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Genesis 1
Lessons from the story of Creation

The story of creation. Every time I read about how we were created I am truly amazed. I have come to see that God created us for a purpose. To cultivate/ manage His work. It took Him six days to create the earth. As we know a day on earth can equate to thousands of years in God’s timing. But that’s not what is important. What caught my eye or ministered to me was how proud God was at the end of each day. Throughout out chapter 1 verses end with ‘and God so that it was good (fitting, admirable ) and He approved it (AMP). As I read these lines I realised that if we are to be like Jesus,who is God, then we must be proud of what we do at the end of each day. We should look at our work, creations and conversations at the end of the day and be proud of it. We should be able to find our work fitting and admirable. For our work to be admirable, suitable and fitting, we need to aim for it to be so. Easily said and may seem like common sense or knowledge. But aiming to be proud of of our work is at times not our goal. For example when you got to work and your manager gives you a task, you may complete it in the manner of ‘I’ll just do it and getting over and done with’. The Bible teaches us to work as if working for God and not man. So when we approach certain tasks at work and at church, we should be able to say, ‘ I’ll do my best on this’. At the need of the day, you and I should be able to look at a hard day’s work and say yes ‘it is good and suitable and fitting’ for our God. For we serve a good God, and everything we do is for His glory. Even our secular is for His glory, for when we do well God is glorified and magnified in the eyes of those who see how we work. God never allowed a day to go by without completing something. Each day He saw what was needed to do and done it. In the evening He rested, he regained strength and continued the next day. Don’t overwork yourself and neither be lazy. When the time Came for God to rest He rested. Work hard now, invest all that youthful energy into ministry and a time will come when you can rest. Don’t allow a day to waste this year. Each day must mean something; read a chapter of a book write a chapter of a book. Let each day you are given on this earth count for so etching. For we were created for a purpose. Spend a some hours a day working towards fulfilling that purpose.

May God give us the grace to work to best if our ability and be proud of our accomplishments at the end of each day. May we face each day’s challenge with hope and the right attitude. In Jesus Name.Amen.

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Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly? Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the flesh?  Gal 3:3

As Christians, we have the tendency to try and do everything by ourselves and forget where we actually began. Before we could confidently  proclaim our faith in Christ, we were nothing but sinners.

I don’t know about u, but I remember the day that I gave my life to Christ, I felt so helpless. I felt so weak and desperate. I was desperate for the love of Christ, for the Joy and peace that can only be found in our faithful Jesus. I needed Jesus and still do. Many can share the same feeling. So why is it, once we have had our salvation experience we think we can do everything by ourself. as the bible says’ “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” -Ephesians 2:8,9.

our Salvation is clearly not by works.  Neither is christian walk. We can’t work our way to heaven. We can only build on our way to heaven.  Our flesh, if we depend on it, will lead us to hell. But if we build our spiritual life and relationship with God we will get to heaven. Along with that we need to; Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord  Hebrews 12:14. We need to die to self and our flesh and learn to live for God. In peace with our brethren. As christian, we shouldn’t be backbiting and gossiping about our fellow peers. no!  That is not how it works!! neither should we try and get around gossip by saying ” eh, sister I think we should pray for sister so and so, I have heard that…”.THAT IS STRAIGHT UP GOSSSIPP!!! Girls and boys, men and women, let us steer clear of this little thing, because trust, you may just miss heaven because of this. Don’t engage neither encourage these behaviours…

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders,drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:19-25 KJV.

Brethren, I plead with you! Let’s not fool ourselves by living by the flesh. Let the world see Christ in us. Don’t do one thing and say another. Let love, joy, peace, kindness and self-control be our daily testimonies. You know God doesn’t see big sin or lil sin?? All sins are the same. God through his vessel Paul asked us not to live by the flesh but by the spirit which we inherited when we surrendered all to Christ. I speak to myself as well when  I write this.

May help us all to understand that we need to be dead to flesh and alive in The Holy Spirit. We cannot do this alone.

 

SHALOM