FINISHING THE RACE 

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.  Acts 20:24a

Lots of people start a project but few people finish well.  Living our life for Christ, and seeing our God-given mission through to its completion reminds me a lot of a marathon race.  Thousands may start a marathon, comparatively few finish the race.

The start of the marathon looks impressive.  You can see row after row of runners 6 to 10 abreast as each is trying to find their proper pace.  At this point, none of those runners imagine themselves not performing well.  Each desires to finish, some dream of winning. None imagine themselves quitting early, but it doesn’t take long before the large group of runners begins to spread out into smaller packs, and as time goes by,fatigue sets in, the head starts throbbing, and muscles start cramping.  It doesn’t take too long before some of the runners are dropping out of the race. 

The Christian life is a lot like a marathon, it’s a long race and not a sprint.  Just like marathon runners, many Christians start out well, but considerably fewer finish well.  When we become born-again, we all start out with the same equipment.  We are convicted of our sin and we believe in God’s grace by the same Holy Spirit.  We are forgiven by the same sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, we are empowered by the same Holy Spirit, and the same resurrection.  

So, what makes the difference?  We all started with the same equipment, so what was it that makes some able to see their race through to the end, while others fall by the wayside?

I believe that there are only two questions that will determine whether we finish well.

How well did you train?  

How well did you persevere?

If you learn to train yourself well, and if you learn to persevere well, then you will certainly finish well.
✔Training Well
Training well means that you work diligently to develop certain habits in your life:

  •  Read God’s word regularly. Seek to apply and obey God’s word and precepts in your daily life and decisions (Matthew 7:24-27; James 1:22-23).
  • Pray daily (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  • Attend church and worship services and cell meetings faithfully (Hebrews 10:25)
  • Seek to discover how God has gifted you and use those gifts to support the body of Christ.
  • Become Faithful in Tithing and Giving
  • Humble thyself with fasting and Prayer
  • Diligently apply God’s word and precepts to help you overcome your personal weaknesses and difficulties (e.g. Forgiveness) 
  • Develop a habit of sharing your personal testimony and inviting people to come into Christ.(Evangelism) 

✔Persevering Well

The idea of perseverance denotes the act of steadfastness, patiently persisting and to firmly adhere as we grow in our Christian faith.  Perseverance is one of those qualities we will need as we train for Christian excellence. Of all the Christian habits, perseverance is probably the most difficult to develop. When running a marathon, a runner will often come to the point of “hitting the wall.”  That’s the point in the race when the runner is exhausted, every muscle seems to be sending pain signals through the brain,and his every logical instinct is to quit.

There are times in the Christian life where we feel like we’re hitting the wall too, it just looks a little bit different.  In the Christian life hitting the wall can look like this:

❗I’ve prayed and talk to God about my temper for years and nothing seems to change.

❗ I’ve prayed for years for God to change my spouse, I’m in an unhappy marriage.  I need to get out.

❗I’ve prayed to God to help expand my business but everything seems to be in a standstill. 

❗Why isn’t God helping me to improve my grades. I’ve done all I could.. 

In the Christian life, getting weary or fears of failure can discourage us or distract us from what God wants us to achieve.  

But, how we behave when we are tempted to quit will make all the difference between winning and losing.

The simple message is this: what ever your struggle is today, what ever you are trying to overcome, please don’t quit. If you’ve tried and failed before, then get up and start again. God wants to give you a fresh start. Commit your struggle to God. Ask Him to carry you for awhile, but don’t you quit. Don’t give up! Keep on training yourself for godliness, and keep on learning to persevere.



So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.  Galatians 6:9. 

