Monday, 18 April 2016

I Won't Forget to Say Thank You

Two years ago, a friend of mine got married and I bought a gift from their wedding gift website. Surprisingly, I received a "Thank You" card in the post. Inside the card it said: "Thank you so much for the gift." It made me feel good that my friend and his wife took their time to not only write a thank you card but they posted it.
You may be wondering why I was surprised. Well, I was not used to the practice.

Ask yourself...
Have I ever done something for someone and I expected the individual to say thank you but they never did? Are you someone that says thank you or do you feel too pompous to say thank you to those who have helped you? Do you know that Jesus expects us to give thanks at all times? 

A man once said after he went food shopping for his household and came back home, his wife said "thank you darling for taking your time to provide food for our family by going food shopping." The husband did not expect his wife to have said thank you as he felt it was his duty and role to not only provide the basic care but to assist in purchasing the food items. Nevertheless, the husband felt appreciated by the act of gratitude that his wife had shown to him. When last did you thank your spouse for their role at home? Create time today and thank your spouse, be specific about what you are thanking them for. 

You may be thinking that you do not mind if people do not show you gratitude after you have helped them. It does not negate the fact that you should say thank you to others when they have helped you. 

Who should you express thanks to? 
Express your thanksgiving to everyone whether the person is younger than you, older than you or whether they are your junior or senior at work or school. Saying thank you should also not be based on age, social status and title.
Like many of us that appreciate thanksgiving whether we expect it or not, Jesus Christ expects us to give thanks to God through Him (1 Thess 5:18). 

When last did you thank God?
When last did you thank God for your job? For the breath of life? For the fact that you can eat, drink, see, spend money and buy things? When last did you thank God for the beautiful flowers, trees and animals that you see? For your house? Parents? Children? For peace, for joy? For safety? All these things are not our entitlements, it is because God has chosen to shower us with these blessings.

Whether you are a believer in Jesus Christ or a person who does not even believe in Jesus Christ, the fact that you are alive is only possible because of Jesus Christ. It is only God through Jesus Christ that can bless you with wonderful blessings; we must therefore not be oblivious to His blessings. 
An experience in the bible (Luke 17:11-19)
There's a story of the ten lepers in the bible that Jesus Christ healed. Leprosy was not only a horrible skin disease, the social stigma of having it led to misery during the ancient Israel. In fact, historians made us understand that in the olden days, lepers were treated like dead people and castigated.

One day, Jesus was walking through a town in Jerusalem, He saw a group of ten lepers, they stood far away from Him and called to Him, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us."  They must have known who Jesus was and the power that He had to heal. 
When Jesus heard them, He called back to the lepers and said, "Go, show yourself to the priest."
As the lepers went on their way to see the priest, they looked at their skin and the leprosy was gone. Jesus, the greatest healer had healed their disease! They were so happy that they ran up and down the streets singing and dancing. 
Only one of them went back to thank Jesus for healing him. Jesus was quite surprised that only one leper came back to say thank you. Jesus said to him: "Weren't there ten who were healed? Where are the other nine?

Are you going to be part of the nine lepers that forgot to say "Thank You?" Or would you be like the only leper that came back to thank God? 

Action
Now, give thanks to God. Thank Him for what He is doing for you, what He will do and what He has done.

Prayer
Holy Spirit, please help me to remember to give thanks to you every day for all that you do for me. Lord, let me also remember to express my gratitude to people that help me in Jesus' name. Amen.


Have a lovely week! 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

No Negativity!

Dear Readers & Followers,

How's the new month going? I was challenged to undertake a 40-day challenge on thinking positively, speaking positive about every situation and speaking positive about others. The aim is to implement the scripture in the book of Philippians 4:8 which says that, Christians are to think on positive, pure, honest, praise worthy, lovely and good things. 

Also the bible says in James 3:2 that whoever is perfect in his word is a perfect person. Has it been easy? No! Nevertheless, I have noticed that as the challenge progresses, I am developing strategies on how to control my thought and how to control what comes out of my mouth.

I have recognised the importance of consciously CHANGING one's thought to think positive of situations or someone. Doing this has continued to help me to instantly delete negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones. Also, when I had thought negatively and vocalised negative thoughts, I immediately recognised it and I instantly made amendments.
I can't imagine my God having negative thoughts toward or speaking negative of me. Can you?  If I am to be Christ-like, it is therefore crucial for me to be conscious of how I think and what I say about anyone irrespective of who they are, their age, how they relate to me, what they say about me, among others.


