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In this world, we will meet situations which require forgiveness. Pain is inevitable, and holding on to past hurts is harmful to health. One needs to learn to let go of negative feelings which may cause anxiety and depression. Forgiveness is a topic Christ addressed more often. Forgiveness and faith go together. Christ’s greatest demonstration of forgiveness is at the cross when He asks His heavenly father to forgive those who crucified Him. “…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” Luke 23:34. This example shows that it is possible to forgive even those who do not know they are doing wrong. 

Forgiveness has no conditions. One can freely extend forgiveness to the offender without the offender asking for it. Christ died for everyone, including those who died for Him.

And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. - Ephesians 4:32

To forgive means to pardon someone from the wrong they have done. It means to show compassion. It means to let go of feelings of anger and bitterness. Forgiveness may mean forgiving someone for the wrong they have done, or you may be the one being forgiven. When you forgive, you become a better person because you are set free.

Why forgiveness is required

Forgiveness sets us free. It allows us to move forward with life. “Forgiveness is an act of liberation. It frees us from feelings which are toxic to the soul and allows us to move forward in our life and faith.” Edward Grinnan, Guideposts.Without forgiveness it is impossible to experience joy in Christ. If we do not forgive others, we will not be forgiven of our sins. Mark 11:25-26. Research also shows that there are physical and mental health benefits of forgiveness. Christ understood the importance of forgiveness in healing. He would forgive sins and heal at the same time. True forgiveness offers peace. Colossians 3:13-15. 

Holding on to unforgiveness can stop our prayers from being answered. In the parable of the unforgiving servant, (Matthew 18:23-35) Christ explains what can happen when we do not forgive. In the parable, the king pardoned the servant for failing to pay his debt, but the same servant did not forgive one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred pence. When the king heard all that the unforgiving servant had done, he asked him why he did not forgive his fellow servant as he had done. This servant failed to show compassion to his fellow servant. The king then delivered him to his tormentors until he had paid everything he owed. In the same manner, if we do not forgive others, we cannot expect forgiveness from the Lord. In this parable, the king represents Christ who is forgiving. The servant owed a lot, but the king forgave him. Christ extends His forgiveness to us if we go to Him in faith. He cancelled the debt by dying on the cross.

The story of Joseph is another example of true forgiveness. True forgiveness is when one forgives completely. Although Joseph had completely forgiven his brothers, they were still guilty of the wrong they had done him. Joseph had moved on and chosen to leave everything to the Lord. The Lord was with him and he prospered in everything. Had Joseph decided to hold on to unforgiveness, maybe he would not have fulfilled the plans God had for him.

Christ is involved in the ministry of reconciliation, “And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15. We can learn true forgiveness from God who reconciled the world to Himself by sending His Son to die on the cross. Therefore, we have no reason not to forgive.

"...The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity..." Exodus 34:6-7

We can draw many important lessons about forgiveness in the Bible. In Matthew 5, Christ teaches about beatitudes, reconciliation, oaths and retaliation, prayer and fasting among other lessons. In all this, Christ taught forgiveness by His example. “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not his mouth.” Isaiah 53:7. Christ did not retaliate when persecuted, instead He chose to forgive. Without humility, it is impossible to forgive. We are to follow His example of humility in all situations. Forgiveness knows no bounds. We are encouraged to forgive as many times as possible. Luke 17:4.

Christ has the power to forgive. He offers forgiveness as a gift. He is able to help those who are struggling to forgive. No one is beyond God’s forgiveness.

Suko


Why forgiveness is powerful

 



In this world, we will meet situations which require forgiveness. Pain is inevitable, and holding on to past hurts is harmful to health. One needs to learn to let go of negative feelings which may cause anxiety and depression. Forgiveness is a topic Christ addressed more often. Forgiveness and faith go together. Christ’s greatest demonstration of forgiveness is at the cross when He asks His heavenly father to forgive those who crucified Him. “…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” Luke 23:34. This example shows that it is possible to forgive even those who do not know they are doing wrong. 

Forgiveness has no conditions. One can freely extend forgiveness to the offender without the offender asking for it. Christ died for everyone, including those who died for Him.

And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. - Ephesians 4:32

To forgive means to pardon someone from the wrong they have done. It means to show compassion. It means to let go of feelings of anger and bitterness. Forgiveness may mean forgiving someone for the wrong they have done, or you may be the one being forgiven. When you forgive, you become a better person because you are set free.

Why forgiveness is required

Forgiveness sets us free. It allows us to move forward with life. “Forgiveness is an act of liberation. It frees us from feelings which are toxic to the soul and allows us to move forward in our life and faith.” Edward Grinnan, Guideposts.Without forgiveness it is impossible to experience joy in Christ. If we do not forgive others, we will not be forgiven of our sins. Mark 11:25-26. Research also shows that there are physical and mental health benefits of forgiveness. Christ understood the importance of forgiveness in healing. He would forgive sins and heal at the same time. True forgiveness offers peace. Colossians 3:13-15. 

Holding on to unforgiveness can stop our prayers from being answered. In the parable of the unforgiving servant, (Matthew 18:23-35) Christ explains what can happen when we do not forgive. In the parable, the king pardoned the servant for failing to pay his debt, but the same servant did not forgive one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred pence. When the king heard all that the unforgiving servant had done, he asked him why he did not forgive his fellow servant as he had done. This servant failed to show compassion to his fellow servant. The king then delivered him to his tormentors until he had paid everything he owed. In the same manner, if we do not forgive others, we cannot expect forgiveness from the Lord. In this parable, the king represents Christ who is forgiving. The servant owed a lot, but the king forgave him. Christ extends His forgiveness to us if we go to Him in faith. He cancelled the debt by dying on the cross.

The story of Joseph is another example of true forgiveness. True forgiveness is when one forgives completely. Although Joseph had completely forgiven his brothers, they were still guilty of the wrong they had done him. Joseph had moved on and chosen to leave everything to the Lord. The Lord was with him and he prospered in everything. Had Joseph decided to hold on to unforgiveness, maybe he would not have fulfilled the plans God had for him.

Christ is involved in the ministry of reconciliation, “And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15. We can learn true forgiveness from God who reconciled the world to Himself by sending His Son to die on the cross. Therefore, we have no reason not to forgive.

"...The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity..." Exodus 34:6-7

We can draw many important lessons about forgiveness in the Bible. In Matthew 5, Christ teaches about beatitudes, reconciliation, oaths and retaliation, prayer and fasting among other lessons. In all this, Christ taught forgiveness by His example. “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not his mouth.” Isaiah 53:7. Christ did not retaliate when persecuted, instead He chose to forgive. Without humility, it is impossible to forgive. We are to follow His example of humility in all situations. Forgiveness knows no bounds. We are encouraged to forgive as many times as possible. Luke 17:4.

Christ has the power to forgive. He offers forgiveness as a gift. He is able to help those who are struggling to forgive. No one is beyond God’s forgiveness.

Suko


 


Did you know that culinary herbs and spices have been used for centuries in the kitchen? Many of these herbs can be used for both cooking as well as for medicinal purposes. Culinary herbs are tiny plants used in cooking. Most herbs have antibacterial properties and are also high in antioxidants. There are many types of herbs and spices on the market today. There are even oils made from some herbs. According to Monica Auslander Moreno, an adjunct Professor of Nutrition at the University of Miami, “Herbs and spices make food tastier while boosting your health.”

