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>> . I watched this sermon this morning. No distractions, mind fully immersed in what was being said and to the glory of God, I will never be the same by His grace. . Some of us have gone too far on the path to destruction when it comes to sexual desires. We have consistently acted on impulse to the point that our thinking on sex is utterly perverted. It gets to a point where you feel you’ve gone past the point of return such that it’s pointless to restrain yourself. . There’s good news in this teaching for us. Jesus set an impossibly high standard for us humans, but can heal our hearts and enable us attain it through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. In His word he takes us to the heart of the issue – our hearts. What goes on in privacy of our minds which directs our lustful glances and imaginations? A broken and spiritually impaired heart. . I encourage you to find time to watch this, preferably when you are well rested and wide awake so you can flow with the sequence of thoughts and truths being unpacked. . There are people in your life who need this message – both men and women. Share it with your boyfriend, share it with your spouse. May God use it to shine his light into hearts. . Link in Bio. . ✏: @sonsare . . #teaching #sermon #timmackie #sexualdesire #christcentred #heartissues #truth #brokenness #healing #hopeinjesus #thelighttrain #christianblog #thereisloveinsharing #delightyourselfinthelord
Dear friend, we are happy to recommend the 'Exploring My Strange Bible' podcast series to you. . Made by bible teacher Tim Mackie, these podcasts will greatly increase your knowledge of the Bible, enriching you with contextual perspectives from which you will be able to draw practical life lessons. . You can find these podcasts on iTunes or on the Bible Project Website. . Delight yourself in the Lord! . . . #podcast #recommended #mystrangebible #timmackie #jointhebibleproject #soundteaching #scripture #higherlearning #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #thereisloveinsharing #delightyourselfinthelord
"The fullest expression of Christian living is a combination of head, heart, and hands. It involves receiving truth through the head, which ignites new affections in the heart and flows out in action through the hands." - Thabiti Anyabwile . . Excerpt from our book of the month (Thinking. Loving. Doing. A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind). This book is available to download absolutely free! (Link in bio). . . . #thinking  #loving  #doing  #glorifyGod #heartandmind #bookofthemonth #goodreads  #readgood  #truth #scriptural #christianity #multidimensional #findthebalance #learnfromothers #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #thereisloveinsharing
What a precious thing it is to be loved by a Saviour who truly understands and deeply cares for us! Let's be glad and rejoice! . . #bibleverse #psalms #truth #thewordofGod #wonderfulsaviour #Jesus #heknows #hecares #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #thereisloveinsharing
Dear friends, our book of the month on the Light Train this February is: . ‘Thinking. Loving. Doing. A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind.’ It is a wonderfully written, gospel-saturated book by several authors. . We will share excerpts all the way through the month to spark your interest to read the book. Thanks to the awesome @desiringgod , this book is available for free (link in our bio). . Delight yourself in the Lord! . . . . #thinking #loving #doing #glorifyGod #heartandmind #bookofthemonth #goodreads #readgood #truth #scriptural #christianity #multidimensional #findthebalance #learnfromothers #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #thereisloveinsharing
Welcome to the month of February Dear Friends!! . May this month be a testimony of God’s faithfulness and victory in our lives and a deeply satisfying thirst after righteousness all the way through. . Delight yourself in the Lord! . . . #happynewmonth #february #praiseJesus #thankGod #gratitude #reflections #committedtoChrist #victoriousliving #selfdenial #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #thereisloveinsharing
When a vessel is much shaken, it is apt to splash over; and so usually we give vent to strong passions, and to the grievances of the mind, by murmuring and complaining. There is quick communication between the heart and the tongue: when the heart is burdened and overcharged, it seeks ease and vent by the tongue. The first degree then of the patience of the children of God is to keep silence. . David says, “I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it” (Psa 39:9). It is God, and therefore the least complaining thought must not be allowed. When he saw God in the providence, he durst not speak one word that might savour of discontent. When Aaron had two children taken away by a judgment and a strange stroke of God’s providence, it is said, “Aaron held his peace” (Lev. 10:3). . There must be a quiet contentment of the mind and submission of the heart, howsoever grievous the affliction may be. A stormy mind is as bad, though not as scandalous, as a virulent tongue. You must be contented in your very souls. You should not dare to quarrel with God, nor enter a plea against providence. Thoughts are as words with God; therefore, take heed of private arguments against Him. We must obey God with silence and quietness. Believing will give us ease when arguing cannot. . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless  #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
But when you are brought to an actual choice, either of duty or sin—when duty is left without sensible encouragement, or loaded with sensible discouragement—what will you do then? Which will you prefer? . “They loved not their lives unto the death” (Rev 12:11) when it came to the crisis. . A temptation, represented in imagination and speculation, is nothing so terrible as it is in its actual appearance. We may be of great confidence in our own imaginations, as Peter was; but when we are called out to death itself, then not to love our friends or lives, to risk the frowns of a father, the familiarity of kindred, provisions for your children—is a sign your love to God is real. . It is true, in such a case as this, a child of God may be overcome by the violence of such a temptation, but speedily he repents. Here is the great trial: when we are called out to break a law or risk an interest (as we will be sooner or later), to please men or to please God, then we are tested to see if we will deny ourselves or Christ. . The high priest under the Law had the names of the tribes upon his breast, but the name of God on his front or forehead (Exo 28:29, 36-38)...An emblem of every Christian should be this: if his relations be on his breast, yet the honour of God must be on his forehead. That interest must be chief and predominant. When we can habitually venture upon the displeasure of God to gratify our interest, this is to love ourselves more than God. . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless  #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
