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HABITS EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD DEVELOP

“In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch”. – Psalm 5:3

1. Study the Word of God. Don’t just read it. Study it. Study means digging into the Word, delving into its deeper meanings, applying it to your life.
2. Memorize the Word of God. Hiding God’s Word in your heart will make it readily available to you when you need it. There may be times coming when we will not be permitted to carry our Bibles with us wherever we go. Memorizing Scripture will enable you to carry it with you all the time.  Remember: What you plant in your heart can never be taken away from you.
3. Encourage yourself in the Lord. “But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.” (1 Samuel 30:6 ESV) We spend a lot of our time encouraging and rooting for everyone else (which is what we should be doing!), but when it comes to encouraging ourselves we lack that skill.  We tend to expect that others should encourage and root for us, but when that does not happen (as it often does not) we become disappointed, discouraged and disheartened. 
4. Pray without ceasing. This means that we are to carry on a running conversation with the Lord all day long. Prayer is both a privilege and a responsibility. Through prayer we communicate with God and He communicates with us. When we pray, we should do more listening than talking because God is way smarter than we are.
5. Fellowship with other believers. Jesus made it clear that as the times grow darker, the more should we believers gather together in prayer, worship, and fellowship. The members of the Body of Christ need one another to stay strong, to grow, and to fulfill Christ’s purpose for His Church.
6. Relying on God’s provision instead of the lack of money. Monetary is not necessarily needed. God’s currency is not necessarily monetary; He also deals in favour.
7. Be sensitive to Holy Spirit’s leading. Each morning, ask Him where He is working today in your circle of influence then follow Him there.
8. Don’t believe the lies and hype of the enemy. Abstain from jumping to conclusions as to how or what God is doing.
9. Reminding yourself of His promises and His goodness. Check your thoughts and adjust them accordingly. 
10. Acknowledge to yourself that He has heard you. We tend to assume that because something we prayed about in our lives is not currently evident, that God has not heard our prayers.
“Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one other; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:25
*For more information about habits that every Christian should develop; please see the links below:  http://www.wholemagazine.org/posts/2015/6-habits-every-christian-should-develop

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MAKE TIME FOR GOD

How to make time for God in our busy life and schedules?
Well, I don’t know about you, but half the time I have trouble even finding time to say a small prayer when I am really busy with work or blogging, and I always feel bad about the lack of commitment that I have in God which encourages me to want to make God a priority in my life. Have you ever felt the same way–a way in which you would like to make God a priority, but you just don’t see how that is possible–here are some tips for you.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-38) We must always remember the commandments in all we do. We need to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. If we love God with all our heart then we will want to spend time with Him and give Him the best times of our day. Start the day committing it to God in prayer and asking for his help and guidance throughout the day.
You can post Bible Verses around your home for this we have to always keep a stack of index cards and a pen next to your Bible and whenever you come across a verse that really caches your attention, jot it down and hang it up somewhere. You can display these cards in places like the bathroom, on the fridge, on your mirror,over the stove, or above your bedside table. Every time you see the cards, it will prompt you to think about the verse and what it means for your life.
You can go for a walk or run and Pray. This way you get some uninterrupted time alone with God as you enjoy His beautiful creation and get your healthy workout. There is no better suited time than the time you spend in the admiration of nature.
You can invite God to share in your day. While having time set aside specifically for God and nothing else is nice, finding uninterrupted time isn’t always practical with today’s busy working life. Eventually you will get distracted by something that requires your attention; so instead of saving God for when you have uninterrupted time, invite Him to be a part of your everyday life. Talk with Him as you get drive to your meetings; listen for His voice as you do the dishes. God isn’t interested in just being involved in the highlights of your life; invite Him in to the entire thing, even the boring parts.
From Psalm 1:2, which says: “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night,” to Hebrews 12:2, which says “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,” to 1 Thessalonians 5:17, which says “pray without ceasing,” the Bible makes it pretty clear that Jesus is supposed to be on our minds 24/7, all day and night.
Make time for God and to make Him a priority all week long.

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FIND THE JESUS IN YOU!

Finding yourself in Christ means a lot more than it appears.  God has created every one of us for a purpose to be fulfilled here on earth and until we begin to live the way God wants us to, we will never find that purpose. Jesus told us that “you have to lose yourself in other to find yourself.” This could seem paradoxical to your ears but have you sat down to think and meditate on what He meant by this statement.
[Matthew 10:39] He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”

Hence, Jesus is telling us that to be like him, we must lose our pride and be submitted to Him in all our ways. The Bible makes us understand that pride is a great sin. Satan had pride and made him misbehave in heaven which resulted to chasing him down. We have many other personalities that fell for pride in the Bible. Let us take Goliath and David in the Old Testament as case study. 
Goliath was so confident in his strength and valor, he forgot he was a creature created by a Creator and he underrated the God of Israel when David challenged him in the Bible. David casted away every pride and challenged Goliath in God’s name. 
[I Samuel 17:45] “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.”
We all know how God gave David flawless victory over the arrogant giant (Goliath) because David casted his pride away and relied on God to do fight the battle. He was able to find his true self as a victorious warrior. After the battle with Goliath and victories over philistine, the people of Israel praised and acknowledged David, even more than King Saul.
[I Samuel 18:7] “And the women sang to one another as they made merry, “Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands.”
Hence, it is important to cast away your pride and submit yourself into His hands. You will even serve and understand him better when you do these.

Another important step to take after submitting yourself to Christ is to look for evidence, as you study, that you are a child of God. Also look for evidence that God is; Creator,  holy, good, righteous, loving, and not capable of any evil. Look for writings that projects God’s love for his children, an everlasting love that mirrors and transcends a parent’s love for a child. This will provide you with the theoretical knowledge to believe Jesus died for you so as to redeem and give you an everlasting place in his kingdom. Knowing that your true self is connected to the fact that God created you and loves you, even though you are a sinner, provides true confidence to find yourself in Christ and you will know that you are truly loved unconditionally. 




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WHY SO SALTY?



It is seriously funny how the first time I heard the phrase salty it was a term used to roast your friends and make jokes but these jokes are usually not very good to some effect. I know this because a lot of people that did not make it into my life this year would use this word behind my back on Facebook. 


Some friends right!

However after being in church at the Rock church for a few months the term salty has a new meaning to me. It has this positive uplifting meaning. Go be salty and spread yourself to the world to be fruitful and salty in someone else’s life. You can never go bad with to much salt but you can go bad with out any salt at all. 



Matthew 5:13








“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.



What is salt? By definition it is: A substance used for seasoning certain kinds of food, and for the preservation of meat.
For what purpose was it made?
To season: To render palatable, or to give a higher relish to, by the addition or mixture of another substance more pungent or pleasant; as, to season meat with salt.
To preserve: To save from decay. Salt is used to preserve meat.
To cure: To dry; to prepare for preservation; as, to prepare by salt, or in any manner, so as to prevent speedy purification.

We are to salt the world with are presence that is why it is so important that we are doing what we are supposed to do as christians if we do not how can someone be saved from their demons out there. We need to be the ones that cure this world of sin. 
We are to speak well-seasoned or salted words. (1 Corinthians 13:1) “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” We are to speak with love.

Stop complaining over what is wrong in your life, and start speaking life over your life. How can you help people if you keep complaining about what is going on in your life it is not fair to the person you are trying to save and help. 

All in all BE SALTY IN A POSITIVE WAY! 


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