Temptation

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Temptation is something you want to have or to do, even though you know you shouldn’t. ( James 1:14-15- when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown, brings forth death.)

God understand the problem of temptation and has given you a way out. It is not a sin to be tempted, but it is a sin to yield to temptation. It isn’t the fact of having temptations that should cause us shame, but what we do with them. Temptation is an opportunity to conquer. God will not allow any temptation to attack you that you are not able to overcome. If you would combat temptation, begin with controlling your thoughts. To overcome temptation simply think right- think right thoughts until your thoughts are only good thoughts not bad ones. Everytime you think of a bad thought conquer it with a good thought. We imprison ourselves by our sins, but when we repent and surrender ourselves to Christ, he sets us free if we ask him to conquer our sins. (Luke 4:18- The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverence to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…)

The thing about temptation is that it always seems appealing. Temptaion shows us the way evil works.

  • It lies and deceives in order to be appealing.
  • It tries many different ways to get to us, the most effective, being its disguise as our own thinking.
  • It tempts us where or when we’re weak.
  • It tempts us as soon as we’ve made progress
  • It usually tempts us with something that’s important to us.

The biggest trick of temptation is to masquerade as our own thinking so we won’t recognize it as an intruder upon our peace and purity. Satan’s purpose for it is to distract us from God and derail us spiritually. Examples of temptation in the Bible are:

  • Temptation of Adam/Eve
  • Temptation of Abraham
  • Temptation of David
  • Temptation of Shadrack, Meshack and Abidnigo
  • Temptation of Job
  • Temptation of Jonah
  • Temptation of the people of Israel
  • Temptation of Jesus

The way Jesus handled temptation is extraordinary. The (temptor) satan tried everything possible to tempt Christ, but could never succeed in doing it. Jesus never gave into temptation, he passed the test “(Hebrews 7:26- For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.)”

Jesus overcame temptation in the wilderness: (Matthew 4:1-11)- Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith onto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord they God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord they God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Alot of people are tempted is these ways in society today:

  1. You can be tempted to condemn yourself and beat yourself up, by focusing on your past mistakes, sins, shortcomings, faults, and failures.
  2. You can be tempted to feel sorry for yourself and wallow in self-pity about life’s disappointment or blame others for the situation that you are in.
  3. You can be tempted to get offended, hold grudges and walk in unforgiveness because someone treated you badly. You can face the temptation to be bitter, resentful and vengeful; to be consumed with anger and a desire to get even no matter what.
  4. You can be tempted to be spiritually lazy and lukewarm- daily Bible reading and prayer are neglected and you lose your hunger and passion for God. Living for God and serving him is no longer a priority.
  5. You can be tempted to stretch the truth, to lie and be deceptive to gain advantage over people or to cover up your own hidden sins.
  6. You can be tempted to compromise your integrity and Christian testimony by looking at things you shouldn’t look at, going to places you shouldn’t go to and associating with people you shouldn’t spend time with(bad company).
  7. You can be tempted to worry, to get anxious and fearful of difficult circumstances and the pressure of life. You can get caught up and focused on the bigness of your problems instead of the greatness of your God.

(2 Peter 2:9- The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations.)

When you begin the day with God and prayer and meditation on His word you dedicate the day to him. When you start the day with Him you begin the day energized with his presence and the power to overcome. Acknowledge that God has called you to live a pure and holy life in the midst of a sinful environment. We are not Christ, but if we serve him we will become like him. Our temptations would be easier to conquer. Our life would become more peaceful. The devil would leave us alone, when he sees that we are not going to become his slave. Jesus was born of a virgin, so he came into the world without sin, while he walked the earth he was out of sin and yet, he died on the cross to save us from our sins. So next time you feel tempted, think of the pain Christ endured on that rugged cross for whatever sin we commit. Learn to stand strong in the Lord and be ready when the tempter comes.

 

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Jesus

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Jesus was and is Immanuel, “God with us (Matt 1:23 – “behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son and they shall call his name Emmanuel which being interpretated is, God with us.”)

