Failure,self-disappointment and self hate, these and many other similar feelings don't just come over us. We all put certain demands on ourselves hoping that we will be able to pull them through and when we fail to do so we enter a state of punishing ourselves beyond the limits of reasonable chastisement. It is fair and normal for us to be unhappy with ourselves when we have failed ourselves but how far we should go with the reprimand should not exceed the boundaries or else we end up totally destroying ourselves. Everybody has the right to have expectations about self and to be dissatisfied when he or she fails to achieve them. But we must be careful about how far we push ourselves in our quest to prove to ourselves that we are actually able to do even better than what the others say we can't do. Remember that you are your greatest motivator, critic and coach and if you destroy yourself through unreasonable criticism you may not recover from the self destruction that you mete out to yourself. I have learnt to love myself a little more than I should so that when I fail to achieve something's I should not be too harsh to myself but be lenient and patient with myself. I found this to be working more than my previous attitude towards myself. I used to be too harsh and I pushed myself beyond what I could bear and this left me disappointed many times. Leave yourself enough room for self forgiveness and self tolerance and you will find it easy to re-visit some of your past failures with a little more boldness than before. Re-visiting your failures is like re-visiting an accident scene, you want to go there and be like a forensic investigator and not like a victim. When a forensic investigator visits a crash site he goes there to investigate and find facts unlike the victim who re-visits the same crash site to find closure. There are so many things you can achieve in life if you learn to accept that you will not always win but that sometimes you will come out second best or even worse you may lose altogether. Trust God to give you the grace to be self-forgiving and everything you do will become a pleasure even if it is the toughest thing you have ever attempted to do in your life. Each time you show love and appreciation to the others do the same to yourself twice as much in order to increase the your ability to love and forgive. The Bible says that we must love our Neighbors as we love ourselves. Many of us will never be angry with our neighbors up to the point where we kill them but we will not hesitate to kill ourselves over the some petty issues. The bottom line is this; Put reasonable expectations on yourself and you will be able to achieve them. Be blessed - MVK Read More!
THE MATURE NEVER FAIL
In the this epistle, Peter is trying to pull them back into line. He’s exhorting them and reminding them of what to do to stand strong in faith and be fruitful. Notice right from the start that Peter is talking to believers. He makes this clear by saying “. . . to them that have obtained like precious faith with us . . . “(2 Peter 1:1). Every believer has been given the measure of faith (Rom. 1:23). The Bible tells us many things that we are to do with that measure of faith. we are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). We’re to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). It also says that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). Too many people walk around declaring, “Im a faith person,” but their lives are a mess. Yes, we are to be people of faith, but that does not mean we are to be people of foolishness, presumption or stupidity. There have been many things done in the name of faith that have nothing whatsoever to do with faith. if we’d all use a little more common sense, mistakes that bring reproach to the Gospel wouldn’t be made. Peter goes on to say, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” (Peter 1:2). This verse tells us that our God is the God of abundance. He is El Shaddai. He wants us to have more than just a little bit of grace and peace, more than just enough to barely get by. He wants to give us multiplied grace and peace.
CHANGE IS NOT CHANGE UNTIL YOU CHANGE
When Peter wrote this passage. He knew he was facing martyrdom soon. He says, "Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that you may be able after my deceases to have these things always in remembrance" (2 Peter 1:14). Even though he knew death was before him, Peter was not negative or depressed. He was very positive and joyful in writing to the church. However, he was also very concern about them. A lot of carnality had evidently crept into the lives of the believers. And the Church at that time was under attack from all kinds of crazy doctrines from false teachers. Sounds a lot like the Church today, doesn’t it? The believers then were dwelling on minor issues that didn’t amount to a whole lot. They had digressed from the main point of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some were being led into heresy.
