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Day 25: Transformed by Troubles

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For our light and monetary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that outweighs them all.  II Corinthians 4:17

As much as we don’t like to experience pain, and as tough are our troubles may appear, every problem has a purpose.

In my most profound time of darkness, where everything concerning the plans I’d come up with for my future appeared bleak leading to depression for about a month, I started out on this journey to find my purpose. I strive to live a life modeling Jesus Christ at all times, but I wouldn’t have started this journey, or gotten to the point where I sacrificed everything that meant something to me in order to align my life in accordance to God’s purpose. My experience echoed the words of Paul in II Corinthians 1:9 “We felt we were doomed to die and saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us, for he can even raise the dead.”
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Day 24: Transformed by Truth

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People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God. – Matthew 4:4

Spiritual growth is the process of replacing lies with truth. To become like Jesus, we must fill our lives with his Word. II Timothy 3:17 says, “Through His Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” The word of God breathes live. Literally, creation came to being through His Word. The bible does not simply signify a doctrinal guidebook. The Word of God generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the Devil, causes miracles, heals hurts, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy, overcomes adversity, guarantees our future!! People, we cannot live without the Word of God! God’s Word is the spiritual nourishment we must have to fulfil our purpose.
More than ever, we have unlimited, free access to God’s Word, but many of us are guilty of not abiding in the word. In our day-to-day living, abiding in God’s word involves the following three activities:

I must accept its authority: The bible must be our authoritative standard for life, having the first and the last word. Many troubles we face occurs because we base our choices on unreliable authorities like culture, emotion, tradition or reason. Continue reading

Day 23: How we Grow

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Our heavenly father desires that we mature and develop the characteristics Jesus Christ displayed while on earth. Spiritual growth is not like physical growth, which happens regardless of what we do, but spiritual growth takes an intentional commitment. Our commitment defines who we are, and shows who we will soon become. Many of us are afraid to commit, and end up drifting through life. Others make half-hearted commitments which leads to frustration and mediocrity. And some make a full commitment to worldly goals and end up disappointed and bitter.

God’s part and your part: Christlikeness is the result of making Christ-like choices and depending on the Spirit of God to help us fulfil those choices. Continue reading

Day 22: Created to Become Like Christ

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God knew what He was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love Him along the same lines as the life of His son… We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in Him – Romans 8:29

God created us to images of Him. We are called to live godly lives, not to follow every trend that tries to tell us we are gods. We are not gods; God is the only true GOD! Becoming like Christ does not mean we lose our uniqueness, or become mindless clones. Christlikeness is all about transforming our character, growing spiritually and in wisdom. This life is not about us but about God. We exist for His purpose.

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Day 21: Protecting Your Church

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You are joined together with peace through the Spirit, so make every effort to continue together in this way. – Ephesians 4:3

It is our job and responsibility to protect the unity of our church.
Unity is the soul of fellowship. Destroying it is ripping the heart out of God’s body- the church. Just like our earthly parents, Jesus enjoys watching His children get along with each other.
Unity is so important to God! The bible gives us applicable advice:
Focus on what we have in common, not our differences: Paul tells us in Romans 14:19, “Let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of one another’s character.”
Instead of saying, ‘I believe Jesus wore only sandals, and you believe he wore sneakers, so we can’t agree on shoes’ say, “You and I believe Jesus walked on the earth”, and that’s all that matters.

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Day 20: Restoring Broken Fellowship

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God has restored our relationship with Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. – II Corinthians 5:18

At this exact moment, I am the least pleased with my brother. I’m sure I’ll have a lot to learn in this chapter. Just as a reminder, we are all sinners, we sin – we’re human, it’s our nature to sin. More people are reading this blog now, and I don’t want you to view me as perfect. I have flaws I will continue to work on, and try my best to be transparent with you about. I will never be perfect, but I will continue to try my best in being a good example to my generation. Jesus is the ONLY perfect one, and He is whom we all need to emulate!

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Day 19: Cultivating Community

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You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor. – James 3:18

Community requires commitment. Only the Holy Sprit can create a real fellowship between believers, but our choices and commitments help cultivate it. If you’ve just about had it with fake fellowships, and you’re interested in building a genuine fellowship, you’ll need to make some tough choices and take some risks.

Cultivating community takes honesty: Speaking the truth, especially when it’s uncomfortable means you care. Proverbs 24:26 says, “an honest answer is the sign of true friendship.” Thousands of fellowships have been destroyed by a lack of honesty. In Galatians 6:1, we are told, “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.” People don’t like criticism, but if you speak the truth in love, you will be more appreciated for that. When conflict is handled correctly, we grow closer to one another. Always seek God first before confronting any situation, but make sure you don’t brush things under the carpet.

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