, you have an opportunity to repent. Use your body for glorification of God and not for fulfilling the lusts of the flesh neither for the lusts of the eyes nor for the pride of this life. Let your life bear witness that you are a true follower of Christ. You are not your own, you belong to God. Take good care of your body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Blessings.

 

The face of the Lord is against those who do evil

The world is stained with sin. There is too much deception going on in the world. Nowadays it is common for people to call evil good, and good evil. There are many people who call themselves Christians yet their lives prove otherwise. Many people indulge in sin yet they still attend church regularly. There are others who don’t go to church, they live life the way they want to without regard for God’s Law, yet expect God to hear and answer their prayers when in need. Many people remember God when their life is not going on well, but when things are smooth they do not remember God. There are people who live in blatant unrepentant sin yet at the same time expect to go to heaven. There are those who attend church their entire life yet their life show no fruit of the Holy Spirit. There is too much religiosity without the fear of God. Many churches have become like a routine meeting place, yet many people who meet there continue to live a sinful lifestyle.

Carnality among Christians is rampant. Nowadays it is hard to distinguish between a Christian and a pagan. Too many Christians nowadays live and carry themselves like people of the world. Too many Christians seem to be Christians only by name but their lives do not portray the image of a true Christ follower. It seems like many people think that just because they use the name of Jesus, or mention God, or Lord, or because they mention that they are children of God; they think that makes them true children of God or true Christ followers. Yet, the same people’s lives leave little to be desired. Many people nowadays are using the name of Jesus to advance a career, or build a name and a brand for themselves. Many people have accumulated riches from naive and vulnerable people who follow them. Too many people have gone into ministry for all the wrong reasons, usually for selfish gains. There are people who proclaim the name of Jesus outwardly but inwardly their hearts have been captured by the desire for the things of this world. Many people have used the Christian title to accumulate followers for themselves, and instead of leading those people who follow them to Jesus Christ, they use those people to cater for their selfish interests. Many people have used ministry as an avenue to serve their interests of progressing in life. Such people paint a near perfect image of themselves in order to attract people to them, and then use other people’s vulnerabilities as a doorway for exploitation.

It is common to see people who claim to be Christians scantly dressed; immodesty seems to be the in-thing in the world today and many Christians seem to be eagerly copying the worldly trends. Nowadays people seem to be lovers of themselves; there is too much obsession with self. Sharing every detail of life with online strangers seems to be a trend. It has become like a competition nowadays, many people seem to post non-stop about their lives, and usually, it is the best aspects of their lives that seem to be magnified because everything about them has to appear near perfect. In the rush to glorify self, many people have placed the glorification of God in the back-burner. Pride has set inside many people’s hearts, show-off seems to be widely acceptable and even branded the name ‘sharing’. The moment something comes up in a person’s life, it is quickly shared online for others to see. It is not uncommon to see people who say they are Christians, some of whom even occupy leadership positions within churches and in different ministries, portraying an image of themselves that seem to contradict their words. On one side they can quote scriptures and even preach and appear very religious, but on the other side, the fruit of their life does not bear witness to their words. As Jesus said, they honor Him with their lips but their hearts are far from Him.

Do not be deceived be external appearances. Just because a person is famous, or because they look flawless on the outside, or because they cannot finish a paragraph without mentioning the name Jesus, or because they say all the right things, or because they appear very talented and have many gifts, or because they are pastors and worship leaders and departmental leaders and regularly attend church, or because they have even started and are running a ministry; just because a person appears to be all that and even more does not mean that they are true followers of Christ. If they are not pursuing truth and holiness and righteousness, then their works will not save them. Jesus Christ made it very clear. “Not everyone that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name? and in Your name have cast out demons? and in Your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity” Matthew 7:21-23.

