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Prayer:


Jehovah Tsidkenu, thank you for covering me in your pure and clean robes of righteousness.

Thank you for holding onto me in all situations. Jesus protect and keep me safe from the wiles of the devil. 


When I’m tempted to believe in my own righteousness, abilities, works, talents, and accomplishments, please remind me that it is not about me but it is about you.

It will always be about you Jesus. Thank you for a pure righteousness that shines bright in the dark.

Amen.



But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back._ 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink 1


Building Faith, Hope, Love - A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 - 23 - 39
Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39

Bible Verse Reading:


“But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” 

Hebrews 10: 38 – 39.




But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back._ 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink 2



But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back._ 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink 3


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Bible Verse Reading:

“But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” 


Hebrews 10: 38 – 39.



But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back._ 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink 1


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39


Reflections And Lessons:



But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back._ 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink 2


Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness. We don’t have any righteousness of our own as believers. Our righteousness comes through faith by believing in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and his resurrection. It’s not about what we do or don’t do. It’s about what Jesus already did for us. And we can have a sure confidence in the work of Jesus. 

The righteousness of God never fails to protect us from enemies and the tricks of the devil because it is pure and holy. 



But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back._ 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink 3


Our righteousness on the other hand is as filthy rugs and exposes us to enemies. Let’s learn to lean on God and trust his righteousness. We can then be able to walk confidently, safe in the knowledge that Jesus is our righteousness and because he has us, we won’t be able to shrink back, backslide or lose our way. We can be sure of heaven and prosperity when we have Jesus as our righteousness.




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Prayer:


Jesus for the times I’m tempted to give up,  please give me strength and endurance to keep going. Help me to persevere lord.

Keep holding onto me. When I’m tempted to forget, remind me that you are a rewarded of good works and that your promises never fail.

Thank you Jesus because you are bigger than me and my weaknesses. Thank you because you are a great master and my labors for you and your kingdom are not in vain.

Thank you for being greater than me.

Amen.



So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God Bible Verse Social Med 1


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39

Bible Verse Reading:


“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”


Hebrews 10: 35 – 36.




So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36. You need to persevere so that when 2



So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God 3


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Bible Verse Reading:

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

Hebrews 10: 35 – 36.



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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39


Reflections And Lessons:



So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36. You need to persevere so that when 2


In the current age in which we live, people often expect quick fixes and quick answers. Most people are impatient. And thanks to technological advancement, life has become faster and we can now get things more quickly thanks to microwaves, heaters, driers, dryers, dishwashers etc. 

House chores are not as burdensome as they used to be. Transportation is faster with airplanes, fast trains and cars.  If you need quick love and sex, there are numerous websites and services that offer that. We love speed and we have access to it. 

And yet not everything in life is easy to come by.

For example:

  • •Some couples take years before getting children.
  • •Some investments take years to grow before yielding.
  • •A quality education takes decades.
  • •Building a great career can take years.
  • •Getting your first house or car may take months or years etc.
  • •Some diseases and sicknesses take months or even years before cure.

There are promises that God has made to us as believers. And some of us have waited for years with no signs of answers. The Bible verse above is encouraging us to hold on and never give up.



So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God 3
  • Keep fasting.
  • Keep praying.
  • Keep doing good.
  • Keep obeying God.
  • Keep running the race of faith.
  • Keep giving your tithe and offering.
  • Keep giving to those who are less privileged than you are.
  • Keep serving those around you who need your assistance. 

Despite the persecution and trials please don’t let go of your faith. Your services and sacrifices are not in vain. 

The promises of God are yes and amen. In due time he will reward you. At the right moment he will open the doors that need to be opened. Just keep holding on and never give up. Jesus never fails.




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Prayer:


Lord Jesus, for the times I’m hurt and I want to take revenge, please remind me not to soil my hands with unrighteousness.

Please give me strength to trust you above myself.

Please help me give you my cares, wounds, pains, losses and hurts, trusting and believing that you Lord know best.

Amen.



For we know him who said, _It is mine to avenge; I will repay,_ and again, _The Lord will judge his people._ Hebrews 10_ 30. Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 2


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39

Bible Verse Reading:


“For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”


Hebrews 10: 30.




For we know him who said, _It is mine to avenge; I will repay,_ and again, _The Lord will judge his people._ Hebrews 10_ 30. Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 3



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Bible Verse Reading:

“For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

Hebrews 10: 30.



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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39


Reflections And Lessons:



For we know him who said, _It is mine to avenge; I will repay,_ and again, _The Lord will judge his people._ Hebrews 10_ 30. Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 3


When people hurt us or take advantage of us, it is an easy trap to feel the urge to pay them back for their sins. 

For example:

1. A spouse cheats and the other spouse cheats back to show the first spouse just how painful their betrayal felt.

2. You are harassed by a bully and your first instinct is to harass the bully back to show them that they have no power over you.

3. You loan someone money and they fail to pay back. To show them how painful their actions were you decide to take some of their own property as compensation.



For we know him who said, _It is mine to avenge; I will repay,_ and again, _The Lord will judge his people._ Hebrews 10_ 30. Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 1


The examples for instances where we are tempted to take revenge abound. It’s a weakness of our fleshy bodies.Its very tempting to want to show our oppressors that we have power and might and it’s sadly an easy trap to fall into too. And yet the Bible Verse above is reminding us to put our ego aside and leave it to God.  Scripture is encouraging us to trust God and his methods for payback over our own.

And the truth is we can trust God to restore everything taken from us by the enemy. 

Whether those things are intangible goods like love, health, joy, laughter, freedom or tangible things like money, property and possessions. 

We can trust Jesus because his methods for restoration are much better than ours and his ways are higher than ours. Are you going through the pain of betrayal, hurt, loss and grief? 

Do you feel like taking matters into your own hands and avenging? Please don’t. Instead cast all your cares unto Jesus and he will deal with the situation.




