When lockdowns over

When lockdowns over…

I will never take for granted

A day tasting freedom

Pursued like it’s Atlantis

Has nature missed me?

I have missed nature

These four walls don’t speak

But I turn to my creator

When I feel that fresh breeze

Hear the birds tweet

Watch the waves wash on the beach

Feel the earth under my feet

Oh what bliss it will be!

I will soak in every minute

When once again we are free

And the sky is without limits

This is a short poem I wrote after being in continuous lockdowns for 11 months so far. Sure we can stretch our legs and go for a walk. However, seeing people everywhere wearing masks, staying apart and staring at each other with paranoia, well, it just does not seem the same. Freedom for the Christian is found in faith in Christ, no doubt. For where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17) Yet I still miss adventures and seeing Gods beautiful creation! I am so glad, looking back, that I always appreciated those moments.

I remember when I first arrived in Portugal and walked the beautiful streets of Lisbon, I used to walk for hours and even get lost, but I loved the adventure! I remember when I first visited Sintra and was blown away by the beauty of the palaces. Oh and then I saw Arrabida.. it took my breath away! I always appreciated those moments, especially knowing where I came from in England where the nearest beach was a 2 hour drive away. I can only say thank you to God.

When lockdown is over, let’s never take another moment of our freedom for granted. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it has shown us what is most valuable and helped us appreciate what was taken so much more. The old expression, you never know how much you love something (or someone) until it’s gone, comes to mind. Bring on the days when we can once again enjoy Gods creation without any hindrances!

Below is Arrabida and below that is Sintra – Portugal

Thank you for reading!

Much love and God bless you and keep you safe and healthy!

Deano

Attributes of God. K = King

Check out the following timeless video about Jesus as King: https://youtu.be/yzqTFNfeDnE

A little history – In modern society many do not know what it’s really like to live under the authority of a King. Most countries are now run by governments who make executive decisions. Englands last King was George the VI and his reign was until the year 1952. All though the British empire has a long standing queen, many of the laws are no longer executed by her directly. The worlds longest reigning King to date according to history is Louis XIV – his reign was 72 years and 110 days! For an earthly King – that’s a long time! Apparently the shortest reigning King ever was Louis-Antoine of France – he became King in 1830 and 20 minutes later abdicated! The biblical King David reigned for 40 years – a key biblical number. Kings have always been and always will be a way of leadership and rule and much can be learned from history.

When we think about Gods attribute as King, we instantly relate to a supreme leader. God was hailed as the King of the Jews when hanging on the cross, but he is much greater than that. He is the King of Kings and his rule will never cease!

When Christ entered Jerusalem on donkey, the day known as palm Sunday or the triumphal entry; he entered as a humble King of peace (Luke 19:28-40). I mean, how many Kings do you know to triumphantly enter on a donkey? Only Jesus Christ could successfully pull that off! What a stark contrast to the entrance of Jesus Christ at the second coming when he enters on a white horse! On his robe and on his thigh he has the name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16) At this time judgement is about to take place as the devil gathers up his army to fight. The bible doesnt even need to go into detail, the victory is so easy for God it simply says in Vs 20, but the beast was captured along with the false prophet. The horrors of the tribulation had been unleashed and the antichrist seemed invincible, but Christ shows up and well, its game over!

When we really capture the significance of what it means for Christ being our King, we no longer fear the system and rulers of the earth. We respect their authority, but we serve a much greater authority. Many Christians still picture Christ either in a manger or still riding on a donkey, Christ is comfortable to be around when we picture him this way. Yet, when we envision his awesome glory as the supreme King whose eyes are as flames of fire (meaning judgement) when he returns on that white horse and who shines like the sun! Well, we just cannot remain the same anymore. When John has visions of God while writing revelation, he fell at his feet asif he was dead. The miightiness of Christ so enveloped his soul that he could find no other way of expressing his emotions.