Do not become a crowd follower or a follower of man, become a follower of Christ. If that person you admire and who seems to be an influencer in your life is not leading you to Christ, then it is time to cut your ties and begin seeking God. Do not assume that just because you are a ‘nice’ person that God will listen to you yet you are living in unrepentant sin. Sin separates us from God. You cannot live a life of sin day in and day out and expect God to approve what you are doing. God is good but He is also holy; His standard is holiness. God does not change His standard for any man, His Word is forever settled in heaven. When God says pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord, He means exactly that. If you think that you can make your own rules and expect God to approve of them, then you are greatly mistaken. God hates sin. The Bible says that the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open into their prayers but His face is against them that do evil. It is time to repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you and restore you into a right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. When you do, God is faithful and just and He will listen and forgive you and purify you from all unrighteousness.

It cost God His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to deliver us. Do not take the grace of God for granted. Time is short, the end is near, be wise and live for God. If you choose to remain in sin, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover your sins. “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain expectation of judgement, and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries” Hebrews 10:26-27.

Blessings.

Guard your heart

The Bible tells us to guard our hearts because out of it flows the issues of life. Too many times we tend to be careless and allow our hearts to be swayed around, up and down, left right and center. We allow people to get too close to us without first trying to discern their true intentions. When we are simple-minded, we think that all people around us have good intentions, and because of that, we do not do due diligence to be sure that we are doing the right thing and to be sure that those people are really who they say they are. Too many times we move too fast and make important decisions without a second thought. We like having what we want when we want it, and if something or someone shows up that seems to be close to what we wanted, then we jump in quick. Many people live their life seeking external things and people of the world to fulfill them. Many people have deep voids in their hearts and normally they do not know Who to run to to fill those voids. When a person is in such a state where they are still trying to figure out what is important in this life, it is so easy for them to be deceived.

In our society today we see how fast people jump into and move out of relationships. It is possible for a person to meet somebody one day and then fornicate with them the next day. Today it seems like people are driven by lust, and most of the relationships seem to be very superficial without any substance. People meet within a short period and then start doing too much for the other person, a stranger whom they have not taken time to get to know at a deeper level. Many times we are deceived that the body is what makes a person, so if someone seems appealing and ‘nice’ externally, then we assume that the person must be a good person. We forget that the body is just like a shell, it is a covering housing the soul and the spirit of a person. Soon we start moving on overdrive and make rush decisions, some of which affect us for the rest of our lives. People meet a stranger one moment, and then the next moment they are oversharing details of their lives with a stranger whom they mistaken for a friend. People tell strangers intimate details of their lives, and sadly, such strangers whom we at times erroneously think we are in a relationship with have turned around and betrayed the partner they were with. We overshare and overdo things in an effort to impress people we barely know.

We find people who start entertaining sinful relationships, then soon we hear there is pregnancy which occurred and then soon the two people are living together, many without even getting married. Many people meet someone and then soon after that they start making major changes in their lives, which would affect them greatly if such a relationship ends up failing. Many people have left their families, disagreed with their parents, and spoiled the relationship they had with their close family members all because they met someone who they say that they really like. People relocate to far places to be with someone they barely know. Too many times we depend on lip service of what that other person is telling us, we usually do not take the time to examine the kind of fruit that person is showing, though sometimes, even if we notice that the fruit they are manifesting is not good, we just ignore it because of how impatient and at times how desperate we are. Too many people cannot face the idea of being single, too many people have not learned to find their identity in Christ Jesus alone, and because of that, when someone comes along who seems to satisfy the cravings of their hearts, they are easily carried away.

There are other people who are driven by the love of money, by the desire to acquire material wealth and to be seen as successful in the society, others are driven by the desire for fame and acceptance and validation and human praise. When such a person who is being driven by all this earthly desires comes across a person who promises to fulfill what they desire, then usually such a person is easily carried away. If a person has a love for money, then they will easily follow someone who promises to show them a way of making money fast, they can be easily deceived and fall into traps set up for them; they are easy targets for con artists. If a person is driven by desire for fame then they will easily give in and compromise if they find a way that can lead them into fulfilling their desires. Too many people have been led away by the lust of their flesh. The Bible tells us that where our treasure is that is where our hearts will also be. We have to pray and ask for God’s power to die to the flesh and all its desires and to start seeking God above all else and invest our all in the Kingdom of God, because our investment in the Kingdom is the only lasting treasure. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matthew 6:19-21.

