The Convenient Christians…

Ever heard of “The Convenient Christians”? Well, there are different types of them but one thing that remain prominent is their attitude. They have an attitude of professing God’s love and doing His ONLY when it’s convenient for them or when they feel like it.

Can I be honest with you? I used to be one. I would profess my love for God only on Sundays especially during Praise & Worship or when I want to misquote the Bible to judge another person by it; it made me feel like other people saw me as perfect and I was glad. Little did I know this behaviour only exposed my ungodly desires. People around me may not have seen this but God did and He was not pleased. Thing is, I was not looking to grow in the kingdom by producing the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). I was happy been lukewarm as I did not want to commit fully to God.

Unfortunately, the church is full of “Convenient Christians”. They couldn’t care less about walking by faith and studying the Word. They want God to be their magician and sugar-daddy; giving them what they want, when they want it and after receiving, they disappear from His presence either in the physical or in the mind. That is how one could be sitting in church yet their mind would be somewhere else (another topic for another day).

A “Convenient Christian” wants the anointing without the commitment and studying, they want the big promotion without the long-suffering, they want the godly husband/wife without the biblical roles and responsibilities.

The children of Israel in the Bible in many occasions acted like “Convenient Christians”. God delivered them countless of times from their enemies yet after each deliverance they would turn their backs on Him by worshipping lesser gods until they run into another enemy or trouble, then they would go back to God (Judges 1,2 &3, Exodus 32, Numbers 14, etc).

Why must we remember God only in times of need or trouble? What are we doing to ourselves? Who do we think we are deceiving? God cannot be mocked. We must claim Him as our God in bad AND good times.

He is ever ready to carry our burdens (Matthew 11:28) however we must DWELL in Him. To dwell is to live in, to stay, to make resident at a particular place. If we want to experience His continuous protection then we must dwell in His presence (Psalm 91:1); it makes it super hard for the enemy to attack us. However, if we leave His presence, we are exposing ourselves to the arrows and shots of the enemy.

Before I end I will say (well, type) this, there is only ONE true Christian; and that is one who is led by the spirit of God (Romans 8:14) not by their flesh or season of life.

Today, ask Christ to change your heart and renew your mind to dwell in Him in all seasons of life.

I am glad that each time the enemy tries to entice me back to who I was, the Holy Spirit convicts my heart and draws me even closer to God. Gradually, He is working on me and changing my desires to His. We bless Jesus for His love and kindness which lasts forever.

Psalms 63:3

Because Your LovingKindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

End-Time Struggles And Reassurance…

Luke 21:12 & 13

“……. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion of testimony”.

There is no doubt that we are living in the end-times. There are a lot of scary things happening that you don’t need a prophet to tell you Jesus is returning soon.

This post isn’t to scare you or anything, far from it. On the contrary, it is to bring comfort and reassurance.

In the scripture above, the son of God did not only warn the people about the signs of the end-times but He also gave words of comfort.

“….. But it will turn out for you as an occasion of testimony”.

There is such a great cry on earth especially in the church. People are running to and fro for answers, healing, deliverance, freedom etc. Christians are been tortured and persecuted for their faith. Hearing true stories like these send shivers down my body. It is ever so scary however, the Lord has promised us that greater is our reward in heaven when we stand by Him.

Matthew 5:11 & 12.

“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you”.

You see, this our Christian walk isn’t a walk in the park. It gets very challenging. If it were easy everybody would be doing it.
But I tell you this, when you realise your life is not your own like Apostle Paul did Acts 20:24, it would make the journey much more bearable.

You are not alone in this walk. As a born-again young lady, I myself understand the struggles and temptations that comes with striving to live a godly life. Nevertheless, as many times as I am tempted to behave contrary to who I am (Child of God), I remember that I have been bought with a valuable price therefore, I must live a life worthy of my calling.

1 Corinthians 6:20

“For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s”

You may not be at the point of getting killed for your faith however, I guarantee you that you would have to make challenging decisions involving on standing by your faith.
When that moment comes, I want you to never forget that God sees your heart and the genuine work you put in for the Kingdom. He will never allow you to be consumed as you stand with Him.

Luke 21:18 & 19

“…….. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls”.

Hold unto Him during persecutions. Ask the Lord to prepare you for His second coming. The world has seen nothing yet. Things are going to get very tough especially for us believers but the Bible says in Matthew 24:13 that he who endures to the end shall be saved.

We must stop running after prosperity, false doctrines and seek Jesus Christ with all our mind, heart and soul. Don’t imitate other believers with the mindset of “if they can live lukewarm I can too”. Jesus is our ONLY way, truth and life (John 14:6) not other Christians. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in all that you do for He is coming back for a church without wrinkle or spot.

Ephesians 5:27

“That He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish”.

This post is convicting me so much even as I type, nevertheless I know I must share in hope it blesses somebody.

As always,

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

God Our Father Is Just (Day Of Answered Prayer)…

We are a faithless generation. When we want something, we want it now.
I was listening to a man of God the other day and he said something which made me laugh but it’s the truest. He said some people pray to God like, “God, I want patience and I want it now”.

We want everything so quick that when it doesn’t happen within out timing, we begin to loose hope or worse, question the existence of God.

That was not the case of the Persistence Widow in Luke 18:1-8 (Please refer to the Bible if you are not familiar with the story).