What do we imagine when we think about Christ as King? Perhaps we still see Him with a crown of thorns. This is ok, as it reminds us of how our King suffered so we can be saved. Or, perhaps we see him with the eternal crown of splendor and tremble at his feet. Maybe it’s both… Which, in my opinion is the best option! When we see Christ both as a suffering servant and a supreme leader it does 2 awesome things for us: 1) It reminds us of His mighty love as he suffered such agony for the sake of saving us sinners and 2) We remember that His reign is eternal and one day Jesus will come back in all his glory. So, we are then humbled by Gods humility to serve humanity and we also reverently fear God because of how mighty He is.

That’s my King! How about you? Have you placed Jesus on the throne? Or is he still in the manger? Christ is King and no matter what lies the enemy spews out of his detestable mouth, nothing can change this undeniable truth.

1 Timothy 6:13-15 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontus Pilate, that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the proper time – He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of King and Lord of Lords.

Lord, thank you for your supreme leadership and eternal reign. Help me to always remember the significance of your Kingship and always walk humbly and reverently before you. All glory, praise and honor belong to you. In Jesus Christ name – amen

Image credit: Google images – pinterest – King of Kings

Thank you for reading!

Much love and God bless

Deano

Guard your heart above all else

Humans know very well how to protect material things, but oh how we fail at protecting what’s most valuable – our heart and our souls. We forget that a thief is rampant aiming to take all that is valuable, so we leave ourself vulnerable for the attack.

A thief, in most circumstances, will only want to steal what’s most valuable. This is why jewelry shops and banks have more security. The enemy, therefore, will look to steal what’s most valuable.

What does the enemy want to steal more than anything? Who does the enemy hate the most?

The enemy has intense hatred towards God and therefore aims to destroy anything that God loves, this of course includes human beings. The ultimate goal is to either ruin ones relationship with God or stop one from having a relationship. If the devil can trap us in religion instead of relationship, then the enemy has succeeded in stealing the most precious gift… the gift of being in relationship with God – the gift of salvation through Jesus.

Christians remain an easy target when acting in ignorance of the thief. How do we protect ourself? We protect what’s most important!

Guard your heart above all else, for everything you do flows from it – Proverbs 4:23

The heart is not only the source of our physical life, it’s the source of our souls. The heart is worthy of protecting because what’s in it can determine the course of your life, whether for good or evil.

The human heart is unfortunately birthed in corruption because of the fall of humanity. When a person is born again, the heart is re-birthed too. This does not mean sin is no more, but it does mean the heart has been birthed with a new potential for good.

So how do we guard our heart? We fill it with the knowledge of Gods word! This is the most effective guard that we have from the enemy. Sure, we can memorize bible verses, which is great, but when the word of God is hidden in the heart, we are able to resist sinning against God (Psalm 119:11) The heart is a secret place where the enemy cannot get to, unless you allow him too.

The issue humanity is facing today is an issue of the heart. The heart is left unchecked and unlocked and because of this we are not protecting our most valuable organ. The disastrous effects of this are obvious and we desperately need to learn how to protect our heart.

Luke 6:45 out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

If your heart is full of Gods word, then Gods words will flow out of your mouth like a wellspring of life. The way to change the heart is to change what you feed it. Prevent anything evil from entering (lust, pride, hate, selfishness, anger and so on) and allow it be filled with good things (love, joy, peace, goodness and so on)

Psalm 26:2 Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and mind;

The daring prayer that we could utter is… Lord, please examine my heart and see of their is any sinful way within me. This is daring because God will do it and show you exactly what evil lies within. He will then teach you how to be rid this evil and how to guard from it for the future.

Another great way to elevate good things from within our hearts is gratitude. Murmuring and anger acts like a poison to our hearts and our physical bodies. The Israelites wondered 40 years in the desert because of murmuring… because it blocks the destiny God has called us too. On the other hand, cultivating gratitude releases healing into our souls and catapults our life quicker to Gods destiny. A greatful heart is a healthy one.

