7 easy steps to help you find rest in God

In your everyday life, you must strive to find rest in God.

Otherwise you take the weight of the world on your shoulders and let me tell you, that’s a battle you are certainly going to lose.

 

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What does it mean to find rest in God?

It means resting in God while you do your daily work.

A lot of people misunderstand the phrase ‘to find rest in God’ to mean that they fold their hands, sit back and retire from work.

No, it doesn’t mean that. In fact, the scenario above defines laziness. And the bible sternly warns us against becoming lazy.

Instead, to find rest in God means not worrying about anything while you do what you have to do. You are relaxed as you go about your daily hassle, trusting God to take care of you.

It’s important to find rest in God because only then can he make a move in your life. God won’t compete with you. So while you are struggling to make everything happen on your own, he’ll sit back and watch you.

But as soon as you cast your care on him, let him know and show him that you trust him for your provision, then he’ll take care of you.

 

So how do you find rest in God?

  • Step #1: Read his word

By now you should know that God’s word is the ultimate truth. You can’t successfully maneuver through life outside of his word and his counsel.

Read my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality.

Immerse yourself in the word and let it carve itself into your heart. Live by it. Things might seem impossible but that’s according to your understanding, which is far from sufficient.

Proverbs 3 v 5: Trust in the Lord with all you heart. Never rely on what you think you know. (GNB)

Proverbs 3 v 5: Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. (MSG)

Proverbs 3 v 5: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (KJV)

Those are just three translations of the same verse. There are many more translations for your convenience so you can find rest in God.

If you have trouble understanding the bible, read my post on 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

 

  • Step #2: Pray

All along I’ve been making the mistake of lumping prayer and word study into one step.

But there are a lot of people who diligently and faithfully read the word, but then fail to pray, hence I’m putting prayer on its own category.

Prayer is effective because it’s your communication with God. Find rest in God by asking for his help.

Remember that prayer is a two way street. So remember to listen to what God is saying instead of you talking the entire time.

Read my post on 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

Also read this post on 5 ways to position yourself to hear from God.

 

  • Step #3: Be productive

This is a very important step.

Like I said earlier, to find rest in God doesn’t mean to be inactive or to cease working. It means to trust God while you are working.

Now, we must remember to be productive at all times. Productivity is not only important when you are doing your office job, or your studying. It’s also important and applicable in your leisure time.

So, do the best you can in the job that pays your bills, and do the best you can in your leisure time.  Do your day job, and in your leisure time, entertain yourself in the word, meditating on it until God’s promise of rest echoes in every fiber of your being.

Read my post on 8 effective but simple strategies to be productive.

Also read my post on this is what you didn’t know about meditation.

 

  • Step #4: Remove money as an issue

I know money is at the center of everything, and is the cause of stress for most people. But it’s very possible to live a simple healthy lifestyle with less than what you are spending right now.

Don’t be one of those people who work themselves to the bone just so they can afford unnecessary expenses.

Lead a minimalistic life that removes money as an issue and you’ll definitely find rest in God. Don’t be obsessed with money because that’s a burden that will separate you from God.

Hebrews 13 v 5: Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” (GNB)

Read my post on here’s the truth you didn’t know about money so you can know the real place of money in your life.

 

Step #5: Be of service to others

Reaching out to others always works the trick of making you less self-absorbed.

Sometimes you think you are struggling, and then you take one look at someone else’s life and you realize there are people with bigger problems out there.

So, in your journey to find rest in God, focus less on yourself and more on others. Give whatever you think you don’t have enough of; your money, your time, your resources. This will make you feel richer and more fortunate.

Read my tips on 8 important tips to be more generous.

 

Step #6: Find a support system

You will remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.

Your support system must be people who love God. They must have found rest in God or aiming to find rest in God.

Your support system can’t be that pessimistic friend who worries about every little thing.

But it can be your family, your work colleagues, your friends, or your local church.

 

Step #7: Be grateful

This is very important. When you are trying to find rest in God, it’s easy to become selfish and think all about yourself and what you are trying to achieve.

Realize at this very moment that you already have God’s blessings with you. You are alive and that’s more important than anything else. Be grateful for that and many more things that are going on in your life.

I have a post on are you aware of God’s blessings for you?

Take it a step further by being grateful for your challenges because they teach you a lot.

If you read the word of God, you’ll notice that he calls for us to be grateful.

Philippians 4 v 6: Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. (GNB)

So, instead of complaining in your prayers, offer thanksgiving to God who continues to give us more than we deserve. Gratitude is a virtue we all must work hard to possess.

 

The final word

We need to strive to find rest in God. It’s the only way we’ll survive this hyperactive, stressed world.

Let’s not be lazy but do all that the word says we must do to find rest in God. Then we’ll have the kind of peace we won’t even be able to explain to those around us, and we can help them achieve that peace too.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your own steps to find rest in God? Please share with us by commenting.

7 surprising benefits of tithing you didn’t know about

If you are like me, you’re probably wondering about the benefits of tithing. I have to say, I only just started tithing, and it has already changed my life in a way I’m about to share with you.

 

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Maybe you feel protective over your money. There’s nothing wrong with that. We work so hard for our money that we should be careful of how we spend every piece of it.

Do you feel like tithing is one of those things that just eat away at your hard earned money? I used to believe that, and for years I didn’t tithe because I believed I was giving away my money to money-grabbing preachers.

I couldn’t stand that thought. And Christianity has become so extravagant that this didn’t help matters. All these preachers who are living the high life and yet doing so little to help those around them.

All the new christian churches coming up everyday with fancy names. I always thought, why do we have to break from one church to form another if we are really after one God?

All those things just clouded my mind and my attitude toward tithing. But I’ve come to learn the following benefits of tithing that will make you want to start tithing.

 

  • Benefit #1: Tithing shows that you trust God more than you trust your money

This is one of the benefits of tithing that you probably already know, but it’s worth repeating. Tithing lets God know that you trust him and don’t trust on your money to take care of you.

