The light: Understanding Why we must Illuminate

Illumunation in the profound sense is “turning on the light” of comprehension in some range. All through the ages, individuals in each culture and religion have asserted some sort of disclosure or edification from God (whether genuine or not). At the point when that illumination manages new learning or future things, we call it prescience. At the point when that edification manages understanding and applying information effectively given, we call it enlightenment. Concerning of the last sort, the question emerges,

“How does God do it?”

The most fundamental level of illumination is the learning of transgression, and without that information, everything else is futile.

Psalm 18:28 says,

You are the one who lights my lamp the Lord my God illumines my darkness.

 

Psalms 119 which is the longest Chapter in the Bible, is a melody about God’s Word. In verse 130, it says “The entrace of your words gives light; it offers comprehension to the simple.” This verse builds up the fundamental technique for God’s enlightenment. At the point when God’s Word enters the heart of a man, it gives light and comprehension to them. Therefore, we are more than once advised to concentrate the Word of God.

 

Psalm 119:11 says

“You word I keep close in my heart so I might not sin against you.”

Verses 98 and 99 say ”
Customary investigation of the Word of God will provide guidance and comprehension in the issues of life. This is the main strategy for God’s brightening and the beginning stage for every one of us. In Psalm 119 we likewise discover another sort of God’s enlightenment. Verse 18 says,  These are not new disclosures, but rather things which have been composed and uncovered much sooner, and a few seconds ago comprehended by the peruser (one of those “aha!” minutes). Thus, verse 73 says, “Your hands made me and framed me; give me comprehension to take in your summons.” The supplication is for individual comprehension and utilization of God’s laws as they are examined by the person. Fifteen circumstances in this psalm, God gives understanding with respect to His laws.
One entry that occasionally blends contention in regards to light is John 14:26, “However the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will show all of you things and will help you to remember all that I have said to you.”

Jesus was addressing His followers in the upper room, giving them last directions before His demise. This uncommon gathering of men was to be in charge of spreading the uplifting news of Jesus Christ to the entire world. They had burned through three and a half years with Him, watching His supernatural occurrences and listening to His lessons. They would transfer those things to whatever remains of the world, and would need God’s exceptional help recalling those things precisely. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would show them and help them to remember what had been said, so they could offer it to others (counting the written work of the Gospels). This verse does not show that the Spirit will do as such with all adherents (however there are different verses that talk about the Spirit’s lighting up work).
What is the Holy Spirit’s enlightening work in devotees?

Ephesians 1:17-18

17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation that makes God known to you. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers.”

In 1 Corinthians 2:10-13, 

10 God has revealed these things to us through the Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, including the depths of God. 11 Who knows a person’s depths except their own spirit that lives in them? In the same way, no one has known the depths of God except God’s Spirit. 12 We haven’t received the world’s spirit but God’s Spirit so that we can know the things given to us by God. 13 These are the things we are talking about not with words taught by human wisdom but with words taught by the Spirit we are interpreting spiritual things to spiritual people.

God has uncovered His arrangements for us by His Spirit, who shows us very deep things. The setting here focuses to the Word of God as that which has been uncovered. The Spirit of God will dependably guide us toward the Word of God for our direction. As Jesus told His disciples in

John 16:12-15,

have much more to say to you, but you can’t handle it now. 13 However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you in all truth. He won’t speak on his own, but will say whatever he hears and will proclaim to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and proclaim it to you. 15 Everything that the Father has is mine. That’s why I said that the Spirit takes what is mine and will proclaim it to you.

To be continued next Monday…

Merry Christmas

Yaay! Its Christmas…

May your Christmas be filled with sparks of joyful moments, love, laughter, goodwill, and fulfilment.I pray that every moment bring satisfaction and celebrations that’ll last throughout the new year! Don’t forget to shower everyone around with Love and Jesus Joy.

May God bless you and your entire household…  

Hohoho!

Merry Christmas plus wishing you a ground breaking New Year…

From all of us at Relationship Pills!

Bridging two worlds: 3 common gospel mistakes we make

Two months ago, the drama team in my church staged a play about evangelism and the common mistakes we make. During the play, it felt like they were throwing shots at me. I was guilty for some of them, since then I’ve had this burden to put this issue up. As Christians often times while sharing the good news we cross the line, we seem to go far but the receiving end doesn’t respond to our message as expected on the off chance, we might be committing this blunder!

Quick question: At what Point do we Cross the Line?

