Simple lessons…

The season of Easter is almost over and I admit that there are lessons to be learnt during this season. I have listed two of such lessons below.

- The voice of affection (from friends and loved ones) is not always good or right for you when you have decided to do the will of God.

- Christ died so that we may live for Him and die to self. Modesty is a very unpopular virtue in our world today. Modesty works in correlation with purity. To be modest is to willingly and consciously choose to die to self.

These are simple lessons I was taught this period and they resonate deeply with the season.

An Exhibition, A Painting and A Church

“I have never seen anything like it” John said in awe.

“Neither have I. I wonder what it means or what the artist is trying to show.”

“I have no Idea.” John replied. “Maybe the artist intention was to create an abstract concept.”

“You could be right. But I am still a bit confused. An abstract concept of what? I see what looks like a cross, I see people. But there is no background scenery. Nothing about it tells us what he is trying to depict.”

Both men stood among the art enthusiast in the gallery looking at the exhibition. Other people  close by also were discussing or staring in awe at the same painting. It drew people to it. It was painted with beautiful strokes that could rival the great works of Leonardo Da Vinci. Not one of them could say what the painting was about.

A young young woman walked up to the people gathered round the painting. After a minute of staring at the painting said,

“Oh Wow. It’s a church.”

John turned, looked at her and said,
“Why  do you think it’s a church? No church I know looks like this. Whether painted as real or as an abstract.”

She smiled then and replied,

“I believe that is the artist desire. If you really look at it, you will see it is a church. A church without walls.”

John laughed out loud and said,
“This artist is brilliant and gifted but I do not think he is borderline crazy.” he turned to look at his friend, “Can you believe what she is saying? That it is a painting of a church. Who would paint a church that has no walls? When has churches never had walls. Such churches don’t exist. I know my church has walls.”

“Yes they do exist.”

“No they don’t. John argued. When the young woman protested, John said

“If they do exist, give me an example of one.”

Smiling the young woman said,
“The Set Apart Church.”

“I have never heard of it. Where is it located?” John asked.

“It’s located everywhere.”

John could not help but laugh. This young woman definitely had lost her mind.

“Why do you laugh sir? Do you think it is impossible for a church to be everywhere? The set apart church is an online non denominational church built for individuals who have issues with going to church or can’t make it to church based on their busy schedule. It can be found everywhere there is internet access. It is a church online hence a church without walls.”

John laughed without mirth. The young woman on seeing he was not convinced asked,

“Sir if I may ask, what is a church?”
Shocked at her question John said with a huge smile,

“A building used for public Christian worship.” with a smirk, John added, “my dear, note the word ‘building’ for a building cannot exist without walls”

“Yes you are right. But it is only when you look at the definition of the church from a literal point of view. Without worshippers a church is just a building. With worshippers it becomes the body of Christ. Sir, remove the building and leave just the people, there will still be a church. Remove the people and leave the building, all you have left is a structure. Nothing more.”

John listened as she spoke. He looked at the painting again and only then did he start seeing what the painting was trully about.

“A church without walls is a place where man, woman and child of every race, tribe and tongue can gather to fellowship in God’s presence. Although it is a church online, it is still a place where people can come to worship and find peace. That’s what I think the artist is trying to show. That with God, there are no walls.” after a pause, she continued.

“I have a friend who is a geologist. The nature of his job demands he is always on the rig. A place where there is no church. He is one person I know whose life has been changed by The Set Apart Church.”

With that final comment, the young woman walked away leaving John and his friend to ponder at her words. After a few minutes, John turned to his friend and said with a smile,

“She is right. The painting truly is about a church without walls.”

Edith

A Heart and a Pull

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“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” John 12:32 NIV

Most times when I go to church and seat on the front pew, the first thing I see is the crucifix at the altar. Immediately I look at it, I would feel the gentle pull of my heart towards the One who gave up everything that I might be saved. No matter the state of mind I walked into the church with, no matter the emotions going through my heart, I usually find complete release.

