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"Yearn to earn His love before anyone elses"
When the Pharisees asked Jesus what commandment in the law was the greatest Jesus replied with ‘ Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’ Matthew 22vs 37. He didn’t say spend your day indulged by twitter or work then force yourself to say a quick 10 second prayer before you fall asleep. This can happen all too easily and if we continue to allow this to happen we’re disregarding the most important commandant.
When we truly begin to understand the depth of this commandment we’d understand that we’re really only giving God half (if not less) the love that He has for us. Jesus also follows on to say ‘The second is like it, Love your neighbour as yourself’ vs38. Once we can tackle these commandments then the rest will not be hard for us. For would we have the intent to steal from our self, kill ourself or disrespect ourselves? Surely not. Furthermore, if we’re treating our neighbours as ourselves then hurting others would not be in the equation. This isn’t going to happy overnight, it’s a gradual process and step by step the love we have for God will be reflected through our actions.
Let us not follow the traditions of men but seek approval from God because He is never changing. Numbers 23:19 ‘ God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?’ Society changes, God doesn’t.
We may not realise it but anything that we spend an obsessive amount of time with when we cannot do the same thing with God, we’ve now idolised and in other words showed God that He comes second, or with a lot of us it may be third, fourth or even last. We all know this isn’t the right way to show appreciation to our Maker because do we really neglect the people we say we love?
It’s not going be easy but it’s going be worth it. Seeking approval from God is better than seeking approval from man. We can spend time with God in so many different ways, you could be walking to uni and could be having that one to one convo with Him or, driving whilst singing your heart out to the gospel album you’ve got playing; nothing is too small for God.
If we don’t spend time with God and do things such as praying, reading the bible or worshipping ( few examples) then how could we possibly expect to see more of Him?
Do we go into that exam hall without preparing for that exam and expect to pass?
If reading the bible is hard for you try taking small but gradual steps to building your relationship with God. Maybe 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night. They say it takes 3 weeks to form a habit so try this and watch the way your mindset will become more Christ like.
Growing up there were always times where reading the bible seemed as if it was a chore to me, I used to cling onto the fact that going to church on sundays & the midweek service was enough time set aside for reading the bible. However I quickly realised that I was never going to grow in Christ if I didn't choose to spend my own time wisely and understand the bible for myself. Once you start reading the bible for yourself everything else starts to make more sense and in addition you'll start to discover the answer to many questions you've had along with many other benefits that come with spending time with God and reading the bible.
God bless Ade
Do not Let Your Attitude Hinder You
Your attitude consists of your thoughts and feelings towards something as well as the way you represent yourself through body language. The apostle Paul writes about this a lot and emphasises that ‘ whatever happens, conduct yourselves In a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ’ Philippians 1:27. This implies that no matter what situations we may face, the frustrations we will come across or whether or not the next person pushes us to our limit, regardless we should have a attitude as close to Jesus Christ as possible. Philippians 2:5 ‘ Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ.’
Jesus could hold a perfect attitude because of how much he relied on God as well as praying about every situation that came His way. If we did this, it would allow very little room for us not to behave like Christ if we’re constantly connecting with Him. Jesus never allowed himself to be angry, depressed or defensive but instead His goal was to please God than to achieve his own agenda. Jesus stayed humble.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4). Meaning we should also re-evaluate the reason why we do/ask for certain things, it should come from a humble place and to favour others as well as yourself.
Paul continues to mention Christ like attitudes implying that now that we are of Christ, the ungodly reasons behind certain things that we do should now be demolished. “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Each time we try to control our circumstances, our future, and the people around us, we’re only demonstrating that we believe we are in control. But we must understand that, as creatures, we will never be the Creator, God always was and always will be. He wants us to become like Him, taking on His values, His attitudes, and His character. We are meant to “be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:23-24).
Next time there’s a reason for you to show a part of your character that you know isn’t the right response, try thinking about pleasing God before your needs.
Don't misuse your influence!
It's not just people who are seen to be at higher positions that have the power to influence you. The dictionary definition states influence as 'the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something, or the effect itself'
In everyday life I really think we do underestimate the power of how much the actions of what we do affect the ones around us.
We should be more aware of what the consequences of our actions can do. Our aim is to bring more people to the Kingdom, not to lead them astray especially if you're looked up to. The bible states '
'but take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.' 1 Corinthians 8:9 This could be interpreted to even though you have free will, we shouldn't take advantage of this and in our journey also bring people who are weaker down with us, especially as they're more influenced.
The bible says in Matthew 6-8 that :
But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!
The bible places high importance of leading people to sin and how much the Lord dislikes it. Even if you feel like that's not something you do it could be as 'small' as encouraging your friend to keep malice with her friends because they did her dirty. When instead we should be telling them to be slow to anger and show them love.
It's easy to get caught up in the moment when you're with family and friends but adding fuel to the fire is not the Christ like thing to do.
It's not the easiest thing to always remove yourself from situations that aren't Christlike but take a step back and check to see if you're misusing your influence or if you're bringing more people to Christ.