In Jesus, God comes to people and lives in their world, rather than have them try the possibility of going to Him. Jesus does not take people out of the turmoil and pain of daily life,; He walks with them in it. Salvation is not an escape from the world but God’s engagement with the world. That is where Jesus is, as His name indicates, and that is where He gives people power (Acts 1:8- ” but ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalum, and in all Judea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”)

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Freedom from Guilt

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No one likes to feel guilty. Like an unwelcome guest, guilt shows up at the worst possible time and does not go away no matter how much you wish it would.

Yet the truth is that we need guilt. It is the only proper response to any offense, whether a selfish thought or a premeditated murder. Even a nonbeliever wants a burglar to feel remorse for his theft. Why? Because he should. Guilt exposes the truth that we wish to avoid: we have all sinned. John puts it this way:” If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1John 1:8).

But John does not leave us with this dismal picture of ourselves. Instead, he goes on to paint a glorious portrait of a forgiving God. This is our only hope:”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1John 1:9). Guilt does more than just deliver the distressing news. It unlocks the door to forgiveness. Progress, change, reform, and most important of all, God’s forgiveness all start with confession.

Confession works against the first part of human nature, the part that imagines itself to be better than it really is. What person has not felt, “I’m not perfect, but I’m not as bad as my next door neighbor”? This mindset always stops short of confessing; it would rather ignore or ease feelings of guilt than admit them. But only open confessions of our sins will completely cleanse us. Only when we admit that we are sinners, unworthy of God’s grace, can we make a fresh start.

C.S. Lewis said that “no man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good”. Similarly, we can never know how much we need freedom until we try to unload our burden of sin. Yet God’s forgiveness will liberate us to begin anew on the path of righteousness.

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Testimonies

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We often hear so many testimonies and wonder to ourselves, ” how in Gods name did they survive to tell these stories?” I asked the same question all the time until recent. I always wondered how people survived all those horrible situations they faced and still have the courage to stand up without fear and speak about there past life, what they went through and how courageous they have become to tell of those stories that almost ruined their life forever. Then something happened to me, and I also became courageous to tell my stories and write my inspirational posts. But I couldn’t have done it without the Mercy and Grace of Almighty GOD.

Deuteronomy 31:6- ” Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

One night as I sat at the end of the dining table, I found my self crying out to God again. My husband sat beside me helpless, he didn’t have the words to comfort me. All he could have done at that time was to give me the biggest hug he could. Then all of a sudden I heard those words coming out of his mouth,    “Amelia, God has forgiven you and your past, what you need to do is forgive yourself. Then i felt something inside of me that i have never felt before, I felt the comfort and peace and love that I was looking for all these years. Then i cryed out to God, ” Thank you God for not forsaking me” and i knew he heard me and was pleased, at that time I felt a release of all those pains that i have been bundleing up for years.  I felt the release of all those pains and hurts that i felt for so many countless years.

Galatians 2:20- ” I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

All those years that I have been through all those pains and hurts, God healed me in just a moment, in just that one minute. That proved God can do anything for you at anytime. He gives you that healing when he sees that you deserve it. God will never give us more than we could bear, he will never forsake us. All God needs, is to be certain that you love him the way you claim you do. He allows us to prove our love to him by our trials. He doesn’t want us to suffer, but he needs to know that you will keep your word,  when you say that you trust him and have faith in him. He wants to be certain that you have over come your temptation of the past and left it behind you. He needs to be sure that your focus is on his only begotten son Jesus Christ, who shed his blood on the cross, for our sins.

1 John 4:18 – ” There is no fear in love; but perfect love cast out fear, because fear involves punishment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

I am urging for you to never give up, God is seeing your pains, he knows the trials that you are facing, he feels your hurt. He never gives up on us so why should we give up on him?

Isaiah 41:13- “For i am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.;

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Losing a loved one

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Losing someone you love is a devastating experience.  It is a feeling that you could never overcome. It’s nights of heartache, pain, crying. No matter what and how people try to comfort you, there is no way that feeling will just disappear. This is the time we need GOD the most in our life, when we are going through sadness such as this. It’s hard to imagine the love you shared and years spent with the people or the person in ur life and one day, they are just erased from your life forever.

