Living in South Africa, we have our own sports, the different sports star; I have only recently come to hear about Tim Tebow. So what makes him so special that I am writing about him? I am sure most of you already know the answer to that, Tim Tebow is a Christian, so there are lots of Christians that I could write about, why HIM??? Because he is a famous sports star, so let me give you some history courtesy of Google and Wikipedia and various other news sites etc.
Timothy Richard “Tim” Tebow, born August 14, 1987) is an American football player who is currently the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Broncos as the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and played college football at Florida.
Tebow was selected in the 1st round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. He started the last three games of his rookie season and became the Broncos’ full-time starting QB beginning in the 6th game of 2011. His team was 1-4 before Tebow began playing regularly, but immediately began winning with him on the field, often by coming from behind late in the 4th quarter.
Tebow was born in Makati City in the Philippines, to American parents who were serving as Christian Baptist missionaries at the time. His mother, Pamela Elaine (née Pemberton), is the daughter of a U.S. Army colonel, and his father, Robert Ramsey Tebow II, is a pastor. While pregnant, his mother suffered a life-threatening infection with a pathogenic amoeba. Because of the drugs used to rouse her from a coma and to treat her dysentery, the foetus experienced a severe placental abruption. Doctors had expected a stillbirth and recommended an abortion to protect her life, although abortions are illegal in the Philippines, but she remained undaunted and refused having an abortion.
Wow, what an amazing story not so? I mean think about it, the doctors told his mother to abort him, she refused, and she had faith that both of them would survive and look at him today, a famous football player. Still what makes him so special? It is simple.
HIS FAITH IN JESUS
Tim Tebow used the amazing platform he had been given to tell people about the Lord, and to be a role model to other young and IMPRESSIONABLE sports enthusiasts. WHAT better way to use the platform other than to serve the Almighty Jesus. That is AMAZING, he uses his platform to Praise the Lord. Just imagine how many people he can reach and has already reached just by proclaiming his Faith to the world.
Now did you know there is this thing called the Tebow Rule:
In 2010, a new rule for the next NCAA football season, dubbed “The Tebow Rule” by media because it would have affected him, banned messages on eye paint. During his college football career, Tebow frequently wore references to biblical verses on his eye black. In the 2009 BCS Championship Game, he wore John 3:16 on his eye paint, and as a result, 92 million people searched “John 3:16” on Google during or shortly after the game. Additionally, later, when Tebow switched to another verse, there were 3.43 million searches of “Tim Tebow” and “Proverbs 3:5-6” together. Tebow stated of the searches: “It just goes to show you the influence and the platform that you have as a student-athlete and as a quarterback at Florida”.
The NFL already has a rule like this in prohibiting players from wearing messages on eye black; so, Tebow would not be able to continue the practice in the NFL. Despite the media labelling it as the Tebow rule, the NCAA denies the rule was influenced by Tebow particularly, since many other notable players (Reggie Bush and Terrelle Pryor for example) wear or have worn messages on eye black. An NCAA spokesman said “When this rule was proposed the committee did not focus on any one team or student athlete. That measure reinforces what the intended use of eye black is which is to shade the eyes from the sun.”
Ok SERIOUSLY add up 92 MILLION and 3.43 MILLION searches on Google = 95.43 MILLION people searched those scriptures. Do you get that not… let me repeat: 95.43 MILLION PEOPLE, NOW THAT is a HUGE PLATFORM FOR JESUS.
I commend Tim Tebow for his dedication to the Lord, and can only hope and pray that the Lord will use me in this way too or whichever way HE sees fit for my life.
Tim Tebow and the surging Denver Broncos are the biggest story in the NFL this season, as his leadership style, fourth quarter heroics and unabashed religiosity feed a national media frenzy. As Fred Bowen reported.
May we all look to Tim Tebow and strive to do the same for JESUS.
