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WHAT IS AN AUTHENTIC LIFE? 2

authentic lifeWHAT IS AN AUTHENTIC LIFE?

An authentic life starts with a prayer: “I offer you this half hour of my swim for … who is struggling… or any other cause.” So that you “pray continuously” 1 Thessalonians 5:17  So while you are cleaning windows, you simply offer this hour of cleaning for thanksgiving for your family. You offer the actions of your life to God as a prayer. This is the secret on how the busy modern person can find intimacy with God. The interior effect of the work we do becomes more important than the exterior fruits of our work.

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Henry Thoreau in Walden Pond. We all know how people’s lives have become faster and busier every day. It seems as though many people are living merely to survive. The treatment for depression today is ten times greater than previous times.

We lose the reason why we are here: what is the meaning and purpose of our life? If we become distracted from our purpose long enough, we become miserable. Our modern life has become a distraction from our real Christian goal in life.  We either don’t know what this goal is or we cast it aside. Even worst — this goal seems to  make people uncomfortable so the goal is watered down. Ironically, if you take away the goal of the Christian life, you don’t make it easier to live — you make it harder.

You are much happier when you have a higher standard to look to and strive for. Having a meaningful goal flood your spirit with hope and fills your mind with determination.

In truth, holiness is something that God does in us and not something we achieve. God is still the perfect Gentleman.  He invites us to participate in His life, but He never forces Himself on us. He wants our consent because he desires our loving cooperation.

Those who respond to God’s call to holiness are the most joyful people on earth. They have richer, more abundant experience of life and they love more deeply than most people. They enjoy life — all of life.

How do you know that you are close to holiness? You have an insatiable desire to become all God created you to be: and unwavering commitment to the will of God and an unquenchable concern for unholy people. You are continually answering God’s invitation to grasp the moments of your life — perhaps being sensitive to a divine appointment that God has aligned for you. You tap into the grace of God, which is never lacking. In this way you are giving glory to God.AUTHENTIC LIFE

The Idolatry of Wealth and Reevaluation of Treasure

Our holiness is compatible with every state in life. Even the rich are called to live holy lives by using their wealth in productive ways that foster their own growth and the growth of others.

Idolatry? Who can tell me what that word means?” A nine-year-old’s hand shot into the air. “It’s like what some people do with money—they make it more important than God.” The wisdom of these simple words reverberated through the Sunday school classroom.

Christians are called to reject the idolization of wealth in the modern consumerist society. Instead, they are invited to make productive use of material wealth for the ministries of God.

 So long as individuals maintain a greater attachment to worldly possessions than to God, they will find it harder to enter the kingdom of heaven than a camel to pass through the eye of the needle.

WEALTH IS NOT GREED!

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PRAISE WORKS 2

PRAISE WORKS

Praise and Thanksgiving

Praise and thanksgiving are often united in the same text. We enjoy being loved and thanked, as does God. God is worthy of our praise daily because of all the wonderful gifts that He gives us.

God doesn’t want groveling subjects. He wants love and friendship. Genuine praise and prayer is the act of loving. Be moved to love God with your whole heart and with your whole mind and with your whole strength.

The prayer of praise is the highest form of communion with God. It releases a great deal of power of God in our lives. There is a ladder of praise. Climb it by learning to praise God in all things. Those who make it will find a way to live in continual joy and praise on earth now — not at some distant future.
Praise Him for the mighty things He has done!                  Psalm 150:1

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Amazing Gift from God 2

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GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Everyone has an Amazing Gift from God

There are going to be some sheepish souls in heaven when they find out what gifts of God that were handed out to us during our stay on earth. The Amazing Gift of God is known as the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and there are seven in number.

A recovering alcoholic discovered his gift quite by “accident”. His teenage daughter was suffering a severe virus attack with an extremely high fever. After prayer over her in the wee hours of the night she got up the next morning surprised to find that she was feeling normal enough to return to school that morning. Since then this man has spent many evenings in a church basement praying over people for their cure. He knows the “accident” was nothing more than an answer to his own prayers and trust in God.

