“And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of them all is love’ (1Corinthians 13:13 KJV).
Just as the scripture says in Proverb 4:7 that, “wisdom is the principal thing,” we can also say of the above scripture that love is a principal thing.
Love is important, and everyone responds to it. It is not a mere feeling. It’s a verb, an action. It connotes giving. God demonstrated this when He sent His beloved son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sin.(more…)
Many people live their lives to please others. They are obsessed with what people think of them. They are very cautious about their way of life because they want everyone to praise them. Some even give up on their goal because they feel if they fail, there are a lot of people waiting to criticize them.
Let me put this straight to you – whether you fail or succeed, people will always see fault in you. It isn’t because of your flaws, but because that is the nature of man.
Sometimes, people will lash their tongues because they are jealous of you.
The real purpose of your living isn’t to please others. It’s just embracing that person you are and walking the path where your passion and desire lead!
If you live your life in such a way to avoid judgment and criticism, your journey will be full of aggravating moments. And this will lead to depression. When you start seeing these signs, it means you have put off those things that your soul yearns for.
You should always expect criticism because people don’t understand your journey. The real person who truly knows your life journey is you, and the real person who can be inspired to live it appropriately is you!
Sometimes, some criticisms are good for us. There are times when we need them in order not to forget who we are.
We can’t ignore people’s opinions every time just because we don’t live our lives for them. Criticism can sometimes help us gain valuable insight into our actions and help us see those things we are missing.
Use these 14 tips to confront and overcome criticism
Don’t take criticism personally
Focus on the road, not the wall
Don’t respond immediately
Assess criticism and the critic
Understand their point of view
Respond on your terms
Are they qualified to criticize you or your work?
Step back to see the big picture
Let go of your ego
Look for the nugget of truth
Shield yourself against unwanted negativity
Practice to ignore criticism
Leave, think, and return
Beat your critics with some proper actions. Get better and get stronger!
The last time you attempted to praise God, did you do it out of emotion, or you did it out of reasoning? You don’t have to respond loudly, but you were likely got caught up with emotion and based your praises on it. (more…)
Paul asked his Christian friends to support him in prayer so that he could have more opportunity to minister the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Paul had done so much for the kingdom of God but still believed the Creator deserves more; therefore, he was determined to dedicate his complete life to propagate the gospel.) Paul needed spiritual help to fulfill his mission. He asked the Colossians,
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak” (Colossians 4:2-4).
Prayer Is Effective For Both Spiritual And Physical Exploits
Children of God must cultivate the habit of praying always. Prayer cannot be too much; we all need it to prosper for the kingdom of God.
Every Christian needs prayer! We need prayer in form of intercession to support one another. Through prayers, we can have the strength needed to effectively preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and prosper for God’s kingdom.
Prayers will help a believer valiantly prosper for the kingdom of God! Anyone who desires to prosper in all ramifications of life should explore the benefits of prayer!
Prayer Is Needed For Physical Success
Christians ought to explore the benefits of prayer to receive the miracles of God in our lives. We have the right, as Christians, to request for God’s blessing. God will surely grant the request of his own children. However, despite Christians entitlement to receive God’s blessings through prayer, we must ensure not to centralize our requests on material wealth only. Our primary goal is to make heaven and bring as many people as possible along; therefore, we should consider it important to pray for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit so that we can effectively preach the gospel and prosper for the kingdom of God.
A Christian should daily ask God to give him (or her) the strength to effectively communicate the word of God with unbelievers and lead them into receiving the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our continuous praying exercise will incapacitate Satan and diffuse his influence in unbelievers’ lives. Our prayers will ignite God’s fire in unbelievers’ minds to be receptive of the gospel and take the step to surrender their lives to Jesus. In other words, the more a Christian prays for spiritual strength, the more opportunity he (or she) will have to lead others into Christ’s salvation. In a simple language, our effective prayers will aid evangelistic efforts to bear some good fruits for God’s kingdom.
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I ask you to please make me a prayerful person! Do not let me be a selfish person; let my efforts lead to the salvation of others. Please, help me to pray (intercede) on behalf of my fellow Christians so that they can be successful in their evangelistic efforts.
I am using this medium to pray for myself and my fellow Christians throughout the world that you please anoint and empower us by the Holy Spirit to effectively preach the gospel! Help us to prosper for your kingdom as we endeavor to spread your good news throughout the world.
Also, please enlighten the unbelievers’ minds to overcome their limitations; repent of their sins, and surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. For I have made this prayer request through faith in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!