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Prayer:


Lord Jesus, sometimes the pleasures of sin beckon me to leave the throne room. Sometimes the worries and cares of this world make me lose my way.

Sometimes trials and persecutions make me ask questions about my faith.

Please Lord, in whatever situation that I find myself in, help me fix my eyes on you and your promises.

Help me stay steadfast. Help me trust you.

Help me not to take you for granted. Help me stay righteous and faithful to the very end.

Amen.



If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27. but only a fearful expectation of judgment 2


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39

Bible Verse Reading:


“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27. but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”


Hebrews 10: 26 -27




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Bible Verse Reading:

“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27. but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”

Hebrews 10: 26 -27



If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27. but only a fearful expectation of judgment 2


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39


Reflections And Lessons:



The gospel of punishment for sin, judgement and hell is not a popular one. It is a gospel many people don’t want to hear because it makes them uncomfortable. Unfortunately it is also a gospel that many people have grown indifferent to. Yet despite our reservations towards speaking about sin, judgement, punishment and hell, it is the gospel of truth. 

It is a message even Jesus preached and taught.

Many times we take God for granted. Because of his great mercies, patience and kindness we forget that we serve a holy God who hates sin. 



If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27. but only a fearful expectation of judgment 3


The price Jesus paid for our sins is too great for us to keep on sinning. It is an insult to his sacrifice paid on the cross.

As we go about our daily lives and as we run the journey of  faith, let us not fall into the trap that sin sets. A trap of fleeting pleasures. Let us continually remember that we serve a Holy God and let us worship and honor him by living sinless and righteousness lives. It is possible.



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Prayer:


Jesus thank you for the various avenues you have availed to help me keep in fellowship and communion with other believers and brethren.

Please keep opening more doors and giving me opportunities to keep in fellowship. Help me not tire serving other’s in love, faith and hope.

I love and adore you Jesus.

Amen.



Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10_ 25 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 2


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39

Bible Verse Reading:


“Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching.”

Hebrews 10: 25




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Bible Verse Reading:

“Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching.”


Hebrews 10: 25



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Reflections And Lessons:



Let’s admit it. Sometimes life gets really busy. If you have a job and a family with children for example, the work and bills can pile up. 

Recent statistics show that fewer and fewer people are going to church. 

Cathedrals and traditional churches are becoming empty. Some say it is because many people are losing their faith. But another explanation could be that people are just busier. Despite the reasons given, it’s important to stay in fellowship. 

Fellowship with other believers helps to build our faith, offers encouragement, motivation and inspiration to keep running the race of faith. With increased persecution of believers, having a fellowship and prayer group helps believers to stay strong. 

Fellowships can also be a great avenue to help others who might be struggling and in need of our services. Simply put, fellowships are great places for service and discipleship.

With the increase in technological advancements and the internet, we can’t really have an excuse for not staying in fellowship with our brethren during this modern age. 

So as a believer in Jesus who wants to build their faith, serve others and stay connected how can you keep in fellowship despite a tight schedule?



Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10_ 25 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 3


Here are a few ideas:

1. There are various online churches these days. You have an opportunity to attend church without leaving your house.

2. You can listen to sermons and teachings on radio stations, podcasts and youtube where videos are continually being produced and uploaded.

3. You can buy a video or audio tape and listen to it while driving, at home, at the park or anywhere you get an opportunity and chance.

4. With the advent of PayPal and Visa, you can give your tithe and offering online and serve those who are less fortunate than you.

5. There are thousands of books, devotionals and other resources online that you can get to enrich your spiritual life.

6. With the advent of social media you can join prayer groups, activity groups and various spiritual and faith based clubs where you can share your faith with other believers all over the world.

Despite the various changes in our world and landscape, Apostle Paul’s encouragement is still valid even in this modern age. 

Please let’s not give up the habit of fellowship, meeting together, encouraging each other and sharing our faith.




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Prayer:


Jesus please teach me to love and do good deeds.

Lord, even when it is difficult and seems futile please give me strength to forge ahead and to never grow slack.

Help me to be a giver, lover and worker of good deeds.

Amen.



And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10_ 24 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 2


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Building Faith, Hope, Love – A Simple 7 Day Bible Reading Devotional Based On Hebrews 10 – 23 – 39

Bible Verse Reading:


“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

Hebrews 10: 24




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Bible Verse Reading:

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”


Hebrews 10: 24



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Reflections And Lessons:



It’s often easy to love those who love us. It’s easy to reciprocate requited love. But what about loving those who are difficult to love? 

How can we spur each other to love people who are just difficult to love? 

Those who are prickly and tend to spun our love when we give it to them?



And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10_ 24 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 3

Below are a few ways we can consider:

1. We can pray for them and whatever needs they have.

2. We can ask the Holy spirit to soften their hearts and make them receptive to love.

3. We can forgive them when they hurt us instead of choosing to hold a grudge. 

4. We can fast for them.

5. We can keep the doors of our hearts open to them instead of shutting them out.

6. We can patiently wait for them to change and become better.

7. We can tithe on their behalf as we stand in the gap for them.

8. We can keep offering our help and love in places they lack.




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Prayer:

Lord Jesus even when life gets hard and despair knocks at my doors, please help me hold onto hope.

Never giving up on your word and your promises.

Remind me Jesus that your promises are yes and amen and that you never fail.

Thank you Jesus.

Amen.



Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful Hebrews 10_ 23 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 2


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Bible Verse Reading:


“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

Hebrews 10: 23




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Bible Verse Reading:

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

Hebrews 10: 23



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Reflections And Lessons:



Sometimes life’s storms hit. In this life it is inevitable. And you can never really know when the waves will hit. 


Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful Hebrews 10_ 23 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image 3

Yet we can trust Jesus and his word. We can put our hope and faith in Jesus who never fails and is faithful. The next time you feel like giving up, the next time you feel your hope waning, please remember that Jesus is faithful and his promises are yes and amen. Trust Jesus, he never fails.