We have to watch out and guard our hearts. We should not be quick to open our hearts to every person we encounter in life. There are too many ill-willed people in this world, we cannot afford to allow other people to enter and leave our lives as they wish. We cannot afford to allow other people to practice their evil desires with our hearts, we cannot afford to slumber.  There are people out there who prey on the vulnerable, they are usually watching out for the best time to strike. We should never depend on human beings to fulfill the voids within us that only God can fill; depending on and trusting upon people makes us vulnerable and also goes against the Word of God. If our hearts are craving for acceptance and validation from other people, then we are opening up our lives as easy targets for people who are out to use and discard us, or people who just want to be part of our lives for selfish reasons and when done with us, they walk away. We have to reach a point in our lives where we have a personal relationship with God and whereby our worth and value is firmly rooted in Christ Jesus alone, such that even if someone comes and promises the world to us, we would not budge. We cannot afford to be careless with our hearts. The devil is out there roaming around looking for people to devour. We have to be firmly rooted in Christ Jesus because He is our source of everything. We should never allow anyone, no matter how good looking or wealth or influential or powerful or famous they are, to sway our hearts from following Christ. We should be careful not to allow our hearts to be swayed away and around by every passing wind. Jesus Christ is enough, there is nothing in this world that is worth eternal life that is promised to us in Christ Jesus.

Guard your heart. Know the Word of God and be a doer of the Word. Do not be deceived by a person’s charm or honey-coated words or wealth or power or fame or external beauty, or carefully crafted actions; always be led by the Spirit of God. If the person you are interacting with is not manifesting the fruit of the Spirit, then no matter how much appeal they have, you should not be with them. Yes, share the gospel but at the same time be on the look out because the enemy is very cunning. Do not be quick to tell everyone everything, there are too many people who will use that same information you give them against you. Pray always and avoid making rush decisions. Never be part of getting someone or something in sin; if they or it involves compromising and sinning, then it is not of God. God will not give us somebody or something that will require us sinning to get it, never. Let us learn to slow down and wait patiently for God, His timing is always perfect. It is better to suffer in this life than to miss out on eternal life. Do not be careless with your heart because there are too many people who, when they see an opening, will come in, trample on your heart, and leave you extremely heartbroken. Many people, as long as they get their selfish desires fulfilled, will not care about the pain they leave you with, they will walk away as if nothing happened. Stop relying on people and place your trust in God. When you live for God, He will never disappoint you. Give your heart fully to Christ Jesus, surrender your life to Him, and in Him, you will get all you ever wanted, He will fill up those voids that no human being can ever fill. Jesus is enough.

Blessings.

 

Worldliness among Christians

In the world today it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between Christians and non-Christians. Too many Christians are copying the ways of the world and in the process looking more and more like the world. Most Christians do not want to be left out when it comes to moving along with the trends of the world. Whatever the world out there is doing you will find many Christians doing similarly, at the same time trying to portray an image of being ‘church-like’ in what they are copying from the world. The gospel music is becoming increasingly secularized – in the way the gospel musicians are singing, in their way of dressing, in the beats of the songs, in the way they dance and carry themselves. It seems like many Christians are going out into the world and copying the worldly ways erroneously thinking that doing so will attract many to Christianity; some do so to acquire recognition and human praise all the while trying to retain their christian ways to some extent, so that their content can still be viewed as a christian content. Day in day out we are bombarded with images of celebrity Christians who look so much like the world, many of whom seem to have lost any sense of modesty, to the extent that we have been conditioned and deceived into thinking that it is okay to do many of the things the world is doing as long as we confess Christ.

