What did Jesus mean when He said that the widow had put more money into the treasury than anyone else (Mark 12:43- “And he called unto him his disciples,and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you. That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.”)
Clearly, He was indicating that economic value is relative. The widow’s contribution would have been nothing but spare change to the rich who preceded her. But to her, two mites represented enormous value. It was “all that she had, her whole livelihood” (Mark 12:44- “For all they did cast in of their abundance, but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living”). Replacing it would be difficult, if not impossible; as a poor widow, she was probably unemployable. Giving it to God meant that she could not use it to buy her next crust of bread.
But Jesus indicated that God placed moral rather than economic value on her tiny offering. Her gift showed that she was giving herself entirely to God and trusting in him to meet her needs. Her use of money disclosed the moral and Spiritual condition of her heart.
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The word of God says it all, we read the word but dont take time to study and understand the meaning of the words. We dont take time to go indept of what God is saying to us. I choose this book and verses for you to read, because it is very simple to understand and it tells us the details of what is actually happening in the world today as was in those days of Christ and his disciples. It tells us that God gives us our choice to choose between him and evil. The devil is a temptor he cannot make us do the things of the world, he just tempts us, we have our own choices to make. Just as Christ was tempted on the mount by satan, he made his choices either to listen to satan or listen to God. That’s why Christ is perfect, he did his fathers will no matter how much satan tempted him.
Romans 1:21-32 says,
21. Because that when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imagination, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23. And change the glory of the uncorruptible God into and image made like to corruptible man, and to birds and fourfooted beasts,and creeping things.
24. Wherefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25: Who changes the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever Amen.
26. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29. Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, deceit, malignity, whisperers,
30. Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31. Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection,implaceable, unmerciful:
32. Who knowing the judgement of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
We have our choices to make in life, a lot of us watch the beauty of money, fame, wealth in this world instead of watching the beauty of heaven. Yes we have all these wonderful things in this world but it is only temporary, we have the things of God forever. So dont let the wonders of this world fool you into loving it more than our almighty God.
Romans 6:23- ” For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
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God knows the suffering you have been through,he knows the sacrifice you’ve made, he knows your faith in him. No matter how much you’ve sacrificed, the old car you drove that kept breaking down all the time, the house with all the leaks on the roof and the floor with all the cracks, the one suit or dress you wore to church, the biscuit you ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. God never gave up on you. You believed in him and suffered and sacrificed and holded on to the faith. You are a Christian because of your living sacrifice, no matter what you’ve been through you faced your fears year after year, you seeked the kingdom of God first.
Christ told you to take up your cross and follow him, its not easy to be a living sacrifice. Prayer, prayer, prayer….. Suffer for him, he deserves your suffering, you will know in the end, that it is worth suffering for him. He gave up his life on the cross for us. Jesus was obedient till death. As a lamb he paid the price, the ultimate sacrifice, he could have been the lion of Judah, but he choose being the lamb to sacrifice himself for us.
To be like Jesus you have to take up your cross and walk, your cross is not a piece of wood, it can be your marriage, your job, your love to someone who don’t love you, you give and give and they take and take. You are not a Christian with what works in your life, you are a Christian with what doesn’t work in your life. When your success takes place in your life people look at the wealth you have, but God sees the suffering and sacrifices you made to be blessed today. Real value is determined by sacrifice. Take a minute and thank God for blessing you and helping you lift that cross and walk with you.
Where is your cross?
Where is your faith?
Where is your consistency?
How can you ask for a crown if you never had a cross?
Don’t watch what people have or what they do and wish it was you. God says hang on there, he has bigger plans for you. God doesn’t forget your labour of love. You’re not a Christian because you attend church Sunday mornings or you sing in the church choir, or you are in the church ministry, or you watch Christian programs. You are a Christian because you are a living sacrifice, you are a Christian because you got your cross, you are a Christian because you are nailed to something that is giving you pain, you are a Christian because you are nailed to something that makes you bleed. And you still praise God, and you still worship and serve him, and you still kneel and pray, and you are still holding on to him. You’ve been faithful although you’ve been hurting, you’ve been faithful although you’ve been scared, if you’ve faced your fears and did it anyway, that’s what makes you a Christian.
Because you have no success to show now doesn’t mean you are less in value than anyone else. You will reap in due season. It is worth the sacrifice to take up your cross and walk, it is worth being a living sacrifice. Jesus did not come down from that cross to save himself, that sacrifice was for us… I am an example of that sacrifice…..God never gives you more than you can bear, he will never forsake you.
Hebrews 6:10- ” God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and labour of love…”
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At times all of us have certain opinions about others without knowing their story. Even the most intelligent and open minded people make judgements about others. If we see an obese person we might think that they are lazy, or if we see a homeless person, we might think they’re on drugs, if we see a person with tattoos we might think they’re a criminal, or if we see a person that looks a certain way we may get uncomfortable and want to avoid them. Many times we’re not even aware of the judgements that we’re making, because they happen subconsciously, it can affect our behaviour such as how far we stand from someone, whether we make eye contact, speak to them or see them as a threat, but it’s important to be aware of these judgements, because in reality, they say more about who we are than who the other person is, that obese person maybe one of the hardest working person out there, that homeless person may have never used drugs in their life, that person with tattoos maybe one of the kindness person, and that person we are trying to avoid may just be the biggest blessing of our life.
