This is a happy birthday wishes to a special and treasured friend Patrizia Veen Blondett(Child Of God).
Praying that the Lord will lift your spirit and give you joy, peace and comfort that will make you smile.
I wish and hope that you will be surrounded with happiness, good health and a feeling of fulfilment in the year.
May today be special to you in several ways..
Enjoy a wonderful day.
“He who lives in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty” Psalm 91:1(NTL)
Before the coming of Christ, we lived in the bondage sin and burden of the law, both of which has curses that brought a lot of hindrances to all the people on the earth.(Gen. 3:17; Dan. 9:11). Jesus came as the Salvation from God to redeem man from those curses and as a Light that brings revelation to the world. He paid the price for each and everyone of us who would believe in Him to live a life that is free from curses of sin and bondage of the devil.
- Jesus took upon Himself the curses of the world when He was crucified on the cross of Calvary “for it is written ‘cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree‘” Gal 3:13
The redemption that Jesus gives is salvation from sin, and freedom from its consequences.(John 8:31–36). Those in Christ should be alive to righteousness and should no longer live in a manner consistent with the sin of the flesh, but according to the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. The meaning of this is that sin will not have any more power over anyone who decides to live a life of the Spirit in Christ.
“If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness” Rom 8:10(NASB)
- One of the things that Christ did for us was to restore the relationship with God that was lost because of sin. By the blood of His reconciliation, Christ has made it possible that we can now live in God‘s presence by the indwelling of His Spirit.(John 14:17)
The work of the Spirit is to help us in our daily Christian life, to live in agreement with God’s will, plan and purpose. The Holy Spirit is our all-round Helper up to interceding for us before God and presents to Him any cause of worry we may have even when we do not understand nor state them precisely.(Romans 8:26,27)
On a daily basis, we need to accept to live our life in line with God’s ideas, principles and thoughts as found in the Bible and as impressed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
- It is to our own interest and benefits to live a life that is yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit. That is the best way to experience the kind of freedom, liberty, joy and peace that can only be enjoyed by Christians because ‘as by the Spirit of the Lord‘ we are transformed into the image of Christ from glory to glory “and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” 2 Cor 3:17,18 (NKJV)
The Bible said in 2 Chro 16:9 that “the eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him” We should make a firm decision to live each day in the presence of the Lord and open up our heats to Him, to do His will and be obedient to the leading of His Spirit. That is the only assured way to a life of safety, peace and success.
“In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made a great confession…” 1Tim. 6:13(NIV)
Confession as used here in the opening Scripture is not same as a sinner makes in admitting his sins and declaring them. It is rather the agreement that Christians have with God in His Word. It is therefore speaking in line with what the Word of God says.. ‘It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak‘ 2 Cor. 4:13
Every child of God should agree with and always make that good confession of what the Word of God says about their situations. Whatever and however strong the challenges, opposition or pressure is, God‘s Word is stronger to handle them all. His Word is alive, very powerful and effective simply because God has a tireless passion to perform His Word(Heb.4:12, Ezekiel 12:25)
We have an obligation as followers of Christ to take a cue from Him who is the source of our faith. He demonstrated a faith–filled confessions all through His ministry on earth. Jesus was fearless, calm and composed each time He faced opposition.
He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness and was tempted by the devil directly after He was declared as the Son of God: ‘And suddenly a voice came from heaven saying “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased“‘ John 3:17. In spite of that declaration, the devil was subtle and tried very hard to irritate Christ in a session of temptations to question His Son-ship. Jesus was able to resist the devil and overcame him by the Word.
- As the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ was firm, fearless and bold when He stood before Pilate during His trial. Though He was mocked and abused, yet He maintained His composure and gave a very good confession by declaring the truth of God‘s Word. All His testimony before Pilate was based on, and in concent with the Word.
Christianity is a Great Confession. In the face of opposition and challenges we should never flinch or cringe in fear. The antidote is to maintain a faith-filled confession at all times. We should always be ready to declare who we are in Christ according to the Word of God. It is through the Word that we have victory in this world. Apostle Paul’s advice was that we shouldn’t lose heart whenever we suffer pain and distress because “..our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” 2 Cor. 4:17
“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance” John 10:10b(AMP)
The life of everyone God created are in His hands and we can only live it in His power. His will is that we live a good and fulfilled life when we focus not on ourselves but in Him.
If we choose to live our life by self–help, we could be successful by achieving our personal goals but may still have a feeling of emptiness and unfulfilled life. Jesus said for us to cleave to Him steadfastly and conform ourselves to His own way of life because self–sacrifice rather than self–help is the right way,- “My way to finding yourself, your true self” Matt 16:25(Msg)
Our hope should always be in the fact that God is merciful and He teaches us the wisdom by which we can live a fruitful and joyful life. We also need to reorder our priorities. Our values should be such that helps draw us closer to living for God. If we consider carefully, we may find out that some of the things we thought to be very important in our lives could be just worthless. As Christians, God is our priority and we should worship Him in spirit by His Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus and be proud in Him, and not in ourselves on who we are and what we have achieved.
