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The Overwhelming Pressure Of LUST

Now David’s son Absalom had a beautiful sister named Tamar. And Amnon, her half brother, fell desperately in love with her. Amnon became so obsessed with Tamar that he became ill. She was a virgin, and Amnon thought he could never have her. 2 Samuel 13:1-2 NLT

Amnon here faced a situation that MANY, if not ALL of us have experienced once upon a time; a strong attraction or in blunt terms, LUST for someone who is out of our reach. It wasn’t rational for him to desire his half sister, full stop.

Let’s see what he ended up doing:

But Amnon had a very crafty friend—his cousin Jonadab. He was the son of David’s brother Shimea. One day Jonadab said to Amnon, “What’s the trouble? Why should the son of a king look so dejected morning after morning?” So Amnon told him, “I am in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.” 

“Well,” Jonadab said, “I’ll tell you what to do. Go back to bed and pretend you are ill. When your father comes to see you, ask him to let Tamar come and prepare some food for you. Tell him you’ll feel better if she prepares it as you watch and feeds you with her own hands.” So Amnon lay down and pretended to be sick. 2 Samuel 13:3-6 NLT

It’s interesting to see that the same spirit that worked all those years ago, using Jonadab (family/friends) to “advise/suggest” a solution, still works today. What’s the most frustrating part of all is what Amnon did:

Then he said to Tamar, “Now bring the food into my bedroom and feed it to me here.” So Tamar took his favorite dish to him. But as she was feeding him, he grabbed her and demanded, “Come to bed with me, my darling sister. No, my brother!” she cried. “Don’t be foolish! Don’t do this to me! Such wicked things aren’t done in Israel. Where could I go in my shame? And you would be called one of the greatest fools in Israel. Please, just speak to the king about it, and he will let you marry me.” 

But Amnon wouldn’t listen to her, and since he was stronger than she was, he raped her. Then suddenly Amnon’s love turned to hate, and he hated her even more than he had loved her. “Get out of here!” he snarled at her. “No, no!” Tamar cried. “Sending me away now is worse than what you’ve already done to me.” But Amnon wouldn’t listen to her. He shouted for his servant and demanded, “Throw this woman out, and lock the door behind her!” 2 Samuel 13:10-17 NLT

Now, was Amnon REALLY in love with Tamar? Was the “advice/suggestion” of Jonadeb REALLY coming from a place of good intention?

As Christians and believers, we must realise the difference between the love God created and the lust created by the devil; because MANY believers since the creation of the human race have fallen and done disastrous things to jeopardise there salvation due to lack of understanding.

Love suffers long and is kind; love envies not; love flaunts not itself and is not puffed up, does not behave itself improperly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;  rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails. I Corinthians 13:4-8 MEV

Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. I John 4:8 MEV

  • Love is patient; Lust rushes things.
  • Love cares; Lust despises.
  • Love doesn’t end; Lust is short lived.
  • Love is rational actions; Lust is emotional actions.

In 2018, make it a good habit to meditated on these God inspired posts, there’s 294 to choose from, including this one. Here’s a few: The Bible – The Treasure On Your Desk || Love Is One Thing; Passion Is Another! || The 10 Values Of Faith || #10 Love || My Conduct/Actions Is Much More Effective || The Blame Game In A Relationship || Learn To Say NO! Love Life Tip || God First; Actions Second!

 

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Posted in Advice For Women, It's All By Faith, My Progress Towards My Dreams & Motivational Words

Inevitable Hurdles

Then the people of the land tried to discourage the people of Judah. They troubled them in building, and hired counselors against them to frustrate their purpose all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia. In the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem. Ezra 4:4-6 NKJV

When you have a chance, go and meditate over the Book of Ezra. Here we have the inevitable reaction of the devil and his demons, through people, that don’t want us to excel, succeed and above all, do the Work of God.

The moment God inspire a person/people to do something that will exalt Him, the devil is swift to get involved. Here he used the Samaritan (after there help was respectfully declined by the Israelites) to discourage, frustrate, persecute, slander and consequently cease the building of the Second Temple of God for about 16 years.

How does that apply to us nowadays?

Every time God inspires us with a dream, how quickly does the devil bombard us with many words and thoughts of doubts? He use friends, family, celebrities, feelings, science, the media etc… to discourage us; he usually does this right at the beginning stage of the process to effectively kill the dream before it has even begun. What’s more of a shame is when we have actually started but we give up due to the hurdles placed before us by satan.

Understand this: there will always be hurdles in you way to reach your destination. Successful people didn’t become a success by not having hurdles in front of them; they became a success by overcoming them.