The memories are there, but you feel like just having one more memory with them that could satisfy your feeling. Sometimes we hide our feelings in the aftermath, but it’s good to let it out, speak about it, keep yourself occupied, cry it out. If you prolong the feelings, then eventually it would end up taking a toll in your life. You would become depressed, angry all the time, suffer from anxiety, you can even start using drugs and alcohol. Simply having someone to listen to you, can help you work through your pain. Choose that one person that you can be open too and express your feelings to them. They may not be a good adviser but they can be a good listener. You need comfort and support from someone. They may not have the words to comfort you but a hug of comfort will surely work.

Reminders of that person always pops up. It’s obvious on birthdays, holidays and family get together’s. An anniversary of the person’s death can be extremely painful. Just remember its good to let out the feelings, instead of bundleing up. It’s good to experience these feelings. Remember that you have your life to live, you have responsibilities, and you love yourself. So be mindful of not stressing out yourself to much, because it can affect your health and wellbeing. If you know a particular day is approuching that would remind you of the person and you know for sure that you cannot handle the hurt and pain,  find something to do on that day that would keep you occupied, distract yourself.

Nothing can prepare us for losing a loved one, weather death occurs from a sudden accident or an illness, it catches us off guard most times. Nothing can emotionally prepare us for its arrival. With every death there is a loss and with every loss there is grief. If you cannot handle the pain alone, get some help. A therapist, join a support group.

When you are sorrowful, Look again in your heart and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight……khalil Gibran

Psalms 147:3 – says” he heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Matthew 5:4 – says” blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

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Bullying

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As I was watching one of my favourite tv series on true stories from the 1960’s, it hit me that bullying had been happening from generation to generation. I watched a story of a 23 year old man who started from the age of 10 years old, stealing comic book posters and books from theaters, book stores, wherever he saw them as an easy access to take. He didn’t think he was doing anything wrong because he wasn’t hurting anyone, all he wanted was to be like the superheroes in the comic book and posters. He was a short stumpy little fella from as young as he could remember. All he wanted to be is like those superheroes who were tall and strong and had super powers. He said he was always hurt by others, but if he was a superhero he would be strong, no one could get him. His father left him when he was only an infant (1year) and it was just him and his mother. His mother was supportive to him, but not of the crime,because she used to think he traded and won the stuff. They were not rich but she showed him love all the time. As a child without a father and he being stumpy and all, he always got beat upon by his peers.

It was hard for him to be the only child without a father in the classroom. He always thought if he was strong like those super heroes his father wouldn’t have left him. The kids will always call him fatso and butterball, they would beat him up and throw his books in the garbage can, they punched him in his stomach over and over repeatedly. He said it wasn’t the pain of the beating that made him cry, what made him cry was he hadn’t done anything to anyone and yet everyone hated him. He asked, why should anyone hate a kid just because he was fat? Being a fat kid is bad enough without having people hate him for it. He claimed as he watched these movies with these superheroes, he felt like it was him in the movies, he felt like he was someone special. He never had any real friends, all the friend he ever had was his superheroes in those posters on his walls. People may laugh and think he was mad or psych, but he was really suffering from anxiety and depression and needed counciling to get back his self confidence. He felt that his entire life was in one small room with the comic strips and posters of his heroes.

Bullying is a widespread problem, it can take a toll on everything, from your self-esteem to your physical health. People who bully harm and humiliate smaller,weaker, younger persons or those who are more vulnerable than the bully. They deliberately and repeatedly cause harm on others who are lesser in power. Bullies are made, not born, it happens at an early age. Parents, Adults, Teachers should lookout for signs of bullying. Missing belonging, unexplained injuries and limited number of friends. Look out for unexplained emotion and behaviour. Adults should research more information on bullying to teach their children. Find the time, make the effort to speak of bullying with your kids, when your child does something hurtful to another child do not condone it by laughing at the matter, sit down and speak to them, let them know what they did was wrong. If you don’t resolve this at an early age it could get more serious later on and become a habit to the child/ person. I didn’t know much about bullying until my nephew was bullied in school recently. He is only 3years old. At first he was so excited to go to school then all of a sudden his attitude changed, he was crying every morning, he didn’t want to stay in the school, he wasn’t eating in school. Then his mother saw it happening one morning to him in front of her, he was being bullied verbally by a child. It turns out the child was doing it to other children also.  Now the problem is resolved and he loves to go to school again.