Consider how you will be able to look Jesus Christ in the face on the day of recompenses, when you have such cheap and low thoughts of Him for trifles, when you are content to part with God and Christ, and all the comfort and hope of the Spirit, for a trifle, for worldly concerns, for base and worthless pleasures. . The Day of Judgment is one of the enforcements of self-denial. When Christ laid down this doctrine of self-denial, He said, “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works” (Mat 16:27) . Because you would forsake Christ upon so small a temptation, and would sell all the excellent things of religion for a toy, a matter of nothing, how will you look the blessed companions of Christ in the face: angels and those self-denying saints who could give up every concern and count not their lives dear? You will become the scorn of saints and angels, “Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness” (Psa 52:7). This is the man that would not make God his portion, that preferred his body before his soul, and his wealth and pleasure before Christ; this is he that would not part with a little comfort in the world for Christ’s sake! . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless  #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
The greatest self-seeking may be carried on under the colour of self-denial. As the Gibeonites put on old shoes and old garments to make a league with Joshua (Jsh 9:3-6), so too many pretend mortification and self-denial to endear themselves to others, for worldly profit and advantage. Carnal designs of men have been carried on under a pretence and veil of religion. . Herod pretended to worship, but afterward sought to have Christ destroyed (Mat 2:8-16); Jezebel proclaimed a fast to destroy Naboth (1Ki 21:9-10); and Simeon and Levi pressed the Shechemites to be circumcised out of revenge (Gen 34:13-29). A crocodile weeps and then catches a prey. Carnal ends are often shrouded under religious pretences. . To deny self-seeking is a difficult and hard piece of self-denial. Self-seeking is natural to us: “All seek their own” (Phi 2:21). All our aims, naturally, are at our own profit or credit. Self-seeking is laid aside with great difficulty, for base and unworthy desires are very persistent, and recoil upon us even after mortification and after resolutions to the contrary. We often find that we begin well. We aim at the glory of God; it is our habitual aim. But then thoughts of pride grow upon us in the very middle of the action, or else after it is ended. It is an impudent sin that will assault us again and again. . To remedy this evil by way of practice, be more frequent in prayer and praise. Be frequent in prayer in order to be purged from self-seeking and wrong motives; carnal affection will be persistent. Then for praises, cast the honour upon God Himself. . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless  #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #truths #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
When we make pleasures to be the business of our lives, and are motivated to them with great affection, but are cold and careless in the service of God, this is to love pleasures more than God (2 Tim. 3:4). It is a sin that does not deserve to be stroked with only a gentle censure. . There is much irreverence shown when duty and pleasure come in competition, and when we cannot find any contentment in communion with God, but can part with it to gratify the senses. The temptation is so low, that the sin rises the higher. When the consolations of God are exchanged for the pleasures of sin, it is a sorry exchange, like Esau’s selling his birthright for a mess of pottage (Heb 12:16). . When the temptation is small, and yet prevalent, it is a sign the natural inclinations are very great. They are carried downwards by their own weight, as heavy bodies; they are not forced, but inclined. A little sinful delight and satisfaction draws them out of the way and makes them risk the love of God, the consolations of the Spirit, and whatever is dear and precious to Christ. Now this is aggravated when, upon serious debates and struggles of conscience, men do not do what is best, but what is sweetest. It is a very dangerous symptom of this evil, because debate argues something of choice and full consent—not only doing evil, but preferring it! . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless  #thomasmanton #truths #JesusisLord #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
If a Christian were wise, he might give God all his time, not only that which he spends in the closet, but that which he spends in the shop—as when you go about your worldly business with a heavenly mind, and do it as God’s work for His glory. . Those that live by manual labour must work not merely to sustain themselves, but to glorify God and do good to their neighbours. “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” (Eph 4:28). . Grace works in our vocational callings; it keeps the heart right in worldly employments. And grace keeps the heart right in duties of worship. This is so that in worldly business we may have a heavenly mind, and that in spiritual business we may not have carnal minds—that now and then in your vocation you may send a glance to heaven, and in your spiritual duties you may not wander into the world. . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth  #grace #truths #oldbutgold  #timeless  #thomasmanton #denyyourself  #thelighttrain  #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
Christ says, “If any man,” to show that the duty is of an unlimited application. It involves all, whosoever will enter themselves in Christ’s school, or enlist themselves in His flock or company. It does not concern only a few who are called out to be champions for His cause, and to expose their bodies to the cruel flames, but “if any will come after me.” . “If any man will come” (Greek, thelei): the word is emphatic, it notes the full purpose and consent of the will—whosoever  is firmly resolved. . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless  #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
No creature can be at his own power and disposal. Riches are not your own, but they are God’s bounty to you. . Goods must be laid out according to the owner’s will, or else it is robbery. Now, all that you have is God’s; therefore you are to part with every interest and concern of your own, for His glory. . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . . #atreatiseofselfdenial #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing #christianblog
Consider, your happiness does not lie within yourselves, nor in any other creature, but in God alone. God in Himself is much better than God in the creature. Carnal men prize God’s work in the creature, but not God in Himself. . And therefore the first thing we must depend upon is that God is an all-sufficient God in Himself; not God in friends, not God in wealth, but God in Himself. . We cannot see how it can be well without friends, wealth, and liberty; therefore, our hearts are glued to them. Oh, take heed of this! All these things are but several conduits to deliver and convey to us the influence of the supreme cause. Therefore, still prize God in Himself before God in the creature. . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing #christianblog
When anything begins to sit too close and too near the heart, it is good for a Christian then to be wary, and ask this question: “How shall I deny this for God?” “I would not be brought under the power of anything” (see 1 Cor. 6:12). . Though the objects you make use of be lawful, yet when they encroach upon your spirit, then you must deny them. . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing #christianblog
