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A disciplined nature is required to be a disciple

No one can serve two masters; for he will either hate one and love the other, or he will be loyal to the first and look and down on the second. You cannot at the same time serve God and money. (Matthew 6:24)
The value of prayer does not lie in the quantity of words and the mere repetition of formulas, as if accomplishing a task. The value of prayer lies chiefly in our inner attitude of faith and love of God. To pray is not to talk much, but to surrender our lives into God’s loving hands.
When we forgive someone who asks for forgiveness, we are not doing that person a favour, nor do we deserve any credit for doing it; we actually free ourselves from some rancor or hatred that is poisoning us.
Fasting is unworthy when done to obtain human approval rather than God’s. When we are bright-eyed this signifies generosity, while to be dark-eyed signifies meanness.
Jesus affirms that money is a false god, because it offers happiness and security for the future, but robs us of our only riches, that is, the present time. Caught up in making money, we are unable to live truly and freely; we neglect our personal growth and family life, keep silent before evil and lie.
We must choose between serving and being served, sacrificing ourselves for others or taking advantage of them. At this time we need to be reconciled with family members and neighbours and to let go of resentments. Since we are sinners, our salvation is worked out through suffering and through the cross.
Our desires and our prayers are powerful because we have come to the center from which God directs the forces saving humankind: because we work for eternity; our names are already written in heaven.
To evangelize does not mean to try to sell the Gospel but rather to prove its power to heal people from their demons. We must stop being envious of famous people, kings and prophets of the past.
To pray is to take the time to listen, to meditate in silence on the work of God, it is to slow our desires, so as to pay attention only to God, secretly present, and slip into his well.
Let us ask Jesus to help us to live a life for others out of the love we have for him.

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Jesus needs disciples who commit themselves once and for all

Jesus brings the living water, which is God’s gift to us, his children, the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit whom we receive, helps us worship God according to the truth.

God does not need the words of our prayer, but looks for simplicity, beauty and nobility in our spirit. The Spirit of God cannot be communicated except to those who seek the truth and live according to truth in a world of deception.

Each one of us in some way is the Samaritan woman. Those who really seek the truth recognize it when it is presented to them. We must first believe in the messenger of God. Jesus is in our midst, but to be aware of his presence requires faith. He comes to reveal the mystery of God, the mystery of the love of God-Father, Son and Spirit.

God does not expect works on the part of human beings but calls them to faith. Be rid of all that hampers you, of all that prevents you from seeing and believe. Believe that it is he, and he alone who is able to save you.

Physical possession is not the usual way of the devil’s activity in humans. The Devil operates in the moral life of people. Not that the Devil is the cause of every sin and evil that people do. There is also the selfishness of our flesh and the lure of the false promise of the world but the Devil, as enemy of God’s kingdom, is never at rest. The Devil notices at once those who are capable of weakening or destroying his empire.

Jesus shows us how to visit the sick. The care and love of our Christian sisters and brothers attracts God’s favours upon them.

The Good News does not remain mere words but it effects a change. If God puts us on a road in life, this road will lead somehow. Hope is courage and endurance. Good and bad will be mixed till the end of the world. Good and evil will always be found together in persons and institutions. God respects people and He is patient.

Believers are not to separate themselves from those who do not believe, for they are the yeast of the world. We must choose between sewing and being served, sacrificing ourselves for others or taking advantage of them.

This is the time to be reconciled with family members and neighbours, to let go of resentments. Since we are sinners, our salvation is worked out through suffering and through the cross.

Our desires and our prayers are powerful because we have come to the center from which God directs the forces saving humankind, because we work for the eternity, our names are already written in heaven.

To evangelize does not mean to try to sell the Gospel but rather to prove its power to heal people from their demons. We must stop being envious of famous people, kings and prophets of the past.

To pray is to take the time to listen, to meditate in silence on the work of God, it is to slow our desires, so as to pay attention only to God, secretly present, and slip into his will.

God relies on the poor and the marginalized to maintain the aspiration toward peace and justice in the world, to awaken the conscience of those good people who are too comfortable.

