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A Life Worthy of the Gospel

 The Bible always stresses a balance between the content of one’s beliefs and the resulting conduct in one’s life. A good example is found in Ephesians 4:1-3. “I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (NET). 

Paul admonishes us to “live worthily of the calling with which you have been called.” He means that we must live a life worthy of our high calling in Christ Jesus. Our practice should equal the teachings of our doctrine.  We should take great pains to see that our lives are lived in perfect balance.

The Biblical principle for living the Christian life is quite simply stated: The believer puts into daily practice the principles of the Word of God by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

In order to live a balanced Christian life there must be good sound Biblical teaching. I have never seen any mature Christian who did not have a good understanding of the teaching of the Word of God. Practice without sound Bible teaching will go off in any and every direction. We can never attach too much importance to solid Biblical doctrine. How can a Christian live a life worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ if he does not know what the Christian life is all about? At the same time we must never detach the importance of putting into practice what we understand to be true.

How then do we live a life worthy of our calling? The Christian life is not the same thing as the culturally accepted norms of the local community in which we live. The world is antagonistic to the Christian life (1 John 2:15-17). God has called us “out of the darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9b NET). How tragic when you can’t tell the difference between the standards of the culture and the local church.

We were spiritually bankrupt, emotionally in bondage, and morally corrupt. However, when we were saved God awakened us to a new life and gave us the power to live that new life. We are now spiritually alive. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved!” (Eph. 2:5 NET)

 The apostle Paul wrote, “So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come!” (2 Cor 5:17 NET)

Therefore, the apostle Paul admonishes us to, “Be completely humble.” That is the opposite of arrogance and self-assertion. The world tells us to stand up for your rights. Be assertive. Demand respect. The Bible says, “Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself” (Phil. 2:3 NET). The world philosophy pulls in one direction, the Holy Spirit insists on another. Do you put other people’s needs and interests before your own? Are you out for number one?

We need to be gentle with people. The word Paul uses for “gentle” is power under control. “Meek” doesn’t quite give the sense of the original. The gentle person is a strong person under God’s control. This is what it means to be a Spirit filled. The Spirit filled believer is a Spirit-controlled person. Jesus was this kind of a person, and he set the example for us. “Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:29 NET).  “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5 NET). That will be true because all who are not will kill themselves off in power struggles.

We must be patient. Literally it means “long-tempered.” It is the attitude that will never give in when the going gets tough. It sticks with it and reaps the rewards. It is the attitude that never admits defeat in disappointments and discouragement, but persists to the end. It is the attitude that refuses to retaliate, bears insults and injury without bitterness and complaint. 

Patience comes over a long time of suffering. I doubt if anyone is patient who has never suffered physically, emotionally or spiritually in life. We learn patience through the things we suffer (Rom. 5:3). God is very patient with us and we need to become like him.

“Bearing with one another in love” is how we respond to the unloving behavior of other Christians toward us. How do we “put up with one another”? What is our typical response when other people do us evil? What is my attitude when I see two Christians having problems in their relationships? What is my attitude toward problems in a church? Do I do as Paul suggests here, “making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”? (v. 3 NET)

Paul is saying the Holy Spirit has already given us this unity when we put our faith in Christ. We are not called upon to create this unity, but to “keep the unity.” Pride destroys this unity in the Spirit. Over powering self-assertion destroys vital relationships with other believers. Being short-tempered, rude and non-extending our love to those who act ugly to us destroys all effort at keeping this “unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Churches grieve the Holy Spirit just as individuals do (4:30-31). Let’s be determined to “walk in the Spirit” and keep ourselves under his control.Selah!


Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006


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Biblical Purpose of Prayer is That

“We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.” Oswald Chambers


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Will You Dare to Hang on the Monkey Bars?

“Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 New International Version


Have you ever wondered what Jesus felt like while He was hanging on the cross?

I tried hanging on a set of monkey bars with my feet suspended. Did it ever hurt after just a few minutes.

Will you dare to hang on the monkey bars to experience what Jesus endured for you?

Just think, Jesus hung like that on a cross because He loves us for six hours.

It does not matter what you did in your past. It does not matter how bad you were. It does not matter if you are young or old. It does not matter if you are rich or poor. It does not matter your nationality.

Jesus loves us all so much He suffered that most horrible death so that we can enjoy the most loving relationship with our God in Heaven.

“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Anna Bartlett Warner

Prayer: Thank you our beloved Jesus for the tremendous sacrifice you paid so that we have the privilege of enjoying the most wonderful love affair there ever was, is or will be. I give thanks in Your treasured name. Amen.