It shows you realize and appreciate that he’s the one giving you the strength to do the work you do, and therefore you are so thankful that you want to give back some of your harvest to him.

But we don’t directly give our money to God. Meaning God doesn’t reach out his hand and accept the money from me. The money goes into the hands of the preacher and that’s what used to bother me. Which brings me to the second benefit.

But before I go there, I hope you start recognizing the demonstration of your trust in God as one of the benefits of tithing.

 

  • Benefit #2: Tithing shows that you trust God more than you trust your preacher

Not to sound negative about preachers. But we all know that false ones continue to emerge in staggering numbers.

If you are worried that by tithing you’ll just be feeding a greedy preacher, then you are in good company.

Like I said, I worried about that too. But remember that your primary reason for tithing is to demonstrate to God your trust in him. Now, it doesn’t matter who accepts the money from you.

If the preacher takes your money to feed his flamboyant lifestyle, then take comfort in knowing that that’s between him and God.

Just because the preacher used your money for selfish reasons doesn’t cancel your tithing. You know why you are tithing and you remain in right standing with God.

So next time you find yourself worrying about whether or not your tithe is going to fall into the right hands, know you are tithing to God. That definitely counts as one of the benefits of tithing.

 

  • Benefit #3: Tithing makes you content with what you have

And really, contentment with your life is the key to a fulfilled life and one of the great benefits of tithing. When you are content you don’t have to worry about having that sixth car or that bigger house.

Read my post on how to stop comparing yourself to others,  and 6 useful tips to know yourself better. You’ll also be interested in: Do you have the guts to live life on your own terms?

Instead of worrying, you thank God for what you have. By tithing, you are saying that you are so content with what you have that you are willing to give to God.

Just think about it. If you feel like you want more money, then you can never tithe because then tithing becomes counterproductive.

But if you celebrate what God has already given you, you tithe cheerfully and gratefully.

 

  • Benefit #4: Tithing improves your finances

Like I said above, you might think tithing is counterproductive because you are taking money out of your pocket when the money should be coming in.

But tithing helps you improve your finances in that you learn to live within your means. That ties into the contentment we spoke about above.

If you are content with what you have, then it follows that you’ll not feel the need to have more money to buy things you think you need.

People who tithe are always better at budgeting and managing their finances than people who don’t tithe. So, this is another one of the great benefits of tithing to think about.

 

  • Benefit #5: Tithing makes you feel rich

This is similar to benefit #4. But by making you feel rich, I mean literally feeling like you have more than you actually have.

You can try this immediately. Next time you feel lack, maybe in your finances, reach into your wallet, pull out some money, even if it’s just a little bit, and help someone else.

This will immediately put you over your current financial status by making you see and believe you have more than the other person. That will definitely make you feel rich.

With so many people feeling in lack today, I count this as one of the great benefits of tithing.

 

  • Benefit #6: Tithing  makes you joyful

This benefit is similar to the one about contentment. But it goes beyond contentment into joy. The joy comes from knowing you trust God wholeheartedly and that you released your harvest to benefit someone else.

Now that I’ve started tithing, my joy comes from knowing that with the little that I contribute, I’m helping to build a church that will accommodate more people than it does now, a church that will contribute to the salvation of many. Being joyful is definitely one of the great benefits of tithing.

 

  • Benefit #7: Tithing opens up many spiritual doors for you

You’ll remember that spirituality is one of the key components of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. Read my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality.

Tithing elevates your spirit in an amazing way and this is one of the great benefits of tithing. You feel a connection to God and humanity on a level higher than that experienced by people who don’t tithe.

While tithing should definitely not be misunderstood as something to do to buy God’s love and favor, tithing allows you to enjoy many blessings not enjoyed by people who don’t tithe.

Putting your trust in God elevates you to enjoy your intimate relationship with him at a higher level.

Read my post on 6 easy steps to stay connected to your spirituality.

 

The final word

The benefits of tithing are not to be taken lightly. If you tithe faithfully and willingly, you’ll reap the benefits above and many more.

Trust God enough to know that he’s taking care of you. Remember that he gives you the strength to work hard for the money you have and it’s not by your own effort.

Most importantly, never feel forced to tithe. Tithing should be done willingly and cheerfully.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your feelings and thoughts on the post? What do you think are the benefits of tithing? Please let us know by commenting.

6 easy steps to stay connected to your spirituality

Remember that you have to stay connected to your spirituality if you want to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle. But if you find yourself feeling disconnected at times, you are not alone. At the moment, that’s how I feel. I’m a pretty spiritual person but lately I’ve been feeling the connection weakening.

 

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So what brought this on?

I make it a point to spend time with God every day, an hour a day, at least. That’s not too much time. In fact, just this morning I decided to increase the time to at least 2 hours, preferably 3.

That might sound like a lot of time. And it used to feel that way to me. There was a time when reading the bible and spending time with God was something I did to pass time. And whenever I did that, I found myself feeling guilty because I thought I was losing valuable time I could be using for something productive.

That’s it. I didn’t think highly of my relationship with God and thought it was time-wasting. But lately I’ve been determined to seek God more. The bible urges us to avoid spiritual flabbiness and to exercise our spiritual muscle a lot harder and more often.

So how do you stay connected to your spirituality if you feel yourself slipping?

 

  • Step #1: Identify the source of your disconnection

This is the most critical step. You have to know what caused you to lose touch with your spirituality. Maybe you are dealing with family issues? Maybe you recently faced disappointment that made you lose your trust in God?

Whatever the case, you need to identify the source of your disconnection if you truly want to stay connected to your spirituality.

 

  • Step #2: Take your concerns to God

Now that you’ve identified the source of the disconnection, confide in God. Tell him everything you feel in the most honest and humble way. Ask for his guidance in getting rid of this problem.

