A Bear? Fight!

A Bear? Fight!

I recently saw a movie, it’s about how a man sojourned in the forest due to war and ended up “trying” to take revenge over the death of his wife and son (he eventually allowed God to handle it).

The scene of interest is where he fought with a bear. . . . Oh my God.
It was a terrible experience, the bear broke his bones, tore his flesh, and left him half dead. But guess what? The man did not give up. He faced the bear lying down with a knife and stabbed it to death! He was laid down by the bear but still killed it uhhhhh!

I was immediately reminded of David (the shepherd boy). He killed a bear as well as a lion. You want to tell me he wasn’t injured those days? Well, it wasn’t recorded but I’m seeing it from the angle of him being injured. He fought and was alive to tell the story hmmm. . . no one did that for him. He pressed on and won! A bear is very heavy (750kg, 1650Ib) and I can imagine it pouncing and standing on someone . .   oh dear . . .

Sometimes life’s challenges can pounce on and weigh us down like the bear but we have to fight to finish. No one should tell the story for us. It’s sad how some people fought for their country’s democracy and never witnessed what they fought for.
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We must know that the price and glory ahead of us cannot be compared to the present challenge(s) that we face or the ones that we will face.
We must be persistent in our fight.
We have to fight in this our Christian race.
We have to fight for our dreams.
We have to fight against corruption and the devil’s lies.
We have to fight against fear and all odds.
We have to fight against everything limiting us.
We have to stand for the truth.

Now who says the bear (challenges) won’t hurt you? It might but You won’t just give in . . . tell yourself it’s too late to give up.
We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair; We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed;
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 AMP

Let Faith rise up within you. . . He rewards only those who are diligent (pressing) in their faith.
And stand up to WHATEVER your challenge(s) may be because faithful is He who has promised . . . I will not leave you neither will I forsake you. . .
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We must be able to say like Paul “I have fought the good (worthy, honourable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7AMP”

Keep pressing . . .
Have a persistent faith.
Keep fighting. . .
Keep winning!

Reoccurring Pain

We discussed how Jesus’ death and resurrection brought about joy to mankind in What Joy Indeed and while writing on that, Reoccurring Pain dropped on my mind.

Let’s examine this: Tony and Tina got married after being friends for a while. Tina cheated on Tony before they got married. She stole one of her “client’s” money and was to spend sometime in prison but Tony went in her place. Tony overlooked it because he loved her, she also apologised, and promised not to go into such habit again. But to Tony’s surprise, she continued secretly a year after their marriage thinking he will not be aware and she keeps apologising. Every time Tony hears about her atrocities, he bleeds. He cannot condone her attitude but does not want to divorce her because he loves her deeply.
She keeps making his wound fresh . . .

This is what most of us do to God (Jesus).
He was pierced by the side, beaten, mocked, spat on, and killed for our sake. Yet many still remind and make Him feel the pain He went through thousands of years ago. They make the memory feel like yesterday in His heart.
Do you have a scar on your body? Are you aware of the incident that brought about the scar? If you experienced it yourself then you can tell the story as it happened.
Ask someone who lost their loved one in a ghastly motor accident how it feels when they see another person in such situation. The memory rushes in like it’s fresh. . .
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In the same way, many of us make all the troubles Jesus went through for our salvation seem useless. We make Him pained when we do anything contrary to His will. Some “it does not matter” kind of attitude that we portray nail Him to the cross again.
Committing sins is not the issue here but deliberately and repeatedly committing those sins is heartbreaking. The Bible says “shall we continue in sin and ask that grace continue?” Romans 6:1 No!

It’s another time to reflect on the death and victorious resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. As you do this, don’t just feel bad, praise, and continue with life but work/walk in the consciousness of His finished work.
He desires a “holy people” (1 Peter 2: 9) every time not only during Easter.
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Don’t be a seasonal Christian, be a Full-time Christian.
Stop causing Him pain with your bad habits. You know all that He said that are the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-20), don’t exhibit them.
Strive to know Him daily Philippians 3: 10. Live your daily lives as pleasing to the Lord Romans 12: 1-2.

Happy Easter! ! !

See Spiritual Vacation from Sharonee’s blog also.

Onto Jesus ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Onto Jesus ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

All my inequity,
all of my sin
God put it all
all onto Him.

Onto Jesus,
God set my soul
so by His stripes
I’d be made whole.

Every unkind word,
evil thought or look
onto the cross
Jesus obediently took.

The lusts of my mind,
the deceit in my heart
onto Jesus’ own heart
God did impart.

Onto Jesus,
God placed my strife
then for my sins . . .
He gave up His life!

