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How To Stay Positive In Midst Of Adversity?

How to stay positive in midst of adversityLots of Pun & Laughter

So I get this question asked a lot, how to stay positive in midst of adversity? How to keep believing even when everything happens against us?

How to stay firm to our faith when the world goes topsy turvy?

First thing to do: Laugh. That’s my immediate response to life’s challenges, I just laugh. I mean that’s the best you can do given the circumstances, not to mention the benefits of laughing (smileys).

Second thing to do: Clear your head.

Yesterday, I struggled just like you and everyone else. I was internally frustrated on something, I felt lied to and misled in a conversation I had with a colleague a few days ago. I nursed that grudge deep into the heart (did not settle it), and yesterday, when the water went above my head, I could not control myself.

Out came the entire grudge right from my mouth, as I shouted on my fellow worker. He was shocked to say the least. I was too. I did not know I had it in me to react so blatantly on something. It is said in scriptures, that out of the abundance of heart, the mouth speaks.

It was my fault, I had let the cut go so deep that it was on verge of forming a wound. I should have immediately forgiven the person and trusted God to repay for whatever misleading they had done (knowing or uknowing).

But you know what, I was not in that situation. Why? Because in the past few weeks, I had filled myself on everything other than Word. The Word is life-giving. What does that mean?

It means, it pumps up life in any situation.

So my situation mentioned above, had commanded me to get dejected, hopeless, frustrated and angry. The Word of God offers, faith, hope, peace and love.

Everything we need to live. Imagine a world with no hope and love. It would look terrible right?

Every time we fall, we get up through a ray of hope, through a ray of inspiration. The Word of God makes it easier for us to do so, as it is led by example and meditating on it, helps us operate from the point of view of Holy Spirit, not of human.

So this morning, when I got up, I decided not to let my job get better of me.

I surrendered my office to God and asked Him what was I supposed to do.

He said, “Work with faith”. It meant, when I lend my services to the organisation, it is my responsibility to believe that he project I have been assigned will work (even if it looks impossible).

So this morning when I started my work, I started believing, we are moving in the right direction (irrespective of how the situation looks like, because we walk by faith and not by sight), and I felt a different surge of energy in me.

I again asked Him, what He wanted me to do: He said, “WRITE”. Operating merely on faith and trust, that He will take care of my results at work, I set aside some time to write and felt so good.

It is these small daily things, we give to God, which helps us build our trust and faith on Him.

So when am seeing the huge project infront of me, I am saying aloud to it “All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”

Again, when the doubt enters, that everyone is doing so well and I am still struggling, I am saying to myself, “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

How I see this scripture, is that He will take care of all my needs!

Last but not the least, my fave one is “Ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.”

A lot of time, we don’t ask, because we depend too much on our own abilities to solve a problem. I was doing that with that project for a couple of weeks, till we realise we will come crashing down without God. Then we humble ourselves, and go in presence of God, to ask Him to make this happen.

This tells a lot of the pride we are born with and the mentality of human race and how God keeps on working in us to humble us down.

I believe He works with me every day, every moment to humble me down, so I can be open to His grace and not just rely completely on myself to do anything.

If you want results:

If you struggle with the same things as I do, it would be good to surrender your project to Him and come in compete humility for Him to lead you.

1 Co 1:25: For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

 

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Are you the fig tree which produces fruits seasonally?

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MK 11:3

Seeing in the distance a fig-tree in leaf, he went to find out if

it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but

leaves, because it was not the season for figs.

Then he said to the tree, “May no-one ever eat fruit from you

again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

Commentary

This is one of the most famous instances from the bible where Jesus curses the fig tree because it did not produce fruit. The fig tree did not produce fruit because it was not a season of figs.

A fig tree naturally can produce figs only in a certain season. We can correlate this instance to us in the way that, we are not supposed to produce fruits (Fruit of the Spirit) only in some specific seasons like the fig tree but are called to produce in all seasons.

I believe Jesus wants to see us produce fruits daily, every day in our lives.

Producing Fruits of the Spirit:

How do we, as fig trees release fruits out even when there may not be a season? I think here, it’s important to understand that no tree can produce fruit by itself.