Talking to God about such matters cements your trust and reliance on him. And it will also definitely help you stay connected to your spirituality.  So get on with that prayer. Read these 10 easy steps to improve your prayer life. Also read these 5 ways to position yourself to hear from God. This way you are ready for when God gives you the answers you are looking for.

 

  • Step #3: Don’t just read the word but set a time to read it

If you want to stay connected to your spirituality, now you have to get in the word.

But before picking up your bible, put that in your schedule. I used to pick up the bible randomly. I’d just open it whenever I felt like it. There’s nothing wrong with that. But you have to count reading the word just as important as the rest of the items in your to-do list, if not more.

This way you don’t feel like reading the bible is eating into your valuable time. And you approach your spirituality with purposefulness and seriousness.

So, fit this item somewhere in your list if you want to stay connected to your spirituality. Treat the bible as your manual for life because it truly is. Read my post on 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

 

  • Step #4: Focus on others

Sometimes all you need to do to stay connected to your spirituality is to focus on others more than you focus on yourself. You know how self-obsessed the world is now. We are always concerned about ‘me,’ rather than ‘you.’ You will definitely struggle to stay connected to your spirituality if you are self-obsessed.

I used to be self-obsessed too. I catch myself being this way sometimes. But now I’m focusing more on others. When I pray, I always ask God to help me love others and be concerned about them more that I am about myself. I spend a huge chunk of my prayers praying for others and asking God to bless them.

It can be difficult when you start putting others before yourself. But when you do, your spirituality shifts in a positive way. So please remember this step if you want to stay connected to your spirituality.

 

  • Step #5: Perform an act of kindness

This follows perfectly from Step #4. As you focus on others, perform acts of kindness toward them. The other time I felt like I was in lack. But then I bought a piece of winter clothing for an orphaned child in my neighborhood. Instantly, my spirits lifted, and I felt abundant, fortunate and grateful.

That elevated my spirituality in a way I can’t even begin to describe. Stay connected to your spirituality by performing acts of kindness. You might think you don’t have the resources to do that.

But remember, your resources don’t mean money alone. Your resources could be your time, your talents and your attention. This will definitely help you stay connected to your spirituality.

 

  • Step #6: Stay away from the world’s philosophies at all costs

You can’t stay connected to your spirituality if you follow the world instead of God’s word. That’s because the world’s philosophies are a contradiction to the word of God.

The world says you can’t eat that but the word says you can eat whatever you want if you give thanks for it.

The world says you should get caught up into the cutthroat competition of getting more money but the word says you should be content with what you have.

The world says you should love yourself and put your needs first but the word says you should love others as much as you love yourself and put their needs before your own.

But the world can’t give you eternal life, only the word can. If you want to stay connected to your spirituality, you are going to have to choose what the word says over what the world says.

 

The final word

The only way to stay connected to your spirituality is to live the word of God. The word is the perfect manual for your life. Be honest with yourself and you’ll realize that the times when you feel disconnected from your spirituality are the times you deviate from the word. So then, the best way to stay connected to your spirituality is to live the word. Take care of your spirituality because in its absence, you can’t enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your thoughts on it? Do you sometimes struggle to stay connected to your spirituality? What do you do then? Please share your story by commenting.

 

10 easy tips to improve your prayer life

Do you feel like you need to improve your prayer life? Because I feel like that every day. We know we can’t have a relationship with God without prayer because prayer connects us to God. It’s our conversation with God in which we learn of what God wants us to do.

I repeat, you can’t have a relationship with God outside of prayer so you need to make sure your prayer life is sufficient to keep this relationship going. Now, keep reading to learn how to improve your prayer life.

 

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So, if prayer continues to elude you in your relationship with God like that missing piece in the puzzle, please do the following:

 

  • Tip #1: Tell God about your challenge

Go ahead. Tell God about your challenge. The funny thing is, you are already praying. Yes, by telling God about your challenge, you are communicating with him, and that’s all prayer is.

Jesus Christ already taught us how to pray in Matthew 6 v 9-13. Now, you don’t have to take this prayer in the literal sense and recite it all the time. Jesus was trying to give us an outline of what prayer entails. We have to recognize God as our father, we have to offer praise to him in our prayer, thank him for his presence, provision and the forgiveness of our sins.

Thanksgiving is what strikes me most. Most people have taken prayer to mean a session for asking God for stuff. They complain to God about everything and forget to thank him for everything. So remember to praise God when you tell him about your challenge. You will greatly improve your prayer life by doing that.

 

  • Tip #2: Be genuine and humble in your prayer

Yes. Pray in the most heartfelt way. Don’t take pride to your prayer because then your prayer will be in vain. Don’t act all self-righteous before God because he might just humble you in a way that will shake for a long time to come.

Seriously, don’t pretend before God. Just be genuine and most importantly humble yourself before him. That will definitely help you improve your prayer life.

 

  • Tip #3: Listen

Ironic, huh? I’m asking you to talk to God and now I’m telling you to listen? Yes, listen. The mistake most of us make when we pray is that we talk nonstop and don’t give God a chance to say even a single thing.

Prayer is a conversation. And a conversation between two people isn’t about only one person talking. It’s about both people having a chance to say something. So in order to improve your prayer life you’re going to have to keep quiet at some point in your prayer and listen to God. God might just give you the answer you need if you’ll close your mouth for just a minute.

 

  • Tip #4: Don’t put embellishments on prayer

I have to say this tip would’ve come handy if I’d known about it a long time ago when I was really struggling with my prayer life. I thought prayer was this dramatic event where I had to kneel in front of a cross for hours on end, crying. Now I don’t cry easily, so then prayer seemed impossible.

But that’s not prayer. Prayer is about conversing with God. It can be as short or as long as you need it to be. Don’t think God is impressed with all your talking because he isn’t. Say what you need to say, listen and end your prayer. Of course if you need to talk for hours, go ahead.

But I’m just saying if you want to improve your prayer life, you shouldn’t be worried about the amount of time you spend praying.

