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4 reasons why you should read the Bible

Posted on: July 19th, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

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I believe it’s very important to make a habit of reading your Bible. I mean, if you’re a Christian, how else can you get edified? Yes, you can read Christian blogs, listen to sermons, prophetic words and worship music, but that shouldn’t take the place of personal Bible reading.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: “All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; 17 so that the[a]man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

As I read that I see several reasons why reading the Bible is good for us:

1: Instruction – the Bible is full of instructions for us on how to live our life. Some of these instructions may be easier to carry out than others, but with God all things are possible. There is grace available for you for every single thing God asks you to do.

2: Conviction – the Bible really does have a way of showing you where you’re not on the right track with God. Always remember that the Holy Spirit convicts specifically. The enemy doesn’t convict but he brings general guilt. For example, if I lie, the Holy Spirit will zone in and say ‘hey, that right there wasn’t good’, but the enemy will bring thoughts that make me feel like I am not good enough and I’m not a good Christian etc etc. So the point here is that,as you read the Bible, you find that you will start seeing specific areas where you are not walking right. You also get better at knowing when God is speaking to you, because He never contradicts His own Word.

3: Correction – just as you get convicted by reading the Word, you also get corrected. The Bible simply shows you which way to go. It corrects your attitudes and actions.

4: Training in righteousness – the Amplified Bible put it well when it said, “learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately – behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage” I can not agree more. We cannot achieve righteousness by our own ideas and works. Reading the Bible through the help of the Holy Spirit will help you know how to live a righteous life.

All in all, reading the Bible is good for you and for me to. As verse 17 puts it, the Scripture enables men and women of God to be complete, proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. That means that it will help you live your day-to-day life and to fulfill your calling.

So be encouraged friend, go and read your Bible! If you don’t know where to start, use a Bible plan, or have a go at it with a friend for accountability.

Bless You =)

 

You delight in showing mercy

Posted on: June 14th, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

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One of my favourite songs of all time is  Higher by Jaye Thomas and The Cry. You can check it out here

It is about God hearing us when we call out to him. Today I just want to encourage you that God hears you. He moves at the sound of your voice. Did you get that? He MOVES at the sound of your voice.  Think about it!

Deuteronomy 30:9 says that ‘The Lord will again take delight in prospering you.

As you go about your things, remember that God does not bless us begrudgingly. His pleasure is to do us good. He loves to show mercy. He is never irritable or edgy. You don’t have to catch Him on a good day for Him to bless you. He loves you and wants to bless you. He DELIGHTS in you. That means that He doesn’t just LOVE you but He also LIKES you.

I’ll say that again, He LIKES you!

What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege it is to carry everything to God in prayer. 

Prayer: Lord help me believe this truth, that you truly move at the sound of my voice, and that you are eager to bless me more than I know, Amen.

Happy Adar II

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

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What is Adar? 

It is the last month in the Jewish calendar year.

It’s the month when Haman planned to annihilate all the Jews but after 3 days of fasting, God showed His favour upon the Jews. They ended up victorious after a decree was made that allowed them to protect themselves from anyone who came up against them (see book of Esther). Purim is celebrated on this month; it celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman.

Why Adar II? 

The Jewish calendar is in lunar months whereby the last month is Adar. When it is a leap year an additional month is added to the calendar in order for it to remain in sync with the solar calendar. The additional month that is added is Adar II. During a leap year, Purim is normally celebrated on Adar II.

According to Jews, joy increases in the month of Adar. This month is normally a time of rejoicing and celebration over their triumph during Queen Esther’s time. It’s a time of miracles! It’s a time when a decree was made by Esther that reversed Haman’s initial wicked decree. It is also the month preceding passover!

What does this mean for me?

Jesus was a Jew. He would have followed the Jewish calendar and celebrated Purim. As Christians we can also partake in the month of Adar and like Esther, we can declare and decree that God’s favour would rest on us.

How am I applying ‘Adar’ in my life? 

I have written down declarations and decrees that I have (at most times) daily spoken out loud. I have been declaring, praying and believing for situations in my life where I am desperate to see a change. You see, this month was a time of divine reversal for the Jews. It can be the same for you and for me because the same God who delivered them is the same God we serve today.

Any thoughts so far? 

Honestly speaking, I have actually seen prayers being answered speedily these last 5 weeks (Adar and part of Adar II).

I am planning for my wedding and I have seen God releasing favour with service providers and vendors, for example, our videographer agreed to shave off 50% of the ‘marked price’, and our venue provider was content with less than 50% deposit which is not the norm according to their policy. I also have other miracles that I am seeing God working in, especially when it comes to the area of relationships.

Final words of encouragement

I would wholeheartedly encourage you to:

#1: take the situations that you are facing right now.

#2: Look up what the Bible says about them.

#3: Write those verses down.

#4: Decree and declare them out loud.

#5: Pray into those situations.

#6: Believe what you are declaring and decreeing.

#7: Trust and wait for God to move as you do this.

Prayer

Lord I pray that you would increase our joy at this time. Not only in this month of Adar II but daily. Open our eyes to see the blessings you have given to us. I declare and decree that there would be an outpouring of miracles in the lives of those reading this in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

More info on Adar (I & II) and the Jewish months can be found here , here and here.

The site Hebrew for Christians is also very interesting.

Bless you!