GOD IS WITH YOU.

Scripture:

“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing”. -Zephaniah 3:17

Message:

When things go wrong in your life it is easy to lose hope. Especially when the battle you are fighting seems so unfair. Even people who seem invincible in the beginning, might later be overwhelmed by a spirit of helplessness and hopelessness.

 

Whatever circumstances you find yourself in; however dismal the future may seem; despite all the problems you are facing, remember that God is with you and He is in control of your circumstances. Trust in Him and He will grant you victory, even when everything seems hopeless.

Prayer:

“Redeemer and Friend, thank You that I can be sure that God loves me and is always with me”. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT.

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE.

Scripture:

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” ”. John 8:12

Message:

Darkness can cause fear, depression, loneliness and sorrow. The darkness of the soul has a similar effect on people. When light comes, it brings relief and feeling of safety.

The light of hope and peace flickers and dims when we face afflictions and trials. The only way to overcome the darkness is to turn to Christ. Instead of fearing the darkness, light a small candle of faith to brighten it.

Walk in His light and soon you will find that the darkness has passed. With His light in your heart, each day becomes radiant for you.

 

Prayer”

“Loving Guide, while you hold my hand I am safe and secure. Strengthen my faith daily”. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT.

CHOOSE HOLINESS OVER HAPPINESS.

 Scripture:

“Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drags us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death”. James 1:14-15 (NLT)

Message:

Today we live in an age of irresponsibility, where no one wants to admit that their problems are their own fault. We’ve all become victims. No problem we have is ever considered our fault anymore; it’s always somebody else’s fault. We blame others. We blame the government, the media, our parents, the schools, our DNA, and the environment—everything but ourselves.

 

The truth is that we bring most of our problems on ourselves. We just need to accept responsibility and quit putting blame on others. Every time we blame somebody else, we’re not admitting what the real problem is.

 

If you’re facing temptation right now, you’re never going to find freedom until you stop fixing the blame and start fixing the problem. Stop blaming other people! Even when other people have hurt you, it’s your reaction that’s causing the problem.

 

It’s amazing to me that some people even try to blame God for the messes in their lives. But God’s will never contradicts God’s Word. If God says, “Don’t do that” in the Bible, he will never tell you “yes” through a feeling. I don’t care how good the feeling is—when you listen to your feelings instead of God’s Word, you’re walking straight into a trap. One of the most common excuses I’ve heard to justify a multitude of sins is, “God wants me to be happy, and this will make me happy.”

 

God wants you to be happy. But God wants you to be holy more than he wants you to be happy. He wants you to obey him. You will never be totally happy when you ignore God’s will. In fact, you’re heading for destruction when you do that. The rules and principles in the Bible are not there just to make life miserable. They’re there for our own good.

 

The happiest people in the world are those who hang on to what God says and follow it, regardless of what their feelings say.

Talk About It

What problems may result when we try to blame someone else?

Why is it significant that God wants us to be holy more than he wants us to be happy?

When have your feelings clouded your judgment about an important decision? What consequences did you face from your choice?

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from PASTOR RICK’S DAILY HOPE.

DEALING WITH BAD TEMPER.

Scripture:

 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. – Ephesians 4:31

INTRODUCTION

A LOOSE TEMPER

Losing your temper is a lot like losing your car keys—you never choose to and it always seems to happen at the worst moments. For some “losing your temper” means yelling, swearing, pounding a fist on the table. For others, lost temper is barely perceptible: a tightening of the jaw, a cold silence, but the angry feelings are still swarming, just hidden away inside.

Whatever our style, we all lose our temper sometimes. By “lose our temper,” I simply mean that you and I sometimes hand the reins of our behavior over to the feelings of anger in our soul. As your body begins to pump adrenaline, expand blood vessels, and tense muscles for a fight, your desire to feel vindicated (though all too often later reflection reveals you weren’t nearly so far up the moral high ground as you’d thought) takes over and hands you your script. Fundamentally, losing your temper means you’ve placed anger in the saddle and you are now galloping along at its command.

 

WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?

