Months ago when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas and things hit rock bottom. One man had the heat turned on Him. He was accused of not opening his Lakewood Church to displaced people and the world threw stones at him for not acting ‘godly’.
This man was Joel Osteen. He tried explaining to the world that they too were taking safety measures to ensure the church was not flooded, but they did not understand still.
He said the location of the church had a history of flooding and that taking people in could be risky. He later opened the church after He thought the time was right. The church hosted the displaced persons and it was well.
In the midst of this accusations, were Christians who in their own wisdom threw a stone at Him. It was as if Joel Osteen and them were on opposing sides. This was shocking to me, to see the church divided and disintegrating while the world cheered on.
The unity of the church is at stake, lets choose to stand by one another. Castigating other Christians or Men of God in a way that makes the church becoming a laughing stock should be avoided.
We are one body of Christ, sticking together at this times is more that important for the strengthening of the church. When we feel justified to shout down a fellow Christian, without first trying to understand them is a mistake we should avoid at all costs.
We should stand together to win more souls to Christ and not judge others. A true mark of Christianity is to Love regardless of anything or any circumstance.
When we are angry or in disagreement with someone, we most at times raise our voices. A couple of months ago I had this happening to me, I raised my voice to someone and it hurt them so much.
So as a good Christian I recognized my mistake, I repented to God and apologized to them. This led to me thinking that perhaps keeping my voice down would have helped. Honestly I just don’t think but I know that. Putting our voices down should be our priority especially if we get angry.
In this world where times could be uncertain, so much pressure and hurtful experiences could occur to all of us, it is important to cultivate this skill; putting our voices down.
It simply arises from being able to have self- control; a fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is in us as Christians and the seed of self- control in us, so therefore let’s allow the seed to grow so that even the world may see it.
Putting our voices down requires discipline and we can all have that discipline by allowing the Holy Spirit to take control of us.
Put your voice down for the sake of peace. When we argue or quarrel we give the devil a foot hold, but being of a self- controlled nature brings peace to everyone.
Do I mean anything for this generation? I think constantly as I carry on with my day to day activities. I feel a fire burning inside of me and as fast as lighting my thoughts are awakened.
“I am raised for this generation”, my heart leaps for joy. I am raised for this generation, are you? I am raised to carry on the fire of Jesus and with the contagious effect let it out to the world.
I thought God was done with me, but I realized He has not and in fact He has only started. I feel my heart yearning more of God and craving for His love day by day.
We are on fire for Jesus, I am shaking off every weight and I am swiftly marching on to possess what belongs to the body of Christ. We are made of God and we will rise above ourselves and together focus on the author and the perfector of our faith.
In the world that no longer believes in living up for God totally, I choose to leave a trail and like never before shine the light of Jesus to the world.
You are raised for this generation, with shaking feet you wobble and with shaking hands you sweat. Do not get discouraged, those who wait on God will keep rising and their youth will be renewed.
We are raised for this generation, put on your strength and lets march to the victory of this generation. God is always with you my friend.
Those struggles need exposure, what do you mean? You ask rocking yourself back and forth in your not so bad swinging chair. Maybe you should now stop rocking and listen to this beautiful story.
My struggle with masturbation and pornography, has been something I have talked about in a couple of my articles. But today I am here to talk about my victory story, a story of patience and of waiting on God.
So during the August holiday after breaking for a two months holiday from university, I had a push to go to a youth conference and it was such powerful push that I just had to surrender.
It was a three day conference but I decided to go for one day, reasons best known to me (anyway that’s not the point). I sat there receiving from God through the amazing preachers who spoke in that period.
Amazingly that afternoon we were to have group fellowships, this means different young people of different age groups were to be put in groups and discuss with older men and women of God of their different challenges and to seek answers to some of their struggles.
So in that moment, I felt the Holy Spirit whispering to me to speak out concerning my struggle, and fortunately I did! I asked a simple question of how young people could stand against masturbation and pornography, and boom! As the men of God spoke I felt the power of the Holy Spirit transforming my life.
They simply told me and all the other young people to change the way we think, to focus our minds on God and allow the Holy Spirit to renew our minds. It was amazing because God has turned around my struggles to victory.
It is as simple as exposing it! What are you struggling with? Just find out older men in Christ or people who are grounded in Christ and share your struggle. Jesus is waiting on you to expose it, sin thrives best in secrecy.
May this article be a transformation to you. THANK YOU!
Moving forward and never looking back. As hard as the statement sounds, looking back should be a no- no. I mean if you choose to forge ahead, why are you concerned with what is behind?
I started looking back recently and the effect of that was unbearable. I was almost tripping off and falling into self pity.
Today I am focused, eyes on the price and firmly moving forward is the new ME! I started looking back at what had not worked and slowly I started losing the fight.
Remember Lot’s wife in the bible. He looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. Why a pillar of salt? May be you would know why. It means that when God commissions us to journey with Him, He wants us focused on Him and not get distracted.
