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    Jesus disciple
    devotionals

    How you can know yourself?
    From the natural point of view, when one says
     
    "know thyself"
     
    he would actually refer to your potentials, skill or personality.
     
    However, we don't talk about things that'll pass away. Your real self, is your heart ( your soul ) and not your flesh with a brain. This is your real self, the one ( flesh ) you're seeing is just there as a vessel to help you function in the physical, because it is made out of physical stuff.
    Knowing thyself, the real person ( your soul ) I'd say is the real deal, because reality actually is spirit.
     
    You can only know thy true self in God, because it is hid in God when you were sent into this fallen nature. Every other thing apart from thyself ( heart ) is a misrepresentation and deception the devil can use to make one think he is living in reality when in actuality he's not in God's will ( reality ). You can achieve whatever desire you want with great success, but that doesn't mean it is the original purpose set for your true self. If it really is from God, why then, are you always afraid, drawing out outlines for your future without God's Input on how to secure what you've got.
     
    Meanwhile, being born of God's spirit doesn't necessarily mean one knows himself, one can be in God, but still live according to the standard of the world. A man who begins to know his true self is one who functions fully in the will of God, " intimacy."
    Let's get to the life of Solomon.
     
    I believe everyone one is a unique specie. You just have to gain access to that gene which has been locked and hidden in you because, we have been hid in God, only when you get closer to Jesus, they're being unveiled, " our supernatural ability," by God's spirit in us.
     
    Hey, Solomon wasn't just wise for no reason, neither was he wise because he asked for wisdom. God's spirit is the spirit of wisdom, but if you remain a babe in Christ, you'll think like a babe. Solomon's wisdom given by God was an ability in him that was hid in God until he drew more closer to God. Through the sacrifices he made then, He was given access to it. There was no man as wise as Solomon on earth because that was the path God has chosen to walk with Him. You are a unique specie, discover that which God has hid in Himself concerning you.
     
    You are a unique specie in God, the same way also I can't be like you even if I want to, I can try, but I'll only be a poor and total failure of a copy, because we are different.
     
    In more simplicity, as you spend time with God, growing in His spirit through His word and building Intimacy in prayers and obedience, then God's spirit in you will begin to unveil thyself, your original design set by God. You'll then begin to walk eternity on earth, bringing to manifestation God's kingdom on earth. Now that is "thyself."
     

    BJWry
    devotionals

    Knowing and counting on your salvation is so essential to your existence as a believer. It changed everything from your eternal destiny to the way you walk and talk. The question we need to ask ourselves is, <em>how</em> do we know what we know with absolute certainty? Can you know it with 100% confidence?


    I've come to the realization that I can be convinced of something that is not real. I went fishing once with my son and snagged a fish on my hook. Oh that fish felt some big and I felt like I'd caught the biggest one in the lake (at least bigger than my son's right?). I was certain of it. Yet when I pulled it out of the water, it was not big enough to keep. In fact, it was the smallest fish we caught that day. It seemed large, it felt large, but it was actually small.

    If we address how we know we are saved in such a manner, we are on uncertain ground. We will never know for certain. When we feel good about ourselves, our certainty is strong. When something isn't just right, well we tend to lose confidence.

    God doesn't want us, His children, uncertain about anything. He doesn't want us to not have a maybe-so salvation but a know-so one.

    Remember this little song?

     
    There's so much truth in that little song! I love looking to the Scriptures for my answers. There I can have the confidence that I am being told the truth.


    The Bible tells us with 100% certainty we can know we are going to hell and why.




     
    God is perfect, just, righteous and upright. He cannot condone sin. He cannot lower His holy standard and offer mercy without right cause. God cannot simply love when He is not just at the same time. We know we never could meet God's righteous demands. In fact, we understood clearly we deserved to be punished for our sin. God is totally fair in sending all mankind to hell.

    But because God devised a plan, and motivated by His love God acted. God, without a hint of injustice, paid us our sin with eternal life. Jesus was the right cause through which God's righteous anger was appeased. God's justice was served on the cross, while His love was demonstrated. Jesus paid 100% for all sins.

     
    Trying to pay for our sins is like annulling the payment already made. God fully accepted us upon resting in the payment already made. Now upon that acceptance, He offers forgiveness only through faith in Christ. Faith is not doing but actually the opposite of going by means of works. The nature of faith is resting in the work of another on our behalf!

     
    What separated us was not our sins but the sin of unbelief. We refused to believe in the finished work of Christ as sufficient to pay all our sins.

     
    The moment we believed, however, salvation legally became ours.

     
    That seal is until the day of redemption


    How do we know we are saved? The bible does not teach by means of works or evidence, although we should be useful to our neighbours (James 2).

    We know how we're saved with 100% security because He says so...

    How you know you are saved is not about what you did or how you did it or when you did it or any such thing. In fact, it has nothing to do with you really and everything to do with what Jesus already did. You simply believed Him. It's not what you believed, it's in Whom you believed. The Bible explains to you believer, how you know your salvation.

    In Conclusion

    Therefore, stop relying on a time when you did something or experienced something to confirm how you were saved but simply rest in what the objective truth of Scriptures says to ALL who believe! 

    Can you know 100% you sinned? Yes! (Rom 3:23)

    Can you know 100% you deserve death? Yes, (Eze 18:20)

    Can you know Jesus paid for 100% of your sins? Yes! (1 Jn 2:1)

    Can you know Jesus guarantees 100% security? Yes! (Jn 3:16)

    How can you know you are saved? The Bible told you so! (1 Jn 5:13)

     
    So, where your faith is resting today? Was your confidence a result of your conviction of Scripture or of some experience or feeling or something you have done? You can know God says the truth, you know confidently why you are saved.


