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Don’t Rearm Your Enemy

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.” 1 Cor 15:56

Satan tricked Adam into doubting God and thus breaking the one commandment he had been given. This gave sin the power to condemn us, a weapon for satan. (Rom 5:19).

Thankfully Jesus fulfilled the law and thus disarmed the enemy. “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” Col 2:13-15 ESV
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Foundation or Decoration?

Suppose you are building a house where would you want to spend most of your energy and resources?

Just as many spend lots of resources on decoration rather than on foundation, so it is in the way people spend their life-time and resources on decorative rather than fundamental values.

It is the foundation we build our lives on that will determine whether we will withstand the storms or be swept away.

When we speak expediencies and conveniences instead of convictions from the Word of God, we may decorate our society with what people want to hear. This, however, will prove fatally expensive when the storms begin to test our foundations.
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Empty Tins

A proverb says:

Empty tins make the loudest noise.

How true!

For sometime now, life has been extremely challenging in my family. The kind of frustration we get when “nothing” we try seem to get anywhere.

The area in which our life is not “filled” becomes the empty tin. The emptiness becomes noisy so much so that it out-shouts the other filled areas in our life. When this happens, all our attention is arrested by the noise the “emptiness” produces. The result is that we fail to recognise and acknowledge the things we should be grateful for.

Sometimes, a small empty tin in our life can make so much noise until we don’t notice the big filled tin in our life.
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The Only Way to be Righteous

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV).

Even though I would tell others that salvation is a gift that cannot be earned, I felt confused when I read certain verses about righteousness (right standing with God). To me, it seemed as though many verses (especially in the Old Testament) like these appeared to indicate it was about my own right doing.

“Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good” (Proverbs 13:21).

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God (Genesis 6:9).
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Camping at an Oasis?

People who live in places with abundant water may not understand practically what it means to have no water in a very warm environment. The craving for drinking water and for bathing is second only to the craving we have for air we breathe.

It is in the desert where one can set the right value of water. Every drop is as precious as gold.

If you have never craved for water, especially for drinking and/or bathing, I want you to picture yourself in a warm environment. You are sweating profusely and there is no water; you have been this way for three days.
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When Jim Fell from a Tree

We were waiting for a friend who was coming to pick us for a home group meeting. As we stood by the roadside waiting, the young boy, Jim, was attempting to climb a tree nearby. We warned him to stop because the tree didn’t look strong enough for climbing. We thought he stopped but he didn’t.

We got so involved with my wife—those of you who are married know how you can give your spouse undivided attention.

Thud!!!

Our attention was called by the sound of a fall. We turned to look where the boy had been trying to climb the tree.

The tree stood at a gently sloping surface. When the boy fell, he rolled down the slope. We ran to pick him up, believing that he was hurt. Before we even reached him, he was up—he regained his standing posture.
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