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Colossians 2-4; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:12

So these scriptures give us practical instructions for daily Christian living. I have found that a lot of the different areas Christians have challenges are covered by these scriptures and if only they can submit to God’s word not only will they shine the light for the world to see but they will also enjoy their Christian walk too.

Colossians 2:6‭-‬7 NKJV admonishes us to by saying
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” …this scripture is so clear and needs no explanation and should be taken literally. We need to walk in the word, take action on the things we have learnt from His word as we have been established in every area of our lives through His word…the answers are in the bible, not in a motivational speaker, or on TV, or from some celebrity..we need to remember we are privileged as Children of God an possess enlightenment and wisdom for all situations through His word and The Holy Spirit in us who is our Teacher

Colossians 2:6‭, & Colossians 2:‬8 NKJV the word says:
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,” “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” ….so here once again we are encouraged to walk in the word of God, Jesus whom we have received by reading His word ourselves so we can spot false doctrines and false prophets. Especially now in this day and age, you need to read the word yourself and not depend on anyone. When you read the word yourself and you hear a sermon that doesn’t align with the word, no matter how “anionted” the pastor is, run a mile as the word is the final authority not a pastor who may actually miss it or make a mistake as they are all still men and women and are not perfect. Also bear in mind there are those also out to deceive God’s elect for their own selfish gains.

Colossians 2:9‭-‬10 NKJV states
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” So with that confidence that God is our source, part of God’s DNA is in us, we have good genes and we are seated in heavenly places to rule with His power over all situations, challenges, impossibilities that come our way..which is why one of my favourite scriptures is “I can do ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST who strengthens me” Hallelujah🎊🎉🥳 Glory to God!!!

Colossians 2:12‭-‬15 NKJV gives us more assurance by saying:
“buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” …our past died with Christ who died for us nailing all handwriting of requirements or judgment against us to the cross and we are resurrected with Him to a new life of conquest and victory over principalities and powers who He disarmed when He died on the cross and resurrected on the third day. We are at a position of advantage…so walk with you shoulders square and your head up for your confidence is in God not in your own abilities or in any man.

Colossians 3:1‭-‬4 NKJV helps to focus us on what matters most which is “things above” where Christ is for we are now dead to the world and our lives are hidden in Him. This is why in the remaining verses we are instructed to put to death fleshy desires like fornication, adultery, malice, wrath, filthy language and other sins the world sees as normal but we are encouraged to put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another. These should cut across every area of our lives including our marriage!!

We are therefore encouraged again in Colossians 3: 16-17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another” which is exactly what we do on this website through all the blogs we post.

Then in Colossians 3:18‭-‬21 NKJV we are given practical instructions for marriage in terms of submission and love between husband and wife…it also touches on relationships between parents and their children.

1Thessalonians 1 – emphasises a demonstration of God’s power in signs and wonders through the Holy Spirit not just in word…the Holy Spirit is our personal Helper and it is through Him we can and will live our Christian life to Full capacity if we depend on Him.

I must stop here as this is probably one of my longest blogs but I believe God you have been blessed like I have been while writing it

God bless you…

In Christ’s love

BM

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Luke 14:12-16:31

In this blog I will touch on some of the parables Jesus shared and how they can impact us if we take away the lesson He expects us to learn from His illustrations

In Luke 14: 12-14, we learn from Jesus in this parable teaching about reaching out and showing love to the poor and disadvantaged who would not be able to repay. His emphasis was on not showing love because of a reward from the person you are showing it to, He then comes with the assurance that the Lord will repay us at the resurrection if we demonstrate this type of love

Moving on to the parable of the great banquet in Luke 14: 15-23 I believe Jesus was telling his disciples that if those who are privileged to have been invited to the master’s banquet do not appreciate it, the underprivileged and others who appreciate it will be counted worthy and given a place at the master’s table to dine with Him

Jesus in Luke 14:16-33 in parables once again illustrates to the people the sacrifice and cost of following Him. He does this so well by laying emphasises on counting the cost as a prerequisite before making a decision to follow Him as that helps to prepare one’s mind before making that decision

In Luke 15 Jesus uses parables to expose the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and teachers of the law who criticised him for His act of love towards sinners.