IF YOU CAN'T BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU HAVE, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU'LL BE HAPPY IF YOU HAVE MORE
Throughout the Church today, there seems to be a universal problem. Somewhere along the line, the spiritual growth of most Christians has become underdeveloped. Sad to say, there are countless numbers of believers who are living weak, defeated, anaemic lives. Why is this? More importantly, is there an answer to this problem? If there is, we need to know it. I believe the Apostle Peter gave us the solution in his second letter to the Church. 2 Peter 1:1-11 – Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtain like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind and cannot see afar off and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
|Mr. Martin Phiri|
DESTINY RELOADED with MVK
Joyce and I are embarking on a Spiritual refreshing outreach in Mabopane, Pretoria, entitled Destiny Reloaded. The meetings will be held monthly from July to december 2012 at the Morula Casino, Leseding Arena. The meetings are aimed at reaching out to people from all walks of life. We will be working hand in hand with Pastors' Monepi Motlanthe - Breakthrough In Christ Ministries, Mabopane and Alpheus Nkwana- Temple Of Glory - Mabopane. The dates and times of the meetings are reflected on the flyer. There is no charge for the meeting however the casino charges R20 per person/car at the entrance.
THE DESIGN OF THE HUMAN MIND
Jeremiah 17:10 – “I the Lord search the heart and examine
There are so many things God created using his infinite imagination
and ingenuity. God did this in order to display the vastness and depth
of his mind. Amongst all God’s creations, man stands far above the
rest. God created you to be like him and represent him to all the other
creatures. In Psalm 82:6 he even goes on to say, ‘you are gods’.
What makes man God’s most superior creation is not just the same
image and likeness between God and man, but also because God has
endowed man with the most superior mind, which stands matchless
against the minds of all creatures in the universe.
In this article I wish to share with you how during my tough times I spoke to God not even knowing whether He will hear me or not, He responded in the most Extraordinary way.
The year was 2005 and I had been challenged by many sorts of hardships and my physical health was failing faster than I could handle it. I must confess that even though I was already Pastoring the second largest Church in Soweto I had reached a point in my life where I was ready to give up on everything because I was asking myself if It was really worth it to continue as if all was well with me. On Sundays I used take an overdose of all medicines I had just so I can make it through the Church service.
If you’re ever going to trust in God make sure that you do it right first time. This will help you a lot in tackling all future challenges. Faith in God or believing in God, whichever way you chose to look at it must always be done right or else it does not work. When you do this, the very first thing you realize is how much you have been trusting in other things that took away all your ability to trust in the unseen God. First let me give you a background of where I come from then you will better understand these articles. In one of my previous posts I related how I belonged to a ‘gangster’ like group that gave me so much security that they had literally become my fortress in the township. During that era in the late seventies there were quite a lot of those both formal and informal criminal groups that you could not live without, that is if you really meant business with the township life. Some were simply for those needing to ‘just’ belong to a group and others were for those who were ‘more serious’ about belonging.
Name of Book: Living Your Life in Stereo
Author: Montoedi Kotu
Book genre: Devotional, Motivational and self help
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We are always faced with a challenge of what others think of us even long after God has forgiven us. MVK
We all need to have an unwavering faith in God, that deep rooted knowledge that it shall be well with us at last. MVK
A good word uttered in good season often produce good results. MVK
Talking must always be done like singing it should always be well rehearsed before being released. MVK
Never give up until you have proven that what you're actually trying to achieve is absolutely unachievable. MVK
The Bible encourages us to renew our minds and never to remove our minds. MVK
Rarely does one see the need to think wisely until their bad thinking gets them into trouble. MVK
No idea is totally bad, if it's not good for today then save it for another day. MVK
My mind is made up, I want to be a good person, no matter what. MVK
We need to develop a positive attitude, a mind totally disabled from entertaining negativity. MVK
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OLD WIVES REMEDY
Two old ladies are discussing their husbands over tea."I wish that Fred would stop biting his nails," says one. "it gets me very upset"?
"Rob used to do the same thing," says the other." But I made sure he broke the habit." "How?".... "I hid his teeth."