Wednesday, 27 July 2016

With Joy comes happiness

Hello happy Christians,
What is joy?  Google search and the first result says (besides the ad): a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.

When I was reading up on this I found two websites that elaborate on the biblical aspect of joy and happiness. What led me to this was that this morning I felt joyful and thinking of myself and my situation joy would be the last thing to come to mind or heart. But because I know I'm not heavily because of my saviour, I was filled with joy from praising him even in my lowest of points.

On Tuesday I attend a connect group and during that discussion one particular person kept saying they just want to be happy because the situation they're in -job related - is not satisfactory to the point they become depressed. At the back of my head I kept thinking but I'm kinda going through the same as you are but I've overcome that self want and have found happiness by rejoicing in what has been provided to me. It is unhealthy to continuously obsess over how unhappy you are because of something/someone.
I'm not in a place I'd consider absolute bliss for myself, no sir! But I won't let that be the determining factor of my happiness when I serve the Lord Jesus Christ. My mistake in the gathering was that I did not speak up and I'm working on that, I have a problem of doubting myself, don't we all?

The two websites yes! These are the first two that show up when you search joy vs happiness.
The first one I read spoke about how we(Christians) like to separate the two so much when in fact they compliment each other. And along that page he(or she) does mention how people ended up singling out happiness from joy, which in my opinion is still the main culprit of today's Christians. The second website speaks on that but more on that later. So yes joy is great intense happiness. They even provide scriptures to substantiate that joy and happiness are BFFs. I would not tell people not to seek happiness but I'd rather have them question what's the drive for their happiness. If it's to gain temporary achievements (in turn thinking or hoping that it will give them joy, or relief thus happiness) and not of seeking the Lord, I find fault in that, we have to steer them in the right direction. You can read more on it here.

Now on to the second website,  this one spoke exactly the thoughts I had in mind when I tweeted "Don't confuse joy with happiness. Because one is merely temporary and while the other is permanent!". Correct me if I'm wrong. Unless your happiness is produced by Joy, then I would think it is but a temporary feeling. In this page they elaborate with scripture as well how joy/ rejoicing, endures through all. And they also point out the differences between the two in a biblical context. But they don't discredit whether one is a feeling or not or the other is mentioned(joy) and one isn't(happiness).They show that people claimed happiness at the achievement of something. Whereas Paul was rejoicing through sacrifice.

In my conclusion,  where there is joy comes happiness. When we rejoice in the Lord and what he has done for us,  put our focus on him,  we can surely have joy that endures through all the crucifixion the enemy and world puts us through. In the end we come out of that rejoicing and feeling happy. 

I'll just steal this too
You’ll find in Jesus the happiness and joy you’ve always longed for.”. Always remember that,  not in our careers, our spouses or assets but in Jesus.
This had been real,  I hope it touches you in a way that God would love for it to. Please comment your thoughts, opinions, suggestions and prayers.

Until next post,  God bless... 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Christianity uncovered(the ugly)

Hello there,

I hope you are having a good week. I am not going to paint my faith bad but I am just going to point out a misconception on Christianity!

Christians are seen by other Christians as prosperous/happy/BLESSED, the fact that those people are people who live to work, raise a family , pay debts does not cross others minds!

I hope I am trying to explain myself well, I will keep trying. The reason I am saying that is because I used to think the same.
We are guilty of putting a -no problem , always happy face- in front of our lives as soon as we accept Jesus, or as soon as we become part of a church.
We shy away from being transparent with those who are supposed to be our closest family the people we are taking this walk with and by so doing we create that false illusion. The person next to you thinks that 'oh my word ever since Tshego started going to church she has got her life together', whilst in the mean time you are barely making ends-meat or whatever it is you are struggling with. 

We do struggle more than you think, actually I think it physically gets worse whilst it spiritually gives you strength and sharpens your character. This is not where materials will rain on you, yes they will when it is time for that, but this is not a platform for the lazy to come and wish for a car or a financial solvent situation by the flick of their wrist.
Maybe that is why we seem poised all the damn time! Because we know God has got us all the time no matter what struggle comes our way so we don't reveal those parts of our lives especially to people who would need them for assurance.

One other problem that feeds to this is that we do not spend enough time with each other as brothers in the word, we should treat each other as family more. You do not know the people in your small group except for when you meet them that once/twice a week! So all you see is their beautiful anointed self and you think to yourself she must be having a ball until you get to hear their testimony.God will bring you down on your knees!

I am realizing these things as I am growing and don't see my leaders in a superficial eye or try not to. I remind myself they are just as human as I am. Some could be at higher spiritual level than me but it does not mean life is a greener pasture for them even when it always seems like it, they just simply have the grace of God on their side. How could that be so hard to believe?

I urge you fellow brethren let's reveal our real selves that God is molding us into to the world, to the church family. Let's eliminate this illusion for the new comers , so that they don't get overwhelmed by the efforts needed to carry out this life.
Share your thought s in the comments whether you agree or disagree with my view
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

Until next post, God bless...

Monday, 11 July 2016

Spur of the moment! Tithing/Offering

I just had an outburst of a moment, I cannot explain. I left everything and had to write this. I don't even know where this came from (God obviously) but yeah, just my two cents worth on tithing/offering.

Your money does not go to God no! It is your heart/soul/spirit that does. But that does not mean you should stop tithing.
I learned to pay my tithe with my bills, it is part of my bills, not after and sometimes it makes first place (I am practising this slowly). I am not preaching about how tithing will change your financial life etc. mine has certainly not and I am not expecting anything , I am not bribing God or anyone for that matter hence I don't expect anything or how you should be doing it right, I am no expert in that field.

Paying rent/bond is not an obligation it is a responsibility, do the same with your tithe? Am I wrong to think such?
Why am I saying this? How do you expect your pastor to give communion to the congregation every first Sunday of the month(my church does that), how do you expect the church to branch out,pay electricity? This is for people who need logical reasoning. But not only do I have this for you, also I think God would appreciate a heart that is giving willingly not out of obligation.
When you pay your rent you don't do it out of obligation, no you don't! You don't tell yourself "I am just doing this because I have to", you actually do it first without giving yourself a second to even think. You are doing that because you are being responsible, yes if you don't you might get evicted ( now imagine if you don't give your tithe! side eye hahaha, God won't evict you lol).
I believe that God would rather have a responsible heart than an obligated one, at least with responsibility you know you are being obedient! Obligation to responsibility is good shift in my books.

I am not forcing anyone to tithe, to each their own and Holy Spirit will communicate this with you in a different way than he will to another person. Mind you I never used to tithe, it didn't bother me the least bit until a couple of months ago and I am still on that journey, when I started, it never felt as an obligation nor does it still now. 
I am writing this as an encouragement to those who could be in a boat of obligation, do not let any negative feelings bring you down that is not God.

Thank you very much for reading this, please share you thoughts in the comment section and until next post God bless...