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The thing taught in the Bible regarding the inspiration of the Apostles and Prophets, the inspiration of the various authors of the books of the Bible, is that truth hidden from men for ages, and which they had not discovered, and could not discover, by the unaided processes of human reasoning, even human reasoning at its very best and highest, has been revealed to Apostles and Prophets in the Holy Spirit.


We find this very clearly taught in Eph. 3:2-5: “If so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to you-ward; (3) how that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote before in few words, (4) whereby when ye read, ye can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ; (5) which in other generations was not made known unto the sons of men, as it hath now been revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit.” 


The meaning of these words is unmistakable. Paul here declares in words the meaning of which is perfectly plain, that God “in the Spirit” had revealed “unto His holy apostles and prophets” “the mystery of Christ” which in former generations had not been made known unto the sons of men, which they had not discovered and could not discover except by revelation from God; Paul and the other apostles and prophets knew it by direct revelation from God himself through the Holy Ghost.


The teaching is inescapable that the Bible contains truth that men never had discovered and never could have discovered if left to themselves, but truth which the Father in great grace has revealed to His children through His servants the prophets and apostles. We see in this the folly, a folly so common in our day, of seeking to test the statements of Scripture by the conclusions of human reasoning, or by the intuitions of the “Christian consciousness.”


The revelation of God transcends human reasoning, and therefore human reasoning cannot be its test. Furthermore, a consciousness that is truly and fully Christian is the product of the study and absorption of Bible truth. It is not the test of the truth of the Bible,—it is the product of meditation on the Bible. If our “consciousness” differs from the statements of the Bible, it is not as yet a fully “Christian consciousness,” and the thing for us to do is not to try to pull God’s revelation down to the level of our consciousness but to tone our consciousness up to the level of God’s Word.


Excerpt From – The Fundamental Doctrines Of The Christian Faith By Reuben Archer Torrey.



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Disguises And Choosing Humility Over Pride – Lessons From Abraham’s Lie

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Disguises And Choosing Humility Over Pride – Lessons From Abraham’s Lie


Abraham lied about Sarah being his wife and he called her his sister to the Egyptians. 


Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.” 

Genesis 12:10-13


Reading this particular story about Abraham led me to go back to the basics. It made me ask questions. Abraham lied and yet God didn’t punish him for it.


So, what is truth? Is there a difference between truth and sincerity? Is truth relative or an absolute? Can acting outwardly truthfully without meaning it inwardly be a disguise for pride? A way of boasting and saying. “This is me.” As one thumps their chest and screams false bravado?


Abraham knew his truth. But did the world (Egyptians) have to know it too?Was hiding his true self in humility better in this particular scenario? By the time Abram went to Egypt, God had already promised to make him great and the father of many nations. Abraham could have boasted in this knowledge. He could have told the Egyptians the truth knowing God would protect him. And yet he chose to be humble. He chose to hide himself.


This shielding himself in clothes of humility allowed him to live well in Egypt. And even after his lie had been discovered, he was sent packing with gifts.


I don’t don’t know the mind of God. I don’t know why he chooses to do certain things. But I’m starting to realize that the things of God are not always cut and dry. They are not always black and white as we see with human eyes. And this is teaching me to take a pause once in a while. To resist giving quick judgements. To ask questions and seek for answers. To learn and grow daily. Not to be rigid and proud but allowing for flexibility and humility. Because at the end of the day, God prefers humility to pride. Even if that humility maybe clothed in a seeming lie and pride clothed in seeming truth.


And at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what people say about you. Or what label they attach to you. What matters more than anything is that whatever you do, you do it for Jesus. You do it to please him.
Don’t be a people pleaser. Be a God pleaser. Even if pleasing God means drinking a few wines and getting drunk in celebration of God saving you from the great flood like Noah while your self righteous friends (we all play this role at one time or another) think you have lost it.


Sometimes, a good act before men can be an evil act before God. There was a man (Uzzah) in the book of Samuel who tried to prevent the Ark of the Lord’s covenant from falling and the Lord struck him dead. Right there! At the spot! The man probably prided himself in his ability to save God and God thought otherwise. 


And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.

2 Samuel 6:6-7


I pray that Jesus gives us wisdom to be discerning of right from wrong in whatever we do. And above all I pray that he gives us the grace to discern instead of judging. To love more and stop hating.


John


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Things You Should Never Assume

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Things You Should Never Assume.


It’s easy to fall into the trap of making assumptions. After all, we are human. As we grow up and go through various experiences, we get programmed to take certain things for guaranteed and to make unfounded assumptions. Making assumptions can lead to complications in relationships, communication and life in general. I pray, that before you make an assumption, Jesus will give you the wisdom and foresight to know right from wrong.


Below, various people share experiences on things they believe we should never assume.









































Salvation is earned! #ThingsYouShouldNeverAssume

— Julie S. Maggard (@julesrprecious) August 30, 2018



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Intelligent And Witty Thoughts And Quotes Explaining The Meaning Of Life

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Intelligent And Witty Thoughts And Quotes Explaining The Meaning Of Life.


If someone asked me, “Tikva what is the meaning of life?” I would respond and say:

  • Life is living for Jesus and his Kingdom. 
  • Life is obeying Jesus all my days.
  • Life is a journey of faith, hope and love.

Various people shared some really awesomely intelligent thoughts and quotes on what the meaning of life is. Enjoy their insights and wisdom.






































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Jesus, Faith, Christianity, Religion And Spirituality Quotes – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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Jesus, Faith, Christianity, Religion And Spirituality Quotes – Charles Haddon Spurgeon.


“Care more for a grain of faith than a ton of excitement.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“We, the called and faithful and chosen, we will drive away our griefs, and set up our banners of confidence in the name of God.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“It is not great faith, but true faith, that saves; and the salvation lies not in the faith, but in the Christ in whom faith trusts…It is not the measure of faith, but the sincerity of faith, which is the point to be considered.”

 ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon



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A Unique Collection of 365 Daily Readings from Sermons Preached by Charles Haddon Spurgeon.


