Wednesday, 30 April 2014

THE POWER OF AGREEMENT!!



What is that one thing, which can really make, or break, any relationship? It does not really matter what type of relationship, whether it be a work-relationship, friendship, romantic-relationship, child-parent relationship, or even a relationship with your neighbour, there is this one thing, which can either make or break, any one of those relationships. Yes, that one thing is, whether or not you are in agreement.


Let’s take a closer look at it, say you have a pet, a cat or dog, or even what you consider an exotic pet, it doesn’t matter, any pet. Say you love this pet, let’s give it a name, Patty. Every day you feed your Patty, and you take good care of your Patty, you go out of your way, to give your Patty every and all things, your Patty needs, because you love this Patty. You tell your Patty what a good pet your Patty is, and you stroke its head and rub its belly, and show it your love and affection. You really go all out, to prove to Patty, that you love Patty. Yet, in spite of all your love and affection, your Patty has this nasty habit, of always defecating in the most undesired places. On the kitchen table, on your favourite chair, on your pillow, in your slipper, and all kinds of awkward places, and that in spite of your efforts, to try and teach it, to use the clearly marked spots, which you designated for such things. You love Patty, but this blatant disregard of your private space, and clear invasion of that space, really frustrates you. What can you do? You love your Patty, but Patty does not respect your rules and boundaries, what to do? If only Patty respected you enough, to agree with you.


What about a human relationship, human to human? Are these any better? After all, humans are much smarter than animals, aren’t they? Say it’s a love or romantic relationship, a relationship between a man and a woman, two people, who really love each other. Let’s call them Jeff and Jenna. Now Jeff loves Jenna, and Jenna loves Jeff, they constantly whisper it to each other, and seal it with a romantic kiss, they agree. Yet, that’s about all they can agree on, because when they go out to lunch, and order a large pizza to share, they can’t agree on the toppings, or when they go to see a movie, Jenna likes drama and Jeff likes comedy. Jenna likes vintage furniture, and Jeff likes contemporary, Jenna loves old buildings and Jeff likes new designs, Jenna likes jazz music and Jeff likes pop-rock, and on and on it goes. Now these two assure their friends, that these differences, are what makes them happy, after all, if it works for them and they’re happy.., but after a while, these differences, are starting to eat into their “happy relationship.” Jeff comes home, after a long day at work, and finds that Jenna, cooked her favourite dish, which is a chicken dish, but Jeff loves steak. And then, Jenna is surprised, when Jeff plans a romantic camping trip, for just the two of them, when he knows she is a beach person, who likes to meet new people. The two of them are just not in agreement, yes, nobody is perfect, but both Jeff and Jenna begins to realize, it’s just a bit too much, when Jeff says no kids and Jenna wants six.


Across the road from Jeff and Jenna, lives Lizz and Lenn, now these two, are a real happy couple, they see eye to eye on all things, no really, they do. Lizz wants to be a-stay-at-home-mum and Lenn is a doctor. Lenn likes action-packed movies, and so does Lizz, Lizz loves chocolate and fudge, and so does Lenn, Lizz doesn’t like cooking, and likes to order in, and Lenn supports her. Lenn gets up early, five days a week, for an early morning run, and a good work-out, and Lizz sleeps in, Lenn supports her. Lenn postponed settling their mortgage loan early, which helped finance his studies, to buy a new sports car, and Lizz supports him. Isn’t that great? They are in agreement!! Yet friends, the relationship of Lizz and Lenn, is as unhealthy, as the relationship of Jeff and Jenna. How so?


For starters, agreeing with someone, just for the sake of not wanting conflict, is not good. Lizz and Lenn, are not really happy, even though they seem to agree with each other, on all points. First of all, Lizz does not like action-packed movies, but she says she does, just to spend more time with Lenn, she really likes romantic comedies, and she really wants to start her own business, but Lenn always says, how he always wanted the mother of his children, to be a-stay-at-home-mum. Lenn on the other hand, likes chocolate and fudge, but he doesn’t love it as much as Lizz does, he is a doctor, and knows the effect of too much sugar on a person’s body, and he would much rather prefer, for Lizz, to cook healthy-homemade-meals, than order in. He also knows, that Lizz’s Laziness, is not good for her health either, he would prefer, for her to develop an exercise plan for herself too, but he does not tell her that, because she will assume that he thinks she’s fat. Little does Lenn know, that Lizz, is not fine with him choosing to buy a new sports car, for his ego, instead of settling their mortgage debt early, and Lizz is not aware, that Lenn, really wants to work at the local community health centre, to help the poor, but he thinks she won’t respond well to the idea, since his salary will be cut in half, and that’s why he bought the sports car, out of frustration. You see friend, there is power in agreement, but not at the cost of honesty.