Psalm 100:4-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Lord Jesus, thank you for your precious word that has the power to transform the deepest parts of my being. Oh Lord, I come before you today and offer my heart. Please examine my heart and reveal any sinfulness lurking within it. Help me meditate your word so that my heart becomes full of it. Thank you for your goodness. In Jesus christ name, amen.

Thank you for reading.

Image credit: Terradez ministries – guard your heart

Much love!

Deano

Attributes of God. J = Just

Haven’t written any more of this series since 2020! So let’s dive back into it.

Is God a just God? I mean, is he too lenient or too extreme? Some would say that the old testament God cannot be the same as the God who took on flesh in the form of Jesus, they are way too different. What we need to remember is that Gods approach was very different but that does not mean a different God. In the Old Testament God was more of a military commander who rescued His people and then taught them His ways so they could be separate from the surrounding pagan nations. In the New Testament Jesus came as a humble saviour of the world who came to rescue “all people” should they accept his offer. Same God but a different approach.

The key to remember for the Old and New Testament is this: In the Old Testament people were justified by the law, in the New Testament people are justified by grace. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Same God, different approach.

We unfortunately live in a world full of injustice. In the UK a murderer can get half a life sentence if they behave well (that’s half of 25 years) graceful but does it serve justice? Billionaires almost have a free pass for anything they want because they can buy their way out of situations. The love of money has corrupted many good police officers, government officials and religious leaders, many of them get away with such corruption because of their public stature. This is not justice. Then we have paedophiles, rapists, abusers and bullies who can seemingly do what they want without reprimand. Sure, many have been caught but then some of them have lenient sentences handed out or a slap on the wrist with a fine. Again… this is not justice.

How can God show grace and yet be a just God by executing justice? How can God find the balance between the two? If God is a perfectly just God then why do some people get away with evil for so long? Surely… God is just right? So he must do something about it.

We understand the answers to these questions when we have a correct view of God. We live an unjust world because sin is rampant and the devil is the God of this age (2 Cor 4:4) Yet, God is not idly sitting back on his throne doing nothing about it. God already did something about it more than 2000 years ago! Justice was served when the lamb of God was sacrificed. This moment in history balanced the scales of justice. This means, all who come to the cross and trust in the son can escape the wrath to come… the condemning judgement. So, when evil people seemingly get away with evil for so long, it’s because God is hoping for them to find mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgement (James 2:13) but judgement still waits for the one who does not repent and believe (John 3:18).

Therefore, God is completely just and has balanced the scales of justice perfectly.

If God never gave me the opportunity to come out of the drug world and wild living, then I would never have found mercy and would remain under judgement. God was patient for all those years hoping that I would turn to the saviour. God is the same with humanity today, patiently waiting for many to turn to him. There is a moment when sin reaches its full measure and judgement must come ( read Genesis 15:16) but it would never be so without a window of grace before it.

For this reason, we can say that God is just.

Extra: you may have been startled by the statement Satan is the God of this age (or not) anyway, for a deeper look into this please check the following link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Satan-god-world.html

Lord God almighty, thank you that we can trust in you because you are a perfect and just God. This world appears to be spiralling into madness but you hold the scales of justice in your hands. Lord, please bring many out of darkness into your glorious eternal light. Rescue multitudes from the flames of hell and help your people to stand against injustice in this world. All glory to you. In Jesus Christ name amen!

Image credit: Google images -Idevo.org – justice

Love and God bless

Deano

Immerse yourself in His presence

Happy lent! Not sure if we even say that to people, you know like saying happy birthday! Yet, should lent not be a time of joy for those who look forward to Easter? Ok, so there is the dark shadow of the cross coming soon, but after that darkness comes the wonderful light of the resurrection!

Lent is a time of reflection and preparation. The 40 days/nights is symbolic of the 40 days and nights Jesus spent in the wilderness when he was tempted by the devil. That short season set the stage for the ministry that Jesus was about to embark on. If he would have failed in the wilderness then he would have had no ministry.