John 15:5 “ I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

If you are in Jesus, then you will produce fruit instantly. Most of us face situations where we are not able to abide in Him. Sometimes, it’s unbelief, sometimes arrogance, sometimes difficulty surrendering and sometimes too much involvement in the world.

Point is: How do we abide in Him at all times?

Firstly, it’s important to recognise and believe that we are in Him first. When we believe, we are not believing in human strength but the strength of Jesus. He is amazingly powerful, believing on His strength alone yields results and thus when you believe you are in Him, you are simply living in Him.

What does living in Him do to us?

The Spirit of the Lord overcomes our human logics and opens such doors which we never thought were possible. Certain activities happen here:

  • We surrender. The moment we let go of our human logics, the Lord takes over.
  • We are weak in human strength due to surrendering, but strong in Jesus’s strength. His power comes out much easily now.
  • We rely on trusting the Lord as now He is the only hope we have.

When the above things happen, we start fulfilling a number of scriptures written in God’s word (Most of God’s Word talks about releasing blessings when we surrender, when we trust and when we believe).

Since we do this through Jesus and His Spirit, we see His blessings released in our life.

Nine Fruits of the Spirit:

While God works on our blessings, He also works on us. He starts to slowly develop the nine fruits of the Spirit namely love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Ga 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

We have the choice of letting the Spirit work on us and our fruits or to resist the Spirit.

Many times I have noticed when I rely on my human logics, I have stopped the work of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit does not get glory, nor does he feel happy. However since He has all the fruits in Himself, He is patient with us and still loving.

However the goal is to manifest the fruits of the Spirit in our natural selves. This happens only when we resist our flesh and the temptations which come with it and trust more on the Lord so He can bring forth the fruits of the Spirit in ourselves.

When we don’t abide in Him, we are simply abiding in the sinful nature within us and there is no goodness there. There is goodness in Jesus and He sees to it, that He makes us like Him when we are in the Spirit.

The constant struggle of a believer:

One of the major struggles we as believers may come across is to continuously abide in Him. Abiding in Jesus is easy if it is on one day of the week, or during a prayer only or in time of need. But what about the rest of 24 hours?

What does God expect out of us? I believe He wants to enter all the 24 hours of our lives 7 days a week. He wants us to abide in Him all the time!

At this point of time, it is viable to ask why?

One of the reasons why He would want to do it is because He cares about us deeply and wants to release blessings in our lives.

Now since God does not contradict His word and those who know His word know that all blessings come through Jesus, He just wants to increase your share of His blessings day-in and day-out.

Scripture says, John 15:7: If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Is God selfish wanting to be with us all the time?

Yes and No. According to scriptures, James 4:5 says, “ Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the Spirit he has caused to dwell in us?”

So yes, he is selfish in terms of wanting to spend all His time with you because of the Holy Spirit He has put inside you (He sees Himself in you and loves you unconditionally) but also, He is loving to the point to let you have your will(if you want to) and this is the reason we end up resisting the Holy Spirit more than we ought to know.

It is a choice for us always to either live in Him or live in the flesh. God honors our choices.

Conclusion:

Once I was praying with a couple of friends and I heard the Spirit say, “cultivate the oil of intimacy with the Holy Spirit”. I realised all the fruits of the Spirit can easily manifest if the relationship with the Holy Spirit is strong.

It’s based on listening to Him, obeying Him and meditating on His Word. Let’s not be the fig tree which got cursed and be the tree which grows, flourishes and produces fruits in all seasons.

 

 

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Do you feel condemned on account of Jesus?

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One of the most commonly incurred feelings among new believers is the feeling of condemnation. But you ask on what premises. 

On every premise related to God. Many of the believers I know undergo the feeling of condemnation they are not able to spend time with Him or even doHis will.

But the important question is: Is this feeling/or sense of condemnation from God?

It is so easily to put ourselves low in order to reach to Jesus, that the immediate response of a believer is that of self-loathe, condemnation and guilt in general. But what should shock most of the believers is the Truth, that feeling self-condemned even for God is actually not fromGod.

