i'm starting a new series of sunday messages today which the theme is about seeking god.
the main scripture for this part is from psalm 10:4 - “in the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, "there is no god."”
humility is vitally required in seeking god's presence. why? because without it we are actually telling god we don't need him. we are basically saying that with our own strength, skills and wisdom we can go on in this life. when we are proud, we are just focusing on ourselves. "i can do this.", "i can handle this on my own.", "i'm strong enough to move forward." are what revolves on our minds.
pride is what i believe the opposite of love. love calls us to give, pride tells us to keep. love calls us to forgive, pride tells us to burn bridges. love calls us to be a blessing, pride tells us to wait until someone blesses us first. love always pursues others, pride pursues own interests, own esteem, own benefits.
the bible tells us that when we don't love (bless, forgive, give, encourage, respect, be patient, be kind, give up envy and wrong doing) , it shows that we don't know god because god is love. - 1 john 4:8
god showed the greatest display of love when he sent jesus christ to die for our sins. jesus redeemed us from the penalty of sin which is death and offers us eternal life- newness of life with god.
because of his great love towards us god gave his one and only son. because of love, he did it even though we don't deserve it. because of love, god is willing to forgive and forget our failures from the past, present and future. because of love, we can now finally truly live! something that pride can't and will never be able to do. have a blessed day! (planning to vlog about my devotions as well! hopefully with my busy schedule i'll find time! please pray for me and encourage me!)
Skills of the “sent ones”. text: mark 3: 14-15: “then he appointed twelve, that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons” in these days, when we have been trained to focus more on ourselves and ask “what is in it for me”, spiritual skills have not been developed by many christians. however, for anyone who has been with jesus for a length of time and has a knowing of being “sent”, there are basic spiritual skills every disciple must master. we have been empowered to produce the work of the kingdom. the holy spirit and the word of god and the name of jesus have been given to us in order to preach the gospel.
jesus’ command to us is to go and make disciples. we must be released into preaching the gospel and getting souls saved. it does not mean we should start a church. preaching the gospel is simply a spiritual skill everyone should have. we should also have the ability of discipling young believers. this requires helping to mature people in the faith. every christian ought to be able to cast out devils. we should be able to attend to the needs of people in our offices and around us who require spiritual help without resorting to calling our pastors for help. we should take up the challenge because the reason we have the holy spirit is in order to lay hands on people and command the oppressions in their lives to leave. -------------------------------------
power to heal sicknesses has also been given to us. to develop this skill, we can begin with ourselves. lay hands on yourself and command those headaches and aches to go. lay hands on your child without having to call your pastor at odd hours. when jesus gave us the holy spirit, he gave us the person that empowered him to do all that he accomplished on the earth(acts 10:38). jesus also said that we would do greater works than he did(john 14:12). the reason we can do “greater works” is because we have the holy spirit. we should also be able to to fill people with the holy ghost(acts 9:17). ------------------------------------------------- #highlifechurch#devotional#chewonthis#thesentones
Death and life. death in place before life. it's in our nature before knowing god to be incline to death and destruction. but, we are given a choice, a chance, grace, to not follow the 1st order, but to follow the 2nd to life.
"i place before you life and death, blessing and curse. choose life so that you and your children will live (deuteronomy 30:19)."
god reversed the order. life first. god wanted us to have life, not death. adam failed, but jesus the 2nd adam succeeded. "it is finished!" no more condemnation for those in christ jesus. now we are given life and life more abundantly. life that springs up from our heart, where jesus inhabit and dwell.
it's in the power of the tounge. it's in our hand. it's about our choices and our decisions. it's about what we say and finally do. god created the heaven and the earth through his words. we are created in his image. our words are powerful. from toughts to words, to actions, to habits, to character and finally becomes our destiny.
no one likes to be forced to eat something. but if you use the touge then indulge it, then it is something you choose to take and taste. what things you let in? it will come out. what you sow is what you reap. what you let out of your mouth becomes you and your actions, whether life or death.
then it's all the fruit that you're going to have and eat and probably forced to swallow (bad fruit or the fruit death). or something that you are going to enjoy because it's a good fruit, a fruit of life. but, fruit needs time to appear. it's just a matter of time. it will come out eventually! so, i place before you, choose life, choose blessing.
Jai sai ram..🙇
om sai ram..🙌
baba ji bless us all..🙏🙇
Bear with one another in love.
the greatest joy, hardest struggle, most beautiful gift, and an absolute, humble blessing.
“i therefore, a prisoner for the lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. there is one body and one spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one lord, one faith, one baptism, one god and father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. but grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of christ's gift.”