Many people are putting forward a false image of themselves in the way they present themselves. People are painting themselves and distorting the image of their bodies to the extent that it is hard to recognize them when they have not painted themselves and in their natural state. Men and women in the christian circles are dressing in such a worldly way to the extent that you will only know that they are Christians because they say they are, but when you look at them, there is nothing about them that would immediately indicate that they are Christians. Many churches have become places where many people are show-casing their fashion. Christians are going out, copying the fashion and trends of the world, and bringing that to the church. The behavior of many Christians is no different from that of the world. There is too much carnality among Christians today. The Bible tells us not to be conformed to the patterns of the world, but sadly, that is what is happening among too many Christians today, that is, many have conformed to the world. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” Romans 12:1-2. We do not win people to Christ by compromising, on the contrary, we are to stand firm on the Word of God and make our lives a living testimony. Let people be attracted to your Christ-likeness.

The  Bible tells us to be set apart but very few people are truly set apart. “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light and darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.’ ‘I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.'” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. Many people will say that they are Christians yet their lifestyle is like that of a person of the world. Many people say they are Christians yet they are living in habitual sin day in day out. Too many people do not have the fear of God. The churches today pass across a sugar-coated message that makes many people remain in their sin. Too many people in the pulpits do not want to pass across the tough messages that will make people re-examine themselves and repent, maybe in an effort to maintain or even increase the size of their congregation. There are too many people in the pulpits who are telling their congregation what those congregants want to hear with their itching ears, instead of telling them the truth of the Word of God. There are those who choose the Bible verses that will make their congregation feel good about themselves, yet ignore other verses of the Bible completely. Because of that, many people in Christianity have remained comfortable in their sin, and whenever the truth is presented to them, they become offended because they do not want to change their ways, because the narrow path seems too uncomfortable for them. Many people do not want to be uncomfortable, thus, they would rather keep on hearing and doing what they are doing, even if what they are being told and what they are doing is error.

The message of holiness and repentance is not common, and even many who hear it do not want to follow that path because it involves a cost that they are not willing to bear. The path to eternal life is narrow and many people think that it is too restrictive for them, they choose the wide path because they say that they want to ‘enjoy’ life. When the truth is presented to many people, they will tell you that you should not judge them and that no one is perfect, they will tell you that God looks at the heart in an effort to justify continuing doing what they have been doing and living the life that they have been living. Many people think that just because they believe in Jesus Christ and go to church on Sunday, then they will make it to heaven; the same people go on living in sin, yet they will tell you ‘judge not’ when you present to them what the Word of God says about their way of life. Many people have forgotten that God is holy and without holiness no one will see God. “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14.

It is time to be set apart. Let us stop justifying our ways that are not pleasing God and ask God to empower us by the power of the Holy Spirit to live a life of holiness. Let us ask God to sanctify us and to reveal to us any aspect of our lives that do not please Him, and let us be willing to let go of those behaviors, attitudes, way of dressing, adornments that do not please God and repent of every sin in our lives. Let us be willing to let go of living a superficial life and let go of artificiality that we try so hard to present to the world in order to be liked and accepted. May we reach a place in our lives where we recognize that Jesus Christ is truly enough. Let us not go into the world to copy their ways, but instead let us remain rooted in Christ Jesus and live a life pleasing to God in every way, and realize that the power of God is enough to draw people into salvation, and that we should not employ carnal ways to try and attract people into Christianity. We should not be going into the world trying to seek acceptance, we are not of the world, and the world will not accept us when we truly live for Christ. To be accepted by the world, one has to compromise, and that is never worth it. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts sinners to repentance, not us. Let us share the gospel and leave the rest to the Most High God.

Blessings.

 

Self-entitlement

We live in a society whereby there is too much self-entitlement. We tend to think that we deserve certain things in life. Growing up we think that we deserve the best home, the best education, the best family, the best friends; then we enter into another stage where we think that we deserve the best job as fast as possible, we think we deserve the best relationships, the best car, the best vacation opportunities – we think that we deserve the best things in life. Many times, we think that other people owe us something, and because of that, we approach people with a mentality that indicates that they should give us what we want, when we want it. It is a world where many people want to get what they want, when they want it, the way they want it. We live in a world where the fallen human nature manifests itself in so many ways, one of them being a sense of entitlement.