I would find myself letting go of all the baggage’s and anxiety I came into church with. I would remember His words, “It is finished” and find myself surrendering totally to His Grace. I always left church a renewed person.

Please do not get me wrong, I am not saying that in the next six hours I would still feel that way. No. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. To me that’s life as a Christian.

What I am saying is that I leave the church renewed and revived. However, in reality we know that once the pressures of the world and society sets in, we sometimes lose all the peace and contentment we get from been in His presence. Especially when we fail to continue dwelling in the gathering of the brethren and feeding on the word of God.

This brings me to the verse I stated earlier, no matter how far off we are from Jesus Christ, we should realize that the cross of Calvary is because of us. He came to “draw” all of us to himself. To draw means to pull or drag something so as to make it follow behind. It can also mean to gently pull or guide someone in a specified direction. Depending on the meaning we chose to embrace, Jesus Christ is clearly saying that when He is lifted up on the cross of Calvary all men shall be drawn to Him. Not a particular race or people, all men. Not the churchgoers or the drug addicts, not the virgins or the prostitutes, all men. There is no discrimination. From the corners of the earth, from the north, to the south, to the west and the east, every man, woman and child who looks to the cross for salvation shall be called to the saving power of His blood.

Truthfully, that’s what makes me what I am today. For in all things, whether good or bad, whether a sinner or a saint I know that I can always look up and feel the gentle pull of the love of God in my heart. That my dear friend’s is all that matters, God’s love.

Edith.

25 Robin Sharma And Richard Bach Life Changing Quotes

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Great quotes…

Originally posted on Vincent Egoro:

ROBIN SHARMA

1. We all travel different roads to our ultimate destinations. For some of us the path is rockier than for others. But no one reaches the end without feeling some form of adversity. So rather than fight it, why not accept it as the way of life? Why not detach yourself from the outcomes and simply experience every circumstance that enters your life to the fullest?

2. If you have never visited the valleys, the view from the mountain top is not breathtaking.

3. Remember, there are no real failures in life, only results. There are no true tragedies, only lessons. And there are no problems, only opportunities waiting to be recognized as solutions by the person of wisdom.

4. Time is your most precious commodity and yet most of us live our lives as if we have all the time in the world.

5. All too often…

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Anxiety…

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The new week is about to begin. So many thing on my planner that I need to do. I am worrying about each one day and night. Fretting that I may not get things done on time. But today in church, the sermon was on this scripture,

Can any of you add a single hour to the length of your life by worrying?  (Matt 6:27)

The truth is no one can add a single hour to the length of their life by worrying.

By worrying about mundane things or things we have no control over we inadvertently question the nature of God. To worry means to be anxious which in turn leads to anxiety.

Anxiety can be defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. It can also be defined as a strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen.

I know I have been anxious this past week but with the teaching in church today I realized that the nature of God is to love, to care and to bless. In been anxious I was dividing my attention. I was losing focus. I no longer saw where I was coming from which was and is a place of faith. Faith in God. Rather I saw only the obstacles and problems I felt I had in front of me.

When anxiety takes over our lives we loose the power of our faith. Faith begins to wobble, doubt sets in and the next thing is we gradually lose the essence of our being as Christians. So remember as the new week begins, plan, organize but also surrender all to the power of God and just enjoy every second of life. Live for Him and Him alone.

Remain Blessed,

Edith.

Little Opportunities to Serve

It is a fallacy  to think that God’s work in our lives must begin like a clap of thunder or a bolt of lighting; more often than not His work begins with something seemingly small, perhaps even mundane. Mother Theresa of Calcutta has often told the story of how she came to pick up the first destitute, dying person from the street:

“If I had not picked up that first man, I would not have picked up the thousands since then.”

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) was another who spoke of the value of allowing God to change our behaviour in small things:

“Great opportunities to serve God rarely present themselves,” he wrote, “but little ones are frequent. Whoever will be ‘faithful over a few things’ will be placed ‘over many’ says the Saviour.”

