Go and discover yourself

We need to learn these things;Renovation of people,idea,jobs,beliefs & habits. Reassessment and revision is very important in ourselves. You just can’t live in a mediocre life. You just can’t live in this world without change. Don’t wake up every morning to have same goal everyday. Do not live with the same life and people way back three years. We may live in a monotonous life however we can be creative with it or remove the fears that holding us to move. Let us not fear and start to challenge ourselves. Go remove all the negative people, quit the job that made you stagnant, discover yourself by doing more adventures, read more books for new perspective and self improvements. Throw yourself into the wilderness. Try new habits that will make you healthier and productive. Change schedules and discover the days. Relearn, & find new ways to nurture yourself for you to grow. Make some back of plans and other strategies, find out what suits you

Steroetypes of Embracing Religion instead Sincere Relationship with Christ ( Religious vs. Christ-like)

God Wants to Give You Life, Not Legalism
These are stereotypes, but they represent people who have abandoned their relationship with Jesus to instead embrace a religion. But Jesus says, “I have come that you might have life [not religion] and have it to the fullest!”

Some people wrongly think following Jesus means they have to become judgmental and legalistic. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus came to give us a rich and satisfying life: “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (John 10:10 MSG)




It is Satan who wants to “steal and kill and destroy” your freedom and your joy.
Often well-meaning and misguided people can cause us to avoid God because of their fanaticism. Here are the types of religious fanatics I’ve observed over the years:

Freddy the Pharisee: Rigid, narrow-minded, and legalistic, he has a rule for everything. His favorite word is “don’t.” And it’s only natural for some people to fear they may become just like that if they become a Christian. But Jesus called people like Freddy the Pharisee “blind guides,” saying, “You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel!” (Matthew 23:24 NLT, second edition)



Susie Self-righteous: With a holier-than-thou attitude and judgmental of others, her favorite phrase is, “Thank God I’m not like you!” Jesus told the story of two men praying, one self-righteous and one humbled by his failures: “I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 18:14).



Billy Bible-thumper:He’s an obnoxious and overzealous crusader. His favorite phrase is “Turn or burn!” Yet God’s plan for bringing us home to him is full of love, grace, and sacrifice: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

Pauline Praise-eluia: She can’t speak without religious clichés. Everything is a miracle or the Devil did it. She’s put her brain on the shelf. But God doesn’t want you to stop thinking when you become a Christian; in fact, he wants to give you the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
-from 40 days of love rickwarren.org

Meddlers

 

2 Thessalonians 3:11 New International Version (NIV)

11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies 

  • while mothers-in-law have reputation for being prime meddlers, they have not cornered the market on this vice.
  • Men, relatives, co-workers and well meaning friends are also prone to prying from time to time. 
  • Unlike gossips, meddlers usually seek personal information directly from their subjects.
  • In all fairness, not everyone who makes inquiries is meddling. Many are sincerely interested in helping others.
  • Whether you are genuinely concerned or just plain curious, be especially careful to avoid probing.
  • It is best to wait for someone to volunteer detailed information about his personal health.
  • if you are prone to natural curiosity, you must make a special effort to keep you inquisitiveness. within the bound of what is socially and spiritually appropriate.
  • In some situation you may have no intentions of prying, however you may still run the risk of your inquisitiveness offending others.
  • He/she was not a child and could manage her affair just fine.
  • Even if you feel you have earned the right to stick your nose into the situation , walk softly. You might want to pray about it first and leave the matter to God. He is always better at influencing circumstances than we are.
  •  Do I have a sincere, unselfish motive for prying into this matter, or am I attempting to control thing for my desired objectives?

Proverbs 26:17New King James Version (NKJV)

17 He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own
Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.

1 Peter 4:15-16New Living Translation (NLT)

15 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. 16 But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!

Someone once said that one reason why people who mind their won business are succsessful is that they have so little competition.

 

 

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BIG & small

Matthew 20:16New International Version (NIV)

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

  • We may need to grow more in generosity and freedom from our need for money, in which case financial doors may close.
  • We may need to grow in humility, in which case grandiose wish. Fulfillment doors will be closed.
  • We may need to grow in our ability to delay gratification, in which case the ” Right now” door may be closed.
  • We may need to grow in  our ability to love our enemies or even our more prickly friends, in which case the “Lord change him” door may be closed. 
  • Many doors that look large to us are small to God and many doors that look small to us are very large to him.
  • In God’s Kingdom , small is the new big. In God’s Kingdom , the way up is down and the way to living is dying.
  • So we are called to never despair, no matter how small our lives look or how many doors that we desperately wanted to go through appear to have closed. 

Learning Jonah’s Way

Jonah 4:2-3New International Version (NIV)

He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

 

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Jonah knew God is gracious and compassionate. God wants to bring salvation of the Great City of Nineveh! Nineveh was the Capital City of Assyria; the city full of wickedness. Though Jonah was running away, his thoughts are little far more than the thoughts and ways of God. He was afraid that the Land might destroy him and our God. He considered Nineveh as the enemy not worthy to be saved or impossible to change. However God has a great heart because it turns out God has a great heart for the Great City. Jonah is quoting here the famous confession of God’s identity in the history of Israel, when God revealed himself to Moses on Mount Sinai. God’s love manifests itself in his accessibility to all, regardless of our reputation, nationality and race. His Grace doesn’t reach only to Israelites but to everyone.

Additional Facts:

  • Jonah is really ” the patron saint of refused calling”
  • He calls, then one called resist for one reason or another and then there is a decision.
  • Bible is God’s Story.
  • Nineveh was the capital of Assyria. Assyria was the great world power. ” The City of Blood” as per Nahum.
  • Tarshish had a great wealth. It was pioneer in trade commerce over the sea was kind of like new technology and making some people rich.
  • He converted the sailors ” Mass Gentile conversion” Pagan boat becomes a place of worship.
  • Jonah was inside the fist for 3 days and 3 nights.
  • Priest- served in the temple , offered sacrifices , they led worship
  • Prophet- A reformer, activist- kind of trouble maker pricking people’s conscience.

Jonah 4:10-11(NIV)

10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

 

“GOD IS GOD OF THE OPE DOORS…

“He opens doors all around, boundless opportunities to contribute to humanity in ways large and small, to make our lives count for eternity….”

AFTER A LITTLE WHILE


Living Faith is when we believe even if we do not see. The great testing of our faith is trusting him in the ambiguity of life. Long before he said in John 16:16-19 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” The world will rejoice while we suffer through hardships, challenges and difficulties. We asked God in our prayers ” whhhy jesus why? Then After a little while we will see the Lord of host! Pouring goodness, love and mercies. We grieve but soon it will turn to joy. We will no longer ask because we are joyful in spirit. To him we trust
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