MUSCLING THROUGH

Competitive bodybuilders put themselves through extreme training. To start with, they focus on getting bigger and stronger. When competitions come around, they start trying to lose any fat around their muscles. In the final days before the competition, they drink less water than normal so their muscle tissue is even more obvious. But, because they haven’t been eating or drinking a rounded diet in the lead-up, they are actually at their weakest during the competition-even though they look at their strongest!

In 2 Chronicles 20 we read about the opposite: allowing ourselves to look weak as we rest in God’s strength. King Jehoshaphat was told: “A vast army is coming against you”. So “he proclaimed a fast for all Judah”, so that no one ate anything. Then they asked God for help. When he finally gathered his army together, Jehoshaphat put singers who praised God at the front of his army. As they began to sing, God “set ambushes against the men… who were invading Judah, and they were defeated”.

Jehoshaphat’s decision shows his trust in God. He chose not to depend on his own human and military strength, and leaned on God instead. When we want to muscle our way through the problems we face, may we take a step back, talk to God and allow Him to be our strength.

WE MUST ACCEPT OUR OWN WEAKNESS IF WE WANT TO REST IN GOD’S STRENGTH.

NEVER GIVE UP

Scottish photographer Alan McFadyen tried to get the perfect photograph of a Kingfisher bird diving straight into some water. Although he would often take 600 pictures in a session, not a single one met his all goals. But he didn’t give up. He kept on trying and finally captured just the right moment – after many years and 720,000 photos!

Jesus told a story about not giving up. He wanted to show His friends they should never stop praying and asking God for help. A widow wanted justice from a judge who “neither feared God nor cared what people thought” and who wasn’t interested in what she was saying. She didn’t stop however, and kept telling him about her case. Finally, the judge did do what was right for her just to make her leave him alone. (Luke 18:2). Jesus summed up by saying that if even a bad judge would meet someone’s need, surely God, who is good, will do what is right for those He loves, “who cry out to him day and night”.

If we face anything that feels impossible, we may start thinking that our prayers don’t matter and that things will never change. But we can keep crying out to God, who loves us and listens to all we say and feel. In His own time and in His perfect way, He will answer our prayers. Because we can trust that He always hears us, we should never stop praying and trusting Him.

GOD’S CHILDREN SHOULD NEVER GIVE UP PRAYING.

THE WEALTHIEST PART OF THE EARTH

Dear Readers in this topic we are going to find about the wealthiest part of the Earth. Wealth according to Our world may be classified in many forms , for example , If i ask someone , their definition of Wealth , I can get many answers , few of them are mentioned below , Are they , The Gold Mines of South America , The Silver mines of Central America , The Diamond mines of South Africa, The Uranium Mines of Europe , Or The Oil Mines of Iran, Iraq and Kuwait. But they are not even close to the Wealthiest part of the Earth ,

The wealthiest part of the Earth is the Graveyard , Yes , because Graveyard is the place , where you can find lots of Books Unpublished , Some books which were never written , The Art which was never drawn , Music which was never played or even heard, Businesses which were never opened, Plans which were never executed and finally , The Purposes which were never fulfilled.

It is sad to see , we were born with a lot of seeds , but we failed to identify and plant them before closing our eyes permanently, or in other words , we never opened our eyes to identify our seeds , Today If you are 18 or 95 years old , If you are still breathing , it is a proof that you have time to identify your seed and plant them.

Our Job is to identify and spread the seeds , and take nothing before we leave the Earth , Remember Jesus on the Cross , he was 33 Years and 6 Months old , before he said ” It is Finished ” . “It” not “I” … “IT” refers to your assignment , your seeds , Your Purpose for Existence .

So, What is your Assignment ?

Every time you pass a graveyard or attend a funeral , Just say to yourself that , “I WILL DIE EMPTY , NOT OLD”.