Herbs and spices can be used either in their fresh or dried form. Dried herbs are commonly used in the cooking process because of their concentrated flavor, and they can last longer if stored properly. It is advisable to use a tiny amount when using dried herbs. Fresh herbs are usually used towards the end of the cooking process as a garnish. Fresh herbs also need to be stored properly or they will not last long.

Apart from flavouring food, herbs and spices help fight inflammation in the body all because they contain phytochemicals. Culinary herbs and spices make it easier to cut back on unhealthy ingredients like salt. It is not good to flavor food with too much salt. Flavouring food with herbs and spices is much better.

In this post, I will share only 10 commonly used herbs and spices and their uses. 



Parsley

Parsley is a soft herb commonly used in salads and as a garnish. It is rich in Vitamin A, C and K. It is also natural diuretic. Parsley can also be found in dried form.



Chives

Chives are commonly used in salads, dips and sauces. They are also used as  a garnish. Chives have antibacterial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. Chives also help improve digestion.

Rosemary

Rosemary is a woody herb commonly used in breads and soups. It can help improve blood circulation. It also has anti-inflammatory compounds. Studies also show that rosemary supports memory and concentration.

Dill

Dill is a soft herb commonly used in salads and dips in the Middle Eastern dishes. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps boost digestion.

Mint

Mint is a soft herb commonly used in beverages like tea, salads and curries. It is good for regulating digestion and also helps with nausea.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a herb containing curcumin, a powerful antioxidant which supports the body’s inflammatory response. It is good to include turmeric in your daily diet. Turmeric helps the liver get rid of harmful compounds.



Garlic

Garlic is considered a natural antibiotic. It is high in sulphur which helps in the detoxification process. Garlic is believed have many health benefits including boosting immunity. It is good to include garlic in your diet.


Ginger

Studies show that ginger is good for digestion, can help reduce nausea, can help fight flu and common cold, and also helps with circulation and sweating.

Coriander/Cilantro

Coriander is a soft herb commonly used in soups, curries and salads. Its leaves are rich in Vitamin C and K. It is also rich in anti-oxidants and is packed with other minerals such as iron.

Basil

Basil is a soft herb commonly used in pesto and pasta sauces, pizza, salads. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It is a natural anti-oxidant.

If you are new to using culinary herbs in cooking, you can try experimenting with them each time you are cooking. “You should be cooking with herbs and spices regularly – and, if possible, using several at a time.” advises Moreno, a Professor of Nutrition. You can choose the best options you have. Please note that these herbs are not a substitute for medication. 

Suko




Herbs and spices for the kitchen

 


Did you know that culinary herbs and spices have been used for centuries in the kitchen? Many of these herbs can be used for both cooking as well as for medicinal purposes. Culinary herbs are tiny plants used in cooking. Most herbs have antibacterial properties and are also high in antioxidants. There are many types of herbs and spices on the market today. There are even oils made from some herbs. According to Monica Auslander Moreno, an adjunct Professor of Nutrition at the University of Miami, “Herbs and spices make food tastier while boosting your health.”

Herbs and spices can be used either in their fresh or dried form. Dried herbs are commonly used in the cooking process because of their concentrated flavor, and they can last longer if stored properly. It is advisable to use a tiny amount when using dried herbs. Fresh herbs are usually used towards the end of the cooking process as a garnish. Fresh herbs also need to be stored properly or they will not last long.

Apart from flavouring food, herbs and spices help fight inflammation in the body all because they contain phytochemicals. Culinary herbs and spices make it easier to cut back on unhealthy ingredients like salt. It is not good to flavor food with too much salt. Flavouring food with herbs and spices is much better.

In this post, I will share only 10 commonly used herbs and spices and their uses. 



Parsley

Parsley is a soft herb commonly used in salads and as a garnish. It is rich in Vitamin A, C and K. It is also natural diuretic. Parsley can also be found in dried form.



Chives

Chives are commonly used in salads, dips and sauces. They are also used as  a garnish. Chives have antibacterial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. Chives also help improve digestion.

Rosemary

Rosemary is a woody herb commonly used in breads and soups. It can help improve blood circulation. It also has anti-inflammatory compounds. Studies also show that rosemary supports memory and concentration.

Dill

Dill is a soft herb commonly used in salads and dips in the Middle Eastern dishes. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps boost digestion.

Mint

Mint is a soft herb commonly used in beverages like tea, salads and curries. It is good for regulating digestion and also helps with nausea.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a herb containing curcumin, a powerful antioxidant which supports the body’s inflammatory response. It is good to include turmeric in your daily diet. Turmeric helps the liver get rid of harmful compounds.



Garlic

Garlic is considered a natural antibiotic. It is high in sulphur which helps in the detoxification process. Garlic is believed have many health benefits including boosting immunity. It is good to include garlic in your diet.


Ginger

Studies show that ginger is good for digestion, can help reduce nausea, can help fight flu and common cold, and also helps with circulation and sweating.

Coriander/Cilantro

Coriander is a soft herb commonly used in soups, curries and salads. Its leaves are rich in Vitamin C and K. It is also rich in anti-oxidants and is packed with other minerals such as iron.

Basil

Basil is a soft herb commonly used in pesto and pasta sauces, pizza, salads. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It is a natural anti-oxidant.

If you are new to using culinary herbs in cooking, you can try experimenting with them each time you are cooking. “You should be cooking with herbs and spices regularly – and, if possible, using several at a time.” advises Moreno, a Professor of Nutrition. You can choose the best options you have. Please note that these herbs are not a substitute for medication. 

Suko





Have you ever wondered how people in Biblical times addressed their health needs? Were there any doctors then? It is sometimes hard to imagine a world without modern medicine. Despite what is happening in the world around us, the Bible remains relevant for our time. It is where we get useful advice concerning our day-to-day lives. Health is another important aspect addressed in the Bible.

God is the creator of the universe. All life comes from Him. He knows what is good for our health and what is not. The books of Moses are filled with amazing health principles. Where did Moses get these health principles from? According to an article in  Ministry Magazine, "The basic concept of Mosaic medicine was that Jehovah, the one and only true God, not only was the source of all health, but possessed the only effective power over disease." In order to be healthy, one had to obey the Levitical code.

In this post, I will highlight a few health principles from the Bible.

Healing comes from God. He wants to save us for we cannot save ourselves. John 10:10

Health matters to the Lord. He is concerned about all aspects of our well-being and not just spiritual health. He wants us to lead healthy and happy lifestyles. This can be comforting because in this world, there is a lot of suffering. 

The Bible addresses many health aspects including hygiene laws, sanitation and proper diet laws, just to mention a few. These laws are meant to help people live healthy livesThis does not always mean sickness is a punishment from the Lord, nor does it mean God's people will never be affected by any kind of sickness. Moses was ahead of our time in addressing communicable diseases. Leviticus 13-14. 

In Biblical times, leprosy was common. It was a contagious disease. People who had leprosy were required to self-isolate. Leviticus 13:46. When they were healed, then they were allowed back into the community. Quarantine is not new. Self-isolating was a way of quarantine. Priests had the task of inspecting lepers and those who were healed from leprosy. Leviticus 13:13. In the New Testament, we see Jesus healing the lepers, showing that God is able to heal all manner of diseases. He tells the lepers to go and show themselves to the Priests. Luke 17:14. Why would Jesus refer them back to the Priests?