We don’t have to be down on your last dollar to discover God. Although it seems that this is the only time when we have the courage to give the Holy Spirit the permission to come into our lives and help us to follow God’s will. Remember the Our Father Prayer “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” That comes right out of the Bible when Jesus was asked how does one pray.

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GIFT of MY PEACE 2

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PEACE of GOD: A GIFT TO YOU    

Our mind is split into two: one part stays in touch with love, the other wallows in fear. The way out of fear and anxiety is through opening the mind to love. Love casts out fear the way light casts out darkness. The peace of God is a Gift to you.

At the last moment when things look the worst, God usually appears only when we bother thinking of Him — not because of some sadistic sense of humor. We thought we were waiting for Him, but He was waiting for us to begin.

In God’s world, which is the real world, the more we give, the more we have. The people who have achieved more are only a half step ahead of you in time. Bless them and their gifts.  God’s plan has room for everyone. It’s not my career and my money anymore; it is our devotion and our work.

We don’t ask God for too much; we usually ask for too little. The help might not come in the form we expect but it will come. We recognize it by how we feel: an inner peace. Continue reading GIFT of MY PEACE 2

BLESSING OF ILLNESS 2

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BLESSING OF ILLNESS

God doesn’t punish us by sending illness to us. On the contrary, illness forces us to depend on God even though some people, who are ill, may feel bitter initially. In the end, illness forces us to focus on important things in our lives. It teaches us to pray. So there is a blessing of illness.

Real health is inner peace even during the experience of critical illness. This happens when we surrender our illness to God. It is almost as if our illness was a “wake-up call” for our lives to really start. Finding that essence is our return to God. It is the real purpose of our lives. So healing is a return to God and love.

We are spirits and not bodies; we are eternally healthy and we are incapable of sickness from the perspective of the spirit world. The mind is more powerful than the body. It sometimes blocks our capacity to find God. Instead it must be used as a springboard to soar into His arms. We must turn our eyes away from the sickness to the love that lies beyond it. No sickness can diminish our capacity to love.

Sickness is a reflection of our own love that needs to be reclaimed. We must let go of our thoughts of fear and embrace a world of hope and love. This surrender is so gentle you need only whisper it and all the spiritual power of God’s love will rush to your assistance and support. God does His part when we do ours. Continue reading BLESSING OF ILLNESS 2

THE NORMAL DECENT LIFE 2

MAGIC OF ENTHUSIASM

What’s wrong with living a normal decent life and going to church on Sundays?  It is possible to live uninvolved with the work of God, with all our efforts directed toward our own prosperity and self-fulfillment.

 We may even catch ourselves thinking that we will surely have no experiences of God like those of the saints.  Yet why did not those who knew Jesus and loved Him not recognize Him after the resurrection?  Could it be that only those with faith eyes, that were sharpened, knew Him?  In fact, when we do make some faith assessments of our lives, we marvel that God actually saved us in circumstances so ordinary.  Most of the time we miss it.Faith

Through faith and in joy we can begin to have our own religious experiences.  You will be amazed when you plod through each day with a little faith to assess events.  The sacred and the secular become one — even the everyday stupid details, arguments, or chats.  Most of the time we miss the significance of the daily because we are always waiting for dramatic situations to arise.  Continue reading THE NORMAL DECENT LIFE 2

OUR INNER STRUGGLES  2

       Inner Struggles

SHAKING THE BLUES

In order to deal with your inner struggles, don’t think of your past as a chain around your neck. Thank God for every detail of your life and believe that He has permitted all of these events in order to bring you to the place where you are now — closer to God.Untitled-2

We are encouraged to ask God for everything. So occupy yourself with work while you wait for God to show you the way. Perhaps you can find others who need help that you can give.

Try to enter into His presence. Don’t be afraid to try — He already knows the limitations that you have on your spiritual growth.

Those who have difficulty, yet praise God, will experience an incomparable life. No matter how difficult it is, keep your eyes off the problem and trust Him in every detail of your life. Keep praising God and move forward.

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