UNIQUE

Humans are not special – at least that seemed to be what one zoo thought a few years ago. The zoo set up an unusual enclosure for four days. It had this sign on it: “Humans in Their Natural Environment.” The human ‘captives’ had signed up online to be put in the cage. To help visitors understand the humans, they created a sign explaining their diet, habitat and threats. According to the zoo’s owner, the point of the whole thing was to downplay the uniqueness of human beings. One visitor seemed to agree. “When we see humans as animals, here, it kind of reminds us that we’re not that special.”

That’s the total opposite to what the Bible says about us: God “fearfully and wonderfully” created us in “his own image” (PS. 139:14 ; GEN. 1:26-27).

David began Psalm 139 by celebrating that God knew everything about him (VV. 1-6) and was always with him (VV. 7-12). God uniquely and deliberately designed and formed David’s entire life – the complexities of his internal organs, the look of his face (VV. 13-14) and the number of his days (V.16). When David thought about everything God had done to create him, he couldn’t help but praise Him in awe (V.14).

Human beings are special. God created us in His image to know Him personally. Like David we can praise Him because He has made us, by His own hands, to be extra special.

GOD CREATED HUMAN BEINGS TO BE LIKE HIM.

THE BEAUTY OF BROKENNESS

Kintsugi is a centuries-old Japanese art of mending broken pottery. Gold dust mixed with resin is used to reattach broken pieces or fill in cracks, resulting in a striking bond. Instead of trying to hide the repair, the art makes something beautiful out of brokenness.

The bible tells us that God also values our brokenness, when we are genuinely sorry for a sin we have committed. After David engaged in adultery with Bathsheba and plotted the death of her husband, the prophet Nathan confronted him, and he repented. David’s prayer afterwards gives us insight into what God desires when we have sinned: “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (PS. 51:16-17).

When our heart is broken over a sin, God mends it with the priceless forgiveness generously offered by our Savior at the cross. he receives us with love when we humble ourselves before Him, and closeness is restored.

How merciful is God! Given His desire for a humble heart and the breathtaking beauty of His kindness, may another scriptural prayer be ours today: ” Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”

GODLY SORROW LEADS TO JOY.

PURPOSE OF MAN’S EXISTENCE : PART 2

PART 1 : https://johnranjit.wordpress.com/2020/06/19/purpose-of-mans-existence-part-1/

If males understand the purpose and responsibilities God has given them and the true design of their relationship with females, they can be free to fulfill their destiny and potential. They can be the men they were created to be.
If you are a man, you don‘t need to be confused about your identity and place in life, regardless of the conflicting signals society is currently sending out. You will find fresh vision and direction in rediscovering God‘s purposes for
both males and females. Through this knowledge, men can be and do more than they ever imagined, and women can gain a new understanding and appreciation for men while enabling them to fulfill their calling.
What is a ―real man? Someone who knows the reality of who he is and who lives in that reality. This knowledge starts with understanding the significance of being created purposefully by God.

God’s Purpose Is the Key to Our Fulfillment.

God desires that every man find his purpose and fulfill it. If a man wants to know who he is in order to live fully in that reality, he must first understand
God‘s principles of purpose. He has to learn these anchors for living from the Word of God. Otherwise, he will fall into a trap of confusion—where many of us are right now.
Proverbs 19:21 is a foundational Scripture in regard to understanding God‘s purpose: “Many are the plans in a man‟s heart, but it is the Lord‟s purpose that prevails.” This crucial truth tells us that we can make all the plans we want to in life, but if we don‘t make our plans according to the purposes for which God created us, then our plans will be in vain. We won‘t live up to our full potential, and we will be unfulfilled. We may even pursue goals and engage in practices that are harmful for us. We have only one life, and we have to make that life count if we are ever to fulfill our purpose.
How Are You Using Your Life?
What value do you place on your life? Do you know that
one of the most dangerous things in life is wasting time? It is
said that time is a commodity that you never are able to recapture.
Once you‘ve lost time, it‘s gone forever. What you‘ve lived, you can never re-live. So the best thing to do with time is to use it in a way that will bring the greatest results. The best way—the only way—to use time effectively is to do what you are supposed to do when you are supposed to do it. Effectiveness
does not mean just doing good things, but rather
doing the right thing.

