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‘You have been…a shelter from the storm…’ Isaiah 25:4 NIV
To be prepared for life’s storms you must:

(1) Know your storm manual. The hymnist Kelso Carter wrote: ‘Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living Word I shall prevail, standing on the promises of God.’ Emotion-based faith is like a broken crutch; it won’t support you in life’s storms. It’s fair-weather Christianity and it doesn’t work. God’s Word stands sure; it’s greater than surrounding conditions and will enable you to outlast any storm. ‘Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…’ (Colossians 3:16 NIV) Keep a rich deposit of Scripture within you at all times so you can make a withdrawal when you need it. Withstanding life’s storms depends on your willingness to ‘…hear these words…and put them into practice…’ (Matthew 7:24 NIV) So, memorise the Scriptures; read them until, if you’re cut, you bleed Scripture. Meditate on God’s Word until it fills and shapes your consciousness. When the storm came, Job said, ‘…I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.’ (Job 23:12 NKJV) (2) Storm-proof yourself through prayer. Many of us treat prayer like a visit to the emergency room; until then we neglect it. Imagine where Daniel would have been if he’d held off praying until he was staring down the lion’s throat? Not a smart move. Instead, in his time of crisis Daniel drew on faith built by a lifestyle of daily prayer. And in your crisis, you too can make withdrawals from your account – as long as you’ve been faithful to make regular deposits.

I just had to share this.. God bless… It continues tomorrow…..

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“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

 

Mother Teresa

Grace Junkie

Posted: March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’ve had this nice design for a while, but all of a sudden as I looked at it today I started thinking. Out of no where what I had seen like a thousand times became a puzzle, I just couldn’t shake it, as a matter of fact I still cant. What is grace to begin with? From teachings and messages in church we’re taught that grace is “God’s undeserved favour”, “God’s ability for our inability”. As I answered that another question popped up in my head; What is a junkie? I quickly got up to get the dictionary meaning of the word; “A person with a compulsive habit or obsessive dependency on something”.. hmmm. This one had me quiet for a while because it suddenly hit me, If I had a compulsive habit or obsessive dependency on God I wouldn’t worry about anything. If I was truly a grace junkie I would be the happiest, most relaxed guy on earth, because lets face it God never fails. Things may not always go our expected way, or how we feel is best but it actually always goes the best way for us once its God’s way.

I realised if only we can trust God, not relying on our talents, connections, looks, good deeds, families etc and just submit totally, rely exclusively on God’s grace we would definitely be the light of the world as we have been called to be as believers. When you make that mistake, shake off the guilt and self pity, He doesn’t love you because your good, He love you before you even knew Him. He came and died even before you were born, He died and washed away the sins of the world even before the world accepted Him. You are the righteousness of God through Christ (2 Cor 5:21).

How much easier it would be when we realise that God can handle it all, and not just that He can but that He would love to handle it all. I now know that where I am now has nothing to do with my skills or good deeds but all to do with God’s unshakeable love and grace.

And as the design says, I pray to truly be a Grace Junkie. I pray we all get to that level of total dependence on the one sure foundation.

I wrote this a while back, let me share this here now…

I’ll give you a testimony about my friend

He taught me a lot and brought a lot of my problems to an end

When he was here it was like he did no harm

Even in difficult times he remained calm

When I expected a sigh he gave a smile

..The first time I saw him angry

Was when he caught some folks messing around with his fathers property

…. They plotted to put him away

And I must confess they had thier way

They put him to death

But…. But it didnt end there..

They didnt get the whole story

They didnt know that by killing Him, they only activated his mercy

And released his glory

Now, I don’t have to walk with him physically

He lives in me, like pharoah lived in misery

With Him I have more power than Ceaser

…. Folks, the name of my Friend is JESUS !

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