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Lamentations 1:1-3:51

The opening of Lamentations 1 really makes me want to sigh!! It paints a picture of loss, a picture of nation and a people fallen from glory…”she who was once a Queen among the provinces has now become a slave” …”how deserted lies a city once so full of people”…the bleak picture of the state of Judah goes on and on in Lamentations 1″ after affliction and hard labour Judah has gone into exile”…”the roads to zion mourn”…….”all her gateways are desolate, her priest groan, her young women grieve and she is in bitter anguish”!!

One may wonder..where is God when all this disppear and devastation is happening to His people, His chosen ones!! Why can’t He stop it from happening?

The answer to the question above is in Lamentations 1:5b “…The Lord has brought her grief because of her many sins” The Lord Himself is the one who has allowed all this devastation to afflict His people because of their “many sins” not just one sin but “many sins” I will pause here to draw a lesson from this. God has the capacity to inflict with evil if necessary but even what others may percieve as evil comes from a heart of love with a good motive…afterall if He is Almighty He can do all things and here He felt His children needed affliction as the right punishment for their “many sins” probably after warning them time and time again and again..a bit like a father who disciplines his children..now that discipline may look “evil” in the eyes of outsiders or even the child in question but a father who has his child’s best interest knows what he is doing.

God needs to help us see the result of the “many sins” of His children… so in Lamentations 1: 6 “All the splendour has departed from daughter Zion…” …”In the days of her affliction and wandering Jerusalem remembers all the treasures that were hers in days of old. When her people fell into enemy hands, there was no one to help her. Her enemies looked at her and laughed at her destruction.” now that must have felt very painful

In Lamentations 1:8 we see the gravity of what God’s people did that warranted Him punishing them…here the Bible says “Jerusalem has sinned greatly and so has become unclean”

In Lamentations 2 there is an even more vivid description of how God vented His anger on his people because of their rebellion and sin

So in Lamentations 2:18‭-‬19 (NIV) the children of Judah cry to the Lord ” The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord. You walls of Daughter Zion, let your tears flow like a river day and night; give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest. Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at every street corner.”

God is truly merciful so in Lamentations 3:22-26 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:31 “For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.”

So from this example in scripture we know our Father’s heart and that there is hope for a truly repentant child of God who pours out his/her heart to a loving father, a father who demonstrated His love by sacrificing His only son. Indeed “no one is cast off by the Lord forever” if we come to Him bringing fruits of repentant and acts of repentance.

May we be wise enough to live a life pleasing to God and not to be engulfed in “many sins” ignoring God’s warnings and incurring His wrath in Jesus name🙏🏽

In Christ

BM

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Isaiah 9:13-13:16

We see the leaders of the children of Israel time and time again causing them to stray away from God and partake in the sins of the nations around them. So in Isaiah 9:15 God knowing the major source of his children’s sin says “Respected and honored leaders are the head. Prophets who teach lies are the tail.” This invoked God’s wrath in Isaiah 9:17 (GW) when He says : “That is why the Lord isn’t happy with their young men, nor will he show compassion for their orphans and widows. Every one of them is a godless evildoer, and every mouth speaks foolishness. Even after all this, his anger will not disappear, and he is still ready to use his power.”

They streched God’s patience and took advantage of God’s grace until their cup was full and God decided to punish them for all their sins like a father chastised his children.

What also made God angry about His children here is that not only were they attacking and fighting each other as we can see in Isaiah 9:21 (GW) “Manasseh is against Ephraim. Ephraim is against Manasseh. Together they attack Judah…….” They also “…. deprive the poor of justice. They take away the rights of the needy among my people. They prey on widows and rob orphans.”
Isaiah 10:2 (GW)
So God uses Assyria in Isaiah 10:5 (GW) to punish Israel for its sins “….It is the rod of my anger. My fury is the staff in the Assyrians’ hands.”

