WORD OF THE DAY

Schemes laid to confuse & waste our lives.

Let’s Evaluate how we are spending our time. 
It Matters because time is limited.

23 DAYS A YEAR SPENT ON YOUR PHONE .

A recent study by mobileinsurance.com has revealed that the average person spends 90 mins a day on their phone.

That figue may not sound like a lot but that amounts up to 23 days a year and 3.9 years of the average person’s life is spent staring at their phone screen.

So what do we spend all that time doing?

Considering its called a mobile ‘Phone’, using our mobile device to call people was actually the sixth most used function after other activities such as checking social media and gaming. Web browsing came top of the list with people spending 24% of their mobile usage time browsing the web, closely followed by time spent on apps.

With smart phones now offering alternatives for everyday household products from recipes books to flashlights, they are making other traditional devices obsolete. With 57% of people now saying they have no need for an alarm clock and 50% of people no longer wearing watches as their mobile phone is their first choice for knowing what time it is.

And it’s not only when we are awake that we are increasing our smart phone usage with sleep help apps now available, it is even creeping into our sleeping time. With the amount of things we now we rely on our smartphone to do, our amount of time attached to our phones is only going to increase. How many years of our lives will we spend on mobile phones in 10 years time?

Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

John 9:4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.



Word of the day

Demonstrating Love

In 2019 We are not short of Good News Teachers, Preachers Evangelists. The Gospel has been made available in so many ways. Yet we are short on one thing, demonstrating the gospel. One of the Key things in the Gospels is Love. The greatest commandments is Loving God & Loving Others.

God’s Word must move from the Bibles, Books, Seminars, Bible Studies, Prayer meetings & Pulpits into our hearts and from our hearts into being lived out daily. We must demonstrate what we know not just retelling it but touching other lives with it.

May the Lord help us to move from just knowing & bragging how much we know to demonstrating the Truth to those around us. How can we talk about going for Missions to Asia & Africa yet our coworkers, Church members or neighbors down the street are hurting and yet we do thing.

Matthew 25:31-36 
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
 


Word of the day

 

Jesus said, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone” (Matthew 18:15). But Proverb 19:11 says it’s to our glory to overlook an offense. How do I know when to speak up and when to just overlook something?

Indeed, Jesus plainly tells us to speak to those who’ve sinned against us, and we should definitely speak up when a Christian sins against us in a way that hurts our relationship. However, here are six offenses we might want to overlook rather than address.

Overlook What the Bible Doesn’t Call Sin

Perhaps you think that mother over there is too strict. Maybe you consider eating red meat, refined wheat, sugar, or GMO vegetables to be wrong. You might believe taking more than 24 hours to return a phone call is disrespectful. But the Bible doesn’t call any of those things sin, so keep quiet and keep the peace. In gray areas—areas on which the Scripture doesn’t speak—Romans 14 tells us to follow our conscience without criticizing those whose beliefs differ.

One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.Romans 14:2-3

Overlook Most Non-believers’ Issues

While we should talk to our unbelieving friends and relatives about things that hurt our relationship, for the most part, telling people to obey a God they don’t believe in isn’t helpful. Likewise, when people become Christians, don’t call them to account for all the things that went on before they considered Jesus to be Lord.

For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 1 Corinthians 5:12

Overlook Previous Occurrences of the Same Sin

Once someone’s apologized for something, never bring it up again: “I know you already apologized, but I’m still bugged.” If you’re still bringing it up, you haven’t forgiven, and Jesus said we must forgive someone even seventy-seven times (Matthew 18:21-34). Likewise, if someone repeats a sin, address the new issue without bringing up the past: “This is the third time you’ve done that” repeats the matter that you said you forgave.

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9

Overlook What’s Merely Meddling

Maybe your heart is breaking over your sisters who aren’t getting along. Stay out of it. Maybe you know one friend is peeved at another friend, but hasn’t told him and now she wants you to talk to him for her. Refuse and encourage her to talk lovingly to him herself. Triangular communications are often gossip and an attempt to get others to choose sides.

Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears. Proverbs 26:17

Overlook Motives

Address actions, not motives. People who think they’re skilled at “reading between the lines” or discerning hidden motives damage their relationships. “Did you start the carrots?” shouldn’t be heard as, “You think I’m a terrible cook!” Assume motives are innocent until proven otherwise.

Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.1 Corinthians 4:5

Overlook Small Issues that Don’t Matter

If your usually kind friend snaps at you after having a hard day, it’s a good time to just overlook it.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14

When in doubt, remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
 
 
source: www.jeanejones.net


Word of the day

Smooth Ways To Overlook An Insult

Proverbs 12:16 says a wise person overlooks an insult, but a fool immediately gets annoyed. Here are five ways to bring this verse to life in your own life and rise above those who try to belittle you.
 
Don’t Take Offense

When you take offense, it builds “a fence” around your heart and blocks the power of God from freely flowing. Even if someone dishes it to you, the choice is yours whether or not to take it.

Trade Places

Put yourself in their shoes. Maybe they are dealing with family stress or work pressure. Try to consider their unique situation and know that the perception is not always reality.

Benefit Of Doubt

Show mercy by not letting the insult diminish how you feel about the person. Besides, one day we will all need someone to show us the same kindness.

Humor Yourself
Laugh it off and keep it moving. This is a great way to take control of the situation and prevent yourself from harboring bitterness and anger. Don’t sweat the small stuff!
Love Again
Press the reset button in your heart and begin again. Quickly forgive and move on. Don’t let an immature moment ruin the relationship. If the same attitude reoccurs, create some distance and love from far away.
 


Word of the day

Wisdom: Overlooking Offense

Proverbs 19:11 —Good sense makes one slow to angerand it is his glory to overlook an offense.

This Proverb explores two interrelated themes — being slow to anger and overlooking an offense. These two lines of poetry should not be read as synonymous, but rather taken together, they paint a picture of how a wise man responds to wrong, and being wronged.

Preliminary Remarks

In the background of this Proverb, as with the whole book of Proverbs, is the concept of the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord can be described as a reverent-awe with reference to Yahweh, our Covenant Lord. Proverbs 1:7 begins the book by saying that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. So, we should not read anything in the book of Proverbs as being disconnected from the concept of “the fear of the Lord.”

Wisdom and Anger

This proverb is very illuminating because of what it does not say. It does not say that the wise person never gets angry, rather it says it is wise, or makes good sense, to be slow to anger.

Why, you might ask, does it make good sense to be “slow to anger”? Well, we often lack facts, we often are not able to see a situation objectively, and we are often blinded by our own pride. Rather than being quick to anger, we should strive first to listen, ask clarifying questions, and try to understand why someone might be behaving the way they are.

Overlooking an Offense

But wait. How do we really overlook an offense? There’s only one way: We can “overlook” offenses only as long as we know that there is no such thing as an overlooked offense.

Paul tells us, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord’” (Romans 12:19). Every sin — every offense against God and man — will be judged by the Lord. And we know that the judgment will happen in one of two places: either in hell or on the cross of Jesus. Our “overlooking an offense” is really our entrusting to God the role that belongs to him alone. The life of wisdom is the life of faith that yields to our sovereign and good God.

source: fighterverses.com



Word of the day

Five Happy Reasons to Overlook an Offense

The good news is that the gospel doesn’t make us less human, but more human. As followers of Jesus, we experience the full range of disappointments and emotions common to all image bearers of God. But, by God’s grace, we can learn to steward them rather than live as slaves to them. We can learn to respond as redemptively as possible, as opposed to reacting selfishly and self-righteously. And we can actually find joy when we “overlook an offense. Proberbs 19:11

Five Happy Reasons to Overlook an Offense

 

Joy in overlooking offenses? Yes. Joy from what? Let’s look at five things the Bible says can give us joy if we’re willing to receive them.

But first, let’s be clear: overlooking an offense must not be confused with submitting to abusive people or morally and ethically unacceptable circumstances. Jesus calls us to be foot washers, not doormats.

However, there are at least five reasons that joy is found in overlooking an offense.
 

1. Gospel Sensibilities

 

When we overlook an offense, we can rejoice that we’re growing gospel sensibilities and tasting true glory. The Bible says, “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11). The shorter our anger-fuse, the quicker we’ll take offense at anything and anyone. “Good sense” is gospel sense.

The more the truth of the gospel renews our minds and shapes our perspective, the quicker and easier we’ll overlook stuff. We’ll care more about honoring Jesus by our reactions to irritating people and aggravating circumstances and give up on the illusion of having a hassle-free, painless life. There is tremendous joy in caring more about God’s glory than our own reputation, convenience, and rights. God will always be most glorified in us when we are most satisfied, joyful, at peace, and free in him.