It is easy to be blind to the to the undramatic ways God wants to work in our lives to heal the way we speak to members of our families or treat those with whom we work. Let us resolve to be obedient to the daily promptings of the Holy Spirit to turn away from sin, to accept forgiveness when we fall, to readily forgive all who hurt us and to spend time with the Lord in daily prayer and scripture reading. Then we may be confident that the kingdom of God will daily grow in our lives as a mustard seed becomes a great shrub or as yeast produces abundant bread.

(Excerpt from Abide in my word. copyright 2010 Abide in My Word Press. All rights reserved)

The Course of Justice

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Prophet Isaiah sums up Jesus’ work when he says, “He is the servant chosen for the course of Justice.” (Isaiah 42:1-4)

Jesus has come to tell the world the real meaning of Justice. That is truth in action! He publicly demonstrates this even to his adversaries. According to Martin Luther King Jr., “the whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nations until the bright day of justice emerges.”

Ours is a society where justice has been dethroned and injustice enthroned. It is an indubitable truth that the tree of justice and peace can only grow when and where the trees of tyranny are poisoned by the blood of men of sacrifice like our heroes of faith. Never say what can I do? Since I can’t beat them, I must join them. Do you remember the woe that lies in bed for those planning mischief? Wash your heart and hands of those terrible deeds of yours. Naked we came to the world and naked we shall return (Job 1:21)

Ponder on the reality that confronts every living creature. Justice without compromise is a watch-word. Do not manipulate anybody to enrich yourself. The Lord will always fight for the course of justice of the oppressed and the lowly. Join in this holy battle against injustice that is taking over our days.

Nothing can limit you if you are determined to act justly.

(Excerpt from Abide in my word. copyright 2010 Abide in My Word Press. All rights reserved)

Favorite Quotes

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Failure can be divided into those who thought and never did and into those who did and never thought – Reverend W.A. Nance

Someone once told me that the world has two kinds of people: thinkers and doers. They then said, “the thinkers need to do more and the doers need to think more” I have always tried to do both – reflect and act. When I have combined the two. I have greatly reduced the odds of failure – John C. Maxwell

Small Beginnings

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It is a fact of history that the greatest things most times have small beginnings. Many great and memorable ideas began with small things. The idea of cultivation, reformation and so on began with a very small beginning. the witness of God grows until its growth and the kingdom of earth becomes the kingdom of God.

Whoever has a larger conception of his possibilities, a larger faith in self. A larger faith in attainment, is bound to accomplish infinitely more than those who depend on their seemingly more favorable assets; wealth; influence or position for their success. Christianity began from the smallest beginning; but today, it has transformed the lives of many.

Jesus lived like a common man but His life influenced many lives. Although a drop in an ocean may be a little, it makes the magnanimity of the ocean. There is no small act of kindness. Just do it and you can never tell how far it goes for the recipient. May God help us to see Him in our smallest beginnings. Amen.

Remain Blessed.

(Excerpt from Abide in my word. copyright 2010 Abide in My Word Press. All rights reserved)

FEAR

What is fear? Oxford Dictionary defines it as  “an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm. It can also be defined as “the likelihood of something unwelcome happening.”

Man is greater than fear.  Everyone has a fear. Some are afraid of heights, others are afraid of darkness, while some fear spiders. Fear becomes a monster.The issue now becomes how we handle our fears. Do we let it control us to the point where it causes a dilapidating effect on our lives?

Someone said, “Man is greater than fear. If you tell yourself that you cannot overcome it, it means that you have allowed fear to have a domineering power over you.”

To be able to acknowledge that one suffers from such and faces it head on is the first step to taking back control; the first step to overcoming.FEAR

How then do we face this monster called fear. it is my embracing another fear.

This type of fear makes us to reverence.  This is not an unpleasant emotion rather it is a feeling of great awe, a feeling that brings from within a great desire to please our Creator. An emotion that helps us erase and overcome every other  type of fear and this is the FEAR OF GOD.

Oswald Chambers said: “The remarkable thing about fearing God is that, when you fear God, you fear nothing else; whereas, if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.”

Remain Blessed

Edith.