Self entitlement is an issue that stems from the heart, it stems from a prideful heart, it stems from a person not wanting to acknowledge where they are weak and in need of help, it stems from relying on our own strength, it stems from a person who wants to advance their own self interests, usually, at the expense of others. Apart from Christ, people are self-centered and they usually want things to work out in a way that will benefit them. When the expectations are not met, self-entitled people usually respond out in anger, they try out many ways to make things work out in their favor, they try to make things turn around. When we are self-entitled, we operate in fear, instead of faith. Many times we tend to think that we don’t deserve to go through what we are going through, we think that we did not deserve to go through a rough childhood, we think that we did not deserve to have been brought up in a dysfunctional family, we think that we did not deserve to be born in a poor background, we think that we did not deserve to have been abused by that person, we think that the person we are in a relationship with owes us many things that we have made up in our imaginations, we think that we did not deserve to have gone through that painful break-up, we think that we deserve to be married by now, we think that we deserve to have had children by a certain age; we think that our life ought to take a certain direction, and these unmet expectations usually lead to a lot of anger, frustration and bitterness if we are not careful.

In the heart of human beings are many plans that they have made up for themselves, and somehow, they expect God to go along and give them the type of life they have already planned for themselves. We tend to forget that in the end it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless, the Lord’s counsel, that will stand” Proverbs 19:21. Many people want a comfortable life and they don’t like anything that interrupts their sense of comfort. Many people go on a blaming cycle, trying to blame people around them for how their life is turning to be. Left on our own, we would seek the easiest and most comfortable path in life that we could find. Human beings, if left to do whatever they want, would hurt other people who they think are interrupting their path in life. We are a self-entitled people, who usually want things to work out the way we want, who want other people to behave and treat us the way we want them to, who want to see the outcomes that we want, who want life to turn out the way we want it to.

However, with time, we are faced with the reality. Life is far from what we expected, things at times don’t turn out the way we want them to, people many times will hurt and fail us, we realize that we cannot control other people nor manipulate situations to work out in our favor. We are faced with sobering moments of how real life is. We realize that we have a real enemy, the devil, whose aim is to destroy us. We realize that we are not in control, God is the One in control. We realize that many times, we may not have what we had wanted, life may not take the direction that we had imagined, we realize many people are usually not what they appear to be, we realize that we have enemies left right and center, we realize that there are many people who do not wish us well, we realize that this world is full of sin, we realize that there are principles that govern how things work, we realize that the Word of God is true – that people do reap what they sow. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” Galatians 6:7-8. We come to realize that we cannot just live the way we want to live and not expect to face the consequences of our actions. We come to realize that we can either choose God, or the devil, but we better choose wisely; the enemy has nothing to offer, his only aim is to lead us to destruction. We have to learn to die to self and to crucify the flesh and be led by the Spirit of God.

With time we come to realize that God is sovereign, that He is in control. We come to realize that no matter how strong we may think we are, we cannot make it by ourselves without God. We have to come to a place in our lives where we realize how powerless we are without God. We have to come to a place where we realize how sinful we are, and how much we need a Savior, Jesus Christ. We have to come to a place whereby we realize why it took God sending His only begotten and sinless Son to die on the cross for our sins. We have to realize that without Christ Jesus, we are headed for destruction. Hell is too real, and because of that, God made the ultimate sacrifice showing how much He loves us, to save us from eternal damnation. We have to stop living a life of complaining about how life has been unfair to us, about how things just don’t seem to be working out for us, about how much pain we have gone through in life; we have to stop and surrender to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. We have to realize that we need God every moment of our lives, and realize that God is powerful enough to turn around even the most difficult and seemingly impossible situation and use it for our good and for His glory. The Word of God tells us that all things work out together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

It is time to stop living a self-entitled life and realize that everything we have, even our very life, is a gift from God. The Bible tells us to do all things without complaining. “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain” Philippians 2:14-16. Let us learn to live a life of thanksgiving, not only when things are going well, but also when according to us nothing seems to be going well, and learn to surrender all to God. We are to live a life of thanksgiving, not because of our circumstances, but regardless of our circumstances. “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:11-13.

The grace of God is always sufficient to take us through any situation that we may encounter in life. “And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

Blessings.