In the Bible, Priests had the task of officiating at different religious ceremonies. They also had to inspect the lepers. When inspecting the lepers, they had to make sure lepers were totally healed before they accepted them back into society. Jesus heals the lepers and tells them to go and show themselves to the Priests. Jesus, the Healer, understood the laws of that time. He knew that procedure had to be followed concerning quarantine and healing. According to an article in Ministry Magazine, "...it was not admissible that the heart and the mind could be pure without cleanliness of the body." The focus was on the whole person. Priests only inspected the leper and interceded through sacrifices, and healing came from Jehovah.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2

What the Bible says about diet

God, the creator of the universe gave us diet laws to follow. He specified the types of foods to eat and to avoid. The diet prescribed in the Bible was mainly composed of grains, nuts, pulse, seeds, fruits and vegetables. In Biblical times, people lived longer than us. It is possible that their diet and proper adherence to hygiene laws could have also contributed to their longer life span. Still, the lifespan is decreasing all the time. Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years, Seth lived nine hundred and twelve years, Enoch lived three hundred and sixty five years, Abraham lived one hundred and seventy five years and David lived for seventy years. 


The story of Daniel and his Hebrew friends shows how they honored God in everything including their diet. Scripture tells us that they chose not to defile themselves with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank. Daniel 1:8. Instead, they preferred pulse and water. At the the end of their ten day period, their countenances appeared fairer and fatter, Daniel 1:15. "...God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams." Daniel 1:17. The king found them ten times better than magicians and astrologers in matters of wisdom and understanding. This shows that a healthy diet is not only good for the body, but also for the mind as well.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

The Lord wants us to honor Him in everything we do, including in how we eat. Health laws are for our own good. God is concerned about about our physical health the same way He is concerned about our spiritual health.  

Suko











Health in the Bible


Have you ever wondered how people in Biblical times addressed their health needs? Were there any doctors then? It is sometimes hard to imagine a world without modern medicine. Despite what is happening in the world around us, the Bible remains relevant for our time. It is where we get useful advice concerning our day-to-day lives. Health is another important aspect addressed in the Bible.

God is the creator of the universe. All life comes from Him. He knows what is good for our health and what is not. The books of Moses are filled with amazing health principles. Where did Moses get these health principles from? According to an article in  Ministry Magazine, "The basic concept of Mosaic medicine was that Jehovah, the one and only true God, not only was the source of all health, but possessed the only effective power over disease." In order to be healthy, one had to obey the Levitical code.

In this post, I will highlight a few health principles from the Bible.

Healing comes from God. He wants to save us for we cannot save ourselves. John 10:10

Health matters to the Lord. He is concerned about all aspects of our well-being and not just spiritual health. He wants us to lead healthy and happy lifestyles. This can be comforting because in this world, there is a lot of suffering. 

The Bible addresses many health aspects including hygiene laws, sanitation and proper diet laws, just to mention a few. These laws are meant to help people live healthy livesThis does not always mean sickness is a punishment from the Lord, nor does it mean God's people will never be affected by any kind of sickness. Moses was ahead of our time in addressing communicable diseases. Leviticus 13-14. 

In Biblical times, leprosy was common. It was a contagious disease. People who had leprosy were required to self-isolate. Leviticus 13:46. When they were healed, then they were allowed back into the community. Quarantine is not new. Self-isolating was a way of quarantine. Priests had the task of inspecting lepers and those who were healed from leprosy. Leviticus 13:13. In the New Testament, we see Jesus healing the lepers, showing that God is able to heal all manner of diseases. He tells the lepers to go and show themselves to the Priests. Luke 17:14. Why would Jesus refer them back to the Priests?


In the Bible, Priests had the task of officiating at different religious ceremonies. They also had to inspect the lepers. When inspecting the lepers, they had to make sure lepers were totally healed before they accepted them back into society. Jesus heals the lepers and tells them to go and show themselves to the Priests. Jesus, the Healer, understood the laws of that time. He knew that procedure had to be followed concerning quarantine and healing. According to an article in Ministry Magazine, "...it was not admissible that the heart and the mind could be pure without cleanliness of the body." The focus was on the whole person. Priests only inspected the leper and interceded through sacrifices, and healing came from Jehovah.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2

What the Bible says about diet

God, the creator of the universe gave us diet laws to follow. He specified the types of foods to eat and to avoid. The diet prescribed in the Bible was mainly composed of grains, nuts, pulse, seeds, fruits and vegetables. In Biblical times, people lived longer than us. It is possible that their diet and proper adherence to hygiene laws could have also contributed to their longer life span. Still, the lifespan is decreasing all the time. Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years, Seth lived nine hundred and twelve years, Enoch lived three hundred and sixty five years, Abraham lived one hundred and seventy five years and David lived for seventy years. 


The story of Daniel and his Hebrew friends shows how they honored God in everything including their diet. Scripture tells us that they chose not to defile themselves with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank. Daniel 1:8. Instead, they preferred pulse and water. At the the end of their ten day period, their countenances appeared fairer and fatter, Daniel 1:15. "...God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams." Daniel 1:17. The king found them ten times better than magicians and astrologers in matters of wisdom and understanding. This shows that a healthy diet is not only good for the body, but also for the mind as well.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

The Lord wants us to honor Him in everything we do, including in how we eat. Health laws are for our own good. God is concerned about about our physical health the same way He is concerned about our spiritual health.  

Suko











 


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The Bible is full of amazing women who were committed followers of God. From Queens and princesses to ordinary women, these women were willing to be used by God in their lives. These amazing women were receptive to the word of God, moved in faith and trusted God to do the impossible. They followed Christ, even to the cross, "There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James..." Mark 15:40. 

These women had faith that Christ would rise again. At the end of the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James and Salome were the first to visit the tomb, with spices to anoint Him. When everyone else had deserted Christ during difficult moments, these women were brave enough to still seek Him. They were the first to proclaim the good news of Christ's resurrection. Even today, we can still learn from the example of these women of faith.

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Mary of Bethany

She is the sister to Martha and Lazarus. Christ would spend some of the time in their home. Mary's family was hospitable. She loved the Lord and sat at His feet while listening to His Word. She did not seem bothered by everything around her, but seemed content to listen to the Word of God. Mary is humble and has a teachable spirit. Christ commends her for choosing the best place.

Mary of Nazareth

She is the mother of Jesus and husband to Joseph. She knew the scriptures and believed in them. She is obedient to the call to be mother to the Messiah. Mary is a humble follower. She accepts the responsibility to bring up Christ in the ways of the Lord. Her child grows both in wisdom and stature. She is supportive of her son's ministry. At the wedding of Cana, when the people run short of wine, she tells them to do whatever Jesus tells them. Mary is also present at the crucifixion of Christ.

Jochebed

Jochebed is Amram's wife and daughter of Levi. She is the mother of Moses, Aaron and Miriam. Jochebed is a woman of faith because when she saw that her child was a "proper child", she hid him for three months. Pharaoh had ordered that all male Hebrew children be killed. In hiding her child, she was trying to protect him from being killed. When she could not hide him anymore, she placed him in a basket and took him to River Nile. Pharaoh's daughter rescues the child and asks Miriam to find a Hebrew nurse for him. Miriam suggests Jochebed, her mother as the baby's nurse. Jochebed nurses her own child. Jochebed chooses to trust God even in difficult situations. She trusted that God would deliver her child, and she hid him. She protected her child, and provided for him in her unique ways. She was also there to nurse him. Jochebed's child is delivered and is also used by God later on to deliver her people. She is a mother with amazing faith. 