Didn’t the second temple get built eventually and God’s prophecy and purpose get fulfilled in the end?

Here I am to appeal to your reason, your intelligence and above all your faith:

  1. Is God ever wrong?
  2. Do you really think He is capable of making mistakes?
  3. Did He give you this dream just for fun and for you to just think about it but not take actions?

Remember what He spoke through Wise King Solomon & the Apostle Paul:

Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8 NLT;

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT

Feelings!? What’s That!!

Think Faith!!

God Bless You

In 2018, make it a good habit to meditated on these God inspired posts, there’s 294 to choose from, including this one. Here’s a few: The Bible – The Treasure On Your Desk || The ONLY Way To Know God Personally  || God’s Dream Through You Is Big! || The Size Of The Creator || The Power Is Yours || Intelligent Faith Explained – Part 1 || A Successful Christian vs A Defeated Believer

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Are Your Rooted In HIM?

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7 NLT

It’s impossible to please God the Father & the Lord Jesus without knowing what actually pleases Them. So how do we know what pleases Them if we can’t physically go up to Them and ask? THE BIBLE. This book was created by men, inspired by the very real Holy Spirit, to help us all know the will and desires of God. It’s in this book that we can learn God’s thoughts, desires and above all, what pleases Him.

Unfortunately, many unbelievers, and sadly even believers, due to various excuses (especially in this day and age where billions are invested in escapism attractions and time consuming social media apps) don’t have a clue as to what pleases God anymore. They have neglected feeding their mind, especially their subconscious mind, with the Word of God.

So many once upon a time accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, and even started out in their journey of faith well, but along the way, crashed and haven’t recovered.

We need to make it a discipline, a priority, to meditate on the bible and ABOVE ALL, act upon what God teaches us, applying it to our daily lives.

We need to be rooted into the Bible. Let’s picture this, the Bible is the soil, and we are the seed; we must take our take to grow our roots deeper and deeper into the soil, so that when we have mature and turn into a tree, when the wind blows, the storm comes and tribulation occur, because we are so rooted in the word, we will keep standing and overcome the devil.

Look what the Lord Jesus said:

Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Matthew 7:24 NLT

Be blessed while you meditate on these related posts: Faith in the God of the Bible || Advice for Women || The Bible || The Treasure On Your Desk || The ONLY Way To Know God Personally

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Who Actually Wants To Do God’s Works?

“The works of the Lord are great, sought out by all who have pleasure in them.” Psalms 111:2 MEV

I really believe in this verse! Truly those who have had a true experience with God, those who are born of God and those who have the Holy Spirit, had a desire placed inside of them to seek & most importantly do the Lord’s works.

These people don’t ignore this desire, they cultivate and act upon it, because they KNOW, the pleasure they get from doing it doesn’t come from man, it comes directly from GOD; they also KNOW that God sees their efforts & their reward will come from HIM, in the right TIME.

I can speak for myself that indeed doing His works i.e. Visits to the hospital & homes of those who are sick, Various Evangelism, Healing the sick, Encouraging the poor in spirit etc… are GREAT as the bible says, because God Himself is GREAT and everything associated with Him is GREAT i.e. the Sun, the other Stars, the Moon, the Earth, Joy, Happiness, Laughter, Humans and Animals etc…

Personally, I don’t need a man or a spiritual authority to tell me to do His works, it’s the DESIRE that He placed inside of me that ALWAYS drives me to think, “What can I do to execute God’s works more effectively today?”

This is the importance of seeking to have a true encounter/experience with God, because without it, this desire will never be placed inside. I can also confirm that until I had my experience with God, there was no real desire for God’s work, everything I did was forced & a burden.

May God bless you abundantly!

How about having a read through these post: The Fruits Of Fearing God || God First; Actions Second! || I’m Of God Because I Gained A Blessing! No You’re Not || God Will Show Us Who We Are || God’s Timing Is Perfect || Listen! Listen! Listen! || The ONLY Way To Know God Personally 

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The Size Of The Creator

Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? Psalm 71:19 NKJV

Yesterday in my church’s weekly bible study meeting, the Pastor showed the congregation a video (see below), this video made me realize something, something that I myself am guilty of and unfortunately most believers are guilty of doing at some point or another in their walk with God: We forget how BIG & GREAT the GOD we claim to serve and believe in really is.

The video is less than two minutes long, by the end of it I had one question in my mind: These planets & stars are so huge, imagine how big the creator is?

