The Lord is with me I will not be afraid

Psalm 118:16

The Lord is with me I will not be afraid what can man do to me.

In these last days, the world around us just seems to be full of fear due to all the troubles, attacks and tragedies that have been happening. People are really hurting and do not know what to do, what to think or where to turn. We know the devil is alive on earth and has only come to kill steal and destroy but Jesus came to give us life. (John 10:10)

We Christians though, are not of this world; yes, we are in it but we are not of it! The Bible is so clear about this and full of scriptures where Jesus said, “fear not” as a command and not as a suggestion! He told Jarius in (Mark 5:36) “don’t be afraid just believe.”

Jesus warned us, in this world you will have trouble but take heart I have overcome the world. Remember faith connect us to God and His supernatural realm. Fear is the biggest tool the enemy uses to attack and distract people but we know he has no power unless we give it to him. We have the King of the universe on our side and when we stay deeply rooted in Him, His word and His wonderful presence then fear will not have its way in our lives.

Be strong in the Lord and His mighty power, put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes. (EPHESIANS 6:10-11) Let’s really be strong in the Lord and be the light that this dark world needs and do it all for the glory of our Father, that the world may know Him through us.

The Importance of Christian Maturity – Part 2

When God uses us mightily through His gifts and the power of the Holy Spirit, we cannot use these works of service as a benchmark or a gauge for our spiritual maturity. In other words, the demonstration of the gifts through us is not a yardstick to guarantee access into His presence when Christ judges us (Matthew 7:21–23). Rather, Apostle Paul in defining maturity, pointed to action, to deeds, to “every good work” (Galatians 6:9). Our maturity is expressed in our spiritual acts of worship as opposed to the mere knowledge we possess. This is what God wants from us: to mature and maturing doers of good by preoccupying ourselves with His interests and in doing good for others not to be occupied with our egocentric tendencies (Philippians 2:4).

The laws governing the judgement of Christ in context of the passage in Matthew 25:34-40 hinges on the expression and the evidence of these deeds and not on the catalogue of miracles we performed during our lifetime. James 1:17 reinforced this position by describing this condition as pure and unblemished religion as opposed to mere talk or lip service. In summary, the danger to prioritise works of service such as the working of miracles, preaching of the gospel over “every good work” is a thinking in error and the lack of understanding. The moulding of the Christ-like character leading to spiritual growth begins in the secret place of the Most High (Psalm 91:1) will eventually express itself in acts of worship in public because it is a lifestyle rooted in Him (Proverbs 12:12; Ephesians 6:17)

In short:

“The miracles we do will not take us into Heaven but rather the demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit rooted in righteousness on a daily basis. In short, our primary vocation on earth should be our ardent desire to develop a Christ-like character”.

According to Apostle Paul, the church in Corinth did not lack spiritual gifts (I Corinthians 1:7). However, he subsequently addressed the believers as unspiritual people and ordinary men (v3). He further describes them as worldly (dominated and controlled by human nature and ordinary impulses instead of God’s divine nature), infants still drinking milk and lack the readiness to receive solid food. As a parent, you expect a higher level of responsibility and maturity from your teenager than you do from your baby. Similarly, our heavenly father expects the same from us as we walk with Him. As there are no neutral grounds, the absence of maturity will undoubtedly results in acts of spiritual immaturity. Immaturity will hamper the:

  1. Enrichment of our personal growth
  2. Promotion of Christian fellowship
  3. Awareness of our purpose in life

In the face of living with the risks and evidence of immaturity, Apostle Paul laid emphasis on the importance and his responsibility to present… “…everyone fully mature in Christ through admonishing, teaching, prayer and warnings. Col 1:18-19; 4:12.

Our ability to bear one another’s burden but not to add to it is a sign we are growing spiritually (Galatians 6:2). Consistent with this quality is our ability to give voluntarily and not to receive. Giving is an act of worship where you open yourself to reach others in love in different capacities. For example, the church in Corinth had the grace to give and do so beyond their ability. The church gave themselves first to the Lord and to the apostles for service by disregarding their personal interest. (2 Corinthians 8: 2-5).   It is in the giving of our time, money, and material possession, just to name a few, that we begin to grow spiritually.

Happy New School Year!

When I was young the three words ‘back to school’ filled me with sadness that the summer holidays were over but also excitement of a new year, a fresh start, another year of possibilities. I loved having new shoes and a new hair cut ready to start the term. (Although some of my hair cuts were pretty awful to be honest!) I loved getting brand new exercise books that inspired me to do my best neat handwriting, and catching up with friends again.

To start the next year right you will not only need to have some practical items in your back pack but you also need to carry with you some things that money cannot buy.

Pencils = Communicate well with others and be a good friend. Be courageous and tell your friends and teachers about Jesus and what He means to you. 1 Peter 3:15 says ‘Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.’

Lunch box = Feed your heart and mind not just your body. Read the bible every day. God’s word can help you in any situation that you go through either good or bad. Romans 12 v 2 says ‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.’

Football = You need to have a goal, something you are working towards. What would you like to achieve this year? To keep moving forward we all need to have purpose in what we do. Philippians 3 v 14 says I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.

