Connect With God


God wants us to seek Him and connect with Him, so that He can bless us with wisdom and guidance, and for Him to be able to do that, we have to choose to do it out of our own free will. When you go to God daily and connect with Him through spending time with Him in prayer, reading, writing, and listening to His Word, you will become stronger, and it will be easier to be happy and avoid depression.

In a world where we’re daily bombarded with negativity, discouragement, and lies, we need daily to fill our mind with God’s Truth, Word, positivity, and encouragement. When we go to God and listen to Him, we get strength, a strength that gives us the ability to go out in the world and be a positive, motivational, encouraging person for other people who need it.

If we’re not strong in our relationship with God and get our strength from Him, we will be easily affected by other people’s negativity. Listen daily to sermons online, read and write scriptures, and you will see that this will give you a good daily foundation that you don’t want to live without. Choose to spend time daily with God, and you will see depression, unhappiness, and negativity disappear day by day.

 

Stop Making Excuses

Stop making excuses for why you’re not spending time with God or why you can’t help others. Busyness is not a valid excuse for us not to do our deeds; busyness doesn’t make up for responsibility. Busyness is not a valid excuse for not spending time with God; if you don’t have the time, then make the time. Even when you are busy spending time on God by doing work for Him, you should get some daily personal time with Him so that you can be a better help for other people when you’re out.

Many people think that God should spend time on them, helping them and working miracles in their lives, but are not willing to spend their time on God. What if God didn’t have time for you?

Start prioritizing right, and you will see miracles in your life as your heavenly account fills up through good works.

 

Don’t work God into your schedule, but work your schedule around God.

 

 

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Are You Guilty Of Gossiping?


 

Have you ever gossiped about another person, or have you ever been talked about behind your back?

How do you feel when people talk about you behind your back, and when people reveal your personal details or weaknesses when you’re not there and able to defend yourself?

The golden rule says that we should do unto others as you want others to do to you. This is also true and relevant when it comes to gossip.

Why Do People Gossip?

Often when we talk bad about other people it is to make ourselves feel better about ourselves. By focusing on other peoples mistakes, failures or weaknesses we feel better about the things that are wrong in our own life. But just because it feels good, does it mean that it is right?

Gossiping Is A Sin

When we talk bad about other people we are sinning with our mouth and mind, you are sinning with your mind when you are cursing other people (cursing means talking evil of other people), instead of blessing other people (blessing means to speak well of).

You are cursing with your mind because often when we talk bad about other people we also think bad things about them, and we often tend to think more highly of ourselves since “we would never do or act that way.” When we are thinking higher of ourselves and lower of other people we are being prideful, and pride is what caused the devil to sin and be cast down to hell, so by knowing that we can understand that God takes pride seriously.

Are You Just Talking Or Are You Gossiping?

There’s one problem, and that is that sometimes we need to talk about other people in our lives and we need to get things out, so how can we know the difference about gossiping and getting things out?

If you’re unsure if whether you’re talking about another person in a right and decent way, then imagine that person standing right next to you every time you choose to talk about that person. Would they approve of what you’re saying about them? Would you dare to say those things directly to their face?

If you’re around a gossiper and you do not want to participate in the gossiping, then overcome their negative talk with something positive. When they talk bad about another person then say something good about that person instead.

Instead of joining in the gossiping you can say, “That’s sad to hear, but I will keep that person in my prayers and let’s hope that their situation improves.”

Romans 12:21 says “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” So that means that when other people are doing evil things like gossiping you should not participate in it, but instead overcome their bad behavior with something good. That means that when other people are using their mouths to curse and gossip, you should use your mouth to bless and pray for other people.

Scriptures About Gossiping:

Proverbs 6:16

There are  six things that the LORD hates,  seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who  sows discord among brothers.

Romans 1:29

They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife , deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

1Timothy 5:13

Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.

Proverbs 16:28

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

 

Psalms 15:1

Who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your  holy hill?  He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

Psalms 101:4

A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will l know nothing of evil. Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.

101:7

No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.

 

James 3:5

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members,  staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.

Proverbs 16:28

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer  separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:4

An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue. Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 17:9

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.  A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding

 

Proverbs 18: 3

When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace. The words of a man’s mouth are  deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. It is not good to  be partial to  the wicked or to  deprive the righteous of justice. A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul. The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into  the inner parts of the body.