If you would deny yourself, resolve to please God even in the worst circumstances, though it may be with the displeasure of yourself and all the world. Usually, we do not sit down and count the costs; we do not make our resolve large enough. When we take up the profession of religion, we look for but little trouble, and therefore we are soon discouraged. . Usually we give God but a small portion of our lives. When we take religion upon us, we do not carry our lives and our estates in our hands, as we should, in order to give them away. A man never comes to Christ rightly unless he gives up himself and his friends, and bids Christ take all. . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial #bookofthemonth #countthecost #oldbutgold #timeless #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing #christianblog
If you would deny yourself, often exercise faith and look within the veil. Send your thoughts as spies and messengers into the land of promise. . A man more easily will quit what he has upon earth when he has strong expectations of heaven (Rom 8:18). When a man sees that God has laid up a more excellent glory for him, he will reckon these things are not to be named the same day. . For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen. (2Co 4:16-18). . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing #christianblog
If you would deny yourselves, everyone must observe his temperament and the particular constitution of his own soul. . There are several ways of sinning; let everyone look to his own way (Isa 53:6). God knows that we are all out of the way, but usually there is some particular way of sin into which our hearts wander and digress. Now, when God tries any man, He tries him in his particular “Isaac,” just as He tried Abraham (Gen 22:1- 2). . Therefore, self-denial must be considered according to the kind of self-love particular to each person, which way self-love most bends and inclines his soul. . This observation is necessary because there may be a kind of shadow of self-denial in carnal men. Lusts are obstinate, and because their opposition will not give way to another, for the convenience of a bigger lust, a man may deny himself in something else. A covetous man may deprive his soul of good, and may be harsh and disobliging to his nature, yet he may not really deny himself. He may deny himself of pleasure, but not of worldly profit. Others who are of a sensual constitution of spirit may be slight as to worldly profit, when their hearts are caught by another snare; “I kept myself from mine iniquity” (Psa 18:23). . Usually there is some special sin that we may, by the frequency of temptation and by our desires that run that way, call “our sin.” Now herein is our uprightness tried, when we can deny that particular sin. . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio) #atreatiseofselfdenial #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing #christianblog
As I read through the richly inspired words of Thomas Manton's book, I appreciate one of my favourite hymns a lot more. . 'O Jesus I have promised' written by John E. Bode has words which reflect the yearning in my heart as I explore the topic of self-denial. . Many times in the past, I have failed to hear God speak amidst the 'storms of passion' and the 'murmurs of self-will'. It's hard. We need to seek God's help and strength much more than we know or even do. Lean in to God ever so desperately, dear friend! . . . Writer: @sonsare . #hymn #ojesusihavepromised #jesusisafaithfulfriend #reflections #selfdenial #weneedjesusdesperately #jesuscentered #thelighttrain #christianblog
There are none that condemn themselves more severely than do the children of God when they have sinned against God; they need no other judge than their own consciences to pass a sentence upon them. . Men naturally are apt to favour themselves; they are slight in self-humiliation and deep in censure of others. With indignation they reflect upon the sins of others, but with indulgence upon their own. As Judah, when it was told him, “Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt” (Gen 38:24). But when she showed him the evidence that he had been the one who defiled her, then he was calm enough. . It is otherwise with God’s children; there are no sins so odious to them as their own. “Jesus Christ came...to save sinners, of whom I am chief ” (1Tim. 1:15). Paul in effect says, “Oh, there is no such sinner in the world as I am.” . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton . #selfdenial #thomasmanton #botm #profound #reflections #goodreads #readgood #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
"We are so troubled to part with things, therefore, because our hearts are too much set upon them. We enlarge the things of the world in our esteem and affection; then it is a trouble to part with them for Christ’s sake. Alas! All these outward things serve but to prop up a tabernacle that is always falling." - Thomas Manton . . #excerpts #greatbooks #oldbutnew #oldbutgold #alwaysrelevant #selfdenial #thomasmanton #thelighttrain
Seneca says, “A magnanimous man cares not, does not look, where he may live most safely, but most honestly.” In the disposal of his affairs, a child of God looks where he may have most work and do most service, and not merely to provide for ease and safety. . When two ways are proposed to a traveller, one pleasant and the other very craggy and dangerous, he looks not to which way is most pleasant, but which way best brings him to his journey’s end. . Excerpts from - A Treatise of Self-Denial by Thomas Manton . . . #excerpts #truth #goodreads #readgood #bookofthemonth #selfdenial #thomasmanton #thelighttrain #jesuscentered #christianblog #christianbloggers #christianwriters
In connection with my New Year Resolution which is to deny myself for God's glory, I invite you to join me on a reading journey. Let’s go ‘old skool’ this New Year, as we reflect on the profound thoughts and rigorous studies of a Puritan called Thomas Manton. The title of our book of the month for January is: ‘A Treatise of Self Denial.’ . This book is available for free in digital format (Link in Bio). . Excerpts will be shared across our platforms throughout the month, and a review at the end of the month by God’s grace. . Please share your thoughts at any time and let us know how the book impacts you by commenting on our posts or you can send an email: chat@thelighttrain.com. . Delight yourself in the Lord! . . . Writer: @sonsare . #bookofthemonth #goodreads #readgood #oldbutgold #profound #truths #denyself #jesus #charge #christian #thelighttrain #christianblog
