It is quite funny how we can pick to do something and then later find that God had actually purposed for us to learn from that experience. Well, I picked James as I had just finished doing John and wanted something light for the BSF break. How very wrong I was as James turned out to be the very thing I needed to continue with the lessons learnt from the Book of John.
What character traits of God did I see?
- God as sovereign, ordering all my plans and in control of my future.
- God as Judge. Reading James 5, I learnt that the coming of Christ is imminent and that in all my plans I have to remember the eternal plan for mankind’s salvation.
- God as transformer who is able to change me from my fallen self through to the daughter that He would have me become.
What actions/thoughts do I need to stop?
How has the study encouraged me?
- I was encouraged by the fact that by abiding in Christ and remaining in His words and teachings, I will grow. This was brought out through the likening of God’s word to a mirror. (James 1: 22 – 25)
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
So be encouraged!!
I have been studying James over the last couple of weeks and one of the themes he speaks repeatedly of are the words of your mouth. In fact, he specifically states that “perfect” is the man who is able to bridle his tongue. This has got me thinking of how I can restrain myself from saying certain things and therefore prevent myself from falling into unnecessary sin.
This morning I read this blog post cautioning against using secular language rather than speaking the words of truth that many in the world today need to hear about. This article brought to mind another area of the tongue that could lead us to fall into sin – the hollow words we speak of that while well meaning do not really mean a thing or profess the hope we have in Christ.
This article got me thinking of the number of times I have said rather vaguely “All the best”, “Good Luck”, “Best Wishes” or “I will think of you” rather than I will pray about this to Jesus and ask that His will be done. How many times have I heard of people talking of an energy/ the forces out there and not called it out and asked them to rather refer directly to Jesus – and this is true also of Christians and non-Christians.
So from the post, this is the challenge that I would like to leave you with.
I would like to challenge you, as a believer in Christ, to evaluate the phrases and hashtags you throw out to a world desperate for hope. It may seem harmless enough, but the vibes you’re alluding to are vacuous. Our friends aren’t strong enough on their own to “keep their heads up” and “pull through” life’s challenges, like vain platitudes suggest. No, they were made to find their strength in the God who made them. Theology matters. It doesn’t take long for someone to see the way we deal with the circumstances in our lives. We either have confidence in God or confidence in the flesh.
Again, another edition of words we need from Urban Dictionary.
Accidental explosive diarrhea caused by consuming a dairy product by a lactose intolerant person.
Living proof that money can’t buy good hair.
a person who’s gender is indecipherable
Someone who takes selfies in dangerous situations or circumstances.
When a small group or crowed suddenly realizes that someone has emitted a silent but nasty fart and they all look among themselves for facial expressions or body language that might pinpoint the perpetrator.
A poop that comes on so suddenly that one fears they may not be able to make it to the toilet.
Someone or something that exudes an aura of pedophilia, such as a creepy old man with candy or an older van with tinted windows
Im feeling pressured to post pictures on this blog and anyway i need to clear my phone of some of them so I might as well post them here and liberally over the next few blog entries too.
Im finally have a well deserved break for like the next two weeks. I am dreading April coz when i talk of work shikanaing, thats an understatement like nothing. Papers, presentations, Tests…………. the full dealy and some. The research topic isn’t coming but hey, when its good and ready it knows where i am( if thats not false bravado then blimey,i actually know nothing) Its been raining nonstop since Friday night and leo the weather was 9 and they say that its
NOT Winter. What then could this be? I can so see myself getting miserable with all this madness. Na sasa what is this? For how is this cold helping? Urggggh. To be positive, it will allow me to wear my 2010 scarfs and that is always welcome 🙂 Ok jana on telly i watched this programme on losing weight and part of the shame thingy do is for you to show your poo and be told how your diet has contributed to it looking so …. or not….. . So jana i learnt that there are seven kinds of poo and you should strive for number four. I am so hooked on that gross programme cant pass up on the opportunity to watch it coz it allows me to have a peek into someones MOST personal of personals. So jana she showed some of the cuts that they put into sausages and according to UK regulation, a sausage just needs to have 42% (edible) meat content and the rest they can stuff with all the YUUUUUUUUUCK parts of meat- the eyes of Pigs, their ears and feet and all that……. (OK i also learnt that pigs have blue eyes, but i digresss) It got me thinking. What is Farmers Choice using seeing as our market is largely unregulated? Somebody next time you are in Nakumatt or Uchumi, please grab a pack of Farmers Choice sausages and tell me the content of edible meats on it. I shudder to imagine what it must be. goose bumps on arm at the thought…… cant wait to talk long evening walks with my husband and to decorate My house and to open the wedding gifts. I can pass up having to call his mother mom(?) and to impress the relaz on his side, all that i can pass up on. Changing my name, should I? is it exactly cast in stone? Where did this come from? BEATS me for sho.
Of late I’ve been catching myself praying for my hair to cut so i can put dreads on it. Nimetamani siku nyingi sana na sasa natafuta sababu kwa vyovyote vile……. 🙂
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