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So just sayin…

Romans12:2   “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

The only one allowed to change your mind about who you are is Jesus

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First things first

Then Pilate said, “So, are you a king or not?” Jesus answered, “You tell me. Because I am King, I was born and entered the world so that I could witness to the truth. Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice” (John 18:37, MSG).

Being a witness is not a program; it’s a lifestyle. We show our “neighbor” what authentic Christianity looks like in a practical way when we live lives that are flourishing and that demonstrate the claims of Christ actually work when the rubber meets the road.

When Jesus was speaking to Pilate, He said that He came to earth to bear witness to the truth, and His words have profound implications for each and every one of us. Jesus did not come only to proclaim the truth (which is imperative), but also so ensure that every aspect of His life was bearing witness to that truth.

Similarly, our lives ought to be bearing witness to the truth of God’s Word: in our relationships, our lifestyles, our habits, our spending priorities, the moral choices we make, our values and dreams.

Our friends do not want to be exposed to a series of religious rules or rituals; they want to see that this faith-life works! - Christine Caine

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Songs of Solomon 8:4  ”I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.”
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"People like what they see; and love what they know." J Madziwanyika

Let not your relationships, friendships be based on appearances/ projection or lack thereof. Take time to know people, take time to love them.

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Anonymous said: I love your blog! I wanted to ask about your thoughts on what the bible says and how it ties to gender roles. I feel like my ambitions as a women to be a leader and do "manly jobs" are frowned upon and I noticed your last post said that women should be in the house and build a family and that is great I don't have a problem with that, but what if the woman wants to build her man and the man builds the household? I feel like being a Christian woman is tied to being a good wife and nothing more

the-bible-study-cafe:

Thank you. M glad u like this blog. Pardon me. This is probably gonna be a rarely long answer: but m sure you will be patient. Yes it is an interesting issue:

My last post says: ” If she builds her HOME in humility, diligence and prayer; she crowns her husband. And if HE honours her by unearthing her beauty, calling her, treating her as irreplaceable; HE unearths her God given beauty and finds honour with God.”

This is in reference mainly to these following principles:

Proverbs 12: 4 “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.”

Proverbs 11: 16 “A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.”

The role of be virtuous and gracious in a woman.

If you notice on the top of this answer I have put in capital letters the word “HOME” because unlike what you may fear: the role of the woman is not to be in the house but to build a home: and those two are different.

Now: the first principle: being gracious, is an easy one. It just means someone, in a nutshell someone with a sweet aroma; pleasant to be around with.

Virtue, on the other hand: we will have to go to Proverbs 31.

A virtuous woman is someone who is:

v 11: “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.”

- Trustworthy.

13: “She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.”

- hardworking.

15: “She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.”

- An early riser: which means: someone who is prayerful and constant in it.

16: “She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.”

Someone who has found her “field” ; or area of influence. If it is preaching, being a medical doctor, a dentist, a primary school teacher: she finds it;buys it (invests in it: time,money and academic qualifications )” and is not reluctant to work hard for it “with the fruits of her own hands (her own hard work)”

18: “She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.”

- Someone strong in the word (light) and hopes in it, even in dark and bad days.

20: “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.”

- Someone who is generous out of her good will.

21: She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

- Fills her family with love: cold days don’t have an effect on them.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

- Filled with the word of God and is able to teach it.

27: “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”

- Someone who is not a gossip.

All these qualities are things that are self-evident and noticeable in a person: and, since the woman is a naturing reference point in the house they are even more evident in the family. To challenge the personalities and characters of the children and husband to draw more towards God.

Of the children and husband see their mother/spouse rise early to pray, pursue her dreams in whatever field or career, teach the word of God, at home and in Church they feel challenged to do the same. And this building of character by being a silent example is the difference between staying at home doing dishes, cooking: and building a home: men and women of God, by keeping your character close to God.

And when this happens the Bible says:

31: “…. her own works praise her in the gates.”

People will see the difference in your family from others. And husbands are taught to encourage such essence, and help unearth it in every woman.

So don’t be scared to pursue your call, and passions in serving God. It’s your father’s house you can serve with total freedom. As far as the role of building a home for women I hope you have been helped find that building a home is not staying in 4 walls doing dishes: but being the guiding light in a life lived for Christ. An example of such a woman is in: John 4: 29 “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” Where we find a woman who has had her life impacted by Jesus so much she shares it with the “men” her family and the whole town. Jesus didn’t tell this woman “you not a man you can’t preach here” but there we had a woman who was already an evangelist upon an encounter with Jesus. In Acts we also find “Priscilla” who teaches doctrine with “Acquilla” in the first Church. So you too can be a leader like these women (And if you must know my own grandmother is a Pastor, and is one of the main people who have encouraged me to follow my calling be a Pastor my University degree). There is no Job, or act of service you cannot do in the Church or out of the Church. “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed” there is freedom in Christ.

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This is a reminder to be vigilant. Luke 4 was the great testing before Jesus Christ’s ministry. Perhaps a true validation of the name “100% man and God.” However we at the end of it, the devil didn’t just give JESUS a well-done certificate and go home. He waited, lurking in the background for another opportunity. This is why JESUS lived a life of prayer and watchfulness.

Likewise we should do the same. We should never find ourselves in a position where our lives does not depend solely on the Holy Spirit and HIS GRACE for it exposes us to the whiles of the enemy.

In other words: “let us watch and pray.” #encouragement

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Luke 5v 27-8 (MSG) “After this he went out and saw a man called Levi collecting taxes. Jesus said ‘Cone along with me’ And HE did- walked away from everything and went with HIM.”

Second message (of many) today is that of following Jesus. Every Sunday in every Church service, every home devotional we are taught the one important thing in different parables and different messages: how to follow Jesus.

And today we live you with another of them from the message Bible’s interpretation of Mathew’s call: FOLLOWING JESUS IS PUTTING YOUR LIFE HIS HANDS WITHOUT HESITATION OR SECOND THOUGHT.

My sincere hope today is that you practice this act of faith in whatever situation you are in today. #dailyteachings

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This is a reminder to be vigilant. Luke 4 was the great testing before Jesus Christ’s ministry. Perhaps a true validation of the name “100% man and God.” However we at the end of it, the devil didn’t just give JESUS a well-done certificate and go home. He waited, lurking in the background for another opportunity. This is why JESUS lived a life of prayer and watchfulness.

Likewise we should do the same. We should never find ourselves in a position where our lives does not depend solely on the Holy Spirit and HIS GRACE for it exposes us to the whiles of the enemy.

In other words: “let us watch and pray.” #encouragement

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Wise words..to think about on the #lazyweekend

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Friday devo from @metrevi307

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God speaks to specific people, at specific times and in specific places. Today’s simple prayer is that you open up your eyes to the things God causes you to see: in the WORD, in the world; and in your worth. #daily devotional #Godblessyou

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Quotes from an interview on Bloomberg channel.

Good question: who do we help,serve, make their lives better with our gifts today, or they just tools of self-service, profiteering, and nothing but a way of increasing the next pay check?

Luke 22:25    “And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

22:26    But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

22:27    For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.”