Lydia

Lydia is a businesswoman. She is a seller of purple. Lydia is receptive to God's Word. Her heart is open to receiving Paul's message. She has a desire to know more about God's truth. Lydia got baptized together with her household. Lydia is also hospitable. She invites laborers for the truth into her house. She is supportive to God's mission. Lydia demonstrates that there are many ways of supporting mission. She is hospitable to Paul and the other laborers by opening her house for use. She demonstrates that it is possible to serve God in any career or trade.

Esther

Her real name is Hadassah. She is a Jewish young lady who is orphaned at an early age. She grew up with her uncle Mordecai and took counsel from him. Esther becomes a queen. She does not reveal her Jewish identity as advised by her uncle.  When Haman plots to have all Jews killed, she asks her people to pray and fast for her. She is a strong believer of intercessory prayer. Esther puts her life at risk to save her people. Her story shows that God is present in every stage of our lives. It is clear that she believed in God, even from childhood. Her situation did not stop her from trusting in God. Esther is a perfect example of faith. She demonstrates that it is possible to carry out God's will in any area. She is not discouraged by her circumstances, but chooses to move in faith. Her story shows that one should use their position to influence for good.

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Dorcas 

Dorcas or Tabitha is a disciple who was known for her charitable work. She lived in the town of Joppa. One day she became sick and died. She was resurrected and many people believed. Dorcas is a good example of a woman who met the needs of her community. Her resurrection was known throughout Joppa. It seems she made an impact in her community by her charitable work. She did not live for herself, but reached out to those in need.

Priscilla

Priscilla is always mentioned alongside her husband Aquila. Sometimes she is referred to as Prisca. Paul described the couple as his helpers in Jesus Christ. Romans 16:3. They are hospitable to Paul and supportive to his ministry. Their home is open to Paul. He stays with them because they are all tent makers. The couple later on establishes a church in their house. Priscilla is a godly woman who is supportive of God's work. She is also hospitable as she opens her home to Paul and other believers. She is dedicated to serving the Lord with her talents. She seems to have an understanding of scripture. One time, Priscilla and her husband met Apollos who was an eloquent man and mighty in scriptures. They took Apollos aside and explained the way of the Lord more perfectly to him. Priscilla is an example of a woman who is both hospitable and also knowledgeable in scripture.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. Psalms 46:5

The Lord used many of the women to further the gospel. These amazing women and many more in the Bible demonstrate that it is possible to serve the Lord fully. Some of the women show support to the gospel by being hospitable. They even open their homes to the laborers in the gospel. Some of them risk their lives for the gospel. We can be inspired by their example of faith.

 Suko 





Amazing women in the Bible

 


Goodsalt images

The Bible is full of amazing women who were committed followers of God. From Queens and princesses to ordinary women, these women were willing to be used by God in their lives. These amazing women were receptive to the word of God, moved in faith and trusted God to do the impossible. They followed Christ, even to the cross, "There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James..." Mark 15:40. 

These women had faith that Christ would rise again. At the end of the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James and Salome were the first to visit the tomb, with spices to anoint Him. When everyone else had deserted Christ during difficult moments, these women were brave enough to still seek Him. They were the first to proclaim the good news of Christ's resurrection. Even today, we can still learn from the example of these women of faith.

Goodsalt images

Mary of Bethany

She is the sister to Martha and Lazarus. Christ would spend some of the time in their home. Mary's family was hospitable. She loved the Lord and sat at His feet while listening to His Word. She did not seem bothered by everything around her, but seemed content to listen to the Word of God. Mary is humble and has a teachable spirit. Christ commends her for choosing the best place.

Mary of Nazareth

She is the mother of Jesus and husband to Joseph. She knew the scriptures and believed in them. She is obedient to the call to be mother to the Messiah. Mary is a humble follower. She accepts the responsibility to bring up Christ in the ways of the Lord. Her child grows both in wisdom and stature. She is supportive of her son's ministry. At the wedding of Cana, when the people run short of wine, she tells them to do whatever Jesus tells them. Mary is also present at the crucifixion of Christ.

Jochebed

Jochebed is Amram's wife and daughter of Levi. She is the mother of Moses, Aaron and Miriam. Jochebed is a woman of faith because when she saw that her child was a "proper child", she hid him for three months. Pharaoh had ordered that all male Hebrew children be killed. In hiding her child, she was trying to protect him from being killed. When she could not hide him anymore, she placed him in a basket and took him to River Nile. Pharaoh's daughter rescues the child and asks Miriam to find a Hebrew nurse for him. Miriam suggests Jochebed, her mother as the baby's nurse. Jochebed nurses her own child. Jochebed chooses to trust God even in difficult situations. She trusted that God would deliver her child, and she hid him. She protected her child, and provided for him in her unique ways. She was also there to nurse him. Jochebed's child is delivered and is also used by God later on to deliver her people. She is a mother with amazing faith. 

Lydia

Lydia is a businesswoman. She is a seller of purple. Lydia is receptive to God's Word. Her heart is open to receiving Paul's message. She has a desire to know more about God's truth. Lydia got baptized together with her household. Lydia is also hospitable. She invites laborers for the truth into her house. She is supportive to God's mission. Lydia demonstrates that there are many ways of supporting mission. She is hospitable to Paul and the other laborers by opening her house for use. She demonstrates that it is possible to serve God in any career or trade.

Esther

Her real name is Hadassah. She is a Jewish young lady who is orphaned at an early age. She grew up with her uncle Mordecai and took counsel from him. Esther becomes a queen. She does not reveal her Jewish identity as advised by her uncle.  When Haman plots to have all Jews killed, she asks her people to pray and fast for her. She is a strong believer of intercessory prayer. Esther puts her life at risk to save her people. Her story shows that God is present in every stage of our lives. It is clear that she believed in God, even from childhood. Her situation did not stop her from trusting in God. Esther is a perfect example of faith. She demonstrates that it is possible to carry out God's will in any area. She is not discouraged by her circumstances, but chooses to move in faith. Her story shows that one should use their position to influence for good.

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Dorcas 

Dorcas or Tabitha is a disciple who was known for her charitable work. She lived in the town of Joppa. One day she became sick and died. She was resurrected and many people believed. Dorcas is a good example of a woman who met the needs of her community. Her resurrection was known throughout Joppa. It seems she made an impact in her community by her charitable work. She did not live for herself, but reached out to those in need.

Priscilla

Priscilla is always mentioned alongside her husband Aquila. Sometimes she is referred to as Prisca. Paul described the couple as his helpers in Jesus Christ. Romans 16:3. They are hospitable to Paul and supportive to his ministry. Their home is open to Paul. He stays with them because they are all tent makers. The couple later on establishes a church in their house. Priscilla is a godly woman who is supportive of God's work. She is also hospitable as she opens her home to Paul and other believers. She is dedicated to serving the Lord with her talents. She seems to have an understanding of scripture. One time, Priscilla and her husband met Apollos who was an eloquent man and mighty in scriptures. They took Apollos aside and explained the way of the Lord more perfectly to him. Priscilla is an example of a woman who is both hospitable and also knowledgeable in scripture.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. Psalms 46:5

The Lord used many of the women to further the gospel. These amazing women and many more in the Bible demonstrate that it is possible to serve the Lord fully. Some of the women show support to the gospel by being hospitable. They even open their homes to the laborers in the gospel. Some of them risk their lives for the gospel. We can be inspired by their example of faith.

