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You see that beautiful mansion over there….It took months of preparation, laying the right foundation, getting the right plan, the workers..
You see that big strong tree…..It took years from a small plant to this, to be deeply rooted, its roots extending far beyond its trunk..
You see that beautiful painting….It took time to capture the image, to draw, to paint, to get the right strokes, right angle…
You see my dear…Everything takes Time.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says “To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die. A time to plant and a time to pluck what has been planted. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to break down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to cast away stones and a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to gain and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to sew. A time to keep silence and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time of war and a time of peace”
No one enjoys the time of weeping, the time of laboring but we all must go through these times.
A student might complain about the tons of assignments, having a lot to study but you have to go through those years to get an education, a degree..to have a good job in the future
A junior worker might complain of the years he puts in and complain about starting in the junior level but before you get to the top, you have to start somewhere and work your way up there.
An artist struggling to get his album out there, trying and trying might complain about the struggle but even now successful people like TI, Jay Z, Beyonce..actors like Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington…all started by singing in their local churches, rapping for family, local areas, acting in small films. Before they had their breakthrough.
Sometimes when we are going through the famine, through the war, through the rough times, through the planting season, through the weeping, through the waiting, through the pain. We think God has abandoned us. But I tell you, He has not. He never did and He never will. His timing is just not the same as our timing.
Remember the story of Lazarus’s death. When the people wanted Christ to come quickly but He took his time…even till Lazarus was dead and wrapped. Then He came and said “ Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:43). Remember the story of Christ turning water to wine, when His mother wanted him to hurry and do something, He said “…My Hour has not yet come” (John 2:4) and when He finally turned it into wine, the master of the feast was indeed very pleased with the wine saying they saved the best wine for last…
God never leaves us…Actually we are the ones who leave him. He said His thoughts towards us are of good and not of evil to bring us to an expected end (Jer 29:11). If you know the story of Job (if you don’t please read it), Job was a man who had so much but it was all taken away from him. Yet in the time of pain, of agony. He did not curse God. He still kept his faith in God and when the time had passed, God blessed him with much more than he initially had.
God is a God on Time, He is a God of order….Just remember His time is not always our time. He does not work on our schedule. His ways are not our ways. Ecl 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end”.
When a child is born, before he becomes an adult, he goes through certain stages…adolescence, becomes a teenager…Every stage before he becomes an adult has its struggles but all is needed to become a wise adult. So also for every stage in our lives, we must overcome its struggles.
So when you going through the tough time, the pain, the struggle, the rain…Remember a rainbow is seen after the rain, not after the sunshine. Also stay steadfast in your faith In God knowing that IN HIS TIME HE MAKES ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL and will surely make yours beautiful when it is Time…
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I loveee conversations with my big bro!!!!!! and I loveee my Joyce Meyer Ministries phone (JMM) app!!
That said, this post was inspired by one of the devotional videos I recently watched on my JMM app and one of my recent big bro-lil sis convos.
There is the popular saying ” In forgiving others, you set yourself free”. I know it is not always easy to forgive especially when we are really hurt by someone’s actions and inaction whether consciously or not. You see the thing is, when someone hurts us or we are hurt by a situation and we hold on to that with an unforgiving heart, we indirectly hurt ourselves even more than we think we hurt that person by not forgiving them. Sometimes it could lead to people being depressed, bitter, angry, and putting out our frustration on others. We have so many people taking their anger and frustration (from an unforgiving heart) on others. I remember reading in the news of a young man who goes about trying to give other younger kids the HIV virus simply because years ago he contracted the virus from someone. Thank God he was eventually caught. I am sure you have heard on the news of someone going on a killing spree simply because a certain group of people killed their friend or family member. Again I know it hurts, but sticking with an unforgiving heart, only causes more harm to us and to others who might just be innocent.
We are imperfect beings in an imperfect world. We are all going to make mistakes! We are all going to do something that will hurt or upset a dear friend, a stranger, a family member, a co-worker….Likewise they are all at some point going to do something that will hurt or upset us. Even two people who are in love would do something that might upset the other.
“You see, in the time of Christ on Earth, many persecuted him. Even his own disciple denied him three times. His disciple Judas betrayed him and gave him away to be killed. But Despite all, He still died for our sins. Despite us forgetting about him sometimes, not giving Him the praise and adoration He deserves, not obeying Him…Despite everything and anything, He still loves and forgives us all!
AHA!! There is also one very important person we need to learn to forgive…Guess who? IT’S YOURSELF!! They say ‘to learn to love others you should first love yourself’ Yes! To learn to forgive others, you should first learn to forgive yourself! When you fall in sin, When you let yourself down. Forgive yourself.