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1 Peter 2:24

“Who his own self bare our sins
in his own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins,
should live unto righteousness:
by whose stripes ye were healed.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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Make a Joyful Noise!

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It’s March!!!!!
Praise God. Congratulations if you are reading this because you are most definitely alive.
This month shall be filled with things that will blow your mind. You shall see how Great God is throughout this month and you shall be in awe of His mighty works.
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Just don’t stop telling people of all He has and will be doing (even when anticipating things). We overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our “testimony” . . .
You’ll just spur Him in action by doing that– giving thanks.

Give thanks this month. Declare His glory.
March on to Victory!

Happy New Month to you.

Spiritual Vacation

Spiritual Vacation

Sharon's Blog

I remember as a child asking my mum when we were ever going to get a holiday from church as we always did at school. My mum told me church had no holidays and I couldn’t understand why. I was just a puzzled child who didn’t understand why we had to keep going to church so faithfully week after week and not be rewarded with a vacation. It seemed unfair to me. I wonder how God must have looked down on me with love in his eyes and be like “oh my baby will understand later”.
I felt I needed a vacation from church as a child because I didn’t know the reason we went to church was because of our love walk and relationship with God. Who ever wants a vacation from any one he is in a genuine relationship with? The more you are with any one you…

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What Joy Indeed . . .

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As we look forward to the month of March and to celebrating Easter, let us brace up and rejoice in the finished work of our salvation.
It is indeed sad to know that someone came all the way just to be mocked, ridiculed, injured, spanked, beaten, spat on, and killed for our own sin(s) to be wiped off. But it is mind blowing that He went through all of that.

Oh what Joy I have to be forgiven and redeemed back to my Creator and Friend. It is gladdening for anyone who is in Christ now. You can imagine being away from your best friend for so long because you keep hurting him/her and it can no longer be condoned. But you were suddenly forgiven at no cost.
Hmm . . .
Those who haven’t joined the train can still join, the vacancy is TBC (To be Continued). There is no closing date.
God’s hands are always open to receive anyone who is ready.

Come experience the joy that is in Christ Jesus.
Come experience genuine peace.
Come experience satisfaction.
Rejoice!

Anticipate Reoccurring Pain during Easter.  .  .
Happy New Month in advance!

Saving Light ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Saving Light ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Lord, I pray those in the dark,
may see Your saving Light
I pray they will come to know
it’s with Satan that they fight.

I pray they will find the Truth,
so they can seek the Way
I pray Your mercy and favor
will cause their hearts to sway.

I pray their eyes be opened,
to the darkness of their deeds
I pray they will come to know
it is the devil who misleads.

I pray their ears will hear,
the Good New that You sent
I pray to Your love and grace
they will give their consent.

Lord, I pray for those under,
Satan’s bondage and control
I pray they will come to know
only You can save their soul!

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Acts 26:18

“To open their eyes, and to turn them
from darkness to light, and from the
power of Satan unto God, that they
may receive forgiveness…

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What Valentine is Not!

I really do not know what the colour red has done to me but I really do not like the colour. That is what most people will be putting on today, at least a touch of it on their outfit. Nice isn’t it? But what is this day all about? Why do we even celebrate it? It’s to share gifts and red roses, for red carpets, and to celebrate love. I agree in a way . . . read what a Catholic Father had to say about the real meaning of Valentine.

It’s a shame that many have decided to spend so much on themselves and people they know so well on this day when the main person spent his time with someone he didn’t really have any connection with.
Many young adults and unmarried youths prepared or unprepared give in and donate/loose their virginity on this day all in the name of showing love. . .
What has sex got to do with those who are not married in the first place?

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I’m not trying to be all spiritual here but think about it. . . someone imprisoned and still thought it good to share the love of God with a little girl? Isn’t that something worth it? Even though he knew he was going to die he preferred to stand for whom he believed and did something close to what Christ did.

What have you done for the sake of Christ? Do you chicken out when you’re torn  between Christ and the world? Do you give to those in need of any kind, Christ inclusive? Are you shy of even talking about Him?

I think that is what Valentine means. . . it’s more than giving red roses. Yes, it was an act of love but it wasn’t mainly between couples, it wasn’t mainly between a boyfriend and a girlfriend. Don’t get me wrong it is NOT wrong to celebrate it between couples (at any level) but the HOW is what might be the issue.

Show love EVERYDAY. . .Make is it a Lifestyle. Share God’s love today with means loved ones and especially to those who need your love -the less privileged, the orphans, etc.  Those who will appreciate it more and be able to say like St Valentine, thanks My Valentine.

Now that you know what Valentine is Not, celebrate it differently this year. . .

HAPPY VALENTINE!!!!