To Gain the World or lose your Soul? 

Today, 10.03.2015, is my Baptism Birthday ( as I like to call it). Whenever I’ve said this to someone, I usually got the same reaction ( a confused & puzzled expression). This day is important to me as it’s a reminder of the decision I made 3 years ago to be BORN AGAIN and start a new life in Christ. I can honestly say my life has been different ever since I decided to accept Jesus as my personal Saviour. I’m obviously not perfect (all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of The Lord), but my personal relationship with Christ has developed and in turn, I have begun to reflect His nature. Thanks be to God! ūüėĄ

As a young Christian living in the 21st century, it can be difficult to not get carried away with the ways and customs of our society. We live in a “YOLO” society where life can often be about having fun NOW, living life to the fullest, which initially isn’t wrong but it is very easy to allow the things of the world distract you from a purpose-driven life in Christ. Such things grab our attention and divert us off the journey to our final destination: Heaven.

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul [life]? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul [life]?¬†(Matthew 16:26) When we don’t know Christ, we make choices as though this life were all we have. In reality, this life is just the introduction to eternity. How we live this brief span¬†determines our eternal state. What we accumulate on earth has no value in purchasing eternal life. Our level of popularity, the highest social or civic honours, the contacts & connections we have cannot earn our way into heaven. I ask you today to evaluate what happens in your daily life with an eternal perspective and hopefully, you will notice that your values and decisions are/ should be changing.

In¬†the ancient world slave markets, a slave had to be redeemed or ransomed in order to be freed. Jesus paid that very price for us, in order to be set free from slavery to sin and to begin living a new life in Him. “No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them‚ÄĒ the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough‚ÄĒ so that they should live on forever and not see decay [never see the grave]” (‚Ä≠Psalm‚Ĩ ‚Ä≠49‚Ĩ:‚Ä≠7-9‚Ĩ NIV) From this we know that it’s impossible for a person to buy eternal life with God. Only God can redeem (save us) from sin. If you are relying on wealth and physical comforts to keep you happy, understand that you will never have enough wealth to keep yourself from death.

The Christian rapper Lecrae once said;¬†“If I’m wrong about God then I wasted my life. If you’re wrong about God then you wasted your eternity” wow!! ¬†Food for thought! We don’t have anything to lose if we follow God and abide by his Word. However, if we do the opposite and have no regard or belief in God, we lose the opportunity of an eternity. So how do we ensure that we are living on the right track and accepting God’s redemption? By placing him first place in our lives. The fasting habit is one way I’ve cultivated in placing God first. ¬†When I got baptized in 2012, I abstained from secular music and Eastenders for 40 days through the help of the Holy Spirit. ¬†During that period I was able to restore my “first love” in the Lord, and have a dynamic personal revival in my life. Thanks be to God, ever since then I’ve stopped watching Eastenders and listening to secular music ( with the small exception of afrobeats ūüôä). I discovered that when you fast you’ll discover more time to pray and seek God’s face. It’s also a biblical way to humble yourself in the sight of God, King David ssaid: I humble myself by fasting” (Ps 35:14). When you fast, no matter how long, the blessings shall continually be showered upon you.¬†

By abstaining from certain things that constantly demand your attention, you are ensuring that you do not lose your soul. It is very easy to purse worldly happiness, but the truth is that they will not satisfy you. Only God can give you the satisfaction you want. The answer to the question:¬†What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul [life]?¬†is NOTHING, there’s no good, no profit!¬†Make the right choice to turn your focus from things in this world and have an eternal focus. We can save our souls by having a relationship with God, notice the difference it makes.Lord forgive us when we¬†get consumed by¬†the¬†things¬†of this world that fight for our love¬†and our passion.¬†As our eyes open wide on You, grant us the privilege of Your world¬†And may Your kingdom be what wakes us up and lays us down.

Stay blessed,

Dara x

Are you sitting in a rocking chair?

As humans it is in our nature to worry.ūüėĖ We worry about today, yesterday’s events and what the future holds. Whether it is school work, revision, work load, choices or dealing with people we have a tendency to worry. What is that thing you are worried about now: that particular thing that keeps you up at night and is constantly on your mind through out the day?

“Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but gets you nowhere”. So why do we worry, if it doesn’t change our¬†dilemma? Worry may…

  1. Damage your health
  2. Cause the object of your worry to consume your thoughts
  3. Disrupt your productivity
  4. Negatively affect the way you treat others
  5. Reduce your ability to Trust in God!!

Worrying is the opposite of faith, it is caused by not trusting God. When you worry it is a result of not including God into your equation.¬†When we worry we torment ourselves- doing the devil’s ūüėą job for him. As humans, when we feel like we don’t need God’s help by trusting him to step into our lives and situations that is¬†when worry creeps in, and attempts to distract us from our course.The truth is, in life people will change and may not be as reliable as we hoped, but our Heavenly father stays the same, He is constant. ¬†Therefore we can be completely dependent on him. So we should be willing to LET GO & LET GOD, take control of our situations, in order for us to have peace.¬†By worrying we miss the point of life because the things we mostly worry about are material things and Jesus says life is more important than that. ¬†(Matthew 6:25:¬†That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life‚ÄĒwhether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear.¬†Isn’t¬†life more than food, and¬†your body more than clothing?) ¬†The point of life is to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Worrying is also pointless and a waste of time, because we can’t add hours to our life by doing so. Most things we worry about never happen anyway.

You might be asking, so How do I “cure” worry?

1. Firstly develop an attitude of Faith and Prayer

Paul says “don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand” (Philippians¬†4:6)¬†In short Paul says Turn your worry list into a prayer request list. ūüôŹWhen worry gets you nowhere, prayer can get you closer to God. Do you want to worry less? Pray More! Prayer should be your blueprint, for a worry free life! ¬†¬†Prayer –¬†Worry = Trust

 2. Allow God to Give you Peace and Rest

Jesus said¬†“Come to me, all you who are weary ( aka struggling badly) and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest”¬†(Matthew 11:28) Yes, we will worry but we should be comfortable in admitting “I don’t have a clue about what is going to happen, but I’m not going to worry because God is in control.” Our minds are calling out for rest from all the things we worry about, let us be humble enough to shout out to God in our times of need. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he will exalt you casting ALL your cares (Worries & concerns) on him, for he ¬†cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

Decide that from today you will stop sitting in a rocking chair. Feel free to send me your worry lists, as prayer requests on the form here!

Listen to the song below.

My beloved child you worry too much, sit back and relax. Don’t try to take on my responsibility. I have gotten this under control. Don’t be anxious about tomorrow, live one day at a time. Why double the trouble? Seek my Kingdom first, and everything else will fall in its rightful place.

– God

Stay blessed,

Dara x

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