The world today has laid so much emphasis on the issue of denomination more than the person and principles of Jesus Christ, so the saying goes “Come to my church and you will experience God like never before “.
The Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus Christ at the well exposes the reality of the question of denominational divides and true worship in John 4:20 ” Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”
The age long reality in the body of Christ is that many are making Idols out their denomination. You may want to ask, does that mean we shouldn’t extend invitation to our friends or family to the church we attend ? That’s not my thrust in this matter ,the bible in
Hebrew 10:25A says
” Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing” .
What we should have in mind is this ,the time we spend in church will be tested by fire to see if our worship is premise in truth and spirit according to John 4:23-24
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him”
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
When the reason to live fades And your stars become blurred Your vision only sees the sight of furious men The raging thrive of aggressive foes Your perception is of hunger and thirst Of the needs and yearnings unmet The thorn in your flesh excruciating even to your soul The feeling of unworthiness a thrust to your heart Giving you a thousand and one reasons to give up
I hope you stay and fight! With the last drip of blood left With the witty grit remaining
You are the breed; Who don’t fear death Nor rushes to meet it
You stay and fight You are both fire and ice You knows whose you are And who are you You’re made in Victory
If you have been following us throughout the series, we are really grateful and we pray we have been able to help you out with areas of your struggles. For those who shared and commented, your rewards is in heaven.
Purpose is as important as the existence of man. A man without purpose has no difference with a man who is in the land beyond. It is therefore important to always take note of the Purpose of every act we find ourselves involved.
Purpose eases some of the struggles and battle of life. It helps you focus on the lions and forget the barking dogs. You focus on Goliaths and not the talks on the sideways. We pray for the grace for each of us to discover Purpose.
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Tested by Fire 4 Matt. 4:2-3 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. Tempter came to him and said,
“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
One of the extreme ways a human can be tested is through hunger, I watched a movie titled ” The 33″ a true story about miners that where stock under the ground, I saw how hunger removed the diplomacy in some of them, that made them wild. Then I begin to ask myself, what if I was there would I still be gentle and calm in such a situation?
Hunger is powerful and hence the saying,
“a hungry man is an angry man”.
Jesus after his 40 day prayer and fasting needed food and water to gain strength, the devil used that as an opportunity to give Jesus negative ideas by trying him with his power, Jesus didn’t fall for that because He understood that as important as food is to his stomach so is God’s word to his soul.
Alot of people have compromised standards because of food(earthly pleasure), as a child of God, do you still fall for things because you are in position or have the opportunity?
We have more in God’s word than food or anything that life has to offer us.
“One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
In our past series “Tool or Medal” you will notice that we talked about wealth as a tool used for reaching lives, when wealth becomes a medal, the abuse of it’s use is inevitable, the rich young man was good at obeying laws but is not willing to let go his wealth to follow Christ,
Simply because His diligence is out of comfort, today we have alot of people that became Christians after they became rich, truth be told it is easier to do religion when you are wealthy because you will earn respect of others with you big donations and contributions, but when you have nothing it would not be easy.
The rich man was tested by Fire but couldn’t withstand it, because He loved his possessions more than God.
Are you effective in your race regardless of what you have?
TOOLS TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE PURPOSE “We can take no credit for our gifts. It’s what we do with them that matters” -Mary Burchell.
To everyone who has been following this series, we say thank you and we also hope it has been a blessing to you. If in the past you knew not what your Purpose was, we hope with this you have been able or been trying to discover it. For this week, we will be talking about the “Tools to achieving Purpose.” Overtime, I have come to realize that many people mistake these tools for their purpose. In order to effectively carry out the purpose and assignment of God over our lives, God deposited in us innate gifts and potentials. These gifts and potentials are to help us fulfil our purpose. These gifts includes writing, singing, painting, public speaking and a host of others. These are tools that help us to achieve whatever our Purpose is. Sometimes we may not have clarity on our purpose but these gifts happen to be pointers to where we are going. The peculiarities of an assignment demands special tools for such work. For example if your purpose is to connect with children and teens, Things like animation, singing and other similar talents can be tools to achieve this. Tools make the fulfillment of purpose possible and often times easier. These tools can be innate and will also need to be developed for better delivery. You really cannot do everything and should not put your hands to do everything. Whatever you find yourself doing, Make sure it aligns with your purpose. Here are a few list of tools to achieving Purpose among many
Painting e.t.c Without knowing what our purpose is, we can sometimes focus on these tools and then end up with no results. These tools are divine gifts that helps us navigate across the waters of Purpose. God has prepared us with these and it’s up to us to build and harness them depending on the situation or what are the demands of our purpose. Let us fan these gifts as a Workman prepares his tools for work; Not as though the tool is the work but that it provides for efficient and effective delivery of the work required. Let us not be carried away by our gifts and talents, usurping all the glory and forget that there’s a people to reach and deliver; a message to send; a problem to solve and a work that needs to be done. Focus on what really matters! Thank you for reading. We believe this was helpful. Kindly share to others as well.