Have a look at this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QUe8NLZztY
How many of you abide by the law, whether it be rules of the road, property of the company you work for you name it, how many of you stick to the rules 100%, I am sure not many even though we try somewhere along the line we do something we should not, I am guilty of that too… I will give you an example, the road I work in is a one way, and every day when I leave I go in the wrong direction down the one way, why?? Well it will save me almost 20 minutes in travel time to get home, so then that should make it ok right?? WRONG that does not make it ok. So as of this moment onwards this is the one rule that I will no longer break.
Let’s take a look at God’s Law’s:
The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
This one is pretty clear, there is no need to explain it, we shall not have any other God’s other than God in heaven, the God created us.
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
Ok so many people bow down to statues, and it is not my place to Judge, this is just my personal opinion, I don’t see the relevance in it, praying to statues and they are not living beings, a statue is a lifeless piece of man material so will that benefit you, God is real He is alive and lives in us, we don’t need anyone but him.
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Don’t say the name of God in vain its simple really, I used to be guilty of this in fact every now and then I still do it, I am working on it though, but I suppose I was just so used to doing it that now I need to get into the habit of not doing it. I am getting there though.
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Hey we all need some time off and the BIG BOSS approved it so who are we to argue or complain, I sure aint, in fact I will take 2 days off is he likes. Even 3… Just kidding.. just a little humour to brighten my day and possible yours too.
5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
Respect your parents, when I was younger I used to disrespect my mother often, I was a teenager and most of us did that at some point, and I thank God that he opened my eyes to that one very terrible thing I was doing, I love my mother dearly and sometimes do not appreciate her enough.
6 “You shall not murder.
Ok seriously, who in their right mind can just so easily take another person’s life yes I know there are many but I could never really understand it, what goes through the minds of those people for killing others, and how do they sleep at night.
7 “You shall not commit adultery.
Here to, I have seen what unfaithfulness can do to a family, what it can do to the children involved, its heartbreaking to see someone go through that, and come out the other side a stronger person, I see it in my brother, married for 10 years the devoted husband and father loved his wife, the mother of his children more than he loved himself, and yet she didn’t think twice to cheat on him with other men, about 6 out of the 10 years were a lie. Do yourself a favour go and read this article if you are planning on getting married or even if you are already married; it’s a brilliant piece “For better or for worse….” Really?.
8 “You shall not steal.
Now this is pretty clear, but how many of us steal without even realising it, taking a pen from work, or a marker. Seeing some change lying on the kitchen counter and taking it because its been lying there for days … there are so many small things and while they are small it is still classified as stealing
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
The way I understand this verse is that you must not gossip and tell lies about other people, please if I am wrong correct me.
10 “You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour’s.”
Simple, anything that belongs to your neighbour (anyone else other than yourself) belongs to the not you so don’t touch it….it is not yours, keep those hands and fingers to yourself.
So here are my thoughts on the 10 Commandments… it is the way I understand them.
Hope you all have a blessed weekend, for those lucky ones like, myself who have been blessed with a public holiday tomorrow.
I must just say before I go, today I felt God’s love so abundantly it’s amazing. How he can make you feel so loved and so secure and safe through all of life’s problems.
Thank you Jesus.
A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult (Proverbs 12:16).
I had an argument with a co worker today, he said something that made me angry, when I get angry I either shake like a leaf or I start to cry, today was both. I got mad and snapped back at this person. Normally this would not bother me; I mean I have had arguments before with many people. We both end up saying things and eventually we get over it at some point or another. Today was different though, it bothered me so much that it was all I could think about all the way home, when I got home the first thing I did was went down on my knees by my bed like we used to do when we were kids and prayed. I mean literally went on my knees, I prayed for forgiveness and letting myself get so angry when all this time I have been working towards the Goal, and that is to become what God wants me to be, I am certain that the person that retaliated today is not the person that God intended me to be.
