Matthew 14:13-21 describes a very interesting event during the life and ministry of Jesus on Earth.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].” – Matthew 7:21-23 (AMPC)
My name is Michael Zewge and I was born in Ethiopia in 1989 and grew up in an Orthodox family. When I was 10 years old, my older brother became a born-again Christian and soon after, I gave my life to Christ and the savior who died on the cross to take away my sin and rose from the dead became real to me.
In the blog titled ‘Re-born Identity’, we established Christ being the Crown that entitles us as Kings and Queens on earth. In this blog, we aim to investigate the place of our Crown (Christ) in our lives. A lot of us live in the hype of our identity in Christ rather than in the fullness thereof. This is likely the result of a lack of understanding of what it means to be a King and a Queen in Christ.
Today’s blog was inspired by the Shunamite woman whose story is found in the book of 2 Kings 4. As humans, we encounter losses, gains, brokenness and blessings alike. As Christians, one of the greatest challenges of our journey is developing the discipline to respond to these changing conditions according to the Word of God. One of the most valuable lessons God is teaching me through this woman’s story is the importance of weighing our words in our hearts before they escape our mouths to set our lives on fire.
Since the fall of man to this day, intimacy with God has unfortunately grown to become rarer in the lives of those who claim to believe in Him and follow Him. The truth is technology, paper (money), and human idols have replaced our intimacy with our creator. Technology and money are essential elements for life but only when (treated approprietly you mean?) used in limit. Excessive or inappropriate use or possession (desire for…the LOVE of money 1 Timothy 6:10-12) of these things could possibly result in our worship of them.
If you haven’t already read my testimony, I suggest you read it to better understand the content of this post.
God first placed it on my heart to go to Ethiopia in December 2014 and I was DEFINITELY not pleased with this particular conviction. All I felt was pain moving in my veins due to the trauma of my childhood experience. For quite some time, I refused to believe it was a God idea and I rebuked it. I was intensely upset and I believed that God would never consider to take me back to a place where I had the worst experience of my life.
We were born to embrace it NOT accept it.
You must know the creator of this massive universe; the same God who made you out of dust loves you personally. God’s love for you is not just personal but intimate, absolute and unconditional. This love is so powerful it reaches out to you, not in spite of your many failures, but including them. Human affection is often based on your ability to measure up to the expectations of another.