HAVE FAITH AND DON’T DOUBT

(Matt 21:21-23)
21 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. 22 You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

KNOWING YOUR TRUE FRIEND

A major thing affecting the happiness of a lot of people, even rendering some senseless, is the inability to tell how true the people they call their friends are. This is hugely because friends are made, a lot of times, to be cushions on which to lay troubled head at all times. But, rather unfortunate the people that occupy our lives whom we thought we could find that comfort and cushion in do not seem to have that goal and enough care. This post, in its entirety, seeks to assist you know who your true friends are.

I am sorry, but anyone in your life who is short of the under listed and explained qualities/ traits is bound to be thrown out through the emergency exit with immediate effect. Now, a true friend:

  • Respects and Loves

A true friend loves, respects, shows empathy, and compassion to others too. Be watchful, a true friend shows love to others too. There is no love without respect. Respect occupies sixty and over percent of love. No matter how silly your opinions are, he tells you they are like noses, everyone has one and the bravest thing to do is to make them known. With this kind of person in your life how can you feel small, timid, and inferior? That is a true friend

  • Supports and believes in you

If even the Bible says ask and it shall be given you, then the one who gives you what you need without you asking is the true friend we talk. He is one person whose support you don’t ask but he gives it you a hundred percent. He is a person that no matter how down you feel, he cares so much and will see to it that he/she helps you rise up quickly and brightly. A very thoughtful person. Let me tell you what it means to believe in you. Once you mention to this person an aspiration or undertaking, he tells you, “Wow, I am highly impressed. You can do it without failure.”

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  • Trustworthy and honest

A person whose trust you do not struggle to win, and very honest with his words, actions, and inactions is a true friend, no two ways about it. He is a person you can trust, not a ‘see black and call it yellow’ kind of person. He is very real. Under no circumstance would you see traits of pretense, because he is not a pretender. Fakers, liars, and cheaters do not belong here. They will park bag and baggage once they have achieved whatever they came into your life for. Know that without trust there is no reason to continue a relationship.

  • Non-judgmental

A true friend is a non-judgmental person, he is a person who will never accuse you for you wrongs. Even your avoidable mistakes he tells you ‘to err is human’, and never blames you for it

  • Forgives and apologizes

The one who acknowledges your diversities, and is quick to apologize for his wrong and forgive you of yours is a true friend. He does not hung on to past fights, pains, etc., but believes you both have capacity to be better next time. This is the person you need to hold on to because he has put away pride and ego for the sake of the success of your relationship.

  • Accepts you for yourself

A true friend is the person that accepts you for whoever you are, will never by mistake tell you stuff like, ‘if you were this or that our friendship would be wonderfully marvelous and flamboyant.’ It is the one who accepts you that will laugh with you, cry with you, and dry your tears. He is always found filling your life with positive things. The one who calls you and tells you you are the best thing that ever happened to his life when as a matter of fact it is the other way round is the true friend you seek.

  • Listens, keeps confidences, and never back bites

Anytime you request for his audience he is always there for you, regardless of his surrounding circumstances. Not a back talker, and by that I mean this person will never utter a foul word about you to anyone in your absence, and also he keeps your confidences with his life as though they were his. On no occasion will this person raise his/her voice on you. That is respect to its core.

 

Let me conclude on the note of this popular assertion that there are two kind of people: those who brighten a room when they enter, and those who brighten a room on their exit. It is with no iota of doubt that; a true friend is the former; a person you call a brother or sister but has no blood relation with you; and he is a treasure worth discovering and keeping. Tswa omanye aba!

CHRIST AND THE REST

Once upon a time in Jerusalem, by the pool of Bethesda lay great multitude of sick people. They lie there in wait for the angel of God to disturb the water and the first person to get in this pool after the disturbance gets healed. It appears that this was the only way the people were healed from their infirmities in those days. There were great multitude of sick persons. So it wasn’t surprising when one man was asked whether he wanted to be healed and he said, “I can’t be healed” (John 5:6 NLT).

