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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.

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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)

Merry Christmas

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Sigrid Undset: “And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”

 

Merry Christmas Everyone….

Prejudices….

Most of our prejudices are like pyramids upside down. They lie on tiny trivial incidents that grow upwards and sideward until they crowd our minds and confuse their functioning.

The crowds were amazed and filled with wonder, the Pharises’s minds were beclouded with virulent hatred. To the Pharises the truth of what their eyes see depends on what their heart feels. They reached a rash conclusion; it must be through the prince of devils that Jesus Christ cast out devils.(Matthew 9:32-34 GNB)

Since prejudice is a great time saver, it enables them to form opinions without getting the facts. They suffer self inflicted blindness. To this effect, they deny outright the truth and cling to falsehood. Anything new must be wrong. Since Jesus came with a new interpretation of what a real and authentic religion should be, they welcomed him with hatred. Their prejudiced mind did not allow them to see things as they were.

Do you appreciate that the truth goes beyond your conferment? Truth is bigger than one man’s imagination. Never allow your ideas to blind your vision of Jesus that you would miss the power of His presence. Accept the fact that as human beings, we are limited but God’s power surpasses human understanding. Do not allow prejudice to eradicate your tender disposition towards Jesus Christ. He is your eternal shepherd.

(Excerpt from Abide in My word, July 2010. Copyright 2010 by Abide in My Word Press)

 

A Christian Gethsemane…….

Have you as a child of God ever felt like the sorrow in your heart is almost crushing you? You are not alone, you know! Jesus Christ your Lord and savior went through the same thing. Don’t Believe?? Then Read.

Grief and anguish came over him and he said to them, “the sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me….” Matt 26:37-38.

Christ even though he was God felt anguish and grief just like us. Gethsemane can be regarded as the path Christ had to take before he could face and accept his cross, a cross that culminated in the glorious gift of life.

Everything good and beautiful is promised to us through Christ Jesus, but in order for us to possess our possessions, we as Christians pass through many Gethsemane. Doing what Christ did helps with the grief and sorrow. What did he do?

He went a little further on, threw himself face down downwards on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible take this cup of suffering from me, yet not what I want, but what you want.” Matt 26:39

He prayed and asked not for what he wants but for what God wants to be done. Christ death on the cross is the ultimate act of love. Suffering without love is empty, love without suffering is nothing, but love with suffering is what makes us experience the beauty of Christ gift; life and life more abundantly. Just think you are walking the path that leads to abundance and God’s grace.

Remain Blessed,

Edith Edremoda.