“Work … He gives us hands and strength to do it. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures.” Elizabeth Elliot
There is a sense of accomplishment when one has finished their daily chores and put all their effort into it. It does not matter if you work in a fast food restaurant or if you are a doctor, every job is important. That is why allowing men and women that are capable of working to waste their lives on welfare is a crime against humanity both to them and to the tax payer. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God. 1 Timothy 4:10 Holy Bible, New Living Translation
It is impossible for a Christian to give up. We all work hard at being acceptable children to our Heavenly Father.
Yes there are going to be constant struggles.
Christianity is one war that continues until we reach Heavens gate. Just when one battle is finished and we rest a little another one begins. So many times we feel exhausted and defeated. We desire to give it all up and walk away. But, as Christians when we go before our Heavenly Father, He blesses us with strength, wisdom and the weapons to continue the fight. The longer we are in this battle the stronger our hope is in our Heavenly Father.
Now hope here is not the same as hoping to win the lottery. Rather it means confidence in Our Heavenly Fathers care, provision and deliverance and the eternal Heavenly home He has prepared for us.
“God never promises to remove us from our struggles. He does promise, however, to change the way we look at them.” — Max Lucado
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah ‘Ori (the Lord is my Light) for enlightening me with Divine insight into the reason for the constant battles that must be fought on a daily basis in every Christians life ( including mine). This gift encourages me on when all seems lost to victory which glorifies You. I joyously praise You in the name of He whose empty grave brought eternal victory to oh so many. Jesus Christ. Amen
May you be blessed with abundant joy in your heart filled with love and your life overflowing with laughter every day this year.
And He did this to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service. Ephesians 4:12 The Holy Bible Amplified Version
I remember when being a tutor in China oh so many times a Chinese would come to me and beg me to help them pass an exam so they could get a visa to Canada. When I asked them when they exam was, most times their reply was in a month. As their level of English was very low they were informed that it would take a lot of work but could be accomplished. Their reaction was that as the teacher that was my responsibility. In other words, they expected me to do all the work while they put minimal effort into the task. Of course they failed miserably and of course their reaction was always they same. They blamed me.
How many have the same attitude towards Jehovah.
Say there is going to be a test at school. Instead of studying for the test the night before you fervently pray for Jehovah to give you the knowledge to pass the test. When you fail you cry baby to Jehovah that it is His fault when in reality it is your own fault for being so lazy and irresponsible.
Here is the way it works properly.
Sometimes Jehovah will do the work for you because the task is too great. This is to reveal His power and wisdom to us which brings praise, respect and adoration.
Sometimes we have to work in conjunction with the Holy Spirit. This is to teach us to put forward and effort while trusting in the Holy Spirits guidance, no matter how unconventional it is.
Sometimes Jehovah provides the tools but we have to do the work. This is to teach us to take responsibility and to teach us to have confidence in the skills Jehovah has blessed us with.
“Whatsoever we beg of God, let us also work for it.” — Jeremy Taylor
Prayer: Thank you ELOHIM YAKOL (God, the Most Able) for blessing me with being able to determine which form of work is necessary for me to accomplish the task You have assigned for me to do in my privilege of being my Beloved King Jesus in Heavens free will servant. I exalt You in His magnificent name. Amen
Wishing you a house full of sunshine, hearts full of cheer and love that grows deeper each day of the year. Welsh blessing
Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. John 15:20 New International Version
Two words that are oxy morons: Christian and non-suffering.
Many people today have the false belief that when they give their lives to Christ it will be a cake walk and a bed of roses.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
When you commit your live to Christ you can expect to be persecuted.
Many times the worst persecution will come from your family. They will see the change in you and not like it. They will fight you to walk away from Christ. Most times this will mean you must walk away from family. It will be painful.
The same goes for friends. They will be confused as to why you have changes and will viciously mock you because of the change in your life. It will not be pleasant.
You can expect to be treated like a geek at school and work. You can expect people to go out of their way to make your life miserable.