One of the reasons Jesus knew His purpose was that He was continually seeking God and in constant communication with Him. That is the pattern each of us needs to follow. Why? It‘s dangerous to live without God. If you don‘t know God, you‘ll never know your reason for existence. And
if you don‘t know why you were born, you could live a completely wrong life. I didn‘t say a bad life. There are many good people who are pursuing relationships, careers, and goals in life that are not best for them. What we have to concern ourselves with is living effectively. The only way to
live a fulfilled life is to know why you were born.

I can‘t emphasize strongly enough that knowing your purpose is crucial for your life‘s course. Every young person comes to a time when he or she leaves
childhood and enters adulthood. That period is called adolescence. This is the
time in which young people are trying to discover who they are and why they are. This is also often the time when we lose them or gain them—lose them to a destructive lifestyle and a wasted life or gain them for a positive,
fulfilling future. Purpose, therefore, is key to a young person‘s effectiveness and happiness in life.

Did Jesus have an adolescent problem? The answer is, very simply, no. Why? His purpose was reinforced from birth. His earthly mother and father were told why He was born. Somehow I believe that God would love for all parents
to know Him so well that they would have an idea of the life
purpose of their children.

The angel of the Lord said to Joseph, “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Joseph shared this message with Mary. When Jesus was born, Mary could talk to Him about
His purpose. Even though, at the time, she didn‘t fully understand the implications of His name, she could tell Him,
―You‘re going to be a Savior.
The Hebrew meaning of the name Jesus is ―Jehovah saved, or ―the Lord is salvation. In essence, Jesus‘ name means ―Savior. When He was a boy, His friends would say to Him, ―Savior, come out and play with us. His parents
would say to Him, ―Savior, come in for supper. When people heard Him coming, they‘d say, ―Is that you, Jesus?
How are you doing today, Savior? All His life, He heard that name. Yet it was not just a name; it was a reason for being, and He grew up with that purpose in His mind.

God has purposes that He determines beforehand and then carries out. These include plans for humanity as a whole and plans for males and females who carry out humanity‘s purposes. To bring this to a personal level, this includes
plans for you and me. God does not do anything on a whim or without knowing the end result.

To be Continued …

PURPOSE OF MAN’S EXISTENCE : PART 1

Men Need a God-Given Identity if They Are to Fulfil their true Purpose.

What makes our current cultural situation unsettling for men is that males have traditionally defined their manhood by their roles: the functions they perform for their families and in society. However, there‘s been a major shift in the roles of both males and females. The rules of society are changing. This has happened just in the last forty years or so. We‘re in the middle of a cultural
transition, and competing ideas of masculinity are causing perplexing problems for men. They are being pulled in several directions at once while they try to figure out what it means to be a real man in today‘s world.
In recent years, literature focusing on changes in men‘s lives has indicated that the male is in a state of crisis and internal conflict. An array of studies are telling us that males aren‘t quite sure who they are or what women expect from them. Without a clear idea of their identity, men are trying to
cope with the collision of new societal expectations and traditional ideas of what a man should be, which they have internalized through family, culture, or natural inclination. Men‘s basic conceptions of manhood are therefore being
disrupted. They feel displaced. They are either frustrated and struggling to adapt to a new but vague concept of who they are, or they‘re angry and trying to reverse the flow of change.

Are traditional roles to be totally abandoned? If so, what will replace them? Many men have unanswered questions, such as these:

