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Sunday, 21 May 2017

BLOGGER TEAM - SARAH - CHARACTER

As you may have heard/felt you are part of the Chosen Generation, living  amongst a generation of some people that do not even know that they have an amazing resource at their disposal; the Word of God. 

The Word of God sets the standard that Children of God should live by and incorporate into our daily lifestyle whilst on earth, the reason being is to take us from average (like everyone else) to above average (set apart), which is it what God wants to do in our lives. God wants you to be set apart from the rest, he always wants to take us to the next level; however we may not reach our full potential due to our character, or rather, lack of Godly character 

You have to start from somewhere, so let’s begin by building. Building Godly character is something that should be a constant in our Christian walk, it’s not an easy task especially as we are frequently bombarded with information, daily ‘stresses’,  procrastination ect but despite all of this we have to make that conscious effort to uphold such character in the midst of all things.  

The bible has an array of scriptures that show us exactly what Godly character is, in particular Galatians 5 22:23, which focuses on the Fruits of the Spirit. To summarise this scripture the Fruits of the Spirit are physical attributes that we should strive to constantly live by in order to uphold Godly character; it is basically an outline of what makes a Christian stand out in the world and show others how a true transformation can occur once saved. 
Remember, it is not a case of picking one fruit over the other, every single fruit should be explored in our lives. The nine fruits are: 
  1. Love 
  1. Joy 
  1. Peace 
  1. Patience 
  1. Kindness 
  1. Goodness 
  1. Faithfulness 
  1. Humility 
  1. Self-control 

As stated earlier, all of these attributes are known to be one whole fruit broken down into sections, much like an orange. Taken in as a whole fruit, these attributes will guide you to develop a new life with Jesus Christ and to begin the process of Him transforming you from ordinary to extra-ordinary. 
God can only do so much which is why I can’t stress enough that this should be a constant conscious effort to maintain every day. This all begins with discipline. If you really think about it being disciplined with the small things that God has asked you to do, will take you to the next level He has planned for your life; praying, paying that off debt, starting that ministry, forgiving, cleaning out your wardrobe/house, applying for jobs, exploring your crafts/skills, loving others, positive thinking, generating income from God inspired ideas, keeping healthy, giving to those in need, reaching out to a loved one, the list is endless! These simple tasks all go back to the Fruits of the Spirit, let me give you a few examples: 
  • Keeping fit and healthy goes hand in hand with Self control- maintaining eating habits and working out 
  • Paying off a debt goes hand in hand with Patience- paying off a debt could take weeks or even years to finish 
  • Praying- goes hand in hand with Faithfulness- being able to remain faithful in the midst of hardships 


You can now see how important it is to ensure the Fruits are embedded in your every lives, I urge you to be honest with yourself and maintain the discipline you need to develop these. 
Although these things may be seem insignificant, you know that God is all seeing and all knowing- that should give you the push to start building your Godly Character and maintaining this in every circumstance you find yourself in. 

Start building with God and study His word! 
                                                              Evaluate. Pray. Surrender  

Sunday, 5 March 2017

BLOGGER TEAM - DAVID - THE TORN VEIL

Hey guys, hope you are all blessed. So, I was fortunate to go to a church service in Leicester recently. The message was so powerful and it ministered to me deep. During the service, I was just reminded on how I am privileged to be a Christian and the sacrifice Christ made for me (and you). If I were to give this message a title, I would call it 'The Torn Veil' and I hope that this will allow you to also look back and thank God for the privilege of being able to have intimacy with Him.

So, I got the term 'torn veil' from the story of Jesus' crucifixion in Matthew 27. The scripture reads:


“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.” Matthew 27:50-51


From this, we understand that as Jesus gave up himself as a sacrifice for us, the earth was moved and the veil of the temple (the torn veil) split in two. The temple that this scripture is referring to is the tabernacle.


The tabernacle was simply a temple made in the biblical days in order to meet with God. The Hebrew people saw this place as their meeting point with the Lord. Hebrews 9 looks more into this and we understand that the tabernacle had different areas/zones that only a certain people could enter. The specific area that I wish to highlight here is the 'Holy of Holies' or the 'Holiest of All'. This part is where only the high priest could enter and perform sacrifices unto God. To distinctively set this area apart from the rest of the tabernacle, a veil was used to create the divide.


Nowadays we can enter the church building/setting with confidence, but the tabernacle was so sacred that according to Hebrew tradition, it was possible for you to die if you performed rituals wrong in the tabernacle or if you entered knowing that you were not the high priest. The bible mentions that bells were attached to those who entered the temple. One of the uses of this was to indicate whether the person within the Holy of Holies was still alive (literally). A rope was usually attached to the priest’s foot so in case he did pass, those outside could drag the body out of the temple. And although this appears very extreme, note that the people in those days respected and valued the presence of God more than ourselves in this generation. And I know yes, back then it was religion but now it's relationship, but even in our relationship with God, do we value His presence enough?


The whole reason as to why I went through the whole tabernacle description was so that you understood what I meant by being privileged to be Christian. Because Jesus gave his life for us, the veil was torn in two, meaning that we now obtain DIRECT access to the Father. No longer must we seek a pastor or priest to meet with God on our behalf but right now, where you are now reading this, you can commune with God. The veil was torn for you, understand how precious you are to the Father, that now you can seek him more intimately. And that is the torn veil for you guys. I hope this blessed you and caused some sort of change in your heart. God bless.