Hey there, sweethearts
So yeah, as usual, I apologize for the break. I started my internship and I had to adjust to a lot so that took the whole of me.
My apologies 🙏🏿
I want to talk about friendship
It’s so underrated as far as I am concerned.
Not to be sexist or biased, I’ll be focusing on friendship from the female perspective. I’m sorry, males. I’ll do my research about how yours works 😊
There is a scripture that sums up what a friendship should be. That scripture has always had this lasting effect on me. I think it would be really helpful.
“Moses’ arms soon became so tired, he could no longer hold them up So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset”
Wow what a powerful one!
Let me share a recent experience with you.
Just this last week (the whole internship and the adjustment), I was reluctant to start a devotional. In fact, I browsed through and I couldn’t find the one I wanted. I gave up and said I’ll just go with the ‘verse of the day’ as a devotional. I think some days later, my best friend Gladys invited me to join her in a devotional. The following day, another good friend of mine did the same. I was overwhelmed.
First, God is aware of me and my struggles
Second, it was good to know that I had made good choices in friends that God could use them to hold my hands steady.
Do we understand?
My dad would say there is no true friendship between women. 😂
Let’s be honest, is there any?
If you are lucky enough to have one, to God be the glory. If you don’t, thank God for the Holy Spirit. He is the only true friend really.
So another thing to discuss here which is the whole point of the topic, Life versus Death.
Some days ago, I listened to a sermon I had already heard m (I think it is part of God’s awareness of me) and it talked on Cool Death Options. 😂 I will explain, don’t worry.
We humans have this particular way we think we should die. For some, in their sleep. For some, a death that would start an NGO and things like that. We believe that one death is better than another. At least death of old age is better than death caused by a disease or sickness, yeah?
And Pastor Moody (he gave the sermon) related it to the concept of life and death. He mentioned that it is not about choosing the cool ways of death but rather choose life or death.
This is what I am saying: John 10:10(NIV)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Do we choose death or life?
Do we understand?
And he said there are ways the devil makes us choose death that we don’t even know! 🤷🏿♀️
For example, Death by lying. This is simply not living an honest life. If we don’t live an honest life, a life true to ourselves and God, we are already dying. And before we know it, there will be no spiritual life anymore.
He mentioned Death by false living, death by assumptions, Death by envy, Death by Sin, Death by association.
But the most important for me was Death by sentiments. And he used the story of Jonah. He brilliantly explained that scripture by focusing on Jonah’s travel companions. I have never focused on them, have you?
Because we have always seen Jonah as the victim. And it’s human nature to sympathize more with the victim.
Death by sentiment, he said.
He said that though we know the whole story but the travel companions don’t know that Jonah was swallowed by a fish and then he repented and fulfilled God’s purpose for his life. They must have felt they didn’t do “the Christian thing”. At first, I’m sure they were overwhelmed with sentiment that they can’t do that to a person and all that. They kept throwing their things thinking they would save them. They lost a lot! And after all that, that still didn’t work.
But look at what happened.
Relationships we put ourselves in sometimes and we know we should never be in but sentimentally, we stay.
Be bold to take a step in a God’s direction and don’t be sentimental about it and let God do what only God can do. We should never be sentimental in following a God’s direction. There is never a justification to do wrong. It doesn’t matter what happens to “Jonah” or how it will end, leave Jonah to God. When we throw a person in a God direction, we are helping the person. There are fishes waiting in the water for Jonah but Christians are sentimental. So, are we really helping?
We think a lot about what others will think than what God thinks
We must have a backbone to do right.
The true test of loving people is releasing them to God, not keeping him from God. And if we don’t have the Holy Spirit, we will miss it. We will hold on to people who are supposed to be released. Imagine if the travel companions had kept holding on to Jonah? They all would have perished.
This means a different thing for all of us. It could be a relationship or friendship or work. Whatever it may be, I hope we take the time to ask God what really matters. Because many times, we miss it.
Let’s be aware of liking the cool options of dying. The question God stepped into was not whether the death was cool or not. But Life versus Death . Not don’t let the death be less nasty. The big question is, did they die or not?
I really hope we understand. Sometimes, getting rid of “killers” in our lives does not have come easy or smooth. The devil will put up a fight, of course. But we have to hold on to the word of God.
Killers could be come in form of an addiction or some people in our lives or many other ways.
Let’s not confuse our feelings with the voice of the Holy Spirit. That is why we have the word of God. Let’s read it.
And lastly Death by silence. The statement for this simply is “I allowed the lie to have the last say”. He used the story of the harlots fighting over the maternity of a child. I Kings 3
We should be grateful that we can bring our lives under the Light and evaluate it and really ask if this is what God promises us. We don’t have to just take what happened to us in the dark seasons for the rest of our lives.
Thank you Lord for light. Let’s refuse to be silent. We don’t have to go with the flow or take it as it is. Jesus didn’t so we shouldn’t. Let’s refuse to settle. Let’s refuse to allow the devil to give us less than what God wants for us. God is so good that we can always run to him.
Let’s refuse to die!
Life versus death
Life is a choice that everybody can make. Our choice of life should be choosing Jesus, not choosing a cooler option of death.
Let’s listen to the sermon please.