God bless you for reading.
Written by: Justice Annobil

WHY THEY DON’T BELIEVE IN OUR GOD

*WHY THEY DON’T BELIEVE IN OUR GOD*

“You go to a science and technology school and you believe this”, this was a comment by an atheist when I said there is a spirit world and it affects man. I realised there are a lot of people who don’t believe in God and even more who don’t believe in our God. The sad thing is most of them don’t know why.
The very first reason for their unbelief in our God is that they don’t see any difference. Most people do not accept our God because we who claim to represent God here on earth are not living a life different from them. We listen to the same songs, say the same things and even encourage them in their wrongdoings. Jesus asked us to be the light of this world for a reason. We are to live such amazing lives they would want what we have. Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:16 could ask men to be like him as he imitates Christ. This was a man who was so diligent in his field and practiced what he preached (1 Corinthians 9:27).
I saw another post on social media asking “If God is so loving why will he burn those who don’t love Him?”. The​ lake of fire was not created for man in the first place. It was created for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). Jesus in John 14:30 says “…For the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me”, He is the only one pure. So He is the only way out of hell, and if you believe in Him, the devil will will have no hold on you.
Men also don’t believe because of the “mistakes in the Bible”. They point to certain “errors and contradictions”. First of all, the Bible was inspired by the Spirit of God, so without His Spirit it is very difficult if not impossible to understand His word. One error they point to is in Joshua 10:13, the Bible records that the sun stood still. My question is if a three year old child asks you why or how rainbows are formed, are you going to give the correct explanation when you know the child cannot understand? In those days a lot of discoveries had not been made so the author at that time expressed himself to be the best of his knowledge. On the contrary, the Bible has corrected science more often:
The earth is a sphere (Isaiah 40:22)
There are innumerable stars (Jeremiah 33:22)
Air has weight (Job 28:25)
Free float of earth in space (Job 26:7).
They claim our God does not exist because he doesn’t answer the prayers of His children, even though we proclaim His love, there is still suffering in the world. Our God has told us He will answer our prayers if we believe and ask according to His will. His will is wonderful and full of love. As a father if your six year old son asks you for a car, are you going to give it to him? Absolutely not, you know he is not ready. We cannot also rule out the kingdom of darkness who fight against the prayers of Christians (Daniel 10:12-13). With the issue of sufferings​ in the world, God does not interfere until you ask Him to. All wars have mainly been out of the greed of men.
Unbelievers have asked the questions all this while, I also have a question. Why will the timing of the existence of man be based on someone who didn’t exist (AD and BC)?
If you do not know Christ (whether a believer or an unbeliever), He desires a fellowship with you. True christianity is not a boring life following some rules, it is having an intimate relationship with Christ, He is always ready for you, believe and ask Him to come into your life.

MY LETTER TO CHRISTIANS – We are failing the world 

                                     

   One way or the other, everyone is affiliated to one thing because of an unprecedented event which happens to be the family or part of the world in which we are born.

One aspect of our lives that influences our character and various decisions we take in life is our religious affiliation. All religious bodies are societies of their own. They have their own culture, beliefs and norms which they live by. But the question is, do we live in those societies because we are born into them or do we make personal decisions due to our knowledge and ideologies of that society in this case; religious bodies.

I am a Christian because personally I have encountered what the Bible calls the truth, which is Jesus Christ. Other people who may be affiliated to another religions may have their own beliefs and truth but do these people who are born into these religions have an encounter with their belief or they just have to accept it because that is where they find themselves.

There is always a debate with other religions about which is appropriate or right. Definitely everyone would argue to favor where they find themselves because of their affiliation to it. My argument is that, we as Christians are failing the rest of the world who are unbelievers. This argument is based on my knowledge of and personal belief in Jesus Christ; the way, the truth, and the life.

Christians believe that Jesus is the only way, the truth, and the life. We believe that the only way a person can be saved is by accepting that Jesus Christ is the son of God.[Romans 10:9]

We believe that our mission on earth is to win souls into the kingdom of God. [Matthew 28:19-20]. But what do we find ourselves doing? It is rather unfortunate that, instead of getting close to unbelievers in order to win them to Christ through love, we draw them away with our lifestyles and even through speech.

“For God so loved the world,”-John 3:16. Yes God loved the world because the world had his creation in it. It had all of us who were sinners. [Romans 8:22] But he sacrificed his son, to get us close to him. That is the extent to which God went to save us. By showing undeserving love to us. Why then do we fail to show love towards one another, whether believers or unbelievers. Life is not all about living for ourselves but being our brothers keepers as well. We live our lives daily forgetting about those who have not heard the Good News, and ignoring the fact that we need to get them to Christ.

It is time we stop being selfish. It is time we think about the rest of the world. It is time to win souls for Christ. Gird up your loins. Show love to everyone, and let your light shine to the world. It is time to extend the love towards unbelievers. Let Love Lead. Win souls for Christ NOW!!!

BY: YAW SAM (FOUNDER, SAMINSPIRES)

 

This article is clearly based on personal sentiment and solely represents the ideas of an individual or a group of people only after their consent to it. 

GROWING IN CHRIST-LIKENESS

In today’s article,we’ll be looking at one of the purposes of the church;”Cultivation: Growing in Christ-Likeness”.The word “cultivation itself is a gardening term that calls forth images of planting,watering,tending the soil,etc. And so it is a very appropriate word to use when we talk about growing in our faith as a Christian.
After you accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Saviour,you put your trust and faith in Him for salvation. But God doesn’t want you to just put your trust in Christ. He wants you to grow in your faith. Christianity is not a one-time decision that we take .It is a living,personal relationship with God through his Son, Jesus.