It is a diabolic term and has it’s origin in everything satanic.

Scripture says, Ro 8: Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for the Spirit of Life set me free from the law of sin and death.

So if we are reading the scripture right, it means that condemnation is sense of feeling which people have usually who are under the law. But since we are new beings and believe in Jesus overall, we have been set free by the Spirit of God Himself. We are no longer under this law or the spirit of condemnation.

What an awesome God He is! He is not blaming you for not spending time with Him, but He is loving you into that you spend time with Him.

So where does this entire cycle of guilt and condemnation come from? It comes from the adversary-Mr. devil. He enjoys in making you miserable in anyway possible. Now if you are new born-again believer, he knows most of his battle is already lost so he tries to make you feel bad about the one thing you love the most-Jesus.

It is a common cycle: you commit any mistake or do any wrong, immediately comes condemnation along with self-loathe. For other weaker beings, guilt is the main rider of their vehicles.

I used to be in this cycle for a long time. Most of the times, I would not even realize that I was in the cycle. I would spend my days “thinking about” spending my time with God and when I wasn’t able to I would just feel terrible.

All this happened for a good 2 or 3 years, when I realized thinking and self loathing won’t cut the deal, and I actually had to do something about it.

First of all, I stopped condemning myslef. No matter what happened, everything I failed, I just kept getting up and going at it again and again. The scripture says, Pr 24:16 “ A righteous man falls down seven times and rises up again.” I soon realized by condemning myself I was just cursing myself in another way and it had to stop.

Motivating myself to do better the next time and learn from my mistakes really helped me along the way.

Secondly, I stopped thinking and started doing more. Most of the times what happens is we just keep thinking about Lord and somehow it is built in our system, the more we think, the better we are.

Not so with Jesus. For Him “faith by actions is more important than anything”.

Thirdly, trust the Lord to help you with your task. Many times when we think we fail, is because we have not trusted Him enough to help us say through our situations and we depend on ourselves to do it. Truth is, left by ourselves we would never be able to do it.

For example: If left on myself, I would never be able to write down this blog. This is possible only because I believed He would be able to help me write even after a hectic shift of office work, working out and household chores. Now simply because am depending on His strength, I do not feel guilty anymore. So trust is the key issue.

Praying in tongues: Praying in tongues really helps when those thought skeep muddling in your head from time to time. Praying in tongues helps you go beyond your current mindless thinking and helps you engage in the spiritual battle at a deeper level.

And finally, obeying the scriptures. Being a smart-ass, I repeatedly used to disobey the scripture. If it was written, “cast your cares”, I would not do so thinking, “oh God has too much on His plate” or maybe when the scripture clearly stated “whom the Son sets free is free indeed”, I would only partly believe this scripture and somehow my results were partial.

For God to actually work out in my life, we need to believe the scriptures as they are. If God really says He is our Father, then that’s bout it, no argument. If He really says His love is greater than heights, depths and nothing can separate us from that love then he does mean it.

We should sop playing little games with ourselves and believe on it plainly.

When we do that, we arrive at a stage where the love of God is so much that there is no space for condemnation.

Let me give you an example: For a long time while I was in the church, I believed I was not doing God’s will if I was not preaching to someone about Jesus or helping out someone. This led to me condemning myself, hating myself and feeling miserable all the time about it.

Nevertheless I did it but then soon realized it wasn’t the way God had planned it out.

Now over a period of time, God helped me fail a number of times while I preached just to show that this thinking of mine was wrong. What actually happened is that He told me, to just be myself and if I found all this too tedious, then to leave it altogether. He asked me to serve/obey Him  rather serve/obey man.

Now when this happened, I sure shot thought that God would tell me to preach, but instead He told me to do what I loved the most. This helped me so much because I enjoyed this phase and in return this I actually helped me get out of my self-condemnation. 

During this process, I fell in love with God with love like never before. It set me free from my mind boggling thoughts. It set me free so much that I actually wanted others to feel the same as I did, which is when I asked God to help me help others. 

He just had one command-Serve me, not people. Whenever I obeyed this, I felt happy, joyous, protected and safe. Many times He did ask me to speak to certain people but He also asked me to do outrageous stuff which helped me not be a slave of man.