Proverbs 11: 17

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel.

Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

 

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Self-Love, The Greatest Love Of All


It is really important that you learn to love yourself; because the amount of love and respect you have for yourself will be reflected like a mirror back to you from others.

If you find yourself often being used and abused by others, take a look at your self-image. If you don’t see your own worth and value and don’t love and respect yourself, how can others do it?

You will attract what you believe; if you believe that you are not worthy of love or respect, you will keep attracting people who abuse and disrespect you. When you are being loving towards yourself and comfortable in your own skin, it radiates, and the self-love attracts other people to love you for you and to be comfortable around you.

If you are comfortable with yourself, others will be comfortable around you, and if you’re not comfortable with yourself, others will not be comfortable around you.

To be all that you can be, you first have to learn to love yourself, you have to learn to love and accept everything you are and everything you’re not. You can increase your self-love by doing things that you love and by surrounding yourself with people who encourage, see, and value your true inner beauty. You should also be with people who bring out the best in you, not the worst.

If you can trust yourself, love yourself, and forgive yourself, it will be easier to give this out to other people around you. Because you cannot give to others something you do not have for yourself. Everything positive you do to yourself will have a positive effect on everything around you, and it will reflect back on you.

Start from today appreciating your uniqueness so the world can see the true beautiful person that you are. So that you can attract people who treat you the way you deserve and want to be treated.

 

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We Are The Temple Of God’s Holy Spirit


1 Corinthians 3:16:
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?

1 Corinthians 6:19:
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

Our bodies and minds are a temple, a temple where God’s Holy Spirit can reside. The more connected we are to God, through reading, writing, and listening to His word, the purer our minds and bodies will be, and the more powerfully He can work in us through our Holy Spirit.

God can’t live in us and lead us if we keep our minds and bodies filled with all kinds of noise, distractions, impurities, and wickedness. God’s Spirit cannot reside in anything unclean and impure.

What the Bible teaches us is that through Jesus we can get to the father and that we cannot get to our heavenly father without Him, we need Him to cleanse us before the Holy Spirit Of God can live in us. When we have become cleansed and washed through Jesus, then the Holy Spirit can live in us, and through it God can guide us to make right choices, choices that can lead us to Him and into His Kingdom. And just like we need an airplane to get to another country, we need Jesus to get to the Father’s Heavenly Kingdom. He’s the gate, the plane, and the channel that brings us to God.

We are not given a life to waste it; your life is valuable, and you need to value it and take care of it by making right choices for yourself and the people around you. The choices you make will affect the people around you, your children, and the next generation to come. Making right choices is a necessity and is a positive contribution to the society, and you need to learn to do things right if you want the best for the future and the people who will live in it. Let go of any worldly behavior, live in the Spirit, and don’t be ruled by the flesh; this is the only way you can live a righteous life that will lead you to the Kingdom of God.

You cannot love both God and the world, because the world is wicked and impure, but God is pure, righteous, and Holy.

John 14:6:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

John 10:9:
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.

1 John 2:15:
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

 

Walk By The Spirit

John 16:13

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

Galatians 5:13:

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.

 

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Loving Out Loud Is Spiritual Warfare


When you’re helping others you’re really helping yourself, you’re also doing spiritual warfare and you’re winning the battle every time you’re helping other people. So you can be sure that the kingdom of darkness will fight you on this and do what they can to keep you from giving, because they know that if you bless others you will be blessed.

Every time you’re acting out of love instead of greed, you’re winning battles in the spiritual world. And every time you’re about to give, bless, or help someone you can be sure that sudden thoughts of doubt and worry will pop up in your head: “Can I really afford this? Maybe I should wait until later, until I have more? What if they don’t really need it or deserve it?” These are thoughts that often will show up when you’re about to bless somebody else, but don’t let that stop you from giving. See it for what it is and give and bless that person anyway.

God will not be mad at you if you bless another person, and He will always bless you and take care of you if you bless and take care of other people. Don’t doubt or hesitate whether you should or shouldn’t help other people, instead give love, bless other people, and be a light in the darkness. Loving out loud and being a light in the darkness will always be The Right Choice.

 

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God Is Big Enough To Get You There


If you’re the only believer in your neighborhood, family or workplace, then you’re there for a reason. Watch this sermon to find out more.

 

God Is Big Enough To Get You There

 

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