Despite the thousand coats anger may wear, anger is simple at its core. Anger always passes moral judgment. It is the moral emotion. Anger says “what just happened was wrong.” Now our anger may be accurate in its judgment of right and wrong or it may be out to lunch. For example, my children may get mad because I’m exasperating them, or they may get mad because I’m putting them to bed at a reasonable hour when they wanted to stay up. Either way, the core cry of anger is “That is unjust! That is evil! I condemn that!”

James 4:1–2 lays out the basic dynamic at play in our sinful anger. “What causes fights and quarrels among you?” James asks. “Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel.” In essence, James is saying that our anger condemns anything that comes between us and what we want. Because, James argues, we are committed to our own wellbeing above all, when something or someone thwarts our desires, we feel unjustly treated and respond by calling out the troops to avenge the perceived injustice.

Ultimately then, a lost temper is just anger that’s been put in charge without checks or balances.

God promises to work in the hearts of those who love him.

IS ALL ANGER BAD?

It’s important to say one more thing before we identify solutions: this does not mean all anger is bad! God is angry against sin and the horrors it wreaks on his beloved children. We can and should be angry in the face of everything from sex-trafficking to a snarky spat between our friends (though even then we should never return evil for evil!). Further, even when our anger is indeed sinful and we are losing our temper and screaming at someone, many of the things we want are still genuinely good things to want! Physical safety for our families, fair treatment in the workplace, not being gossiped about at church, and a quiet evening at home after a long day are all perfectly righteous things to desire.

This is the point though: whenever you or I lose our tempers, it means we’ve gone from wanting some good thing, to demanding that we must have it or else. Sinful anger is so convinced of its own moral high ground that it feels perfectly justified visiting its wrath upon whatever, or whomever, has dared to transgress absolute justice (i.e., us getting whatever it is we want at that moment). Thus, while we may sometimes be “right” about the issue, giving anger total control of our response to a problem will always be destructive and sinful. “The anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God desires” – James 1:20.

 

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Thankfully we aren’t doomed to endlessly lose our tempers! God promises to work in the hearts of those who love him. He does not merely change our behavior, but also transforms us to “will,” to desire, according to His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). The more God changes our desires to mirror what he desires, the more our anger will be rightly directed at true evils (rather than the self-centeredness that naturally drives our anger without his transforming intervention); and paired with that, the more we’ll trust His ways of achieving what is good. No matter how right we are about the issue at hand, love for God resists the temptation to give our anger the reins. Instead, godly anger seeks restoration and protection for those who have been wronged without vengeance, cruelty, insult or any other form of returning evil for evil.

For those who find their temper to be a special problem, let me offer three brief suggestions:

1.WHAT WERE YOU WANTING?

When you’ve lost your temper, ask yourself what you were wanting. It’s amazing how much you can learn about your desires and the underlying motives when you simply slow down and consider what desire was being thwarted. Anger is always driven by desire—the better you understand your desires, the better you’ll understand how, why, when and where you’ll lose your temper next time and be able to prepare for challenging situations.

And take heart. The simple fact that you are even saying “Help! I keep losing my temper!” should give you great hope. Far too many angry people don’t realize they are angry at all. They just “know” they are “right” and everyone else is “wrong.” The more you see and deal with your anger’s underlying desires, the more you’ll be equipped to value and pursue the right things in the heat of the moment.

 

 

2.LOVE DEEPLY

Ultimately, our hope isn’t simply in exploring our problematic underlying desires. The only true way to reduce the problem of your temper is to actually increasingly value and cherish bringing good and blessing to those you love. Your biggest goal is not to understand yourself (as much as this helps!), but is rather to be altogether less focused on yourself and your desires. Instead, God would have you more focused on the good of those you love around you. The more your heart desires blessing for the people around you rather than your own comfort, reputation, etc., the less you will be prone to lose your temper when you don’t get what you want (and are sure you deserve) in any sudden moment.

One way to cultivate this is to daily spend a couple minutes praying Philippians 4:8 for those with whom you are most in danger of losing your temper. Pray for God to grow whatever is noble, right, lovely, pure, etc. in them and pray that you will more deeply appreciate who he has made them to be.

 

3.REPENT THOUGHTFULLY

Get serious about repenting to the people you hurt. I’m not talking about extravagant promises to never be angry again. Instead, pray for God’s protection against self-righteous anger in your heart and then go ask people you’ve harmed to help you understand how you’ve harmed them. Then really listen to the answer. Express sorrow for how you’ve hurt them (not just the fact that you did something “wrong” in some abstract sense).

