Monday, 23 May 2016

How to Take Revenge When Someone Offends You | Part 2

Welcome to the second part of this interesting topic. Click here if you missed the first part from last week.

Caveat! I do not want you to think that Myss Lafunky has mastered this topic, it's an on-going learning and teaching from the Holy Spirit for me and I thought to share His teachings with me to you readers and followers.

So, the question today is: “How does God expect you to take revenge?

  • PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HURT YOU. How easy is this? Naturally, when we think of those that have hurt us or those who seek to hurt us, we seldom have positive thoughts. However, Jesus Christ wants our response and feelings to be motivated by the type of love that He has shown us. Jesus gave several specific examples in Luke 6:27-36. In verse 28, for example, He said: "Bless those who curse you and pray for those who hurt you."
  • SPEAK WELL AND KIND OF THE PERSON particularly behind them and to others
  • PRAY TO GOD TO TRANSFORM YOUR HEART AND THEIR HEARTS
  • REMEMBER THAT GOD's Opinions and what He says about you is more important, therefore, prayerfully and patiently let go of the hurt so that God can also forgive you of your wrongs (Matt 6:15)

  • DON’T pretend to God when you are still hurt, pray honest and humble prayers to God. Tell God how you truly feel and tell Him to help you.
  • REMEMBER that God will take full responsibility for whatever punishment should be administered to offenders. The Scriptures say: “Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD. Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” (Romans 12:19-21 NLT).
  • DO NOT CONTINUE TO ANALYSE THE SITUATION, PUSH THE THOUGHT AWAY and LET GO. If you entertain the thought, from experience, the hurt would become fresh in your heart and it could affect your mood and how you view the person.
  • DO NOT GIVE IT TIME. Time does not heal hurts, a conscious decision to forgive heals all wounds.
Prayer
Father God, please heal my heart of every hurt and help me to forgive and show love to those who have hurt me in Jesus' name.

Have a lovely week!

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Monday, 16 May 2016

How to Take Revenge When Someone Offends You | Part 1

Have you ever been hurt or insulted by anyone? As part of life, it is inevitable for people to hurt us and it is also a natural response for us to strike back negatively. Do you know that a large number of people struggle to be healed from hurts, insults, verbal offences? Please, do not contribute to hurting others. Humbly apologise to those that you have hurt, never find a justifiable reason not to apologise.

So, what do you do when someone offends you? I found the image below (adapted for www.mysslafunky.com) very useful when managing any hurt, insults and offences. I hope you will find it useful as well. Credit goes to the anonymous author.



Prayer
Help me to bless those who curse, hurt and insult me. I naturally cannot bless them, Jesus, I need you to teach me how to bless those that hurt me.

Watch out for Part 2 next Monday!


Have a lovely week!

Monday, 9 May 2016

The TRUTH About LOVE

Have you ever struggled to love? It's time for you to do a self examination of how you love. I had presumed that the way I have been wired to love God and others by the Holy Spirit is the same way that other people also love. Should I just accept that other people are not me?

Recently, I had a few tests of what it means to love. Sometimes, it meant doing things out of my comfort zone, other times, it required consciously choosing to show love by forgiving, choosing to speak positively and allowing the Word of God to guide me. I sincerely appreciate how God uses different experiences to check if I am walking in His love. 

With our Lord Jesus Christ, love is very important that He said that the greatest thing He would like us to do is to love Him and love others. Some of the attributes of love that Jesus Christ wants us to practice are below: 

Love forgives, love embraces, love covers a multitude of wrongs, love easily overlooks offence.

Do you know that love owes no one anything? Love gives, love keeps to promises, love is kind, love is not easily irritable neither is love easily angered.

Do you also know that love thinks no evil, it does not envy, neither would love be jealous nor be hateful. Love rejoices in the truth and rejoices with others, love does not grumble, love is kind.

Are you aware that love does not seek its own but rather is selfless. Love does not wait for you to show that you care before it cares for you and love does not keep a record of wrongs. 


Do you manifest the above attributes of love?

Who do you struggle to manifest the attributes of love to? 

How do you nurture love? | By actively applying the scripture in 1 Corinthians 16:14 which says: 

LET ALL (Everything) that you do be done in love. In other words, God wants EVERY SINGLE THING that we DO and SAY in the OPEN and SECRET be MOTIVED by LOVE.


Prayer
Holy Spirit, help me to actively love you and the people around me. Help me to love those that appear unloveable.

Have a great week!

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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