Our Final Victory.

1 Corinthians 15:55-58

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

We had our weekly prayer meeting yesterday and what was said in that meeting and the verse I have found above have stirred something in my heart that I intend to run with.

The love of God needs to be within all that we do. Without it, all our actions are worthless. We also need to spread this love to everyone, regardless of race, status or any of the other labels that we tend to attach to people. This was the message that I took away from that meeting (that I need to share the love of God with everyone). I found this verse this morning and it complemented what I had taken away from that meeting perfectly.

I need to give myself fully to the work of God, to spreading his love around and to do so without worrying about rebuke and rebuttal.

Romans 4: 9 – 16

Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

In this verse, it is  asked whether those who were circumcised would receive the same blessedness as those who were uncircumcised. Abraham was accounted his faith for righteousness and it was unclear whether it was accounted before or after he was circumcised. The answer given was that it was accounted before, and that the circumcision was a sign of his righteousness by faith whilst he was uncircumcised.

Faith comes first and foremost (verse 13 states that he received the promise of the world through faith) and that the promise is given both to those of the law and those who have the faith of Abraham.

This links in with the prayer meeting. You need to have the love of God in all you dom or your actions are hollow and meaningless. At first I thought it seemed a little harsh, but when I thought about it, it made sense.

I hope you have a blessed day, and feel the same joy in God that I have found these past few days

Our Final Victory.

Additions

2 Peter 1: 5-8

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This verse seems pertinent, not just to me but to all Christians. We all are works in progress, and will be until the day we die, but there is nothing wrong with expanding our knowledge of Christ, that we may better glorify Him.

For me personally, this is a verse that reminds me that I must not simply wait for Gods knowledge to come to me, but to actively seek it out, and through it glorify His name and work more and more with each increase in knowledge.

I have felt as though i have had a blessed day today, and I have felt God move through me. I hope to add all of these above things to my faith, that I may become a better Christian as a result.

“Come as you are, but don’t stay as you are”.

Have a blessed day.

Additions

Creating Altars

It’s been a while since I have been moved to post anything here. I have a feeling that has been because God has wanted me to focus on my personal issues that were preventing me from opening my heart fully to Him.

I feel as though I have made a breakthrough today (although it is up to me to capitalise on it). The sermon at church this week was about building altars. One of the verses that were quoted was this:

Genesis 8: 20-22

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”

God took the offerings and they pleased him so much that he promised never to destroy life as he had done with the great flood. God also feels the same way when we praise him, whether at church or at home. Our bodies are the altar and our praise is the sacrifice that we offer up to God.

I got on my knees and I prayed and I felt uplifted. It felt wonderful. I felt reconnected to God again. It is now up to me to take that feeling out of Church and spread it throughout my daily routine.

Have a blessed day.

Creating Altars

Apologies

My apologies for my lack of posts. Work and wedding related stuff have been a bit busy of late and thoughts for the blog haven’t been as forthcoming as I would like.

Having said that though, I do have news of sorts. I have decided to get baptised on the 20th of March. It feels right, what with it being so close to the wedding (or as close to it as I am able to get) and its great that I can start a new life spiritually, as well as with my wife to be.

As for this blog, nothing has changed. I still want to document my spiritual journey within this digital tome, but I want each post to be meaningful and (hopefully) helpful to anyone who stumbles across it. That is why I won’t post for the sake of posting, nor will I post if my mind is not fully tuned in to what God is trying to tell me (which reminds me of what my Pastor said about misinterpreting what God is trying to tell you and interspersing it with your own desires).

Please stick with me here. I believe you have followed me for a reason (whether it is fellowship, interest in my words or maybe because God has told you to do so) and I appreciate you all hanging around.

Have a blessed day.

Apologies

God and his role in the decisions you make.

Proverbs 3: 5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

I love this verse. I love it because it enables us, with trust that God will direct you, to remove all worries, lay them at His feet and let someone who is perfect deal with them.

In my devotional (A Man after God’s Own Heart, by Jim George), it says that “every major accomplishment requires a high level of commitment”, and I believe that is the same when it comes to faith.

I know full well, that I need to be a lot more committed when it comes to God, but I also know that He knows what my struggles are, and he will help so long as I ask for it and include him in the decision making process.

In the end, God gave us free will to do with as we please, so we have the free will not to include God and not to commit to God by leaving him out, but the risks we run by doing so are too great to do so.

I would like to leave the prayer that was at the end of this devotional, because what it says is true. We need to include God so that we may glorify Him with our actions and bless the lives of those around us

God, I commit my plans to You today. Help me to honour You in all I do. Thank You for guiding me so that my decisions may glorify You and bless the people around me. Amen

Have a blessed day.

God and his role in the decisions you make.

Decision.

I have made a fairly big decision today. I have decided to remove myself from the internet for an indeterminate amount of time. The reasons for doing so are varied, but the major reason is that is a distracts me from talking to God and from furthering my spiritual journey.

Don’t get me wrong. The internet has been a wonderful resource for me, and through it I have met many wonderful people on here (my future wife being one of those things), but there are also a lot of temptations on here too, and I fully admit to getting side tracked and deflected from what I should be doing (praising God and learning all He has to teach me).

This won’t be a permanent thing, and I fully intend to keep this blog going through my other halfs laptop, because I enjoy it. For anything else though, I will not be around. It will be good for me and for my spiritual growth. I know it.

 

Have a blessed day

Decision.

The strength to ask for help.

This is probably the hardest thing I have done to date, especially since I have found my faith. I made allusions, in my last blog, to certain things that I was struggling with that I wanted to keep between me and God. However, events have transpired in such a way that I wanted to share it with you, as an example of how God sometimes needs to lower you down before He can help you.

The thing I was struggling with was self pleasuring. There we go. I said it. Self pleasuring. The time periods between occurrences would vary (sometimes hours, sometimes days, sometimes a week or two) but in the end I would always cave in. Afterwards I would always feel disgusting and unclean, but I told myself I would resist it next time (I never did).

I told my other half about it, how frequent it was and whether pornography was used or not, and after the air had cleared, she said she would help me as best as she could and that she would pray for me. She also gave me some pretty good advice on how to deal with these urges should they occur again (which I have a feeling they will).

I understand why she reacted so angrily to begin with. It’s not nice to hear these sorts of things, but I read somewhere that you must always repent your sins to God (first and foremost) and then to the person you have offended. If I hadn’t told her, then not only would I have been disrespecting both God and her, then it could have blown up into something a lot worse.

In closing, I have heard plenty of good things about this blog and it’s honesty (one commenter even called it “real”). I hope you realize why I am posting this. It’s not to receive a pat on the back for doing the “right thing”, nor am I doing it to show everyone what a good Christian I am. I am doing this so that, several years down the line, I can look back at this post and say “I was weak here, but God put me in this position so he could teach me the value of asking for help and how silly it is to try and go things alone when I don’t have the strength”.

I also hope that someone might stumble upon this who is in the same position as I am, and ask for help themselves. It is never too late to ask for His help.

1 John 4:10

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Have a blessed day.

 

 

 

The strength to ask for help.