I Believe God

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Gen 15:6, NIV)

The combined simplicity and depth of this verse amazes me. We often think of God as having great expectations of us, and he does. But what we think of as great may not be God’s idea of great. God speaks to Abram, Abram believes what God says, and God says “You are a correct man!”. I know it is deeper than that, but that’s really how simple it is. Righteousness, in God’s books, has always been attributed based on childlike faith. “If I speak, and you believe, then you are righteous” – that is the Lord’s creed.

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Come, just as you are

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance (Luke 5:32)

The irony of getting into a relationship with God, the righteous and holy Maker of the universe, is that He requires nothing of us except that we come to Him, just as we are. Jesus was clear during His days on earth, that He came in order to call sinners to repentance. His words are a reflection of the Father’s desire. So God knows that when people come, they come because they need help, not because they are good, strong or righteous. God is not ashamed to receive people in their weakness; He expects them to come just as they are.

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Growing up into Him

God’s desire is for all of His children to grow up and become like Him. For this reason, he gave us a template of what we need to become: Jesus Christ. In Jesus, we see a perfect example of what we should look like when we have grown up to become like our heavenly Father. We can benchmark our growth and progress by comparing how we live with how Jesus lived while on earth. However, our growth does not come by comparison. Growth comes when we feed on God’s Word, the living bread that truly satisfies and nourishes.

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God is Good

God is good. As I reflect tonight, I cannot but agree with the testimony of Scriptures and the saints through the ages who have affirmed unreservedly that “God is good”. In spite of the hardships, sorrow and difficulties faced by many people in the world today, the truth remains that God is good. We fallen in a fallen world, but we are beneficiaries of the goodness and mercies of the living God, who causes the sun to rise on the good and the evil, who sends rain both for the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45)

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A Busy Life

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:41-42, NKJV)

Hello! Welcome to this corner of the internet 😊. I wish you a happy new month and have asked the Lord that He order your steps into His good will in this month of August and beyond. Something that fascinates me about human beings is our ability to fill up our time with activities, as though we derive pleasure or pride from being occupied. Ironically, we often complain of not having enough time for things we need to do. Pause with me for a minute and take stock of the things that take your time – how many of them are really important from a divine perspective?

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Peace

“Stormy days and troubled nights are borne
Only by souls secured on an anchor eternal
Unafraid, unshaken, and surely not dismayed
They ride the storms, sleep through the nights

Darkness brings doubt, and shakings cause fear
While some run around, others simply melt away
But he who trusts the Lord is like Zion, unmoving
Supported underneath by the Everlasting Arms”

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Understanding the Times (3)

Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command.

I Chronicles 12:32 (NIV)

Hello there! Welcome again to my blog, and if this is your first time here, I’d like to say, “Welcome Home!”. For the past two weeks, I have written on the same subject, Understanding the Times. This will be my third and final post on this subject, hopefully. I did not think I would be writing a second post when I posted the first one two weeks ago. But here I am, on a third post. Who would have ‘thunk’ it? Anyhow, you can read the first two posts using these links: Understanding the Times and Understanding the Times 2. Now, on to the final thoughts on this subject (I hope).

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Understanding the Times (2)

“An undiscerning person will often walk into trouble innocently”

Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm,

and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.

For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter,

    though a person may be weighed down by misery.

Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 (NIV)

Hello! I wish you a happy new month and welcome you to the second half of 2020. It has been a rather eventful year so far, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting lives and economies globally. But life goes on, and we must make the most of our moments while we are still alive. I pray that your days will count for God’s purpose, and that you will find joy and prosperity in the work of your hands every day. Last week I wrote about “Understanding the Times” and will like to further that discussion today. If you have not read that post, you can read it here as it sets the scene for this current post.

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Understanding the Times

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Welcome, dear reader, to my blog 😊. Today, I am sharing on the vital subject of time. The verse of the Bible quoted above, arguably one of the most quoted verses or portions of the Bible, reveals a timeless piece of wisdom that speaks to our daily lives more than we care to admit. Now especially, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that is transforming the way we live, work, think, behave and congregate, I find it most crucial to reflect on the importance of understanding the times as we wade and waddle through the murky waters of our new realities.

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