“Jesus said to her: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25,26)
Many Christians seek more profound answers, a more profound understanding of Christianity, and how to be a Christian in a world that does not understand the essence of being a Christian (sometimes even Christians follow their own concepts of what one should be one).
How do I live a Christian life in a world where humans themselves are the focal point, where the self has become “god”? In a world where we are taught to do our own thing and the ethic of the cross, self-denial and self-sacrifice are strange and unwelcomed concepts. In a world where it is not “proper” or “correct” to proclaim that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Some seek answers, a deeper relationship with God, a more powerful spiritual life after wandering from one church to the next, from one spiritual technique to the next, from one experience to the other without finding lasting fruit and peace.
Jesus Christ is the answer. He has no question. He knows the answers; He gives the answers. He is the Father’s answer to the sin and distress of the world.
Jesus was different and still is today than everybody else. He came to show us a different road to follow.
Heavenly Father, help me to walk in Jesus’ shoes. Lead me in the way You have drawn up for us in Jesus’ Name…amen
Lord we pray that you bless every person that reads these motivations. Help them to experience Your love, Your healing , Your provision, Your purpose and Your dream for their lives we pray tis in your Mighty Name Amen
"And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness'"
(2 Corinthians 12:9a, NKJV)
We all go through seasons of difficulty and face storms in life. But during those times, we have to remember that Almighty God is greater than any struggle we face! He’ll take those challenges and use them to strengthen us, but we have to do our part and take a step of faith toward the victory.
Think about the caterpillar before it becomes a butterfly. When it’s wrapped in its dark cocoon on the backside of some tree, it doesn’t look like it has many options. But inside that cocoon as it becomes a butterfly, it doesn’t just sit and wait for someone to come and let it out. No, that butterfly knows that it has to make a move if it’s going to be set free to fly. In the same way, we have to do something to get out of the confining places we are in. We have to pray, we have to believe, and we have to press through to victory.
Today, no matter what you may be facing, remember His grace is sufficient for you. His strength is made perfect in you. He has given you everything you need to overcome in this life. Now is the time to break free and rise to new levels because He has victory and blessing prepared for you!
Heavenly Father, thank You for the strength to make it through any challenge I may face. I choose to put my trust in You. I declare that You are good and faithful. Thank You for equipping me for victory in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
You are not responsible for doing
it all yourself, right now.
Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past.
Rest there. Each moment has richness
that takes a lifetime to savor.
Set your own pace.
When someone is pushing you,
it's OK to tell them they're pushing.
Take nothing for granted:
watch water flow, the corn grow,
the leaves blow, your neighbor mow.
Taste your food.
God gives it to delight as well as to nourish.
Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set.
They are remarkable for their steady pattern
of movement, not their speed.
Quit planning how you're going to use
what you know, learn, or possess.
God's gifts just are;
be grateful and their purpose will be clear.
When you talk with someone,
don't think about what you'll say next.
Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.
Talk and play with children.
It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.
Create a place in your home...
at your work... in your heart...
where you can go for quiet and recollection.
You deserve it.
Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive.
Rest isn't luxury; it's a necessity.
Listen to the wind blow.
It carries a message of yesterday, tomorrow and now. NOW counts.
Rest on your laurels.
They bring comfort whatever their size,
age, or condition.
Talk slower. Talk less.
Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by words.
Give yourself permission to be late sometimes.
Life is for living, not scheduling.
Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song.
Music and nature are gifts,
but only if you are willing to receive them.
Take time just to think.
Action is good and necessary,
but it's fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.
Make time for play - the things you like to do.
Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.
Watch and listen to the night sky.
Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.
Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders.
There will always be new opportunities
for you to step out in front again.
Divide big jobs into little jobs.
If God took six days to create the universe,
can you hope to do any better?
When you find yourself rushing & anxious, stop.
Ask yourself "WHY?"
you are rushing and anxious.
The reasons may improve your self-understanding.
Take time to read.
Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.
Direct your life with purposeful choices,
not with speed and efficiency.