A Unique Collection of 365 Daily Readings from Sermons Preached by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“The life of God within you will make your actions instinct with holiness, and its end shall be everlasting life. Your faith in Christ clearly evinces you to be a new creature, for it kills your old confidences and makes you build upon a new foundation: your love for Christ also shows your newness, for it has killed your old desires, and captured your heart only for Jesus: and your hope, which is also a gift from the blessed Spirit, is set upon new things altogether, while your old hopes are things of which you are now ashamed.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith is as much the gift of God as is the Saviour upon whom that faith relies.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Arise, believer, and behold the Lord Jesus yoking the whole of his divine Godhead to the chariot of salvation! How vast his grace, how firm his faithfulness, how unswerving his immutability, how infinite his power, how limitless his knowledge!” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“You would never have possessed the precious faith which now supports you if the trial of your faith had not been like unto fire. You are a tree that never would have rooted so well if the wind had not rocked you to and fro, and made you take firm hold upon the precious truths of the covenant grace.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“The Christian understands the word “good” in a different way. By “good” he understands spiritual good.  “Ah!” he says, “I do not call gold good, but I call faith good! I do not think it is always for my good to increase in wealth, but I know it is good to grow in grace. I do not know that it is for my good that I should be respected and be accepted by society, but I know that it is for my good that I should walk humbly with my God.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith is believing that Christ is what He is said to be, and that He will do what He has promised to do, and then to expect this of Him.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon



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“If God declares that all is well, ten thousand devils may declare it to be ill, but we laugh them all to scorn. Blessed be God for a faith which enables us to believe God when the creatures contradict Him.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“We will this year gather celestial fruits on earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like the garden of the Lord.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“No stars gleam as brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky. No water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand. And no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Repentance grows as faith grows. Do not make any mistake about it; repentance is not a thing of days and weeks, a temporary penance to be got over as fast as possible! No; it is the grace of a lifetime, like faith itself. God’s little children repent, and so do the young men and the fathers. Repentance is the inseparable companion of faith.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith never makes herself her own plea, she rests all her argument upon the blood of Christ.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Worldly ease is a great foe to faith; it loosens the joints of holy valour, and snaps the sinews of sacred courage. The balloon never rises until the cords are cut; affliction doth this sharp service for believing souls.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon



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Morning & Evening NIV: A Devotional Classic for Daily Encouragement By Charles Spurgeon


Charles Spurgeon Morning & Evening NIV- A Devotional Classic for Daily Encouragement

“If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Never make a Christ out of your faith, nor think of as if it were the independent source of your salvation. Our life is found in “looking unto Jesus,” not in looking to our own faith. By faith all things become possible to us; yet the power is not in the faith, but in the God upon whom faith relies.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith is trusting, trusting wholly upon the person, work, merit, and power of the Son of God. Some think this trusting is a romantic business, but indeed it is the simplest thing that can possibly be.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“If thou wouldest enjoy the eminent grace of the full assurance of  faith, under the blessed Spirit’s influence, and assistance, do what  the Scripture tells thee, “Give diligence.” Take care that thy faith is  of the right kind–that it is not a mere belief of doctrine, but a  simple faith, depending on Christ, and on Christ alone.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith, again, is doubless selected because it gives all the glory to God. It is of faith that it might be of grace, and it is of grace that there might be no boasting, for God cannot endure pride. “The proud he knoweth afar off.” Psalm 138:6 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“In all works of faith we may count upon Jesus’ fellowship.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“We sometimes say, “Only believe;” but believing is just the hardest thing in the world when sin lies heavy on your shoulders. We say, “Sinner, only trust in Christ.” Ah. you do not know what a great “only” that is. It is a work so great, that no man can do it unaided by God; for faith is the gift of God, and he gives it only to his children.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Strong faith enables the servants of God to look with calm contempt upon their most haughty foes. We know that our enemies are attempting impossibilities.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“When you see no present advantage, walk by faith and not by sight. Do God the honor to trust Him when it comes to matters of loss for the sake of principle.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“No dependence can be placed upon our natural qualities, or our spiritual attainments; but God abideth faithful. He is faithful in His love; He knows no variableness, neither shadow of turning. He is faithful to His purpose; He doth not begin a work and then leave it undone. He is faithful to His relationships; as a Father He will not renounce His children, as a friend He will not deny His people, as a Creator He will not forsake the work of His own hands.”

 ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith is the work of God’s grace in us. No man can say that Jesus is the Christ but by the Holy Ghost.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee–it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee–it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument–it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the rotten branches of self-reliance, and to root us more firmly in Christ.” 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“We accept the Lord Jesus by faith, and He teaches us obedience, creating it in us. The more faith in Him that we have, the more obedience to Him we will manifest.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith is not a blind thing; for faith begins with knowledge. It is not a speculative thing; for faith believes facts of which it is sure. It is not an unpractical, dreamy thing; for faith trusts, and stakes its destiny upon the truth of revelation.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“If people loved good works as much as they pretend to, they would love the faith which produces them.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“The eclipse of your faith, the darkness of your mind, the fainting of your hope, all these things are but parts of God’s method of making you ripe for the great inheritance upon which you shall soon enter. These trials are for the testing and strengthening of your faith–they are waves that wash you further upon the rock–they are winds which waft your ship the more swiftly towards the desired haven.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith is the road, but communion with Jesus is the well from which the pilgrim drinks.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“God has set apart His people from before the foundation of the world to be His chosen and peculiar inheritance. We are sanctified in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit when he subdues our corruptions, imparts to us grace, and leads us onward in the divine walk and life of faith. Christian men are not to be used for anything but God. They are a set-apart people; they are vessels of mercy, they are not for the devil’s use, not for their own use, not for the world’s use, but for their Master’s use. He has made them on purpose to be used entirely, solely and wholly for Him. O Christian people, be holy, for Christ is holy. Do not pollute that holy Name wherewith you are named. Let your family life, your personal life, your business life, be as holy as Christ your Lord would have it to be. Shall saints be shams when sinners are so real?” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, he is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what he has done, and in what he is now doing for me.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“God grant, if we must have two eyes, that they may be both clear ones, one the eye of faith wholly fixed on Christ, the other the eye of obedience equally and wholly fixed on the same objective!” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“There is no place like Calvary for creating confidence. The air of that sacred hill brings health to trembling faith.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith, in the Scripture, is spoken of under the emblem of all the senses. It is sight: “Look unto me and be ye saved.” It is hearing: “Hear, and your soul shall live.” Faith is smelling: “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia”; “thy name is as ointment poured forth.” Faith is spiritual touch.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“I know by a full assurance that I am justified by faith which is in Christ Jesus, and treated as if I had been perfectly just, and made an heir of God and a joint heir with Christ; and yet by nature I must take my place among the most sinful.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Grace is the first and last moving cause of salvation; and faith, essential as it is, is only an important part of the machinery which grace employs. We are saved ‘through faith,’ but salvation is ‘by grace’.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Many talk of what they can do and what they cannot do, and I fear they miss the vital point. Faith is leaving off the can-ing and cannot-ing, and leaving it all to Christ, for he can do all things, though you can do nothing.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“We may explain faith till nobody understands it.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the rotten bough of self-dependence, and to root us more firmly in Christ. The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“The delight which the mariner feels, when, after having been tossed about for many a day, he steps again upon the solid shore, is the satisfaction of a Christian when amidst all the changes of this troublous life, he rests the foot of his faith upon this truth—‘I am the Lord, I change not.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith is as precious to die by as it is to live by.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Paul saith, ‘Not of works, lest any man should boast.’ Now, faith excludes all boasting. The hand which receives charity does not say, ‘I am to be thanked for accepting the gift’; that would be absurd. When the hand conveys bread to the mouth it does not say to the body, ‘Thank me; for I feed you.’ It is a very simple thing that the hand does though a very necessary thing; and it never arrogates glory to itself for what it does. So God has selected faith to receive the unspeakable gift of His grace, because it cannot take to itself any credit, but must adore the gracious God who is the giver of all good.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Oh, blessed trust! To trust Him . . . whose power will never be exhausted, whose love will never wane, whose kindness will never change, whose faithfulness will never fail, whose wisdom will never be confounded, and whose perfect goodness can never know a diminution!” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Good word sink into your soul. It may be that the hour is come in which you shall enter upon that new life which is the beginning of heaven. Faith cometh by hearing, and reading is a sort of hearing: faith may come to you while you are reading this book. Why not? O blessed Spirit” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith is the work of God’s grace in us.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon



“God is very good to those who trust in him, and often surprises them with unlooked for blessings. Little do we know what may happen to us to-morrow, but this sweet fact may cheer us, that no good thing shall be withheld. Chance is banished from the faith of Christians, for they see the hand of God in everything.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord. Faith alone can bring us to see Jesus.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“There is joy in hell when a saint grows idle! There is gladness among devils when we cease to pray, when we become slack in faith and feeble in communion with God.”

 ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God, as full of His goodness and of His truth, as much a proof of His faithfulness and veracity, as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before? We do our Lord an injustice when we suppose that He wrought all His mighty acts, and showed Himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform wonders or lay bare His arm for the saints who are now upon the earth.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“It is not great faith but true faith that saves. And the salvation lies not in the faith but in the Christ in whom faith trusts.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“If you believed, if you did but hear one promise that would be enough; if you only heard one good thing from the pulpit, here would be food for your soul, for it is not the quantity we hear, but the quantity we believe, that does us good-it is that which we receive into our hearts with true and lively faith, that is our profit.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Repentance is as much a mark of a Christian, as faith is. A very little sin, as the world calls it, is a very great sin to a true Christian.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Cast the burden of the present, along with the sin of the past and the fear of the future, upon the Lord, who forsaketh not His saints. Live by the day–ay, by the hour. Put no trust in frames and feelings. Care more for a grain of faith than a ton of excitement. Trust in God alone, and lean not on the needs of human help.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Faith exists in different persons in various degrees, according to the amount of their knowledge or growth in grace.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“He who has two grounds of trust is lost! He who relies upon two
salvations, and cannot say of Christ, “He is all my salvation and all my desire,” that man is not only in danger of being
lost, but he is already condemned; because, in fact, he believes not on the Son of God! He is not alive to God at all, but rests partly on the Cross, and then in some measure on something else.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“It is not a brave thing to trust God. To true believers, it is a sweet necessity.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“How did you come to be a Christian? I sought the Lord. But how did you come to seek the Lord? The truth flashed across my mind in a moment—I should not have sought Him unless there had been some previous influence in my mind to make me seek Him. I prayed, thought I, but then I asked myself, How came I to pray? I was induced to pray by reading the Scriptures. How came I to read the Scriptures? I did read them, but what led me to do so? Then, in a moment, I saw that God was at the bottom of it all, and that He was the Author of my faith.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Be wise and attend to obeying. Let Christ manage the providing.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Moses grew weary, and then his friends assisted him. When at any time your prayer flags, let faith support one hand, and let holy hope uplift the other, and prayer seating itself upon the stone of Israel, the rock of our salvation, will persevere and prevail.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Lord, in this sweet eventide walk with me in the garden, and teach me the wisdom of faith.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. We shall cast down the powers of darkness which are in the world, by our faith, and zeal, and holiness; we shall win sinners to Jesus, we shall overturn false systems, we shall convert nations, for God is with us, and none shall stand before us.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Men have laboured to divide the faithful  from their Master, but their attempts have been fruitless in every age.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


“Little-Faith is just as certain to get to heaven as Great-Faith. When Jesus Christ counts up his Jewels at the last day, he will have little pearls as well as great ones. A diamond is precious no matter how small it is, because it is a diamond. And faith, no matter how small it is, if it is true faith, has a place in Christ’s crown. Little-Faith is always certain of heaven, because the name of Little-Faith is written in the book of eternal life. Little Faith was chosen by God before the creation of the world. Little-Faith was bought with the blood of Christ and he cost just as much as Great-Faith.” 