It will be excruciatingly difficult at times, but it will give your conscience an enormous amount of ammunition with which to guard you against further outbursts. (And remember, this isn’t about you demanding forgiveness—by definition you may never demand it as it must be freely chosen).

It may also sometimes be helpful to share your awareness of the problem in your desires: “I’m sorry that I let my desire for a peaceful evening control me so much that I yelled at you when you tried to talk to me about our schedule for the week. I know that must have hurt you and been frustrating too as you’re trying to plan for the next few days. Will you forgive me?”

Gaining control of your temper by taming your tongue (and the hundred ways your actions can speak louder than words) is no easy task. But no application of the call to love your neighbor and honor Jesus Christ is more urgent and important.

Thank God that in our every need He gives more grace – James 4:6!

Stay Blessed!

 

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ON THE WINGS OF EAGLES.

Scripture:

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles”. Isaiah 40:31

Message:

It is easy to get burdened by all the pettiness in life. Some issues are of little importance whilst others are mere molehills that we turn into big mountains.

Do not allow circumstances to claim so much of your attention that you lose sight of spiritual realities. These are the very things that add depth, purpose, meaning and direction to your existence.

By developing a consciousness of the presence of the living God, and by always trusting in Him, you will be able to see things from his perspective instead of from the worlds.

 

Prayer:

“Holy Spirit, fill me with the love of the Father and of the Son and of the Spirit so that I can love others with your love and so demonstrate my faith in you”. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT.

EXCELLING IN THE GRACE OF GIVING.

Scripture:

But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you — see that you also excel in this grace of giving. – 2 Corinthians 8:7.

INTRODUCTION

We are children of God the Father through rebirth. It is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who died that we may have life and have it more abundantly – Ephesians 2:8&9 & John 10:10b . We get this faith through the promptings of the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin and makes us know about the righteousness which is ours in Christ in God. So our spiritual rebirth is by the activity of the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We live because of our Triune God and He gives us all of Himself– it is a giving of the whole of the Godhead and it is total. The urge to give in the service of God is therefore God given because we have the DNA of God who is the ultimate giver. Praise God for the word of God which gives us not only examples but also insight into Biblical giving. Our motives are important. Our actual gift is also important. God will accept every offering which is given in true faith and dedication to righteousness as Abel did in Genesis 4.

If our offering lacks sincere obedient faith and our motives are evil, God will reject our offering as He did that of Cain. God takes pleasure in our offerings and thanksgivings only when we are striving to live a righteous life according to His will.

Jesus Christ’s willingness to give is an example that all believers are to follow. Our priority in life is not our own comfort – it is service, and we are to serve Christ by serving others. His grace toward us should be reflected in our grace towards others – grace not only in forgiveness but in the material blessings we have been given and should share.

Our attitude about giving has spiritual significance. Paul says it is evidence of our love – our concern for others. We all need to excel in the grace of giving. How do we do this?

Let us look at some 11 principles:

Principle 1: Outward circumstances and difficulties should not hinder generosity in giving. The Macedonians gave from poverty, not abundance. They willingly gave because they wanted to, not because they had to. Their giving far exceeded their financial ability.

Principle 2: All financial giving should be proceeded by self-giving. We give ourselves first!! Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. – Romans 12:1

Principle 3: As Christians we need to be taught the principle of grace giving and to abound in grace giving. Luke 6:38, clearly says “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Principle 4: Our goal in giving should be fulfilled and brought to completion. What we start out to do must be completed.

Principle 5: Generous giving is a tangible way to give evidence of the sincerity of our love. We put our money where our mouth is! If we love Jesus let’s give towards His work.

Principle 6: There is a connection between “the grace of God” and “the grace of giving” as we read in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Our giving should be therefore rooted in His giving, He gave it all.

Principle 7: Grace giving moves God to supply and meet all needs. The needs are resupplied that work may continue. If we pledge to God to increase our giving each year, He will always supply for our every need so that we lack nothing. We will be left with more to give next time.

Principle 8: The willingness to give is more important than the amount given. The widow gave her mite and we can be sure that the Lord honoured her giving and supplied her needs immediately.