    LostinFL
    poetry

    Maybe its not a victory.
    Maybe progress is defeat.
    My old self, I cannot be.
    Where does he go?  Out on the street?
    It's not fair, he does all the work, just to take a chair?
     
    I served me well, to get this far.
    Doesn't improving, for the better, change who you are?
    Part of my old self feels like he's dying.
    Why should he go, when he's the one who did all of the crying?
     
    I often wished to be strong.
    I don't want my weaker-self to be gone.
    Don't let go, keep it together.
    I want to be me, forever.

    LostinFL
    poetry

    Just tell me what to do.
    If I can, and its not that disagreeable to me,
    I will do it easily.
    Especially coming from you.
     
    I don't mean to be a slave,
    I do mean to serve,
    Its less that I wanted,
    Its more than I deserve.
     
    Why do I hurt this much?
    At one point in time, I must have been very wrong.
    Or does it mean, I'm just that strong?
    Hard to see, when I fold with just a touch.
     
    I know what nothing means.
    I tried to be everything.
    I was wrong.
    I'm not that strong.

    BJWry
    devotionals

    Have you ever had your plans suddenly change on you? Has your life ever been cruising along just fine when all of a sudden, everything is set out of course and nothing remains certain? Is there anything productive you can do (besides freak out) especially when it is out of your immediate control? How do you cope? Take a long shower, go on a walk with the dog, or go back to bed? All the above?
     
    Heraclitus, the famous Greek philosopher said, “change is the only constant in life”. From a human viewpoint that is certainly true, we experience changes in life at a steady rate. Life can change in a heartbeat and many times spiral out of our control. Right now as the entire world is under quarantine due to recent COVID-19 virus, change is inevitable for everyone to some degree or another. 
     
    Sometimes things happen that can be quite overwhelming. It’s just too much. We’re often told “God won’t give you more than you can handle” which is supposed to cheer us up and in fact, God is known to give us more than we can handle all the time! The truth is, God never promised He wouldn’t give us more than we can handle.  1 Corinthians 10:13 does not talk about not overwhelming us with suffering but with temptation. In fact, Paul said that God had given him more than he could handle on several occasions. (2 Cor 1:8-9)
     
    There’s hope! God’s grace is more!
     
    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7
     
    These two verses present a wonderful promise on behalf of God and a condition for the believer. Let me start with the promise God makes for every believer. You may be going through more than you can handle right now. Frankly, you may be overcome with discouragement but you need to know there’s hope and stability to get through anything life throws your way. God promises you something that is independent of any circumstance and always available. It is a wonderful promise that you can hang on to. Simply put, God, who is the source of true peace, offers to guard, protect or keep your heart and mind safe through the situation. This is a peace we actually experience. It is not the same peace referred to in Romans 5:1that has to do with our position in Christ and unalterable standing of being at peace with God. 
     
    Now on to the condition for the believer. We are told to walk by faith which is the same way we received Him (Col 2:6). Faith is to trust, rely upon. The phrase, be anxious for nothing is a command, the verb be is in the active voice imperative mood present tense. It goes hand in hand with let your requests be made known to God. The verb let is also a present imperative but in the passive voice. 
     
    What does this mean? We could understand the conditional part as, “don’t worry about anything, as your requests and thanks are being made known to God through your prayers, God’s peace will protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus”. When God gives us a command (Mat 6:34), He intends us to keep it. The faith part comes in because when He commands He also makes a grace provision to enable us to keep it! God always gives us the means to do what He asks us to do! If God commands us, “Don’t be anxious“, rest assured He offers the power by grace on the basis of faith. 
     
    When we try to keep God’s commands in our strength, this becomes a weight too heavy to bear. We fail. We get discouraged and frustrated. God never intended us to look to be obedient without His enabling grace. In fact, God doesn’t want us to focus on doing but on Him! 
    Have you been worrying and placing upon yourself the unnecessary weight of things you cannot change? Does it feel like you’ve taken on a yoke you cannot bear? When we are anxious, stressing and worrying about things, it is a clear sign to us that we are not enjoying at that present moment the virtues and blessings we have available to us in Christ. Fear not! Christ has already invited you to take His yoke upon yourself in order to experience rest for your soul. 
    Christ offers rest (peace, refreshing) to all who take on His yoke (which incidentally happens to be light and not like the law)…
     
    “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
     
    For the mind set on the flesh is death [separation], but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, - Romans 8:3 [brackets mine]
     
    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, - Galatians 5:22
     
    Stop looking for peace in the wrong places. Peace is a part of the fruit of the Spirit. 
    God has been offering His peace from the beginning. It is available to those who believe and walk by faith. It is a peace that surpasses understanding. 
     
    In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.- Psalm 4:8
     
    Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble.- Psalm 119:165
     
    “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. - Isaiah 26:3
     
    “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.- John 14:27
     
    “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”- John 16:33
     
    In Conclusion
     
    Christ has done the work to set you free from the flesh, the very source of internal anxiety. 
     
    So, remove vexation from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.- Ecclesiastes 7:10 NASB77
     
    When the world around us is undergoing uncertain times, we have the source of eternal peace at our disposal to guard our hearts and our minds! God has already promised you and I an unending supply of peace and rest. This is only available, however, to those who approach Him on the basis of faith (in everything bringing your requests and thanksgiving to God). He promises, as a result, to source the much-needed internal peace. 
    Therefore, beloved, you have a choice. What will you choose in the midst of whatever uncertain circumstances life throws your way, anxiety or peace? Weariness and heaviness or to let Christ to grace you rest in your soul? May God bless!

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