#Day 5; Unearthing my beliefs

Romans 5 : You are worth dying for

Vs 1- 5: – Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Reflections : – One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 25 vs 3You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You”. Again we see two abstract words – justification and faith, yet they are the tools used for our peace.  In a world filled with so much chaos, it’s extremely difficult to experience peace but we are reminded it’s really not about what happens on the outside rather on the inside. The faith we have in Christ Jesus justifies us, it makes us right, and goes further to say we now have access into grace which is Christ Personified. And we don’t come with our shoulders bowed down, NO we come standing with boldness cos’ when we come before our Father He sees us through His Son Jesus Christ. Something many Christians hate to hear – tribulations, but it’s a domino effect and our character is built. Truth is when we hear tribulation, perseverance etc our minds go to the martyrdom but you don’t have to look too far, if you take a stand for Jesus Christ in this world you’ll experience some form of it in varied degrees, it could be as little as holding yourself back from lashing out on someone, giving up your right to be right all in the bid to gain the person, saying no to that mouth-watery deal even when you’re down to nothing in your account etc. You see, all these things culminate in molding our character. I had a conversation with a friend who was of the opinion that in the economic instability plaguing the world there’s a need to cut corners giving an example of someone he had seen who was in the civil service and on his retirement had nothing to “show”. I remember saying to him a good name is better than riches. Beyond the names we bear on earth, the surname we give out when we say we are Christians is Christ the Anointed One and it’s a whole lot better than riches besides the earth is His and all that is in it. We have a name to protect, let us do it with pride and do not let the world make you think for a second you are losing if you don’t follow the world’s system.

Vs 6 – 10 :- For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Reflections : – A comparison is drawn in vs 6 and 8 “For while we were without strength… and while we were still sinners Christ died for us.  Christ came for the weak, don’t let anyone deceive you or give you erroneous teaching that you have to be strong and cleaned up before God can see or work through you. Oh!!! How He loves the very down and out or why would He choose Moses, David, Peter or even Paul. These men didn’t have an impressive resume but God worked wonders through them, even the Bible confirms it in 1 Corint. 1 vs 27b “… and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” and Paul says in 2 Corin.12 vs 9b “God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness“. Ponder over this. How often have we sang “I’ll catch a grenade for you” or “I’ll do anything for you”. All of these lyrics are usually sung for someone very endearing to us but when push comes to shove we realize words are fickle and are inspired by our emotions. It’s very rare to see someone put their life on the line for a loved one to live.  But Paul goes further to say Christ didn’t just die for good people rather bad, evil, murderers, back-stabbers, jealous (insert yours) people. He sums it up by saying if reconciliation to God happened through Christ’ death, His resurrected life saves us and gives us a brand new life. You are deeply loved by God. You’re worth dying for regardless of your past or what you’re currently doing.

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Loads of Love

JMAD

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There Has Been An Assassination

      Story has it someone was recently assassinated. I haven’t confirmed the authenticity of the story but I’m hoping you could help me out. Wondering who was gunned down. Hmmmmmm I’m thinking too, just like you. It’s not yet trending on twitter but I can tell you it’s trending and topping the list in our heart. Now you ask who’s the assassinator and the assassinated.

    Let me paint a picture and it will help you answer the question. Ever been disappointed by a friend , did something really nasty to you, may or may not be aware that you’re upset because you never brought it up (I’m sure you’ve remembered one sorry I meant many). The thought of it now just takes you down a road you’ve tried to erase. I’m sorry about that but don’t we all have that one road in our heads we like to put a detour sign.  Anyway  back to the picture painting. You’re upset and somehow in a conversation with a close friend you bring it up and it takes over the conversation and you talk about that person as though you were in a therapy session. I’m done with the picture .

   Therapist   Ever heard of Character Assassination? You know what, for every time you discuss a person behind their back all in the name of letting someone know you were hurt you’ve just assassinated someone’s character.

     Can I tell you a secret? Yes I can see your eyes light up and your antennas searching for signals. I was so good at character assassination until I got a devotion from Encouragement for Today and I knew instantly I was guilty. For every time I told a friend or a relative of something that was done to me wrongly, something didn’t feel right on the inside. I wasn’t sensitive enough to know what the ill-feeling was all about. I though by telling someone I would feel better. A typical example. I’m hanging out with a group of friends and suddenly someone goes what’s up with you? You look kinda moody and trust me to get a sympathy party I go blah, blah and blah again on what friend A did to me. Everyone starts to dissect the issue on the table and mind you it’s my side of the story they all know and the person isn’t given a fair hearing. Instantly a label is placed on that person.

backstabbing

    I wish I was alone in this but truth is if you can be just a little honest with yourself you’ll find yourself in my shoes right now. Interestingly I came across this verse Matthew 18 vs 15 “If your brother wrongs you, go and show him his fault, between you and him privately” (AMP). Did we notice the key words in bold. I can’t remember reading call your friends or ping them, call for a family meeting or even your pastor. All these other people are all important for mediation but come in when the person doesn’t listen to you .

     We can’t ignore the fact that we’ve been hurt by people or even hurt other people. I can’t promise you, you’ll have a hurt free relationship with people. Disappointments, hurting feelings will come , human beings are so uncertain and the body we live in is still very weak. Have I been hurt before yea, so many times and have I hurt people? I’ll probably lose count. My dear what you should be concerned with is what you make out of that hurting situation but going around with the story is a no no it doesn’t help and will never. Many people have been ruined by this. It has crept into the fabrics of our lives and its tearing people down from homes to the office and even in the church, this attitude can be seen. Eph 4 vs 29 “Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift” (MSG) The discussion you are having is it helping the person? Most of the time the person may not know you’re upset meanwhile we’ve already stripped them bare in front of our friends.

  xter assasination 

Can we take a stand to get rid of this attitude? We can all say this prayer together. Dear Lord I’m sorry for all the times I pulled people down with my tongue. Please I ask for Your forgiveness and pray that with my mouth I’ll build people up. May my tongue be an instrument of peace and not war. Amen.

Like Jesus will say “Go and sin no more”.

Loads of Love.

JMAD.