Obviously I cannot take anything back, I have apologised but to try and fix this I need to know what the bible says about it, I am aware that there are many scriptures related to anger, I just never took the time to find out what they were, so let’s look at it together
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18)
I know that some if not all of y words towards my colleague were reckless, why? Because I never took a minute to think about what I was about to say I just retaliated immediately. I do that often it is something I need to work on, not thinking before I speak. While the things he said to me were hurtful I am almost certain the things I said to him were just as hurtful, I don’t know what his reason was but what was mine, what reason did I have to go off the way I did, what is my excuse?…. THERE IS NO EXCUSE I’m afraid.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1)
Instead of saying something like “sorry you feel that way” I fought back. All my life that’s has been my coping mechanism, is to fight back, to retaliate. It clearly is the completely wrong way in which to handle the situation, but it was the only way I knew how, and while I now know better I still struggle to control what comes out my mouth and the reactions I may give.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1)
This Scripture is one that should be locked away somewhere in your memory, to be able to refer back to it in times like this when you feel anger, I think if I have read this scripture 5 times in my entire life it is a lot, had I known this scripture better and kept it in my memory ,maybe today would have ended differently
It is to a man’s honour to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel (Proverbs 20:3)
I should have been big enough to avoid this confrontation, but instead I fought back instantly.
You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.” But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment … first go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:21-24)
If I want to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, I HAVE to learn to control my anger, and I need to learn to forgive for without that I am headed nowhere.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
This one is another scripture that I feel should be memorised, and referred to in times of need.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:29-32).
So here is what I plan to do, every day I will read the above scripture, and while I am only human, and might still falter, I have at least acknowledged the error in my ways, that is the first step. I prayed and asked God to help me, because this is something that I cannot do in my own strength. I have every faith that with time, I will with God’s help learn to control this and hopefully stop doing it all together
I found this poem on the internet and for me it pretty much sums up the effect of anger
Anger, a spark, within all of us.
There, anger is lurking, waiting to
Ignite the dynamite that will
Cause an explosion of words,
And actions, that cannot be taken back.
Anger, is the roadblock, to anything
And everything, worthwhile in life.
Anger, seemingly an involuntary reaction,
to rejection of thought or action.
Anger, an interpretation, of unacceptable behaviour.
Anger, almost always followed by regret.
Anger, an emotion. Whose children are,
Anxiety, fear, frustration, animosity, passion,
outrage and a thousands of other, emotionally
Anger, the replacement of reason.
What is the enemy of anger? The
Enemy of anger, is, patience, understanding
Anger, the emotion, the world would be
Far better off, without.
Anger and bitterness toward anything or anyone, is so destructive for our lives and we need to do everything we can to avoid it. I would love to hear from all of you how you deal with anger. Always good when you are trying to get another person’s perspective on situations like these
Out of all the scriptures I have read in my life this one remains the one at the top of my list, the one that I refer to in time of need, regardless of what I am going through or what I am feeling, this Scripture always brings me back to reality, what I mean by this is that previously in my life when I went through difficult times in my life I always let those situations get the better of me, but this scripture always had this way of humbling me in a way, here I think things are so bad and yet look at what was sacrificed for me… and for you.
Which brings me to my topic of generous giving, so many of us go about our lives and it’s all about us, what we have, how much money we make, how much we get from others, how what we do for others can benefit us… well that is not how it should be, at least I do not think so, have you ever stopped to think that if everyone that counted everything they have done for you in your life and asked for payment in return how much money would you owe everyone, well with me I think I would be repaying my debt until the day I die.
If you refer back to the scripture, how unselfish was it of God to offer up his son so that we my live, how much love did he not have for us to sacrifice that for us. I was brought up with the principle that if you give someone something you should not always expect something in return, you should give it with a good heart.
I used to be one of those people that would give someone something, hoping that someday I will get something back, why? Well because I did something good, so something good needs to come back to me, well the way I see it is if I am giving someone something and expecting something in return then that is not a good deed it is a business transaction, there is a big difference.
The past couple of weeks God’ has really opened my eyes to things I never noticed before, about a little boy who lost his father at a very young age and does not have a lot because his mom is looking after both of them on just one salary and not 2, my heart goes out to him, I was in that position, I too lost my father, I know what that feels like.
Then there are these 2 homeless children on the street, I see them every day when I go to work, and every day when I come home, I see them when I go to the shops, or when I got to church, I have never once stopped to think what they must be feeling, how hungry they must be, how much they just want a warm plate of food and maybe a hot bath.
