…or lying to yourself?
What do we do or say
… when things went wrong
… or when we did something wrong?
We make excuses!
However are those excuses valid
… or are we lying to ourselves?
But … I don’t lie to myself!
The reality is that,
… every time we make an excuse
… we are lying to our self!
An excuse is simply a justification,
… trying to justify something
… that was actually NOT right in the first place.
It is covering up the truth,
… instead of facing what is wrong
and doing what is right!
Whereas … when you give a reason
… why something is as it is,
your are exposing the truth.
… as well as what actually happened,
thus taking the responsibility,
… so that what there should be, can be!
For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed,
nor hidden that will not be known.
Luke 12 2
… in His power!
Life is full of challenges
… and no one can live your life for you,
but you have available to you, what it takes for you to win!
be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armour of God. – Eph 6 10-11
But what is this armour of God all about?
Your Lifestyle – living what is available to you!
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,
Surround yourself with the knowledge of His Word.
having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Become sure in yourself that God IS for you!
shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace,
Then go and share that peace that is in you!
above all, taking the shield of faith
If YOU dare believe, all things are possible (Mark 9 23)
you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one
Because what you have in you is bigger than your problem!
And take the helmet of salvation
And don’t let any thought or pressure take what YOU have!
and the sword of the Spirit,
The Holy Spirit is there to be your helper
which is the word of God;
Take hold of and believe what He promised
… then simply speak His word into every situation!
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit
STAY connected and His power will flow
… in and through your life!
being watchful to this end.– Eph 6 14-18
And NEVER let your guard down!
… in Him you are a success going somewhere to happen!
… or different?
Are we all equal? … of course we are!
Are we all different? … for sure we are!
Are men and women really equal?
… of course they are
… and should be treated as such.
We are and therefore should all be
… equal before the law,
and should all have the same possibilities,
… and also the same opportunities!
But, are we all the same?
… Of course not!
Not only do our physical differences tell us that,
but also our differing abilities or capabilities.
neither our differing abilities or capabilities,
.. nor our physical differences
disqualify us from all being equal.
Praise God that He did not create robots,
… but beautiful unique individuals
that are equal before Him in love!
there is no partiality of persons with Him.
Eph 6 9
And so should you also see yourself
… as you truly are
different, special, uniquely YOU!
… changes things!
We all want to see change
… in our lives and in our circumstances.
and we would also like to see change,
… positive change in the lives of others.
But, how does this change happen,
… particularly in the lives of others?
Not by our unsought advice or preaching!
Paul on the other hand showed us the way, saying…
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 11 1
So what did Jesus do that we need to imitate?
Jesus showed us the love of the Father
… that love that changes our lives forever!
Therefore, what is it that I need to do
… so that the lives of others will change?
My part is to love them
… with the love He loves me!
And above all things
have fervent love for one another,
for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.’
1 Peter 4 8
God’s part is to change them,
… through His love for us!
For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son
Behold, the Lamb of God,
that taketh away the sin of the world!
John 1 29
… in Life?
Things do go wrong in life,
… but with every problem or challenge
God gives us a way out,
… when we ask!
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you,
and show you great and mighty things,
which you do not know.’
Jer 33 3
But, if we do not act on God’s instruction,
… or take the opportunity He gives us,
do not expect things to change
… or to have the victory over that problem!
Yes God will answer,
… but are you listening,
… are you even expecting an answer?
Yes God will show you the solution,
… but are you expecting His input
and are you ready to act upon His instruction?
If not, you will simply remain where you are,
… not knowing what to do,
and not having the victory God has for you!
So … got a problem?
… ASK … LISTEN … ACT!
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Isa 55 11
For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
2 Tim 1:7
God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but that does not mean
… that fear will not try to come upon us,
… that fear will not try to take hold of our minds.
Not at all,
… fear is always trying to come into our lives!
What the Bible does say is that,
… we have not been given a spirit of fear,
so fear is NOT part of our makeup.
However that does not make it disappear,
… as it is up to us whether we allow it to stay,
… and allow it to take hold of our minds.
In other words,
… we need to reject what is NOT ours,
and stand against those thoughts, by
casting down arguments and every high thing
that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,
bringing every thought into captivity
to the obedience of Christ,
2 Cor 10:5
As it is written …
For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Tim 1:7
Let Him be your strength, your source and your guide
… and fear will find no place in you!
… take it!
Air is free
… but you have to breathe it (yourself).
As Jesus said to us,
I have come that they may have life,
and that they may have it more abundantly.
John 10 10
Life is available,
… but it is up to us to take hold of that life in Jesus,
… to use the abilities we have been given
and to live the potential God has provided for us.
However, God not only gave us abilities,
… He also gave us responsibilities.
As with the air, although it is free,
… what am I doing with it?
Am I using it or abusing it.
If I do not use the abilities that I have been given,
… I will NOT benefit in the way I should!
If I don’t creatively use and develop the potential I have,
… I will not touch the lives of others as I should!
if I don’t care how I use or even abuse what I have,
… the potential given me will be lost!
In other words,
We need to use our special creative abilities
… that we have from God,
and walk in the fullness of life that is available to us.
Air is free!
Abilities are free!
Wisdom is free!
Success is free!
They are all there in Jesus …
So, what about taking and using what is yours!
… or be taught?
Often when we read the Bible,
… or hear different translations of Scripture,
we are not always sure how to correctly interpret
… what we are reading
… what we are hearing!
Are we missing something?
Are we understanding correctly?
Praise God that the apostle John wrote this for us …
But the anointing which you have received from Him
abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you;
but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things,
and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you,
you will abide in Him.
1 John 2 27
Being taught is not the most important part,
BUT, are you wanting to learn?
Do YOU want to know what God says about His Word?
Then let Him help you!
God has sent the Holy Spirit to be your helper,
… to help you understand what He has written in His Word,
… to help you to live what God says and expects!
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will
send in My name, He will teach you all things,
and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 14 2
Are you ready to listen and to learn?
God has already prepared the way!
Want to be all that you were created to be?
Want to be able, creative and successful?
Of course we should ask God for help,
… however the Apostle wrote this in his epistle,
But do you want to know, O foolish man,
that faith without works is dead?
James 2 20
God put abilities and creativity in us.
It is however not His responsibility to make them work,
… but it is our responsibility to activate them in our lives!
We need to respond to the abilities God put in us.
We need to add the works to those abilities.
Abilities that have all the potential that God put in them,
… but whether they are of benefit to us,
… is in our hands!
You have to get personally involved
… and actively use those abilities you have.
… what you have in you,
… will be of no benefit to you!
You have it,
… it’s yours,
put it to work!
… you need a change!
Stress and the resultant burnout, are real
… and are becoming more and more prevalent,
because we are trying to do too much for too long.
Constantly being busy, making a living,
… trying to achieve more and more all the time
… may well be called life,
but it is like having the same dream every night,
… caught in a maze
from which you can’t see a way of escape.
If you keep working and working,
… eventually your brain goes into neutral,
… with the result that your mind stops functioning.
Because it is NOT being stimulated,
… being not only used, but actually abused.
Your brain, your mind, your emotions – need breathing space,
… they need a rest, a break, a holiday,
They NEED a CHANGE!
It is not about what you change,
… but that you open yourself up to change.
Make ‘taking a break’ part of your life, a regular practice,
… time to breathe, and to see life from a different perspective.
It will help you deal with what you have to do,
… and show you the way to a new step in your life!
As the saying goes,
… a change is as good as a holiday!