But take heart. We have a savior who has walked that path before you so will comfort you and encourage you.
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:5 New International Version
I know, I have been there. I have had to walk away from family and friends and it was very painful.
I have been in jobs where I felt like I was the only person in the world because no one would talk with me because I was not dishonest. When that happens in a bush camp it can be very lonely.
In my agony I cried out to Jehovah and He sent the Holy Spirit who comforted, strengthened and encouraged me.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Yahweh (God of His people) for comforting and encouraging me during my times of persecution for our relationship. I consider it an honor to suffer for Your awesome name. I give thanks in the name of He who suffered all the way to the cross for me Jesus Christ. Amen
May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ precious love bless you today and every day.
So the Jews surrounded Him and began saying to Him, “How long are You going to keep us in suspense? If You are [really] the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), tell us so plainly and openly.” John 10:24 The Holy Bible Amplified Version
The Jewish leaders knew who Jesus was by the words He spoke and what He had done. They were looking to entrap Him so they could crucify Him. The were so wrapped up in religion that they knowingly rejected God. They refused to listen to Him because they are not His sheep.
Too often there are those in power in churches that believe they can do whatever they want with complete impunity. When you try to discuss it with them they become very offensive and try to use Bible verses to entrap you, to shame you and enslave you to their doctrine not Christ’s. These wicked creatures are doing satans work, not Christ’s. They will pay a heavy penalty for it on judgement day. They do more to drive folks away from Christ than towards Him.
I suffered because of these wicked souls when one of my parents was a member of a certain cult in my teenage years. Those that are still alive today are not powerful but weak pitiful souls. Those that have passed on died alone, weak and in a pitiful state.
I have unfortunately met many that can quote from the Bible but refuse to live by it. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Magen (The Lord my Shield) for blessing me with Your impenetrable shield to protect me from the vile attacks of the upsurgers of Your Divine word and for encouraging me when they do occasionally penetrate to my heart in a moment of weakness.
I glorify Thee in the name of He whose shield was too powerful for any of His foes to penetrate Jesus Christ. Amen
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love fill your heart today and every day. Joseph a son of Jehovah
My eye will have no pity on you, nor will I spare you, but I will repay you for your evil ways, while your abominations are among you; and you will know (recognize, understand) [without any doubt] that I am the Lord.’ Ezekiel 7:4 The Holy Bible Amplified Version
An abomination is a extreme disgust and hatred for something or someone.
So just as any sane man or woman will be disgusted with the actions of those that belong to the devils brigade called ISIS. That is an abomination in a civilized world.
So too is homosexuality an abomination before Jehovah and He repays you for your filth (Yes I believe aids, syphilis, and gonorrhea is a result of their filthy behavior. Why else is it confined to mostly the homosexual community?).
When you steal because you are too lazy to work to support your drug habit (most times it is not an addiction it is a lifestyle choice- I have worked a lot with homeless creatures so I speak from a lot of experience).
When you are disrespectful unto your parents (you know, only using them for your ATM machine while giving them nothing in return) is an abomination unto Jehovah.
On the flip side of the coin when parents are abusing their adult children (you know, when they are live in care givers and you have the means to pay them but refuse to do so. You refuse to do so because you are being stupid and being the ATM machine to those mentioned in the preceding paragraph). That is an abomination before Jehovah.
When you use people and worship things (like the latest mobile phone or car or house) that is an abomination before Jehovah.
For each of these and all other abominations you flagrantly commit before Jehovah you shall have seven times more taken from you.
The wise repent of their wicked ways and are forgiven. The fool laughs at Jehovah and pays a very severe price. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Elohay Mishpat (the God of Justice!) that You always deliverer the right justice at the right time to the wicked to avenge their evil they have inflicted upon the righteous. I praise You in the name of He who is the Supreme Judge Jesus Christ. Amen
May your house be filled with joy in the morning and sweet dreams at night. May it be a home where love has come to live. Joseph a son of Jehovah
It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your [willing and humble] slave Matthew 20:26-27 Holy Bible Amplified Version
Jesus Christ is not just our Savior and best friend but He is also our King. That means we are His free will servants (we serve Him because we love Him).