The key to the success of Jesus is the same key that we can use. Jesus was so connected with the father and immersed in the word of God that he had been formed by the word. All though the word became flesh (John 1:14) Jesus still learned and grew in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:52). If the word had to immerse himself in the word then how much more should we do it?

The world is going through an unprecedented time in history, a time of great darkness but also great opportunity. Great darkness because of the pandemic, miss-information and certain global elitist rubbing their hands together as the poor get poorer and the rich getting richer. Great opportunity because the darker it gets the more those who believe in God can shine their light and be a witness.

As we approach Easter we can reflect on the great sacrifice of Christ and what that means for us. Remembering that his death and resurrection means our sins have been obliterated, washed away by the blood of Jesus. We have the opportunity to spend time before our heavenly father either in silence or thankfulness as we join millions around the world doing the same thing. This collective unity through the body of Christ can become like a canopy of light brightening up the darkness.

We really need to immerse ourself in God! The more we are immersed in Him, the more He will be glorified in us. Did you know that you should never really have to tell someone you’re Christian? They should know you are one by how you live your life and how you speak. Christianity is not a religion but a lifestyle. Of course you witness, but you may be the only bible a none believer has ever read, then through your lifestyle they may ask the questions.

We may feel uncertain about the future as plans have been scrapped or jobs lost. Yet the final chapter of history has already been written by God. The Devil loses and God wins. Evil may have its hour but goodness has all of eternity, so let’s not let temporary trials make us lose hope for our future triumph.

This is the paradoxical mind blowing truth about Easter. It all looked like it was over at the cross. Jesus truly died and the world was physically dark for 3 hours because of the spiritual darkness that was taking place. The next day after the cross the devil and all his minions must have been shouting gleefully as they thought they won. Then, when all hope seemed lost, Jesus rose from the grave and kicked death right in it’s sweet spot. Oh death where is your sting, where is your victory! (1 Corinthians 15:55) darkness turned into a glorious eternal light and victory was sealed.

During this lent season, as well as confessing our sins to our advocate in heaven, let’s also focus on this great victory. Let’s walk with our head held high confident of the Lords goodness and mercy. What you see happening around the world is not how the story will end… Jesus will come and intervene one day and evil will be done away with forever. Until that magnificent day comes, let’s proclaim the good news and shine a light in this present darkness. Many are waiting in the valley of decision, but how can they know the good news unless someone tells them?

Happy lent brothers and sisters in Christ! Immerse yourself in God.

Father God, thank you for this season of lent, a time when we remember all that your son Jesus did for us. Help us to to listen to you each day through your word, to meditate on your mercy and to be captivated by your love. When the victories resurrection day comes, we pray we will raise a shout around the world of victory over darkness! This pandemic is nothing compared to your awesome glory. Show your glory in world father! In Jesus Christ name – amen.

Image credit: Google images – parade – lent

Love and God bless

Deano

You’re awesome…Yes you really are!

Hello you wonderful person! How long has it been since someone just stopped and said… “your awesome… your beautiful… you have purpose“? Maybe not all those things in the same sentence but at least one of them. Does it not make you feel good when someone gives you a compliment? Those words can really make your day right? Sets up the mood to follow.

Better than another person saying those words to us, God through His word has already said those things about us!

Dont believe it, let’s check it out…

1. Your awesome…. in Genesis 1 we read about Gods creation of the world and all living things in it. Before humans were made God said that it was good. Yet after humans were made he said it was very good (Genesis 1:31). You know what that means… he made us awesome! As cheesy as it sounds it’s true. We were made in Gods image… and as he is awesome then we are to reflect his awesomeness (I think that’s a word)

2. Your beautiful… When people think of beauty they immediately think about physical appearance. We have been conditioned in this world to look on the outside and elevate beauty according to what we physically see. When God looks at beauty, He goes far deeper than surface level, He goes right down to the heart (1 Samuel 16:7) beauty in the eyes of God is a gentle and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:3-4) human beings are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) all though the bible does talk about physical attractiveness (read Genesis 24:16 or Esther 2:7) the main focus of beauty is not this because God knows this beauty fades like the flower of a field. Inner beauty is what has the most value.