Have you made any resolutions for 2018? Surely, there are goals you would love to achieve this year. Perhaps you are scared to verbalize them because you are like me. . I have made many resolutions in past years which I failed to follow through. This year, I almost succumbed to the feeling that it would be pointless to make any resolutions. Some of you can relate to this but hey, let’s do a Philippians 4:13 on any feelings of defeat. Also, let’s ask ourselves some crucial questions: . . In whom did we put our trust to enable us achieve our past resolutions? . Were our past resolutions primarily devised for our glory? . What do our past resolutions tell us about where our hearts are? . . I found these questions helpful in forging my New Year resolution for 2018. In fact, my 2017 made 2018’s resolution obvious and necessary. . So, what is my New Year resolution? It is inspired by Matthew 16:24. Sounds super spiritual right? It’d better be, because one lesson is clear from all my past years: I am incapable of achieving resolutions without the grace of God empowering me. . This year, I have resolved to: Deny Myself for God’s Glory. This general resolution if empowered by God’s grace will cascade into all areas of my life: prayer, eating habits, giving, forgiving, serving others, sharing the good news, persevering, working hard, etc. . How about you? . . . Writer: Sonsare Zabadi . #newyear #twentyeighteen #resolutions #yesorno #phillipians413 #shundefeat #victoryinchrist #resolve #solideogloria #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
A very happy New Year to you!! . . One thing I love about each New Year is the undeniable sense of newness it brings. I get to refresh my resolve to live for things that truly matter and approach the future with hopes and expectations anchored in Jesus. . . What will 2018 bring? I don’t know. Although the specifics lie in the realm of uncertainty, I am greatly encouraged that God lives and His promises are certain. He will never leave me nor forsake me. The pleasant and bitter experiences which await me this year will all work together for my good, in Christ Jesus. . . Have you made any resolutions? What are they? . . . . #newyear #newbeginnings #gift #christwillneverleaveusnorforsakeus #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers . . Writer: Sonsare Zabadi
Jesus wants us to embrace the true prosperity gospel. He wants us to have real “treasure in heaven” (Mark 10:21), the gift of “pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11). _______________________________________________So when Jesus calls us, he often asks us to leave homes, land, family, and vocations for his sake and the gospel’s (Mark 10:29). He requires us to deny ourselves and take up our cross (Matt. 16:24). Because, like Paul described, when for Christ’s sake we are willing to abandon those things that the world considers the only gain worth having, it shows that Christ is truly gain to us (Phil. 3:8). _______________________________________________It is also why, when God disciplines us (Heb. 12:5–6) to conform us to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29), he will, like Job, take away earthly things that are precious to us. The affections of our hearts, both sinful and righteous, that were more concealed in the having are more revealed in the losing. The sin that is revealed he seeks to mortify; the righteousness of faith that is revealed he seeks to display for us and for the watching world. ______________________________________________ Excerpts from - ‘Don’t Follow Your Heart - God’s Ways Are Not Your Ways’ By JON BLOOM #excerpt #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #desiringgod .ord #readgood #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
Is this a daily request you take up in prayer? Are you living with a sense of mission to be like Jesus to those around you and beyond? #goodmusic #lyrics #mission #thelighttrain #christianblogger
Yeah, God, of course Job “fears” you when his life is full of blessings. But take away the blessings, and his trust will turn to cursing. Note the irony here. In this manipulative moment, Satan inadvertently pointed out the core error of prosperity theology: prosperity obscures rather than reveals how much fallen humans love God. “Blessings” easily turn into curses as sinners subtly (or not so subtly) come to love and trust the blessings more than the bless-er. Satan knew this by experience. He was so confident that Job would curse God if the blessings were removed because he had seen it occur thousand and thousands of times in others. Satan knew that the taking away more than the giving would reveal the truth—what Job really trusted and loved. So did God. So God gave Satan permission to take away Job’s children, wealth, health, and reputation—all that most men place their hope in during life. Satan gets no pleasure out of humans enjoying real pleasure. He would prefer to kill, maim, steal, destroy, and deprive, if doing so doesn’t push someone toward faith in God (John 10:10). But he also knows that a consistently effective tool to weaken, impede, and disease the church is to let her prosper. Prosperity has a greater tendency to conceal idolatry and false faith. So, like he tried with Jesus, Satan sometimes will offer us the world (Luke 4:5–7). He would rather us be faithlessly prosperous than afflicted and faithful. __________________________________________________________________________ Excerpts from - ‘Don’t Follow Your Heart - God’s Ways Are Not Your Ways’ By JON BLOOM __________________________________________________________________________ #excerpt #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #desiringgod .ord #readgood #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
Despite the abundance of wonderful books we could have chosen as book of the month for December 2017, we have decided to camp in this book for another month and we could not have made a better decision. Jon Bloom's "Don't Follow Your Heart" is a collection of truths from the Bible interwoven with practical examples and relatable experiences which will plant deep convictions in your heart. This book is absolutely free for you to download (link in Bio) and read with us. We will be sharing more excerpts through the month. Delight yourself in the Lord! #goodreads #readgood #jonbloom #desiringgod #deeptruths #dontfollowyourheart #relatable #practical #jesusisking #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
All praise and glory be to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! . The months flew fast! December is here and we know that there isn't a better person to spend it with, than Jesus. As we enjoy holidays with our families and reflect on the time God the Father gave us his Son as a precious gift, resist the pressure from the world, to water down the significance of Jesus as the reason for the season . . God bless you 😊 #december #praisebetojesus #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #jesuslovers
This here is a poem penned by an elementary school teacher on forgiveness: He came to my desk with a quivering lip, the lesson was done. “Have you a new sheet for me, dear teacher? I’ve spoiled this one.” I took his sheet, all soiled and blotted and gave him a new one all unspotted. And into his tired heart I cried, “Do better now, my child.” I came to the throne with a trembling heart; the day was done. “Have you a new day for me, dear Master? I’ve spoiled this one.” He took my day, all soiled and blotted and gave me a new one all unspotted. And into my tired heart he cried, “Do better now, my child.” Writer: 'Seun Akappo #forgiveness #poem #experience #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
There's a lovely band called 'Kings Kaleidoscope'. We are happy to share a song they made, called 'Safe Retreat' featuring christian rap artist Braille. . . "When the storm clouds rise And the sky is dark And I'm pressed with anxious care I have a safe retreat in the strong, high tower For no ill can harm me there." Enjoy!! #lovelysong #musicforthesoul #goodvibes #kingskaleidoscope #saferetreat #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #jesusbethecentre