I guess the biggest mistake we make in our lives everyday is when we put God inside a box. We don’t let Him lead us. We lead ourselves and then look unto Him as if something was wrong with Him.

Long story short: Do not fall prey to devil’s vile schemes, “submit yourself to God and the devil will flee from you”. Along with that will flee his cheap tactics of condemnation and self-guilt.

 

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What to do when you are feeling betrayed?

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So I come time and again to this place, where I realise the best person to be your closest friend is Jesus. He doesn’t complain, he doesn’t back-bite nor does he look after his own interests. People can be so selfish sometimes that it may break and hurt your heart.

This is when Jesus comes in handy. He comes in and takes a place you had so ruthlessly given to that person you thought friend and just excels at being your best partner.

My Story: What recently happened?

Just recently it so happened that 2 of the people I frequently hung out at work started acting funny on getting certain news about me. They stopped going on lunches with me, started ignoring me and acted pretty weird around me.

I tried running after them to make things work and tried talking multiple times but it seemed they just weren’t in the mood. As a consequence, I got tired and moved on because first of all it was no fault of mine that God was having good plans for me, and second of all they were way too toxic for me.

Jesus had multiple times pointed out to me that were back-biting, but as naïve as I could be,  I kept on forgiving them and kept trusting them throughout.

Right: Forgiving them at every point was the right thing to do.

Wrong: Trusting them continuously was the wrong one!

What actually breaks my heart beyond all this is that when we are successful in life, most of it comes thru Jesus and it is pretty simple, you need to just ask Him and if you are a new believer, you need to just seek help from someone who is a mature believer to help you pray initially on receiving things from God.

Seeing God’s accomplishment as a person’s personal accomplishment is wrong and many people who don’t know Jesus well enough fall to prey to this. If only they knew about Him, they could ask for themselves and He would do the same thing for them as well-God is impartial and is a no respecter of persons.

But when people don’t see this and are filled with jealousy for someone God is blessing, they bring doom upon themselves. Ultimately God hardens their hearts (or atleast the devil does)! Read the Pharaoh’s story in the book of Exodus to understand how this happens: How God hardened his heart when he did not let Moses go.

However, in this case of mine, Jesus asked me to pray for the 2 friends, which am realizing was for my betterment because in this entire procedure, my heart was getting hardened due to their schemes and the Lord wanted me to have a soft heart all the while He was working on my problem.

God cares about you:

So you see God literally and truly cares about you at the micro and nano level. He cared that my negative outlook which had developed for my friends may affect me badly and thus He led me to pray.

Getting alone time with God:

When you are having friends and are spending a lot of time with them, you will tend to operate out of their spirits and miss out on Holy Spirit. This may be good for your fleshly relations but is a disaster with Jesus (remember the scripture: if you are friends with the world, you are an enemy of God).

However, you can be in the Holy Spirit and still interact with your friends. Like this you will be “IN” the world but not “OF” the world.

However, when you start operating from someone else’s spirit rather than the Holy Spirit, it opens up doors to the enemy to attack you. The initial attacks happen at the level of hurting your heart (or emotional hurting).

Proverbs 4:23 states “Above all else guard your heart. For everything you do flows from it.

Friendship with the world, opens your heart to attacks, friendship with Jesus ensures your heart is secure only with Him and any betrayals/negative impacts do not have a lot of impact on you.

What to do when YOU ARE BETRAYED?

But if you are betrayed and found yourself alone, then the best thing to do at this time is to know and trust God that he may have let people go out of your life for your own good. And if they are nice people but there is a misunderstanding, then He will put them in your life at the right time again.

The misunderstanding am talking about

There was a time in my life, when few of my closest friends who were believers weren’t with me for a long time. When I enquired with Jesus on the same, he said He had purposely taken them out of my life for certain time as He wanted to sort a few things with me first.

Sure that period was painful but it was also fruitful as I gained so much knowledge from Him, learned to lean on Him, trust Him and be obedient to his voice. I wouldn’t change a thing about that period and ultimately He brought me back to them at the right time when they and I, both learned a thing or too He was trying to teach both of us.