Three years ago, in class; a colleague during a leadership class insulted the speaker to the extent I got mad. I felt so much rage because of the blasphemous words he uttered in fact he made mockery of all the speaker’s utterance. After the lecture, there was a burst up between us; another colleague Salau intervened and calmly spelt out his wrongdoings, Arrogant me said: “Leave him, when you’re pulling someone from the gate of hell and he’s hell bent on dying, there’s no crime”. The truth is I thought I was supporting God, Can a man fight for God? Can you bring people to Christ with arrogance and death message?

A resounding No!

As a Christian we should always remember “two wrongs can never make a right”.

A year later, I went for Global outreach day, so unknowingly we entered into a den of gamblers. As curious and young evangelists we shared the gospel and it looked like they were listening at first. After our scriptural declarations, they began the greatest height of blasphemous gestures and utterances I’ve ever experienced. Our coordinators simply said with a huge smile “Give your lives to Christ” then they asked us to leave.

Their response was Christlike, they knew where the line was and never crossed it… When do we Christians cross the line? I decided to write this after I read an update on social media, a scary message it entailed mostly “you’ll die, you’re going to hell.”  Is this the way,  we want to share God’s love and hospitality?

Romans 8:1 from another perspective;

“There is no now condemnation for those who are in Christ” its not talking just about you, it means as we have become a “Christ branch” a body; we can not be found condemning people no matter their stand. The gospel is good news not a death message on the off chance you do not seem to agree with me, its a love message of how Jesus died in place of you and i for the sake of love.

 

John 14:12

“Greater love hath no man than these that a man should lay down his life for His friend.”

1 John 4:8

“Whosoever does not love, does not know God because God is love.”

1 John 4:18-19

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.

Here’s a lot of us get mixed up. I think that inadvertantly a lot of people believe in freedom of religion but also believe that their religion should have precedent over the others. And it’s logical, because we all believe we’re right. Otherwise, why would we believe what we believe?

But I don’t think this is a healthy mindset. Freedom of religion means just that freedom to believe whatever you deem fit. And you know what? It’s a two way thing. You deserve freedom to express your beliefs, but if you want that freedom respected, you’ve also got to reciprocate respect toward others’ beliefs.

But here’s the thing: respecting someone else’s beliefs doesn’t mean that you’re being ashamed of yours.

Rather, it means you’re implying “Hey, we believe different things. I respect your choice of those beliefs, and because I respect your rights, your opinion, I’m not going to force you to accept my beliefs without accepting yours as well.”

  I think this is particularly hard for we Christians because it’s so pushed to “share your faith share your faith SHARE YOUR FAITH!!!!!” Which I do believe is REALY important, Jesus himself commanded that we do. But if you look at Jesus’ life, a lot of what he did was respecting people’s dignity he touched an “unclean” woman, he healed lepers and treated them like family. Oftentimes when we’re so focused on forcing our beliefs on others even if it’s for the best of intentions, we forget to treat them with dignity in the process. Furhermore It is not respectful to use your friends’ heartbreak as a chance to try to convert them by forcing the Jesus talk on them when they’re most vulnerable. It would be the equivalent of someone coming up to you when you were going through hell and saying “Ha, what did I tell you? God doesn’t exist.

2. We Don’t Become All Things to All People

Now, in case you thought the above point was a “get out of jail free card” that let you never have to evangelize again, enter point two.

Sunday school often does a great job of teaching us “ how to evangelize .” And it becomes a character we do. We become spiritually alert (we didn’t have a “good” day, we had a “blessed”day), and make sure to always have a serene look on our faces. It sounds ridiculous, I know, but I see it almost every day. I think we can often get it into our heads that there is a right way to go about preaching the gospel. And that way is to present yourself as a perfect little stereotypical Christian.

But that’s not what the Bible says.

Instead, we’re supposed to be fluid and try to relate with the people around us. Please, with due respect!!! It doesn’t help anyone if you come in there with a “don’t you want to be just like me?” attitude.

Just to be clear : the end goal is for them not to have a life that looks like yours. The end goal is to help them allow Jesus into their lives so that Jesus can work with them where they’re at and take them to their own destination.

A lot of people shy away from church because they don’t fit in with the church crowd. That is one of the saddest things I have ever heard. But I think it’s because we’ve made ourselves so separate from the culture of the people around us, we’re too afraid of being seen as anything other than the most holy, or the most “spiritual” that we’ve forgotten how to simply relate to people.