The unexpected, unexplained twists and turns our lives take create all kinds of apparent uncertainties for us. And the profound pain we endure can be so perplexing. There is so much God doesn’t tell us—so much we think we would really like to know. But as Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever.” This means that as creatures we must learn to live contentedly with what God intends to be mysterious to us and grab hold of the revealed things with everything we have. Excerpt from - ‘Don’t Follow Your Heart - God’s Ways Are Not Your Ways’ by Jon Bloom #bookofthemonth #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #goodreads #readgood #desiringgod #gospel #truths #jesus #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
[...in order to handle the knowledge of good and evil, a person must possess (1) the ability to completely comprehend all possible options and contingencies (omniscience); (2) the righteousness and wisdom to choose the right course; and (3) the power to make reality conform to the right course (omnipotence). In other words, only God can handle such knowledge. What this means is that it is not the one who trusts in the Lord who is irrational, but the one who leans on his or her own understanding. It is insane to trust such pitifully limited understanding when one can trust the unlimited understanding of God.] Excerpt from - ‘Don’t Follow Your Heart - God’s Ways Are Not Your Ways’ by Jon Bloom #bookofthemonth #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #goodreads #readgood #desiringgod #gospel #truths #jesus #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
Love this Hymn so much!! Grateful to have a Saviour who holds us fast in his love. #hymns #truth #jesus #thelighttrain #christianbloggers
"Remember, your heart only tells you what you want, not where you should go. So only listen to it to note what it’s telling you about what you want, and then take your wants, both good and evil, to Jesus as requests and confessions." Excerpt from page 7 ‘Don’t Follow Your Heart - God’s Ways Are Not Your Ways’ By Jon Bloom #bookofthemonth #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #goodreads #readgood #desiringgod #gospel #truths #jesus #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
We've added this great exhortation to the 'Sermons' section on our website 😊 Dedicate a meaningful hour to listen and grow. Delight yourself in the Lord dear friend. #sermons #jesusbethecentre #timmackie #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
Our Book of the month is available for free on desiringgod.org (direct download link in our bio). You can read a chapter of this book every day. Each chapter is short and refreshing! Delight yourself in the Lord Jesus Christ. #bookofthemonth #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #goodreads #readgood #desiringgod #gospel #truths #jesus #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
Our book of the month for November is: “Don’t Follow Your Heart - God’s Ways are not Your Ways”!! ❤❤ . . . Like the title? You’ll love the book! It is a great book for the Christian to read and be reminded of some crucial truths from the abundant living springs of the Bible. . . We are benefitting from desiringgod.org’s awesomeness once again, with this book selection. You can download it for free on their website (link in bio). . . We’d love to receive your thoughts as you read the book through the month. You can send us an email:chat@thelighttrain.com . Cheers!! . . #bookofthemonth #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #desiringgod #jesuslovers #truth #gospel #christianliving #thelighttrain #christianblogger #christianblog
Our review of October's book of the month is up on the blog!! Check it out 😊 (link in bio) #bookreview #killjoys #sevendeadlysins #thelighttrain #christianbloggers #goodreads #readgood #truths
"I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever." (Psalm 145: 1-2). Welcome to the month of November!! All glory be to Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. Our book of month will be announced later today! Super excited and looking forward to share it with you. #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #jesuslovers
Our hearts were designed to enjoy a full and forever happiness, not the pitiful temporary pleasures for which we’re too prone to settle. Pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust are all woefully inadequate substitutes for the wonder, beauty, and affection of God. As first hopes or dreams or loves, they are killjoys by comparison to Christ. They will rob you, not ravish you. They will numb you, not heal you. They will slaughter you, not save you. Excerpt from 'Killjoys: The Seven Deadly Sins' edited by Marshall Segal #killjoys #7deadlysins #bookofthemonth #desiringod #thelighttrain #christianbloggers #fightsin
Turn Down For What!? Our new blog post begins with this question and attempts to provide answers in the light of scripture and three events which occurred three weeks ago. May the Lord bless your heart as you read it. Link in Bio. #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianblogger #questions #turndownforwhat #thoughts #reflections
Our book of the month for October 2017 is ‘Killjoys - The Seven Deadly Sins’ written by 7 authors and edited by Marshall Segal. Having read a book on Christian accountability last month, it is fitting to read a book which reveals the monsters in each of us, so that our resolve to be accountable will be made stronger. Killjoys – The Seven Deadly Sins is one of my personal favourites. I will hold myself from saying more about it right now; I’ll leave that to my review at the end of the month. This book is also downloadable for free! (link in bio). For now, this is a major factor which guides our book choices, as we want you to be encouraged to read along with us. We will be sharing excerpts from this book till the end of the month. Enjoy! Writer: Sonsare Zabadi #bookofthemonth #goodreads #readgood #goodbook #basedonthebible #fightsin #killjoys #desiringgod #thelighttrain #christianbloggers #christianblog
"Praise the Lord, all nations everywhere. Praise him, all the peoples of the earth. For he loves us very dearly, and his truth endures. Praise the Lord." Psalm 117 (TLB) #october #jesusbethecentre #helovesus #praisehim #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
If I was to summarize this sermon in a sentence, I'd say this: "It is a compelling presentation about the compelling story of the gospel." (LiSi). Tim Mackie in his relaxed, simple manner, looks at the contradiction of Christians not loving to talk about Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of our Faith in Him. This is an absurdity which each of us need to address personally. I love Jesus but do I love to talk about him? Is the fact that many people out there hate me talking about Jesus, a valid excuse not to talk about him? No it isn't. I don't have to look far to prove this. I am a fan of Arsenal Football club which has been a subject of ridicule for over a decade. I am conversant with the basis for Arsenal's disrepute, yet I love the club. And I talk about it and defend it passionately. I can mention other things! Yet, I myself know that when it comes to Jesus, I am more restrained in the ways I speak about him, although I love him. I was really blessed by this sermon. It addresses the wrong way most of us present the gospel, encourages us to ask questions first to gain a better understanding of the particular person we would like to tell about Jesus, and to explain to them what the good news really is! Please watch it and try to do away with any distractions. It will better equip you to share the gospel and to your surprise, may even correct or improve your understanding of the gospel! You will find it in the 'Sermons' section on our website. Delight yourself in the Lord, dear friend! Writer: Sonsare Zabadi