  1. Is a man still supposed to be the breadwinner and protector?
    Today, the woman goes out and makes her own bread and says she doesn‘t need protection. A man isn‘t sure what he‘s supposed to do for a woman anymore.
  2. Is a man still the leader and authority in the home? This isn‘t clear anymore. The woman says, ―You‘re not my authority. I‘m not a slave. I make my own money and my own decisions. I do what I want to. I‘ll call you when I‘m ready for you. A man doesn‘t know how he‘s supposed to relate to a woman any longer.
  3. Should a man still show chivalry? Should he open the door for a woman, escort her, pay for her meal on a
    date, and so on? A man will pull out a chair for a woman and she‘ll say, ―That‘s all right. Thank you very much, but I‘ll pull my own chair out. Sometimes a man will open a door for a woman and she‘ll be offended. ―Do you think I‘m crippled? she‘ll demand. If a woman walks into a room and a man stands up out of respect, she might look at him as if he‘s crazy. A man isn‘t sure if he should be nice to a woman anymore.
  4. Is a man still the defender of his family, property, and
    country?
    More women are entering law enforcement and
    the armed forces and are carrying guns. Some men don‘t know how to react to these changes. A woman walks into the house with her uniform on and her husband is scared to say hello to her. He‘ll jump up and say, ―Sergeant!!
    Many men are thinking, ―She really doesn‘t require me to protect her. Men don‘t know if women even need them anymore.
    Is there anything now that marks a man as different
    from his female counterpart? Based on the above scenarios,
    that‘s a difficult question to answer. Males and females are
    in a state of gender upheaval and confusion.

If you are a male and feel that your work, your relationships, and your view of the world are being turned upside down, you‘re not alone. This is the most complex time in the world to be a man. Men of all ages are grappling with
competing views and values of manhood.
What has happened?

In pre-modern times, biology contributed largely to the roles of men and women. Males are generally physically stronger than women, so the men were the ones who went out to hunt and provide for the family. Females are biologically equipped to have babies, so they cared for the children.
In general, there were no birth control options and no abortion alternatives with which a woman could supersede biology. A man didn‘t have to wonder whether he or his wife would stay home and raise the children. Roles were less
complicated because they were predetermined by biology.

In addition, people lived in a more hostile physical environment in which day-to-day living was a struggle for survival. This was another reason why the man, who was physically stronger, naturally became the provider and protector
of the family. At that time, making a living was an especially precarious job. The man literally had to risk his life to take care of his family. This caused his wife and children to look to him for leadership and to value his crucial
contribution to their survival. They depended on him. When a man went out to get food for his family, there was no guarantee that he would come back alive. He might be fatally wounded by an animal or die of exposure. Therefore,
the woman rejoiced to see him come home again. The same basic attitude held true in our parents‘ and grandparents‘ time when most husbands were the sole breadwinners of their families and their wives stayed at home. In the evening, the whole family was happy that the father had returned.
Why? He had been out there in a risky world trying to make a living. Sometimes jobs were hard to come by. Sometimes the only job a man could get was working long hours in the fields or underground in a coal mine. When a
man came home limping, his wife knew he had risked his health or even his life to keep bread on the table.

In this way, although survival was difficult, relationships were comparatively easy because there was no confusion over gender roles. A man and a woman didn‘t have to wonder whether one was infringing on the other‘s territory. Her role was to keep the house, cook the food, and care for the children.
His job was to hunt or harvest the crops and build a dwelling in order to provide food and shelter for the family. Life was straightforward and so, in that sense, relationships were less complicated.

Men and women used to exist in different spheres. A man‘s sphere was work and survival. The woman‘s world was the home and children. There was no confusion of roles. They knew exactly where they were supposed to be.
A woman leaving the home and entering the workplace means that the home is no longer kept by her specifically. The man isn‘t sure what his job in the home is, and the woman isn‘t sure what her job in the home is. They‘re confused.

What does a man do when his wife makes more money than he does, and he believes he‘s supposed to be the provider and protector of the home? He‘s frustrated and even ashamed. That‘s one of the reasons why there‘s so much
quarrelling in our modern marriages. We keep arguing over who‘s supposed to do what. These and other similar situations have changed our perspectives dramatically and altered our traditional roles.
The male isn‘t sure what a man is anymore, and the female isn‘t sure what a woman is anymore. This change has caused tension for women as well as men.

