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WHAT PART DOES FAITH PLAY IN LIVING A HOLY LIFE?

Hello there. How have you been in this first month of 2019? I hope you are doing well. Let me say, Happy New Year! 🙂 This is my first blog of the year and I am excited. It has been a minute since I had a blog up but I plan to write more on diverse topics this year.

I do hope that you’ve set clear goals for this year and clear timelines to achieve these goals. Creativity involves two processes: Thinking then Producing. You have to visualize first what you desire to attain then work towards it. I do wish you all the best in that. On my part, I plan to engage more in films, photography and design this year. Do follow my work and inspiration on social media.

Now on to the core of this blog…a few months back as I was meditating during one of my devotions, a question popped up in my stream of thoughts: “What part does faith play in living a holy life?” This was after my evaluation of a profound change in how the Lord had helped me overcome a few addictions that had troubled me for such a long time. Sometimes when one is faced with failure after failure, there is a temptation to take the easy way out. I am here to encourage you to keep walking straight on. Don’t give in. Don’t give up.

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I do enjoy action and hero based movies. The scenes are pretty much along the same story lines. Victory is assured when you set your strongest champion at the forefront of the fight. Now victory over sin is complete when you allow Jesus Christ our ultimate savior to take the lead. 1 Corinthians 15:57 exclaims “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Only in Christ do we enjoy victory and strength to accomplish all expectations set for us. Christ has already won so we don’t need to fight and win a new battle. We only need to connect to the victory grace flowing from Him and apply it in our own lives.

What you encounter is determined by what you carry. When you carry Christ in your being, then all you will encounter is victory and whatever challenge you face will only be setting the stage to much greater victory. I believe the answer to my question on the role of faith is contained in one word – SURRENDER. You live a victorious life when you live a life surrendered to Christ and His ways. Faith keeps you focused and surrendered on the grace of God to carry you through rather than being dependent on your own strength.

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The definition of faith as given in Hebrews is: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV). The Bible is not short on detailed encounters on how different people have experienced God, heard from him or even seen Him/a part of Him (in the case of Moses seeing God’s back). It all started with them possessing faith; Unshakable confidence in the realness of an omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God. However, the greatest of these men and women had more than faith, they had developed trust. The difference between faith and trust is a ‘relationship’. Trust is to have confidence in somebody. Trust is thus formed based on a working relationship with a particular person. Oswald Chambers said “The root of faith is the knowledge of a Person.” Trust takes it a step further from just having the knowledge of a person to actually meeting them, talking to them and sharing life experiences with them.

Salvation was not meant to be ‘boring’ or restricting in the enjoyment of God given life. Salvation is a source of freedom and the life after is meant to usher and lead you to the source of that salvation – God. It is in the presence of God that one finds ultimate joy. “When you are rightly related to God, it is a life of freedom and liberty and delight, you are God’s will and all your commonsense decisions are His will for you unless He checks.” – Oswald Chambers.

My parting shot will be to urge to value your gift of salvation and honor it. Don’t follow God by feelings. God can only lift you when you express faith in him. He requires to see your dependence on him just like a toddler is depend on the father to lift him/her even when they fall. Honor your prayer time and use it to develop a greater relationship with God. May you walk a victorious life! Until the next piece, feel free to leave a comment below or share this blog with someone. Shalom.

Do not worry

WORRY NOT

A beautiful sight

It was a pleasant sight. My gaze was fixed, unfaltering as I watched them. Legs crossed and seated on the bed, looking through the window at the little birds playing in the light showers that came after the heavy rain earlier. The excited chirps filled the chilly air with lightness as they jumped into water puddles, ruffled their feathers and flew away. It was a good distraction for me. God’s small creation always amazes me in big ways.

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This passage resounded in that moment. When you’ve had a busy week but feel like you got nothing done and dreams that brought joy are a pain when you have been chasing them for so long without fulfillment…sigh. Anyway, that was the moment I was in and when I was reminded of this verse I could not come to terms with it. Maybe I have been staring at my problems for too long instead of focusing on Christ. I pray that God will make this word solid in my daily life.

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Let go of worry

George Burns, American actor and humourist said, “If you ask, ‘What is the most important key to longevity?’ I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” Burns, who lived to be 100, enjoyed making people laugh and apparently followed his own advice.

Many a times we are consumed with the worry of when will I buy this or that,  school completion, work and we drive ourselves crazy with nonconstructive thoughts. Worry does not add anything to us, as a matter of fact it takes away our confidence. In the passage above Christ is calling us to a place of surrendering our anxiety and worry and taking on His peace. A place of trusting Him as the shepherd and provider of our lives.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6‭-‬7 NIV) Instead of being consumed by anxiety and worry, we are set free to enjoy God’s love for us and express it to each other.

“God is my father, I will never think of anything that He will forget, so why should I worry?” – Oswald Chambers

We are called to LIVE! There is so much more to life than achieving milestones that the world declares to be important. A change of perspective is necessary in living a faith filled life. Rejoice in the little things. Engage in activities that make you happy. Start off the week by placing your trust in Christ and throw out the shreds of worry that threaten you daily.

 

Video of the week

Enjoy the video below. Have a blessed week.

🎵 So long bye bye. Goodbye to my pain and my sorrow! 🎵