Water run into my hair and trickled down my body. This feeling of warm water flowing over me as I listened to a worship song (singing along as well) was an interesting experience less than an hour ago.
I suddenly got reminded of one “secret” to happy living. Its not really a secret. Its always there but we don`t pay attention to it. If we decide that nothing else matters except the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and doing His will, a feeling of fresh joy, fulfillment and happiness will come right away. If we remember that our life on earth is temporary, we shall not put emphasis on what earthly life has to offer. Suddenly the realization will come that our energy should be focused on fulfilling the will of God, rather than trying on our own to find solutions to the many challenges we face on earth. Please read 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18.
When we reach this point in life, that nothing on earth matters besides living for Jesus, all the problems we face will be lower than us so that we over come and conquer them with ease. Then we shall ask ourselves why we had not yet realized this “secret” that was always before us.
Dear God, My prayer today is not for you to increase my material possessions or physical prosperity. No, its not for me to be promoted at work nor is it for me to gain the highest academic achievements. My prayer today is not for my family to become rich or for my relatives to become famous. I am not praying for an expensive car or for a mansion. I know that peace is not about what we have. Some things money just can`t buy . Those things that can`t perish nor can thieves steal. Joy and love do not require fat bank accounts for one to get them, neither does gold and silver guarantee happiness. The brevity of earthly life is indication to the wise that we should focus on what assures us of eternal happiness, yet many times our desire for immediate gratification clouds our judgement and discernment of right from wrong. I pray today that you grant me the favour to know you and our Lord Jesus. I pray that your spirit shall guide each and everything I do. I pray that seeking you and doing your will shall be my source of joy and happiness. I pray the same for my family, relatives , friends and all human kind. In Jesus` name I pray Amen
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True believers come to understand that we as humans have many plans but what prevails is the purpose of the Lord ( Rd Prov 19:21). Many times we wonder why we haven`t yet received answers to our prayers. Some times certain peoples` relationship with God is negatively affected by prevailing circumstances; where by their love for God is conditional, depending on their acquisition of material things. Our life on earth is so limited that if you are really a believer, you cannot trade eternal happiness with momentary enjoyment. The Bible urges us to set our minds on things above rather than earthly things (Colossians 3:2). With this knowledge you will not be affected by the negative attributes of comparing oneself to others such as jealousy, covetousness and so on.
I hope and pray that all of you are enjoying your new year. A moment ago while I was meditating, I had a sudden thought which was like a curtain being taken away from my face. What came to my mind is not new but it`s a different way of thinking from the world`s – that’s why am calling it the other perspective. Many people struggle with unforgiveness. We`ve heard many sermons about forgiveness which is the focus of today`s other perspective. Sometimes we even think that we`ve already forgiven someone, only discovering later that we have never done so, when a certain situation in relation to that person presents it self.
Am using the word curtain figuratively to mean what the devil does to people`s minds and lives. Many people have not yet managed to tear that curtain in front of them to have a chance of looking back at their lives and see the truth. It`s so relieving to see the truth but the enemy doesn`t want us to. Unforgiveness hurts you more than it does the unforgiven person. The peace that follows true forgiveness is so good that its difficult to describe; it`s better to experience it your self. 2 Corinthians 4:4 talks about the god of this age blinding the minds of unbelievers so that they can`t see the light of the gospel displaying Christ`s glory ( Please look up this vs and read on). When that curtain is removed or torn you will see the truth. One way to achieve this is through prayer and fasting and seeking God with a sincere heart.
Mathew 6:14 conveys a message implying that if one forgives other people, he or she will also be forgiven by God. But if they don`t forgive others, they will also not be forgiven. Forgiveness removes the torment of unforgiveness and brings about true happiness. Just go for it and you will experience what I am talking about.
When you feel like exhausted and wanting to give up, just know that your turn is coming.
When you see friends seemingly happy but you have alot of misery, don`t despair, just know your turn is coming.
When the pain, whether emotional or physical becomes unbearable; please don`t give up , your turn is coming.
When nothing you do seems to yield fruit; continue with diligence knowing your turn is coming.
When you feel like your prayer is taking long to be answered, remember Luke 18:7, God will not keep putting off His chosen ones who cry out to Him day and night.
Years back at a friend`s wedding, one of the speakers said that whats important in marriage is not how compatible spouses are , but how they handle the differences between them. Many young christians rightfully spend long periods of time in courtship in order to learn each other. Many have been told that it helps to know the character of the person you are marrying, which is true. Much as this is important, after marriage many are surprised by how much they don`t know of the other person despite the long period of courtship. This is when compromise comes into play.
The willingness to give up some one`s happiness for the sake of the spouse or the relationship requires grace from God. Co existence between two individuals is only possible with agreement and this requires compromise. Amos 3:3 asks whether two can walk together unless they agree. Despite both being born again christians, spouses usually come from different upbringings, professions, tribes , cultures, etc all of which shape people differently. It`s good to understand that what tastes good to you may not be liked by your husband or the fact that your mum is a good story-teller doesn’t mean all women can tell stories…etc. Compromise makes marriages last ..till death separates the husband from the wife.