Parents and teachers need to pay close attention to what happens around them more with the kids. If a child looks depressed, cries alot, is always by themselves, not interacting with other kids, then something is wrong. It may not be bullying but it could be something else, find the time to sit and talk to the child, find out what is bothering them. Question the child in a way that they are comfortable with you. Parents Need to stop telling their kids to beat up on other kids, don’t let anybody touch you and get away with it, hit them back, fight them back. If we continue doing this then we continue raising bullies. Instead, teach them to be open to you about what is happening in their life. If we practice this then there would be less hatred and more love to go around. If bullies are not stopped at a young age and thought the right things, they become bullies all their lives. Bullying can also effect the victims life if they don’t receive help.

Bullying is when someone is being hurt either by words or action on purpose, usually more than once, feels bad because of it and has a hard time stopping what is happening to them.

Bullying can be physical;

  • Like hitting
  • Pushing and shoving
  • Fighting
  • Tripping someone on purpose
  • Yelling at someone reapeatedly
  • Making rude gesture towards someone
  • Taking and breaking someone else stuff

Bullying can also be Emotional;

  • Like name calling
  • Making fun of someone
  • Laughing at someone
  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Starting rumors about someone
  • People trying to send mean message via technology( cyber bullying), trying to make someone feel bad about who they are.

Bullying can happen anywhere. Let’s talk about Cyber Bullying. This is one of the biggest problems now faced because of technology. The internet, emails, cell phones, social media. Bullies use these to:

  • send mean messages,
  • post statements that are unkind or not true
  • send or post pictures that are not theirs to share
  • make negative comments online about someone
  • agreeing with someone who posts something hurtful.

Although bullying was not a term used in the bible, there are some scriptures that helps you to deal with those who treat you poorly and shows you how to respond. One that I really like is taken from 2 Timothy 1:7-  ” For the spirit God gives us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

BULLYING IS NOT OK, BULLYING IS NOT COOL, BULLYING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. NO ONE DESERVES TO BE BULLIED.

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Child Abandonment

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Today as I was scrolling through my social media page, I came across a video of a man neglecting to comfort a baby. While the infant is screaming and crying for some attention, this individual left the child to crawl on his/her hands and knees around and around, following him and he never once made an attempt to pick up the infant and comfort the child. This had me so hurt, I felt pain instantly, I was heartbroken💔, I cryed😢.  So many people neglect to realize the beauty and joy of having a child/baby in your life. These children are just innocent souls trying to get happiness, comfort, love from us adults. They were not asked to come into this world, we adults made it happen, because we value pleasure more than a life and we then abandon the child, instead of owning up to your responsibility.

Child abandonment occurs when a parent, guardian, or person in charge of a child either deserts a child without any regard for the child’s physical health, safety or welfare and with the intention of wholly abandoning the child, or in some instances, fails to provide necessary care for a child living under their roof. Child abandonment can be physical abandonment and some extreme cases of emotional abandonment.

The abandonment of children is an extreme form of child neglect stemming from many causes. Some include family break down, irresponsible fatherhood or motherhood, birth out of wedlock, or the death of one or both parents. The problem is not new, what is new rather is the growing scale of the problem. Problems children face in child neglect includes; trouble sleeping, crying a lot, aggression, deep anger, resentment, feeling of betrayal, difficulty concentrating, chronic fatigue and problems at school or with friends.

Child abandonment is mostly in the form of exposing newborn babies either in the wilderness or public places where they could be noticed. A classic example from the Bible is MOSES, rescued by Pharoah’s daughter.

Children are always a blessing! They are filled with such joy and laughter. Children are so fragile from the beginning, motivating us to protect them and nurture them. God speaks directly to Mothers and Fathers in his Word! These wonderful little ones are beautiful, full of happiness and are radiant bright lights in this world of darkness. No matter where you are in the world, or what your background is, children are a gift from God. They are OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS. Children remind us to live more, trust more, laugh more, and seek the love of our Heavenly Father more. God calls us his children, because the love of a child is so precious and fragile, that we should protect it and defend it.

Children need to be loved, nurtured and cared for, every child deserves a chance. They are just innocent souls.

Psalms 127:3 says ” children are a gift from God, the fruit of the womb a reward.”

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