The best musician is one who plays with expression and meaning, not the
one who finishes first.
Take a day off alone; make a retreat.
You can learn from monks and hermits without becoming one.
Pet a furry friend.
You will give and get the gift of now.
Work with your hands.
It frees the mind.
Take time to wonder.
Without wonder, life is merely existence.
Sit in the dark.
It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.
Once in a while, turn down the lights,
the volume, the throttle, the invitations.
Less really can be more.
Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do
but often it is the best.
Take a walk-but don't go anywhere.
If you walk just to get somewhere,
you sacrifice the walking.
Count your friends.
If you have one, you are lucky.
If you have more, you are blessed.
Bless them in return.
Count your blessings - one at a time and slowly.
LEES: Filippense 4 :10 - 20. Ek is tot alles in staat deur Hom wat my krag gee. (v. 13)
Voel jy vandag moedeloos? Is jy nie eintlik meer lus vir die lewe nie? Het alles dalk net vir jou te veel geword? Hoor dan die woorde van Paulus: “Ek is tot alles in staat deur Hom wat my krag gee.” Ja, die groot waarheid is dat Iemand anders by jou betrokke is. Die gelowige in C h r is t us is nooit alleen in die wêreld nie. As dit só was, sou jy nie vandag hierdie gedeelte gelees het nie!
Jesus Christus self is jou Metgesel op jou tog deur die wêreld. G o d wat louter liefde is, omarm jou - soos net ‘n Vader kan. Daar waar jy self nie meer verder kan loop nie, dra Hy jou - deur siekte, vrees, krisisse, rousmart en lewenschaos.
Jesus is die Een wat die groot verskil maak. Hy het immers die volle prys vir jou betaal. Daarom hoef jy nie vandag in sak en as te bly sit nie. Veel eerder moet jy ‘n jubellied sing omdat jy aan Hom behoort.
Jy is nie alleen in die wêreld nie. Geen probleem hoef jy ooit alleen aan te pak nie. Hy wat saam met jou loop, kan verder as jy sien. Jou seer en onsekerheid ken Hy. Daarom bied Hy homself vir jou aan as jou groot Sekerheid. Neem jou verhouding met Hom ernstig op en die lewenslas word lewenslus. Jou geloof sal vir jou weer nuwe betekenis kry en die wêreld om jou sal weer nuut word. In elke mens sal jy weer iets goeds ontdek.
Daarom sal jy ook ‘n jubellied kan sing wat sê: “Ek is tot alles in staat deur Hom wat my krag gee.” Sonder Christus is jy niks nie. Met Hom ervaar jy die lewe in sy volheid!
Dierbare Here, Ek was moedeloos toe ek vanmôre wakker word. Die lewe het soos ‘n nagmerrie voor my uitgestrek. Toe lees ek hierdie woorde van Paulus. Nou weet ek dat my omstandighede nie hagliker is as wat syne was nie. Des te meer kan ek nou sê: “Ek is tot alles in staat deur Hom wat my krag gee.” Amen.
(Word Stil en Luister. Eric Stander. Aktua Pers.)
"The people who walk in darkness will see a great light" Isaiah 9:2
There are times in our travels of faith when the lights go out. Despite the unfailing glow of God's word in our hearts, all about us is nevertheless covered with a thick darkness that hides even His presence from our perceptions. He promised never to leave us, but what are we to do in such seasons of silence and apparent absence?
Isaiah asked, "Who among you fears the LORD and obeys His servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God." That's the answer — we are to continue trusting, for He is faithful and will never fail us. Even though He may seem distant and detached, He is all the more nearer in those trying moments.
After encouraging us to stay the course, the prophet Isaiah then adds this sobering warning, "But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires. This is the reward you will receive from Me: You will soon fall down in great torment." (Isaiah 50:10-11).
The temptation to light things up on our own is never greater than in those times when the Lord seems far away. It is then that we are most susceptible to try and make something happen on our own. This is what gives rise to much of the hype and hullabaloo that passes itself off as anointing and power in many religious circles today. But the end of that path is trouble in every way.