Just an FYI, now all is well between us but God does give me a whisk every now and then to keep Him above any person even if it is your closest friend or your leader!

Also during that period I used to wonder that since I lost most of my believer friends, if there was anyone who was actually praying for me (I was facing trials daily) when Jesus showed me that He is praying for me as He is the greatest intercessor of all.

This Truth changed my entire perspective to human relationships and Godly relationships. It showed me I don’t’ need to be dependent on humans to feel loved. It showed even when no-one is with me, I have Jesus along.

Why people do what they do?

The fact is that sometimes people don’t even realize they are wrong, they are just that way and you can’t do anything about it.

At other times, they maybe under deception and you may well be taking the hits because of the lies the enemy is feeding them.

At yet other times, they maybe the worst versions of themselves but you can’t blame them because you maybe acting like them in other situations. So technically everybody is wrong and right at some point.

As Joyce Meyer says “They are just people, you can’t blame them, they are not God”.

What to do when people are being “just themselves”?

The important thing to do is to continually walk with Jesus to understand His perspective and operate from his wisdom even when others are wrong. Also walking with him greatly soothes your soul and provides the much needed nourishment.

This happens only when we spend time with Him. This episode of recent betrayal also helped me re-focus the time I was giving my 2 friends, to give it to God and I felt so good. So ultimately Jesus works out everything for His and our good in the longer run.

TIP: Use the time you have away from friends/family to spend with Jesus and you won’t regret it, I promise!

So when you are alone rejoice, because you are having an amazing opportunity to fellowship with Him and when you are down remember the scripture says ” the world doesn’t know you because it did not know Him and He has pulled you out of the world.”

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The Act of Deception: Stealing your Joy, God’s will and Your Identity!

The ACt of Deception_ Stealing your Joy, God_s will and Your Identity!

What is deception? Deception means the “Act of Deceiving someone”. Here we are talking about that someone being the “devil” primarily who uses his tactics to throw us off road. Jesus calls him a thief who comes to “steal, kill and destroy”. So it is imperative, we learn how to stay on the course God has for us.

We can do this by identifying the types of deception. Once we identify and if we are in it, we can ask help from the Holy Spirit to help us out of it.

There are many types of deception, anything which throws you off from the track of TRUTH even by 1 degree is nothing but a lie. We all have in ourselves built in spiritual compass which will tell you when you are being off the mark even by 1 degree. Trust me you will know!

One of the scriptures which tells us this is Is 30:21: Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.

But the believer says, this is old testament-I can neglect that! Well not if you knew the Holy Spirit closely. The Holy Spirit revealed to me what this actually meant.

Jesus is the WORD, remember? And we know that Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit are one. Now following or obeying the Holy Spirit at all times is the same as following this scripture in the olden times.

Every time we obey the Holy Spirit, we are elevating the Spirit of God inside us and crucifying our flesh thus steering away from the devil’s schemes.

Let me put this scripture for you in New Testament type words Ro 8: 14 Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the Sons of God.

What does the devil want? To steal your identity! Once he steals WHO YOU ARE in CHRIST, He can steal your joy and everything pretty easily!

Every time you will be faced by a challenge to listen to your own desires/thoughts or to seek the Spirit to ask His will. Every time you seek, ask and do His will, you will find yourself in a state where  you have greater realization of your sonship in Christ. and thus your identity.

It is not that if you don’t do His will you are not sons, maybe you are on the path of realizing your sonship, but when you actively do His will, you will find your inner man being revealed to you more and when this inner man overcomes your outer-man, the realization of being a son will step in immediately.

Now, the problem here is that, every time we set out to do this, devil is crouching on your door, because of which we may get deceived. It is important to come out of this, so you can seek God with all your heart and know His will for your life!

Let’s look at the types of deception below:

Deception 1:

There is a type of deception which comes from desires/thoughts that lead you away from focussing on Jesus. This is the simplest and most prominent type of deception.

Ja 1:3 When tempted, no-one should say ”God is tempting me”, For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.