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon


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You Have Invisible Protection And Provisions Against Witches And The Wiles Of The Devil

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You Have Invisible Protection And Provisions Against Witches And The Wiles Of The Devil.

Sometimes without many of us realizing it, God has surrounded us with an invisible army that constantly protects and seals us. We might not always see it, but we can be certain that behind the scenes, God is fighting on our behalf and doing great works we might never know about.

There are many mysteries whose meanings we do not know at this time. There are battles in the spiritual that we might not be able to see with our physical eyes. Sometimes our spiritual eyes are closed and we are not able to have a glimpse of what is taking place in the spiritual and the heavenlies.

In the Bible story below, Elisha the Prophet’s servant thought they were surrounded by the enemy and he was worried not knowing what they would do since they seemed out numbered. Well, that is until Elisha prayed and the servant’s eyes were opened to see the fiery army of the Lord protecting them.

“When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.”

2 Kings 6:15-18

How many times have you felt like you were surrounded by the enemy and you were out numbered?

A few months back, I visited a city in South Africa for a couple of weeks. Unknown to me, the house I was living in was surrounded by witch and wizard covens. Witch doctors in South Africa are known as sangomas. I did not know that the neighborhood was filled with powerful sangomas when I got the house. As the days went on, I noticed that it was customary for the wizards and witches to chant at about 6pm every evening. Hearing these eerie and confusing sounds, I often felt surrounded. I felt alone. Like the enemy was all around me.

One night, there was no sound from the neighboring houses , so I thought it was safe to go out and I decided to get of my house, sit on the porch so that I could watch the stars.  I opened my door and found a large group of witches and wizards outside the compound. They had all sorts of interesting paraphernalia, were smoking and talking in low tones. I was momentarily paralyzed as I watched the scene before me. 

I didn’t know whether to go back inside or to run. So many thoughts started rushing through my mind. Going back inside seemed scary. What if one of the witches had a gun and shot my backside. Running was futile as all escape routes had been blocked.

Out of options, I remembered what the Apostle Paul said in Ephesians:

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” 

Ephesians 6:13

So, I decided to stand outside my door and start praying in the spot I was rooted in. I didn’t pray loudly. Just silent, pleadings to Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit to shield, protect me and save my life. I kept pleading for the blood of Jesus to cover me so that the enemy would not touch me. As I stood there for about 4 hours, a different witch would walk up to me an instrument, wanting to strike me, then something would happen and it seemed like they would change their mind, walk back to their group, mutter some words to the other members of the group and then walk away. After a few minutes, another witch would also come over and the same thing would happen.

This went on for about four hours until all the witches had walked up to me, instrument in mind, changed their mind and then walked away.

That night, I was physically unarmed and yet I believe that the supernatural clock of the Lord Jesus Christ was covering me and his Holy Spirit was right there beside me protecting me.

Jesus saved my life from the wiles of the enemy and witches. He can do the same for you if you choose to believe in him and his power to save.

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ in your life, I urge you to please invite him in your life. In these dark and wicked days, only Jesus can protect us from the devil. If you are on your own, without his covering, you will be an easy prey for the devil.

Jesus is patiently waiting for you to invite him in. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow is not promised to any one. Take this chance and accept him and see how he will change and transform your life.

His word says:

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 3:20-22

Hannah

Helmet Of Salvation As Part Of The Full Armor Of God – Spiritual Warfare

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Helmet Of Salvation As Part Of The Full Armor Of God – Spiritual Warfare.



Spiritual Warfare.



Helmet Of Salvation.



The helmet as part of the full armor of God covers the head. The head contains majority of the neurological system of the human body. It is where the brain along with various neurons are found. It is where the mind, conscious and subconscious reside.




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✝️ Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ‭‭🔥Ephesians‬ ‭6:11-17‬🔥 . . . #fullarmorofgod #wholearmorofgod #schemesofthedevil #schemes #devil #God #fleshandblood #powers #forcesofdarkness #spiritualforces #wickedness #standfirm #girdyourloins #truth #breastplate #breastplateofrighteousness #shodyourfeet #gospelofpeace #gospel #🛡#shieldoffaith #flamingarrows #evilone #helmetofsalvation #swordofthespirit #🗡 #⚔️ #wordofGod #bible #📖

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And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

Ephesians 6:17-18



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Helmet of salvation – Full armor of God


If for one reason or another a person becomes brain dead though their heart beats, they cannot do much. For example, if a believer is brain dead, they cannot be able to put on their sandals of peace, wield their sword of the spirit, put on their breastplate of righteousness, wear their belt of truth or hold up your shield of faith.



In essence, before you can be able to use any other part of the armor effectively you need salvation. You need to be born again. A believer of Jesus Christ having accepted his gift of salvation.



All humankind has fallen short of the glory of God but Jesus came to offer us salvation and to redeem us from our fallen state.







That is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Romans 3:22-24



We don’t have to keep living in our sinful, fallen state anymore.
There is redemption for our sins.
Their is salvation.
We can be saved and live if we believe in God’s begotten son Jesus Christ.



If your spiritual armor is to be effective, then you need to put on your helmet of salvation as a priority. Of course every part of the armor is vital as we have seen in this series and each part meshes seamlessly into the other parts.







For example, to receive Salvation, you need Faith. Faith is your shield as part of the armor. So ultimately a believer needs the complete armor to be able to wage against the enemy. Missing a piece of the armor leaves believers vulnerable to the wiles and devices of the enemy.



We are called to be victorious in Jesus Christ.







Jesus Saves!
Jesus is Your Helmet Of Salvation!
Wear him and protect your head and mind!



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There are a number of ways we can help other people. Helping other people has a ripple of effect of adding light and love to our world. 