This photo and article @ Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah 2022


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He Will Give so You Can Give.

I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. Genesis 12:2 New International Version.

What does God bless us with?


God gives us a loving heart so that we will bless others with love. The more you give your love to others, the more God will give His love to you.

Talk about a win, win situation ey?


Now what does it mean that your name will be great?


It does not mean you will be a superstar here on earth.

It means that your name will be great in heaven.


Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 New International Version.

Just as Jesus has shared His love with us, so too are we to share our love with others. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah


Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Jireh (God our provider) for the wonderful blessing of Your treasured love. Thank you my beloved for the opportunities to share this divine love with others. I give thanks for this cherished gift in the name of He who loved us first Jesus Christ. Amen

This photo and article @ Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah 2022


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That is Why I

What or whom we worship determines our behavior.

That is why I worship Jesus, because of His love for me I worship Him.

Because of this I live a righteous life.

Because of this stress is replaced with peace.

Selfishness and bitterness is replaced with love. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah


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Wisdom from a Senior

After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself.

I have realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.

I have stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.

I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am.

I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane & relive their past.

I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.

I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn it down, just say “Thank You.”

I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.

I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.

I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.

I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human.

I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships, I will never be alone.

I have learned to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last.

I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!


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A Good and Perfect Father

God the Father loves us just as much as He loves His Son, Jesus Christ.

Since that is a true statement can we ever have another anxious thought or rebellious attitude toward Him?

Because our heavenly Father loves us with such love as He has for His Son He will not let us want for anything good in His divine will. He will take care of us in the very best possible manner (Psa. 23:1Eph. 1:3). It is absolutely safe to put our trust in a perfect Father.

“Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust” (Psalm 103:13-14).

Jesus came to reveal the LORD God as a loving and kind Father (John 14:7-9Matt. 11:27).

It is only in the revelation of God by the Lord Jesus Christ that the idea of God the Father is fully developed.

The title “Father” is a distinguishing feature in the New Testament in the teaching of Jesus, especially in the Gospel of John. He reveals Jehovah God as Father. He is not the Father of all men, but only those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. “No one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).

There is a distinction between God as our Creator and as Father to the believer.

God is a good and perfect Father (1 John 3:1-2John 10:1514:2Eph. 3:14Phil. 2:11).

We have been adopted and placed as His full-grown children in His family. He chose us to be His children; therefore we must allow Him to take care of the responsibilities as a caring Father.

Are we not worth more than many sparrows?

As a loving Father He always takes a greater care of His children (Matt. 6:24-2630-33).

God has revealed Himself as a true Father, full of love and mercy.

Do I respond to Him as His child?

The Father gives His very best to His children (Matt. 7:11Lk. 11:13). He even gives us His kingdom (Lk. 12:28-32). The context like Matthew chapter six speaks of all our needs. Our heavenly Father wants to give far more than we are able to receive.

Since this is true of our Father why should we fear coming to Him boldly and asking?

Why should we fear that He will fail to give us His very best?

If He failed to meet these needs of His children then His very integrity would be at stake. He will protect His Name because it reveals His perfect character. He will always give in such a manner that His Name will be glorified.

Will I do anything to cause others to doubt the integrity and trustworthiness of my heavenly Father?

Our doubting attitudes cast suspicion upon the faithfulness of our God.

Why would we dare libel our heavenly Father when we would never cast any suspicion on our earthly father?

Our responsibility is to trust a loving Father. We go through life as His children acting as if we were left orphans with no Father who cares about us. He is worthy of our confidence and absolute trust.

Have you taken time to acquaint yourself with your heavenly Father?

Do you know the “spirit of adoption” that cries out “Abba, Father”?

How tragic that many children are trapped by a “spirit of bondage.”

Am I willing to trust all my cares to my heavenly Father?

Why should I want to hold on to my fears, anxiety, and selfish cares when He is fully aware of all my most profound needs?

He is ready to meet them in the very best way possible.

One of the great needs we have is for security. The believer in Jesus Christ is eternally secure because there is a divine double grip around the believer (John 10:28-30). Jesus teaches us that no one can pluck us out of His secure hands, and “no one is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand: I and the Father are one.”

Have you come to know our great God and Savior as your Father?

Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006


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That Pleases God

The kind of worship that pleases God will be Christ-centered and Spirit-led. To try to worship without faith in Christ is folly; to try to worship without the power of the Holy Spirit is hollow. Allen P. Ross


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Discover That The

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Louis B. Smedes 


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Shall Receive Generously.

Those who give generously shall receive generously. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah