Hello to anyone 🙂 I am quite excited as I write my first post here. All of this is happening only because of God Almighty. It is sort of difficult to decide where and how to begin but begin we must!
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
I was born a Christian but never a Christian until I was born again. And now, I am a Christian by faith, not just birth. My life has turned around completely and I want to share the lesson I learnt as well as my happiness with just about anyone. I can confidently say I am the happiest person you will ever come across, because (and now let the following words sink in – for if not now, they will later) Jesus is here 🙂
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
And in the time that I wrote the above two paragraphs, I also decided that I would dive right in and explain why I started this blog today and not tomorrow. There is so much to share, from how Jesus came into my life and how much my life has changed, but for that, there is a future 🙂
Ezekiel 36:26 – And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
So today is a Sunday, the day of rest, the day of worship, the seventh day of creation, the day God decided to rest. After several years of working in the field of journalism, I finally have my off days on weekends which means I can rest on Sunday.
Genesis 2:2-3 – By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
The idea to start a blog to spread God’s word was born very soon after I received salvation. It was not a pressing matter, but by the time this weekend was approaching, I knew it was time.
Ephesians 4:22-24 – To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
So I wake up in the morning, all bubbly and chirpy, just like every other day, because Jesus is here and something good is going TO happen to me and something good is going to happen THROUGH me. (which reminds me to mention – I follow the teachings of a Christian speaker called Joyce Meyer and hence a lot of what I have to say is also influenced by her teachings as long as I KNOW they are right or rather anointed).
Psalms 95:6 – Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
So first thing I do is make myself a cup of tea and switch on my laptop. The plan was to start off by watching Joyce’s teachings online. (I just arrived last evening at my ancestral home to spend a week with my dog. There is no one home and this is the place I received my salvation. Having had a busy month of travelling for work, focusing on fitness and spending time with my family, I was looking forward to coming back to this house for the simple reason that I wanted to spend more time learning about Christ and worshiping him).
Psalms 99:5 – Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!
However, an idea or rather a temptation to plan a luxurious holiday over an already planned holiday, was on top of my mind and as the Devil would love it, I logged on to a few travel and holiday sites, thus giving in to my flesh. Surely, there is no harm in that. But then what followed?
All the while, I sipped my cup of tea and kept researching and planning (oh, how I used to love to do that) God kept telling me – ‘but you wanted to spend more time on me.’ Before I knew, I had spent more time than I thought I would and had as a result, delayed my original plan of having breakfast, doing laundry, bathing my dog etc etc etc. Also on my list of To Do was mailing someone, responding to a request and starting this blog.
Matthew 26:41 – Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
The point is, the EARLIER ME would have kept on giving in to my temptation, and ended up not doing any chores. It would have been a wasted day and I would have, at the end of it ,gone into deep regret mode and consequently feeling miserable about myself. This blog would not have happened right now either.
The NEW ME, the Christian me, heard God speaking and although slightly late in today’s scenario, did do what is RIGHT and not what I FELT like doing. It is difficult to explain God’s role in your day to day life but as I share more examples and the whole story behind my change, you will figure out what I mean.
Galatians 6:9 – Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Sure, a motivational speaker, someone who is an anti-procrastinator or the guru of To Do Things Right Now, would say that this is nothing but your will.
Trust me, I have on innumerable occasions, chosen to do the right thing because you know, I have to be good and right and not be a procrastinator, but eventually, slipped back to what I FEEL like doing.
The point is, you can turn your life around, no matter what your circumstances, by a complete renewal of your mind, ONLY THROUGH CHRIST. And I mean, literally, no matter what your circumstances.
I am not sure, if my blog, makes sense, but I KNOW it will make a difference one day to someone, because I mean RIGHT and am led by the spirit not by the flesh.
Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.