Keeping our eyes on the prize

There is so much to do in such little time. Therefore, we need to prioritize. We need to keep our eyes on the goal and focus on what really matters. Our gaze needs to be permanently fixed on Jesus. We haven’t reached our peak yet. In fact, for many of us, we are not even close. We haven’t fully utilized our talents for the furtherance of His kingdom. We may be doing well now and men may be applauding us, but don’t be fooled; that’s not your peak, there is more. The work may seem cumbersome and challenging, but it’s doable. More importantly, we are ABLE to do it, that’s why He has given it to us. We need to press on and move faster in this race. You know, live everyday like it’s our last. Let everything we do, touch lives.
There is no time to play around with sin and continue to rely on His grace. Though His grace is sufficient, we definitely do not want to take it for granted (Romans 6:1-7). We need to have a picture of our future and plan to towards it. Our destination is Jesus, we have to walk and work towards His direction. We need to make a conscious effort to make heaven. It’s not going to be a case of ‘oh I don’t know, I guess I just accidently landed in heaven’. Deep down within you, you know where you lifestyle is leading you to. Don’t say you love Jesus with your mouth and serve satan in your heart. You can’t serve two masters at the same time.
Be ready for the day of the Lord is at hand. You don’t want to be caught unawares. Even in doing the work of the Lord, don’t get carried away, forgetting about your own salvation (Philippians 2:12). Be ready at all times, be consistent. Make yourself available 100% of the time. The whole essence of our existence is God. Every other thing is ‘by the way’. Just like soldiers are always ready for war, we need to be ready for the second coming of Jesus. DON’T waste time on irrelevant things, things that satisfy momentarily, things that we can see now, earthly things. They will surely fade away. Instead, focus on the most important thing; which is making heaven. Matthew 6:19-21 says, we should we should lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, because where our treasures are, that’s where our hearts are too. We need to lose taste for this world and the things in it. Spend your precious time on things that will nourish you spiritually, knowing well that that the spiritual controls the physical.
Just view the world as a market-place with so many side attractions and time wasters, but we being the focused and disciplined breed that we are, will not be carried away by all those irrelevant activities. We know what we want and we go all out to get it. We are Christians, that’s what we do!
Further reading- Philippians 3:1-15
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Being aware of whom we are!

Text- Romans 8:14-17, John 1:12, Romans 8:28, Isaiah 60;1, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:1

P.S- It’s my first video, so please bear with me in terms of the mistakes, video quality and so on. I’m getting better. Be blessed as you listen!

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My testimony

OMG, its 13:00pm, need to get some breakfast/lunch, wait a minute I haven’t read my open heavens and Bible today. I better get that out of the way before going downstairs….ok, done!

Two hours later…

So what did I learn from the Bible today? Wow, I can’t even remember. Anyway Lord, you know I’m trying, it’s just that I don’t seem to understand what I read. That’s not my fault, is it?

Sunday morning…

Oh my, I’m really enjoying this sleep, wish I could continue. Oh no, I can’t, I need to go to church. That’s what Christians do on Sunday morning, right? Hang on, I should read my Bible and pray before going, no, it doesn’t really matter, that’s what I’ll be doing in church anyway.

During the sermon…

‘You can’t say you are in love with God and go clubbing/raving’- good for me, I don’t club. ‘You can’t say you’re a Christian and you are an adulterer or fornicator’-cool, cool, I don’t do that either. ‘You can’t say you are a Christian and you don’t have a personal relationship with God’- well, *clears throat*, Lord, you know I’m really trying here. I’m not saying You don’t want me or You don’t love me, after all, my pastor says you love me, but things are just not the way they ought to be between us. Ok, this time around, something has got to change. I’ve got to make a move, have got to do something. Yes, a change is coming. This time, I’m for real!

Monday ‘morning devotion’…

I still don’t understand these things. I’m really trying to be good now, but some things are just not clicking. I need help!

On the internet…

Oh look, Claire has added new pictures; it’s probably the ones from her birthday. Hey, I’ve got a message facebook, hope it’s a good one…*hiss* I think I’m going to leave this group, they keep sending me messages about reading new posts on their blog. I’m not interested!

On facebook again…

It’s already 1.30am and I’m still not sleeping. This facebook is so addictive. Whooo, new message…Again, I better leave this group right now. Erm, on second thoughts, let me have a look at the blog… reading, reading, reading, *slowly, I’m breaking down into tears*, wow, God you actually speak, you speak to all of these people, they have a personal relationship with you. *weeping more profusely* God I want this, I want this so badly, fill me with your Holyspirit. Lord please, slowly but surely I begin to say some things. I have no understanding of what they are, and it’s not fluent like I thought it would be. Maybe, I was just saying things on my own. Anyway, I’m sending a message to the blogger, I’m telling her about my experience.

In the evening…

I’m reading her response now “I jumped in thanksgiving to God when I read the few lines”. How can she be so excited when I’m not even sure about what I’m saying. I read on, “don’t let doubts get in your way, just keep speaking. There’s nothing wrong. The thing is your mind doesn’t understand it, so it tells you that you are saying rubbish”. Ok, this is getting clearer.

And from then on…

I just love reading the bible; I understand everything so much better now. Holyspirit, you make everything so easy. I feel like a veil has been taken off my face. I can see everything more clearly now. I hear You through Your word more clearly now. Though, that bit was hard for me to understand. I found it difficult to personalize the Bible; after all, everyone was reading the same thing too. That reminds me, I remember reading Matthew chapter 7 to Matthew chapter 11 one night and there was this verse that caught my attention. By the time I finished reading, I had absolutely no idea where it was. I mean, I was looking for one verse out of the 173 verses I had just read. I asked the Holyspirit, and He told me the EXACT verse. Need I say I was gobsmacked! Unknown to me at that time, that particular verse was the answer to a question I had been asking God for a while. So, He actually does speak through His word, because He is the Word (John 1:1)

God is so awesome in every way, and there is no limit to what can be known about Him. I leave you with this verse Jeremiah 9:23-24

"Thus says the LORD:
“ Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
24 But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,” says the LORD."
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