My big bro says “God has forgiven us of our sins in advance. You’ve got to forgive yourself and move up! The devil’s job is to always make us feel bad about things we did wrong and wants to hold us down with them. Life/Christianity is a game, if you don’t practice, you can’t play and if you don’t play you can’t win…In practicing we make mistakes and in playing sometimes we win and some we lose”
As christians we are commanded to forgive others. We cannot go to our Heavenly Father in prayer while we still hold a grudge against another (Matthew 6: 14-15) and when others sin against us we are told to forgive them, not once, not twice….but many times. Matthew 18: 21-22. When His disciple asked how many times we should forgive, He said ‘not seven times but seventy times seven’
Found these quotes a couple of days ago and saved them on my phone. Will wrap this post with them.
- Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness ~ Unknown
- People are often unreasonable and self centered. Forgive them anyway ~ Mother Theresa
- To be a christian means to forgive them the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you ~ C.S Lewis
- The truth is unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize the situation is over, you cannot move forward ~ Steve Maraboli
- It is important to forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on ~ Steve Maraboli
- Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies ~ Nelson Mandela
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Listening to sermons by Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer and TD Jakes last week made me ponder on this issue: Christians are usually the most judgmental and self righteous people. We have many christians who feel that other christians who miss church one or more sundays or who don’t constantly update their facebook status with bible passages or who forget to read their bible one day are not good Christians. You do remember the bible says our righteousness are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) As Christians we are not to boast of our righteousness or our good acts or deed otherwise we already get our reward and have no reward from our Father in heaven (Matthew 6:1).
Listening to a sermon by Joyce Meyer, she makes a point using the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-31). It is better to be a prodigal son than the older brother who was self righteous. When the prodigal son returned home the father, his father was over so glad to have him back, he asked his servants to bring out the best robe for him, got sandals and a ring for him. He also ordered that the best calf be killed and they had a party for his arrival. When they older son came, he was angry because he had never disobeyed his father, always did right but a party was never thrown for him with the best robe or best calf. Joyce said many christian are in the house (church) who attend church everyday, read their bible everyday, do almost everything that would make one say “oh that is a very good christian” but have an unforgiving heart, resentment, malice in their heart and very judgmental. She points out that God would rather be happy with a person who does not attend church regularly and has a pure heart than a person who pays tithes but has a wicked heart.
Pastor T.D Jakes said God needs us despite our situation. That is no matter how many times you fall into sin and ask for forgiveness, no matter how long you have taken to find your way back to God, no matter how many times you have missed church, mo matter how many times you forgot to read your bible this month, no matter what you decide to post on your FaceBook status…God wants you!! God needs you!! You remember in John 4, When Christ was talking to the woman by the well. She had many husbands..five to be specific. When His disciples came they were shocked to see Christ talking to her. Yes! Christ loved even the woman with 5 husbands!
Next time you are about to judge another christian, remember….don’t! As Christians if you see another christian falling astray, you are to pray for them, talk to them and help them back in the right path rather than judge. Judge not that ye not be judged (Matt 7:1-2). Even our Father does not judge us “You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one” (John 8:15).
So dear fellow Christians, let’s stop being so self righteous and so judgmental of others!!!
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The Bible says ‘teach your child in the right path and when he is older he will not depart from it’ Prov 22:6. I am proud to say my mother always taught us the right path. When I was younger I was always involved in the church even without being told or asked to. I was in the choir, took believers class, I started the teenage bulletin…and a couple other things I got involved in. This bulletin had a weekly bible scripture and passage, puzzles, the hymn to be sang during the service, menu of the week. I took the responsibility upon myself to ensure that that everything for the bulletin was put together and copies were printed out and folded before Sunday service. I loved doing it. Oooooo what I loved doing the most was preaching in teenage church and also as a teenager standing on the pulpit in adult church during Children/Teenage week and saying the prayer or introducing the next agenda for the day…O those days!!… Now Yes My Mom taught me in the right path but even though we are Christians, we are also human..I’ve fallen sometimes along the way….BUT because of the teaching as a child, I always still find my way back. I never really depart from it. Maybe take a few steps away..lol!
As Christians, we need to have other bros and sis in the Lord to help us find our way back when we go astray. I remember sometime…I think about 2 years ago, a particular friend and I would each text each other a bible passage and we both read and then text each other what we understood from the reading. Today I have a friend who daily sends me daily devotions…You can read some at http://www.rccgna.org/openheavens/. And my mother? She has never stopped. I enjoy our weekly prayers.
Do you have people around you that will guide you rather than judge you when you take the wrong turn, go astray, backslide? One of Donnie McClurkin’s songs says “We fall down but we get up’ We can’t walk this path of righteousness alone…especially in a world filled with many temptations. We need God to give us strength, we need others to help us up when we fall…Do you have such people in your lives?
BTW if you wondering what church I’ve been talking about this whole time, it is The Redeemed Christian Church of God.