Many people continue to be baffled by prayer because they think it must have all these embellishments, the same way they seem to think about meditation. I talk about meditation here, and this post on how to improve your prayer life is similar to the one on meditation.

 

  • Tip #5: Pray all the time

And I’m not joking. Remember how I just said in Tip #4 that prayer doesn’t need embellishments. So then if prayer is simple, you can and should do it wherever you are, whenever. You can pray as you are working in your office, or riding the bus to work, or cooking in the kitchen, or taking a shower.

You remember the old saying ‘practice makes perfect’ that we roll our eyes at? Well, in prayer this saying works. If you practice praying, you’ll get so used to it that it will become a part and parcel of your life.

A week ago I was with my sister’s 16 month old daughter in the kitchen. I was silently praying in tongues as I washed the dishes. She was really impressed with the sounds I was making because they were eerily similar to the ones she makes all the time, so then she looked up at me and started making those noises too. I know, my niece and I prayed in tongues together.

 

  • Tip #6: Pray quietly

Another thing that scared me away from praying was that I always heard people hollering and screaming whenever they prayed. They did scary things and I wanted nothing to do with that. I’m not judging them because they might have been moved by the holy spirit.

But I’m saying you can pray quietly and have your prayers answered. You don’t have to shout. In fact, it says in Matthew 6 v 5-8, just before Jesus Christ teaches us how to pray, that prayer is to be done quietly and secretly. You can sit in your corner and pray quietly. God has supernatural hearing and will hear your prayer even when you whisper it, or even when you pray inwardly.

If you want to improve your prayer life, it might be best to practice by praying quietly. But if the holy spirit moves you to shout, then go ahead. It’s all about letting God guide you.

 

  • Tip #7: Pray with others

This will definitely help you improve your prayer life because you get motivated by others. If you are in a setting saturated with God’s spirit like church, that’s even better for you.

 

  • Tip#8: Don’t feel forced to pray in tongues

You can pray effectively without speaking in tongues. Praying in tongues is a great thing though, because it lets you communicate with God in a language the devil can’t even begin to understand. It also conveys your prayers on a whole new level. But it’s not a requirement of prayer.

But you will need to learn to pray in tongues for the reasons mentioned above.

 

  • Tip #9: Pray about the scriptures you read

Every time you finish reading a scripture, pray about it. This will let you have fresh and vivid material to pray about, not to mention it’s perfect practice for you to be able to pray all the time so you can improve your prayer life.

 

  • Tip #10: Pray for others

In our journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, we emphasize love beyond self. In order to improve your prayer life you have to pray for others. Pray for your family, your relatives, your friends, your colleagues, your leaders, your government, etc.

Your prayer will definitely help others who might not be able to pray for themselves. Imagine God blessing someone else because of your prayer. Now that’s huge. Praying for others is an act of selflessness that will definitely improve your prayer life.

 

The final word

You need prayer in order to maintain an intimate relationship with God. And prayer is as simple or hard as you want it to be. The truth is, simple is better and gets your message across to God perfectly. Employ the tips above and improve your prayer life.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What do you do to improve your prayer life? Please let us know by commenting.

 

Also check out the following for more tips to help you improve your prayer life:

5 simple ways to strengthen your prayer life by ibelieve.com

Seven steps to strengthen prayer by desiringgod.org

8 keys to a more powerful prayer life in 2018 by worldvision.org

 

6 easy tips to help you understand your bible

Are you looking for easy tips to help you understand your bible? Then you are reading the right post because I’m about to share with you those tips.

 

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Remember the significance of spirituality in enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle by reading this post.

Now, I know a lot of people struggle with reading the bible because I also used to struggle. The bible was just this ancient complicated piece of writing I just couldn’t wrap my head around. Until I discovered the following tips. So I won’t waste your time but I’ll get right into them.

 

Tip #1: Ask God to help you understand the bible

The first mistake we make when we open the bible is just reading it without first communicating with God and asking him for revelation of what we’re about to read.

The bible isn’t like every other book you pick off the shelves of a library. It’s a book inspired by God, so you need to lean on his understanding and not on yours when you read it. Use this easy tip to help you understand your bible.

 

Tip #2: Pick a version that’s easy for you to read

I realize one of my worst mistakes when I was trying to get into reading the bible was picking the complicated versions. All those ‘thous’ just made my head churn. Even to this day, I find the King James Version a bit difficult for me to follow, though I’m slowly but surely making progress.

But I started with the simpler versions with ‘clean’ language similar to what we use everyday. The bible I bought from my university bookstore is the Contemporary English Version and I still use it to this day. Picking a version you can understand is definitely one of the easy tips to help you understand your bible.

 

Tip #3: Look at the other versions

This tip might sound like a contradiction of the second tip, but it’s actually not. This tip doesn’t say for you to start with a complicated version. Tip #2 already established that you are to start with an easier version. This tips now says after you’ve fully familiarized yourself with that easier version, you should now look at the other versions.

What I do nowadays is, I open my Contemporary English Version, and the King James Version, and the Amplified Version, and the Message. I then read the same scripture from all these versions. These are the versions I’m currently focusing on and I’ll be broadening my focus as time goes on. But I’ve found that looking at the other versions will surely help you understand your bible.

 

Tip #4: Don’t rush

Newbies of the bible world almost always want to rush. I know because that’s what I used to do. I wanted to go through those pages like they were a novel. But that’s a mistake when it comes to understanding your bible.

The bible is meant to be read slowly and followed with meditation. Everything you read should sink in and you should ruminate on it long after you’ve finished reading so that it carves into your heart. That’s the only way you’ll learn to keep every word the bible tells you.

So, please don’t rush. It’s not a race. Read at your own pace, remembering to meditate on everything you read. Taking the bible slowly is one of the easy tips to help you understand your bible.

 

Tip #5: Talk to others about what you read

This always helps. There are people who are more spiritually mature than you, and you can benefit from discussing scriptures with these people, the same way you can be a blessing to those who are less spiritually mature than you.