That is so completely different than the first apostles’ experience. I’m just going to paste here what Paul said in

1 Corinthians 9:

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.

To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.

I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I might save some.

Jesus didn’t only come for one type of people (just Christians). He came for everyone. So why are we making it seem like Christianity is only for people who fit a “church crowd” stereotype?

3. We Use Christianity to Save Face

Often we can get so caught up in presenting Christianity well that we’re scared to be vulnerable. Because if we’re trying to show people why Jesus is the way, they won’t be interested unless our lives are perfect, right?

Wrong. And not only wrong, but actually pretty prideful, too.

Often we use our religion so that we don’t have to become vulnerable with people. We talk about the blessings that God has given us; we stay on the “safe” topics about how wonderful a relationship with Jesus is. So you talk for a while, but never actually say anything. You’ve only presented half of the message.

If we’re scared that nothing but the “perfect” life will attracf someone to God, we’re actually believing that “the gospel is more about me and my life than it is about God and what he did.” its  the bitter truth!

But think about it the gospel is true and it is powerful despite our weaknesses. In fact, even more than that, it is made powerful through our weaknesses! It is absolutely absurd to be scared that truth will scare people away from God. And you know why? Because God is truth.

God isn’t interested in tricking people into believing in him, like some bad telecommunications service. He wants people to engage in a deep, intimate/active relationship with Him that isn’t possible if it’s shallow or one sided. God isn’t only God in the good. He is also God in the bad. So let’s give Him and His gospel some credit, truth and hospitality are some of the most powerful tools we have, because it shows how God can work even when we mess everything up.

Inspired by Dr Ravi Zacharias’ Bridging two Worlds.

Please kindly drop your views in the comment box…

Have a blessed Christmas in advance!


9 principles of Selfless Friendship 

I always love to talk about different societal levels and the impact they leave on personality and point of view, we might be from different society but we share a bond, how do I mean?

We have conscience, we have a functioning mind and most importantly we have goals to be “at the top” better than the present, couple of years from now, that’s the least of the bond we share but that’s a topic for another day. You might not want to agree with the nine but trust me, it makes friendship grow deeper. Inadvertently sometimes, our companionship goes haywire with a special person. We ask questions as to why, we are confused.

Sincerely if you have never tried this nine or at least five, it might be the reasons you sometimes loose friends; let’s roll!

1. Undaunted support.

My friends motivates me when I am down, when I am lost, when I struggle, furthermore when I succeed. You can call the friends you keep for help and they don’t expect anything consequently.

2. Praise your Triumphs

Good friends unselfishly praise your triumphs. They are similarly energized or significantly more excited about your triumphs than you are. You are not despicably desirous of each other’s achievements.


3. Laughing through Pain

You can laugh off any circumstance regardless of how grievous, baffling or befuddling.


4. The bond never dies
.

Physical separation keeps me from seeing numerous friends all the time. Months or years can pass, however when we see each other, it resembles no time has gone by any means.


5. Privacy when required.

You are straightforward with each other. On the off chance that something harms you or disturbs you, you have the boldness to take that up with each other, and make new space for your friendship to prosper.


6. You let go of a few friends. 

Much the same as sentimental connections, friendships can get to be distinctly stagnant or undesirable as well. On the other hand, you can essentially develop a break in understanding. You have the right to “privacy” with this friend. On the other hand if the relationship actually fails, you discharge yourself from feeling regretful about it. You acknowledge that you can’t keep each companion that you have ever had. Also, relinquishing  that you have had all through your lifetime, offers path to a more noteworthy ability to keep your present and future friendships.


7. Tolerance. 

You tolerate when your friend doesn’t have the ability to request absolution.


8. Creating Boundaries. 

Each relationship needs boundaries to prosper. On the off chance that your friend is experiencing a troublesome time that triggers something excruciating for you, despite encouraging them. You simply let them know that you need to spare them with some privacy.

9. When you need each other.

There are events, a friend needs emotional boost. Your attention can be of comfort to their predicament.

I am really honored to keep Godfearing and wonderful friends. I cherish them with the greater part of my heart. For a little time of my life spent, thus far there has likewise been friendships that i am not ready to keep, but rather than think back on them with profound regret,  In the event that I am characterized by the friends I keep, then I am lowered on the grounds, that implies I can characterize myself with benevolence, comicalness, boldness, interest, empathy, a determined nature, openness, and knowledge. On the off chance that you can be characterized by the companions you keep, then how would you be characterized?