This month, I have found the below messages helpful

  • Rejoice with others. Make it a duty to celebrate with others, especially when you know it's their day of celebration, be creative about how you do it. Make it a duty to mourn with those who mourn - Romans 12:15. 
  • Philippians 2:4 "Let each of you look not only to his or her own interests, but also to the interests of others. 
  • Be silent when you do not have all the facts. It is foolishness to take a stand from one lens - Proverbs 18:13
  • Be silent if you would be ashamed of your words later - Proverbs 8:8 
  • Be silent if the issue is none of your business
  • Be silent when you are feeling critical of something or someone. That is the worst time to speak or write a message - James 3:9 
  • Be silent if your words will damage someone else's reputation - Proverbs 16:27
  • Always choose forgiveness and learn to disregard offences.


How are you doing with the above?

I also challenge you to consider your thought and words this year. Are they positive?

Enjoy the rest of your week

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Sunday, 27 March 2016

He is Risen!

A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN JUST 3 DAYS

  • A baby can be born
  • One could die
  • An illness could emerge
  • One could be healed from an illness 
  • A baby is conceived
  • God blesses us
  • One could have travelled to different places.
  • A business deal could have been sealed.
  • A marriage proposal may have occurred.
  • A wedding may have taken place.
  • You could have been given your special gift or promotion.
  • An exam is passed.
  • Add three extra days to it, the Lord created the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in this world in just 6 days.

Indeed...a lot can happen in just three days.

Something miraculous happened within three days. Something that assures you and I of heaven. Something that wiped off all our sins. Something that is always ready to help you to live a fun and pleasing life on this earth and thereafter.



What happened?

Jesus Christ died for our sins. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day. Third day! WOW!
He is the ONLY God to have died and risen. No account of any other god that had died and risen exists.
After Jesus Christ had died and risen, He was seen by Peter, the twelve apostles and more than 500 followers.
Jesus wants you and I to have a relationship with Him. Thus, He has allowed the same POWER that raised Him from the dead to live inside us. This power is called the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand God, comforts us, directs us and teaches us among other things.

Thank you Jesus Christ for your death and for your resurrection. The ONLY GOD to conquer death.
Happy Easter to everyone. Remember the reason for the season. The Easter egg symbolises a new life; it symbolises Jesus' emergence from the tomb and resurrection.

He is Risen!

Enjoy Your Easter.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Pushed to the Breaking Point?

I recently stumbled on an album on Spotify titled: "Church Folk Gotta Laugh Too" and I thought to myself, I go to church so, let's see what this is about. This album was a collection of prank phone calls to Christians accusing them of something they had not actually done. The prankster (Nephew Tommy) was actually put up to make these calls by close friends or family members of these oblivious victims. He was also really good at pushing the buttons of these people and it didn't take long before some of them started cursing and threatening to beat up the caller. Yes! You read that right. Supposed Church folks were pushed to the point that they spoke vulgar word.

This got me thinking! How did this happen? These people are meant to be Christians yet, at the application of the right amount of provocative pressure, they completely exploded! But the real question from this is how would I have reacted to such a phone call? (By the way the calls seemed very legitimate). I probably would have done exactly what they did or probably even worse! I believe that’s why Jesus said: “Stop judging so that you will not be judged . . . So why do you see the piece of sawdust in another believer's eye and not notice the wooden beam in your own eye?” (Luke 7:1-3) In that scenario, I would have thought to myself that I was justified to speak that way to the caller especially because he started it and also there wasn't anyone else listening to my conversation. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!


No matter how far back against the wall we are pushed as believers, the Word of God to us is that God would not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can handle. He gives us the strength to endure it so He can be glorified. (1Cor 10:13). So, when we are tempted to react in a way that doesn’t glorify God, that’s the exact same time we should CHOOSE not to respond to the temptation and respond positively. When someone speaks to me accusing me of something I haven’t done, I shouldn’t lose my faith then speak and behave like someone who isn't accountable to anyone because we shall account for every word we speak (Matt 12:36). I have been translated from darkness in the light and I should ALWAYS uphold the standard of the light. Our words should be seasoned so that we know what to respond to any question or accusation. I am in no way saying that this is easy, NO! It’s really hard, even the scriptures attest to this (James 3:2). And that is because our human nature wants to “put that person in their place” and get back at them for insulting or speaking harshly to us.