I’ve had instances where I have difficulty understanding a scripture, and then I talk to someone who clarifies it for me without even trying to. So, talking to others about what you read will definitely help you understand your bible.

 

Tip #6: Go over the bible time and again

This tip feeds off Tip #4 that says ‘don’t rush’. Not only should you read your bible slowly, but you should go over the same scriptures as often as you can. Maybe not in one sitting, but for as long as you are willing to follow God and let him be the leader of your life.

Have you ever had a situation where you read something for the first, second, third, fourth, even tenth time and you didn’t understand it? And then, miraculously, on your eleventh attempt, the light just goes on in your head and suddenly you understand?

I’ve experienced it many times while I was still at school. And I’ve also experienced it with reading the bible. That’s why it’s important to revisit the same scriptures as often as you can so you can catch what you might have missed the last time.

And get this: I don’t know if it happens with you too, but I’ve gone over the same verse a thousand times and yet every time I go over it, the message hits me really hard, in a new way, like I’m seeing the verse for the first time. Amazing.

 

The final word

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the bible is the truest piece of writing in the world. If you read it and meditate on it, you can’t go wrong in life. That’s not my saying, it’s the Lord’s.

So, if you’ve been struggling to understand your bible, then please follow the above tips and become enlightened. Then you’ll be in a position to hear God and do as he says, opening up the doors of his abundant blessings into your life.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please share your thoughts about it, and share some of your own tips that help you understand your bible.

 

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This is what you didn’t know about meditation

Meditation is one of those things everyone is talking about today. Some have gotten the hang of it, but there are some who are still struggling with really grasping what it means and how to go about doing it. Please continue reading this post if you have any questions about meditation.

 

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What comes to your mind when you hear the word meditation?

I’m sure what you see in the picture above is what you must think of when you hear the word meditation. You associate it with this foreign thing that you known nothing of, but you know will benefit you.

Well, you’ll be happy to know that true meditation doesn’t have all those embellishments you’ve seen. You do not have to pose like the people you’ve seen on TV and in pictures. What they are trying to do, what you should aim to do if you must, is settle into a comfortable position, in a place where you know you won’t be distracted. That’s all. It’s as simple as that.

(You’ll learn below that meditation can be a lot simpler than sitting down in a quiet place, so keep reading).

 

Now, I’ve heard some people say meditation is emptying the mind for a set time in order to quieten it. That doesn’t sound like the meditation I know of, or at least meditation according to the bible, which is the truest piece of writing in existence.

The bible talks about meditation. It says time and again that we are to meditate. But not just meditate, but meditate on the word of God. That means we are to ponder the word of God, think of it, run it over and over in our minds.

That is far from emptying our minds. As children of God, we get our peace from our father’s word, and therefore dwelling in it will give us exactly the kind of peace meditation is meant to achieve.

Remember that it’s not enough to just read the word. Reading the word and then putting aside your bible is not going to help you if you don’t think about what you just read.

And you don’t think about it for the five minutes after you finish reading the bible. No, you think about it over and over again for as long as you live. That’s the only way the word will change your way of thinking so you become more and more like God and access the blessings our father has made available to us, including the peace we are all after.

 

Now, you might not agree with me when I say, we all meditate every day. Every second of every day we are pondering stuff, mulling it over, chewing on it. Each and every one of us. That’s meditation.

But get this, it’s the negative form of meditation, the bad kind. So, the truth is, we all know how to meditate. We are just meditating on the wrong stuff.

Now, here is what I meant earlier when I said meditation requires no embellishments.

When you worry, and that’s meditation, you do it whenever and wherever you are. You could be sitting in front of the TV and worrying about paying your bills. Or you could worry about it as you drive to work. You could worry about it as you take a shower. You don’t have to be sitting down in a quiet place, humming, in order to meditate.

So it is with meditating on the word of God. You can think of your scriptures as you ride the bus to school or to work, as you go about your chores. Don’t think that you can only meditate if you are sitting alone in a quiet place. Well, that’s important too, if you can do it. But know that you can meditate at any time, in any place.

 

So, how do I move forward?

OK, now that you’ve taken comfort and confidence in knowing that you already know how to meditate, it’s time to think about what you’ve been meditating on. Decide if you want to keep meditating on that. If you’ve been meditating on fear, you know that kind of meditation has brought no peace to your days, so it’s time to change that.

Achieving the meditation you want is just a matter of changing what you meditate on from bad to good, from negative to positive. Begin to think about good things all the time. Think about the fact that you are still alive. That’s something worth meditating on.

Think about the people in your life. That’s another thing worth meditating on. Count your blessings and meditate on them. Meditate on God’s love for you. You’ll begin to see different results than what you’ve been seeing while you’ve been meditating on the wrong things.

  • You’ll reap joy as you realize you have a lot to be grateful for.
  • You’ll feel God’s love.
  • You’ll extend that love to those around you.
  • You’ll reap peace that no one can understand.

 

The final word

You no longer have to worry about meditation being a foreign thing for you. Now that you know you’ve been doing it all along, and are doing it now as we speak, you can have the confidence to continue with it, this time, meditating on the good things as opposed to the bad things you’ve been pondering all along.

Don’t worry about setting aside time to meditate. We all know trying to set time to do some things can backfire on us, especially in the early stages while we’re still trying to get used to them.

That’s why you must embed meditation in your everyday activities. Then as you get more and more used to it and you’re confident it has stuck as a habit, you can set a specific time and place to do your meditation.

Enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle requires exactly that. Embedding things like meditation and exercise into our everyday duties so that we do not have an opportunity to slack on them and use lack of time as an excuse.

Do it right now. As soon as you finish reading this post, begin meditating on the good things in your life. Meditate on God’s word and access the blessings he’s made available to us, blessings we can’t be aware of unless we read his word.

