LIVING LIFE IN VIEW OF ETERNITY

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Those things which the world craves for, the perishing pleasures of this world, do nothing for the soul. In fact, they serve as a distraction and deterrent to spiritual concerns.

“What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, only to lose His soul.” (Mark 8:36). This is a grave reality, and a growing concern… Many refuse to identify with Christ in His sufferings and afflictions, in desperately trying to hold on to the comforts of this world.

On the flip side, there are those who have given up much to follow Christ. They have counted as loss, those things highly esteemed by the men and women of the earth, for Christ’s sake. They know this life, is nothing, compared to the life to come.

The love of God will make a person turn their back on the perishable, to focus on the eternal. With eyes in view of eternity; the eternal promises of God, everything else becomes a mere shadow. In the light of Christ, the world becomes a very dark place.

For all who have counted all loss, for the love of the Lord Jesus Christ, Christ is your abundant recompense and your exceedingly great reward.

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A Beautiful Illustration.

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A beautiful illustration.
The nature of a seed is a paradox in that the life within a seed comes alive by death.

Unless a seed is planted it will never grow. When a seed goes into the earth the process of rot and decay begins, the seed then dies, before it sprouts and produces a harvest.

The thought of Christ’s death was displeasing to the disciples. They had great expectations. They thought about a glorious Kingdom where they would rule alongside Christ with great power, glory and authority.

However, Christ had to die, be buried and rise again (Just like in the illustration of the corn of wheat) for the enormous harvest of souls. His death would produce abundant fruit from every tribe, kindred and nation. This was Christ’s purpose. His sacrificial death paid the price, He made atonement for sin.

Just like the life of a seed comes through its death, so Christ has given life through His death.
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Dead to sin alive to Christ

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1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,a that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Slaves to Righteousness

15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

19I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life inb Christ Jesus our Lord.

Footnotes:
a 6 Or be rendered powerless
b 23 Or through
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The Day of the Lord.

IMG_5661THE DAY OF THE LORD
The Prophecy of Zephaniah gives us insight into the Character of God, reminding us that a day will come when we shall meet with Him, face to face.

While Zephaniah talks about a Day of confusion, judgement and terror for God’s enemies, it also shows us the other side: the hope and expectation of those who truly belong to the Lord. The coming King will be a Mighty Warrior King, who saves His Children. Those in Christ must live in hope and with great expectation.

The day of reckoning will be the day where the elect will meet with the One who delights in them. They will meet with a loving father, and not a judge. This is why Believers must rejoice at all times. The Believer must rejoice in the promises of God. God has promised! The promises of God are received by Faith. It is as good as done, when God says, it is done!

In His love, He will no longer rebuke you. It is a comfort to know those in Christ, will not be found on their own. He is their blessed assurance. All the punishment that should’ve been theirs, would have already been taken away, by Christ. On that day, He will remove the proud and haughty, and establish the meek and humble: those who trust in the Lord (Zeph.3:11-12). He will cast out the enemy (V.15). This is a great reason to rejoice with great exceeding joy.

He will rejoice over you with singing! Those in Christ will sing a new song, on a brand new day. The Comforter and Consolation of His children, as promised, will never leave or forsake them. All forms of rebellion and oppression will be removed. The ‘Day of the Lord’ will be a day where the children God will sing, shout aloud, rejoice and be glad. There is a certain shout that rises up at the beginning of every battle, it is used in scripture (Num.10:9; Josh.6:10; 1Sam.17:20;, 2Chr.13:12,15). Even today, every believer must rejoice as a victor who has already won the battle. Christ is your battle-shield, you have the victory in Christ, the battle has already been won. Rise up in faith and rejoice!

God’s grace is absolutely wonderful. It is all encompassing. The true sons and daughters of God must rejoice with all their hearts. Their faith is not anchored on the fleeting or superficial. It is real. It comes from knowing God, His nature and His power. It comes from knowing that His promises are certain, and assured. It comes from a deep assurance, that those who believe in Him, are justified, and have everlasting life. Hallelujah!
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CHRIST BEAUTIFIES THE SOUL

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The Bible encourages women to adorn a “gentle” and “quiet” spirit. The external attributes of a woman will diminish with age (2Cor.4:16), but a beautiful soul, adorned with Christ, will last forever.

God is the only one who can see into the human heart. He is the best judge and His judgement is to be valued. He looks into the inner man and sees what can’t be seen. He sees what is not obvious to human eyes.

God sees a woman with a “gentle” and “quiet” spirit as “precious” in His sight (1Peter 3:4). A woman with a heart in total submission to God, is more of an influence to her husband, than the show of her outward appearance.

The excellency of grace, a helper, a guide, gentle, compassionate, merciful, forgiving, long-suffering, wise… these are just some of the words used to describe the Holy Spirit. It is not a coincidence that these words can also be used to describe the nature of a woman. The Holy Spirit, is often personified as a woman in the Bible. Women are made in the perfect image of God and godly women reflect His character (Col.3:9,10).

The ornament of grace is like sunshine. It brightens the atmosphere, the world cannot function without it. If affects homes, it affects nations, it affects destinies.

Women who fear the Lord wear the most glorious ornaments. Their heart, their mind, their meek and gentle spirits, are extremely beautiful. They are so precious in the sight of God (1Peter3:4).

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The crowning beauty of a woman:

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The physical beauty of a woman will open doors; attract attention, favour and gain approval…but it can be highly deceptive, according to Proverbs 31:30. This is because the physical appearance of a person can present a false representation of the person. Charisma and good looks can hide a cold heart, a mean spirit and most of all, a shriveled soul.

The physical beauty of a woman will eventually fade away, but the fear of the Lord is everlasting. It is the crowning glory of a woman. Choices based upon external appearances can yield great disappointments.

Even after physical death, a beautiful soul lives on. Such is the portion of women who fear the Lord. The woman who fears the Lord is a woman of virtue. She is comforted and recompensed by the Lord. Her honourable behaviour is her clothing. She walks in the boldness and conviction of her faith, her praise comes from God (Romans 2:29). She is a good role model. There are many rare gems, but none of them can be compared, to the woman who fears the Lord.

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To adorn with beauty and salvation

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The sound of sheep brings joy to the heart of the Shepherd. Among all the people of the earth, there are a special people in whom the Lord delights. They are a chosen people, special to Him and loved dearly. The “Lord takes pleasure” in His people. He favours them and delights in their prosperity.

The the world hates and despises the Children of God, but the Lord “beautifies” them. He adorns them with great honour and makes them a show of great beauty to the  world. He “beautifies” the meek with salvation. There is a glorious place prepared for them. The Saints know they need their Saviour. Even when  they are humble, and afflicted by the enemy, they are patient and meek. The Lord delivers them and is gracious towards them.

The Saints are crowned with everlasting salvation and glory.

Clothed with beautiful garments, bedecked and embellished with holiness, meekness, peace, contentment and joy, are the Children of God. They are sanctified and justified. The saints delight in their Saviour, that is why their Joy is FULL. In due season they shine as brightly as the sun and sing a new song.

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