The Bible has warned us to be careful and guard ourselves from all kinds of excessive desires, be it money, wealth or other material possessions. Life has more value than whatever we may possess.
It is better to rejoice in the Lord always than to start worrying about anything “but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Phil. 4:6(AMP)
Having excessive desires particularly above and beyond one‘s sources of income is the surest way to invite undue pressure on oneself which could lead to the lure to do something wrong. “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” James 1:14. This in turn can lead to sin and death.
In Luke 12:15–21, we were given an account of a rich man ‘who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God‘. In the Wold’s perspective, wealth is everything and so most people aspires to be rich by every means possible and at all cost. Jesus explained that it is foolish to live our lives just to acquire wealth at the neglect of our spiritual growth and a good relationship with God.
It is therefore advisable that you do not set your hearts on what you will eat, drink or posses, nor be anxious for anything. Instead, seek God‘s kingdom and be at peace with Him. That is the best way to live a fulfilled and stress free life here on earth and accumulate an inexhaustible treasure in the heavens.
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” John 8:36(NASU)
The beginning of freedom is the acceptance of Christ as your Lord and Savior. This is in conformity with Jesus’ primary assignment on earth ‘to save and set free those ones who put their trust in Him.’
God raised Him up as a mighty and valiant Man for our salvation. Anyone He sets free, will completely be free “that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” Matt. 9:6
There is no one else under heaven by whom we may be saved other than Christ Jesus. He is the only One who is well qualified, positioned and willing to be the Savior of the world. He is holy, innocent and faultless, and not like us who were conceived, born and lived in sin. The blood of His sacrifice was pure, flawless and found worthy before God which He offered once for all which also is the blood of our ransom from condemnation and death. He saves everyone who comes to God through Him.
We were bought with a price out of captivity to live in freedom. The price of our release is the precious blood of Christ. Therefore no one having been bought lives for himself. We have an obligation to live for Him who died for us. This will also ensure that we continue to live a free life rather than become slaves again to sin and entangle ourselves in the bondage of the devil.(1 Cor. 7:22,23)
Having been rescued from the hand of our foes, let us draw closer to God, to live in His presence all the days of our lives. To serve Him fearlessly in holiness and righteousness. In Him is a life that is as a glowing light for all men to see.
“In the past, this mystery(about Christ) was not known by people as it is now. The Spirit has revealed it to His Holy apostles and prophets” Eph 3:5(GOD‘S WORD)
God‘s nature is encased in Himself and hidden from the wise and the learned. It can only be revealed to the simple at heart through His Holy Spirit. Its only by the help of the Spirit of Christ in us that we received the good news of the Gospel and those who preached to us did so themselves by the power of the Holy Sprit(1 Peter 1:10–12)
If you desire to have a profound knowledge of God in a personal way and without bounds, to understand who He is and the richness of His glory, then you need the Holy Spirit revelation of Him. It is therefore extremely important that we become mature Christians to that level of knowing God intimately to develop a strong desire for His presence. For that, we need to cultivate and nurture our own salvation “with awe and trembling (self–distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ)” Phil 2:12(AMP)
Our pastors and other spiritual mentors can only lead us to Christ and from time to time we may receive from them the counsel that will help us in our Christian walk. It is then up to us to put into practice the Gospel message we have heard and received which in turn will deepen our understanding of the things of God and ultimately will attract His presence to us and enhance our relationship and fellowship with Him. In His presence is the revealing of the path of life and it is full with the sufficiency of joy.(Psalm 16:11).
Everything we need in life is in God and it can be accessed fully when we are complete in Him and filled up with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a sign of the seal we have received as children of God.(Eph 4:30). When we hear His voice and follow His lead, it will help us to live our lives in the perfect will of God.
Remember that the Holy Spirit is who every Christian should desire to be filled with and ought to earnestly ask God for. He represents Christ here on the earth and act on His behalf as our Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate etc. Jesus said that He will teach us all things(John 14:26). When you receive Him, He will remain in you and you would not need that any other person teaches you anything because He is capable of teaching you everything that will make you a perfect, confident and bold Christian.(1 John 2:27,28)
“My grace is sufficient for you,
For My strength is made perfect in weakness” 2 Cor. 12:9(NKJV)
LORD I pray that You give me the courage not to be overwhelmed by the size of my weaknesses. Do not withhold from me the strength to help me steer away from thoughts that makes me moody because of my shortcomings.
May I received the grace to focus on who You are – the All–sufficient God, and the peace that comes from being restful in You as my Upholder
You alone O God is my Salvation, my Rock and my Fortress. In You the Almighty I will never be shaken because I have put my trust in You.
Your faithfulness is as a shield to me, and I have made Your word the meditation of my heart and it has turned out to be a companion that gives me boldness
You have said to me again and again: Fear not for I am with you,
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you.
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.(Isaiah 41:10)
Most effectively, the strength and power of Christ rests upon me in my weaknesses, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ‘s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor 12:10