The idea of agreement is rooted in two, or more parties, finding some common-ground. Both Lizz and Lenn, likes watching movies, that is settled, but that, however, does not mean, that they have to like the same type of movies. Lizz can like her romantic comedies, and Lenn his action-packed movies, Lizz can communicate that to Jeff, and the two of them, can then agree to watch two movies at a time, one of each. Or, if they really can’t stand to watch those types of movies, they can find some mutual activity, like riding a bike, or taking a long walk along the beach, which  they both agree on, and where they can spend time with each other, but lying, and pretending to agree with the other, when they don't, won’t help. Lasting relationships are not built on lies, but on Truth, lies are like hidden cracks, which will eventually show up, even though concealed for a time. Pretending to agree with someone, just to keep the peace for a moment, can be the cause of a lifetime of regret. If you really love someone, show them who you truly are, and if they really love you, then they will accept you, for who you truly are, and not a plastered over version of the True you.


“Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” (Proverbs 19: 20 NIV)


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Saturday, 26 April 2014

LOVE: IT MEANS EVERYTHING



Love, such a loaded word here on earth. It is powerful enough to build or destroy. It can bind people together for life or split them apart in a moment. Love is strong and wanted by many (really all), it is misunderstood and misinterpreted, yet it always prevails.


Wherever you go on earth, whichever country and whichever people you encounter, love is there. No matter the language or appearance of the people, there love you will find. It is the subject of poets the whole world over and fondly remembered in your most favourite and popular love songs. There are of course different types of love, love between a mother and her child, love between a father and his new-born, love for a friend, love for a relative, love for a pet, love for a land or country, love for a people and then there is the love which is the most loved type on earth: romantic love. Romantic love which is the cause for many a sleepless night and the love most wanted by all, or most people at some point in their lives. You experienced it and if you have not yet then you will, romantic love is the most popular love on earth. People love it and they love to talk about it and celebrate it. The thing most people think about romantic love though is that it will last forever and ever, like diamonds. And that is most probably why people say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, because they associate diamonds with romantic love. And as far as I know, most or the vast majority of girls on earth today want a diamond ring from someone special they love. Don’t know if all of them are going to get it, but a lot of them want it.


A lot of girls want that charming prince to appear and profess his everlasting love to her and then present her with a diamond ring asking her hand in marriage. If you’re a guy reading this then your girl wants that ring, if you haven’t given her one yet, you had better start saving. For a lot of girls that diamond ring is not love itself, but it is an expression and a sign of that love you share. If your girl is a materialistic one then you had better start contemplating getting her a bigger diamond. Of course the size of the diamond is not a tangible sign of the greatness of the love you have for her, it is rather an indication of the size of your bank balance. A lot of girls are attracted to that too, and there’s nothing wrong with that if her heart is in the right place, after all a man must be in a position to provide for his girl.


There is of course more to romantic love than just diamonds, and I call it “romantic love,” to indicate the type of love we are talking about, the love between a man and a woman. Love means everything and people want it the world over. The problem with romantic love though is that it is often misinterpreted and misunderstood. Love is not a feeling; yeah I know you most probably disagree, especially if you’re “in love” right now. But friend, there is more to love than just feelings. Feelings have the nasty habit of changing and moving up and down like the waves of the ocean. And if your love is all about feeling then it is not going to last very long, it needs to be stronger than feeling and more stable. Especially if the only reason you “love” a person is because of their physical appearance and the way they look. If you ‘meet or find another person more attractive’ than your “current love interest” then your “love” for the current one will disappear.

You need to find more things about “the person you love” to really love. For example maybe the guy or girl is very concerned for others less fortunate and shows that concern for them through acts of kindness and generosity, they’re compassionate, you can love that about them. Or maybe they saved to purchase their first car or purchase a house, they’re financially responsible, love that. Maybe the guy or girl is taking care of or financially assisting their parents, grandparents or close relatives, love that about them, they are unselfish and know what is important in life. Maybe they’re kind and respectful to all people, no matter their skin colour or economic and social standing and show it through their behaviour, love that. Maybe they’re neat and like to keep things tidy, love that about them.  You have to find “real things to love about the person you love,” like their integrity and honesty, if all your love is based on is physical appearance then “your love is shallow and unreliable,” most likely to disappear in time.