 Suko 







The Bend in the Road

Sometimes we come to life's crossroads
And we view what we think is the end.
But God has a much wider vision
And He knows its only a bend-
The road will go on and get smoother
And after we've stopped for a rest,
The path that lies hidden beyond us
Is often the path that is best.
So rest and relax and grow stronger,
Let go and let God share your load
And have faith in a brighter tomorrow.
You've just come to a bend in the road.

Helen Steiner Rice

Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel. It keeps one going. Hope keeps one looking forward to tomorrow knowing that God is always in control. He is busy at work even when we do not realize it. David, in Psalms 23 describes how the Lord is a good shepherd. The Lord provides for him and leads him to safety. Even when faced with danger, the Psalmist fears nothing. We need to stay hopeful because God knows our situations. Nothing takes Him by surprise. He makes a way even where there seems to be no way. Never lose hope because God is watching over you.

In this post I will share 10 Bible Verses about hope


1. Titus 2:13


2. Psalms 31:24



3. Psalms 130:5



4. Matthew 5:4


5. Romans 12:12


6. Hebrews 11:1


7. Hebrews 6:19-20


8. Jeremiah 29:11



9. Psalms 71:5


10. Romans 15:13 



Suko













10 Bible Verses to inspire hope



The Bend in the Road

Sometimes we come to life's crossroads
And we view what we think is the end.
But God has a much wider vision
And He knows its only a bend-
The road will go on and get smoother
And after we've stopped for a rest,
The path that lies hidden beyond us
Is often the path that is best.
So rest and relax and grow stronger,
Let go and let God share your load
And have faith in a brighter tomorrow.
You've just come to a bend in the road.

Helen Steiner Rice

Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel. It keeps one going. Hope keeps one looking forward to tomorrow knowing that God is always in control. He is busy at work even when we do not realize it. David, in Psalms 23 describes how the Lord is a good shepherd. The Lord provides for him and leads him to safety. Even when faced with danger, the Psalmist fears nothing. We need to stay hopeful because God knows our situations. Nothing takes Him by surprise. He makes a way even where there seems to be no way. Never lose hope because God is watching over you.

In this post I will share 10 Bible Verses about hope


1. Titus 2:13


2. Psalms 31:24



3. Psalms 130:5



4. Matthew 5:4


5. Romans 12:12


6. Hebrews 11:1


7. Hebrews 6:19-20


8. Jeremiah 29:11



9. Psalms 71:5


10. Romans 15:13 



Suko















In every season of life one needs hope. Hope can help one get through the most difficult times. Every morning, one needs hope that the day will be better than the previous one. Without hope, it is difficult to cope with everyday life's challenges. 


Hope changes everything. It can give one a new meaning of life. It can make a student study harder or put more effort in getting a scholarship, or work hard in a task. The Cambridge dictionary defines hope as, "to want something to happen or to be true, and usually have a good reason that it might:" For example, one can hope to pass their examinations, or to get a scholarship, or to start a business. One cannot start a business if they believe it will fail. One cannot open a shop if they believe no one will buy from them. Hope is a necessity in every area of life. 

Hope transcends all human boundaries because everyone needs it. Hope can help one take action. If a student believes, they will pass the exam, they will work hard in class. However, if one has lost hope, they might not put that much effort, because they do not believe it is worth it. It is difficult to take action in a situation which seems hopeless. So many people give up on their dreams because they lose all hope that things will work out. When you have lost hope, it can he hard to keep going.

When everything seems to be against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.  Henry Ford

Is it possible for one to have hope when they lack faith? 

Hope and faith move together. Faith comes first, and then hope follows. It also depends where one puts their faith in. It is when you have put your faith in the right place that you will begin to have hope. 

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13

The dictionary meaning of hope and the Biblical meaning of hope may sometimes differ. We always hope for the best. I can hope for the best if I'm still waiting for exam results. No-one hopes to fail, especially if they have done their best. Sometimes it happens. If a student fails an exam, do they have to lose hope? If an athlete does not win a race, do they need to lose hope? If someone cannot get a job, do they need to lose hope? Sometimes these tests can help one work harder or look for other options. If one cannot get a job, the option would be to try another career choice which might sometimes require training in a different area, or to try online jobs or to start a business. 

Losing hope is not an option when things do not turn out the way one expects, but focusing on other options can help one maintain a positive outlook on life. Only God can lead in the right direction. 


Hope is essential for general well-being

These days it is hard to end the day without hearing of something bad happening. Some of these tragic moments can lead to stress and anxiety. Hope is essential for one achieve good physical health. It can motivate one to get started with exercising or to adopt healthy habits. Hope can inspire one to focus more on their well being and to change unhealthy habits. Hope is an underlying factor in general wellness.

Hope is not the same as wishful thinking

Being hopeful should not be confused with wishful thinking. When parents believe their child will be successful in school, they will invest in the child's education. This can also help the child work harder when they see efforts from their parents. If one is planning to study overseas, and they believe it will happen, hope will encourage them to get all the necessary requirements for their course of study. 

Everyone has the power to instill hope or to crush hope. It is good to inspire hope always. You can change a life.

What hope means in the Bible

In the Bible, hope means to maintain the confident expectation of good. There are many examples of hope in the Bible. Scripture encourages us to remain hopeful in all situations even when life does not always go the way we have planned. Sometimes God changes our plans, and His plans always prevail. When life turns out in a different way, one should maintain steadfast hope and know that the Lord is still in control. Hope can can keep one going even when faced with difficulties. In these trying times, one needs encouragement and hope. We all need hope in these uncertain times. 

If you take time to read the Bible, you will be encouraged. How can one be hopeful when they do not believe? Studying the Bible is one thing, believing in it is another. If one studies scripture and believes in every word, it will happen. Some may call it wishful thinking.

"...With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

Mary believed what the angel Gabriel said to her. Luke 1:26-38. She did not doubt because she knew the scriptures. Zecharia on the other hand did not believe Gabriel when he brought good news to Him. Luke 1:5-20. As a result he was punished. Sometimes as people grow, they lose hope in a miracle working God. The Lord can still perform miracles. One needs to maintain hope. God can answer all prayers. He is not limited by situation nor finances. 





We can all influence someone to be hopeful always. The Lord wants us to have hope in Him. He has provided enough evidence in scripture for us to hold on to His promises. 

I hope you remain hopeful!

Suko









Hope in trying times



In every season of life one needs hope. Hope can help one get through the most difficult times. Every morning, one needs hope that the day will be better than the previous one. Without hope, it is difficult to cope with everyday life's challenges. 


Hope changes everything. It can give one a new meaning of life. It can make a student study harder or put more effort in getting a scholarship, or work hard in a task. The Cambridge dictionary defines hope as, "to want something to happen or to be true, and usually have a good reason that it might:" For example, one can hope to pass their examinations, or to get a scholarship, or to start a business. One cannot start a business if they believe it will fail. One cannot open a shop if they believe no one will buy from them. Hope is a necessity in every area of life. 

Hope transcends all human boundaries because everyone needs it. Hope can help one take action. If a student believes, they will pass the exam, they will work hard in class. However, if one has lost hope, they might not put that much effort, because they do not believe it is worth it. It is difficult to take action in a situation which seems hopeless. So many people give up on their dreams because they lose all hope that things will work out. When you have lost hope, it can he hard to keep going.

When everything seems to be against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.  Henry Ford

Is it possible for one to have hope when they lack faith? 

Hope and faith move together. Faith comes first, and then hope follows. It also depends where one puts their faith in. It is when you have put your faith in the right place that you will begin to have hope. 