It used to be much easier for the woman who stayed at home with her children. She had support in this role because every woman in the neighbourhood was at home. Today, people think something is wrong with a woman if she is a homemaker. They think things like: ―What‘s the matter
with her? Is she lazy? or ―She‘s not very creative, or ―She
must not be smart enough to have a career, or ―She needs
to get a life. The idea is being promoted in society that ―only
dumb women stay home.
The results of changing gender roles can be distressing for both men and women. People are confused about how to act in this new world. It has become a psychological dilemma for them. Many are feeling tense and displaced, and they are trying to figure out what is wrong with them.

… TO BE CONTINUED

THE VALUE OF YOUR PAIN.

Does having a friend nearby make pain more bearable? Researchers at the university of Virginia conducted a fascinating study to answer that question. They wanted to see how the brain reacted to the prospect of pain, and whether it behaved differently if a person faced the threat and whether it behaved differently if a person faced the threat of pain alone, holding a stranger’s hand, or holding the hand of a close friend.

Researchers ran the test on dozens of pairs, and found consistent results. When a person was alone or holding a stranger’s hand while anticipating a shock, the regions of the brain that process danger lit up. But when holding the hand of a trusted person, the brain relaxed. The comfort of a friend’s presence made the pain seem more bearable.

Jesus needed comfort as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. He knew what He was about to face: betrayal, arrest, and death. He asked His closest friends to stay and pray with Him, telling them that His soul was “overwhelmed with sorrow” (MATT. 26:38). But Peter, James, and John kept falling asleep.

Jesus faced the agony of the garden without the comfort of a hand to hold. But because He bore that pain, we can be confident that God will never leave or forsake us(HEB. 13:5). Jesus suffered so that we will never have to experience separation from the love of God (ROM. 8:39). His companionship makes anything we endure more bearable.

BECAUSE OF GOD’S LOVE, WE ARE NEVER TRULY ALONE.

SECRETS

We read in Deuteronomy 29:29 that God has secrets He keeps to Himself. One of them is our future. Moses was reminding the people of Israel about God’s promise to be their God and give them a permanent home in the Promised Land (29:13). Moses also warned that they would be taken away if they ignored or rejected God (VV. 25-28).

They were not to wonder about how their future would turn out. Instead, they were to concentrate on trusting God and living for Him one day at a time.

But there is more to the “secret things” that belong to God. He is God and we are not. So He doesn’t give us answers to all the “whys” of His ways. He has revealed, though, how we can know Him personally today by trusting Jesus as our Saviour. When we give Jesus our lives, we give him our future too, trusting Him to lead us through all the ups and downs that may come. And we know, no matter what we go through, that we will one day be in His home with Him forever.

Although we may still have many questions, we can be sure that God’s secrets are always for our good (ROM. 8:28).

WE CAN TRUST OUR ALL-KNOWING GOD FOR THE UNKNOWN FUTURE.

A CRISP ARTICLE ON RELATIONSHIP – BONARO W. OVERSTREET

WE GROW AS OUR RELATIONSHIP GROW.

I believe that such portion of the psychic universe as is housed in me – that is, my person, myself – will be frustrated and distort other lives. I believe that to do to others as I would have them do to me is not simply a law of duty, it is also a law of health, that we violate at our own risk. Where we violate it, we injure ourselves; inhibit our powers; blunt our sense of reality; condemn ourselves to fear, guilt and hostility; and progressively isolate ourselves from our human kind, so that we feel alone and under threat.

Where my relationships to others are soundly growing, I am growing. Where they are halted in their growth, I am halted. Where they are twisted in their growth, I am twisted in mine.

This belief about human involvements lead to another: that self-respect and respect for others go together. I do not believe it is possible, except superficially, to think well of ourselves and ill of our human fellows or to think well of them and ill of ourselves. Our attitude towards ourselves and towards others is one: it is our attitude towards human nature.

As an extension of this, I believe the best situations for us to live and grow in are those geared to equality; equality of respect; equality of rights. I do not believe we can attain our psychological stature, our real human stature, either by leaning on others or by trying to outdo others and gain power over them. I am for the level look of equality and the cordial look of friendliness between man and man.