 

I felt like this post had to be written, and I feel fulfilled now that I’ve shared with you what meditation really is. I feel like most of us have been robbed of the benefits of meditation because we thought we didn’t know how to do it. And we even enrolled in classes to try to learn to do it.

Well, don’t worry about classes anymore. You have the best teacher: the holy spirit. He’ll teach you everything you need to know not only about meditation but about life as a whole.

 

Please share your thoughts on this post by commenting below. Your thoughts and input are always appreciated. Thank you.

 

I absolutely love this article by Founders Ministries. Please check it out.

Are you aware of God’s blessings for you?

Blessings. What a lovely word we all want to hear. But do you feel like you do not yet have God’s blessings? Maybe you look at everyone around you and think, “How come everyone else but me seems to be walking in God’s blessings?”

The most important thing to remember is that as a child of God, you have every right to have every blessing our father says you can have. Those blessings are there for your taking. Taking them for yourself is just a matter of stretching out your heart in faith and claiming what is rightfully yours.

 

A picture for God's blessings for you

 

God loves a humble heart, but I know of a lot of Christians who’ve been led to believe that we must live a life of lack if we are to prove our humility.  That’s how they mistakenly define humility. To them it’s passiveness and lack of action.

But that is not what humility in the biblical context means. Humility simply means the willingness to submit to God in every way possible. To count his ways more important than yours. To lean on his own understanding and not on your own. The bible clearly tells us to do this in:

Proverbs 3 v 5: With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment. (CEV)

That’s humility. But it doesn’t in any way hint on being passive and doing nothing in matters of God. In fact passiveness and inactivity are the exact opposite of humility.

Now, with your humble heart, you can receive everything the father promises us in the pages of the Holy Bible.

There are many blessings God has made available for our taking:

 

  • Healing and a sound body

1 Peter 2 v 24: He used his servant body to carry our sins to the cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. (MSG)

Exodus 15 v 26: Then he said, “I am the LORD your God, and I cure your diseases.”

I can’t possibly outline all the healing scriptures in this post. So I’ll be back in the near future with a post dedicated solely to healing. But as a child of God, you should know healing and a sound body is one of God’s blessings for you.

 

  • Prosperity

I hope you haven’t bought into the stupid and false claim by some people that God doesn’t want us to be prosperous. Again, they wrongly attribute poverty to humility. How ridiculous is that? How can God invent prosperity and not let any of his children have it? In fact, God’s children are the rightful claimants of prosperity.

We should be more prosperous than the world. But many of us still aren’t because we have not reached out to take it in faith.

Proverbs 3 v 9-10: Honor the LORD by giving him your money and the first part of all your crops. Then you will have more grain and grapes than you will ever need. (CEV)

Proverbs 16 v 3:  Share your plans with the LORD, and you will succeed. (CEV)

Again, as with healing, there are many more scriptures on prosperity. We will address those scriptures soon. In the meantime, feast your eyes on these two, meditate on them, and realize that you are supposed to be prosperous. Prosperity is one of your many rights as a child of God.

 

  • God’s companionship 

    You are a child of God, and one of God’s blessings is his eternal companionship. He promises never to leave you. So that means wherever you go, whenever, God is always with you. That doesn’t mean you won’t go through hard times. But when you do, you can count on God’s presence. He’ll walk with you through the most difficult of trials. And if you’ll succumb to his counsel, he’ll see you through those times to victory.

God says whatever happens, don’t quit on him because he’ll never quit on you.

Hebrews 13 v 5: Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you.” (MSG)

 

  • A life free of condemnation

Think of all the things you’ve done wrong. Let’s not pretend. We’ve all sinned, committed huge sins. But God forgives us each time, for even the deadliest of sins. God says no sin is big enough for him not to forgive. And he says that when we come before him with our sins and confess them, and then repent, he’s faithful enough to forgive our sins, blot them out of our lives, and make us new again.

2 Corinthians 5 v 17: Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. (CEV)

God says don’t beat yourself up over your past mistakes. He’s made you so clean that you can boldly stand before people and say I am innocent, I have wronged no man.

So then, because God promises a life free of condemnation, don’t continue to condemn yourself, or let the world condemn you. If you abide in God’s word, he’ll give you the grace to sin no more, then you can boldly stand before the world and say, “I am innocent.”

 

  • Life

When we talk of a life free of condemnation, free of sickness and disease, free of lack, you might put an emphasis on the last parts of those phrases and overlook the ‘life’ part.

Notice you must have life before you can enjoy all of the above, and life is what God has promised us.

Romans 6 v 23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.(KJV)

If you sin, you invite death, plain as that. But if you follow God and obey him, you invite eternal life. Children of God can just reach out and claim the life that our Father has made available to us.

 

The Final word

The bible says we have everything we need in order to live a life that pleases God. If we please God, obey him, we can have every one of God’s blessings, all of them. If you’ve been deceived into think you are not to be healed or prosperous, or any of the above, then shut that down, push it completely out of your mind. Familiarize yourself with the word because all of God’s blessings are contained in his word. May you enjoy everyone of these blessings and many more. And may God’s peace and joy be with you, in Jesus name, Amen.

 

I hope you enjoy this post and become more enlightened in the matters of God. Please share some of God’s blessings that you’ve realized in your life so we may all grow. Leave your comments below. Thank you.

 

Please read these interesting principles for experiencing the blessing of God.

Also look at these uplifting verses about blessings.

Let this prayer for God’s blessing guide you.

 

 

 

 

 

How to serve God in your profession

Do you want to serve God but don’t know how to go about it? So many of us love God and want to do everything we can to spread the good news about him. And yet we find ourselves stuck because we are not pastors or ministers and don’t work anywhere near the church.

The two main questions are: can only pastors and ministers and those who work in the church serve God or can every one of us do it? If we can, then how do we go about it?

I’m about to share the answers to those two questions, so keep reading.

 

A picture for how to serve God in your profession

 

We’ve already established the significance of spirituality in enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. Revisit that here.

