As a family, we were watching a programme on the screen about a new believer who met his old friends at his new place of work (on the farm). These old friends kept luring him back into his old ways but the new man refused to take heed. The old friends wanted the new man to just join them in socialising and they met the new man’s boss to ask for permission for a while. These friends described who the new man used to be to his boss (who only knew the new man as a Christian and nothing less). The boss was greatly disappointed and asked the man to leave his farm because he ‘thought he was a Christian’. This new believer was greatly sorrowful and was encouraged by an older believer using the story of the mad man in the bible Mark 5:1-10. The older believer later intervened in the issue and there was a resolution. Praise God.
I tried to analyse the whole scenario and figured out that we all tend to forget that NOBODY WAS BORN A CHRISTIAN. You might have been born into a Christian family and even given a Christian name but it doesn’t make you a Christian. Just like ‘going into the river to swim does not make you a fish’, so also going to church does not make you a Christian. Get it ??!! Making a deliberate confession of sin and allowing Jesus as Lord and saviour is what makes anyone a Christian. Is anyone accusing you based on what you used to be before now? Keep calm and remember you are a new creature in Christ. Simply respond to any false allegation with a yes or no, a gentle spirit and not putting up an angry act. You might not be perfect or where you want to be in your relationship with God, but remember you are definitely not where you used to be.
Prayer 1: Father, make me a living testimony for you wherever I go in Jesus’ name.
It’s common to hear people say ‘BE YOURSELF’ but I beg to defer on this. Psalm 51:5 and John 3:3 confirm that every human is born in sin hence the need to be born again. I know of someone who allowed himself to be put under the bondage of the devil’s deceit. This guy is now a shadow of himself and has refused to take the RIGHT step. All that is required of someone who falls into sin is to repent and not pretend (Proverbs 28:13, Proverbs 24:16). This might mean different things to different people and this is why I was prompted to air my view on this topic.
First of all, depending on who says “just be yourself” changes the meaning. For example, if a novice says “just be yourself” he means to do nothing and just let fate take its course. On the other hand, if an experienced guru on dating says “just be yourself” then it has a totally different meaning. – Jimmy James
In my opinion, being yourself means doing what comes to you naturally. My natural self exhibits my ‘Adamic’ or human nature (Jeremiah 17:9). 1 Corinthians 2:14 says the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. Several times the human nature struggles with the spiritual nature as in John 3:6. The human nature encourages us to retaliate, be malicious, hate people, be greedy, steal, lie or exhibit the works of the flesh as seen in Galatians 5:19-21. Now let me ask you, will you still want to be yourself? Not at all –if you’ll ask me. I’ll rather say I want to be what God wants me to be. I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20). I like the ‘I am’ showing the present tense which is a current action. So, when we are provoked to anger, we should remind ourselves that we are crucified or dead to the flesh. A dead man doesn’t respond to insults. Hmmm… A hard pill to swallow? His grace is sufficient so, keep working on it and you will surely be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. That means, we all need to take DELIBRATE actions to prevent us from being ourselves and then be what God wants us to be. Full stop!
Prayer 1: Father, please help me to put my flesh under and make me sensitive to your instructions at all times in Jesus’ name.
Phew!!! The end of my first week at work was such a great relief. I started off with great stress with Transport for London (TfL). This was solely my fault because I depended on my last knowledge of train times to work from last year without checking. This reminds me of Romans 12:2b which talks about being transformed by the renewing our minds. Acts 17:11emphasises this by asking us as true believers to daily examine the scriptures. This aspect of our daily walk with God is crucial. Little wonder Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. He said they needed to include in their daily prayer point,Matthew 6:11, “Give us this day our daily bread..” which was to provide for their daily food. This principle also applies to our daily spiritual food. This is because in Lamentations 3:23 and Psalm 68:19 we are loaded with benefits daily due to His faithfulness to us. To be like our Heavenly Father, we need to plug into this realm of daily downloading from the throne of grace. If I had checked up my daily schedule online, I would have avoided the hassle of road works and cancelled trains. When our minds are updated with our daily manual (the Holy Bible) through the help of the Holy Spirit, we can avoid frustrations, deceit from the pit of hell, misery, suicide and other unwanted circumstances. Being outdated is very deadly to the spirit man so, get updated today!
Prayer 1: Holy Spirit, teach me the ways of God today and enable me to be upgraded daily to the perfect image of God in Jesus’ name.