When you come to Christ,you become a new creation. Spiritually, you’re a new born baby and like all babies, you need to grow.

2 Peter 3:18 says,”BUT GROW IN THE GRACE AND IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST…”

We are saved by God’s grace and we need to grow in that grace.Growing in grace means growing in your understanding that you’re accepted by God not on the basis of your performance as a Christian but on the basis of Christ alone.Some people might think that would cause you to sin more,but ironically, “THE MORE WE GRASP THE GRACE OF GOD,THE LESS WE WILL SIN”.
We also need to grow in the knowledge of Christ. This we’ll achieve through learning about Christ in the Bible.But we must also grow in our personal knowledge of Jesus,as we walk with him daily,as we spend time in prayer and submit to His Lordship and authority through the choices we make.
Every Christian needs to grow in his spiritual life.Trust me,if you had a baby who wasn’t growing,you would be checking with every doctor to find out what was wrong.If you’re not growing as a Christian, then that means something is wrong.

But you can’t grow as a Christian until you first become a Christian. “There should be spiritual life before there can be spiritual growth”.

When we talk about spiritual growth and maturity, we are not just talking about your bible knowledge or the years you’ve spent in serving Christ but about “character”.

True spiritual growth and maturity will always result in the Christian becoming more like Jesus in character. That is why I defined cultivation as ” Growing in Christ-Likeness”.

If you’re a Christian, God’s ultimate plan for you is that you will be “conformed to the likeness of His Son” (Romans 8:28-30)

God is far more interested in the development of your character than he is in what you do or how much you have. Spiritual growth is all about becoming like Jesus.You could know the Bible backwards and forwards, but if you’re not becoming more like Christ in your character, then what’s the point?

God develops the character of Christ in you through the Holy Spirit.The Bible calls this “the fruit of the Spirit”.Love,peace,joy,forgiveness, kindness,etc. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Those character traits were expressed perfectly by Jesus.The ultimate measure of spiritual maturity is not about how much you know but how much do you exhibit those character traits.

You can attain spiritual growth and maturity by;

  • Studying the Bible:Read and study God’s word.The Word brings you closer to God and allows Him to shape and renew your life.
  • Prayer:If the Bible is the fuel for Christian living,then prayer is the oxygen that feeds it.God speaks to us through His word and we speak to Him through prayer.Therefore develop a pattern of daily prayer. 
  • Fellowship: Commit to a church. Attend regularly.Get involved in a bible study group.Get together with Christian friends but don’t neglect the non-believers.
  • Service: Look for ways to get involved. Volunteer at church.Don’t just be a spectator.Use your spiritual gifts and talents to serve others.

Are you a Christian? Have you really turned from your sins and put your faith in Christ? If you have,then God expects you to grow in your Christian life.
By: Justice Smith Annobil,

sAm InSpiReSbLoG tEaM

 

 

Write Down Your Testimonies 

The year has successfully come to an end today. One way or the other, God has been of tremendous help in your life. Don’t be deceived, you owe God nothing to be kept alive. A number of people lost their lives in accidents of all kinds. But you’re alive. 
Beloved, sAmInSpiReS wants you to take this moment to write a testimony unto God. Acknowledge Him for all that He has done for you. Be grateful. 
If you have any testimony, or would like to give thanks to God, kindly follow the link to post that comment on our blog
If you have been inspired by our team as well, kindly write how we have inspired you or motivated you. God bless you. 
sAmInSpiReSbLoG wishes everyone a Merry Christmas 🎁 and a Happy New Year.

Why Christians Leave The Faith

Some Christians, who in all cases had the outward marks of being true followers of Christ have decided to serve Jesus divorce papers to terminate their relationship with Him.

Due to a couple of reasons, they have abandoned the faith and converted to other religions. One of those reasons are the troubling and unanswered questions they have about the faith. More often, questions related to sexuality, alcoholism, science, suffering, and others come to doubt with little or no answers. They become convinced that Christianity does not offer truth to those who seek it and that makes the religion unrealistic and unreasonable to them. 

However, this problem can be solved if we honestly answer the questions of all who have these issues. Let’s show that Christianity offers a cohesive and compelling worldview that accounts for sexuality and other pressing issues. 

Another reason is that, they leave because their faith is not working for them and have allowed other things to take priority. One way or the other, those who leave their faith do so for the fact that their personal experience of Christianity has not matched up to their expectation. The experience that was modeled by pastors and even friends seem to be an exaggerated claim. For some, they may commit themselves to the success of their businesses and allow Christianity to take a back seat, or they pursue other more fulfilling activities other than their faith.