2. Owning Our Sin

 

When we overlook an offense, we can rejoice that we’re starting to acknowledge our own sin. We begin to believe that the log in our eye is a bigger issue than the speck in anyone else’s eye (Matthew 5:38–42). The freest, most joyful Christians I know are the quickest repenters. It’s not that they have less to repent of; they’re just faster at owning their sin, humbling themselves, and resting in Jesus.

As the gospel moves us from Satan’s condemnation into the Spirit’s conviction, we become more aware that we need the grace of God as much as anyone who sins against us, and there’s tremendous joy associated with that kind of humility. We take less offense and extend more grace; we are more patient and less petty; we are getting better at waiting than whining. We’re more realistic about life among ordinary sinners who, like us, love poorly — and wiser about what to take seriously, and what to completely ignore.

3. God’s Spirit at Work

 

When we overlook an offense, we can rejoice that God’s grace and Spirit are becoming more operative, transforming powers in our lives. As Christians, we are called to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Growth in grace results in our getting to know Jesus better, who desires that we will have the fullness of his joy in us (John 15:11).

And as we surrender to the work of the Spirit in our lives, he grows a vibrant crop of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and] self-control” — the very anti-fruit of an easily offended spirit (Galatians 5:22–23). The Holy Spirit also leads us into a greater experience of our sonship (Romans 8:15–17), which gives us even greater joy in seeing our Father at work in all things for our good — even in the most off-putting, irritating, and offensive scenarios (Romans 8:28). God never promised to do all things easy but all things well.

4. Freedom from Approval Seeking

 

When we overlook an offense, we can rejoice that we’re gaining freedom from living as approval seekers. Christians are a people whose joy need not be connected to what others think and say about us, or how they relate and react to us. As Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.”

To fear people isn’t so much to be afraid of them, but to esteem their approval too much. We look either to God or to people as the fountain and fuel of our joy. People always make poor saviors. We can’t freely or joyfully love anyone whom we’ve given the power to either shame us or exalt us.

5. Forgiving as the Forgiven

 

When we overlook an offense, we can rejoice that we’re getting better at forgiving others as we’ve been forgiven in Christ. There is no greater non sequitur in the entire universe, or the history of mankind, than for those of us who have been forgiven all our sins — every sinful thought, word, and deed — to withhold forgiveness from others (Matthew 18:21–35).

It was our Father’s kindness that led (and still leads) us to repentance (Romans 2:4). So where do we think our rigid, easily offended, keeping-record-of-wrongs attitudes will lead people? As Paul wrote, we are to “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). Our joy in forgiving others is directly connected to the unspeakable, glorious joy of God’s forgiveness of us and his great delight in us.
 
Source: www.desiringgod.org
 


Scripture of the day

The Love of God.

The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying:“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3
 


Word of the Day

All things are possible with God

When we pray, we see the impossible happen. May the Lord be glorified for His doing amongst His people.

If you have an impossible situation, I submit to you that we serve a Miracle working God.

Luke 18:27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
 


Word of the Day

The Power of Commitment

David’s commitment to serve King Saul in a very harsh environment is just amazing. David’s gifting made a way for him to serve in the Palace. When he got there, it was nothing close to what he signed for. As he played the harp & Lyre, his life was threatened by the very King he was serving. There were eleven attempts to kill him but by God’s grace he survived. No one can thwart God’s plan for your life no matter who they are.
The amazing thing was that David never quit serving, he was committed to his assignment. The question is, why didn’t he quit?

1.He knew the “why”.
He understood his purpose of his assignment. When you know your purpose in the place of your assignment, you don’t stop being committed.

2.He was a man of Prayer.
He spent many hours in the Lords presence. It is in prayer we find comfort, strength, peace, direction, wisdom and counsel. You will stay committed to God’s purpose if you are constantly in prayer.

3.He found a destiny helper.
David service and commitment was made possible because he found a destiny helper in Jonathan, King Saul’s son.
Life can be tough when you are walking alone.
Find someone who is real that you can share your heart and also they are willing to help you.
Jonathan was David’s destiny helper.
We have many destiny killers around us, find a destiny helper.
May the Lord give you the tenacity to stay committed even in harsh environment like David.

Samuel 19:1-3
Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David 2 and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there. 3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I’ll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out.”
 



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