Various people took to Twitter and shared quotes and their thoughts on how each of us can help other people so we can all make this world a much better and sunnier place.




Bible Verse:


“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8 



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Interesting And Weird Things People Google – Unlearning And Relearning

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Interesting And Weird Things People Google – Unlearning And Relearning.

Google, the powerful search engine that helps:

  • Give us answers.
  • Make new discoveries.
  • Keep up to date with new trends. 
  • Provide vital information.
  • Increase our knowledge banks.

Indeed with so much information at our fingertips through social media, wikipedia, search engines etc it’s safe to call this the information and knowledge age.

All this burgeoning knowledge and information nicely ties in with what was written in the Prophetic book of Daniel many ages ago. 

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”


Daniel 12:4

Once in a while we have a thought, get an idea or seek clarity on an issue and we quickly run to google to help  provide us with answers.

The twitter users below share with the public some weird and interesting things they have googled.

What weird and interesting things have you googled yourself? 

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Sometimes Not Sharing Is Caring And Wise – Life Lessons From The Ten Virgins – Parable

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Sometimes Not Sharing Is Caring And Wise – Life Lessons From The Ten Virgins – Parable.



Most of us have heard the catch phrase, “Sharing is caring.” But is this always true? Well, the parable of the ten virgins as told by Matthew says otherwise. Sometimes not sharing is actually caring. Especially if your sharing causes another person pain or put’s them in harm’s way.


We can take the simple example of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Would sharing a STD/STI with another person be caring? Of course not. What about sharing drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, porn and other wicked materials with other people. Is that caring? Certainly not.


If sharing causes more harm than good, (even when the harm is to self), then that sharing is not caring. In addition to not sharing being wise sometimes, below are other lessons we can pick from the parable of the ten virgins.


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  1. There are two types of believers. Foolish believers and wise believers.
  2. The oil in this parable can mean a number of things. One of those things is the Holy Spirit.
  3. Wise believers are filled with the Holy Spirit. They live in the spirit and not in the flesh.
  4. Foolish believers, believe in Jesus but they are not led or filled with the Holy spirit. They live carnally.
  5. Wise believers are a light in a dark world.
  6. The journey of faith requires endurance and stamina because Jesus may be long in coming. (But he will definitely come because the scriptures are true and they don’t lie).
  7. Jesus is going to come at any time. We should always be ready awaiting his return.
  8. This is one of those few times when not sharing is a wise and smart move contrary to popular teachings. If the wise virgins had shared the little oil they had, they would have foolishly perished.
  9. There is great and glorious banquet ready for Jesus’s Elect. We have something to hope for. We don’t labor for the good news of the gospel in vain.
  10. Salvation will not always be available. Someday, it will be too late to enter the kingdom of God. It is therefore wise to wash our garments clean, repent and live for Jesus while we still have time.
  11. Being a believer is not a guarantee that Jesus knows you. Only being a true believer in Jesus guarantees that he knows you.
  12. Always be watchful, sober and awake so that you don’t miss heaven and Jesus.

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The Parable Of The Ten Virgins:


“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7. “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9. “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10. “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12. “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Matthew 25:1-13


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Hope And Justice When Faced With Difficulty And Injustice – Life Lessons From The Persistent Widow – Parable

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Hope And Justice When Faced With Difficulty And Injustice – Life Lessons From The Persistent Widow – Parable.



Difficulty, adversity and hard times are part of life. We can’t avoid pain, disappointment, anguish, grief or calamity who-ever we are and where-ever we live. Sooner or later, these negatives will find each of us regardless of our class or station in Life. However, we need not despair the storms of life come our way. When faced with adversity, we can find comfort, justice, hope, love, joy and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ.


In the Christian journey of faith, there will be times when our faith will come under attack from the enemy. Times when we will feel hopeless and in despair because of seeming injustices done to us. And maybe there will also be times when we pray to God for something and he seem’s silent and distant.


We might even fast and go without various pleasures for days without any change or improvement in our situation. It can be frustrating and very tempting to give up our faith and hope in the Lord when situations like these arise.


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A few days ago I had a conversation with a friend who was going through some difficulties and she needed hope, comfort, inspiration and motivation to keep going. During our talk, one statement seemed to keep recurring, and it was, “Where do I find hope and comfort in the midst of all this chaos?


She kept telling me, “God seems to be silent this time. He has been faithful but this time it feels like he has disappeared.” She went further to say, “I’m not a bad person and I feel like I have done everything right. I go to Church regularly and though I can’t say I’m perfect, I know that I’m not committing any conscious sins. I feel righteous and yet I keep wondering why God doesn’t hear me. Isn’t he supposed to hear the prayers of the righteous?”


“It’s getting harder and harder to keep believing and going on as my situation seems to get worse.” I could empathize with her. I too had experienced situations in my life when I felt hopeless, alone and abandoned.


So, as we talked, the parable of the persistent widow came to mind because it was a particular one that had helped me to keep being persistent despite various difficulties I had faced in life. In my own words, I call the persistent widow, “The woman who refused to say NO when everything around her was pressuring her to say YES and to quit.”


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I call her the woman who chose not to give up despite the odds stacked against her. She is a testament to the power of persistence in breaking rocks and hardships. Her story is a testimony to the power of prayer to change situations and circumstances.


Luke one of Jesus’s twelve disciples writes her story. She was a widow who was faced with an adversity (he doesn’t tell us what the adversity was) and this great adversity drove her to seek help and justice from a Judge.


Unfortunately, this Judge kept turning her down and refusing her requests. Yet despite all this, she refused to be deterred. She kept pushing and pushing. Some may falsely call her behavior stubborn but she wasn’t stubborn like King Saul. To the contrary she was devoted like King David.


A singular devotion that kept her persistent until she finally got what she needed. The Parable, reminds us that our God is not cruel. Our God is a God of compassion and justice. Our God hears our cries and various pleas, and one day soon, he will give us the justice we need.