Got Faith: Faith in the place of Prayers

Faith in an impossible place

Have you ever felt like you were in an impossible place? Have you ever felt like you were appealing to God for the inconceivable? There is a force of God that is discharged in the impossible place. God is searching for faith, and genuine faith needs to do with the Impossible. I urge you to supplicate inconceivable prayers to jump start out into the profound and implore God-sized petitions. God cherishes it when  we appeal for the impossible, when we trust Him for things that are past our capacities. He is searching for those with faith who will at the present press through in prayers when the going appears to be completely incomprehensible. He is the God of the impossibilities. Smith Wigglesworth, an outstanding man of faith who saw many recuperated by the force of God, Said;

“Get ready, so that you may be touched by His inward earnestness, so that you may see the power of possibility in an impossible place, until you see that God can change you until, you will change other things, until you see today that your song will remain in flight.”

Why have faith?

God designed a way to distinguish between those who belong to Him and those who don’t, and it is called faith. Very simple, we need faith to please God. God tells us that, it pleases Him that we believe in Him even though we cannot see Him.
As indicated by the Bible, faith is fundamental to Christianity. Without showing faith and trust in God, we have no place with Him. We trust in God’s presence by faith. A great number of people have a dubious, incoherent thought of God’s identity yet do not have the worship essential for His magnified position in their lives. These individuals do not have the genuine faith needed for an endless association with the God who loves them unconditionally. Our faith can vacillate now and again, but since it is the endowment of God, given to His sons and daughters, He gives times of trial and testing with a specific end goal, to demonstrate that our faith is genuine and to hone and reinforce it. The words in these verses sheds more light;

James 1:2-4

Testing of Your Faith

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Apostle Paul’s faith in place of prayers

Do you think it was simple for Apostle Paul to live in the outlandish place? Is it safe to say that it was agreeable for him to end up distinctly frail and lose control? Is it safe to say that it was simple for a godly and deligent messenger to stop his own particular works and figure out how to rest in faith? No! He needed to figure out how to live along, these lines. In the same manner, Paul was solid and extremely skilled. He was a high achiever, an extremely skilled and proficient man. He was insightful and ready to do awesome things. Be that as it may, God touched him profoundly, and he figured out how to carry on with a faith based life. He considered everything ordinary, that He may pick up Christ and be found in Him. He slayed flesh and turned out to be completely reliant with the goal that God could be in control and do the impossible through him.

Perhaps you are in a Situation.

There are situations in one’s life that needs the power of God when you are in an impossible place. You may have an impossible, God-sized dream. You can’t do it or see it happen in your own strength. There is the need to pray for the absolutely impossible in the in human sense. Don’t give up. God loves the impossible place. Keep on praying for in due time He will show Himself strongly on your behalf. He loves to answer impossible prayers of faith. With God all things are possible.

Matthew 11:22-23

“And Jesus, replying, said to them, ‘Have faith in God constantly. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the sea and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.”

 

Have faith filled week!

Words on Marble: 20 Lessons i learnt while growing up

I am just in the mid 20s and I’ve learnt alot in the course of 20 years, from my father’s words of wisdom to my mother’s concise sarcastic advises. I was raised to pay attention to every detail in people’s statements, It was boring at first not until I read about The great “Einstein” that wrote down most advises he received. Since then my perspective about “words” has gradually improved.

You might not be aware, Every new day is accompanied with tasks, these tasks are set by the creator to sharpen our minds molding us to an ever advancing entity. With different daily puzzles to solve, allow me to explain the 20 wonderful lessons i learnt from my society in the last 20 years;