Principle 9: Generous spirit led giving will have a godly influence on others’ giving.

Principle 10: The attitude in which your money is given is of utmost importance to God. Think of Cain and Abel. God did not disapprove of Cain’s offering because it was from crops. His hearts attitude was wrong!! Abel gave with the right heart, the right motives and with righteous living.

Principle 11: Generous giving is the appropriate response to God’s unspeakable gift! God has given His all and so much. God is looking for generous givers. Are you one of them?

To Ponder: Let us pray MHB 923

WE GIVE THEE BUT THINE OWN

1 We give thee but thine own,

Whate’er the gift may be;

All that we have is thine alone,

A trust, O Lord, from thee.

 

2 May we thy bounties thus
As stewards true receive,
And gladly, as thou blessest us,
To thee our first-fruits give.

Remain Blessed!

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YOUR DIVINE COMPANION.

Scripture:

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles”. Psalm 34:17

Message:

Many people struggle with loneliness for a variety of reasons. When you find yourself feeling depressed and lonely, Satan will try to sow seeds of doubt, discouragement and despair in your heart, making you want to give up hope.

But don’t give up! The hand of God rests on you always. Rather lay your fears and worries at the feet of the living Christ. Open up your heart and life to the Holy Spirit and He will fan the flame of hope once more, allowing it to burn brightly and light your path.

Prayer:

“Powerful redeemer, grant me the strength to keep my hands firmly in yours even under the most difficult circumstances. Lead me from the darkness into your wonderful light”. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT

LEARN TO TAKE YOUR TIME

Scripture

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope”.- Jeremiah 29:11(NLT)

Message
God rarely moves according to our timetable, but what we consider slowness is not that way to God. He is much more interested in excellence than speed. He is turning us into individuals that can represent Him in an excellent manner.

He wants vessels that are always available to Him and ready to do as He asks at all times. This being the case, we absolutely cannot be in a hurry. Remember, a masterpiece is never created in a hurry.
Fortunately the dark times do end and you will step out of the shadows with new strength and walk in God’s sunshine again.

You can live excited because your breakthrough is coming! Hope is a positive attitude that something good is about to happen at any moment.

Tip:

Begin to keep a journal of the things you have asked God to do in your life. This will help you to be reminded of the answered prayers that you see in your life.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT DEVOTIONAL(Joyce Meyers).

PLAN WITH  GOD

“So that your faith might not rest on  men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” – 1 Corinthians 2:5

Have you ever experienced the disappointment of seeing carefully planned dreams fall apart? Many people who experience such a setback are unwilling to take any other risks.

Don’t let that happen to you- don’t let your potential lie wasted and unused. When you trust God in everything you do and submit to His will and obey Him, you might feel that things move too slowly for you, but be patient. Steadfastly put your trust in God and you will find peace of mind knowing  that God is in control and that the fulfillment of your plans will be to your lasting benefit.

Lord, I know that when I bring my plans for my life to You, You will show me what Your plans are, and You will help me to succeed in all things.  Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from GRACE FOR EVERY MOMENT.

WHO IS THE KING OF GLORY?

Scripture

“Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah” Psalm 24:10 (NKJV)

 

Message

Jesus Christ was given all authority in heaven and on earth. There is no one like Him; He is without equal. He is mighty, powerful, and alive…He is GOD!

You could dedicate your whole life to knowing the Lord in every dimension of His being, and it wouldn’t be long enough. He is glorious, marvelous! Perfectly unrivaled.

He is strong and gentle at the same time. He is the Lion and the Lamb.

He is your Advocate and Judge.

He is the First and the Last. He has no beginning, end, or limits.

He is your Friend, your Defender, your Savior, your Lord, the One who upholds your very existence.

The King of glory is unfathomable, and yet He invites you to seek Him with all your heart and come to know Him even more deeply. What a beautiful gift! I invite you to worship Him for who He is today with this powerful worship song by Paul Wilbur, “Nobody Like You.”

Prayer
Let’s pray together…“Lord, I acknowledge You as the King of glory! I desire to know You more deeply. Help me to spend more time with You, study Your Word, and listen to Your voice so that every day, I can become more like You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from www.Jesus.net.