Spiritual filth?

I’m a great judge of character.  I’m hardly ever shocked at people’s ‘sudden’ change of behaviours and it’s not surprising that I have very few friends.  You see, people are great pretenders. Very rarely do people show their real selves. They give you ‘face’. And the people you think you know, you don’t really know at all 😊.

Let’s take myself as an example,  I may be well dressed, seem like I have it all together and always smiling. I may know all the books of the bible,  have my own house and car. May have a great family and what seems to be an admirable life.  However, I may be the most wicked, selfish, depressed, negative, procrastinating woman you may ever meet. And secretly, everything in my life is falling apart.

But if I give u ‘face’ you will never know how evil my heart really is. However, you have already placed me above the drug addicts and prostitutes because of the way I carry myself. But beneath my exquisite clothing and eloquent manner, I may be the most evil and conniving person you will ever meet in your life. Yes, I may appear to have no filthiness of flesh, but what about my dirty, pungent spirit?

2 Corinthians 7:1 says we should cleanse ourselves from the filthiness of the flesh AND the spirit. It’s all good not fornicating and being the first one in service on Sunday morning but you are hateful, jealous and greedy. What’s the point in that? Isn’t that conflicting? Don’t get me wrong, no one is perfect, but, how can you be a hateful christian? I’m sorry sister, but why are you mad that someone is in “your seat”? 😏

Saints I’m encouraging us to do better. Not in our own strengths of course. We cannot do it without God. How dare we have a form of godliness.  Let’s ask God to turn our spiritual filth into spiritual fruits; love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control 😊.

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Pray without ceasing?

I hear many people say that they don’t know how to pray, and they don’t want to sound foolish when they pray etc. I used to be that person. Don’t you dare ask me to pray in a meeting or pray for someone out loud! Fear of what others may think seems to be a big hinderance in prayer. But we must realise that we are not praying to them. People are not the ones to answer your prayers.

Prior to having a prayer life, I would foolishly hide in prayer meetings, evading eye contact with the pastor, to avoid him picking on me. I was never even vocal in my ‘prayer life’ at home. I would just say it in my head, lol. That is, until I got into trouble. When I got into trouble, I prayed!

How is that even possible? How could I know how to pray only in trouble? Was it the pressure of it all? Or possibly, I knew that God would have been the only one to help at that time? And so I decided, if I can pray in trouble, nothing should stop me from praying anytime.

But how do I pray? What do I say? I used to be intimidated when I saw people praying for what seemed to be hours 😏. Then I heard one pastor say, “If you pray with your mouth (not from your heart), you will run out of things to say.” And it is so true. Ponder on this for a minute. If out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, then you obviously speak what’s on your heart. Now, throughout the bible, God reminds us to meditate on the word and to write the word on our hearts. Why do you think that is? So that when we do speak, the word comes out.

Yet most of us can cuss more than we can pray 😏. If the word is in you, you will know how to pray. Furthermore, Jesus in Luke 11 taught us how to pray. So don’t be intimidated by those who do big, long prayers. You are not in a race with anyone. Furthermore, your prayers do not have to be long to be effective. The fervent effectual prayer of the righteous availeth much. Don’t be like the hypocrites who babble for long periods of time without saying a thing. Jesus said their reward will be in heaven. So why would one aspire to be like them?

Instead, why don’t we aspire to be prayerful and effective? Let’s work on our relationship with God, let pray without ceasing 😊.