Honestly, I don’t know how people who don’t acknowledge God can actually claim to live a fulfilling life. What is life without God? Because that to me is just impossible. Everything I do, I do for the honor and glory of God. The life that I live, I live for him. While death used to scare me, now it doesn’t because when I die, I finally get to be with him.

Ok, now on to addressing those two questions.

 

Can everyone serve God and how do we go about it?

Absolutely. Anyone can serve God. In fact everyone should serve God. It doesn’t matter your age, gender, color, background, profession. Anybody can serve God and everyone should.

Somehow we’ve adopted this mentality that only ministers and pastors and people working in the church can serve God. But that doesn’t make any sense. Because then we are limiting God to only the church. In other words we are saying outside of church, he doesn’t exist, and that’s not true at all.

Ministers and pastors and people working in the church serve God, but so must everyone else.

  • Wait, you say. But I’m just an elementary school teacher. How can I serve God? By working hard and to best of your ability. Teach those kids everything they need to learn. Nurture them so they can grow up to become the kind of leaders we want to have.

Minister to them about God. You are teaching them everything else; Math, Science, Physical Education, so why not teach them about God? Because frankly, especially in this day and age, we need to hear about God more than we do about everything else.

 

  • If you are a nurse or a doctor, you have patients you need to nurse back to health. Patients who need to hear about the healing that’s already been made available to them by our God. You need to minister to them and let them know they have the right as children of God, to get out of that hospital bed and march home in perfect health.

 

  • If you are a janitor, you should do your job well. Make your surroundings immaculate for those who work in them. Do your job with love. Talk to others about God and share your thoughts and experiences with them.

 

  • If you are a student, you have a responsibility to share with your fellow students the matters of God. Encourage each other to love and honor God as you go along in your studies.

 

  • If you are a prison guard, minister to those in prison. They need hope that their incarceration is not the end of their lives. Make them see that they too can minister to others and encourage each other to become better people who will serve God and carry forward his name.

 

The word of God is not limited to those who work in the church. It’s everyone’s duty to spread it all around the world so that those left behind can hear it and turn to God.

 

I don’t care who you are and what you do. You have as much obligation to spread the word of God as you do to hear it. If you have free access to the bible to read to yourself, then it means you also have free access to read it out loud to others.

The way I see it, we’ve burdened ministers and pastors and those who work in the church with spreading the word of God. We are doing nothing to help these people because somehow we feel like it’s not our duty. When things go wrong at the church, or when a pastor falls, we tend to distance ourselves from him or her and make sarcastic remarks about them supposedly being a servant of God.

In other words, we join the world in mocking a servant who despite being a flawed human being, is trying to educate us about God. We think it’s OK for us to just sit there and judge them, not realizing that their falling is partly our fault because we are not helping them the same way they are helping us.

 

So where do I go from here?

  • The first thing you need to do is realize that you are a child of God, and children speak well of their parents. So you have to do the same: speak well of God every chance you get.

 

  • Then realize that to best serve God, before you even open your mouth to anyone about him, you have to serve him internally. Give your body, soul and mind to him.

 

  • Then let him show in your work, whatever you do. Lawyer, prison inmate, librarian, stay at home mom or dad, every profession, every occupation. Do your work as if you are doing it for God himself, because you are. Let others benefit from your work.

 

  • Now, open your mouth and teach those around you about God. You don’t have to claim to know everything. We are all students in matters of God. Say what you know so others can also say what they know. Then together you can encourage each other to become the best children of God.

 

The final word

God is your entire life. He’s your creator, the creator of everything. Most importantly, he adores you and wants the best possible life for you. Realize that as a child of God, you can enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle he destined for you to enjoy, and share his good news with everyone around you.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What is your occupation? How do you serve God in it? Please let us know in the comments below.

Also read this wonderful post on this topic.

5 ways to position yourself to hear from God

Do you want to hear from God? Do you find the concept of hearing from him far-fetched and something only other people but you can achieve? Then you’re reading the right post because I’m about to teach you how to position yourself so you can hear from God.

 

A picture for positioning yourself to hear from God

 

I used to feel as distant from God as you probably do right now. People claimed to hear from him, but I could never even fathom him speaking to me. I conjured up images of what it must be like to have an encounter with him.

Those images were out of this world and somewhat spooky, and that made things even worse for me. I’ve come a long way since then, and now I’m absolutely positive that I can’t enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle unless I hear from God.

 

What did I do?

One day I felt a strong urge to be close to God after not acknowledging him my entire life. At first, I didn’t quite feel his presence but I acknowledged his existence. And then I felt like I wanted to get to know him. I became aware he was the creator of everything, including myself, and I wanted to connect to this great power.

But I didn’t push myself to hear from him. I was serious in forming an intimate relationship with him but I didn’t hash things. I just took things one step at a time until one day I knew I’d heard from him, and I continue to hear from him.

 

So, how do you position yourself to hear from God?

Number one: Read God’s word

 

A picture for position yourself to hear from God

 

I get baffled when people say they want to hear from God, but then they say they rarely read their bibles. The bible tells the only truth there is: God’s truth. The bible is God’s answer to every life question you have right now. It has the solution to every problem you are facing right now. If you study your bible diligently, you can position yourself to hear from God.

 

Number two: Spend time with other people who want to hear from God and those who have already heard from him.

Maybe you want to go to church to meet those people, that’s great. Now, the topic of church attendance is somewhat unsettled with me because church attendance is not the only way to position yourself to hear from God. You can hear from him without church attendance.

 

But here’s how I think church attendance is important:

  • Many people do not read the bible outside of church, so attending church is instrumental in this journey because you can read the word at church. (But remember, whether or not you are at church, you should read the bible.)
  • At church, there are many believers who can teach you something. Those are the believers who’ve been nurturing their relationship with God longer than you have been nurturing your own relationship with him. These people can teach you a lot about positioning yourself to hear from him.