Never looking back is my new motto. I am going to look at Jesus and not see the storm that surrounds me.
Jesus has gone before us and therefore we do not need to start looking back. As I you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, nothing shall be fall you and you shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Stand strong and do not dare look back!
So God was annoyed with Adam and Eve and He drove them out of the Garden of Eden.
This is the same God who sent His son to die for the disobedient man, interesting scenarios I must say.
He did it right. What right did He do? You ask anxiously. He was annoyed with man, but He did it right.
Learning from this turn of events, I have realized that when we say it wrong, we do it right. But God was justified to get angry? Yes he was, but He realized that reconciliation with man was important.
Life has its ups and its downs too. Learn to be able to do it right after doing it wrong. Be the person who reconciles with the past and shakes off their ego and does it right.
Someone said that, the things we do wrong can be covered by what we do right after the wrong. Lets learn that we are imperfect being and making mistakes is a part of us.
Slowly cultivate resolving your past with your present. If you wronged someone, do it right by apologizing or acting in a remorseful way.
We make mistakes but here is another chance to do it right.
Holding it loosely; so here we are again writing this beautiful article together.
It is important to let go and let God. We sometimes cling too much on things we are supposed to let go.
My life has been with no doubt got some moments where I tried too much to hold on things I was supposed to let go. So I suffered not knowing it was all vanity and being able to let go was the most important thing then.
Where we hold things loosely we allow God to take away what we don’t need, and replace it with what we need. What we need may not necessarily look good and we sometimes keep holding unto what we think we need, and in the process loosing what we actually need.
In a life of a believer, God is extremely loving and sometimes He takes away some things for the benefit of us. We instead decide to throw tantrums and unless we allow ourselves to listen to the Holy Spirit, we might feel annoyed with God instead of appreciating His love for us.
From experience, I was forced to let go some relationships because that was the right thing then. I was not immediately convinced it was the right thing to do, but today I am more peaceful, joyful and enjoying life.
Some things we need to fight for, but some things we don’t need to. Listen to the Holy Spirit and be able to discern what you need to let go, and what you need to fight for.
Who cares about me? I would constantly ask. Today I am sitted at a corner away from the noisy crowd of people moving about and around. I think to myself, “these people are busy and they only care about each other, who cares about me?”
In a split of a second I feel someone speaking to my soul, “I care about you”. I look around me hoping to see my encourager, all in vain. The people around me are still very busy and I am with no doubt no one among them spoke to me.
Someone spoke and He said words that lifted by downcast face. He cares about me, God cares about me and He thinks about me constantly. He cares about me and so I will never ever get worried.
My life is in his hands and so I am not worried whatever might come my way. No one may never think about me, but like a good father, God cares about me and values me more than any other being in this world.
He cares about me and therefore I will proclaim His goodness to the world. Withholding nothing, I let go pain, hurt and rejection and accept God. He is all I need any day and anytime.
I am going to care for people out here in the streets of pain because God loves and cares about me.
Laughing as a crazy person I am. What you do not know is how uncontrollable the Love I feel can be. Today walking in the streets of love, I am prompted to talk about it and like all Spirit filled Christians will do; I obey this small still voice.
The love I feel is not just an article it is a personal testimony. I have tried to find out from other Christians if they feel the same about this love. Its like I am the only one feeling this love.
I grew up with low self-esteem and sometimes I would feel depressed, but they were unexplainable moments when I would feel some warmth and like some love poured in my soul I would feel relieved from pain and depression.
I grew in a situation where I thought I was not worthy of anything or anybody, but like an unexplainable story I would feel someone lifting off my unworthy state and put a special kind of worthiness.
The love I feel is so Jesus like. He lifts my soul and gives me a brand new song. I will never ever be able to explain to anyone how peaceful I am even in the midst of storms. This is a personal testimony, it might resonate with you or not.
I am loved, why not then give out this Love? Feel free to seek this love from me. Email me on email@example.com and be sure to know why.
This was me trying to say everything about how saved I was. A Christian boy washed with the blood of Jesus, but amidst all this talk of how saved I was, I realized this, “show people”. Why show them? I was puzzled.
Today I am doing my best to talk less and show people what salvation is all about. The Love I am with the help of Jesus trying to show people is what explains my salvation. The greatest thing about being a believer is being able to talk less and show the world what we are made of.
Loving people regardless of how sinful they might look is the greatest example Jesus has given the Church. We judge mostly as Christians and pretend we are gods in people’s lives; however, what I learnt in this life as a Christian is love. It is the greatest example a believer can change the world with.
Don’t be quick to explain your salvation to the world, just take a break! And silently do the right thing that Jesus has been the beginner of.
I stick around people who are not saved, and the greatest condemnation the devil has tried to put in me is that, “why don’t you tell them, you will go to hell”. I have always prayed to God that He might make me do things that will be admirable to the unbeliever.
Show people love which is the key ingredient to attract them to this beautiful salvation. Don’t waste your time on talking, do Jesus and the world will admire you and strive to know Jesus more.