New Year, New You (Me)

It’s a new year and what have we done so far? Maybe we went to church, or we had a lime (party) but have we given the praise that is due to God? Yesterday I was reading The Daily Bread and do you know what the reading was? It spoke about giving thanks to God for his steadfast love endures forever.

Throughout the assigned passage this phrase was repeated each verse.
It made me realise that I don’t give thanks to God all the time. A prayer I always say is that we should praise in the good times and the bad times. I’ve said it so many times but I never actually done it. When I’m suffering I turn to self and not to God. It’s something that needs to stop because frankly how can I pray one thing, declaring to put my trust in the Lord and then distance myself from God when the going gets tough? It’s plain wrong. In my (our) suffering I (we) should be thanking God because my (our) suffering is something that God, if not myself (ourselves), know(s) that I (we) can overcome. This rocky part of our lives is supposed to toughen us up so that we can emerge stronger than we were before.

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His grace is unending and he loves us with an incomparable love. He loved us so much that he gave his Son to die for us so that we may live eternally. His love is something we should not abuse or take for granted. He loves us despite our sinful ways. He loves us even when we don’t love ourselves.  He loves us when we don’t like others. Like any other parent he wants the best for us but he gave us a will and our will should be what God wants for us but our souls are weak and we fall prey to the desires of the world.

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What else are you going to do today? Live life day by day? Or live life for God. I know I want to live for God. I’m still struggling in my journey but if I put my trust in him and seek earnestly to do his will I know I will be rewarded when he deems fit.

Lord, help me today to become a better me. A new me. Help me to grow in you and to love you more. Lord, create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Help me to thank you when times are good and even when times are rough. Amen.

The Game Of Life

You turn my life around, around,
You turn my life around, around,
He is the way where there is no way;
Jehovah has the final say.

Yes indeed.
John 14:6 says: “He is the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through His son.”
The Son of God; the one who died for our sins.
The one who suffered on the cross for us,
The one who never sinned, but yet bored our sin so that we may be free.
Free, I say.
What is freedom?
Making our own decisions? Doing whatever we want, whenever we want?
Living life our own way?
Remember that in the end
This ‘freedom’ can give you a ‘free’ ride to hell,
That is, if you don’t ‘free’ yourself from this world.
So are you really free then?
1 Peter 2:16 says: “As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil.”
Galatians 5:13 says: “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.”
Remember that all actions have a reaction;
Each move has several outcomes,
But you will never know which move will produce which outcome.
Life isn’t like a game of chess.
You are not able to predict future moves or outcomes.
There is no undo button like when you’re playing against the computer and find yourself in a checkmate,
But make sure that life doesn’t checkmate you
Because when it does, you will find yourself in a corner
And no one can get you out of that tight squeeze.
Right?
Wrong.
God can overcome any checkmate in life.
Exodus 14:13a says: “But Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today.” ”
Use your freedom wisely.
Trust in God and you’ll never have to predict moves like a game of chess.
Of course, there is still no undo button.
But trust God to make the right moves
And surely you will checkmate life.

Who has the final say,
Jesus has the final say.

Whose decision will you follow:
Yours or God’s?

My God, My God, Why Has Thou Forsaken Me?

God.. why have you forsaken me?

This is my cry?

When times are rough, and I’m all alone,

And all I want to do is hide.

From the world, from everyone.

From all my faults, and mistakes,

From the wrong I’ve done, and the good I didn’t do

I put the blame on you.

Child.. why do you doubt me so?

Are you like Thomas who didn’t believe until he saw?

I will provide for you.

But remember that our times don ‘t always sync.

Your timing may not produce the results that you desire.

But my timing is perfect.

My timing portrays the best result.

It should you what more you could get.

Wait, my servant.

Wait, my child.

Jumping headfirst into things is not the best option.

Listen to me. Await my word.

I am with you always,

Only if you open your eyes.

Only if you still yourself, and open your ears.

If you open your heart to me.

And I will provide all that you need.

Jesus’ last Words on the Cross

A friend of mine sent me this link via Whatsapp. At first I was a bit wary, but I decided to read it anyways.

A very profound message. I hope it has a significant impact on you and your life.

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Good Friday, do we really understand the significance of Good Friday? We say good, but is it really good? On the days leading up to what we now know as Good Friday Jesus faced an unfair trial, he was insulted, beaten and finally put to death by crucifixion. This post will not so much address the suffering He endured but the hopeful seven words He left us with on the cross.

The first word He uttered was “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23: 26-34).

Jesus’ persecutors clearly did not believe that Jesus is the Son of God, even after He declared this to them in many different ways. Sometimes we unconsciously do or say things that hurt others. Sometimes we follow the crowd and trends that adds little to nothing to our life on Earth and even much less our afterlife. Even…

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Pedestrian

You saw me once, maybe you’d see me again
I’ve been here many times, but have you ever really seen me?
I guess not, but fear not, you are not
What
I hoped would you would be
So now I see
In this reality
The clarity
Of your actions
And my reaction
To your so-called faction
Based in this generation
In this nation
And I will continue to observe
And preserve
Myself from this disease
That has plagues us with ease
And as I end this poem
Know that this is not the end
Of my story, whether fact or fiction
But i will still be a pedestrian