Showing posts with label Gratitude. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gratitude. Show all posts

In The Mood Of Easter

Easter, for every true believer of Jesus Christ, should not only symbolize a time of soul searching, sober reflection and examination of our walk with the Lord but should also represent a time of sincere gratitude.

This gratitude associated with Easter is one that springs from the knowledge of the greatest gift of love exhibited at Calvary and made manifest in the person of Jesus Christ our Saviour and King.

To suppose that Easter is a season of mere merriment and one of those holidays to evince religiousness would amount to spiritual shortsightedness.

The world was lost in sin and sadness, destined for doom but God demonstrates his love for us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). And nothing more encapsulates the message of Easter than this.

We actually have nothing to prove to God as reasons for being alive. Not by works but by grace are we saved (Ephesians 2:5,8) and as believers, the least of what is expected of us is complete surrendering of all to God, our souls obliged to worship and our hearts opened for Jesus to reign.

Easter should awaken the thirst for revival and hunger for sanctification. It should lead us back to the Cross, kneeling at the feet of Jesus to be washed and renowned in the blood of the Lamb. It should spur the church to action towards making disciples of nations and should rejuvenate our love for God, our Maker and Jesus Christ, our Lord.

It is understandable that taking up the cross to follow Christ is and has not been easy. And with all candidness from experiential knowledge as you should have, walking with the Lord wasn't meant to be easy. For a walk of faith is often on a path of fear.

But adversity should in no way deter the believer whose hope and guide is the Lord. We may be pressed from all sides but not defeated, mocked but not desolate, made object of hostility but not dispirited. Because for every casting down we face, there is a lifting up from the Lord.

Therefore, if no true transformation occurred in our lives during last year’s Easter, let’s not miss a time like this to reconcile with God and make our lives a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto Him (Romans 12:1-2).

Our justification through faith in the death of Christ should compel incorruptible reverence to Him. And in knowing that our salvation is sealed with the Holy Spirit through the resurrection of Christ, this calls for gratitude.

Gratitude, gratitude and grateful should we be for all the Lord has done for us. And there is no better time to show it than now, this Easter.

From The Truth Media family, Happy Easter!

*** Written by Michael Olajubu alias Jacobs Adewale (Admin) ***

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Welcome To June!

From The Truth Media family,
Happy New Month!!!

Not of your prudence or your strength,
Nor of how brave you think you are,
Not of your wealth and tactfulness
Have you lived to come this far

But for the mercies of the Lord,
His ‘YES’ to prayers when we call;
And should you seek to brag of self
That you’ve had and seen it all,

Remember, swift it is to drown
For one who choose to wear the crown:
The crown of pride and vanity;
It only brings calamity.

So take this time to praise the Lord,
Worship and praise His holy name;
Remember, June is half the mile,
Don’t stop to make Jesus your aim.

*** Written by Jacobs Adewale (Admin) ***

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How To Overcome Perfectionism

Text: Philippians 4:8

Be honest, have you ever met a perfectionist who was truly happy? I bet you’ll say no, because when things must always ‘be in a certain way’, life becomes miserable, and this is because life itself is constantly changing.

As they say, ‘the most constant thing in life is change’ and as a result, you shouldn’t expect something to always be or be done in a particular way at all times. For example, as soon as you solve one problem, another comes along. Instead on dwelling on their blessings and being grateful for what has been achieved, perfectionists focus on what’s wrong and why they need to fix it.

It may be a job they did that was less than perfect, a few pounds they need to lose, or even a disorganized wardrobe. Or it could be someone else’s imperfections: the way they live their life, how they behave, the way they look, or how they talk and walk, and so on. Perfectionists are never satisfied.

The truth is, constantly dwelling on flaws – your own or someone else’s – makes it impossible to be grateful. And gratitude is at the core of happiness. For clarity’s sake, we are not talking about striving to be better. Not being complacent, wanting to see how things can change from bad to good and to see how things can be done better is a good thing. But we are talking about obsessing over what’s wrong.

There’ll always be a better way to do something, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life the way it is right now. So what’s the cure for perfectionism? It starts with the realization that nothing is ever perfect. And though we may strive for things to be done appropriately, we mustn’t ignore the fact that even the best of us makes mistakes.

As such, you must catch yourself before you fall into the trap of insisting that things must always be done differently (perfectly) from how they are. Stop and remind yourself that, in the absence of your judgment, everything will work out just fine.

Apostle Paul says, ‘…in all things God works for the good of those who love him…’ (Romans 8:28). Did you get the message? Apostle Paul was simply saying God is in control; and it is okay for you to let go.

Instead of focusing on the negative, ‘think about the things that are good and worthy of praise’. For every feat achieved in whatever you do, be grateful. Though it may not be the best you had expected, things can only get better with a heart open to change, to learn and open to seeing the brighter side of things.

Choose to only see the positives in everything around you, and when you do, you will begin to discover how wonderful life is.

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