She never gave up; always going to the judge. She tormented him with pleads and gave him no rest. In her world, she would not take ‘no’ for an answer. Day and night, she visited the judge hoping and praying it would be the day he would say yes. I believe one thing that makes this woman’s story unique is each day before she made her way to the judge, she saw it as her “Day of Answered Prayer” and that kept her going.

Now, the Bible describes the judge as “unjust”, meaning he judged wrongly. When someone is unjust, they bend the truth and go against it at the detriment of the innocent. The truth is a lie to them and the lie is truth to them.
So, this widow had next-to-nothing chance of winning her case. Even though all odds were against her, she still kept going. In versus 4 & 5 her “Day of Answered Prayer” came. The “unjust” judge said,

“….. Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me”

The only reason the judge avenged this widow was by her continual coming. He became fed up and for the first time (possibly), he served justice.

If an “unjust” judge could serve justice, how much more a Just God?

Your Father, the King of Kings is JUST.

In 2 Thessalonians 1:6 it says,

…..It is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulations those who trouble you….”

Romans 3:26 describes God as just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Have you continually presented your requests to God? Then why are you giving up?

Luke 18:7&8 says,

“And shall not God avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that, He will avenge them speedily”.

God loves you dearly and does not rejoice in your pain. It breaks His heart to see you cry. I tell you today that He is wiping your tears, you may not see it but He really is. As long as your heart and motives are pure, continue been persistence like the widow.

It hurts but keep praying, it’s painful but keep the faith, it’s draining but don’t stop. Imagine your “Day of Answered Prayer” and let that keep you in the race.

Our Father is a JUST God. We must not think otherwise of Him.

1 Peter 5:10

“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.”

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

You Are Really Forgiven…

Last Sunday I taught my Sunday School children about Forgiveness. During the hour session I stated what forgiveness means and referencing with scriptures, I further explained it’s importance.

I used an illustration of a paper. I coloured one side with red pencil; the red representing our sins. The back of the paper which was clean represented the aftermath of our cleansing; that is after we ask for forgiveness and repent, we are made clean by God. This kept the children engaged and they gave examples of when they have had to forgive a friend/loved one.

Before the service, I prayed and asked God that His message would settle in their little hearts. Little did I know it was I who needed the message to settle in my heart.

24 hours later I found myself to have fallen short; I allowed my flesh to lead me and ended up desperately needing forgiveness from God. I was very disappointed in myself. Worse than that, I was ashamed. I thought to myself, I know better therefore I should have behaved better. It broke me. I prayed and truly repented from my heart. I asked Jesus to wipe me clean. I felt His forgiveness and peace after this prayer. Last night the enemy tried to remind me of the sin and made me doubt if God had truly forgiven me.

As I prayed this morning, I asked for forgiveness once again. In a still small voice The Holy Spirit reminded me of the illustration I had used in Sunday School. He truly has wiped my sins and made me clean without stain, like the other side of the paper.

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together”,  says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool”.

This reminder brought tears to my eyes.
I am truly forgiven. He has wiped me clean. I need not to entertain the enemy’s lies because Jesus has cleansed me. The word of God says in 1 John 1:9 that,

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

I encourage you today to walk in His forgiveness. No need to ask forgiveness for a sin over and over again just because you do not feel like He has forgiven you. His love for you is so strong. It does not matter the nature of your sin(s), as long as you have repented from your heart and ready to walk in holiness, believe that You Are Really Forgiven.

Hebrews 8:12

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and lawless deeds I will rememeber no more”.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

The Power Of Anxiety…

Proverbs 12:25

“Anxiety in the heart of a man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad”.

The above scripture is pretty straight forward and self-explanatory.
If I were to ask a number of people what causes depression, the majority would mention traumatic events like bereavement, divorce, redundancy, sickness etc. Even though this is true, depression could also begin with a much smaller event like our day-to-day worries and anxieties.

The Bible states that, when one is anxious in their heart, they are headed in the path of depression. As an overcomer of depression myself (Praise God),  I can sincerely tell you it is not a pleasant road to walk on. It gets darker than the night, you feel alone, drained in every area of your life and worse of all, you feel suicidal. Therefore, it is of outmost importance that we do not allow the worries of life to lead us.

As a believer, you are not exempt from the troubles of life. Life does not spare its rod on you because you are born-again.
God knows this, He knew you would be worried about that job before you were born, He knew you would be anxious about your children before you had them, He knew you would be concerned and worried about that situation before it happened. Hence why He gave you His word in Philippians 4:6 & 7,

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.

Notice vrs 7 (And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus), not continue to be anxious and worry in your hearts and minds.

Please read my previous post titled “Guard Your Heart”, it explains ways on how to guard your heart.

You ever heard this ‘saying’ especially from believers?

“I’m only human, all I can do it worry.”

Not only is this statement an oxymoron, it is also a sin and lie from the pitch of hell. Satan wants to hinder your peace and blessings and one of the ways he does this is by drawing your mind to worry.

Whatever you feed, grows.

If you feed on his lies and your anxieties, you are headed towards the road of depression like the Bible says.

Meditating on the word of God and applying them to your life gives you peace and rest.

It can get overwhelming and difficult, I know, but the great news is Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

I love the second part of Proverbs 12:25, it says, “……..But a kind word makes it glad”.

I believe it is the duty of every believer to learn how to say kind words from our hearts, not only to each other but also to the world. You may never know the extent of other’s trial, however one thing is for sure, that the pleasant words you share are like sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24.

I’m praying for your emotional, spiritual and physical health.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.