I then started to rebuke myself for allowing the many convincing lies of the devil, the daily doubts and the constant attacks of fears whenever I decide to use my faith, to distract me from the magnitude and size of my God. He created the Heavens & the galaxy, for me to doubt in His ability to reward my faith in action and trust in Him is irrational & emotional.

King David knew how GREAT & BIG his God was, that’s why he didn’t back down challenging Goliath; Abraham didn’t avoid obeying God when He asked him to sacrifice Isaac because He believed that God would raise him from the dead if anything; even the Lord Jesus didn’t run away from making the sacrifice that God the Father sent Him for because He knew personally how GREAT & BIG he is, and there are so many other examples in the bible.

The next time satan speaks words of doubt in your ear, throws feelings of fear in your heart to neutralize you from taking actions or even use people around you to pressure you to not believe in God, remind him of the following verse:

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! James 2:19 NKJV

He and his demons know the truth and how GREAT & BIG God is, after all, they were once living in His magnificent presence. It is now their mission and work to cause us to not see His GREATNESS in our lives; but their shame & failure in our lives instead.

How GREAT Is The God Of The Bible!? May He Reward Your Faith In Him.

Here are some importance posts: The ONLY Way To Know God Personally || God’s Dream Through You Is Big! || God’s Promise To Tithers & Offering Givers || Dreams, Faith & Imagination || Intelligent Faith Explained – Part 1 || The Faith That Moved Abraham || Religious Faith vs Intelligent Faith

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The ONLY Way To Know God Personally

For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. I Corinthians 2:11 NKJV

This verse is very profound. It leaves in the mind of those who have common sense, no room for doubt or confusion. 

Who know us better than our own spirit? Only God, but no one else. So surely you can understand now why anyone who is born of God continue to feel sadden when a person is in a church for many years or claiming to believe in God, yet they have never received the Holy Spirit. 

Without the Holy Spirit, you can read the entire bible, experience miracles, improve in your character and even be used by God to save others, but, you’ll never know who God is personally. 

Now imagine how frustrating this is for God Himself.

He sent our Lord Jesus, His Son, to die for us so that the Holy Spirit could be given to all those who believe in Him, as a GIFT, as our INHERITANCE. A gift that we are automatically entitled to the moment we accept Him as our Lord & Saviour.

Yet, so many neglect or reject it, consciously & unconsciously. And the consequence? People who are in church for most of their lives or claim to believe in the God of the bible, but don’t even know, PERSONALLY , the One they claim to be their Father, Lord & Saviour. 

Reader!

Reader!!

READER!!!

Do Not Accept This To Be Your Case.

The Holy Spirit inside of me is telling you, demanding from you, that you use your focus, time and strength to take possession of YOUR GIFT, YOUR INHERITANCE, the Holy Spirit. 

Please meditate on these post that reinforce the point of this post: 3 Paramount Steps To Gain Salvation: #3 Baptism In The Holy Spirit || The Holy Spirit Doesn’t Come Upon A Person By Chance! || God’s Enough – The Holy Spirit || The Holy Spirit Doesn’t Come Upon A Person By Chance! || The Cost of Spiritual Maturity || The Holy Spirit vs The spirit Of The World – Part 1 || 21 Days Of The Fast Of Daniel – My Day #1

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Daily you!

I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship. Romans‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭MEV‬‬

When meditating on this verse, the Holy Spirit lead me to realize the spiritual situation of many ‘believers’ of God & ‘Christians’ of nowadays. 

Anyone who claims to be a Christian, needs to ask themselves this question EVERYDAY without fail:

“Am I presenting myself in my daily decisions & actions as HOLY & acceptable, in God’s eyes?”

God has a set standard, a level of expectation, unfortunately many twist and turn God’s standard to make themselves feel better about not making the true sacrifices needed in order to fulfill it. 

Paul spoke about these types of people earlier in the book of Romans (see Romans 10:1-4). One of the main symptoms of being like this is the fear of death. 

Now, why not take 20min to think:

Am I truly & sincerely giving my best in my relationship with God?

Do I really want this relationship? 

Do my actions & thoughts honestly reflect the answers I gave to the previous questions?

I pray that the spirit of humility embraces and strengthens us all. God Bless

Please have read of these: The Ruler Who Humbled Himself Before Jesus || 21 Days Of The Fast Of Daniel – My Day #11 || 21 Days Of The Fast Of Daniel – My Day #12 || 21 Days Of The Fast Of Daniel – My Day #14 || The Holy Spirit vs The spirit Of The World – Part 1 || The Holy Spirit Doesn’t Come Upon A Person By Chance! || Be Bold & Go Forward || Can Others See Jesus In U?