There are so many people out there that cannot afford the things we take for granted, that just need a little help from someone, that just need someone to stretch out a helping hand and not expect anything back in return.
It is that time of year when we are all buying each other gifts and planning these great big Christmas lunches or dinners, let’s take a moment to reflect on those that will not be enjoying Christmas because they are on the streets, or because they don’t have enough money, let’s try and not think so much of ourselves and try to think more of others this festive season and give a little hope to those that don’t have any.
Ecclesiastes 5:10-15 — “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? The sleep of a labourer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him. Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labour that he can carry in his hand.”
2 Corinthians 8:9 — “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
2 Corinthians 9:10-11 — “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
2 Corinthians 8:7, 13-14 — “But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. … Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality …”
This statement has been on my mind since then, I am sure most of us know what it means to focus, but I will give you one very simple meaning for focus that I have recently come across
Find a project.
Occupy yourself with this project.
Concentrate all your time on this project.
Understand that nothing is more important than this project.
Succeed with this project.
While this is quite a good explanation of the word FOCUS, I still feel that it is not completely true, because there should be NO ONE or NOTHING more important than Jesus. So I have changed it slightly to suit me.
Occupy myself with Jesus.
Concentrate all my time on Jesus.
Understand that nothing is more important than Jesus.
Succeed with Jesus.
This will become the rules by which I live from now onwards, it is simple and easy to remember. So basically the way I see it is if I focus or meditate on Jesus, I will become more like him, and is that not what he wants? For us to be more like him!
So how do we do this? Well a good start would be to pray, then spend time with him by reading his word there are many scriptures that refer to spending time with Jesus and also becoming like him, I have found a few but I am sure there are MANY more.
Matthew 6:33: But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
1 Peter 2:2: Like new-born infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation
1 John 2:6: Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
1 Corinthians 11:1: Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ
What are other ways that you can FOCUS on Jesus?
- Go to church regularly
- Surround yourself with other Christians
- Get yourself some Christian literature – there are so many amazing books out there.
- Get yourself some Christian music – same here there are so many AMAZING gospel artists out there; you are bound to find something you can listen to. For me I want to be able to sing along to the music, so any music that I can enjoy and sing along to I will love.
This is what I have done, I have surrounded myself with all these things, and chosen to listen to Christian CD’s on my way to and from work or in fact any time I get in the car, I Can never grow tired of it.
So I have pledged to FOCUS, have YOU?
Have a blessed day everyone!
Well where do I start, I find the way I feel very difficult to put into words, I can go on and on about how you have changed me and renewed me, and I can try and explain it to people, but what I cannot put into words is the extent of the change I feel, it is just that what I feel, the amount of LOVE that I feel is almost like it TOO much to contain, and it needs to come out, I need to share it with others. I went to bed last night feeling different to the way I feel today, I woke up this morning and felt like a WHOLE NEW PERSON. I feel HAPPY and at peace, I really feel like you are here inside my heart. I feel like crying, not because I am SAD but because I am HAPPY, because I am so INLOVE with you, because I have never EVER felt a love like this.
I LOVE YOU, more than words could ever explain, and you have changed me more than I could ever have asked for or imagined.
So let me go back in time again and try to explain to people reading this the change in me, when I first started to blog, in fact my VERY 1st blog, was about my life experiences and the things I have been through, I started off with it being about me, and with every post I did I felt like I got a little closer to YOU. I was the kind of person that would never look for the good in a situation, I would always focus on the bad, and I let situations in my life get the better of me. I don’t remember ever being truly happy, in fact, for most of my life I would think of Death and how much I did not want to be here, that I’d RATHER DIE. I never had an easy life, and often felt worthless. I am not sharing this with everyone because I want people to feel sorry for me; I am sharing it because I feel this is the best way to explain exactly HOW AMAZING YOU ARE, even though I feel that EVEN THIS does not come close to how you should be described.