  1. The Blessings of the Lord maketh rich and adds no sorrow to it. My dad talks about this scripture every blessed day, it has inspired me many times, truthfully I’ve seen people run after quick wealth, at the very end there isn’t joy in their lives.
  2. Its not that the “very good pernosalities” haven’t or wouldn’t (have) done bad things, its just that the good in them has overshadowed the bad attitude. My mom used to say that.
  3. Success is an advanced form of failure, if you fail at something, it simply means you can succed but you have to put in more effort and never give up.
  4. All relationships that you’ve been in, there’s always a lesson attached to each of them. All the lessons drives towards making you a better person.
  5. Try not to be reluctant to request help here and there, additionally help other people. I generally detested requesting help. I am an extremely autonomous individual and it executes me to request offer assistance. Be that as it may, I’ve discovered that it’s ideal to get help and exceed expectations than do it all alone and make a normal showing with regards to. Also, at whatever point conceivable, help other people. Offer your help uninhibitedly and regularly. Offer your notwithstanding when you don’t think they require it. 
  6. Asking pleasantly will dependably get you more remote than advising somebody to accomplish something. 
  7. You are nothing without God and one can not achieve anything tangible without His approval
  8. Learn how to cook. There will be a period when your mother or sisters/brothers isn’t there to cook for you and eat out can get costly. It’s not hard, but rather it takes hone. So learn now, no matter your gender.
  9.  Discover a vocation you cherish and stay with it. On the off chance that you discover you cherish your employment you’ll never work a day in your life. My dad dependably let me know he never worked a day in his life and he was an unskilled worker. Don’t simply discover something you’re great at, ensure you adore it. In the event that you adore it and you’re loathsome at it, you can simply practice to get the right stuff down. It’s much harder to build up an adoration for something you abhor.
  10. Be tolerant. Everything worth having requires some investment. So buckle down and let everything work out time permitting. 
  11.  Put aside time for yourself. Continually being around individuals can get tiring. Put aside a couple of hours a week for meditation. It truly does the mind great to unwind for some time. 
  12. Figure out how to love learning. I cherished gaining from nursery school and on account of that I’ve kept my curious nature. Address everything. That is the means by which you learn. You need to make sense of what you need to do whatever is left of your life.
  13. Quit grumbling. That fixes nothing. On the off chance that you don’t care for something then don’t delve into it.
  14. Because you don’t care for some individual doesn’t mean you have the privilege to treat them severely. Treat everybody you meet like will be dead at midnight. 
  15.  Be thoughtful. Notwithstanding when you’re irate or baffled. Be thoughtful when you are drained and cantankerous. Be benevolent when you minimum feel like it. Everyone has their own particular fight in front of them and you need to be recognized as kind and not a butt hole. 
  16.   Offer assistance when you can. Work at whatever point you can. Discover something to do that includes providing for others. You’ll feel like nothing is wrong with the world when you have any kind of effect in somebody’s life.. It doesn’t need to be a major something either, helping somebody achieve something in a store or giving bearings will suffice. 
  17.  Get to know the child without any companions. Be the one that gets giggled at and ridiculed for it. Furthermore, still do it. Ordinarily these individuals are huge amounts of fun and show you such a great amount about existence. 
  18. Cherish genuinely. Adore your folks and your kin.. Adore your companions and everybody you experience.. Have an adoration so profound forever that individuals love can see the affection spilling out of you. 
  19. It doesn’t make a difference what anyone considers you. Be positive about yourself and your abilities and you will go far. Be positive about your identity and don’t give anybody a chance to attempt to change you. You are shaped by your encounters and since no one knows every little thing about you, they can never completely comprehend the plan behind your activities. 
  20. Keep your words. In the event that you say you will accomplish something, do it. Remember. Else you are questionable and that is not a decent notoriety to have.

Tips on Stress Management

What is stress?

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed, but it’s not easy to narrow down exactly what stress means. When we say things like “this is stressful” or “I’m stressed”, we might be talking about:

  1. Situations or occurrences that put pressure on us – for example, times where we have lots of task to carry out and think about, or don’t have much control over happenings.
  2. Our reaction to being placed under pressure – the feelings we get when we have high demands placed on us that we find difficult to cope with

 The simple Biochemistry of Stress

You might find that your first clues about being stressed are physical signs, like fatigue, random headaches or a stomach upset.This could be because when we are stressed emotionally, our bodies release hormones called cortisol and adrenaline. This is the body’s automatic way of preparing to respond to a threat (sometimes called the ‘fight or flight’response). If you’re often stressed then you’re probably producing high levels of these hormones, which can make you feel physically unwell and could affect your health in the longer term.

What are the signs of stress?

We all experience stress differently in different situations. Sometimes you might be able to tell right away when you’re feeling under stress, but other times you might keep going without recognising the signs. Stress can affect you both emotionally and physically, and it can affect the way you behave.

Common signs of stress

How you might feel:

  • Irritable, aggressive,
  •  impatient and over-burdened
  •  anxious, nervous or afraid
  • like your thoughts are racing and 
  • depressed
  • uninterested in life
  • like you’ve lost your sense of 
  • humour
  • worried about your health
  • unable to enjoy yourself

What causes stress?

Feelings of stress are normally triggered by things happening in your life which involve:

  • being under lots of pressure
  • facing big changes
  • worrying about something
  •  not having much or any control over the outcome of a situation
  • having responsibilities that you’re finding overwhelming
  • •not having enough work, activities or change in your life.