True Love means everything, and people who truly love will go to great lengths to provide for, protect and be there for those they love. True Love is unselfish, kind and considerate. True Love wants the best for those it love and will do their best for those they love. The Most Important thing to get about Love is that it always starts with you. If you love yourself then show that love for yourself through your choices and behaviour. Always have your best interest at heart and never allow anyone or anything to treat you like you are less than worthy of love.

“The eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.” (Psalm 33:18 NIV)




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Monday, 21 April 2014

GET IT RIGHT AND STAY ON IT!!



Friends, some people believe, that life is or can be, a rough and tough ride, but reality is, that if you’re alive then life is on your side. There are other forces in existence, which struggle with you as a human being, and they are the ones making things hard or difficult for people, and they are not life.


One of the most important things about life, you as a human being or a living being, or living thing, should get, is that life is on your side. If life was not for you, or against you, then you would be dead, but you’re not. A lot of people feel defeated or cheated by life, when things go wrong for them, especially good people, but friend, if you’re one of the good people, then I want to assure you, that life is not against you. Now, that does not mean that nobody is against you, in fact, if you are really striving to live a good life, then you will find tons of things in this world, which will be against you, and those things are not always human, as a matter of fact, most of the time, those things are not human at all. But, I don’t want you to focus on the workers of evil, human or monsters, which goes bump in the night, I want to remind you, that you have the most powerful force in existence on your side, and that is the Force of Life. Without life no living thing, natural or supernatural, godly or ungodly, good or evil, can live.


My advice to you, is to stay on the right side of life, stay on the bright side. A lot of people, who chose to live a good life, are being attacked by the enemy, of that which are right and good, they grow weary and discouraged, as a result of those attacks. But friend, I want you to clearly know and understand, that the things, which are attacking you, are against you for a reason: They fear you, and what you might become. If there was no fear of you, then they wouldn’t be bothered by your efforts and works, but because they know and understand where you will end up, they fight against you, out of fear of your success. Think about Samson and Delilah (Judges 13-16), Samson was plotted against, and attacked by his enemies, because he was a threat to them; they wanted his destruction, because they feared his strength. The same with your enemies, they fear your strength, and what you will become, they fear you. Do not let go of the right you know and understand, stay on it, fight for it, and don’t allow the enemies of the Light, to deceive you into believing, that you don’t matter. They fight you, because you matter, just like they fought against and attacked Samson, because he mattered. Do not allow the enemy, to blind you with deceit and falsehood, as with Samson, stay on the right road.


Friends, there is much opposition and much to resist, but staying focused is to your benefit. I’m not saying it is easy, if it was, then Samson would’ve stayed alert, and he would’ve noticed, that his closest companion was his greatest enemy, but it is not so easy, especially if you lack knowledge. (And that is why you come here, to get wisdom and knowledge.) Don’t let your guard down, the enemy is cunning and deceitful, and likes to use those closest to you, to defeat and overpower you. It is no myth or fictional story; the enemies of the Light and Righteousness are very real. If your plans are righteous and your heart is good, then you will encounter them, and it is better for you to be prepared, than to live in denial.

“Among My people are wicked men who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch men. Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it, they do not defend the right of the poor. Should I not punish them for this? Should I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?” (Jeremiah 5:26-29 NIV)

“Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken Me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes. They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man’s wife. Should I not punish them for this? Should I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?” (Jeremiah 5:7-9)

“Should you not fear Me?

Should you not tremble in My Presence?

I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it. But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away.” (Jeremiah 5:22-23)


And this is the decree: “The ancient boundary will be removed, the seas will cross the sand, the waves will roll and they will prevail, to consume these stubborn and rebellious, foolish and senseless people. And what will you do in the end? Your towns will lie in ruins without inhabitant, the kings and officials will lose heart, the priests and false prophets will be horrified, and appalled. You will look up and down in the streets of your cities, and there will be no people. The whole land will be ruined, though I will not completely destroy it. The earth will mourn and the heavens grow dark, because I have spoken and will not relent.”

As for you who stay faithful and honour righteousness, the LORD will rejoice over you, and you will be a crown of splendour in the LORD’s hand.

