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How To Be Beautiful

 

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This post will not only make you beautiful on the outside but will leave you glowing too. This is not a quick and temporary fix using lotions, creams or any other beauty products but something that will make a permanent change in you that only gets better and better in time.

I’m talking about beauty that is made on the inside first. This is your spiritual beauty. When you read God’s Word, you are being transformed internally in your ways and character as you get to know God and the way He thinks and acts in certain situations. The Holy Spirit will bring into remembrance what you have read and will work in you as you align your ways with God’s character.

It has been said that ‘beauty is only skin-deep’ and it really is. Physical beauty only lasts for a certain time and once you age, your outside beauty follows too. But with internal beauty, this lasts for a lifetime and only gets better and better and you can’t help it but it will also show on the outside. People will soon notice that you have peace despite problems, joy even when plans go crestfallen and self-control even when you feel like giving someone a piece of your mind.

Now we’ll just take these three traits as an example though there’s more.

Can you imagine how your physical countenance would look like? Let’s see. You would look more relaxed, peaceful and not be carried away with the stresses of life. This is why it is so important to read God’s Word daily, spending quality time with your Maker for Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” When you are weighed down, relax in Jesus care and give all your burdens to Him and watch Him work on your behalf. God is open 24/7 always and I say again, that He always has a listening ear to those who draw near to Him. No matter how insurmountable your problems are, the burdens become light and just like the footprints in the sand, you only see one set of footprints, for it is now the Lord who is carrying you. Isn’t that wonderful? We have a Father who would never leave us nor forsake us and is there with you no matter where you are, and He’s just waiting for you to communicate.

Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” All you need to do is ask. Maybe the reason why you don’t have what you need is because you don’t ask or maybe you do but your asking for the wrong reason. Whatever it is, just say what is in your heart and mind for we have Jesus, our advocate for the Father who speaks on our behalf.

There’s more.

Read Proverbs 3:1-10. If I were to enumerate it, it would look like this.

  1. If you follow God’s commands, you will live a long and satisfying life.
  2. Being loyal and kind to your spouse and others will give you favor with both God and people and will earn you a good reputation.
  3. Trusting in the Lord and seeking His will always will direct you to the right path. This will lead you to the road that will lead to fulfillment and not for destruction.
  4. Fear the Lord and turn away from evil, then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. This is medicine for your whole body and well-being. No more medications and outrageous money spent on doctor’s visits.
  5. Lastly, Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barn with grain and your vats will overflow with good wine.This refers to tithing where you give the first 10% of your income and He in turn will make the 90% go further than the full 100%. This is your seed for the Lord to work on your finances. This is more that 401K and other retirement portfolio.

    Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

    Do you believe this? I do for I always do this and have seen it work in my life. And every time, the Lord provides for our needs and so much more. The LORD said to ‘test Him’ – why don’t you try it and see for yourself.

    These are just some of the promises found in the Bible, and once God said it, it is settled and you can bank on it.

    Before I go, one more thought that I would like to leave.

When you spend time in God’s Word, you glow. And I mean glow as in shine. Look at yourself in the mirror and you will see that you are just beaming.

 

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The Way

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There are so many religions these days like Scientology, New Age Religion, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Baptist and the list goes on and on. It’s easy to be overwhelmed and confused who is right and who is worthy to be followed. Let me make things clearer and easier for you.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
(John 14:6). When you read a sentence and you have the word, the, it simply denotes something/someone as definite. In other words, Jesus is saying that He is the Only way to the Father and no one else. He is It.

Let us take a closer look at the words of  Jesus:

The Way – this means that Jesus is the only Way to the Father. No other religious person can save you no matter how pious he is. Salvation is found in Him alone. Your religion, righteousness or good works can’t save you either. If it can, God would not have sent His Son to die on the cross for the sins of all mankind.
Romans 3:23  says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  This is the reason why Jesus came, to serve as the bridge between us and a perfect God. Without Him, we wouldn’t have any direct access to the Father.

The Truth – Jesus is the Truth. He is perfect and therefore cannot lie. Everything that he says is the truth. His Word is the source of truth. If you trust your truth elsewhere, then you are misled. I know that people nowadays have different beliefs of the truth. Whatever you believe in doesn’t negate the truth of the Bible, and you are not exempted in whatever shape or form on the coming judgment because you believed in a certain kind of  truth.

Don’t be contented with Sunday worship service and hand-me down information by preachers, though that is good, but do your own diligent personal Bible study and find out the truth for yourself. You will grow faster and the Lord will reveal Himself more and strong in your life as you seek Him through His Word.

The Life – Jesus is Life. If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, then you have eternal life. You are sealed with the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. Even if you die, you will be resurrected just like how God the Father raised Jesus from the dead on the third day.

To help you start on your journey, I’ve listed below the following verses for your study.

Romans 10: 9-10
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

Acts 2:38
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 2: 8-10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Romans 10:13
for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

John 3:5
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

John 1:12
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

So the next question is, how do you get saved? I’m glad you asked.