Are you facing an adversity and a hard situation?
Are you having difficulty maintaining your faith in Jesus because of a calamity or crisis?
Are you seeking and looking for comfort for your aches and pains?


Well, I have a simple answer for you and his name is Jesus. Go to Jesus and tell him what the challenge is. Talk to him. Seek him. Plead with him. Search for him. Pray to him unceasingly! His word says if we seek him with our hearts, we shall find him.


But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Deuteronomy 4:29

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The Parable Of The Persistent Widow:


Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think,
yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!'”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Luke: 18. 1-8



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In this life, in order to be happy, we need to grow and develop. And to do this, we need to continually unlearn to relearn a new. With cutting edge technologies, recent inventions, novel scientific pronouncements, archeological discoveries and  revelations of old mysteries it helps to keep renewing our knowledge banks.

In the book of Hosea found in the Bible, God says this to his people:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

Hosea 4:6

Clearly, knowledge is very important and a lack of it will lead to destruction. It is therefore important for us to keeping learning and increasing on our knowledge and wisdom.

We can learn from many avenues.

  • The Bible which is full of wisdom and knowledge and the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Psalms are ever green resources.
  • People around us. Friends, family and strangers can teach us about life and add to our knowledge.
  • Newspapers, Magazines, Journals and Books are great sources of knowledge and wisdom.
  • While television, movies and series serve for entertainment, they can also be wonderful sources of wisdom and knowledge.

In this ultramodern and contemporary age that we find ourselves, social media has become a leading tool in providing knowledge and wisdom. Social media influence is very powerful and cannot be ignored.

I decided to explore twitter to find some great gems of wisdom and knowledge from the tweets people are sharing.

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Your Heart Is A Garden, Please Guard It – Life Lessons From The Tenets – Parable

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Parables are mysteries that are always packed with so much wisdom and knowledge. This might explain one of the reasons why Jesus loved to teach in parables. Depending on various life situations, we can learn so much from just one parable.


Reading the Parable of Tenets in Matthew, so many thoughts to mind. In fact each Bible Verse is a nugget of wisdom for everyday living all it’s on but today we shall just look at 8.



  • Your heart is like a Vineyard. It’s a garden that can produce fruit. Whether you produce good fruit or bad fruit depends on what you sow in your heart. Therefore guard your heart from worldly influences for out of the heart, issues of life flow. Stay away from magazines, television shows, internet sites, friends that don’t feed your spiritual life.

 
“There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.”

Matthew: 21. 33


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  • Remember your priorities and what matters most in life. Don’t forget the places you have invested time and resources in. Don’t be a time waster.

“When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.” 

Matthew: 21. 34



  • Not everyone is your friend. Not everyone is on your side. Be careful who you trust.

“The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.” 

Matthew: 21. 35



  • Even when people let you down, betray you, disappoint you, learn to forgive and give them a second chance. It’s not simple but it helps your soul heal.

“Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.”

Matthew: 21. 36


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  • Sometimes in life, you will be required to sacrifice the most precious things to you.

“Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.”

Matthew: 21. 37



  • Not everyone will honor your sacrifices. Not everyone will appreciate the good you do for them. Do it anyway.

“But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.”

Matthew: 21. 38-39



  • The Lord God of hosts is a God of Justice. He is also a God of Vengeance. Evil may abound. The Lawless may spread wickedness but there will be a day of Justice when God repays those who have done evil.

“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants? 41. “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

Matthew: 21. 40-41


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  • Even if you have been rejected by friends, family, the community etc, the Lord thinks you matter and he has a great plan for your life.

“Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” 43. Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”

Matthew: 21. 42-43



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“For one to define and understand the nature of the universe, one must first
understand the nature of the force behind its existence.”
― Reid A. Ashbaucher


The Lord reveals himself to us in a myriad of ways:  Sometimes it’s through his Holy spirit, sometimes it’s through people, sometimes it’s through life experiences, but his word (in the Holy Bible)  is an ever present, infinite source that is living and inspirational. While Christ was still on earth, he used an unusual method of teaching many pearls of wisdom. One of these was through parables.


Today, we delve into the word of God, (Matthew 13:47) and explore the parable of the net and what it teaches us about the Nature of God.


1. The Lord’s love is very wide.


His love is so immense and so wonderful, it covers the whole world and he want’s every human to come to a knowledge of him and to have a relationship with him.


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2. The Lord is full of Grace. 


His grace is so great, he gives a chance, to both the wicked and righteous. He gives everyone undeserved and unmerited favor as no human is worth his grace and salvation.


3. The Lord is no respecter of persons.


He wants every human being, those doing evil and those doing good to be saved from his wrath and the judgement to come.


4. The Lord is Patient


His nature is forbearance and he holds himself back from punishing us even as we mock his patience by continuing to sin and live in iniquity. Despite our haughtiness, he is mercifully waiting for us to come to him.


5. The Lord is the Master of Self-control


Even though the Lord see’s all the evil, hate, suffering and heartache in the world, and he has the power to destroy the whole world even as in the days of Noah, he is exercising self control and ruling in wisdom.


6. The Lord is Kind


He has given his disciples and followers the opportunity to bring forth treasure. He continually works in the lives of his children to make sure they keep on multiplying and yielding new treasure.


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7. The Lord is True to his Word.


Someday, when the time is out, the Lord will sit on his judgement seat and command his angels to separate the wicked from the righteous.


8. The Lord is Holy. 


He sits in heaven and he sees and knows about all that is going on here on earth. Heaven is a holy place where only the righteous are allowed. The wicked cannot enter heaven.


The Parable Of The Net:


“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.
When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.
This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied.
He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

 Matthew 13:47-52

If you would like to know more about the nature of God and seeker a deeper understanding, of how we can relate with God in the body, mind, spirit and soul please check out, “Made in the Image of God: Understanding the Nature of God and Mankind in a Changing World.” by Reid A. Ashbaucher. Reid gives a detailed  study and digs in deeply to explain  and provide readers an understanding into the nature of God.


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