"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees will clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:12 NIV)

Friends, it is My Will for all humans to grasp and understand, that the choices you as individuals make, are not without consequence. If you choose good things, like eating healthy fruits and vegetables, rather than unhealthy fast foods "all the time," then your consequences will be good. A lot of people choose "bad" all the time, and when their lives turn out sour, they ask, "Why me?" Well, if you sow bad works then you will reap bad consequences. Samson trusted a Delilah, he made a bad choice and his consequences were terrible. His life, which he considered favoured by God Most High, turned out really sour, as a result of trusting the wrong voice and making a wrong choice. The thing is, if you choose bad, the consequences which follow, will be "your consequences." Samson's foes, which feared him, ended up mocking him, as a result of his wrong choice. He ended up in a very bad place, where he never thought he would ever be found, but the thing is: while he had his freedom to choose, he could choose whichever way he wanted, but after he made a bad decision, the consequences of his wrong choice overpowered him and enslaved him, his death came as a result of that bad choice. I know, most of you think, these are just mere words, and so you don't take them seriously, because you reckon, "My life My choice." Yes, your life your choice, but don't forget, that every choice you make comes inevitably with a consequence. Life is not without consequence, and yours aren't either.

When I say, "GET IT RIGHT AND STAY ON IT," I actually mean it. Make Right choices, choose good things, abandon bad counsel and advice, reject bad friends (the Delilahs of the world), they will not add life to you, no, they will take away the life you have, just as Delilah took away the life which Samson had. When you stay in the LIGHT and in the RIGHT, then your life will stay free from bad consequences, because you won't stray to the dark and make bad choices. Samson strayed from the Light and the dark took his life away. You are getting good counsel here, and if you apply them, and keep to them diligently, then your years will increase, and This LIGHT will chase the dark away. Recognize the reason why you come here to read these posts, it is to chase the dark away, to get it Right and Stay on it.




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Monday, 14 April 2014

NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING!!


Isn’t that the Truth? There is Nothing Like The Real Thing!! The Real Thing is Better than the fake and For Real. We live in a world full of a lot of fake things, impersonators on all levels. The thing is, however, that if you know and understand the integrity and qualities of the real thing, the fake thing will be easy to spot.


There are a lot of fake things on earth, and a lot of people are grabbed by it, deceived by it. Why is that? That is for a very simple reason: people do not know The Real Thing. Take shoes or bags, if you as a person know what real leather is then you won’t fall for the fake leather, which is not real leather at all. If you understand the touch of and quality and make-up of leather then you will immediately notice the difference between a fake leather shoe and a real one. The same applies to food, love, friendships, spirituality and every other thing which can be faked or impersonated. Of course to be able to discern the real from the fake you will need to have an encounter with The Real Thing. Once you have a genuine encounter with The Real Thing you will not be easily deceived by the fake or impersonator. How many times have you seen a film or broadcast about impersonators of The Real Thing, take a popular show like superman (Smallville). In one of the superman series broadcasted there was an impersonator, a fake Clark Kent, but each time he stood in direct sunlight he was exposed as the fake. The same applies to any other fake thing or impersonator of The Real Thing, when The Light Of Truth shines on it then it is exposed as the fake, which it is.

I said that an encounter with The Real Thing will make it easier for you to discern between the fake and The Real Thing. That is True. If you have never had an encounter with The Real Thing it will be much harder for you to be able to discern between fake and True. That is because the fake resembles The Real Thing so closely. But that said there always are distinct differences, differences which you would be able to discern if you have had an encounter with The Real Thing. The closer your encounter the easier you would be able to spot the difference between fake and Real. I mentioned that superman series where Clark Kent was impersonated by a fake and his place was taken over by another, the impersonator. Now, it was easy to spot the difference between the fake and The Real when the fake stood in direct sunlight, but apart from that it would’ve been much more difficult to tell that the impostor was the impostor. The only other way to spot the differences between The Real Clark Kent and the fake was if you have had a real close encounter with the Real Clark prior. The fake Clark looked like the Real Clark, dressed like the Real Clark and sounded like the Real Clark, but there were differences. Differences which only someone who had a very close encounter with the Real Clark prior, could spot.


Life on earth is a lot like that particular portion of the superman series, there are impostors here on earth and a lot of impersonators. And as it was with the fake Clark, so it is on earth, the liars and deceivers, impersonators and impostors can easily be exposed by The Light Of Truth and the other way is if you’ve had a real close encounter with The Real Thing. There are fake saviours and fake gods and all kinds of impersonators and liars, but if you know The Truth, the Real Truth, then you will know the difference. Someone merely claiming to be superman does not make him superman, possessing knowledge of the qualities of the Real superman will reveal which is the fake. The same applies to God, The Creator, not everyone who claims to be God, The Creator, is God The Creator. Not everyone who calls themselves saviour is a Saviour. Even if the whole world runs after him, that does not make him a Saviour. Knowing and understanding the qualities and distinct characteristics of A Saviour will make it easy for you to discern a Saviour. One distinct quality of a Saviour is that a Saviour saves, not just in Word but also in deed. If you call anybody your Saviour then it means you were stuck in something and you were saved or rescued from it. If you are still stuck then you have not been saved, no matter how many times you claim that you have been.