We were monochorionic; together we seemed diabolic, You will think we were Identic. But we had a sensory diversion: two sides of the same coin.
He was beauty, I was the beast. He was the winner, I was the loner. He was the way maker, I was the brick layer.
He had heightened connectivity and I had heightened sensitivity. He glows all day, I resurface in the dark. He was a raging storm and howling thunder: I was dampen and tranquilized. He was the strong and resolute one, Oh me the poor phlegmatic.
Our constellations never aligned: we both wondered who would triumph. I thought I’ll walk away in due course Or he did retreat at last. It disgusts that he got all the likes Seem to be competing in the same place in the sun.
Our spirit was bridled, I didn’t realize that was me. Reflecting in different shapes and colors, I’m the same beauty and ugly. It’s the beautiful cycle of epigenesis, Realizing that erupted the me in me It’s the complete package. That’s what makes me stunningly perfect.
Are you wondering what life is all about? Are you struggling to discover your purpose?
We have clues to help you discover your purpose and live a meaningful life.
Life is a temporary assignment. We become victims of chance if we do not understand the purpose to which we were created for and how to accomplish same. It is important that we understand our uniqueness.
Below are ways to help you discover your purpose
Reading. You do not create your purpose, you discover it. For you to discover it takes deliberate act of searching. This act of searching involves reading: Reading through the scriptures, literature, stories and biographies of other people. Your purpose has been scripted from the beginning. It takes an intentional act of reading to unravel it. It was recorded that the greatest man in history; Jesus discovered the place written him. You cannot know and achieve purpose outside of the scripture.
What you love. This is different from ambition. Your joy and peace is in your purpose. Love is a propellant that makes us pursue anything. The love you have for a thing produces wisdom. Love produces determination and tenacity making every challenge surmountable. What you truly love the most could be children, peace, aged etc. find that which you truly love. What is the thing you could do even if no one is paying you? What would you love to do if money was no longer a factor? What are you passionate about?
The place of your pain. What you cry about is a clue to a problem you were created to solve. What are the things you have gone through in life that has caused you so much pain. Sometimes it is not necessarily your experience but an inherent grieve or the experience or reality of others. “Where you hurt the most is a clue to what you may heal the best” mike Murdock. Turn your hurt into healing for others. For instance, you struggled with low self-esteem or domestic violence, could it be that you are called to liberate many in same struggle? Identify your childhood, traumas, adversity and little big things, it may be pointing you towards your purpose.
Writing and sharing our experiences gives us a sense of meaning. Our stories give us a sense of direction, destiny and purpose. “we all have the ability to make a narrative out of our own lives. It gives us clarity on our own lives, how to understand ourselves, gives us a framework that goes beyond the day to day and basically helps us make sense of our experiences” – Emily Esapahani Smith; The Power of Meaning.
what you hate. What causes you anger can be a clue to your purpose. Sometimes you wonder why only you seem to be bothered or angry about a particular situation. Just like Moses; he hated slavery little did he know he was called to be a deliverer of Israel.
Finding our purpose is both an intellectual, emotional and spiritual pursuit. conversely, there is no purpose outside God it can at best be ambition. You have to be aware of who God has called you to be. The ultimate goal of every believe is to make heaven at last but we would not get there until our assignment is over. you need to be deliberate about life. Know why you are here and whether your decisions align to your purpose. Knowing save you a lot. Sometimes it is evolutionary it is not an event. As we grow and learn, we begin to understand God more and our purpose. We also discover tools to achieve Purpose.
One thing is sure, you cannot edit a blank page. You can evolve and improve as you put your hands to service and helping others.
Thank you so much for reading. We believe this was helpful. We hope you venture into your purpose and make lasting impact. Kindly share and help others discover their purpose.