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May 2018

The power of Positivity #YesMan

Recently I have heard a few songs that have lyrics inspired by 2 Corinthians 1:20 which says:-

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

I don’t like to sing words that I don’t understand and just singing “yeah, yeah yeah and amen” or “yes and amen” without any background as to what the yes or amen is for, is barmy in my humble opinion!

The idea behind that verse isn’t some feelgood throwaway idea, but that if God has promised it, then YES it will happen! Through Jesus death we have the confirmation or “Amen” which is translated as “I agree“. (so you should only say “amen” if you agree to the wording of a prayer! Someone did once refuse to say it after i prayed for them because he did not agree with all of that i said!)

If God says “Yes“, Jesus has made it possible through his death and resurrection, giving him authority over everything and we should live ready to receive that promise!

It has been said that there are three answers to prayer:-

  • Yes”
  • “No”
  • “Wait”

A good few years ago, I watched a movie called “Yes Man”, I can recall that at the time of watching it, I had a very hesitant nature, I still am quite cautious and self-confidence is still something I am working on.  But as often occurs when I watch a movie, the character and feelings really resonated within me.

In the movie the character lives alone, doesn’t do much outside his own home and has no one to spend time with, avoiding his best friend and not being active in life enough to meet someone to love.

If it wasn’t for God’s great plan and me saying “yes” to who became my wife, i would have been that guy, stuck at home watching DVDs with no friends.

When i have said yes and tried new things, i have a confirmation of God saying “you can do a lot more than you think you can!” I have realised that I am a very capable person.  I should say yes more to things, I need to not overthink, procrastinate and listen to the doubts or doubters.

What has God promised you?

You may be waiting for a “word from God” to tell you what to do with your life but he may already have said it and you have not listened or followed!

Do you need to say yes to God?


Loving others when you don’t love yourself

Jesus said the second greatest commandment was to “love others as you love yourself“, this followed the command to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind” which in reality, it’s hard enough to respond to an invisible creator you may or may not have a relationship with, let alone trying to “love” others who you see day to day!

1 Corinthians 13 talks about how love should be, patient, kind, putting others first! But that is easier said (or read) than done!

The other aspect of the command to “love others” is what if you don’t “love yourself” there are some instagram celebrities, youtubers & reality tv stars that seem to “love themselves“, thinking that the whole world wants to pay to find out what they are wearing, or what they spent their money on this week!

I am sure that I am not the only one who could easily rattle off 5-10 things that I dislike about myself but ask me to identify 5-10 things that I do like about myself and it would take a lot longer!

Someone once told me that we should not place our value in what we do as a job, but what value do we place on ourselves?

Do we allow ourselves to be “sold” to whoever gives us attention?

Do we find our value in others praise?

Do we feel unloved if no-one “likes” or responds to our social media posts?

God designed us to live in community! one of the first things he said about humanity was:-

“It is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him.”

Which is great but when two people are in a relationship there is always tension at some point! Adam and Eve played the blame game about eating the fruit, one of their sons killed his brother and  that’s just a few of the first humans that the bible said existed!!

If sometimes you struggle like me with seeing yourself as a “child of god”, feeling you are not worthy, just remember that God loved you so much that he came down to feel our pain and take the worst punishment so that we could have a close relationship with him!

Regardless of what other people say or do to you, regardless of what you may have done, God loves you more than you will ever be able to comprehend! The only thing that we can do is to pass that love on and not think we are not able!

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