Up until yesterday I still had my bouts of Depression, wondering when things would go better, but today I feel so different it’s as if you have changed me OVERNIGHT. I am sitting at my computer with this permanent grin on my face sooner or later one of my colleagues, will see it and wonder what is going on, I feel like I want to explode with the amount of LOVE I feel right now, not only the LOVE I have for you but the LOVE you have for me, this love is too much to contain, WAY too much for me to keep to myself I need to share it.
Normally this time of the month I am worried because of financial issues and many other issues, but my problems seem so small now, I don’t care about the problems anymore because I HAVE YOU, and YOU are SO MUCH bigger than my problems and YOU are SO MUCH more AMAZING and YOU HAVE MY BACK so I don’t need to worry about the problems.
I LOVE YOU JESUS!!! And I KNOW YOU LOVE ME!!!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved (Ephesians 2:4-5).
Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies (Psalm 36:5).
How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 36:7).
Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends John 15:13).
We all Pray when we want something in our lives, in fact you are probably trusting God for something right now. I know I am, I am trusting for a couple of things, and the thing is you can’t just trust him, for it. You need to pray for it and ask him for it. My opinion is you only need to ask once, every other time you need to thank him for it.
A lot of people Pray for something and then go on with their lives and days, weeks maybe even months later they say their prayers were never answered, well let’s look a little deeper into that, does the bible refer to you and me doing the WILL of God, or does it refer to God doing our will?
Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:12-13)
May the God of peace … equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
Submit yourselves, then, to God. (James 4:7)
There are many more scriptures that refer to the will of God, don’t you think that instead of saying “God, I asked you for a new job, but look it has been 3 months and I am still here why have you not heard me?… How about you say Thank you God for WHATEVER it is that you have Planned for me SO BE IT, whether it be a new Job or not. Thank you God that I have been put on this earth to SERVE YOU, and to do YOUR will. Thank you God for the New Job, when you ready I will be waiting.
Why have you been put in certain situations in your life? God has put you there for a specific reason; there is something he needs you to do. So don’t you think he will keep you there until that task is complete? What about looking at it this way… how about asking the following “God, why have you placed me here? What is it you need me to do here? Reveal your plan to me and I will be obedient and do whatever it is that you require of me.
Then there is this little thing called FAITH
Hebrews 11:1 says: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
So ask for that new Job, or the new car or whatever it is that you are trusting God for. And Have FAITH, that you will get what you asked, ONLY when the time is right. Have faith not only in God but also in his timing.
So to close
- Pray Until Something Happens (1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray WITHOUT ceasing)
- You only need to ask him ONCE ( I am almost certain he is NOT DEAF)
- Have faith that he will DELIVER
- Most importantly keep thanking him as if you have already RECEIVED IT.
I firmly believe we have all been put here for a reason, God did not just create us to eat the forbidden fruit, and get on with our sinful lives, and completely disregard everything Hestands for and everything He is!
So why are we here? Why did He create me? And why did He create YOU!!! Have you asked yourself that recently? I ask myself that question ALL the time, even this morning I asked myself what is my purpose in life, so that’s why this blog is about God’s calling on my life.
I have yet to figure this one out, but it is now my mission to do so. I don’t have a clue what He wants me to do, but I know deep down He wants to use me in some way or other. I surrender myself to Him right now and believe that whatever He wants I will find out soon enough.
I am sure He has told me before, but I just have not been listening to Him. I intend to make more of an effort in my life to listen to Him and hear Him when He speaks.
He is ever present in our lives, in everything we see He is there we just don’t realise it. We take HIM for granted. When last have you gone outside and taken a good look outside?? Like really looked at your surroundings?? Do yourself a favour and go outside today, look at the grass for instance who else BUT GOD could have created every blade of grass to perfection? Look at the flowers the many different kinds, He created every flower to be unique and a masterpiece, look at the details of the flowers, can you make that?…. sure you can but it will be synthetic and fake… is that the same as God’s creation NO its not. He put us on this earth with all these things to enjoy. My question is how do I SAY thank you GOD, how do I show Him MY gratitude for all this? I think it is to live the life He wants for you the life He had planned for you long before you were even conceived. Your blueprint is with GOD and it is magnificent, All you have to do is listen to Him and hear His voice
I have found some scriptures that are reference to the CALLING of the Lord on your life. The only time you will understand and realize what his purpose for you is to spend time with Him, take the time talk to Him, He wants so badly for all of us to have fellowship with Him and have a relationship with Him where we can turn to Him not only in times of need but in ALL times, whether we happy or sad turn to Him. As a friend told me yesterday when I was feeling a little down…. “HE loves you, you KNOW”. Just those few words brought tears to my eyes.
