GOD and His Word, the Bible is my greatest inspiration. Every day, I thank God for His blessings and I seek His Will. Sometimes I despair, sometimes I stumble, sometimes I sin. But I know that I serve the God of the Universe, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, who loves you and me.
Adapted from J.I. Packer:
Psalms teach us how to worship; Proverbs, how to behave; Job, how to suffer; Song of Solomon, how to love; and Ecclesiastes, how to live.
Adapted from The Secret of True Happiness: Enjoy Today, Embrace Tomorrow by Joyce Meyer:
Knowing Who You Are In Christ
I am complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10)
I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2)
I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14)
I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (1 John 5:18)
I am holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4, 1 Peter 1:16)
I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16, Philippians 2:5)
I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7)
I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4)
I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17)
I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18)
I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons, to speak with new tongues. I have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm me (Mark 16:17-18, Luke 10:17, 19)
I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him who created me (Colossians 3:9-10)
I have given, and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men give into my bosom (Luke 6:38)
I have no lack, for my God supplies all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16)
I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13)
I show forth the praises of God who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9)
I am God's child- for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23)
I am God's workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10)
I am a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am a spirit being- alive to God (Romans 6:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:23)
One of my constant struggles is controlling my temper. I have to remember the following scriptures:
Proverbs 29: 11 Fools give full vent to their rage but the wise bring calm in the end.
James 3: 17- 18 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
Galatians 5: 22- 23 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
These scriptures have been in my heart and part of my life's ups and downs:
Psalm 23 and Philippians 4: 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Only to discover much later that I should be content.
Philippians 4: 11- 12 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
In February 2016, I observed Lent for the first time. I did this to honor Jesus' 40 days of fasting and glorify Him on Easter Sunday. I picked fasting from social media namely Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter because they were my earthly obsessions. The first day was difficult since my fingers automatically searched for these social media apps on my smartphone and typed on my Internet browsers. I removed these apps on my phone and logged out from these websites from my office and personal computers. It showed how these sites had taken over my life. I found that I had plenty of time on my hand and filled it by making a conscious effort to reach out my closest connections through actual conversations. Since then, I've completed Lent and declare that I could overcome my obsessions when I put my mind to them. I highly recommend doing this to break bad habits!