Come, we are filled [with] loves till the morning, We delight ourselves in loves. (source)
Come, we are filled [with] loves till the morning, We delight ourselves in loves. (source)
Imagine a life without a mirror, would you know what your face looked like? No! maybe partially because you would probably be able to see your face or looks on other surfaces other than the conventional mirror we have today. Maybe on the surface of murky waters in the bright sunshine of the day, or maybe on a glass somewhere in the CBD as you go about your business of the day, or maybe even on the screen right on your phone/laptop, when the LCD is off-but without any of these mirror objects that show you your appearance, you would not have a clue of who you are. The mirror has helped you to always remember what you looked like today compared to yesterday. One thing I bet is that you now look different. If not, then maybe u are one of the exceptions and you are somewhat unique and special.
In the previous post I said you are one ambitious child. In it I wrote about greatness and how to be great, by taking from a principle I took from the bible verse in Mathew 20:20-33. Jesus taught that you have to serve many to be great but “how exactly do you serve?” Is the question of the day. There is one principle that I want you to adopt for 2015 and your life beyond, until you die. If you take this and use it, I can guarantee that you will be great, and at least have an impact on someone in your circles at least. That is greatness, impacting someone other than yourself. We often think that being great is being like the big, high-flying rich guy or leader of a nation, or sports star, or most talented. How wrong! If it were so then the world would be lopsided. Why? because there has to be a balance. Not all of us would be big otherwise there would be no one to cater for the seemingly small needs. Some cater for great needs and others cater for seemingly small needs in a great way. No doubt if they did it at a large-scale they would end up being great. Life is progressive, you are born and you grow from small to tall, and at some point you become old and big. That’s the balance of nature. That is why they are big and seemingly small people in the world. But they aren’t, they are just serving a small need in a great way. Forgive my redundant wording!
As I share with you the principle, I want you to start thinking of where you actually fall in this chain. Believe you me, I saw this in the spirit of God in me, I had to share it with you. It has divine blessing if you apply it as it is and I’m very sure you won’t miss the mark.
Jesus brother James, wrote something in His divinely inspired book of the bible, the Book of James, and this something is about ‘doing’. Right now you hear when you read, but there is something that you must do to complete the balance of nature. It must have run in the family somewhere because Jesus Christ was great, and so was His brother James because here he wrote:
“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:21-27 (New King James Version bible)
After learning you have to do! You learn the theory then you do it. If you accepted the principle in the previous post, ‘one ambitious child’, the principle to serve others to be great. You may as well take this one on board and apply and serve many in your life. In order to serve many people you have to do what you learn here or elsewhere. This is what will get you to a point of greatness. Meeting someone else need that is other than yourself. Be a doer of God’s word and you undeniably earn back what you have done to others and for others. Do the principle of greatness or ambition, serve others. That is what you should be doing by now, if you read the previous post.
If you don’t apply what you learn, you will not be great, you will not meet someone else need which is other than yours. You will have failed because if you do not do nothing will happen. Doing is inherent. Each one of us, have helped someone at some point in their life. At may seem small what you did, but in heaven God sees it and says you have done great.
When It comes to the implanted word of God, you will be great if you did. You read it above, now what is left is to do what it says. To be great you have to serve and serve you have to do.
Great people only serve a small need on a wide scale, that is why they are great. Jesus Christ was great because He served the smallest needs of the people on a wide scale. By dying for us and forgiving our sins, each individual had a seemingly small need, to be forgiven of his/her sins. Imagine each individual, in the world and the number of sins they carried and the number of sins we carry today. Jesus paid a price for them. In the previous post I said, greatness comes at a price. Jesus Christ paid that price.
Rich people are great because they saw the small need and served it by creating something and then using it to serve the need of many people, businesses are great because of that too. Talented individuals show their talent for many to enjoy, that is why they are great stars. Countries that are great, are great because of this principle of helping many other countries, or the population of their own land. So hear me, take that small need that you always complain about and do what you learnt to solve it but do it with the heart of serving, paying the ransom for many, as Jesus Christ did. Law and behold, you will be great as you impact more and more people. The numbers will eventually increase with time.
This is how you do great things ambitious child, you do! By applying the word of God this way into your everyday life, you automatically become great in heaven too. By not doing, there will be no greatness on earth and neither in heaven. No one will be impacted by this word you just learns. Even worse, you will forget what God requires of you.
My next post is about doing by faith. You may be wondering what faith really is. Faith is acting or doing by conviction. To be great you have to serve, to serve you have to do and to do you ha e to act out of faith. Why faith?
Read James 2:14-26; “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?” source; click here
“To say the least, share with someone you love, and in seconds you will be great”…maybe their smallest need is to hear this!
I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him 2 Timothy 1:12 New King James Version
When we become Christians just as Christ is our King, so too are we servants. As such we make a prayerful commitment to serve where He guides us. Making that commitment we have faith that He will provide the opportunities and tools to complete the task He has assigned for us to do. It need not be a huge commitment to serve as a missionary overseas, it may be a commitment in our communities like volunteering at hospitals or schools or other numerous opportunities.
A commitment to Jehovah is a commitment of service. Joseph- Anthony: Green
Another aspect is the daily commitment to serve in small ways like saying a kind word to a server at a restaurant or giving up your seat to an elderly riser on the bus and multiple other ways throughout the day.
“The stream of spontaneous acts of Godly kindness carries us to the sea of contentment and peace.” Constance Hurst-Howard
The benefit to you of course is the joy it brings to your heart. Of course there are many ingrates out there who will not have the decency to say thank you but keep in mind you are doing it for Christ’s praise, not the praise of others.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13New King James Version
Prayer: Please Jehovah Chanan (God is gracious) bless me with opportunities to be as gracious to others today as You have been gracious to me. I humbly request this in the name of my beloved gracious king Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day
This is also very good:
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.(source)
I heard that God’s name is supposed to be “Yahweh.” Why do people call him “Jehovah” instead? One sect, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, has even used this word in its name.
