Reading the book, Driven by Eternity by John Bevere, I was drawn to “If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and [joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow with Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me]. Matt 16:24
I ask myself, what is the essence of setting goals or even dreaming about the things we want ?
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him 2 Timothy 2:4
Am I a soldier? Oh yes look up Ephesians 6:18
You may say “For he will give us the desires of our heart” Ps 37:4 but if we indeed obey Him, then our desire would be to please Him
Matt 7:21- we must do the will of God to make heaven.
The will of God is not morality. Anyone can be moral without knowing God or Jesus. It is obeying Him step by step.
Remember the moral rich man? Matt 9:21 Jesus told him to sell everything and come and follow Him. Do you catch it? Do you get it? The will of God is “different” for all of us
Are you tired of trusting people?
Have they let you down more times than you can count ?
Maybe it’s because you put so much trust in them. People fail not because they’re wicked but because they’re human. They have their desires, fears and shortcomings.
Take a look at Jeremiah 17:5-8
Thus says the LORD:
5 “Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
6 And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
7 And whose hope is the LORD.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
8 Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Get something in your hand and wave it in the air.
What do you have in your hand? God told Moses
What do we have around? Jesus asked the disciples. 5 loaves and 2 fish. That was enough for God.
What do you have? Get serious with it. Offer it to God and watch it.
And so I met this woman from the Lord beautiful as they come and filled with virtue. No she didn’t steal my heart away, she slowly worked her way and shone through time like the way a diamond would cut through anything. I gave her my heart because she deserved it and even more. And so today she must know that I love her deeply and would remind her regularly. I’d do my best to nurture the fire I see.
But you see no matter how hard I try, I’d fall short, short of the one who loved you so much that He gave his life just for you. Interceding on your behalf even as we speak.
And so I’d learn from Him each and every day to give you my very best. To love you unconditionally and go all the way for you. You’re not yet perfect and neither am I but our constant gaze at Jesus would make sure we get there.
And when our children are born, I’d be the father they need. And I know that i may fall short. So I’m learning from my Father, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, better than the best father we could ever dream of.
Hold my hand and let’s go on this journey together. Tough as it may be, I will hold on to God and then to you that we may go on to inspire those who would come after.
Ever blamed your body for not being to achieve stuff or those lofty dreams?
Too tall ? too short ? Too fair? Too dark? Not a great body?
Please read Isaiah 53:2.
Like a root from dry ground
No form or majesty, no swag
No beauty that he should be desired
Despised and rejected by men
Man of sorrows,
Acquainted with grief
He was despised and not esteemed
And yet He achieved so much with yet so little because of who He lived for; God
His name is Jesus. And if you’ve accepted him, then He lives inside of you and He can make your life worthwhile (if you let him).
If you haven’t, now is the time.
It is easy to confuse the music of religion as true worship because music elevates the mind and raises the heart to near rapture. Music can lift our feelings to a sense of ecstasy. Music has a purifying effect on us so that it is possible to fall into a happy and elevated state of mind with only a vague notion about God and imagine we are worshipping God when we’re doing nothing of the sort. We are simply enjoying an ecstatic moment God put in us that sin has not been able to kill
Excerpts from the book, Purpose of Man by AW Tozer
Nothing describes the mind like the above image.
The mind is like that rope being pulled by two opposing forces; ying and yang, good and evil, wisdom and foolishness, humility and pride. And every action you take is a step closer to one of these forces. Stagnancy is a myth, nothing ever remains exactly the same. It either depreciates or appreciates sometimes too subtle to note.
The moment you stop learning, you start unlearning. As a matter of fact, while you’re learning, there are some things you unlearn in the process, talk less of when you choose not to learn.
You still have doubts about how the mind works? Check out this profound bible passage Rom 12:2
But be ye transformed by the renewal of your mind.
Renewal is defined as an act of renewing. It is a continuous process; never ending. The reason behind this passage is because of the fact that our minds are never stagnant. By default they it always tends to go left (the wrong way). It always tends to do the stupid and foolish things. So therefore it is important you continuously teach it and when you upgrade it with knowledge, you move towards the right (the right way).
How can you renew your mind you may ask?
They are just below;
- Study God’s word; the Bible and act accordingly
- Study helpful materials in your field
- Learn from people’s experiences
What are you waiting for? Begin now