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13

The dictionary meaning of hope and the Biblical meaning of hope may sometimes differ. We always hope for the best. I can hope for the best if I'm still waiting for exam results. No-one hopes to fail, especially if they have done their best. Sometimes it happens. If a student fails an exam, do they have to lose hope? If an athlete does not win a race, do they need to lose hope? If someone cannot get a job, do they need to lose hope? Sometimes these tests can help one work harder or look for other options. If one cannot get a job, the option would be to try another career choice which might sometimes require training in a different area, or to try online jobs or to start a business. 

Losing hope is not an option when things do not turn out the way one expects, but focusing on other options can help one maintain a positive outlook on life. Only God can lead in the right direction. 


Hope is essential for general well-being

These days it is hard to end the day without hearing of something bad happening. Some of these tragic moments can lead to stress and anxiety. Hope is essential for one achieve good physical health. It can motivate one to get started with exercising or to adopt healthy habits. Hope can inspire one to focus more on their well being and to change unhealthy habits. Hope is an underlying factor in general wellness.

Hope is not the same as wishful thinking

Being hopeful should not be confused with wishful thinking. When parents believe their child will be successful in school, they will invest in the child's education. This can also help the child work harder when they see efforts from their parents. If one is planning to study overseas, and they believe it will happen, hope will encourage them to get all the necessary requirements for their course of study. 

Everyone has the power to instill hope or to crush hope. It is good to inspire hope always. You can change a life.

What hope means in the Bible

In the Bible, hope means to maintain the confident expectation of good. There are many examples of hope in the Bible. Scripture encourages us to remain hopeful in all situations even when life does not always go the way we have planned. Sometimes God changes our plans, and His plans always prevail. When life turns out in a different way, one should maintain steadfast hope and know that the Lord is still in control. Hope can can keep one going even when faced with difficulties. In these trying times, one needs encouragement and hope. We all need hope in these uncertain times. 

If you take time to read the Bible, you will be encouraged. How can one be hopeful when they do not believe? Studying the Bible is one thing, believing in it is another. If one studies scripture and believes in every word, it will happen. Some may call it wishful thinking.

"...With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

Mary believed what the angel Gabriel said to her. Luke 1:26-38. She did not doubt because she knew the scriptures. Zecharia on the other hand did not believe Gabriel when he brought good news to Him. Luke 1:5-20. As a result he was punished. Sometimes as people grow, they lose hope in a miracle working God. The Lord can still perform miracles. One needs to maintain hope. God can answer all prayers. He is not limited by situation nor finances. 





We can all influence someone to be hopeful always. The Lord wants us to have hope in Him. He has provided enough evidence in scripture for us to hold on to His promises. 

I hope you remain hopeful!

Suko









 




It is easy to talk about faith, or to encourage someone to have faith, but is it always easy to put one's faith into action? The story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 is a perfect example of putting faith into action. David, a youth was brave enough to challenge Goliath who had been terrorizing the people of God for forty days and nights. David knew about God’s power, and did not have to know much about Goliath to challenge him. David had seen how powerful God was in his life, and how He was a faithful shepherd. Although he was a youth, David moved in faith, knowing God would fight for him. He believed that the battle was the Lord's and that He would deliver him from Goliath. God fought on behalf of David. "…but there was no sword in the hand of David.” 1 Samuel 17:50. This was a miracle! David prevailed and Goliath was defeated.

Years back, I came across Christian movies which portray faith in action. Facing the Giants and War Room by the Kendrick Brothers, are some of my favorite Christian movies. In these movies, one can see the importance of prayer, and putting faith into action. God is real! He is omnipotent. Nothing is impossible with Him. This theme comes through and through in these movies. I like how the heroes in both movies do not give up when faced with life’s challenges, but turn to God in prayer. The heroes believe that He will intervene and bring a solution to their challenges. These Christian movies portray how believers deal with their challenges. They don’t give up, but turn to God in faith.

In this post, I will discuss a few points which stood out for me in Facing the Giants, and in War Room.

Facing the Giants 

We all face giants in our lives at some point. Giants can come in different shapes and form. The story of David and Goliath teaches that we do not need to fear the giants in our lives, because God is greater than them. He is able to fight those giants on our behalf if we surrender them to Him.

In the movie, Facing the Giants, the main character, Grant Taylor is facing great challenges. He is a football coach at Shiloh Christian Academy, a good school. Grant has not won a single game in six years, and people are beginning to lose faith in him. Worst of all, his best players keep transferring to rival teams in other schools. One day he receives a letter that one of his best players had also transferred to a different school to join a rival team. Losing seems inevitable, with the best player gone. They are guaranteed of losing once again. At this point, some members of the school board plot to have him fired because they don’t think he is capable of winning. He overhears a conversation in which some parents plot to have him replaced.

Grant Taylor’s home life is also full of different challenges. In desperation, he turns to God for help. He decides to give God everything and leave the results to Him. He motivates his team to do their best and leave the results to God. His new philosophy works because at the end, we see dramatic results, both in the team and in his home life. Grant goes beyond his call of duty by also helping out one of the students who has a poor relationship with his parent.



Although Shiloh Christian Academy is a Christian school, it is clear they needed to learn to live out their faith. As a Christian school, they had to learn to practice what they were preaching. They had to seek God and learn to trust Him fully. They had to turn to prayer. Being known as a losing school was not good. Some students would transfer to more successful schools. The experience from Shiloh Christian Academy teaches that it is not enough just to be in a Christian school, or to call yourself a Christian. Actions speak louder than words. One has to be dedicated and trust God fully, and follow His ways. Grant Taylor teaches his team members that they have to love God and also love others as they love themselves.

When the school begins to be more dedicated to serving the Lord, they see more positive results. Poor performing students improve their grades, one student changes his behavior and begins to respect his parent, the team surrenders to God and begin to trust Him more. Shiloh football team becomes a good team. There are many positive changes in Grant’s life as well. His prayers are answered. He receives a new truck and he maintains his job. Students at the school study the Bible and seek God in prayer. The prayer life of the school improves. They all learn that nothing is impossible with God. In Facing the Giants, one can see the results of putting God first and trusting Him to intervene when facing life’s challenges.


Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

War Room

When you are facing challenges in your life and do not know how to deal with them, what do you do? In War Room, the Jordan family seems to be falling apart and there seems to be no solution to their problems. Elizabeth Jordan, a real estate agent, meets an elderly lady, Ms Clara who is selling her house.

Ms Clara is a devout Christian woman who has learnt from her past mistakes. She notices during their conversations that Elizabeth keeps fighting losing battles, and she reaches out to her. She inspires Elizabeth to pray more, and to surrender her battles to the Lord. At this point, Elizabeth is also tired of fighting. Friendship develops between the two women, and Elizabeth realizes that Ms Clara is a woman of strong faith. After a failed robbery attempt, Elizabeth realizes that Ms Clara lives out her faith everywhere. She is surprised that Ms Clara would call on Jesus' name during an attempted robbery.

Sometimes, we learn about faith through interacting with other people, especially those who have been walking with the Lord for a long time. It is important for one to set a good example because actions have an impact on other people. Unfortunately, not all people we meet in life are exemplary like Ms Clara, who was willing to be a positive influence on Elizabeth. Ms Clara was willing to teach Elizabeth about the life of faith. She would not let Elizabeth make the same mistakes that she did.

Miss Clara makes Elizabeth realize that it is not enough to be a luke-warm Christian. One should make up their mind on which side they wish to belong to. After Ms Clara's house tour, Elizabeth is inspired to clear her closet, remove all the distractions in her life, and start praying more.