3. You have purpose... Never let no one tell you that you are not meant to be here, including yourself! Many years ago when I contemplated suicide I used to look in the mirror and encourage myself to say positive things about me, I would say it until I believed it, then I would feel it because feelings followed the faith that I had. God said that He knows us even before the womb! (Jeremiah 1:5) Gods plan for our lives includes this life and the eternal one to come. Sure, in this life you will have tribulation, but in the next you will never face another trial! God has all of eternity to fulfil his awesome plan for your life! That is… your eternal life in Christ.

We could dive much deeper into the awesome unique love that God has especially for you, but for now this is enough. You really are awesome, beautiful and have a purpose. You may not feel it some days, but the truth does not depend on how we feel. Truth is truth no matter what happens.

Father God, thank you that you have labelled your creation with such beautiful and love. Help us to never waver on believing your words, especially when the devil tries to twist your truth into a manipulated lie. Oh God, let your radiance shine in me and help me reflect your awesome love. In Jesus Christ name – amen.

Have an awesome day!

Love Deano

Do you think about what you think about?

The human mind operates on 2 levels of thinking: conscious and subconscious. Consider a couple things for a moment – you breathe all the time but never need to think about breathing and you blink constantly and never think about blinking. However, now that I have said this you are likely thinking about it and maybe even bewildered as you ponder that thought – this is your subconscious mind at work. It means you don’t think about it you just do it. Yet your conscious mind is now thinking about what you subconsciously do because somebody has mentioned it.

Our minds are incredible and so complex that we are only able to scientifically explain a small proportion of how it works. Don’t get me wrong, we know a lot! Yet that knowledge is only a small portion compared to the endless possibilities. It’s like exploring God or the ocean, you will always be learning something new. So let’s look at a couple of interesting facts about the human mind:

Apparently we have on average 6200 thoughts per day according to a study! Article – https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2020/07/new-study-reveals-just-how-many-thoughts-we-have-each-day.amp.html

Our brain has amazing development capabilities. Check out the meaning of neuroplasticity: https://positivepsychology.com/neuroplasticity/

Besides these two incredible points your brain has many areas with different functions which are: Occipital lobe, temporal lobe, parietal lobe, frontal lobe, cerebral cortex, cerebellum, hypothalamus, thalamus, pituitary gland, pineal gland, amygdala, hippocampus and the mid-brain. I have no idea how to explain the mechanics of each area, I can only just say the words! But as you can imagine our brains are very complex and amazing!

You can see more about the brain in the below picture…

So, now we know just a slight bit about that powerful instrument tucked up in our skull, let’s get back to our thoughts.

Do you ever think about what you think about? It’s an intriguing question because if we did think constantly about our thoughts then wouldn’t our mind be going into quantum mode? Those 6200 thoughts would translate into 12400! Or would they? Perhaps you may be surprised to know that once you start consciously determining your thoughts, your mind settles down and no longer travels at warp speed and those constant working brain transmitters catch a slight break as those brain waves settle.

Be careful though, practices such as emptying the mind through something such as mindfulness can do more harm than good. Emptying the mind means you have made space to be occupied, this space if we are not careful can make room for the devil. So, when you do meditate, meditate on scripture and build up a positive fortress of good thoughts. Repetitive negative or positive thoughts in time create strongholds, once strongholds are created they are very difficult to destroy… whether they are good ones or bad ones. This is how habits are formed, through constant repetition.

So, how do we start thinking about what we think about? We start by paying attention. The more attentive we become to why we thought that thought, the more likely we can change our thoughts. Thoughts can also be triggered by our environment, especially when this environment reminds us of negative things like a trauma or something. Let’s give an example in the best way possible with a short story.

