Monday, 29 November 2021

The True Meaning of Biblical Repentance (Part 1)

Hello Readers & Followers,

How was your weekend? I hope you had a lovely weekend. I have been asked by the Holy Spirit to complete a series on Repentance with Mysses Lafunky's followers including my Bible Study group members.  

The very first thing Jesus preached was Repentance. In Matthew 4:17, Jesus said, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time for us to pause and praise God for all the blessings in our lives. Psalm 9:1 says "I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds."

Have a lovely holiday!

Yours in Christ,

Mysses Lafunky

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Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Never Forget to Say Thank You

Hello Everyone,

How are you doing? Hope you had a lovely weekend. It's a New Week! Glory be to God in the Highest! 

In 2014, I received a "Thank You" card in the post. The card was sent by a friend to whom I gave a wedding gift. I was surprised to have received a Thank You card. That was my first experience of receiving a thank you card from someone.

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 needs of the family 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 your spouse for. Last week, one of my Bible Study group members encouraged us to be specific in giving thanks to our spouses for the support they have been offering us. As my husband was at work, I sent a text message to him and I specified all the things that I was thanking him for. My husband felt appreciated, he later asked me if I would like Chinese food or pizza for dinner. 

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

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 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. 

Friday, 19 November 2021

What is Your Perspective on Giving as a Christian?

Hello Everyone,

Thank God It's Friday! I thought to share what the Holy Spirit has been teaching me recently. The Holy Spirit has been reminding me of the biblical principle of giving. The Holy Spirit said giving brings a far greater blessing than receiving and there is no need to be anxious in the place of giving. God is essentially saying that we will have more blessings when we give than when we receive.

Do you believe you will have more blessings when you give than when you receive? Or do you always want to receive from people rather than give?

I believe an average human being prefers to acquire and be given things rather than to give. Most people love the security of having things and a lot of people struggle to understand that God will supply them with what they need. 

Friday, 5 November 2021

Christ has SEALED You with the Holy Spirit

 Hello Everyone,

How was your week? Thank God It's Friday! I thought to write about what I recently studied alongside my Bible Study group members. We looked into what it means to be sealed by the Holy Spirit in line with Ephesians 1:13.

Thursday, 21 October 2021

How Do You Use Your Words?

Hello Everyone,

How is your week going? Hope you are having a lovely week. Today's article is about "How You Use Your Words."  How do you use your words?

Let me share a personal experience with you. I had an interesting experience in the Year 2009. After my undergraduate degree, everyone kept asking me about my plans prior to my graduation ceremony. I spoke positively that I was going to gain admission to a particular university to embark on a course (Masters in Social Work). After all, the Bible says in Romans 4:17b that we should "call those things which do not exist as though they did."

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

What does it mean to be Born Again by Water and the Holy Spirit?

Hello Everyone,

How is your week going? In the last 3 weeks, I have been writing about the Holy Spirit. I hope you have been blessed by the articles that the Holy Spirit has inspired me to write.

Today's article is about being Born Again by Water and the Holy Spirit 

Nicodemus and Jesus

Nicodemus was a moral man who was held in high regard in his community. He came to Jesus one night privately and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher.” Nicodemus probably had a question to ask Jesus but before Nicodemus could say anything else, Jesus told him in the Book of John 3:3, what it means to be Born Again. 

Jesus explained to Nicodemus that no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are Born Again. Nicodemus was marvelled by this statement, he had to ask Jesus how it was possible for someone that is old to be born again, and how it was possible for an individual to enter into their mother's womb to be born a second time.

Perhaps Nicodemus did not understand why someone that is already living their life (perhaps a good life? an upright life?) needed to be Born Again. 

What does it mean to be Born Again?

To be Born Again is to have the life of God. God wants you to have His life. He wants you to experience a new birth by accepting to follow Him. He would like you to be born spiritually with the life of God. He would like to guide your life rather than for things around you to guide you. He created you, He would like you to make a choice to follow Him.

The new birth gives you spiritual life and welcomes you to the family of God. John 1:12 says "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right (the authority, the privilege) to become children of God, to those who believe in His name." John 1:13 further states that "They did not become his children in a human way. They were not born because of the desire or wish of some man. They were born of God (spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified)."

So, how can you experience this new birth? 

Jesus answered Nicodemus and said "I tell you the truth unless you are born from water and the Spirit, you cannot enter God's Kingdom (John 3:5)."