What then is God expecting of us to do in such situation? It is to watch what we say! We should examine our words before we speak them. I learnt 'THINK' from a book by John Maxwell where he recommended that when we speak, our word should be True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind (THINK). I can assure you that threatening to beat someone up is not kind, trust me :)

So, as you go into this week, don't let anyone push you to a point that you speak without grace. Let your words be True, HelpfulInspiring, Necessary and Kind.


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Monday, 14 March 2016

Yes, You! Let Your Yes be Yes and Your No be No

This week's message is about the promises that we make. Are you someone that makes a promise and never fulfils it or you never respond to the person that you had promised something? Have you said Yes with good intentions but you were unable to fulfil your Yes?

Have you ever had to say Yes to someone to feel accepted or as a way to prove that you are reliable? Or are you known to always say No but now you carefully examine when you say No and when you say Yes before making a decision?

If any of the above applies to you, this is an opportunity to ask God for mercy for promises that you have made deceitfully and for promises that you have not been able to fulfil. I have said my own prayer too.

Does God care about the promises that you make? Does He care about your words and actions? Certainly! Jesus said: "But I tell you that everyone will give account on the Day of Judgement for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted (declared not guilty), and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:36-37).

Are you conscious of the promises you make? Let me share a few experiences with you. I was once part of a planning committee for an event and one of the committee members promised to do something but when it was time to redeem the pledge she had made, she became silent without any response and she removed herself from the planning team. A few of us took it upon ourselves to follow-up on her, however, our actions fell into deaf ears; till today, we still do not know what made her not to fulfil her promise.


Are you thinking Myss Lafunky has mastered the act of ensuring her Yes is a Yes and her No is a No? No! I'm a work in progress through Christ Jesus my helper. There was one thing that I had been woefully guilty of, do you know what it is? Making telephone calls. I had previously made a promise of ringing friends on a regular basis but I tend to be very pre-occupied to ring or sometimes the timid nature that I sometimes exhibit had prevented me from initiating contact. How have I been improving? I have resulted to maximise the use of text messages using different mediums and I have also shared my struggle with my friends.


An example of letting your Yes be Yes and letting your No be a No is an experience that my friend recently had. He was persuaded to undertake a task, upon several persuasions, he kept his word of  'No'. Infact, I'd also joined the people to persuade him to say Yes, however, my friend reminded me of what the Word of God says when we say Yes or No to things. He also reminded me of the importance of being a person with integrity and being truthful about what we say and the motives of what we say.

What does God say about our use of Yes and No?  The bible says: 

"Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple Yes or No, otherwise you will be condemned." (James 5:12).

Jesus Christ said that:  Just a simple, "Yes, I will, or No, I won't. Anything beyond this is from the evil one." (Matthew 5:37).

No doubt that we sometimes have justifiable excuses of why we have said Yes or No to something. However, the Lord is displeased and disapproved of this practice when we do not keep our word and also when we swear by heaven.

Jesus Christ wants us to be sure of what we say. He wants us to say and follow through with what whatever we say. He was an epitome of his teachings. The bible says that: "for no matter how many promises God has made, they are, "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God." (2 Corinthians 1:20).

It's time for us to turn a new leaf. Let's be like Jesus Christ, let our Yes be Yes and our No be No to whatever we do or say.

Have a lovely week.

- Myss Lafunky



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Monday, 29 February 2016

Is the Holy Spirit Transforming Your Life?

Hi Readers & Followers,

Happy New Week. How was your weekend? Hope it was lovely. This week's post was triggered by a discussion that I had with a sister of mine who is currently reading a book about the Holy Spirit. We had a jamming session via WhatsApp and in person about the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of a Christian.  Since you were not part of our discussion, I didn't want you to miss out on the lessons from our discussion.

So, the question is: "Is the Holy Spirit transforming your life? Has He transformed my life?"

Since I gave my life to Christ, the Holy Spirit has played a major role in my life through helping to find things that I had misplaced, comforted me divinely when I was emotionally down, and revealed things to me. It's usually mind-blowing when the Holy Spirit reveals things that haven't occurred to me.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Jesus introduced the Holy Spirit by explaining in John 14:15-17, 25-26 that:

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,[a] to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be[b] in you . . . These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 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 that I have said to you.

From the above scripture, we can see that the Holy Spirit is:

- Our Helper

- A Helper who will be with us forever. He does not go away.

- He teaches us all truth. He can never deceive us.

- The Holy Spirit teaches us all things.

- The Holy Spirit brings things to our remembrance.

- The Holy Spirit brings the Word of God to our remembrance.