Meet Stanley. He’s a young man who has struggled with depression for some time now. Stanley has became so used to depression that thinking negative has become the norm. One day Stanley performed his usual routine but this day was different. He for once opened his curtains and immediately the sunlight beamed into the room lighting up the darkness. Stanley was awestruck by the sudden light and noticed how it highlighted things that were once hidden in darkness. As he felt the warmth he began to think of how he feels. Then he looked around and started to notice what he had… clothes, a bed to sleep in, a roof over his head and so on… For so long Stanley only had dark thoughts because he never focused on the good that he already had. As the sun warmed up his soul he set in motion to change his routine every day, even without the sun there will be daylight. From that day forward, Stanley changed his thinking, his routine and ultimately his life.

This short example shows how one small change can make a humongous difference! It can literally change the course of your life. So, let’s open up the curtains of our mind and let the light in. This example can also be translated into a heavenly perspective of how our mind can become occupied with the future eternal hope we have… the place that Jesus has gone to prepare for us that one day he will come and take us too (John 14:3)

The bible is in no way quiet about our thought life. First, Jesus said that even lusting after a woman (or man) just by looking at them is actually a sin (5:8) he said this because he knows that sin is predominantly birthed in thought, that’s where seeds are planted and then we chose to water it (meditate) or toss it out. Second, what we think we will become in due time, so its vital that we learn to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians10:5). Third, we are called to fix our mind on things above and not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2) a mindset that focuses on the eternal not the temporal will be steady and stable. Focusing on earthly things will be a rollercoaster ride… I know this too well!

So let’s begin to consciously think about our thoughts. Ok, so we cannot possibly track all 6200 thoughts! But we can at least learn to recognize thoughts contrary to the ways of Christ (lust, selfishness, greed, envy, jealousy, hate, pride and so on) toss out those thoughts and replace it with love, joy, humility, thankfulness, selflessness and so on. This is what capturing the thoughts is… recognizing them and replacing them.

Let’s think about what we think about and change the course of our life for something truly amazing!

Philipians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.

Father God, thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Thank you that we will never be bored of exploring your greatness as we will always have something new to learn. Help me to think about what I think about so that I may learn to make my thoughts obedient to Christ. Our minds are a sacred place that can be used by you or the devil, help my mind to be equipped and used by you! As your word says, we have the helmet of salvation to protect the mind. Each day, may I remember your salvation through our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Thank you for making it to the end!

Much love and God bless!

Image credit: pinterest

Deano

Faith, hope and love

In a world that seems to be falling apart,

We would all do well to never lose heart

When lockdowns, restrictions and cases arise

We need to keep faith, keep hope alive

Watching the news, it all seems such a farce

Organized chaos while loved ones depart

Are people just numbers? The mainstream think so

They look at those numbers; then more places close

Stuck in our homes, they tell us keep safe

Yet some are in homes filled with violent disgrace

Fearful we stay, yet there’s hope within reach

Learn how to pray, to God let’s beseech

We all need to be wise, no time to be fools

All though lockdowns confine, let’s not break the rules

For those who have suffered, those who shed tears

May God bring you comfort, remove all your fears

We are in this together, show empathy…love

If your heart fills with hatred, then the virus has won

Yes we want hugs, we all need embrace

Visit our families and chill with our mates

Go on vacations and eat fancy steak,

Oh we long for the days when freedom was safe!

Don’t give up hope! Seriously… don’t

Call on the Lord… He will help you to cope

These days will be over, let’s believe and keep hope

For God is our anchor when storms rock our boat.

Love and God bless

Deano

The prosperity gospel. Part 3: Living the true gospel

We made it! The final part of the prosperity gospel. You can catch up with the other 2 parts below…

Part 1: https://church426.wordpress.com/2021/02/01/the-prosperity-gospel-part-1the-gospel-fact/?preview=true

Part 2: https://church426.wordpress.com/2021/02/03/the-prosperity-gospel-part-2-a-different-kind-of-rich/?preview=true

If you are more technically advanced than me, which I’m sure many are! Please advise if their is a much more simple way of sharing previous blog links? 😁

Anyway, let’s get on with the post!

