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inspirational people and stories
inspirational people and stories
A Helen Keller quote – “The best and the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”
From time to time, there come some people in the world who ignore even the most impossible barriers life places in front of them. Helen Keller was one of these persons. Deaf and blind since when she was only 19 months old, she was the author of several published books.
When the Lord Jesus was tempted of the Devil in the wilderness for 40 days and nights, part of the major temptations that Satan used against Him was;
“The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:3-4)
You can see here how the Lord Jesus placed life’s priority on the “soul” than the “body.” Of course, this does not mean that He’s disregarding the body, but He’s just simply telling us that in the sight of God, our existence and reason for living are not based on material and physical aspects. Of course, they’re important, but in matters of priority and eternal perspective, the condition of the soul is the most important. Therefore, by process of comparison, we should place a high value on the condition of our soul for it is the life of the body and a sacred part of our person and being that determines our eternal destiny.Continue reading
We all need help at one point or the other in our lives, as a matter of fact, no one can successfully live through this life without getting help from at least one other person. God had so much designed life in such a way that we are interdependent on ourselves, just as you would need help from others, you too will be a channel of help to some other people.
You can help others with what you have that they do not have. If you look around you critically you will see at least one person that needs your help, sometimes you will have to really look into what is happening to others before you can realize the type of help they need.Continue reading
The “Fruit of the Spirit” is made up of nine visible attributes of a true Christian’s life. These fruits, or traits, are spoken about in Galatians 5:22-23 and include: Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness and Temperance. They are collectively, not individually, the qualities or “fruits” that Christians should be manifesting in their lives. When followers of Christ live their life by these qualities, the world sees the result. That result is someone walking in the Holy Spirit – hence the name “Fruit of the Spirit.”
Christians will mature in their walk by studying and then applying each of these characteristics in their lives. It is important to understand that these nine qualities come directly from God Himself and every Christian’s goal should be to incorporate them into their own personality. This is not done through willpower or human strength, but by the incredible workings of the Holy Spirit in that person’s heart and life.
Made in His Image
God wants to transmit His own divine qualities into His people to enable them to be the reflection of Himself to the rest of the world. He realizes that due to the faulty human nature, it is only by His Spirit that Christians can actually live out these qualities on a daily basis. He literally infuses the believer with fresh doses of His godly characteristics to then pour out to those around them.
It Only Takes One Thing to Receive the Fruits of the Holy Spirit
In order to possess all nine fruits, one must first die to self and allow Christ to dwell in and show through them. What a relief to know as believers all that must be done is for one to surrender their fleshly personalities to the work of the Spirit in them. Easier said than done, yes, but rewarding beyond words once it has been completed. Once a person completely hands over themself then, and only then, can they can watch as His mighty provision of these qualities flows through their own lives and into others around them.
There’s No Room for Anything Less than Complete Humbleness
This takes a fully humbled and surrendered heart to the Holy Spirit and an awareness of the believer’s intense need for the Spirit’s power at work in their lives. Then the “Fruit of the Spirit” will truly be seen by the world for what it is – a living proof of God’s nature in His people.
For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. ~Psalm 100:5
We are called not only to believe in God, but ‘to believe’ God; to believe and stand upon ‘His word’. When He says what He is going to do, trust that He will indeed do it. ‘Therefore have I hope, it is of the Lord’s mercies that we are consumed, because His compassion fails not. They are new every morning and great is thy faithfulness’. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Too often we fail to experience His faithfulness because we do not trust. We fail to capture the wonderful works within His word because we do not have faith. We must see the Lord in all we do, and all that we are. The whole earth is full with His unfailing love and His faithfulness; everything He has ever done is a revelation and testament to it. We must long to taste of His goodness and ask Him to teach us to depend and wait upon Him no matter what happens.
We have to trust and believe His faithfulness. We learn to trust in the Lord the more we become acquainted with Him; the more we seek after Him to demonstrate His faithfulness. “Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
It should not be surprising to us that Faith in the Lord is the pathway to experiencing His goodness and all the wonders of His work. Faith is one of the relational realities that allow a child of God to live by His grace. ‘Faith accesses grace.’ (Romans 5:2)
Just keep remembering that no matter what happens – He will never change. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
‘For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does’. (Hebrews 10:3)
Point to Ponder: God does not change!
Today’s post cones from Ian Coate of FreeChristianIllustrations.com
We have been watching athletes run their races in the Olympics Games. As Christians, we also have a race set before us.
Athletes train for years to prepare for a race. Then, in a matter of seconds, it’s all over, with those many years of preparation condensed to a single moment of truth. If an athlete is victorious, they have proven to self and spectators, the years of effort have not been wasted. Continue reading
Children today are a lot different from when we grew up. Technological advances have played a major role in how children are spending their time these days. Do you find your children coming home from school to surf the Internet, watch television, play video games, or texting on the cell phone? While these forms of entertainment do have their time and place, we as parents should encourage our children to read a book, do some coloring or write in a journal about their day instead. Technology is a great tool but without the right platform, it can become a passive means of escape. A child’s written; verbal and social skills can suffer greatly as well, if the issue is not addressed.
And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac…Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. (Genesis 32:9, 11)
After more than 14 years of separation from his hometown, his parents, friends, and quick disappearance from the sight of his angry brother, Jacob was now claiming his freedom for almost two decades of laborious service under Laban’s tricky hands. Nonetheless, because of God’s faithful provision and protection, Jacob was able to rise from rags to riches, from a mere wanderer into a successful leader of a rising generation – the 12 tribes of Israel.Continue reading
People use all kind of excuses in order to not pray. Some of the most common excuses are, “I don’t know how to pray”,”How do I know God is really listening?”,”I feel self-conscious when praying”, and ”I just don’t have the time to pray!”. Do any of these sound familiar to you? Prayer plays a vital role in our relationship with the Heavenly Father. When we make excuses not to pray we are telling God He is not important to us.Continue reading
Our life is rooted in the redemptive work of the hands of God through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
The Lord then expects fruits from our lives. He wants our life to be productive due to the indwelling presence of His Spirit in us (Galatians 5:22-23) and because of our pledge to serve Him as our God. Yet, because of our lack of discipline and focus, we become barren and stagnant bystanders not only in our relationship and service to God but to others and to our community as well. It is important then to be reminded that as Christians, the Lord called us to be “lights” and “salts” of the earth. In other words, He wants our life to be beneficial; that just as He offered His life for our salvation and blessing we would also dedicate our lives to productive purposes that will glorify Him, bless others, and benefit our society.Continue reading