However we can solve this by expressing that we too, experience such moments of doubt. We need not oversell our faith, describing the Christian life as free from obstacles and difficulties. In addition to that, we can encourage believers and provide them with the platform to serve and be served, a place to belong. 

Obviously, my perspective of this topic may not be exhaustive. Probably you may have some suggestions that would help all readers. Kindly do so in the comment section and be a blessing to someone. 

Written By: Yaw Sam
Wishing You A Merry Christmas

I lean on the Holy Spirit- Billionaire Entrepreneur, David Green.

Billionaire David Green has closely followed Biblical principles over the years. In 1972, the founder and CEO of the arts and crafts chain, Hobby Lobby, started the business with just $600. 
From the company’s humble beginnings in an Oklahoma City living room, Green now oversees close to 20,000 employees and 457 stores in 39 states.

     

He was number 136 on Forbes’ list of the 400 richest Americans published late in 2010, with a net worth of just over $2.5 billion. 

Hobby’s Ministry



The journey to that amount was draining at times, involving battles with pride and debt. But a humble and grateful Green emerged from the trials, giving all the credit to God.

     

“God has just blown us off the map, and we know that we give God the glory,” Green told an audience at a luncheon in Tulsa, fighting back the tears.

      

Only a portion of the West Coast and New England are without the arts and crafts chain. However, Green said Hobby Lobby stores are on the way, with one expected to open in California in January, to be followed by stores in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

          

“There are so many decisions that we have to make that we just can’t make without God, the Holy Spirit guiding us. And it has been very important for us, our family, to lean on the Holy Spirit,” Green shared with CBN News.

     

“For him, it was always a ministry,” said David’s son, Mart Green, who is also a highly successful businessman. 
“He couldn’t be a preacher, and Grandma wanted six preachers, and he wished he could have been a preacher, but that wasn’t his calling,” he explained. “So he had to go where his gifting was, and he just, he loved the retail business.”  

Real Giving

     

Green built his business on Biblical principles.

     

“We try to do as much as we can, especially as we have rid ourselves of any debt,” Green explained. “We’ve always tithed. That’s something that we always have been taught, but we’ve also been taught that that’s not giving. Giving is above what we owe God, and that is our tithes.”

     

More profits mean more funds to give away. Green and his family have given millions to Christian causes and education. Their generous donations have benefited Liberty University in Virginia, rescued Oral Roberts Universityin Oklahoma, and will enable C.S. Lewis College to open in Massachusetts. 
Green’s latest charitable endeavor involves purchasing Christian artifacts and ancient Bibles for a national Bible museum.  

Caring for Employees

     

However, the CEO hasn’t forgotten those who help keep Hobby Lobby stores running and the customers happy. In 2010, the company raised the minimum wage for full-time employees to $11 per hour — 52 percent above the federal minimum wage. 
Green said raising wages is a way to reward employees for the company’s success.

     

Another way that Green takes care of his employees is by limiting the number of hours that the store stays open in the evenings. Monday through Saturday, it’s only open until 8 p.m. Hobby Lobby is also closed on Sundays to allow time for family and worship.

     

“It kind of frightened us when we knew God was speaking to us about closing on Sunday, because it is per hour, the busiest day of the week. But we knew God wanted us to close,” Green said, adding that the move has not hurt the company’s bottom line.

Blessing in a Tough Economy

     

Green said there are no other companies the size of Hobby Lobby that are open only 66 hours a week. Yet, even in these tough economic times, the business is flourishing. He said same-store sales rose 6 percent in 2009, and the company’s overall revenue was up 10 percent.
“Our businesses have done really well, even in these hard times,” Green told CBN News. “Last year, we had a nice increase, even in our same stores. This year we’re above that.”    
“So I know God is in this,” he said. “And He is blessing us, and I think just as important as our giving is our hearts and that we do have clean hands and a pure heart in our work. And this is what God would require of us.”

      

Sharing the Gospel 

Green and his family are not just financial givers. They strive to help meet the spiritual needs of their employees as well. Three Hobby Lobby chaplains minister to workers.

     

Green said hundreds of employees have given their hearts to Jesus Christ, including more than a dozen managers this year alone.

     

“We prayed a prayer with them, and we did have 15 managers come to know Christ in the business place,” he shared.

     

Sharing the Gospel, Green says, is the driving force behind his quest for success in the marketplace. In fact, that’s how he wants to be remembered.

     

“I would like to know that we have brought as many people to know Christ as we possibly can,” Green said. “We hope to continue to just grow our company. As long as there’s someone on this earth that doesn’t know Jesus Christ, we have a job to do.”

Source: CBN news

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