You Either Pray or You Praise; No Room For Depression

James 5:13 says,“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”

Life is like a see-saw; it goes up( the good times), and it goes down( the bad times). That’s the way it is. Some people have been driven to suicide because of the latter. Some have lost their faith because of the same. But what do we (who want to serve God forever) do? The Bible says in the above verse, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
This sums up our lives as Christians. As Christians we are not called to be buffeted by wherever life takes us.
“PRAY”
Whenever we go through bad times, we don’t have to go to anybody. We should pray to our Father in heaven.
Jesus depicted this clearly in the garden of Gethsemane when He prayed to God in the time before His gruesome death. “If any one is in trouble let them pray.” PRAY, not complain, not give up, not darken other people’s doorsteps with our gloomy trouble, but to pray. Prayer takes our perspective from ourselves and unto God. Jesus was led to say, “Not my will, but Yours be done” when He prayed in a time of impending trouble. We are often tempted to try everything within our power to resist troubles when they come, and leave God as our last resort. But when we pray, we acknowledge that we are only so able, and leave everything in God’s capable Hands.
 “PRAISE”

Jesus provides another powerful example of living through happy times by praise: “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.” (Luke 10:21, NIV)

Jesus being (more than just) happy showed His joy by praising God {Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5)}. That’s the way we are called to live. Either you are praying or you are praising at any particular moment of your life…

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Is Christianity Utopic?

Galatians 5:16 KJV
[16] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Ray Boltz, Katy Perry, get the picture? These people were once Christians, but decided they “couldn’t do it anymore.” Listen to the the radio, you hear pastors who fornicate with church members, who steal, etc. and one wonders: What is Christianity really about? Is it some sort of a joke? Or some kind of game? We know it’s not, but we live as if it is. We sometimes use our humanity as an excuse, as to why we do certain things, but sometimes I wonder how much more God is going to take.
The Old Testament Era II?
In the old Testament era, people did things that God actually overlooked. For example, the priests were “forgiven” for working on the Sabbath, or for entering the Most Holy Place. Also, a good example is King David who had more than one wife, who fornicated, and though he was not allowed to build a temple for God, was still a man after God’s own heart.
The strength of Samson did not leave him after he slept with a prostitute. Judah slept with his own daughter-in-law without (seemingly) any repercussions. 
We hear of pastors and gospel musicians having affairs among themselves and writing songs and sermons as a way of apology to those whom they “may have offended”. I’m writing this because I myself  wonder if I can’t do these things as they do and still be okay. Afterall, they are still alive, and most have their marriages intact after everything.
What’s The Big Deal?
If the so-called big-shot Christians are making bigtime mistakes, what about me? I am not expected to be any better than these talented and experienced Christians, can I?
Unfortunately, no. 
Because inasmuch as God loves the world so much as to send His Son, insomuch as He is not going to pretend wrong is right after sending Jesus to do what  He did and go through what we He went through.

Jesus Christ did not die in order to give us a license and good conscience to sin.
In short, it’s not about the pastors, the gospel musicians and whatnot. In the end, it’s all about Jesus and what He did on the cross for us, and how we allow ourselves to be changed by it. It’s not about self, because the Bible already warns us to die to our flesh. It’s not about our humanity because the Bible admonishes us to walk in the Spirit so that we will not gratify the desires of the flesh. In the end there is no excuse.
Also, every action has consequences even here on earth. Though we are forgiven our daily sins, the results of our actions can never be wished away. For example, fornication can be forgiven, the guilt taken away, but God is not going to remove an unwanted baby miraculously.

Galatians 6:7 KJV

[7] Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Who Do You Live For?

 2 Corinthians 5:9 KJV
Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.”
Life is only really worth living if we have a cause greater than ourselves to live for. Like for the God who brought us here in the first place. It only makes sense. And strangely, Paul was speaking to a people who were Christians, the Corinthians. In verse 15 of the same chapter he told them, ” 2 Corinthians 5:15 KJV
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again”.