Every human being comes on earth equipped with their own sinful desires and according to their desires they are first tempted to leave the boundary of God, and then enticed. By this time, the sin is already in function. It takes no time for death to manifest.

Tip to Overcome:

Submit your thought to Jesus which is leading you astray. This is the only way. Seek God and ask Him to help you get rid of it.

Today I was going through some thoughts and God asked me to submit those thoughts to Him as He will take care of it. I did it and felt better immediately.

Ja 4:7 Submit yourselves to God; resist the devil and he will flee from him

Please be careful here. If the thoughts are not submitted over a period of time, they may become strongholds and God will have to take you out of it completely. This is more painful for the flesh, so it is advisable to do it daily on an ongoing basis.

Deception 2:

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

This is the most common type of deception which usually happens especially when ministering to someone. This is like you read the Word, understand it, know it, and also shove it down other people’s throats except following yourself. The Word is a double-edged sword meant to cut the minister and the one getting ministered.

If this is not happening, then deception is at play. Also, when we just listen to it and don’t do it, then it goes into head. Thus forming a religious mindset.

Thus not following this simplest word of Truth, leads to one getting enticed and thus birthing death.

This deception is an open door to many more deceptions:

  • I need to hang out only with Believers/Born-again people not with sinful people.
  • If any problem comes, the immediate response is why is all this happening to me? Why is God doing this to me? The mentality here is “I deserve a problem free life” (Which is not possible; God says “In this life you will have troubles, but take heart for I have overcome the world”).
  • You start competing with each other all the time for the limelight be it spiritual or non-spiritual.

There are many more. Remember: Only Jesus can take you out of it. He took me out of all these sins and deceptions one by one by dealing with me, but I had to trust Him even though it was painful (only for the flesh!). It was so exhilarating for the Spirit.

I had to constantly say no to my feelings, my thoughts etc, and seek God to reveal His thoughts on the matter and then accept it. But over a period of time, God got rid of all those strongholds and developed in me the personality and character He wanted to see. Awww, how much I love you Jesus!

EASY TIP #!1 TO SAY CLEAR COURSE OF DECEPTION: Look upto Jesus. He is the Light, everytime you look at Him, His Light will dispel the darkness. It will dispel the lies of the devil and you would be surprised to see how different Truth is from the lie!

John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

(The above one is my fave tip by the way and the easiest yet most effective)

EASY TIP #2 TO SAY CLEAR OF DECEPTION: Keep an open mind to all possibilities. Many times we expect God to reach out to us or our problems in specific ways, but He will reach out to you through His ways. If you are not open-minded, you may miss out seeing God at work and will keep sulking about the issue.

EASY TIP #3 TO SAY CLEAR OF DECEPTION:  Do not take yourself too seriously! We often start taking a lot of things pretty serious when they are not and start projecting negative thoughts. Easiest way is to laugh at yourself and move on. God will still meet you wherever you are and God works best when the believer learns to enjoy Him in His presence.

EASY  TIP #4 TO SAY CLEAR OF DECEPTION: Ask your friends and family if they have seen any change in you recently. It will give you a clear picture of where you are heading. Everyone understands love and if you are not acting out of it, it will be seen clearly.

At one point of time, I was having such a stringent mindset, that I saw a very specific person pretty lowly just because he was not doing what I thought he was supposed to, and instead saw myself pretty highly infront of him. I used to treat him badly and thought only am the “special one”. Just because of this, I used to never listen to his remarks about me.

When I was going on the lowly road, this person tried to help me, but I just wouldn’t listen. I was under deception.

However, one day it so happened that for some reason I just listened to this person speak his heart out and then I realised OMG! God is telling me something here. And yes, God did use the weakest of the link to get to me and tell me about the deception I was going through.

Immediately I thanked God and got out of it.

Once you identify deception, seek Jesus, ask Him to help you and co-operate with the Holy Spirit to cleanse you out of it and help build the person God wants you to be! 

 

Recipes

How to make power-packed Protein Smoothie? For GYM freaks!

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So, this recipe I got it right from the internet off a famous celebrity who is huge fitness freak. I did my own little modifications to it, and voila!