Sometimes it is so in life, the world presents one option/ path to our dreams and visions that we sometimes forget that Christ is the true way! The man whom Jesus talked to, had been sick for the past 38 years and only God knows how long he had been by that pool. The only way he knew he could be healed was – if only someone could help put him in the pool after the angels troubled it.

We too do think alike- Oh if only I knew the principal I would get admission; if only I knew one man on the panel I would get the scholarship; if my parents were alive I would have made it to college; if only I could win the lottery I would make it to the USA; if only I made it to college I would have been prosperous by now… on and on and on. Glory to God that apart from salvation, which has only one way to attain, all other situations in life presents with two solutions- Christ and the rest. And the truth is that Christ is the ultimate solution! So when this man (the man by the pool of Bethesda) discovered the second option to his sickness, who is Christ, he was able to walk from that moment on (John 5:9).

My dear beloved in Christ, do not give up in life! You have Christ! Christ the ultimate solution to all life’s problems and difficulties. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus – the God of possibilities. The one who can create rivers in the desert and make a way where there seem to be no way. Let us not get accustomed to the way we’ve seen things being done, or the patterns in which things flow in the world, instead trust in God. God bless you

Courtesy: Ameyaw Bernice Ama

OUR IDENTITY

I found a few verses about who we were, either Jews or Gentiles, and how God has given us His identity. Now we have become God’s people.
   
1 Peter 2:10
10 “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”*

Even the Jews, at a point, were not God’s people.       
Hos 1:6
6 Soon Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. And the LORD said to Hosea, “Name your daughter Lo-ruhamah—’Not loved’—for I will no longer show love to the people of Israel or forgive them.
   
Hos 1:9
9 And the LORD said, “Name him Lo-ammi—’Not my people’—for Israel is not my people, and I am not their God.

Glory to God that it was part of His plan to make us all His people: both Jews and Gentiles.
23 At that time I will plant a crop of Israelites
and raise them for myself.
I will show love
to those I called ‘Not loved.’
And to those I called ‘Not my people,’
I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’
And they will reply, ‘You are our God!'”
   
Rom 9:25
25 Concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea,
“Those who were not my people,
I will now call my people.
And I will love those
whom I did not love before.”

And for we Gentiles, our identity as God’s people is a treasure. For God to make us a part of His people through the disobedience of the Jews.

Rom 10:19-20
19 But I ask, did the people of Israel really understand? Yes, they did, for even in the time of Moses, God said,
“I will rouse your jealousy through people who are not even a nation.
I will provoke your anger through the foolish Gentiles.”

COURTESY: AMEYAW BERNICE AMA

HOLINESS COMES FROM TRUTH

John 17:17-19
Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
The reference scripture is part of the prayer Jesus made to God before His betrayal. He asked not much from God at that moment, but made sure those He was leaving behind were protected very well by the Almighty. Paraphrasing the scripture above, I say, “There is only one truth which is the word of God, and it is this truth that makes a man holy.” It is even emphasized somewhere in the Bible that the truth sets a man free and free indeed.
I pray that this week brings to us all abundant peace and joy in Jesus’ name. I also pray to God to rest the soul of my friend, Eugenia Kafui Dogah, I lost last week to a tragic illness, in perfect peace. “Eugenia, till we meet again I say ‘ya wor kpoo k3 odjogban.’”

On the Day I Die

YOU CANT LIVE WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN YOU DIE. FANTASTIC PIECE

john pavlovitz

flowers copyOn the die I day a lot will happen.

A lot will change.

The world will be busy.

On the day I die, all the important appointments I made will be left unattended.

The many plans I had yet to complete will remain forever undone.

The calendar that ruled so many of my days will now be irrelevant to me.

All the material things I so chased and guarded and treasured will be left in the hands of others to care for or to discard.

The words of my critics which so burdened me will cease to sting or capture anymore. They will be unable to touch me.

The arguments I believed I’d won here will not serve me or bring me any satisfaction or solace.   

All my noisy incoming notifications and texts and calls will go unanswered. Their great urgency will be quieted.

My many nagging regrets will all be resigned to the past, where they should have always…

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