DON’T BE A MODERN DAY PHARISEE

The pharisees were believers and a religious set/party in the bible (Acts 15:5). They were teachers of the law of moses (Matt 23:2) and where very active while Christ was here on earth. They fasted often (Matt 9:14) and also believed in angels and spirits (Acts 23:8). They however were known for criticising Jesus, they plotted to kill him (Matt 12:14) and also refused to be baptised by John the Baptist (Luke 7:30). Jesus reffered to them as blind guides (Matt 23:16).

I got the inspiration to write on this topic some months ago while I was studying the book of Matthew, I then began to realise that there are modern day pharisees in the world today who may not necessarily know they are one.
I encourage you sisters to study the points below on signs of being a modern day pharisee 👇

12 SIGNS OF A MODERN DAY PHARISEE

  1. You do not want to be associated with sinner, you consider yourself too holy to talk to them. Jesus while on earth was found among tax collectors (Matt 9:11). In matt 9:13 he said he didn’t come for the healthy (righteous) but for the sick.
    Note: Learn to set boundaries through the leading of the Holy Spirit.
  2. You are always looking to find fault or criticise especially from your spiritual leaders. (Luke 6:7)
  3. You ask question with the wrong motive (not because you want to learn) but because you want to test. (Matt 19:3)
  4. The truth or correction offends you (Matt 15:12)
  5. You love and value money so much that you can even compromise your faith (Luke 16:14-15)
  1. You are difficult to convince, you want a sign (Matt 16:1). You believe so much that you are right afterall you have done your research and you are well educated.
  2. You teach but don’t practice it (You are not a good example) Matt 23:3
  3. When your service is being done as a show-off. You hold recognition in high esteem, you exhibit pride, you cherish being greeted with respect so much that you get offended if you don’t get it. (Matt 23:5-7)
  4. You evangelise but don’t teach the complete truth(false teaching) you over-burden new converts with man-made beliefs.(Matt 23:15
  5. You pick scriptures that suit you and neglect others important principles of the bible. Matt 23:23
  6. You are so concerned about your outward appearance( you spend so much on skin care products and nice clothings/accessories but you neglect the most important thing (the state of your heart).
    Note: Looking good is very good but please make sure your heart is equally beautiful. Seek first the kingdom. Matt 23:25
  7. You are hypocritical by showing a form of godliness, you look like a child of God but inwardly you harbour wickedness. Matt 23:28

Sisters 😊❤ I write this not as a perfect Christian, as a matter of fact! I learn from every post I put out because I do not want to be a cast away after I have preached. I try as much as possible to go back to my post (read them again) and make amends if necessary.

I beseech you sisters to examine yourselves and ask for God’s mercy if you notice any of these traits. It is dangerous to neglect it because Jesus reffered to the Pharisees as not being candidate of the kingdom of God. All that we do is to give glory to God and to ultimately inherit the kingdom of God.

WHAT TO DO

  1. Pray! Run to God, ask for his mercy. Ask the Lord to search your heart (tell him to expose wrong motives, wickedness) tell him to give you a heart that is right towards him.
  2. Humble yourself, all that you are is by the grace of God. Matt 23:12

I close with this verse, always remember it.

Phillipians 2:5-11

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
Note: Another version says he made himself of no reputation: The moment you begin to place yourself high and expect people to see you that way you will experience disappointment, follow Jesus steps.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Shalom! ❤

10 THINGS THAT CAN BENEFIT CHRISTIAN WOMEN

The world is full of options and choices. We are responsible for our choices. The choices we make in life can affect us either positively or negatively. Even the gospel of our Lord Jesus is not forced on anyone however we are encouraged to choose Jesus so that we can have eternal life.

As Women not everything is beneficial e.g In this world people have the right to smoke or drink alcohol (18 years +) but it’s not beneficial to the health, this is one of many examples. More so as Christian women there are limits to what we can do:
• If it is outside God’s will don’t do it!
• If it will hurt you or break another sister (Person) you probably shouldn’t do it!

1 Corinthians 10:23
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.

Thank God for the Holy Spirit he tells us what and what not to do! It’s important to remain connected and obedient. Many times when he tells us stop talking unnecessarily, be in godly relationships, stay off social media or other entertainment we stubbornly ignore him. One of the things that led me into social media evangelism was because I was very active on it entertaining my flesh! I had to channel my social media presence into something beneficial. I list below 👇

10 THINGS BENEFICIAL TO A CHRISTIAN WOMAN
1. Reading the bible
2. Praying to God
3. Displaying the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22) in our speech and actions
4. Building a godly family (Training her children in the way of the Lord)
5. Investing in her calling
6. Practicing good hygiene and modesty in appearance
7. Supporting the needs of others if you have the resources
8. Volunteering in your local church/community
9. Maintain godly friendship to encourage one other (Iron sharpens Iron)
10. Staying Humble but also confident in the Lord

BUILD WITH CARE

Dear Christian bloggers, I want to share some of the lessons the Lord taught me from 1 Cor chapter 3. This assignment could be challenging and overwhelming but with God we are overcomers.

In verse 4: Following started in the bible days😁Lol! By extension now we follow on social media because we are in that eraa

In verse 5: We are reminded that every ministry you follow is only God’s servant who has a task assigned to them by God. Hence your niche 😊

In verse 6-7: You plant the seed through sharing your post, others waters by sharing your post, supporting you to get your message out. ONLY God gives the increase (growth). The planter and the one who waters is nothing (Don’t be full of yourself).

