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Recharging #5

Posted: April 21, 2017 in bible, blogging, Health, life, love, music, quotes, religion
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Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

~ Romans 12:2 (NIV)

It’s time to recharge your spiritual batteries today, before your they run our completely!

You can do this by renewing your mindset by getting your head together, focusing on what matters and don’t get caught up in the things that don’t really matter in life.

How many times have you celebrated Easter over the years?

Did you learn anything new this Easter, or did you simply hear about the betrayal of Christ, his crucifixion, and his subsequent resurrection in the same way you’ve heard it for many years?

Have you ever considered that maybe it is not down to how we are told about the events of that first Easter that make it the same old story each year, but maybe it’s down to how receptive we are to hearing about that first Easter, as if each year is the first year we have heard about events on Good Friday all those years ago.

Maybe it’s time to put aside all the things we’ve previously heard about God and about Christ, and listen afresh each time we hear God’s message. If we do that we might find we get a whole new perspective on God and his teaching, as we’ll be hearing his message for ‘the first time’ again!

Our world is in an awful state at present, but can you imagine what it would be like if Jesus had never been born or if he hadn’t died at Calvary?

John 11:25 (NLT)

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

Maybe I’ve read it somewhere, or someone has told me, but I seem to think I’ve heard that the resurrection of Jesus has been investigated and examined more times that many other events in history.

For years, people have investigated the facts of the resurrection. Now that tells me that people are either  desperate to prove conclusively to the unbelievers that Christ’s resurrection actually happened, or that they are keen to prove us believers that the resurrection was simply a huge hoax.

I don’t know which of these categories of people you fall into, but anything that gives us believers the opportunity to discuss the facts of that first Easter, and tell others why we believe in Christ’s resurrection, has to be positive doesn’t it, as if we don’t talk about the really meaning of Easter, how will the rest of the world know that Christ died at Calvary just so we could be forgiven.

Hank Hanegraaff said:

You see, without resurrection there is no hope. Indeed, without resurrection, there is no Christianity.

How true is that!

If Jesus hadn’t been born; if Jesus hadn’t been crucified; if Jesus hadn’t risen from the grave…just think what sort of state this world would be in now!

Today is Palm Sunday, but do you know and understand why Christians celebrate Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to honour Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah and King.

Jesus rode into the city on a donkey (in those days, a symbol of peace), the crowds paved his way with palm branches (this indicated that a king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph) is significant because it fulfills a prophecy spoken by the prophet Zechariah, in Zechariah 9:9.

These days, Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, and marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week of events leading up to Jesus’ death.

 

Matthew 21:9-11 (NIV)

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Hosannain the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

So today, as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant arrival into Jerusalem, we praise Him and continue to spread His message of eternal love.

Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

For this reason, I bow my knees and pray to the Father. It is from Him that every family in heaven and on earth has its name. I pray that because of the riches of His shining-greatness, He will make you strong with power in your hearts through the Holy Spirit. I pray that Christ may live in your hearts by faith. I pray that you will be filled with love. I pray that you will be able to understand how wide and how long and how high and how deep His love is. I pray that you will know the love of Christ. His love goes beyond anything we can understand. I pray that you will be filled with God Himself.

~ Ephesians 3:14-19 (NLV)

It’s time to recharge your spiritual batteries today, before your they run our completely!

You can do this by looking after yourself physically – by making sure we exercise and sleep well and eat a balanced diet. In other words, look after your spiritual, physical and emotional wellbeing.

When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. What is your favourite book of the bible?
  2. Do you put your heart and soul into everything you do?
  3. Are you passionate about anything?
  4. What are you passionate about?
  5. When was the last time you cried uncontrollably?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

Because of this, I am kneeling down before the father, the one who gives the name of ‘family’ to every family that there is, in heaven and on earth. My prayer is this: that he will lay out all the riches of his glory to give you strength and power, through his spirit, in your inner being; that the king may make his home in your hearts, through faith; that love may be your root, your firm foundation; and that you may be strong enough (with all God’s holy ones) to grasp the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the king’s love – though actually it’s so deep that nobody can really know it! So may God fill you with all his fullness.

~ Ephesians 3:14-19 (NTE)

It’s time to recharge your spiritual batteries today, before your they run our completely!

So start today by reconnecting with the people you love. We all need a friend, a confidant, a sounding board, a counsellor, so reconnect with yours today, because they will help you recharge your batteries.

When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. Who do you wish you were with, right now?
  2. If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would you want to meet?
  3. Has your heart ever been broken?
  4. Have you ever felt you couldn’t go on?
  5. Have you read the bible today?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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Help my unbelief

Posted: March 28, 2017 in belief, bible, life, love, music, prayer, quotes, religion
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No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!” ~ Mark 9:23-24 (The Message)

Even once we give our hearts and lives to God, that won’t stop us having doubts about God. However if we pray and ask God to help rid us of our unbelief, He will give us the strength and knowledge to always believe in Him.

I do believe!

Posted: March 27, 2017 in belief, bible, family, life, love, music, quotes, religion
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Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” ~ Mark 9:24 (NIV)

How about you, did you have that eureka moment in your life when you suddenly realised that you do believe in God? Or have you always known God was there and so have believed in Him for as long as you remember?

However, and whenever you told God you truly believed in Him, doesn’t really matter, as ultimately the fact that you do believe is all God asked of you.