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Watch and pray: We must be ready for the coming of the master
December 24, 2017
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Be alert and watch; for you don’t know when the time will come. (Mark 13:33, CCB)

The faithful God will not fail you after calling you to his fellowship with his Son, Christ Jesus, our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9, CCB)

As sons and daughters of God we are made in his image and likeness. God loves so much so that he gave us his Son As a sacrifice in order to bring us glory. Through Christ, God saves us and Through this salvation we share in the inheritance of the kingdom of God.

Don’t let yourselves be shaped by the world where you live, but rather be transformed Through the renewal of your mind. You must discern the will of God: what is good, what pleases, what is perfect. (Romans 12:2, CCB)

God does not want us to just live our lives by following rules. He want us to live a life that is meditative, understanding and filled with discovery of the will of God in all areas and situations in our lives. Jesus Christ gave his life, his body to us and for us. He suffered pain for us so that we may not be burdened by suffering. He gives us his body so that we may put all our woes on him.

He consecrated his body for us so that when we allow him into our lives we too become consecrated vessels. We are descendants of the twelve tribe of Israel, the people of God, chosen to be holy. Jesus felt the pain of death and bore it humbly, a sign and example, that we too should do the same.

Being humble is challenging As many times we feel the need to respond and act on everything that comes our way. But the Bible proves to us that God acts mysteriously in our lives, encouraging and teaching us on the way to act, and also punishing us when it is needed. There are many times when all hope and justice seems to have disappeared from the earth. However, looking at Jesus’ trial and condemnation to death we realize that There is not much difference to what is happening to many Christian militants and martyrs now. Jesus, through he is the Son of God, was and is hated by many people, and so are we who are children of God and live a Christ like life.

We are to call upon God for the grace to live in his Spirit, to believe in his way and to walk in his truth. We are to express love and make our faith blossom on earth.

Store up treasure for yourself with God, where no moth or rust can destroy nor thief come and steal it. (Matthew 6:20, CCB)

Prayer is not about how many words we say or how well we repeat a Prayer.  It should not be a to do list. Prayer is about our inner disposition, our attitude, faith and love of God. We don’t need to talk much when we pray instead we are to surrender our lives in God’s loving hands.

Jesus taught us about forgiveness. He says we are to forgive those who asks for forgiveness. Forgiveness is not about doing a person a favour and it is not about receiving or giving credit. Instead it is about freeing ourselves from the hatred that has been poisoning us. We must embody generosity instead of meanness.

Jesus also teaches us about money emphazing that it is a false God. It offers happiness and security but robs us of our presence. When we are caught up in making money, we are unable to truly live and to be truly free. Our personal growth is neglected, our family life is neglected,  and we participate in evil doing.

To do your will is my delight, O God, for your law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:9, CCB)

God is all about love and truth. There are his two main qualities. To know him means knowing Jesus and submitting ourselves to him.

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God wants us to have hope in him for his mercy endures forever
December 13, 2017
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Without Jesus we do not have the power necessary to turn our life around. In him is where all the solutions lies. Though we doubt he never pushes us away. Even though the world is becoming harsher and harsher with each passing day, we will always have Jesus with us to whisper encouragement to us. The path to perfection is a long one and it seems very hard to achieve. Nevertheless it is achievable as long as we are holding on to Jesus. With the gift of his salvation we can accomplish anything that is why we are to offer up praise. For when the praises go up the blessings will come down and God never fails to bless us.

Our hope comes from God. It is not about being overly optimistic. Instead it is about a belief that stems from our connection with God and that we cannot exist without. When we are filled with the Spirit of God our lives overflow with hope as we live a Christ-like life, fulfilling the will of God. If we profess to have faith, then we have many reasons to live in hope each day.

To be a hopeful person is no meant to insinuate pessimism and weakness. Instead it invigorates strength as we are to trust in God even when our lives are being battered and our hearts and soul shattered. If we are weak we tend to not look on the positive side of things or expect victory because fear and doubt cripples us. But being filled with the Spirit we out our trust in God and allow him to uplift us and fill our hearts with hope. If our life endure battering, with hope in God it cannot destroy or cripple us for as God’s children hope makes us strong.

When we hope in material things we are prone to endure failure or blind walk down the road of destruction. But hope in God will never fail us because he loves us completely. We become joyful beings when we trust in his everlasting love.

