Esteem Yourself In Jesus

2018-09-10 18-06-26When Jesus died on that cross that fateful day, like a whirling wind, the sin of the world cycloned into His glorious body. All our weaknesses, depression, low self esteem and insecurities crashed into Him. When I take a postmortem on myself, so many miniscule and gigantic flaws come to life. This can result to actually being depressed but I thank God for what He did. I always  make reference on what Jesus did after He was resurrected. He visited the disciples where they were hiding in fear of the Jews, He told them to be at peace and showed His pierced nailed hands, this brought a sense of easement to the disciples. So this is what do when I need to see Jesus and not myself. Envision Him and His bruised body, now glorified and on the right hand of the Father.My esteem should be on what He did for me.

1Corinthians 1, 17: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” Let’s take a look at Paul. He says that he doesn’t want to make the cross of Christ of non effect by depending on his ability of delivering a good speech. Paul is so assured that his esteem should not come from what he does. No. Isn’t that what we do as people, we turn to take great pride in the title of a job we have. We feel highly esteemed when we have a good looking life partner. When the kids are straight A students. It’s not wrong to have all that in perspective but it’s wrong when we lean our confidence and  esteem on them.

I know that social convention dictates that we should have good things and I am not insisting that we dream any less about increasing ourselves but we should be careful that our esteem shouldn’t be high as a prerequisite of having much or having a good career.

1 Corinthians 1: 31: “That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” Paul seemed to be so much about really taking joy in Jesus. What I want is for us to be like Paul, let’s glory in God, that is where we take our esteem. If we let our esteem lean against how we look like, where we work, what kind of job we work in, what we are going through right now, then if things go down South, against the expected results, depression leaks in. Depression is real and it seems to be taking it’s toll in these modern days.

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Depression is when you think you won’t ever be happy in your life.  When you see a clear cut vision of stangnancy in your unfortunate time and you see no resolution for the problem at hand. It will start as a low self-esteem which will depreciate into depression. Depression then results in suicidal thoughts. I know of people that decided to take their lives due to depression. I believe that once we turn our eyes away from us and focus intently on Jesus, low self-esteem would deteriorate. The Gospel of Jesus is the key to breaking such bondages. Writers, let’s be unapologetic about the effect of the cross of Jesus. Likewise to evangelists, preachers, film directors. Let’s deliver this good news with the power of Jesus.

Romans 1, 16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Indeed the power of the cross is undeniable. Just like Paul. Let’s put this in our minds and be assertive about it.

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Take pride in what Jesus did. Busk in it and enjoy it to the full. Jesus has mastered and taken all the depression and insecurity of all people of this world on His bruised body. Just  one person kills himself, he can’t handle his burden and he decides to end it, if only that person knew that his troubles are on Jesus already. So just imagine the insecurities and depressions of the entire world on Him while a single person can’t deal with their own troubles. Jesus took your troubles and insecurities on HIMSELF. He didn’t just do that, He took the entire world’s worth of burden.

Jesus, Our Net Of Peace

2018-09-06 10-48-52Matthew 4, 18:   “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.19:And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.  20: And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”  This is what happened to the fishermen. Jesus told them to follow Him, knowing very well that these men depended on fishing. They certainly have been fishermen for a while, however, they were struggling to have a catch. These men had their families to take care of, but still, Jesus all knowing, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent insisted that this pair of fishermen to follow Him.

Then just after He asked them to follow Him, He came to another pair of striving fishermen, in anticipation for a catch in order to support their loved ones. Matthew 4, 21: “And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.22: And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.” They were fixing their nets. Things seemed not to be going well for this pair of fishermen. Jesus seeing their struggle, He called them and without hesitation, they followed Him.

This goes to most of us today, we turn to be so busy fixating on making a living just as the likes of Peter. We could be soaked in our careers and yet we seem to be lacking peace, joy, true liberation and total fruition. True meaning of purpose is not only about being consumed in our careers. True meaning of life , 2000 years ago was following Jesus, the world of life. Still, to this day of millenials,  true meaning of life and joy is possessed through the word of God. The ultimate way today of following Jesus today is loving and soaking in His word. JESUS, THE WORD MADE FLESH.

One other way we turn to be thwarted from joy and a liberal life is being like the like a of James. Too hectic fondling and trying to patch where our career lack in order to have our own catch of fruition. I am not saying it is wrong to try and improve on your desired career to make a better living, 100% no. You can, like James,try and neat pick your career to perfect it and lack so much peace and joy or you can like Peter,try your utmost to pocesss more and still lack so much peace.

This may be controversial to say, but nonetheless so true, Jesus our keeper of peace is  so much more valuable than our careers can ever be. The word of God is so valuable.Regardless how fruitful your career may be, you can lack so much peace and life, but Jesus will make you enjoy your career to the highest heights. On the other hand, you can struggle and not be abounding in the physical but Jesus can cause you to have peace while you believe for your breakthrough.

Jesus Is Lord

Temptations

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I remember as a kid, about 7 years old, my mother bought me three huge cookies as my lunch meal for school. They were really my favorite cookies, very friendly to my mouth. She put  them in the cupboard, she then stepped outside for a couple of minutes. I couldn’t stop thinking about the cookies that were put in the cupboard. Not just cookies but my favorite cookies. I could not hold the desire. I tiptoed to the cupboard, I took a pinch. After a few minutes, I took another pinch. Then the second pinch was preceded by a couple more pinches until  3 cookies were down to just one cookie. I was not able to hold the urge that danced in my salivary glands. Then reality hit, I felt so guilty, so condemned.

This is how temptation starts. A week ago, I heard a rather erroneous concept. It got me thinking and wanting to find whether or not it’s true. The person who was delivering this information read from Matthew  4:1: “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” He said if Jesus was led by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted, then we as well will be led into temptation by God. It really didn’t sit well with me. “How could God do this?” I asked myself. I,  in an affirmed contradiction believe that Jesus was led by Spirit to be tempted so that today, we could not face that. He was taking us out of that curse.

Yes, it’s no secret that we do get tempted, but that is not something that is led by God AT ALL. Matthew 6:13:  “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” In the words of the King of Kings, He said when we pray, we should pray that God should not lead us into temptation. Why would He be led by the Spirit and just two chapters ahead tell us to pray not to be led into temptation. He knew that what He was led into, God would not  put that unto us.

James 1: 13:  “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” Let’s take a look at this scripture, it is so simple and straight forward, God would not tempt us in what so ever way.  James 1:14: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”  So simple, just like when I was drawn by my own lust of the cookies. My mother did not in way put the cookies in the cupboard to tempt me. No, definitely no ways. My lust of cookies caused me  not to stop thinking about the cookies. God would not say, “I will put this lady who is not your wife before you just to test whether you really love your wife.” Definitely not. Only your lust will jump out to desire the woman who is not your wife.

1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”  If it were possible that God tempts us, why would He lead you into temptation and then create an escape way path. James 1:14:  “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” It does not say every man is tempted when God leads them into temptation.

God is a God of Peace and Grace. Jesus paid and did so much that we could not face that. And always, His Grace Is sufficient to create an escape for you when you are tempted.