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Why do I need a relationship with God?

Matthew 7:21–23 (HCSB): 21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven.

22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’

23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’

The reason why we need a relationship with God is because the the life we live as believers is more than just works. When we think of salvation we think of our faith in Jesus, that he paid our sin debt in full in order for us to be saved. But do we still think subconsciously by doing works we deserve to get in. In the passage Jesus address people like this. “On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?” Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’ It’s about the quality not quantity. It’s about the life you live rather than the works you do. In order for us to live the life of a believer we have to have a relationship with God to guide us through the roadblocks of this world. Anyone can do the the works of God but not everyone can live the life Christ lived. God will for us is to be like the son and that will take time but out of that relationship you build with him comes works.

#relationship=works

God bless

When following God takes you on an unusual path

When studying Exodus chapter 5 I was reading how God told Moses to speak to pharaoh about letting his people go. His response was not what Moses expected. Not only he said no but he called the Hebrews very lazy and did not provide straw for them to make bricks. They had to get there own straw and still meet the quota. Word got out that the reason for all of this was because of what Moses said to pharaoh. The people was very upset (understatement) with Moses. Moses went to God and asked Him why did you bring harm to these people? Why did you send me? Sometimes when you know you’re in God’s will things can look eerie but have faith in God.

In my experience; I was called to preach a sermon at my church. Before then I would speak 2 to 5 mins here and there and my voice would be quivering and I would keep my hands in my pocket so people won’t see them shake. I asked God a similar question why do you have me speaking in front of these people? What I’d learned about God is that His plan is bigger than my fear of what the situation looks like. When that day came for me to preach it was the most I’d ever felt relaxed. Words came out smoothly, I didn’t stumble and I wasn’t shaking. I was blessed and I knew it was from God. I say that to say this. It might look like whatever you’re doing is in vain or a mistake but you have to believe that God plans are bigger than what you can see.

God bless

Building a house on the rock

“”Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell-and great was its fall.””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:24-27‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Where’s your foundation? Is it in Jesus or other things or people? Without the foundation the house will collapse and be destroyed. Jesus gave us this foundation to build on and grow our faith which is obedience. Obedience displays our love for God and our dependence upon God. Love and humility is the recipe for obedience. When the Holy Spirit comes in and fills your heart with the love of God your desires change from pleasing yourself to pleasing him. As a Christian you will recognize your need for God in everyday situations. So you put aside your understanding for God’s wisdom. You submit to the teachings of Jesus because you know he has everlasting life. Check your foundation to make sure there’s no cracks or termites eating away underneath. But if it is damage go to Jesus and have a honest conversation. Tell him “my floors about to cave in and I should’ve told you earlier but I thought I could fix it. Help me!” Believe that He is who He say He is and He rewards those who diligently seek Him. 

Be diligent in your patience

​”Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:7 NASB

Be diligent in your patience with God. Whatever you are asking for or whatever you need He knows. He also knows the perfect time to give you what you need. Don’t lose faith in the silence of your prayers but when you ask, ask expectantly. When you seek, seek with a purpose. When you knock, knock with confidence. 
God bless

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FEAR IS A LIAR!

Don’t live in fear. It’s ok to feel nervous but don’t let it turn into doubt that paralyze you (fear). As scary as this might sound; the only way to overcome fear is to face it. Don’t face it alone. Depend on God to guide you to victory in those fears. What is impossible with man is possible with God.

 

God bless everyone

 

 

What can we learn from King Asa

In my study this morning reading 2 chronicles. I came across the story of king Asa, the son of Abijah. When I began to read the story I was thinking to myself. Wow! His heart was after God and not only that but he made sure everyone else was too.(2chr 15:13) Before then Israel was without the true God (v3) they had idols across all the land of Judah and Benjamin. Spirit of God came upon Azariah to prophesy to Asa and as soon as he heard the words he cleaned house(V8). He even move an idolatrous object from his mother Maacah (v16). God bless Asa and gave the Ethiopians into his hands and there was no more war until the thirty fifth year of the reign of Asa. King Asa obeyed and depended on God, he tremble at God’s word. We can all learn from his example to take the word of God serious and to trust God that he protect his children. Sometimes we attend to procrastinate in keeping God’s word like: making disciples, being diligent in our studies, loving others and etc. let us pray that God revamp our faith in him and bless us with a stronger passion than when we first came to Christ. Also we need to rest on God’s promises for us. “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:13‬. “So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?””

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:6‬. We need to humble ourselves not to depend on man or ourselves but God and God alone. And this was the problem in the later days of King Asa. King of Israel went up and against Judah and built Ramah (16:1) and Asa seek help from Ben-hadad King of Syria instead of depending on God. At the end of his years as King Asa had a disease in his feet and did not seek the lord still but a physician(16:12). We can also learn from this example that God desires us to depend on him for help. Whatever we are going through we have to remember that we live by faith not by sight. God’s word is our reality not our fallen perception of life.
God bless!

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