When we rejoice in God by trusting in him, even when destruction strikes, we are assured that God will replace our blessings. We will endure struggles in life, but God is always there to turn our situations around and bless us because we are faithful to him. In him is where we will gain prosperity and we are to love him and share this love and he will bless us.

If we focused on worldly things we are bound to be frustrated and disappointed. However, as children of God we are to focus on God and instead of frustration and disappointment we will receive blessings and confidence as gifts from God. Hoping in things of this world lead to a life of worry but hoping in God leads to a life that is fulfilled and relaxed knowing that God never fails us.

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God is always there to guide us, for his guidance is forever
December 13, 2017
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God always want to be apart of our lives even the challenging parts. When we allow him to guide our footsteps and our actions we are less likely to get off track and end up in unfortunate circumstances. The best place for us to be is in the palm of God’s hand and that’s where he wants us. For it is there that we are most safe from all impending danger and is most focused on God’s will for our lives.

When we face dire troubles God will never abandon us. When our life seems to be falling apart he does not retract from our lives. He knows we need him and as such he is always there to help us. He is the one who guides our every step whether we like it or not, whether it brings us joy or not. He never gives up on us, no matter how often we fail. So we must not give up on ourselves. He is our biggest cheerleader and he invites us to grab on to him especially in difficult times. He tells us over and over that he will never forsake us and now it is up to us to believe in him words and act on this belief and step into his open arms.

By following his directions we journey on the right path. Many times this path may seem dark and lonely and we doubt whether to travel it or not. But God gives us his Spirit to leads us so we will not get lost or go the wrong way. God is always directing us and when we stray he sends us guides to bring us back to the right path. He loves us because we are his and he never deserts us. In return we are to be obedient to him and his directions.

God sent us his son as the light to brighten our way so we may see where we are going. Though life will be confusing at times our goal to be disciples of Jesus and children of God remain the same and Jesus provides the footprints for us to follow and keep our goals. Walking with Jesus means remaining in him and in him we have the strength, courage and perseverance to take each step of our journey.

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Seek the Lord for he alone can satisfy your needs
December 13, 2017
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We all seek to be satisfied but many of us are looking in the wrong places. Jesus tells us: seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness for all these will be given to you. Ask and we will be given, seek and we will find, knock and the door will be opened. The Lord is the only one who can satisfy our desires for he is generous and faithful.

We all seek to acquire money, to have more time and to acquire precious possessions but these are all material things and they are limited and have an expiration date. To seek the Lord is a continuous journey and there is no expiration date or limitations on this journey. We are all given the necessary resources and gifts suitable for our individuality and our abilities to connect to God through his Son Jesus Christ.

Riches though they seem glamorous do not make us comfortable or satisfy us completely. Just look at all who are rich, the millionaires and billionaires. These people have problems upon problems and they need to have numerous people to help them control or manage their riches. They are always in debt. Just last week the founder of the Golden Krust Bakery Company committed suicide because he was deep in back taxes. This is a man said to be a billionaire with over 120 bakery outlets. No one is saying to become a pauper. However, we must not be over indulged in riches so much that we forget that being poor in spirit is what brings us into the Kingdom of God. While the rich should help the poor in this world, it is the poor who helps the rich in the world after death.

On the day of judgment Jesus says he will asks us questions which involve: did you clothe me? did you shelter me? did you feed me? and so on, and our answers to these questions will determine if we are a sheep or a goat. The sheep will enter heaven while the goats will not. The 4th century Bishop Ambrose says, “the bosom of the poor, the hours of wisdom, the mouths of children are the barns which last forever.”

Jesus goes on to tell us in the gospels that to be fully satisfied we must store up our treasures in heaven than here on earth. For it is only in heaven where our true treasure lasts. Satisfaction comes from giving generously and we are encouraged to do. God loves a cheerful giver and he rewards those of us who give generously from the heart to help those in need. By being generous we expand our soul while the opposite greed makes it contract.

Everything we have is a gift from God and he encourages us to share our gift with each other. To store up material wealth or possessions controls our appetite and desires and makes us lose focus on the will of God. Loving money and wealth takes away from the love of God and the love of our neighbour.

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR ……. HAPPY VALENTINE

The day is here, Valentine day makes the whole environment looks red. this is probably because of the believe that red signifies love.

my  article today is for the celebrations that is on-going….. celebration of love, valentine’s day.

come to think of it. have you ever ask yourself what love is? because if you don’t know the meaning of love, you might not get the main gist of valentine. let us analyze what love is all about as this will help us enjoy the celebration  the more.