You say this prayer (you can say it in your own words but the context is the same)
Note: You have to say this sincerely in your heart not just intellectually.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I know that You are Lord and the Son of God. I’m a sinner and you came to die for my sins and was raised on the third day. Forgive me of my sins and I accept you as my personal Savior. Come into my heart and lead my life from now on. Jesus thank you for saving me. Amen.

Once you’ve said this prayer, I urge you to be a part of a Christian church and ask the minister to baptize you.

Once these 2 things are done, I congratulate and give you a warm welcome to the family of God.

I would love to interact with you and if you have questions about this post, make a comment or use my contact form.

‘Till here and see you next time.

 

 

 

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How to Study the Bible

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Reading the Bible is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Just imagine being able to commune with God, know his heart and mind and most importantly, know what his plans are for your life. Can you think of any other book that is alive that speaks to you whatever your situation is and gives you relief and peace after reading it?

The Bible is more than a book. It is Christ himself for John said, ‘In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.’ (John 1:1).

Reading a book for leisure or for knowledge information is good but reading for transformation is something else. The Bible is the only qualified book to transform a person inside and out. It is a living and powerful book that is sharper than the sharpest double-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. (Hebrews 4:12). It is not only a book that you read but one that actually reads you. It’s like a mirror that can send back a reflection of you and how you measure up according to God’s standard. Don’t worry the Bible is not there to judge you but to inform you of how much you’re dearly loved by your heavenly Father even though you don’t feel the same way he does. He loves you anyways, nonetheless.

There is no certain right way of studying the Bible but there are some basics that you can follow to make the most out of your study.

First, set a preferred location in your house as your private space for quiet Bible study where you’re relaxed and comfortable. Be it in the morning or evening is a good start.

Second, getting a Bible in a translation that speaks to you is the most important thing. There are many translations in the market and what I personally use is the New Living Translation (NLT). I’ve found this easy to understand for the words are somewhat in our modern english just like in our day-to-day conversation but any translation is fine.

Third, getting a concordance to find out what the words mean in the context and where they’re found is also an asset. This could be purchased at a later time though.

Fourth, you can start reading from beginning to end starting from Genesis to Revelation or you can read any book in the Bible that is to your preference. To have a good grasp of God’s Word, you can also try reading Genesis first followed by Deuteronomy, John, Acts then Romans. You can also do the 1 year reading plan.  Again, there are no set rules just some suggestions. The bottom line is to get you started then build momentum as you go along.

Bible reading is like an exercise where you build spiritual muscles as time goes along. There will be times when you don’the feel like reading just like with exercise, but don’t give up for this is one activity that will give you tremendous rewards and dividends later on.

If you encounter difficult subjects or verses in your study, don’t stop.  Just keep on reading and studying for these verses will come to light with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Having a journal to write down truths that you have learned is another way of remembering verses and putting to mind what the Lord has revealed at that particular time.

Fifth, listening to Christian TV stations and reading Christian books is also a big help to your study. Jack Kelley is the site that I subscribe to that gives good and comprehensive information about different topics in the Bible. I highly recommend looking into this.

And finally, make it a habit to pray first and ask for God’s guidance and wisdom as you read His Word and to reveal what he wants to say to you. Have an open mind and receptive heart to whatever He wants for nothing is more noble, and worthy than following the Master who has our best interest at heart. Letting Him lead our lives daily bring blessings more than you can possibly imagine. Always remember that.

P.S.

Dr. Charles Stanley is giving a free one year Bible reading plan. If you want to order, go here.

 

 

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Psalm 23

  This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series A Psalm of David                

     In this series, we will be looking at how the Lord guides and protect us from danger and fears of any kind. In God’s Word, the sheep here is a parallel and is actually referring to us. When we are down or weary, it is God who keeps us safe and gives us rest as exemplified in verse 2 (the text that is in bold and in italics). We may not see it in our natural eyes, but God holds us in His mighty arms and uplifts us from any harmful circumstances so that we may not fall beyond our limit and capacity of handling the situation.


The LORD is  my shepherd;

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He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk
through the dark valley of death,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and  your staff
protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You welcome me as a guest,
anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the LORD
forever.

TIPS FROM A SHEEPHERDER

In A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, Philip Keller shares his experiences in raising sheep. He discovered  rather quickly that “sheep do not just take care of themselves … They require, more than any other class of livestock, endless attention and meticulous care.”

He also found that sheep do not rest or lie down unless they are free from fear, free from tension with other sheep, free of flies or other pests, and free from hunger. Keller then points out how the Lord delivers us from fear (2 Timothy 1:7), tensions (Philippians 4:6-7), irritations of daily life (John 14:27), and spiritual hunger (John 6:35).

Regarding peaceful streams, Keller says there are three ways sheep quench their thirst: (1) licking up the morning dew; (2) drinking water drawn from deep wells; or (3) drinking from flowing streams. Once again there are parallels to the Christian life. The morning dew reminds us of our need for spiritual drink as we start each day; the deep wells remind us of what God supplies to deepen our spiritual life; and the flowing streams remind us of the work of the Holy Spirit (see John 7:39) to lead us into truth.

Let us look to our great Shepherd to provide for us and lead us where we need to go.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2015 in personal devotion

 

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