We have an amazing smoothie which is protein packed and tastes so yum that you can try it both before and after you workout.

Ingredients:

Milk: 2 cups

Oats: 1.5-2 cups

Banana: 1

Strawberries: 2 (Optional)

Peanut Butter: 2 Scoops

Ice

Recipe:

In a blender, add milk and put in all other ingredients along with it. Blend it until it is smooth.

Add ice and pour in a large glass to enjoy it.

Calorie Count: 1506 Calories at your disposal monsieur.

Tip: Best had with your gym BFFs!

 

 

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How to get maximum satisfaction out of 20 bucks?

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So this is a story inspired by some events which took place recently and I thought to make a mention of them.

The other day my colleagues made a plan of an outing. We chose this really nice and expensive place with games and food. I had an amazing company of people around me and enjoyed to the max.

Now I have this thing about me -am a keen observant. I saw a few people going crazy out there, making me wonder are they really enjoying themselves?

They were doing nothing wrong yet you know I sometimes can’t stop thinking is this what really makes them happy or is this what actually makes them happy?

You know how I arrived at this question?

Because a few years down the line I was doing the exact same thing, and didn’t enjoy a bit.

I remember this cool group of people taking me to exotic destination for vacation. There were parties and beaches and all things awesome. I went to this party with loud music, and in the middle of it, I thought, “What the hell am I doing?”  “Nobody here knows what to do. Look at their faces, they wouldn’t be able to tell a sheep from a dog!” Chuckles!

The point is how much ever fun convince yourself you are having, you may never get the satisfaction you desire.

How do I know this?

Been there, done that!

Now it’s a different thing, if you have God with you. Sitting under a starry night with God by your side can give you twice as much satisfaction.

Why?

Because God is Love. He is all things associated with love. He created you, so He knows your number one priorities, all those urges and ultimately what makes you happy deep down.

Loving it away…..

Most of the times, we may find ourselves running after one thing on other due to desires emanating out of the following insecurities:

Insecurity 1: Nobody knows me, nobody understands me. Heck, I am going to make myself feel good by buying this expensive shirt and then Victoria’s Secret Perfume! But even after buying, I do not feel a sense of comfort, let me get my hands on those chocolates instead!

What Jesus says: Jeremiah 1:5: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations”.

What I say: Voila! Just knowing that and literally believing it in the heart, does wonders for your emotional and mental happiness. As I say:

Chocolates are eaten,

Perfumes vanish in air,

Be with Jesus

And your hearts will be full of love and care!

Okay, that was a bad poem but atleast I got it’s meaning right.

How to do it: Believe in Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross for you. If you already do that, then move to next step. Get sensitive to the presence of God. Sense the Holy Spirit around yo looking over you. A few practices and you should be good to go on a new journey.

Insecurity 2: I am not accepted in this society. My bf wants me to look a certain way, my husband expects so much out of me, my boss…….am so stressed. I guess I am going to forget all my worries and party all night.

What Happens then-You hit reality when the party is over and get stressed all over again. It is so important to live a stress-free life daily and that is possible only when you know however you are, you are accepted.

What Jesus says: He 8:12: For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.

What I say: In a world full of people doing crazy stuff for getting accepted, I would run at this opportunity of God accepting me even if no man does, because God is eternal. Men are temporary and what is eternal only lasts.

What to do: Read the bible. It is full of amazing promises. Believe it and live it like literally and not some religious book out of another religion. See it as a self-help guide book. It is full of practical advise for day-to-day living.

Bottomline:

There are a million things Jesus does to you which are exclusive for you. I guess that’s what happened. The feeling of everything being held together in my insides overpowered the sense of insecurities.

Peace inside can battle a thousand storms. Love inside can battle a million.

Once this happened, I was a new person. Whether I went to a party or not, I was still happy. I did not need a beer to make me feel light. I did not need to spend huge bucks (although sometimes I still do!) to make me feel like a princess.

What mattered the most was having the one person by my side who made me feel like a million dollar princess-Jesus!

You still wondering how 20 bucks can give you maximum satisfaction? Buy yourself an ice-cream worth 20 bucks while taking a walk with Jesus and you will know!