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Light and Shadow: Understanding Our Choices

Joshua 24:15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served.. or the gods of the.. land where you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.   Let us discuss a topic of utmost importance. A topic that affects our daily lives, our attitudes, our relationships, and ultimately, our place in the eternal kingdom of God. We shall meditate on the consequences of our choices, both positive and negative, and the implications they have for our lives.   Proverbs 16:9 tells us, " In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps ." It is, therefore, essential to understand the gravity of every decision we make, for even in our own plans, it is the Lord's will that prevails.   Life is a beautiful tapestry woven with threads of choices. Some threads shine with radiant colours, while others seem dull and sombre. However, it is the combination of all

The Cross: Our Journey with Christ's Sacrifice

John 10:17-18 I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.   I feel blessed and honoured to share with you a thought that might have passed your hearts at one point or another. This thought is about feeling personally responsible for Christ's death. Let us read together from the book of Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 8: " But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us ."   The depths of this scripture unveil to us the essence of Christ's death - a sacrifice made while we were yet sinners. It is natural then to feel a sense of responsibility, a heaviness in our hearts, for it was our sin that required such a noble sacrifice. But allow me to share with you another perspective, an encouraging way to perceive this reality.   Our journey of faith is not meant to be a burden of guilt, but a journey

Embracing Salvation and Dispelling Fear

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.   Today, I want to bring to light a subject that dwells in the shadowy corners of many hearts - the chronic fear surrounding salvation, rapture, hell, and demons. As your fellow-servant on this spiritual journey, it is my duty to guide you through the fog of apprehension into the clear light of God's love. Fear is a spirit, one that creeps into our hearts and minds, whispering lies of condemnation, doubt, and despair. It speaks in half-truths and illusions, causing us to view our Father's divine plan through a distorted lens.   Fear of salvation, rapture, hell, or demons is not from God. It is a tool used by the enemy to steal your joy, kill your faith, and destroy your identity in Christ. It is time we confront these fears with the truth of God's Word.   God's plan of salvation is not a terrifying judgement but a gift of grace. " For by grace you ha

Godly Virtue: A Journey Towards Purity & Modesty

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.   Today, we gather as a body of Christ, united in faith and love, to reflect upon a significant aspect of our spiritual journey - living by God's standards of abstinence and modesty. As we navigate our paths through the world, we are constantly met with conflicting standards, those of the world and those set forth by our Divine Creator. The world encourages indulgence, but God calls us to a life of self-control and restraint. The world promotes ostentatious display, but God desires a modest heart.   In 1 Peter 2:11, the apostle Peter writes, " Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul ." This verse vividly reminds us that our true home is not of this world, but in the heavenly realms with our Creator. We are merely temporary residents here, called to live a life of abstinence from sinful desires that conflict with our spir

Trust God: Lean Not on Your Own Understanding

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight .   Often, we find ourselves on the precipice of a dilemma, caught between trusting our fallible human understanding and the infallible wisdom of our Heavenly Father. It is a struggle, borne out of our inherent human nature, to take the reins of control rather than yield to the divine will of God. We are prone to trusting our impressions, our judgments, and our solutions. But let me remind you today, beloved, that our understanding is finite, and can be misguided.   The Bible cautions us, " The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). It is a gentle nudge, urging us to shift our gaze from our own fallible hearts and minds to the infallible wisdom of God. For He alone can guide us through life's complex maze with unfailing precision.   But ho

Navigating Through Struggles with Self-Autonomy

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father Today let us reflect upon a crucial aspect of our spiritual journey – our struggle with self-autonomy. It is a journey where we seek control over our destiny, our decisions, and our life's path. But as we strive for this control, often we find ourselves in conflict with the divine plan God has set for us.   Paul, in his letter to the Romans, wrote, " I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do " (Romans 7:15). These words ring true for many of us. We grapple with our desires and our actions, sometimes feeling adrift in an ocean of confusion and strife, torn between the autonomy we crave and the submission God asks of us.   However, beloved, let us not drown in this sea of confusion. Instead, let us remember the Almighty is our lifeguard. Our Father in heaven is not a tyra

Self-Compassion: Internalising His Grace

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. I would like to share a message with you about a spiritual virtue that many of us often overlook or struggle to cultivate. This virtue is self-compassion. We are swift to extend love, understanding, and forgiveness to others, but for offering the same to ourselves, we often fall short.   Understand that self-compassion is not an act of vanity or selfishness. On the contrary, it is the acknowledgement of our human frailty and the acceptance of our imperfections. It is the understanding that we are bound to make mistakes, as we are not perfect beings. It is the gentle reminder that in our weaknesses, God's strength is made perfect.   The first step in cultivating self-compassion is to understand that God loves us unconditionally. In Romans 5:8, we are reminded that " God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while w

His Love Conquers our Fears of Rejection

John 6:37 Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never send away.   I stand before you today to share a message of hope, love, and acceptance. It is a message that is deeply embedded in our faith, yet often overshadowed by our fears. Today, we shall delve deeply into the fear of rejection by God or the faith community. We will confront the shadows of public shame, ostracization, guilt-tripping, and demonisation that may loom large for any perceived infraction.   In the eyes of God, we are all His children, born of His spirit and love. In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul reassures us, " For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord " (Romans 8:38-39).   There may be times when we stumble and f

Embracing Your Worth in Divine Love

Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them: how much more are you better than the birds?   Beloved in Christ today, I want to share a word of encouragement with you. I want to talk to you about feelings of unworthiness, feelings of being unlovable, or feelings of self-condemnation. I want you to remember one truth as we delve into this topic: you are precious and loved deeply by our Heavenly Father.   Every one of us, at different moments in our lives, have felt unworthy or unlovable. There are times when we look at ourselves through the lens of our past mistakes, regrets, or perceived inadequacies, and we start to believe the lie that we are less than who God says we are. We start to feel unloved and unworthy. We begin to see ourselves as flawed, defective, and not good enough.   However, I want to remind you today of the beautiful truth found in the Scripture. In Psalms 139:13-14, King David

His Grace Abounds: Overcoming Shame

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.   Beloved friends, today we journey into an area of our hearts where the enemy often lurks, seeking to entrap us – shame. This emotion, often born from the perception of being a sinner, not living up to expectations, can shroud us in a heavy cloud of self-deprecation. But let us take a moment to remember God's word and the love He has for sinners.   It is true; we have all stumbled on our spiritual journey. We have all missed the mark, and it is easy to fall into a pit of shame when we acknowledge our flaws and sins. However, our loving Father does not want us to dwell in that pit. Instead, He offers us His grace and mercy, giving us hope and strength to rise above our shortcomings.   The Apostle Paul, known as a great man of faith, spoke candidly of his struggles with sin. He wrote in Romans 7:19, " For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. " If