A good friend and pastor once told me, “A man alone is in bad company.” Accountability is a gift from God to those He loves. Rejecting it is spurning a key element in your spiritual development. Without it, you will try to perfect in the flesh what began in the spirit. Your godliness will be hindered. If you’re thinking, “Yea, I get that, but what I don’t get is how,” then you are not alone. Accountability is just a matter of being honest with another man who can be truthful with you. It begins with godly care and ends with godly prayer. With scheduled meetings and spontaneous conversations where sin is confessed and confronted, a man is sure to find fruitful accountability. Accountability is not a patent on perfection. There is no guarantee that it will sanctify you overnight, but it does lend itself to measurable results. Plus, it is the way God designed our spiritual development. Pray that He will lead you to find an accountability partner after His heart. Excerpts from Jacob Abshire's 'My Brother's Keeper: An Essential Guide to Christian Accountability' which is our September 2017 book of the month. Download it for free (link in Bio). #goodreads #accountability #jacobabshire #bookofthemonth #thelighttrain #christiancontent #christianblog
Accountability requires us to connect with fellow believers at our deepest level. When we open our lives to others, deep sorrows and weaknesses are brought to the light. It is a vulnerable state whereby we entrust ourselves to others. Such trust and honesty joins our hearts together in Christ-like unity. Excerpt from Jacob Abshire's 'My Brother's Keeper: An Essential Guide to Christian Accountability' which is our September 2017 book of the month. Download it for free (link in Bio). #readgood #goodreads #accountability #jacobabshire #bookofthemonth #thelighttrain #christiancontent #christianblog
There is a sense of responsibility that comes when we know that we are accountable to someone else. What we do we must tell. How we think and act must come to light through confession. Such a reality will cause us to better steward our time, talent, and treasure in order to be free from embarrassment. Excerpt from Jacob Abshire's 'My Brother's Keeper: An Essential Guide to Christian Accountability' which is our September 2017 book of the month. Download it for free (link in Bio). #readgood #goodreads #accountability #jacobabshire #bookofthemonth #thelighttrain #christiancontent #christianblog
While accountability allows us to draw strength from others, it also allows us to lighten our burdens as the weight is distributed. One man cannot lift a single car, but several men lifting at once can. When temptation weighs hard on our hearts to the extent that we are unable to withhold its pressure alone, others can help us by lifting it with us. Excerpt from Jacob Abshire's 'My Brother's Keeper: An Essential Guide to Christian Accountability' which is our September 2017 book of the month. Download it for free (link in Bio). #readgood #goodreads #accountability #jacobabshire #bookofthemonth #thelighttrain #christiancontent #christianblog
Someone said we should fortify our friends to mortify our sins. This is the act of holding each other accountable. There is something about having a crowd of faithful people with you. It gives you a special strength that could not exist with you alone. Our wills mysteriously draw power from those around us. It’s an energy infused by others to resist temptation. Excerpt from Jacob Abshire's 'My Brother's Keeper: An Essential Guide to Christian Accountability' which is our September 2017 book of the month. Download it for free (link in Bio). #readgood #goodreads #accountability #jacobabshire #bookofthemonth #thelighttrain #christiancontent #christianblog
"Sin—the residue of our former master—is a challenging foe and doesn’t die without a fight. We were born into sin and lived in it. But as believers in Christ, that part of us is dead, and we must fight to keep it buried. When someone else is holding you accountable to God’s Word, the odds are in your favor. It is no longer you against sin, but you—locking arms with others against sin." ---------------- Excerpt from Jacob Abshire's 'My Brother's Keeper: An Essential Guide to Christian Accountability' which is our September 2017 book of the month. Download it for free (link in Bio). #readgood #goodreads #accountability #jacobabshire #bookofthemonth #thelighttrain #christiancontent #christianblog
Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen.4:9). From a cold heart, sarcasm spews and chases away remorse. Cain’s sin echoes down the halls of humanity and continues to resound. We are more independent than before. We stand alone. We know alone. We judge alone. We are Cain reborn. This independence is honored in our society. It comes in the name of tolerance and personal space. It’s common cry is, “Who are you to judge me?” It is our praiseworthy opponent to judgmentalism. While the world applauds such individualism, God doesn’t. In fact, He designed us to be accountable to each other from the get-go (Gen. 3:8-19). God gave Samuel to Saul (1 Sam. 13:8-14) and Nathan to David (2 Sam. 12:1-14). Even Jesus participated in the accountability of Peter (Matt.16:21-23). Our responsibility for each other—particularly those in Christ who can say “no” to sin and “yes” to righteousness—is part of God’s design. We were made and commanded to be accountable. “God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Cor. 12:24-26).-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Every word above, was taken from Jacob Abshire's 'My Brother's Keeper: An Essential Guide to Christian Accountability' which is our September 2017 book of the month. Download it for free (link in Bio). #readgood #goodreads #accountability #jacobabshire #bookofthemonth #thelighttrain #christiancontent #christianblog
Christian accountability is Christ-focused, reciprocal, and personal. For the Christian, all of life is viewed through the lens of Christ. Often, however, the lens is smudged or smeared, so his view is hindered. This is why accountability is necessary. Christians require “Christian” accountability.” While different from secular accountability, it is still a responsibility to maintain a standard in all aspects of life.. It is a higher, most holy, standard. In an accountability relationship, it is bidirectional. Both are fortifying each other. It requires a close proximity and a reciprocating kind of care. The two will need to probe the depths of each other’s lives, so they must be more than acquaintances. With church accountability, people are held responsible by the corporate body or a smaller group of believers who are able to see one’s life as it is lived before them. Christian accountability is more like a close partnership. It requires a deeper insight into the partner’s life that a group is unable to have. In an accountability partnership, personal lives are lived together. Life is shared. Intimate feelings and desires are laid bare before each other. Arms are joined and secret sin is fought together. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Every word above was taken from Chapter One (My Brother's Keeper: An Essential Guide to Christian Accountability) by Jacob Abshire #readgood #goodreads #accountability #jacobabshire #bookofthemonth #thelighttrain #christiancontent #christianblog