Eraser = Have courage and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are just proof that you are learning. When you do make a mistake be honest with yourself and say sorry when you need to. Ask your teacher, a parent, kids church leader or someone else you trust to help you. 1 John 1 v 9 says If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

You may not know what this year will bring but God does and He goes ahead of you in every step that you take.

God says in Joshua 1 v 9; “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Be encouraged, remember God is always with you and go and have the best year yet!

 

 

 

Values of the House

As a church family, we have recently been reviewing our vision and purpose, refreshing who we are and what God has called us to do. We celebrate the wonderful variety that is in the House of God, welcoming people from all cultures and backgrounds, we are young at heart, fun and lively. We place great value on the Word, by teaching and training, helping to release people to fulfill their God given destiny. We believe that serving God should be with excellence and integrity, touching lives with Gods love in a real and relevant way.

Also, we have been reviewing our main core values.

We believe we must lead our lives from core and enduring values and not from impulse or emotion; therefore, we endeavour to build our church upon the following:

Passion: Passion, zeal and great enthusiasm all express the heart attitude with which we serve God and His House.

Excellence: We desire to have excellence in all we do, out of our love for Jesus,

Honour: We desire to bring honour to God. We honour the Word of God. We respect and honour authority. We honour and respect one another displaying a true servant heart.

Integrity: Within our church, integrity demonstrates our reliability and credibility, providing a solid reputation that members will trust and want to be part of.

Accountability: Accountability requires that we each take responsibility for our actions, whether in word, thought or deed.

Stewardship: Stewardship demands that each of us as individuals, and as a church, treat with respect that which God has committed into our care.

Service: Jesus selflessly served, assisted, guided and taught others throughout His entire ministry. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we endeavour to serve each other.

It’s important to remember that it takes everyone in a church to make the church work. Your contribution is vital to the health and success of the church.

Together we are building the House of God for God!

He has called us to be a great church; a family ready and prepared to welcome and include everyone who needs Jesus. My prayer is that we can motivate, encourage and enlighten you so that you can find your place in the body of Christ.

Remember – we are in this together!

Get Fit for Forever!

Improving your fitness does not mean you have to join a gym. Getting fit involves making changes to your lifestyle that increase your daily activity levels and calorie expenditure. This can be achieved through activities such as walking, cycling, active play with friends/loved ones/pets, dancing, fitness classes, gardening, housework or playing sports. However, our inspiration to engage in a fitness kick is often motivated by short term goals such as; to get in shape for a holiday, look good for a special occasion, prepare for a charitable race, or just to feel better about our bodies when we’ve not got our baggy winter s clothes to hide behind. However, our biggest mistake as to why we don’t sustain our good fitness habit’s after this event is that we can’t see beyond our short-term goal. There are several simple rules to follow if we wish to start and sustain a long-term fitness/physical activity regime.

  • Engage in a physical activity that you enjoy. It sounds silly but sometimes people start exercise that they don’t like and then wonder why a few weeks/months down the road they’ve given up because they ‘don’t like exercise’, or it feels like an unenjoyable chore. To prevent this, choose a form of exercise that you enjoy or you’ve had previous positive experiences. It’s simply easier to commit to a long-term exercise regime when you enjoy what you’re doing.
  • Allocate a realistic time commitment. The National recommendation for health improvement is to achieve 150 minutes of exercise/physical activity per week. This can be broken down into attainable exercise sessions eg: 5 x 30 minutes a day, 2 x 1hr -15 min sessions, 3 x 50 minute sessions. Therefore, when scheduling your exercise, make sure your commitment is realistic otherwise you are setting yourself up to fail and this will lead to a loss of motivation.
  • Find something that’s local and can be easily fit into your lifestyle. If you prefer to exercise in a class, or with a group, choose on activity that can be easily accessed on route to or from work or can be fit into your daily regime without too much inconvenience. This becomes more manageable in creating positive behavioural change patterns and reduces the risk of creating excuses not to go.
  • Have realistic fitness or weight loss goals. Don’t aim too big too quickly! If weight loss is your goal, don’t aim for more than 1lb a week. This is the equivalent to 3500 calories; That’s a lot of exercise! (about 7 x 1hr sessions if you’re not managing your food intake). Improving your fitness takes time but within just a few weeks you will start to look and feel better, and thou your weight may not change immediately or as fast as you’d like, your shape will which means your loosing body fat.
  • Don’t weigh yourself more than once a week! This can have a negative effect on your perception of the effectiveness of exercise, which can cause you to lose motivation. Instead, try to use your clothes as a gauge to changes in your body shape, and when you do weigh yourself be consistent with the time, day and using the same scales.
  • Make it a social engagement. When you engage in an exercise program with friends, and sustain this consistently for a minimum of 12 weeks you are more likely to create long term behaviour change. This is due to our perception of the social as well as physical benefits that we receive, which improves overall well-being. So what are you waiting for? Grab a buddy and start exercising and you can discover a love for exercise together.

No matter what your age or your fitness ability, from walking groups to boot camps there’s lots of activity’s you can engage in locally. For more information please check out my website: http://healthinessltd.co.uk, FB:@Healthiness.Ltd, Tel: 0151 7288874