How are we to serve this Heavenly King?
The only way to serve Christ is by serving others.
In all we do we are to do so with being servant unto Christ to bring Him glory.
It is not done to bring glory to ourselves (The look at me, look at me syndrome. Am I not so holy attitude or am the I not so good attitude.). As such we place others above ourselves.
So if you are a rich CEO and you are in a restaurant do not look down on the server or anyone else working there but treat them with respect. If you are a server serve the clientele as if you were serving Christ. We are to do everything to the best of our abilities no matter whether we are getting paid for it or not.
Because we are Christs servants we are confident in who we are in Christ and this leaves us free of jealousy of co-workers, of the social status trap, the culture trap or anything else in the material world.
“A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone.”Martin Luther
Prayer: Thank you Jesus Hamelech ( Jesus my Lord King ) for blessing me with freeing from the slavery of the world and for blessing me with the immense honour of being Your free will servant. I exalt You in You magnificent name. Amen
May the gentle assurance of Jesus’ sweet love encompass you today and every day.
Growing in grace they will still thrive and bear fruit and prosper in old age. Psalm 92:14 Holy Bible Amplified Version
Grace is not something we are born with. When someone does us wrong the natural inclination is to seek revenge.
It is only when we surrender all to Christ that He will send the Holy Spirit to burn that wicked trait out of you to be replaced by a heart of grace.
Now just as when you plant seeds today you do not harvest them tomorrow neither are you blessed with unlimited grace from the beginning. It take time to mature just like flowers.
For me, when someone crossed me I was very vengeful and cruel in getting my pound of flesh. It took an experience where the Lord told me to stand there and take the abuse without retribution. That was hard but through the power of the Holy Spirit successful.
It has taken me another eleven years and I am still working on it.
The Holy Spirit has brought me a long way since then and there is still a ways to go.
Oh, and by the way, do not think the wicked ones escaped punishment. Jehovah brought me to a place and told me to stand and watch.
I witnessed His justice and it was far more severe than anything I could have done.
There was no joy in my heart at seeing His justice handed out but fear. Fear, because, of what would happen to me if I angered the Lord.
Now sometimes we have to understand the others situation.
So perhaps a woman was abused by her dad and or brothers and she is cold towards you at school or work. You do not know why unless you are patient, gentle and loving with her or find a Christian woman to talk with her. Maybe it is a cultural thing or maybe there is problems in the others life. We need to be patient and with prayer ask Jehovah to open our eyes to the others situation and the proper course to take.
“Grace is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.” Unknown
Prayer: Please my Beloved Heavenly father Jehovah Heseh (God is love) bless me to always emulate You and expand a loving heart in my life so as to bring the lost unto You and so as to please You. I sincerely request this in the name of the most loving best friend who has shown me His love all the way to the cross Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the gentle assurance of Jesus’ sweet love encompass you today and every day.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11-12
If anyone asks me how I know I have been called to be a teacher through the writer, Bible study leader and councilor I will quote from the above verses.
As well there are people who I can direct them to, to give testimony.
Finally there is the wisdom Jehovah has blessed me with to be used to be His tool through being a teacher is quite evident.
As a consequence Jehovah has promised to take care of those he has called into His service.
Then do like Jesus did when challenged by the Scribes and Pharisee’s and that is to just walk away.
Either the Spirit will open their eyes and they will believe and we can continue on from there or they will be hard hearted and it does not matter what I say and or do they refuse to believe.
In many cases the hard hearted are just looking for an argument anyway.
When you have received your calling and people question you maybe you might want to use a method like this to avoid many un-necessary and stupid arguments.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Hosanna (God our maker) for the honourable blessing of having a specific purpose for me in an earthly ministry. When people challenge Your calling in my life please fill me with wisdom, patience and grace to respectfully prove to them my divine calling.
I humbly ask this in the name of He who proved to all those around Him Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.