WHAT IS LOVE?

and i will tell you what love is NOT.

i will start by saying:

love is not blind.

love is not arrogant.

love is not selfish.

love is not partial.

love is not greedy.

love is not pompous.

love is not proud.

love is not full of itself.

love is not greedy.

love is not terrorism.

love is not selfish.

LOVE CANNOT DO SOME THINGS, NO MATTER WHAT.

love does not bear false witness.

love does not kill

love does not exposes the partner’s weaknesses

love does not treat others as a second citizen.

love does not fail.

love does not envy.

So back to the question asked earlier, WHAT IS LOVE?

do you know that God is love?

God is the perfect example of love. no God, no Love.

God so much loves us that He didn’t want us to die.

God so much love us that He sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins.

God loves us so much that He erases our evil past deeds.

God loves us so much that He make us new like a new born baby.

God loves us so much that He send His rain upon both the righteous and sinners, could plant vegetation and eat.

God loves us so much that He never withdrew his shinning sun but makes His sun available for both the Good and the bad.

God loves so much that as the prodigal son, He is always expecting us to come back home.

COME BACK HOME. God is waiting for you.

No love Greater than His love for you.

thanks for reading.

Happy Valentine.

 

#bepure

 

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Salvation through Jesus Christ, how many times should you repent.
January 19, 2017
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I was born and raised in a christian family with christian values and these values have guided me in many decisions I have made in life, I admit though, not all of my decisions are influenced by my christian background, rather, it all depends on the situation at the particular moment that I need to make the decision.

Often when I go to church, different churches, right after preaching to the congregation, the pastors ask if there is anyone who has decided to give their life to Jesus Christ, those who have never said the Sinners’ Prayer at all, and they rise up and asked to come up to the pulpit. The pastors go on to ask those who have done so before but feel they had back slid or had gone back to their old sinful ways, to come too to the pulpit so they can accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior AGAIN.

What makes makes you a christian is believing in Jesus Christ and believing that he died on the cross for your sins. That process of accepting Jesus Christ as your personal lord and savior is the one that brings your salvation. According to the bible, believing in Jesus Christ and accepting him as your personal Lord and savior is what earns you the right to be called a child of God, and he is a forgiving God, meaning after the sinners’ prayer all your past sins are forgiven. In the bible it is written “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, so that who ever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”. Jesus also said in the bible, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”, meaning, for God to listen to anything you say to him, you will have to come to him through Jesus Christ, which is something you cannot do if you do not believe in him(Jesus Christ). In light of this I believe it is right to say, you cannot ask for forgiveness from God if you do not believe in Jesus Christ, remember I’m talking from a Christian perspective.

when you become a christian you need to understand one thing, God is a forgiving God and he loves you more than you can even imagine, one fact that proves his love for you is the fact that he sacrificed his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, for your sins. You also need to understand that no sin is bigger than his capability to forgive you. At one time Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven”. What Jesus said here means you have to be able to forgive one person, 490 times in one day, surely no one will ever sin so many times against one person in one day, so basically he was saying you must always forgive, yes, all the time. In respect of all this, surely there is nothing good that a human being can do better than God, no man or woman is able to forgive as much as God. If Jesus Christ himself says you must forgive one person 70 times 7 times, just how many times is God able to forgive you, think about it.

My real issue is on the Pastors who ask those who feel they have backslid to re-repent and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior again and again, that is not right, all that person needs to do is, sincerely and wholeheartedly ask for forgiveness from God in the name of Jesus Christ (through Jesus Christ, his only begotten son who died for those sins), he will forgive. You can only redo the whole process of salvation if you have confessed with your mouth denouncing Jesus Christ, if you did not do that, then all you need is to ask for forgiveness, but you have to mean it, wholeheartedly and sincerely. The fact that you have already accepted him once, means that you have earned the right to be a child of God, and if you sin, all you now need to do is to Go before him through Jesus Christ and ask for forgiveness. Its actually an insult to believe that God will not forgive you. Read your bible and understand it, and its advisable to pray before you read it.

I hope this will help somebody.

S. Mandebvu

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