As September races to completion, we would like to remind you about our Book of the Month titled: My Brother’s Keeper: An Essential Guide to Christian Accountability by Jacob Abshire. It is a very short book which you can read in a few hours or less, but it will awaken you to a very important aspect of your walk with Jesus and fellowship. It will encourage you to stand firm in your faith and draw strength through accountability, to help in your fight against sin. We will be sharing excerpts till the end of the month, to encourage you. Download this book, through the link in our bio! 😊 Delight yourself in the Lord! #readgood #goodreads #accountability #jacobabshire #bookofthemonth #thelighttrain #christiancontent #christianblog
In this post, @sonsare writes about his love for Bread. He gives reasons why he thinks Bread is special and goes on to speak about Bread all the way to the end of the post. How can a post about Bread possibly edify? Read it to find out 😊 Link in Bio. #blogpost #thelighttrain #christianblog #breadlover
"There is a place in Bible reading for “raking” and gathering up the leaves at a swift pace, but when we “dig” in Bible study, we unearth the diamonds. In meditation, we marvel at the jewels. Jesus himself read the Scriptures with much more flair—not in any way making things up, but seeing with the eyes of faith what’s really there to be seen below the surface, out of sight to the natural mind. Such deep reading is a kind of acquired taste, through regular practice, not an easily transferred skill; it’s developing the apostolic palate for finding Jesus throughout the Scriptures, by tracking the trajectory of God’s grace, in its many textures and tones, without falling into either unbelief or make believe. It is learning with the apostle John that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10). Excerpts from Page 46, (Habits of Grace - Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines) by David Mathis #truth #biblereading #jewels #habitsofgrace #thelighttrain #christianblog
Our very first advice for anyone who decides to read 'Habits of Grace' by David Mathis is: Please do not skip the Foreword. Read it dear friend. It is so profound and edifying! Here's a bit of it: "A chiasm (taken from the Greek letter chi, which looks like an X) is a sequence of thoughts in which the first and last member correspond, and the second and second-to-last member correspond, and so on, with a hinge thought in the middle. So the title of the book looks like this in a chiasm: Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines Habits corresponds to Disciplines. Grace corresponds to Spiritual. And Enjoying Jesus is the hinge. This is loaded with implications for why David’s book is worth reading. The chiasm, and the book, and the theology behind it demand that enjoying Jesus be the hinge." -John Piper #habitsofgrace #bookofthemonth #goodreads #truth #profound #thelighttrain #christianblog
If you haven't done so yet, we encourage you to download our August Book of the Month - Habits of Grace by David Mathis which is graciously available at no cost, on desiringgod.org. For those of you who have started reading, we'd love to receive and share your thoughts on the book. Now that we have hit the middle of the month, we will begin to share many of our favorite excerpts from the book, till the end of the month. Enjoy! #bookofthemonth #habitsofgrace #truth #goodreads #profoundlessons #graceempowers #thelighttrain
#Quotes "Being public about your faith simply means not hiding the wellspring of your life, not hiding who you truly are" - Tim Keller #godlytruths #thelighttrain #christianblog #faith #unashamed #unhidden
“Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me: “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted? And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves? “This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’” ‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭7:4-6, 9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬ - The question "was it really for me?" is very crucial in helping me check my heart. Religion is empty without sincerity to God. Our acts of compassion, mercy, justice and care reveal the sincerity of our religion, not our customary practices. Writer: Sonsare Zabadi #biblereading #checkyourheart #Godhasspoken #thelighttrain #truth #jesusbethecentre
Don't Flee Aimlessly; Flee to Jesus. This reflection came to me one day when I was worshipping God in prayer and songs. All of a sudden, I started meditating on verses which talked about “fleeing” so I picked up my bible and read the verses I was meditating on. The Spirit made me understand that we are warned to flee from sin in 1 Cor. 6:18, 1 Cor. 10:14 and 2 Tim 2:22 but interestingly in James 4:7, the devil flees from us. So it’s like what we are running from is suddenly running from us. “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬ “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:14‬ ‭NIV‬ “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:22‬ ‭NIV‬‬ “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” ‭‭James‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NIV ‬‬I believe Paul was instructing us in the earlier passages to flee to Jesus. We can’t flee aimlessly. Flee to Jesus! Once We submit to God and resist the devil, the devil has no other option but to flee from us. Fighting the good fight of faith is not merely an attempt to flee from sin. We need to flee, not to activities or some make-shift defenses we've devised. We need to flee to Jesus. That is the only way our victory is assured. We flee to Jesus because we know that once we get to Him, we’ll be protected from the devil's attack and be empowered to resist him. The devil tries to chase us down because he knows that once we get to Jesus we’re fully armed and he'll have to flee. In times of temptation, may your heart always remember to flee to the loving protection of God. Amen. Writer: Jordan Kungaba #resistthedevil #fleetojesus #blogpost #christianblog #thelighttrain
My Dad loves reggae. I was indifferent about it, but things changed all of a sudden. Days before Father's day this year, I thought it would be nice to find a fresh set of gospel reggae songs for my Dad. He had some, but we had listened to them over and over again for the past couple of years. Guess what happened? Not only did I find great gospel reggae, I fell in love with reggae. I'm quite sure genetics is not pulling a fast one on me. I love reggae now. As time goes on, I will share some of the reggae songs I love. For now, I'm happy to share 'Heart Like Yours' by Jermaine Edwards, with you. "Oh Lord, Here I am; Asking, asking you again, For a heart like Yours Lord, I wanna love like yours Lord; Gimme gimme more of You." May the beauty of Christ's love continue to forge a desire in us, to have a heart like His. Enjoy this reggae chune! Writer: Sonsare https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVbjXiRJm2Y #songswelove #goodmusic #gospelreggae #goodchune #thelighttrain