Romans 11:29: For God’s Gifts and his CALL can never be withdrawn
Ephesians 4:1: Live a life worthy of the calling you have received
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:12-13: “Then when you call upon Me and come and pray to Me, I will hear you. When you search for Me, You will find Me; if you seek Me with all your heart”
Ephesians 2:10: ” For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
There are so many scriptures that refer to the calling of GOD, let us listen.
Someone that suffers from depression will never really admit to it, as for most it seems like a sign of weakness, I was and still am one of those people, today for the first time I admitted to myself as well as 2 other people that I think/know that I suffer from depression, the severity of it I don’t know, what I do know is that I can’t remember long periods of my life when I was happy. My life has been this dull existence of the same routine every day, nothing changes, just the problems seem to get bigger with every passing day.
I sometimes wonder when will things get better, but they won’t not unless I DO SOMETHING about it and what I mean about doing something about it I mean trusting fully in the Lord, when I followed and served the Lord with all my heart, back when all I could think about was the next church service, church and GOD was my drug, it’s how I got high, I didn’t need pills and powders, all I needed was GOD.
That is how I know now that I have become lukewarm, the minute I start to stray from the Lord it feels like my world starts falling apart like nothing goes right.
God is the cure for anything, the payment for that cure was His blood, all you have to do is believe in Him and what he has planned for you, have a little faith in Him; He has so much planned for all of us so many blessings to bestow on our lives. If only we stopped believing in all the new age nonsense, like crystal healing, sangoma’s and what not, how is putting a crystal under your pillow at night supposed to help you, just the same as having one in your purse is going to bring more money, I used to believe in all that and look where it got me?? ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE……. (if you don’t know what a sangoma is it’s a witch doctor) or go google it.
GOD IS MY GP, He is my healer, my doctor, my hospital and my medication. No doctor or strong anti-depressant will help me, I have been there done that, granted the anti-depressant are good so good in fact that I ended up feeling no emotion at all, I could have seen a child been knocked over by a bus and I would have felt NOTHING!!! Who wants to live like that? I don’t. I lost a lot of people I cared about because of that a lot of friends broke all contact with me because they thought I did not give a damn, I even lost my Job.
I will now put all my trust and faith in Him, and I know it will work I know it will get better. All I have to do is practice Faith.
If anyone reads this post and you are not sure about whether you have depression or not … well let me just give you my symptoms and you can make your own decisions
- Tired all the time – spend most of my free time in bed.
- Irritated and annoyed
- Appetite changes
- The feeling of inadequacy or not being good enough, being a failure
- Just plain sadness or the blues, not wanting to do things you previously enjoyed
- Becoming antisocial and avoiding contact or interaction with others unless you have to
There are more, but if you think you have it you have many options, you can leave it and hope that it goes away, you can go see a doctor, or you can believe in GOD… one option I would recommend to do is to speak to someone you trust, it is nothing to be ashamed of and you don’t need to do it alone that’s why you have friends who can be a shoulder to cry on or just to offer support or guidance, and you never know you might see that you are not the only one that feels the way you do and you are in fact not going crazy.
Here are some scriptures that can help you:
Proverbs 12:25: Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word cheers it up.
2 Samuel 22:17-22 – He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; (18) He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. (19) They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. (20) He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (21) The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. (22) For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
2 Samuel 22:29 – You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.
Ecclesiastes 9:4– Anyone who is among the living has hope.
Psalms 9:9 – The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Psalm 27:14 – Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psalm 31:22,24 – You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help… Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 34:18, 19 – The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (19) A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.