You may be in one of those dark seasons right now — so take heart. The Lord is closer than you realize. Keep walking by faith and in due time you will again see a great light. And in that light you will discover the many treasures the Lord has brought forth for you while you were passing through the muttering tunnel.
Remember David's words? "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff comfort me."
Be comforted, my dear friend; their is light aplenty just up ahead!
There are things about him that people cannot see… But since the beginning of the world those things have been made easy to understand by what God has made. Rom 1:20
God's judgment is based upon humanity's response to the message received. He will never hold us accountable for what he doesn't tell us. At the same time, he will never let us die without telling us something. Even those who never heard of Christ are given a message about the character of God. "The heavens declare the glory of God" (Psa 19:1 NIV)…
Nature is God's first missionary. Where there is no Bible, there are sparkling stars. Where there are no preachers, there are springtimes… If a person has nothing but nature, then nature is enough to reveal something about God. As Paul says … : 's law is not something alien, imposed on us from without, but woven into the very fabric of our creation. There is something deep within that echoes God's yes and no, right and wrong. Their response to God's yes and no will become public knowledge on the day God makes his final decision about every man and woman" (Rom 2:15-16 MSG).
When Christ Comes (Max Lucado)
How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood???? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly one can get back their focus on what's important.
David J. Pollay explains his story in this way....
Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here's what happened. I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car's back end by just inches!
The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean...he was friendly. So, I said, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck." "Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they'll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be happy you did."I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me?
And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, "I'm not going to do it anymore."Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. Love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't. Believe that everything happens for a reason. Never let the garbage truck run over you...
The apostle Jude writes, 'But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.' Jude places the responsibility of building yourself up spiritually and strengthening your faith where it belongs - squarely on you. There are two kinds of faith: mechanical faith and intentional faith. Each time you flip on a light switch you're exercising mechanical faith. But when you face the unknown, the untried and the undone, you need intentional faith - faith that believes God to do '...exceedingly abundantly above all that [you] ask or think...' (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV). If you're proactive, your faith will grow. If you're passive, it won't. Like the rush of water against a riverbank, there's an erosion of faith that comes simply from living every day. If you don't do anything to secure and strengthen your faith it begins to deteriorate. Christ told the church at Ephesus to remember the heights from which they had fallen (Revelation 2:5). What a strange thing to say! If you fell from a significant height, don't you think you'd remember it? Not if the fall was so gradual that you didn't notice it. So ask yourself: 'Have those who know me best begun to notice that the gleam has gone out of my eye, the joy out of my step, the peace out of my spirit and the Word of God out of my conversation?' Faith is like a muscle; if you don't exercise it consistently it will atrophy and become powerless. So the word for you today is: '...Strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die...' (Revelation 3:2 NKJV). This word 'building' is an architectural term that means to renovate. It implies tearing down what's not working for you and building up what will. When you don't understand that, you are left to believe that whatever life has handed you is just the way it is, and you have to take it. You'd be surprised at the number of people who go to church every week just to get a word to help them survive. They sing about faith and talk about it. But when you ask them, 'How are you doing?' they say, 'I'm just hanging on. I'm just hoping I can make it through.' Yes, there are times when that will truly be the case. But that should be the exception, not the rule. The Bible says, '...We are more than conquerors...' (Romans 8:37 NKJV). To be a conqueror means to fight a battle and win it. But to be more than a conqueror means to win a battle - without even having to fight it. Jesus has already fought and won the battle for you. And today He is saying, '...I give...you power...over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you' (Luke 10:19). You say, 'How do I get this power?' Jude says we can access this power for living by '...praying in the Holy Spirit' (v. 20). And you can do it anywhere: in your car on the way to work, on your treadmill, or even in your bathroom. You just need a place where you can be alone with God, praying and reading His Word, building up your faith.
Rev 19-22; Matt 25:1-13; Ps 55:1-11; Pr 8:17-18; Rev 15-18; Matt 24:36-51; Ps 13; Pr 8:14-16