Tips to deals with Stress

There might be one big thing causing you stress, but stress can also be caused by a build-up of small challenges. This might make it harder for you to identify what’s making you feel stressed, or to explain it to other people.

  • Give yourself a break

Learning to be kinder to yourself in general can help you control the amount of pressure you feel in different situations, which can help you feel less stressed.

  • Reward yourself for achievements – even small things like finishing a piece of work or making a decision. You could take a walk, read a book, treat yourself to food you enjoy, or simply tell yourself “well done”.
  • Get a change of scenery. You might want to go outside, go to a friend’s house or go to a café for a break – even if it’s just for a short time.
  •  Take a break or holiday. Time away from your normal routine can elp you relax and feel refreshed. Even spending a day in a different place can help you feel more able to face stress.
  • Resolve conflicts, if you can. Although this can sometimes be hard, speaking to a manager, colleague or family member about problems in your relationship with them can help you find ways to move forward.
  • Forgive yourself when you make a mistake, or don’t achieve something you hoped for. Try to remember that nobody’s perfect, and putting extra pressure on yourself doesn’t help.

      Got Faith?

      Your conviction matters…

      A conviction is either right or it is most certainly not. It is altogether in light of whether you heard effectively or not. At the point when Abraham “trusted” that he heard God say, “Go give up your child Isaac,” he was either crazy or he was accurately listening to the voice of God. There is nothing in the middle. Accepting is a tremendous duty. It is possible that we take care of business or we don’t. Our approval relies on upon taking care of business. It is fundamentally vital that we take care of business. What we are to get from God relies on upon it and our endlessness relies on upon it. 

      Getting notification from God requires significant investment. It is a greater amount of a workmanship than a science. It takes knowing His Word and His voice. It takes a docile and humble heart to hear unmistakably from God. It requires push to look for His face and to ensure that we have heard Him effectively. Do it. Take the time. At that point stroll on certainly in confidence getting.

      Believing The Truth

      Faith is believing in what is true. Faith has two elements:

       1) being convinced of the truth, being certain of reality, having evidence of unseen things, andand

       2) believing, hoping in, embracing, seizing the truth.

      Hebrews 11:1

      (Mof) Now faith means that we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see.

      While faith requires being convinced that what we believe in is true, just knowing the truth is only half of faith. God’s word must be hoped for, embraced, seized!

      Luke 17:5 (NIV) The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”

      Believing is not exactly the same as faith. For belief to be faith, it must light on what is certainly true. Yet Scripture gives examples of situations where belief alone is required, even commanded. There’s no time for evidence collection, to wait, to hear, for certainty. Just believe. Like Peter walking on the water–don’t think, act! God even requires us to believe in him when, temporarily, the evidence looks bad: to trust. [We will study belief and trust separately.] God requires belief and trust in moments of human weakness, but faith is what makes us strong. Faith is the state of being convinced about what we hope for.

      How To Assess Faith

      Contrary to popular knowledge and teachings, faith is not mental delusion, presumption or self-deception, but a work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

      Romans 10:17 (Phi) Faith, you see, can only come from hearing the message, and the message is the word of Christ.

      The Abraham kind of faith

      Romans 4:18-21 (Phi) Abraham, when hope was dead within him, went on hoping in faith, believing that he would become “the father of many nations”. He relied on the word of God which definitely referred to “thy seed”. With undaunted faith he looked at the facts–his own impotence (he was practically a hundred years old at the time) and his wife Sarah’s apparent barrenness. Yet he refused to allow any distrust of a definite pronouncement of God to make him waver. He drew strength from his faith, and, while giving the glory to God, remained absolutely convinced that God was able to implement his own promise.

      Romans 4:22-25 (Phi) This was the “faith” which was counted unto him for righteousness. Now this counting of faith for righteousness was not recorded simply for Abraham’s credit, but as a divine principle which should apply to us as well. Faith is to be reckoned as righteousness to us also, who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered to death for our sins and raised again to secure our justification.


      To be continued…


      Dating Tips101 #5

      Be the Best Version of Yourself

      Chances are, you don’t need to be anybody else to attract a great girl. There’s someone who will love you. But you may very well need to be the best version of yourself to attract a woman. Dress nice, bathe, smell good, ask lots of questions, smile, laugh, exhibit a little knowledge about something interesting, and most importantly listen to her. Just smile, nod and listen.