    That means as Christians sometimes we can lose sight of our calling. Jesus warns us against letting the issues of life getting the better of us and preventing us from bearing fruits. Lecrae, one of my favorite gospel singers, or rappers says in one of his songs, “What’s the point of living if I’m living for myself?” Christians have been brought from a kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Son God loves. Though easy to, we should strive to never lose sight of the One who has called us. We should look up to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. If we look up to ourselves, or others, or the world around us, we’ll only go so far before we hit a dead end.

By so doing will our lives be really worth living.

True Christianity

Romans 8:1 KJV
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

I like this verse a lot. Especially the part “which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”. People complain about today’s Christians, that we are not serious as before. I think an acid test to see if one is a Christian is this: not only who are in Christ Jesus, but who also walk in the Spirit, not according to the flesh. This is corroborated in this verse:
John 4:24 KJV
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

True Christianity is worshipping God in Spirit and in truth at every particular moment in time. Though difficult, it is possible through Christ who strengthens us.

Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus I pray, help me as I purpose in my heart to serve you I’m spirit and in truth. I receive Your peace, that peace that transcends all understanding. In Jesus’ name, amen.

PLEASANT WORDS

Proverbs 16:24 KJV
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

There are uncountable people out there who have
been shattered by negative words from respected
people. Please don’t be that someone who does
that. As I’m sure your mom told you, “If you don’t have
something nice to say just keep quiet”. Thank you for reading, and God bless you as you go about your day saying pleasant words to others, not fogetting in your own self talk as well.

The Past

The past. It has always intrigued me that
everyone, yes everyone has a past. If life
can be compared to the University of
Ghana where I am currently a student, “the
past” will be a UGRC ( University of Ghana
Required Course). You don’t agree with
me? Talk to a rich man, and he’ll launch
into a history of his life, how poor he had
been as a child, working his way through
life with the help of God before reaching
where he is now. Or talk to the “wonderful
Christian” sister or brother and he’ll tell you
the horrid past which Christ saved them
from. Or better yet, talk to that confident
person you admire so much, and ten to one
his first reaction will be “Hm, it hasn’t
always been like this. I’ve gone through a
lot of panic attacks which I can’t begin to
tell you about”. Those who have not had
any of these problems probably have a few
secrets the world will probably never know.
After all, as Fyodor Dostoevsky said, and I
quote, “There are things which a man is
afraid to tell even to himself, and every
decent man has a number of such things
stored away in his mind”. Everyone has a
secret.
My point is, they all don’t matter. At least
to Jesus Christ. Whatever your past, He’s
never surprised. Anyway, He already
knows all about it. So I suggest you trust
Him that whatever your past is, He’s
always ready to receive and forgive us.
That’s what He came for: to erase our past,
yes erase it, and give us a new life. (“So if
anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
everything has become new!” ( 1 Cor. 5.
17, NRV)
From my experience with God, you should
just trust Him with not only your past but
your present and your future as well; “Cast
your burden upon Him for He cares for
you.”( 1 Pet. 5:7). It took me about five
years to really get this Scripture, that I
don’t have to a care in the world because
of Christ. My problem was believing it. For
so many years I didn’t believe this. I kept
likening God to a man, thinking He will also
disappoint me, and so I didn’t expect much
from Him. How shallow! It pains me to
think all the lost opportunities in the past
that I could have served Him, but didn’t.
And yet I tried so hard. Now I know I don’t
have to do anything to win His favor by
working so hard. He already loves me, He
always has and He always will. And also
He loves you. As I saw on someone’s
Whats App profile, “Jesus died for you
alone, trust me”( Shout-outs to Priscilla,
Legon, Hilla Limann Hall, AGCM). And for
me, and everyone else who will ever trust
Him enough to give their all to Him. Not
half, like I did at first ( this will come as a
shock to all who have ever known me. I
think I started to, but I got a bit obsessed
with the “issues of life”*Matt. 13: 18-23*
too much) but their all.
That is the way to live the true Christian
life.
“The joy of the Lord is our strength”