The Real Truth will not claim to have saved you while you are still stuck in the same thing. The Real Truth will state The Real Truth and Real Saviours Save.

“He will call out to Me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Saviour.’” (Psalm 89:26 NIV)

“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.” (Psalm 91: 15-16)

                                                Real Saviours Save.




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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

YOUR OWN WORTH!!



What is your value? Or What is your own worth? Do you know, or do you have some idea of your worth and value? I ask, because I do get the impression from a lot of people on earth, that they do not have a clue. I mean, you must believe that you are worth something.


God created you, wonderfully so, and yet, I still find people, who just do not get the value of a human being. Some believe, they can buy people, and others believe, they can sell people. And what I am talking about, is the “Sell yourself or your soul to the devil idea.” Is that even possible? Can you sell yourself to the devil or the dark side? Some, or most of you, would say yes, a few will disagree, but what is the Truth? Can a human being sell their soul, or them self, to the devil? And in exchange for what, fame, money, success, popularity? Is that it? Are humans so greedy, that they trade the wonderful, for superficial, fleeting things? Or it may be, that humans do not get their own value, which can certainly be said, about a lot of people. And even more than that, it is, because humans, did nothing to create their own form, or any part of their being, God did all of the work. I get the impression, that since humans did not work for it, they just squander their own humanity, because they do not know their own value.


And I know, you think that you do know your own value, you believe that you do. But think about your dreams and desires, and what you eventually settled for. And that not, because what you wanted does not exist, but because you felt, you won’t get it, and so you gave up, and settled for whatever you could get. That, friend, is not knowing your own worth. Let me tell you about your own worth, from God, your Creator’s perspective, after all, God made you.
God gave you a body, that was never supposed to grow old, a body designed and created, to stay young, forever. God gave you a brain, which is creative and inventive. God gave you a planet and home to live on, and take care of, forever. And God gave you immortality. And I know, you may not believe any of these, because you do not know your own worth. Think about Adam and Eve, who had all of these, and lost it all. And, ever since that “fall of Adam and Eve,” God’s intention was, to restore all of that back to you, back to you, the human reading this, and to your friends, and your family, and all your loved ones. But even now, thousands of years after Adam and Eve walked the earth, humans still do not get their own value. And they exchange the immortal God’s treasures, for superficial, and fleeting things. They give their bodies away, their dignity, and their self-respect. They chase after fame and money, they desire to be gods themselves, and they invent their own gods, and yet, still they die, just like Adam and Eve had died. And why? They grow old and they die young, because they refuse to acknowledge, and honour, the Beings Who created them. That is what Adam and Eve did, rejected God’s counsel, and embraced the counsel, and advice, of a snake. And that is why they lost all, and died.

Do you know your own value and worth? God created you worthy of immortal life, eternal youth, everlasting freedom, and good health. But humans, still prefer, to follow their own heads, and the counsel of the snakes of the world, and die. Friend, a million years is nothing to God, and He counted you worthy of it, when He formed you in your mother’s womb, but you can’t even wrap your mind around it, because you do not know your own worth or value. God does.
If you understood your own value, and your own worth, as God understands it, you would expect more, demand more, and gain more. Not from people, but from God. The problem, with a lot of people, is not, that they don’t dream, it is, that their expectations, are small. What God offers you, a man cannot give to you, Adam traded the gifts of God, for the curse of the snake, and many people still betray their God that way. They prefer the fame of the world, over the favour of God, they exchange the treasures which God gave to them, for the fleeting pleasures of the world, just like Adam and Eve, and then they die, just like Adam and Eve has died.

“The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11 NIV)

What does that mean? It means, that no matter how fast you run, or even if you are the swiftest runner in the race, a win is not guaranteed. No matter how strong you are, it does not mean you will win the battle. No matter how wise in the sight of man, it does not mean that you will always have food to eat. Your brilliance in the sight of man, will not bring wealth to you, nor will your learned-self, attract favour. All your victories and times, are in the hands of God.

“To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth, to hand it over to the one who pleases God.” (Proverbs 2:26)




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