"To win any battle, you’ve got to have the right strategy and resources because victories don’t come by accident." Ms Clara

Elizabeth learns how to surrender her battles to the Lord after realizing her old strategies were not working. She learns to trust God for the victories. She takes Ms Clara’s advice and allows God to fight for her. Elizabeth learns to study scripture more. Her life is transformed, even her husband notices the change.

War Room emphasizes not giving up even when everything seems hopeless, because God is able. This movie encourages one to develop a strong relationship with the Lord through prayer and studying of scripture. We also learn about the life of surrender. When we surrender our lives to God, we realize that only He can help us. He takes control. There is nothing He cannot handle. We also learn about the power of intercessory prayer. Prayers offered on behalf of others are also answered.

It is important to note that prayers are not always answered in the way we expect sometimes. Although Elizabeth’s husband lost his job, they are a happy family in the end. Their child, Danielle is also happy to see joy in them. The Jordan family realizes that there are more things which matter in life than having a luxurious lifestyle. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36

Putting faith into action requires trust in the Lord. One cannot face these giants alone without God. Prayer is a necessity!

Suko 

 


  • February 24, 2021

Putting faith into action: Facing the Giants and War Room

 




It is easy to talk about faith, or to encourage someone to have faith, but is it always easy to put one's faith into action? The story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 is a perfect example of putting faith into action. David, a youth was brave enough to challenge Goliath who had been terrorizing the people of God for forty days and nights. David knew about God’s power, and did not have to know much about Goliath to challenge him. David had seen how powerful God was in his life, and how He was a faithful shepherd. Although he was a youth, David moved in faith, knowing God would fight for him. He believed that the battle was the Lord's and that He would deliver him from Goliath. God fought on behalf of David. "…but there was no sword in the hand of David.” 1 Samuel 17:50. This was a miracle! David prevailed and Goliath was defeated.

Years back, I came across Christian movies which portray faith in action. Facing the Giants and War Room by the Kendrick Brothers, are some of my favorite Christian movies. In these movies, one can see the importance of prayer, and putting faith into action. God is real! He is omnipotent. Nothing is impossible with Him. This theme comes through and through in these movies. I like how the heroes in both movies do not give up when faced with life’s challenges, but turn to God in prayer. The heroes believe that He will intervene and bring a solution to their challenges. These Christian movies portray how believers deal with their challenges. They don’t give up, but turn to God in faith.

In this post, I will discuss a few points which stood out for me in Facing the Giants, and in War Room.

Facing the Giants 

We all face giants in our lives at some point. Giants can come in different shapes and form. The story of David and Goliath teaches that we do not need to fear the giants in our lives, because God is greater than them. He is able to fight those giants on our behalf if we surrender them to Him.

In the movie, Facing the Giants, the main character, Grant Taylor is facing great challenges. He is a football coach at Shiloh Christian Academy, a good school. Grant has not won a single game in six years, and people are beginning to lose faith in him. Worst of all, his best players keep transferring to rival teams in other schools. One day he receives a letter that one of his best players had also transferred to a different school to join a rival team. Losing seems inevitable, with the best player gone. They are guaranteed of losing once again. At this point, some members of the school board plot to have him fired because they don’t think he is capable of winning. He overhears a conversation in which some parents plot to have him replaced.

Grant Taylor’s home life is also full of different challenges. In desperation, he turns to God for help. He decides to give God everything and leave the results to Him. He motivates his team to do their best and leave the results to God. His new philosophy works because at the end, we see dramatic results, both in the team and in his home life. Grant goes beyond his call of duty by also helping out one of the students who has a poor relationship with his parent.



Although Shiloh Christian Academy is a Christian school, it is clear they needed to learn to live out their faith. As a Christian school, they had to learn to practice what they were preaching. They had to seek God and learn to trust Him fully. They had to turn to prayer. Being known as a losing school was not good. Some students would transfer to more successful schools. The experience from Shiloh Christian Academy teaches that it is not enough just to be in a Christian school, or to call yourself a Christian. Actions speak louder than words. One has to be dedicated and trust God fully, and follow His ways. Grant Taylor teaches his team members that they have to love God and also love others as they love themselves.

When the school begins to be more dedicated to serving the Lord, they see more positive results. Poor performing students improve their grades, one student changes his behavior and begins to respect his parent, the team surrenders to God and begin to trust Him more. Shiloh football team becomes a good team. There are many positive changes in Grant’s life as well. His prayers are answered. He receives a new truck and he maintains his job. Students at the school study the Bible and seek God in prayer. The prayer life of the school improves. They all learn that nothing is impossible with God. In Facing the Giants, one can see the results of putting God first and trusting Him to intervene when facing life’s challenges.


Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

War Room

When you are facing challenges in your life and do not know how to deal with them, what do you do? In War Room, the Jordan family seems to be falling apart and there seems to be no solution to their problems. Elizabeth Jordan, a real estate agent, meets an elderly lady, Ms Clara who is selling her house.

Ms Clara is a devout Christian woman who has learnt from her past mistakes. She notices during their conversations that Elizabeth keeps fighting losing battles, and she reaches out to her. She inspires Elizabeth to pray more, and to surrender her battles to the Lord. At this point, Elizabeth is also tired of fighting. Friendship develops between the two women, and Elizabeth realizes that Ms Clara is a woman of strong faith. After a failed robbery attempt, Elizabeth realizes that Ms Clara lives out her faith everywhere. She is surprised that Ms Clara would call on Jesus' name during an attempted robbery.

Sometimes, we learn about faith through interacting with other people, especially those who have been walking with the Lord for a long time. It is important for one to set a good example because actions have an impact on other people. Unfortunately, not all people we meet in life are exemplary like Ms Clara, who was willing to be a positive influence on Elizabeth. Ms Clara was willing to teach Elizabeth about the life of faith. She would not let Elizabeth make the same mistakes that she did.

Miss Clara makes Elizabeth realize that it is not enough to be a luke-warm Christian. One should make up their mind on which side they wish to belong to. After Ms Clara's house tour, Elizabeth is inspired to clear her closet, remove all the distractions in her life, and start praying more.


"To win any battle, you’ve got to have the right strategy and resources because victories don’t come by accident." Ms Clara

Elizabeth learns how to surrender her battles to the Lord after realizing her old strategies were not working. She learns to trust God for the victories. She takes Ms Clara’s advice and allows God to fight for her. Elizabeth learns to study scripture more. Her life is transformed, even her husband notices the change.

War Room emphasizes not giving up even when everything seems hopeless, because God is able. This movie encourages one to develop a strong relationship with the Lord through prayer and studying of scripture. We also learn about the life of surrender. When we surrender our lives to God, we realize that only He can help us. He takes control. There is nothing He cannot handle. We also learn about the power of intercessory prayer. Prayers offered on behalf of others are also answered.

It is important to note that prayers are not always answered in the way we expect sometimes. Although Elizabeth’s husband lost his job, they are a happy family in the end. Their child, Danielle is also happy to see joy in them. The Jordan family realizes that there are more things which matter in life than having a luxurious lifestyle. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36

Putting faith into action requires trust in the Lord. One cannot face these giants alone without God. Prayer is a necessity!