In verse 8: The planter and the one who waters are working towards the same purpose (draw people to Jesus). It’s not a competition, there’s a reward.

Verse 11: Don’t sugarcoat or water your message. Your foundation should be Jesus Christ

Verse 13: The quality of our work will be tested…our motives will be revealed

Verse 18: Don’t get carried away by the standard of this world. It’s a deceit (More Followers= More success). If your message is meant for one soul and you have one follower, it’s success. Don’t stress! Don’t run ahead of God…if he wants you to reach more he will make provisions!

Verse 20: Wisdom of this world leads to futile thinking. The devil attacks our thoughts(I speak from experience) Stay with Jesus by relying on his wisdom.

Your message counts! Build with care ❤

BE WISE

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Hello Sisters 💖 I am sure almost everyone knows that there is a sovereign being with supernatural qualities up there in heaven (Please read psalm 104). Some people believe, some do not! I encourage you this morning to believe in God, his son Jesus Christ and also spread the love.

Being wise is acknowledging God’s almightiness and giving him thank for all he has done.

Romans 1:20‭-‬22 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that people are without excuse.

🌼Two things that happen when we don’t acknowledge God? (Answer Capitalised).

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their THINKING became FUTILE and their foolish HEARTS were DARKENED. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.

God checks the state of our hearts, he wants us to be saved but he does not force anyone except in some exceptional cases as seen in the life of Apostle Paul, he is the potter, he knows why he created us all (some for special use, some for common use), we all carry different levels of grace that is why comparison is a no no. God is unquestionable. He examine the state of our heart.
Does your heart pant after God or is it full of sinful desires?

If you want more of God, God will reveal himself to you.

If not he will give you over in the sinful desires of your hearts Roms 1:24

Be Wise!

Think of at least three things God has done for you, give him thanks. Make thanking God and acknowledging him a lifestyle.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE

Hello beautiful 💖 This a mesage to remind us all that we all have something that God has deposited in us (Special gifts, abilities and talents). No you are not empty, you are not ordinary, you carry a level of grace to carry out your God’s given assignment. Everything God created is beautiful, he knew you before you were conceived, you have something great on the inside of you 😊 How awesome is our God.

Read 2 Kings 4:2. The widow in this text had nothing except a jar of oil. God did the miraculous through that small jar.

Has God given you a vison, is he nudging you to start something. Please obey, trust God and just start! The widow in our text obeyed the instruction given to her by the prophet, she didn’t doubt and she saw results. She paid her debts and lived on the rest. Prov 18:16 A man’s gift will make room for him. Do not procrastine again! Time is ticking! You have a mission!

There are lots of questions the mind will ask! If God had given it, he is able to sustain it. Trust God! While at work remember to focus on your growth (develop your gifts and talents). You are your own competition, yes! many have gone far! God is taking you too higher. Do not compare your journey to anyone else.Comparison kills joy. You are you! You are unique!

Some Bible passages to remember:

🌼Jer 29:11 God’s plan for you are good

🌼Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us to donthe works he has pre-planned.

🌼1 Peter 4:10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

🌼Eph If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

🌼Matt 25:14-30 Christ told the parable of the talent. Let’s remember we will all give an account when the master returns! Start glorifying God today with what he has given you.

Prayerfully seek God! If you haven’t discovered your gift/calling (That’s the starting point, please dm if you need more clarification).
Check out this formula:

You

Creator= God
Manual= Holy Bible

Remember to read your manual every day. Understand the terms of use. Not reading your manual properly can result in damaging the product.

COME TO JESUS

This is an open invitation for you to experience total freedom from sin (John 8:36). Yes! come as you are in that vulnerable state, remember the woman caught in the act of adultery in the bible was not condemned, she found mercy (John 8:10-11) your sin is not too much, his blood will wash them off. He loves you and has already paid the price for your victory.

💭 FACTS

🔵 Life is a race, we are pilgrims on earth (We will all give an account)

🔵 There are two final destinations (Heaven or Hell). Yes we don’t like hearing it but we cannot sideline this very important matter. Heaven is where God dwells, Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us…his children to reign with him forever. Hell is a place of torment and eternal damnation for the devil and sinners

🔵 Jesus is the only way to heaven

💭 How do I access/claim this offer?

⚫ Acknowledge your sinful state Rom 3:23

⚫ Take the decision to repent and turn to God Acts 2:38, Believe that Jesus is Lord and you will be saved Rom 10:9, Talk to Jesus in prayer Rom 10:13

What Next?

⚪ 2 Cor 5:17 Any man in Christ is a new creature, old sinful nature/ choices are passed away…You have a fresh start to walk with God in holiness. Nurture your relationship with God by:

⚪ Studying the Holy Bible every day. John 20:30 The bible recorded all that Jesus did when he was on earth so that we all can believe that he is the Messiah, son of the living God who gives life. He will reveal himself to you through his word. Download the @youversion bible app on your phone, you can compare different versions of the bible and explore other Christian resources.

⚪ Praying constantly…without ceasing, Holy Spirit will teach you how to pray.

⚪ Joining a bible believing church in your community, ask to speak with the Pastor or head of the Evangelical team (Tell them about your new experience) The church will support you in your journey. Fellowshiping with brethren will motivate you.

⚪ Share your testimony to family and friends

🎇 Jesus Christ is back coming again Heb 9:27-28…Acts 1:11b He will return from heaven to take his children, it will be visible.

Oil your lamps and have extra oil! Shalom! 💙

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