Throughout the Bible we see people losing sight of the things of this world, as they fixate their gaze upon the Glory of our Lord! From time to time, it is necessary that we close our eyes to the physical world, so that our senses can be awakened to the eternal reality of the spiritual realm.
The ability to say no, hold back, postpone pleasure and reward is synonymous with being kingly, nobility, royalty and maturity. It is indeed much more difficult than emotional impulsive surrender to lusts and urges, but that is what distinguishes us from our animal instincts. Jesus is a perfect example of abstinence, restraint and self-discipline – BE empowered in HIM to also reign royally in this LIFE.
THE POWER TO CHANGE
Every year we make New Year resolutions, we do not keep. We buy gym equipment we never use. We start diets we never finish. 50% of children will drop-out of School at Grade 9. Only 26% of graduates finish their 3-year-degrees on time. Some people are stuck in an abusive relationship. Others cannot get themselves to forgive an offence. Many people are bound to destructive habits and substance abuse. 83% of prisoners will recommit a crime within 9 years of their original imprisonment. WE ALL NEED SUSTAINABLE CHANGE!
Paul choose a vocabulary of triumphant words and expressions when writing to the first followers of Christ. Many of these early followers of Christ, like Paul, the other apostles and the OT story of Job, lost everything, there status, inheritance, possessions and in some cases their lives!! Discover the power of the gospel, the note of victory saints carry within.
When we hear the word judge, we mostly think of judicial, legal verdicts and immanent penalty. Although this is certainly the case, the Bible has a more general broader estimation of judges.
In life we are all judges. We make regular judgements concerning the friends we choose, the right partners we marry or go in business with, the judication process of appointing new staff, forming political opinions, the purchases or investments me make, the beliefs we base our life on. Life is a series of judgements, decisions, conclusions based either on facts, or gut-feeling, group-pressure, impulse, emotion or research. We all seek the truth! We all seek the right judgement of our life. (Gen 16:5; 18:25) Most of all, in relational conflict we deeply desire someone who could judge and reconcile the feud.
When God said: “let there be light” (Gen 1:3) He connected the spectrum for all created things to connect. Light is formed by the connection between frequencies, the relationship between particles. The links give us the light that transforms our world. Darkness is in essence not to feel or be conscious of any connection. Healthy connections, relationships, links is essential to social, economic, mental and spiritual well-being. Jesus is the great connector! He reconnected us to God, our true selves, and the right people.
Communication certainly is more than words: we communicate through music, art, food, clothing, house decoration, and acting.
There are more than 100 types of digital communication. Blogs, infographics, vlogs, podcasts, cartoons, animations, apps etc. Advertisers contend for your attention, to communicate their message to you in countless of ways. One of the number one requests and challenges in marriage is communication. In the workplace most problems arise due to poor communication. Many parents complain: “I do not know how to communicate with my child anymore.” Let’s all concur: Communication is difficult! What is the solution we learn from the Godhead and forests of trees.