How are we as Christians to live out our Christian lives? Is there a certain standard for living when we are no longer bound by the law but by grace? Many times in the last 15 years of my Christian life people have said, “you should know better than that if you believe in God”. What’s ironic is that this was predominantly said by those who are not Christians. So it would appear they have some expectation of how a Christian should behave.

The reality is, we do have a standard for how we live our Christian lives, this standard was set by Christ himself. If we did not have a standard then Jesus would not say follow me and he would not call us disciples. Discipleship is only possible through a leader who is able to teach those who follow in their footsteps. We are called to be disciples and called to make them.

The prosperity gospel has corrupted the standards set by Christ. If God only blesses us when we are rich then that would mean Jesus was cursed! It cannot be that way because the birth of Christianity was not in glory but in humility. Not in riches but in poverty.

Prosperity cannot be a source of Gods favor, since it is what the devil promises to those who worship him – John Piper

Have you ever heard of musicians/celebrities that say “I sold my soul to the devil”? Many who have been given the world stage were promised riches in exchange for their soul (will and emotions) I have heard of many musicians who have succumbed to this compromise (eminem, Rihanna, Beyonce, Jay Z, Taylor Swift, and many more) it is heartbreaking that anyone would give up their soul for the sake of temporary things in this world. My prayers are for all those who have done such things because the blood of Jesus can purchase them, for this is a much greater power!

Mark 8:36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul.

Our soul is valuable and not worth sacrificing for temporary pleasures, fortune or fame. The way of the cross has a much greater reward in store for eternity for those who choose that way. The way may be difficult and leave scars, but those scars will provide a glorious story to tell for all eternity.

Prosperity preachers need our prayers! It’s not enough to just point out their faults, we need to plead for them to come to repentance and recognize their sins themselves. We can point the finger all day long, but in the end what would be resolved? I did not write this series to shame them, all though some may now be exposed. Sins must be exposed to be dealt with and one needs to repent to receive forgiveness. The great exposure of the monstrosity of the effects of sin was displayed publicly on the cross of Christ. For the cross was suffered to reconcile mankind to God.

Living the true gospel life is living a life that reflects this awesome and powerful truth. The truth that Jesus already paid the price for humans to receive forgiveness… no matter how evil the sin! If we think for one moment that someone has sinned too much to be forgiven, then we need to examine our own heart. Jesus was crucified on a risen cross on a hill so that the world could see the solution to mankinds real issue…. the issue of sin.

Please pray for those false teachers that they may repent before it’s too late! Please pray for the world to come to know Jesus, especially with the world being in the midst of a pandemic. Never lose sight of the simple gospel truths that Jesus loves us and salvation is found in no one else. This simple truth is enough to catapult our lives in the direction of the fathers will. His will that we should believe and know the one He sent… Jesus Christ His one and only begotten son.

Let’s pray that the Lord may do the following as per the below verse….

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.

Thank you for reading!

Image credit: Google – prosperity preachers

God bless you!

Love Deano

Honouring Sir Thomas Moore

This is different to the normal posts I write. This is written to honour a great man who became known last year for raising millions of pounds for the NHS (National health service). His mission was simple but in his condition and with his age, he was incredibly brave and inspired the British nation, bringing them smiles during the pandemic. He walked up and down his garden with his walking frame. Do not remember how many times, but it was many and through his courageous act was able to raise millions of pounds.

Captain Tom Moore was knighted by the queen last summer for his courageous acts. He served in India, Burma and Sumatra during world war 2 and was known to have a mischievous humour.

His death was due to pneumonia and he had also tested positive for Covid19. At 100 years old he proved not just to Britian, but also the world that it’s never too late to inspire and do what you can to help!

So I want to honour him as a British man and will clap for him at 18:00 along with Britain, all though I live in Portugal.

A lesson we can all learn from this great man’s life is that it’s not too late! You can inspire multitudes when you have courage to act. Even greater than this, we can do great things because of the amazing God we serve and believe in!

Rest in peace sir Thomas Moore!

John 14:12 very truly I tell you, whomever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the father.

Love and God bless

Deano