BOTM In Nigeria, we are used to having one main dish during meal-time. You will find restaurants which offer a three-course meal, but they are few in comparison to restaurants which offer a variety of one-course meals. I remember the first time I went to a restaurant to eat a 3 course meal with my family. When the Starters arrived, I was surprised at how restrained my sisters and parents were, in consuming what was offered. I thought to myself, "very well then, I'll have my fill". A caution came along the way, that I save space for the Main dish. I did not listen and when it arrived, I could not eat more than half of it. Well, I was not ashamed to ask for a take-away pack to take the rest of my food home. Looking at the huge bill, this action was justified. I was reading the preliminary parts (front matter) of a book recently, and my experience reminded me about my first three-course meal experience. However, rather than fill me up, my reading of the front matter formed in me, hunger for the main parts of the book! In general, this has been my experience with Christian books. The Foreword is usually a profound, mind-blowing starter, which ignites my interest to read the body matter of the book. Such is the case with our August Book of the Month! I am happy to announce that the book to be read on the Light Train in August, is very insightful in helping us understand the importance of habits and disciplines as means of grace to help us enjoy Jesus as the Holy Spirit works in our hearts, to will and do. For some who know this already, this book will be a great reminder of what you already know. As was the case with our July Book of the Month (Not By Sight), this book is also available to download for free! Simply amazing. What's more, for those of you who lead or are members of study groups, this book also has a study guide you can download for free! Our August Book of the month is titled: Habits of Grace - Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines. You can download this book by clicking the link: http://www.desiringgod.org/books/habits-of-grace #goodreads #habitsofgrace #spiritualdisciplines #desiringgod #thelighttrain #jesusislove
"This is an 'AA meeting' and we are all Approval Addicts ...I'm struggling with the sin of always wanting to be significant, and I'm sick of it ...I wish my life spoke as loudly as my Facebook ...Its absurd to think that I could be so full of the Spirit and myself at the same time; I'm here to remind you, fellow approval addict  that God did not choose you for your goodness or giftedness; but you were accepted as a gift of His graciousness that the payment for your sin was never intended to buy you a platform but to make you His platform ...Let the fact that he made you from dirt be the reality that brings you down to earth because you are way too small, to be the center of your own universe." - Every word above, was taken from this profound spoken word performance by Matthew Strange at the 2014 Rhetoric Conference in the US. Especially for people like me who are 'social media gospel evangelists,' this is a very helpful message to help us check our motives and be reminded that the lives we live should portray the zeal our social media accounts do. This goes right in! Enjoy a compelling 5 minutes and 30 seconds of spoken word poetry at its finest, to the glory of God. Type in "AA meeting - Matthew Strange" in your YouTube search bar. Writer: @sonsare #profound #spokenword #truth #jesusglorified #pcm #thelighttrain #moreaboutjesus
#songswelove | Supreme by Shai Linne Feat. Beautiful Eulogy You know what happens when Jesus gives a terrible person a new heart? Well, here’s what happens when Jesus takes Hip Hop – A genre known for nasty stuff, and uses it to proclaim his glory - the lyrics below are some of the verses in this rap song: The Risen King can rinse clean The most rebellious, I was hell-bound, now I’m spellbound Word is bond, I’m a bondservant to the Word of life Call me a sellout, I was bought with a price We got a hope that won’t fail us when we return to the dust We will rise up just like the One who justified us It’s not wishful thinking, when the truth sink in, we are clinging To the promises of God bringing an everlasting kingdom Nothing can compare to the worth of what we inherited Nothing in Heaven and Earth can measure what Christ merited The skies declare the affairs of His glorious care The God who is there, who's aware, who delights in our prayer His purposes are permanent and perfectly proportionate Everything that orbits around His glory's subordinate He is the most excellent One, intrinsic, infinite Son Preeminent, the name Par Excellence, prénom phenomenon He’s beyond phenomenon, you see, the Father of Cosmology The Abba of Astronomy, He’s Potter, we are pottery It’s shocking, Jesus died for me, the Father, He adopted me And constantly provides for me, whether or not I got degrees You gotta see His odyssey: From sovereignty and lottery To poverty and robbery to resurrected bodily Apocalyptic prophecy: He’s stopping all the mockery And scholarly snobbery that don’t acknowledge Him properly You ought to be on bended knee before the Preeminent It’s awfully arrogant to reject Him to your detriment Study the development from Old to New Testament You’ll find a theme that’s prevalent, from age to age, it’s relevant Christ is on the center stage, forget religious sentiments That center on man, for something less is what you’re settling He is the most excellent, exercising benevolence And blessing a remnant with the benefits of His inheritance #chh #jesusrap #christianrap #thelighttrain #christianblog
|| By Sonsare Zabadi Movies have tried to portray what happens when someone dies. How their ghost immediately floats out of their body and watches as people deal with the shock and grief; how the ghost would even attend the burial of the body it was once in. I don't know of a biblical basis to believe that this happens but I have wondered how it would be, listening to people talk about me at my funeral. What would I love to hear the most? I've thought about it a lot and reached a conclusion about some of the things I'd love to hear. I'd love to hear that I was vulnerable enough to open up and connect with the humanity of people I knew. I'd love to hear that I was able to meet people and leave a feeling of home in their hearts. That when they met me, they got to know that I loved Jesus. That I didn't just toss His name around to create an impression. That I deeply loved Him. That I wasn't one to give the vibe that I had it all together. That I was flawed but showed every ounce of determination to stay on the straight and narrow road through the power of God's grace. That I was feeble and inconsistent but God was doing a great work of transforming me. That I was an earthen vessel carrying priceless treasure. That I was someone who said the difficult things and risked losing friendships to tell the truth. That I truly loved. And my love was surgical. Surgeons wound to save. That I would cut through them carefully and steadily, to get to the affliction of their souls. That I didn't cower when opportunities came for me to speak of Jesus to them. Above all, I would love Jesus to say these things when I stand before Him. My actions may have leaked the condition of my heart, but only God will know where my heart really was. He sees it much clearer than the most powerful microscope reveals the intricate details of a cell structure. Continued below:
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