Apostle Paul in the bible dogmatically states that if we do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we are not part of God's children (Romans 8:9). This therefore means that in order to have the Holy Spirit, we need to have accepted Jesus Christ our lives. 


THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDES US IN ALL TRUTH

John 16:12-15 says: “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’

Has the Holy Spirit guided you into all truth? Do you need the Holy Spirit to guide you? Ask him for directions today.


THE HOLY SPIRIT COMFORTS US

Sometimes, Christians minimise the role of the Holy Spirit as the comforter, we sometimes believe in Psychiatrists and Psychologists report when it comes to healing from separation, death, loss, among others. Christians should depend on the Holy Spirit; He can comfort us within a twinkling of an eye and when He does it, a large number of people would be awe by the way we have been healed. I am a living example of the comfort of the Holy Spirit. I had an experience which could have led to depression or which may have taken years for someone to recover but the way the Holy Spirit comforted me left a large number of people in shock about my recovery.

Let us depend on the Holy Spirit the comforter, the bible says that:

Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is expedient for you that I go away, for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. (John 16:7).

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. (2 Corinthians 1:4).



THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKS THROUGH PEOPLE

The Holy Spirit selects some people to guide you, teach you, help you, comfort you and He also uses the people to confirm the truth He may have told us. There was a time the Holy Spirit had shared some information with me, He told me continuously, however, what I saw in reality at the time did not corroborate the information revealed. But to my amazement, the Holy Spirit spoke through one of my work colleagues to share the same information with me.
Let us therefore be conscious that the Holy Spirit can use others to help us. We must however always give God the Glory even while thanking the people that God had used. Remember, the Holy Spirit can also use you to help others.

THE HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMS US, IF WE ALLOW

There was a time I was looking for my ring, I had looked everywhere but I couldn't find it. I decided to ask the Holy Spirit to help me and He told me that my ring was inside one of my shoes. I was not persuaded that it was there, so, I told the Holy Spirit that the ring was very unlikely to be in my shoe. Despite His help, I failed to listen, however, I eventually submitted to His help, I looked inside the shoe that He had told me, and there my ring was!


THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US TO BE MORE AND MORE LIKE JESUS

- 2 Corinthians 3:18 says that "And the Lord who is the Spirit makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image." In other word, the Holy Spirit grows inside us, He renews our thoughts and attitudes and He helps us to be more like God. As He helps us, the fruit of the Spirit grows inside us (Galatians 5:22-23).

- The Holy Spirit helps us to live the life of a Christian. None of us can overcome sins with our own power and none of us can show the love that God wants us to show without the help of the Holy Spirit.

For if you live according to the flesh you, will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God" (Romans 8:13-14).

Having read the above, the question to you is: "Do you allow the Holy Spirit to transform your life? Are you cognisant of his presence in your life?"

To build a relationship with the Holy Spirit, you need to...


Prayer
Ask the Holy Spirit to come into your life. Tell Him that you want to know Him more and you need Him in your life.
Thank God for the Holy Spirit and His functions in your life.
Ask the Holy Spirit to transform your life or your relations (tell Him their names). Also, tell the Holy Spirit what you want Him to help you with.

- Myss Lafunky

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Monday, 22 February 2016

5 Ways to Boost Your Confidence

How confident are you?  Do you know that being confident can influence your perception to life? It can lead to positive thinking, as a result, you will exhibit positive actions. Being confident can also help you in aiming higher in the things you do. It is also known that our confidence affects every sphere of our lives. Being confident attracts us to other confident people, it increases our self-esteem, it accelerates our progress and it helps our motivation in life.


Consider the 5 ways below to boost your confidence. The list is not exhaustive:

1) Believe in yourself (Phil 4:13)

2) Appreciate your uniqueness and special qualities (Matt 25:15)

3) Be confident in who God had made you to be. Always remind yourself of what God has said about his creation and his promises for your life. (Ps 139:14)

4) Identify your strengths. In other words, do a honest self-evaluation of yourself. Identify ways to improve your strengths and weaknesses. Make a conscious effort to be a better person in every area of your life daily. (2 Pet 1:5)

5) Stop speaking negative about yourself. Cut out complaints and grumbling about yourself. Instead, Speak positive of yourself. You can have positive declarations that you recite on a daily basis. What you repeatedly hear, you will start believing in it. The bible says life and death are in the power of the tongue. Your mouth carries power and life. Therefore, fill your mouth with life, and not death. (Pro 18:21).

Be encouraged as you listen to this song.


- Myss Lafunky