Matthew7:1-2 ” Do not judge, or you to will be judged. For in the same way you judge others you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Inspired by: DHAR MANN
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Many of us compare ourselves to others and forget to appreciate what we have, we find ourselves caught in a cycle of unhappiness. When we constantly compare ourselves to others, we waste precious energy focusing on other people’s lives rather than our own. In life, there will always be people with more or less than we have.
Comparison often result in resentment. Resentment towards others and towards ourselves. Comparison deprive us of our joy. Some people live most of their lives comparing to others. It can start with school, sports, and move on to job title, income level, the car they drive, the House they live in, and other worldly success. When you begin down that road ,you seem to never find an end. This is an experience alot of us face today. We compare ourselves to others because of fear and insecurity. We fear, if people really know our true identity, they would look at you different. They would look at you as a person with low self esteem. When you become aware of your state in life you focus on your shortcomings and become bitter.
Bitterness causes us to find faults with people where we explain why they simply dont deserve whatever they have. We start gaining strong feelings that we think we deserve more than they, this can lead us to fear that we will never be good enough, or that we simply deserve what the other person has. When bitterness takes root, anger builds up. Our thought starts to gravitate to an idea that we are never good enough so we might as well give up in life. With this type of thinking, we never get promoted, we never live healthy, we never have a joy filled family life. With bitterness as the core of your existence, there can be No Happiness at all. Life would seem like a waste , your passion dies slowly and you die muttering “WHAT IF”.
No good thing can be measured. Your life nor your success, your value is unique to you and it has a purpose in the world. You lose more than you gain when you compare, especially your pride, your drive, your passion. You can control one life and that is yours, but when we focus on others we waste precious energy focusing on other people lives than our own. We are not born with the desire of comparison, it is definitely not a gift from God. As a child, we were happy to be who we are and we loved our uniqueness, but as we grew older the comparison started. The roots of comparison and competition are stored in the minds of the modern day child. Gradually it becomes their nature and comparing becomes a natural thing when they meet someone.
Athletes whondo things that are incredible and unbelievable, like breaking a record, are hard workers, they never give up. They get up earlier than you and I to train a little longer or maybe study if they are in school. So instead of comparing get up and move into action. Say to yourself, my family deserves more, my community deserves more. I choose to not be satisfied with who I am today because i know that my future self is better. Do not be content to stay the way you are, get up in the morning , face the mirror and say to yourself, I am worth doing something good today to make my life more joyful. I have Purpose and i will use it.
Focus on your path do not look at the sides it would keep you side-tracked. Stop looking at what other people have and focus on what you can accomplish. Change your perspective. Here are some ways you can start changing your thinking of comparing.
We do not grow beautiful flowers by watching our neighbours garden. We plant and nurture our own, spend the time caring for yours.
Your life may not be as you planned it out or how you wanted it to be, you might have encounter anxiety, fear, mistakes. But that was for you to become a better, stronger and wiser individual. There are people who have not gone through, what you have been through, so they would not value what they have as you would value your accomplishments. Be proud of yourself.
Social media can be good, but at times it could frustrate you and triggers comparison feelings. So moderate your time you spend on it.
If you are not happy at this moment, keep trying, never give up. Your life would get better. What matters now is your mindset and attitude. Focus on where you are going.
Be grateful for what you have, thank God for your small mercies, your small beginnings, remind yourself how blessed you are and how gratefull you are. Focus on what you have and not what you don’t have.
Make sure love is the foundation for your choices. Start on track, cancel fears from your mind and heart.
No one is perfect, we all fall short somewhere, trying to be perfect is not a solution. Accept your mistakes and move on.
Do not listen to the mean voices in your head, think positive thoughts always. What helps is inspirational songs, inspirational speakers, reading the word of God, praying, spending time with God.
Start comparing yourself with you, not someone else. What you need to improve on? How can you be a better individual? Compare yourself to yourself.
Be positive, tell yourself you can don it. If you try and fail, try again. Keep your past as your past, look forward to the blessings God has in store for you. Keep hope in your heart, walk by faith with God.
Your energy should be used for believing in yourself, not putting doubtful thoughts in your minds and hearts. You should start creating new exciting ideas to live by, destroy the old thoughts. Your focus should be on you, and your path of life, when you find yourself, help others find themselves also. Someone always needs help to come out of the dark hole that they are hiding in. When you watch someone who is fantastic at what they do, it should be inspiring to you. The person who doest compare their life to others and who is grateful for what they have…. IS THE HAPPIEST PERSON IN THE WORLD!
Galatians 6:4-5 : Each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishments without comparing yourself to others. Assume your own responsibility.
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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:
You can be tempted to condemn yourself and beat yourself up, by focusing on your past mistakes, sins, shortcomings, faults, and failures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.”)