Please, I hope you’re not thinking that I’m discouraging church attendance. Absolutely not. I think every Christian should attend church for the reasons I’ve stated above.

 

A picture for positioning yourself to hear from God

 

The bible says we should attend church, and that’s more than enough reason to do so.

Hebrews 10 v 25: Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer. (CEV)

 

Number 3: Pray

Prayer is powerful because it’s your communication with God. What comes up in your mind when you hear the word ‘pray?’ Do you take it to mean going down on your knees with a shawl over your shoulders and a head cover, clutching a cross in your fingers, shouting in tongues?

Prayer can mean that if you want it to. But it can also have no embellishments whatsoever. Just a simple private conversation between you and God.

I used to hate praying because I thought it required too much preparation and I just couldn’t stand that. But once I learned that prayer could just be a simple private conversation between me and God, I started enjoying it because I didn’t have to meet certain requirements before I could pray.

I could just open my mouth and talk to him, and I could pray inwardly if there were other people around me. Praying became so fulfilling that I wanted to do it all the time, and I still do.

 

A picture for positioning yourself to hear from God

 

Number 4: Be in the right environment

You are not going to hear from God if you are constantly in an environment that inhibits his presence. You can’t go to a strip club and expect to hear from him, the same way you can’t go to a bar and expect to hear from him.

That’s not to say there’s an environment that can hinder God from speaking. NO. He can speak wherever. But you have to intentionally want to hear from him and so avoid such environments. You can hear from him at a strip club once or twice or three times as he tells you to leave the place. But for you to constantly be hearing from him, you have to leave the strip club and find an environment conducive to a conversation with him.

After all, if you are at a strip club and you hear from God the first, second and third time, why would you go back for the fourth time?

 

Number 5: Humble yourself before God

God knows everything about you, whether or not you tell him. Now, if you act better than you are and you show up in front of him with that ‘holier than thou’ attitude, then you can’t hear from him. There’s no one holier than him so stop pretending already.

Approach him with your flaws. He knows about them and loves you anyway. Drop the pretense, admit you sins to him, and he’s faithful enough to forgive them. Only if you approach him with a genuine, humble heart will you position yourself to hear from him.

 

Thank you for reading this post. More is coming on spirituality. God is our reason for existence and the one we live for.  We can’t enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle until we acknowledge him. Tell us what you think of this post. Have you heard from God? How did you position yourself to hear from him?

How to happily celebrate birthdays on the other side of 30

That’s me. Soon to start celebrating birthdays on the other side of 30. In fact, I’m only counting hours until I turn 31.

 

A clock for celebrate birthdays

 

I used to dread birthdays. I thought getting older sucked. Well, it was cool until I turned 21. And then I thought birthdays were just an uphill struggle to old age, and ultimately death.

Well, I wasn’t entirely wrong about that. Birthdays mean you are approaching old age, and of course, eventually death.

But now I wouldn’t call them an uphill struggle. ‘Uphill struggle’ sounds really bad, and negative. It’s indicative of a person afraid of adding one more year to their time on this earth. And that thinking can’t possibly help you enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

I’m very happy to say, that’s no longer my mentality. See, I used to live outside of God. I didn’t acknowledge his existence, and I actually used to mock the idea.

But I’ve come a long way since then, and today I consider myself as having an intimate and inseparable relationship with God. I love him more than I love myself. I live for him and can’t imagine living without him. I’m aware of the countless blessings he’s made available to me, one of which is getting older so I can continue to do his work and bring honor and glory to his name.

Now, I celebrate birthdays like I used to before 21. In fact, I celebrate much more joyfully than I did during those times. I view old age as a privilege that a lot of people have missed out on due to an early death.

 

A bible verse for celebrating birthdays

 

So, tomorrow (09th June 2018) is my 31st birthday. I’ve never looked forward to a birthday like I do with this one at this very moment. And tomorrow is  a day I’ll be focusing on celebrating other people versus celebrating myself. I’ve already made arrangements to help some people, and that fulfills me more than if I to merely focus on myself.

Not that I don’t deserve some self-attention. Of course I do. How can I successfully take care of others if I don’t start with myself? But lately I’ve been bombarded by the desire to help others, to put others before myself. And that fulfills me beyond explanation.

 

You will remember that I put a lot of emphasis in this blog about reaching beyond self to others as one of the key elements to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Anyway, this is what I want to tell you.

Life doesn’t end at any particular age. When you reach your birthday, that’s a call for you to celebrate another year added onto your life. Appreciate that because many have died before they reached that age.

Think about all that you have, and that doesn’t necessarily mean material things because those are way less important than most people think. Rather focus on the more important things that truly make you prosperous, and those are things money can’t buy.

 

A gratitude message to celebrate birthdays

 

Think about your health. Maybe it’s failing. But be grateful because you’re still alive, and as long as that’s the case, you can always reach out in faith and grab the health that Jesus Christ made available to you when he died on the cross 2000 years ago.

Think about your family. Maybe you are divorced, but you can still appreciate the time you spent with your partner in God’s union, even though they are gone.

Maybe you are barren and desperately want children. All is not lost. In faith, know that nothing is impossible with God.

 

There’s always something to be grateful about, so focus on that, and not on what you don’t have.

 

Maybe you made a lot of mistakes in your past years. Now is the time to grow wiser. Wisdom really does come with life experience. And a birthday means you are increasing your experience in life and therefore your wisdom. Appreciate that because wisdom is worth much more than any amount of money you can think of.

As I enter into my life on this other side of 30, I thank God for my health, for my family, and my life altogether. He’s been generous, as undeserving as I am. His love and commitment to me are so faithful that he keeps increasing my days on this earth. I love him, but he loves me more than I could ever dare ask or imagine.

Thank you God!

 

 

This was only meant to be a short post. I just needed to share my gratitude to God for this wonderful gift of 31 years.

Please share with us your thoughts on getting older. Do you embrace it like I do now? Or do you dread your birthdays like I used to? Your thoughts are very valuable to us.