Real Joy

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Pleasure is fleeting. It is here now, gone tomorrow, except through fond memories. That’s why we all tend to live based on our fond memories. We all want to remember happy times. We enjoy photos that remind us about the good old times. We like them in Facebook. But that’s where the problem lies — it’s bound to the past! Real joy, on the other hand, is found in the eternal present. Real joy actually endures because it is not time bound. It is a state of heart, a condition that is true only when you are in God’s presence. And you can be in God’s presence all the time! Also, it is not based on circumstances. It is based on your walk with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit creates real joy in your heart. It is His gift to the faithful follower of Christ. So actually you cannot produce it, you can only receive it..(http://m.me/rlccphil)

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You’re needed

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eph4-16The church is not just a place for you to receive. It’s also a place and a platform for you to give of yourself — your time, talents, and treasure. If you’re complaining about anything in your church, then point your fingers at yourself. A church can only be what its members are willing to do to make it healthy, effective and productive. The church needs its members and vice-versa. When each member is doing his or her part, the whole church benefits, and then the members also benefit. Let’s stop finding fault in the church where God has placed us. Instead, let us ask the Lord to guide us in how we can fulfill our part in making it more effective for God’s glory. (http://m.me/rlccphil)

Deeper into His word

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The key to experiencing real life in Christ together with others is to go deeper into the word of God. This is how you can be trained by God through the power of the Holy Spirit to become a true servant of God ready and eager to do good for His glory. You need to grow in your understanding of His will, and then, through the process of testing and approving, you will be able to obey His will naturally. Instead of struggling, you will welcome His will and obey it cheerfully, because you have come to recognize it by experience as something good, pleasing and perfect. In other words, you will become the person God wants you to be if you will go deeper into His living and active word. (http://m.me/rlccphil)

God’s Faithfulness

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When you need it the most, you can rely on God’s faithfulness. That is not true with other people or even with things. You cannot rely on them at all times. Not so the Lord. You can rely on Him at all times. But you must make small deposits of faith in your relationship with Him in order to develop that kind of confidence. Trust God even in the small things so that you can be strong when the storms come. Nevertheless, God remains faithful even when you are unfaithful. He will remain true to who He is regardless of the circumstances. (http://m.me/rlccphil)

Following Jesus

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You cannot experience the abundant life that Jesus promised by following Him every now and then, or only when it is convenient for you. Following Jesus is not even just a Sunday thing. It’s all or nothing. Following Him involves rearranging our lives so that He can become the center of everything. It has to do with learning from Him until we can understand what it means to truly live. You can only do that if you believe what He says about life itself. Life without Him is no life at all. But if you follow Him wholeheartedly, you will taste and see what real life means. (http://m.me/rlccphil)

Real Peace

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Most people desire peace. Some do not. For those who do, peace seems to be quite elusive. They cry out, “Where is peace?” Or they ask, “Why can’t we have peace?” Or “When can we have peace?” But peace is both a gift and a fruit. It’s a gift from God to those who believe in His Son Jesus. It’s also a fruit for those who choose to follow Jesus day by day by walking in the Spirit. So peace is very much a possibility, not an elusive dream, for followers of Christ. All you have to do is believe in Him and follow Him daily. (http://m.me/rlccphil)

Trusting the Promise Keeper

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Every Christ follower has something inside of him or her that results in perseverance. It’s called hope. This hope is not wishful thinking. It’s not the typical “knock-on-wood” kind of hope. It’s rock solid hope that is based on a promise — a promise made by Someone worthy to be trusted. Jesus said, “I am coming soon!” We can trust in that promise, because He who promised is trustworthy. Fear not when calamities strike, or when terror appears on every side. Or when there’s failure of every kind. Don’t be afraid of bad news. Jesus made a promise, and that should be enough to keep your heart at peace. (http://m.me/rlccphil)