Suko 

 




Have you ever had your faith tested? How did you deal with the situation? How would you advise someone whose faith is being tested? If you are a new believer trying to figure out how to live a life of faith, tests can be overwhelming, but you need to trust God. He will help you. If you have been living a life of faith for a while, you will also be tested at some point. What matters is how you respond to those tests. We all need to keep growing in faith.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Living out your faith should be a way of life. It should not limited to the day of worship. What you do from day-to-day can have an impact on those around you, be it in the home or the workplace. Unfortunately, some people left the faith because of the poor examples they saw in some. Because actions speak louder than words, people tend to follow what they see rather than what they hear.

Christ’s life on this earth was a perfect example of how we ought to live our faith. He believed in the Father. He lived a life of prayer and service. He was always there when needed. He was without prejudice. He reached out to all kinds of people. The heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11 all demonstrate that it is possible to live a life of faith. They trusted in God, and were willing to do His will. They chose to obey Him no matter what was happening around them.

But without faith, it is impossible to please Him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6


Daily consecrate your life to God

For one to live a life of faith, they need to surrender their lives daily. Christ  should guide your thoughts. Allow Him to dwell in your heart. Don’t try to fix everything wrong in your life by yourself. Ask God to help you and guide you. The people around you will see a change and be drawn to Him. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven." Matthew 5:16. People don’t want to hear about faith, they want to see a living faith. Ask the Lord to lead you daily on your walk.


Walk in the light

Choose to surround yourself with good influence. Seek advice from people who live out their faith. This can help you a long way. It is a choice to live out your faith. There is no need to compromise even in difficult situations. If you have seen other people living out their faith, you will stay strong when facing challenges. As a believer, you need to stand for your faith even if it comes with a cost. Believe that the Lord will be with you even in those difficult moments of your life. Nothing should cause you to give up on your faith. "Be still, and know that I am God..." Psalms 46:10. God never fails. He will do what He promised. Be encouraged by the story of Daniel and his three Hebrew friends in Daniel 1 - 4 the next time you are facing fierce tests. Daniel and his friends chose to stand for their faith in Babylon, even though they were facing danger.



Practice gratitude

Being thankful and praising God is one way of living out your faith. When you choose to count the blessings in your life, and focus on the good, it can help you experience joy in Christ, even in difficult situations. It can also help those around you see the benefits of your faith. Keeping a gratitude journal can help you realize the good things happening in your life.


Have a positive attitude

Speak life everywhere you go. Never be tempted to be negative. You might cause those around you to doubt if you are negative. Encourage always!

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

It is not always easy to be positive, especially when facing life’s challenges, but one should always maintain a positive outlook in life. Allow the Holy Spirit to control you always.


Use your gifts and talents

Everyone has been blessed with gifts and talents. All of them can be used for the glory of the master. Your gifts and talents can be used even outside the Church building. One should not limit their gifts to a building. Christ's ministry was not limited to a building. He reached out to people everywhere. Living out your faith should be a way of life.

I tell you, He will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will He find on earth who have faith? Luke 8:18

Sometimes your faith can be severely tested, even then, stand firm and believe in God. He will never disappoint you. He is all powerful. If He could rescue Daniel and his friends, He can do the same for you. Never stop believing!

Suko

 

 

 

 


  • February 18, 2021

5 Ways to live out your faith



Have you ever had your faith tested? How did you deal with the situation? How would you advise someone whose faith is being tested? If you are a new believer trying to figure out how to live a life of faith, tests can be overwhelming, but you need to trust God. He will help you. If you have been living a life of faith for a while, you will also be tested at some point. What matters is how you respond to those tests. We all need to keep growing in faith.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Living out your faith should be a way of life. It should not limited to the day of worship. What you do from day-to-day can have an impact on those around you, be it in the home or the workplace. Unfortunately, some people left the faith because of the poor examples they saw in some. Because actions speak louder than words, people tend to follow what they see rather than what they hear.

Christ’s life on this earth was a perfect example of how we ought to live our faith. He believed in the Father. He lived a life of prayer and service. He was always there when needed. He was without prejudice. He reached out to all kinds of people. The heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11 all demonstrate that it is possible to live a life of faith. They trusted in God, and were willing to do His will. They chose to obey Him no matter what was happening around them.

But without faith, it is impossible to please Him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6


Daily consecrate your life to God

For one to live a life of faith, they need to surrender their lives daily. Christ  should guide your thoughts. Allow Him to dwell in your heart. Don’t try to fix everything wrong in your life by yourself. Ask God to help you and guide you. The people around you will see a change and be drawn to Him. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven." Matthew 5:16. People don’t want to hear about faith, they want to see a living faith. Ask the Lord to lead you daily on your walk.


Walk in the light

Choose to surround yourself with good influence. Seek advice from people who live out their faith. This can help you a long way. It is a choice to live out your faith. There is no need to compromise even in difficult situations. If you have seen other people living out their faith, you will stay strong when facing challenges. As a believer, you need to stand for your faith even if it comes with a cost. Believe that the Lord will be with you even in those difficult moments of your life. Nothing should cause you to give up on your faith. "Be still, and know that I am God..." Psalms 46:10. God never fails. He will do what He promised. Be encouraged by the story of Daniel and his three Hebrew friends in Daniel 1 - 4 the next time you are facing fierce tests. Daniel and his friends chose to stand for their faith in Babylon, even though they were facing danger.



Practice gratitude

Being thankful and praising God is one way of living out your faith. When you choose to count the blessings in your life, and focus on the good, it can help you experience joy in Christ, even in difficult situations. It can also help those around you see the benefits of your faith. Keeping a gratitude journal can help you realize the good things happening in your life.


Have a positive attitude

Speak life everywhere you go. Never be tempted to be negative. You might cause those around you to doubt if you are negative. Encourage always!

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

It is not always easy to be positive, especially when facing life’s challenges, but one should always maintain a positive outlook in life. Allow the Holy Spirit to control you always.


Use your gifts and talents

Everyone has been blessed with gifts and talents. All of them can be used for the glory of the master. Your gifts and talents can be used even outside the Church building. One should not limit their gifts to a building. Christ's ministry was not limited to a building. He reached out to people everywhere. Living out your faith should be a way of life.

I tell you, He will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will He find on earth who have faith? Luke 8:18

Sometimes your faith can be severely tested, even then, stand firm and believe in God. He will never disappoint you. He is all powerful. If He could rescue Daniel and his friends, He can do the same for you. Never stop believing!

Suko

 

 

 

 




It has been said over and over again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With so many options, one needs to choose carefully what they eat. If you start your day right, you will be motivated to continue making right choices throughout the day. If you are a beginner in plant-based eating, or you have been plant-based for a long time and need to change things, here is some inspiration for you. These healthy breakfast recipes are quick, tasty and healthy. You’ll love them. Some of these recipes can be made ahead to save you time and energy, especially if you are busy. The ingredients are easy to find as well. Never skip breakfast. Try these easy and healthy breakfast options.



 Overnight Oats from One lovely life




Savoury Chickpea Pancake from Simply Quinoa



Classic Vanilla Chia Pudding from Choosing Chia

10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas to try



It has been said over and over again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With so many options, one needs to choose carefully what they eat. If you start your day right, you will be motivated to continue making right choices throughout the day. If you are a beginner in plant-based eating, or you have been plant-based for a long time and need to change things, here is some inspiration for you. These healthy breakfast recipes are quick, tasty and healthy. You’ll love them. Some of these recipes can be made ahead to save you time and energy, especially if you are busy. The ingredients are easy to find as well. Never skip breakfast. Try these easy and healthy breakfast options.



 Overnight Oats from One lovely life




Savoury Chickpea Pancake from Simply Quinoa



Classic Vanilla Chia Pudding from Choosing Chia

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