What do we learn from all this? Why is it recorded in scripture? The simple answer is so that we as children of God learn from the children of Israel and not open ourselves up to God’s wrath by sinning against Him. The scriptures I have quoted above also confirms that God will hold responsible any leader in the church that causes children of God to sin by leading them astray!!

Regarding Israel, Assyria had a specific task given to them by God and it was to go “against the people to take their belongings, loot them, and trample on them like mud in the streets.”- Isaiah 10:6 (GW) but instead of following God’s plan, Assyria invoke God’s anger too because they had an ulterior motive to “…destroy and put an end to many nations.” – Isaiah 10:7 (GW) So God decided “When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, he will punish the king of Assyria for all his boasting and all his arrogance.” Isaiah 10:12 GW

God hates arrogance and will punish anyone who comes with an ulterior motive here forgetting that God is using them like the Assyrians here…so as a modern day example if a child of God had sinned against God and was being chastised by God through that child of God’s manager at work but the manager then decides to be heartless and had an ulterior motive when disciplining that child of God for something he/she did wrong in their job, God will also punish that manager for having an hidden agenda that is contrary to His plan

In the mist of God’s chastisement of Israel, there is still hope in Isaiah 10:24‭-‬25 (GW) “The Almighty Lord of Armies says: My people who live in Zion, don’t be afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with a rod or when they raise their staff against you as the Egyptians did. Very soon I will unleash my fury, and my anger will destroy them.”

Yet there is hope for Israel and there is hope for us His children today for His word says” Then a shoot will come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from its roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of advice and power, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. He will gladly bear the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what his eyes see or decide by what his ears hear. He will judge the poor justly. He will make fair decisions for the humble people on earth. He will strike the earth with a rod from his mouth. He will kill the wicked with the breath from his lips.” Isaiah 11:1‭-‬4 (GW) Glory!! Hallelujah!!

Why is there hope? Its because “At that time the Lord will use his power again to recover what remains of his people in Assyria, Upper and Lower Egypt, Sudan, Elam, Babylonia, Hamath, and the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations ⌞to gather around⌟. He will gather the outcasts of Israel and bring together the scattered people of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” – Isaiah 11:11‭-‬12(GW)

Rejoicing returns to the camp of His children because of God’s mercy and now they can say “….I will praise you, O Lord. Although you had been angry with me, you turned your anger away from me, and you comforted me. Look! God is my Savior. I am confident and unafraid, because the Lord is my strength and my song. He is my Savior.”Isaiah 12:1‭-‬2 (GW)

We learn from these scripture as Children of God not to stray away from God, neither should we as leaders in the different capacities we find ourselves in His house, lead those who we are responsible for astray. For the Lord will chastise both leaders and the pew who stray away from Him but if they repent He is ever so merciful to forgive for Jesus has paid the price for our sins…Hallelujah!!

In Christ

BM

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Job 36:1-39:12

We all know of the story of Job and how God allowed Satan to attack him causing Job to lose all his family, health, possession and wealth.

In Job 36 one of Job’s friends called Elihu was trying to comfort Job and after talking about God’s splendour and majesty ends with implying in Job 37:13 that God may be punishing him for what he has done wrong “He makes these things happen either to punish people or to show his unfailing love.”

This is the mistake people make when consoling people going through hardship by implying its their sin that maybe the source of the challenges they may be facing. In this case Elihu was wrong because the Bible clearly stated Job was a righteous man and God boasted about his righteousness to the devil.

From Job 38:1 – 39:16 God Himself responds to Job and talks about things He does as the Sovereign Almighty God which radiate His splendour and absolute power. I believe what God is implying here is that we must respect Him as absolute Sovereign who can do whatever He choses and what happened to Job was allowed by God in that capacity.

The lesson to learn from this scripture is no matter what we go through wether good or bad we must remember that our Sovereign Lord is always in control even when things don’t make sense which is why he says in Romans 8:38(KJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” So we must learn to trust Him through the pain and disappointments as our Sovereign Lord whose creative capabilities means He can create something beautiful out of difficult and ugly situations that we may be going through. Hallelujah!! Glory to God!!

In Him

BM

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