Monday, 13 August 2018

Who are You?

There is a popular saying among Christians: "God works in mysterious ways." I just found out that it’s actually not a verse in the bible, shocker 😱. Anyways, God works in mysterious ways and speaks to us in different ways; we just need to be attentive.

So I took my car for servicing recently and while the car was jacked up, I saw how dirty the underside of my car was and in the midst of my shock, I got the inspiration. II Tim. 3 :16-17 says that all scripture is inspired by God. So while looking underneath my car and observing how dirty it was, I couldn’t help but compare and contrast it with the outside of my car and how I constantly got compliments on how neat it was, if only they knew how dirty it was underneath. I couldn’t help but think, how many of us look so beautiful and clean on the outside but dirty on the inside?

The Outside of my Car

The Underside of my Car

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” I Samuel‬ 16:7‬ NKJV‬‬. 

There’s a reason why God looks at the inside of our heart and not the outside. We can make up our outward appearance in order to pretend to the world but we can’t pretend to ourselves and that is who God really wants to see and who He wants the world to see. The person that we see when we look at ourselves, not the image we portray to the world. In doing so, we can then reflect God’s glory to the world 
As we go into this week, ask yourself, who are you really? See what Matt. 23:25-28 says. Are you the same person on the inside and outside or are they different people? If you’re living two separate lives, reconcile yourself with God and ask him to cleanse you and He'll do it (John 3:16). If you don’t know what to say or how to pray, just read Matt. 6:9-13.

Stay blessed. 

Sage

P.S. Football is back!!!

Monday, 6 August 2018

When Christians Pray: Great Things Happen

Hello Readers & Followers,
It's another Monday! Are you excited to start this new week or are you feeling weary? My prayer for you this morning is that the Lord will grant you divine strength for this new week in Jesus' name.
This week's post is an opportunity for you to reflect on why you pray to God.


Recently, God told me that one of the prayers that I had prayed to Him was prayed out of my normal Christian routine. God told me that my prayer was not from a heart that wanted an answer. Isn't God amazing? The fact that God knows the depth of our hearts and the purpose of why we do every single thing that we do. 
God reminded me that it was crucial for me to pray to Him with a mindset that He will answer my prayers. God's word says that: when a Christian prays, the prayer of a Christian can produce wonderful results (James 5:16 Paraphrased).
Back to you readers, I have a couple of questions to ask you.
Is praying to God part of your daily Christian routine? Do you sometimes pray to God without thinking whether God will answer you or not? or have you just proposed in your heart that as a Christian, you must pray?
David in Psalm 5:3 told God that: "In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Check out how David ended his prayer?- "Wait in expectation". David prayed with a mindset that God heard Him and he waited in eager expectation for the manifestation of his requests. 


Peter's Miraculous Escape From Prison
There's a story in the bible in which church folks had gathered to pray for a man named Peter to be released from prison, whilst they were still praying, God had answered their prayers. God had sent an angel to rescue Peter from the prison. After Peter was rescued by the angel, he immediately went to visit his church folks, upon his arrival, a girl named Rhoda met him at the gate, she was in awe when she saw Peter, she ran in and announced that Peter was by the gate. 
Guess what? 
----The church folks didn't believe, in fact they said it was Peter's angel that Rhoda must have seen. This story is a reminder that there were believers from the time of Jesus Christ that did not always have immediate expectations of God answering their prayers (Acts 12:5-17).

The Charge For This Week
When you pray and you can't fathom how God will answer your prayers instantly, believe God and expects to see results as when a Christian prays, great things happen. 

Let's talk, I'd like to know your thoughts about these two questions:
  1. Do you normally pray the same prayers until you see physical manifestations?
  2. Or do you wait in expectation for the answer without repeating the prayer points?
Enjoy your new week! See you next Monday. 

- Mysses Lafunky