In Hebrew the name of God is spelled YHWH. Since ancient Hebrew had no written vowels, it is uncertain how the name was pronounced originally, but there are records of the name in Greek, which did have written vowels. These records indicate that in all likelihood the name should be pronounced “Yahweh.”
Shortly before the first century A.D., it became common for Jews to avoid saying the divine name for fear of misusing it and breaking the second commandment (“You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain,” Dt 5:11). Whenever they read Scripture aloud and encountered the divine name, they substituted another Hebrew word, “Adonai” (which means “Lord” or “my Lord”), in its place.
Eventually Hebrew developed written vowels, which appeared as small marks called vowel points and were placed above and below the consonants of a word. In the sixth or seventh century some Jews began to place the vowel points for “Adonai” over the consonants for “Yahweh” to remind the reader of Scripture to say “Adonai” whenever he read “Yahweh.”
About the 13th century the term “Jehovah” appeared when Christian scholars took the consonants of “Yahweh” and pronounced it with the vowels of “Adonai.” This resulted in the sound “Yahowah,” which has a Latinized spelling of “Jehovah.” The first recorded use of this spelling was made by a Spanish Dominican monk, Raymundus Martini, in 1270.
Interestingly, this fact is admitted in much Jehovah’s Witness literature, such as their Aid to Bible Understanding (p. 885). This is surprising because Jehovah’s Witnesses loathe the Catholic Church and have done everything in their power to strip their church of traces of Catholicism. Despite this, their group’s very name contains a Catholic “invention,” the name “Jehovah.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses blast orthodox Christendom for “hiding the name of God” by replacing “Jehovah” with “the Lord” whenever “Jehovah” appears in Scripture. They charge this is a Jewish “superstition” that dishonors God (which it does not). Yet their own organization has a name that was invented as a result of the same thinking that produced use of “the Lord.”
And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking. (source)
Some people give freely and gain more; others refuse to give and end up with less (source)
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select certain cities to be places of refuge. Anyone who unintentionally kills another person may run to them. (source)
This one is from July 2, 2014:
Parallel Texts: Matthew 17:14-20; Luke 9:37-43
When Jesus, Peter, James and John returned to the other disciples after the transfiguration, there was a dispute in progress; the teachers of the Law were arguing with the disciples. The people in the crowd see Jesus and come running to Him. “What are you arguing about” He asks, but before they could answer a man steps up and begs Jesus to help his son who was possessed by an impure spirit. Mark does not record for us what the argument was about.
The man goes into a fair amount of detail regarding his poor son’s plight, and tells Jesus that His disciples on the scene were unable to drive the demon out of the boy, and asks Jesus to do it. Jesus’ answer is puzzling:
“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
Mark doesn’t elaborate on what Jesus was referring to here. When the spirit saw Jesus, it went wild within the boy.
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
The demon is going crazy in the boy, people are watching, nobody has answered his previous question, and yet Jesus seems as cool as a cucumber. That poor father tells Jesus of the horrors of the boy’s life, can you imagine what that must have been like? Then the man says something perfectly reasonable, but Jesus doesn’t seem to think so. “If you can do something.” Nobody else had been able, but Jesus isn’t just anybody else!
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Everything is possible? Really? Do you believe that? Why am I so often told so much about what can’t be done?
Well the man made a snap decision: He was going to believe; he even realized that he might need help moving forward, but he was going to start believing right then and there.
Jesus drove out the demon right then and there.
As I read this, I see that we have come face-to-face with one of those moments when we need to ask ourselves if we really believe that what we believe is really real.
Well, do we?
The disciples ask Jesus why they had been unable to drive this spirit out of the boy, and Jesus seems to give an almost nonchalant answer: “This kind can come out only by prayer.” I’ve read commentaries in which the author professes to know exactly what Jesus meant by that, but the text does not say. I am amazed by how much some people know sometimes about texts that don’t provide the information.
The LORD is responsible for this, and it is amazing for us to see (source)
2-1/2 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed
1/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon finely minced red onion
1/8 clove garlic, finely minced
1/8 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon Spice Islands® Thyme
1/8 teaspoon Spice Islands® Sea Salt
1/8 teaspoon Spice Islands® Fine Grind Black Pepper
2-1/2 teaspoons Mazola® Corn Oil
2 teaspoons toasted sliced almonds
1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
To blanch beans, fill a large stock pot half-way with water. Leave enough room for the beans. Bring to a boil over high heat; add beans and return to a full boil. Boil beans 5 minutes. Drain beans and immediately place in large bowl filled with ice water. Let sit 3 minutes; drain thoroughly. Pat dry with paper towel. Set aside.
Whisk together vinegar, sugar, onion, garlic, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Whisk in 4 tablespoons oil slowly; set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet. Add beans and saute 3 three minutes. Add vinaigrette; stir beans to coat and saute an additional 3 minutes or until heated through. Transfer beans to serving platter; top with almonds and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
Beloved Brothers and Sisters, we know all Jesus can forgive, what about: Mark 2
4 And when they could not come near unto him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the paralytic, Son, your sins be forgiven you.
6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why does this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned among themselves, he said unto them, Why reason you these things in your hearts?
9 Which is it easier to say to the paralytic, Your sins be forgiven you; or to say, Arise, and take up your bed, and walk?
10 But that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, (he said to the paralytic)
11 say unto you, Arise, and take up your bed, and go your way into your house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it in this fashion.