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BucketAre you in a catch 22 situation?

What’s that, you may ask? Its a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

In a certain ocasion there was a situation that the disciples didn’t know what to do. There were over 5.000 men alone, apart of women and children to be fed and there was no way around. You most probably have heard or read about the multiplication that the Lord Jesus performed. Andrew, one of the disciples gave a suggestion.

Give it a glance!…

John 6

(The Message)

8-9 One of the disciples—it was Andrew, brother to Simon Peter—said, “There’s a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this.”

He didn’t believe that there was a way out of it. What they had wasn’t enough!…It was a “drop in the bucket!..”

Well the Lord Jesus used exactly that ” Drop in the Bucket” to make the impossible happen.

In a nutshell:

Use your  “Drop in the Bucket”!…Your talents, skills, eagerness and drive to succeed, perseverance, determination, boldness, etc..and above all faith in God’s word!…It will happen!..

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Take off

For a flight to take off, all necessary preparations and checks needs to be done. Starting by fuelling the aircraft, boarding the passengers and it’s luggage, having all the crew and last minute check ups by Pilot and co-pilot. After all the checks are done, and given the go ahead by the traffic controllers to take off, what can impede the aircraft to depart?

Now, let’s make an analogy with the departing aircraft and our lives!..

The question to ask is: Why many peoples projects, plans do not take off?

There may be various reasons why, let me just name some of them:

  • Procrastination
  • Fear
  • Doubts
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Complacency
  • Waiting for someone’s help
  • Waiting for the right moment
  • Lack of planing
  • Sluggishness
  • Lack of proactivity

If your plan hasn’t taken off, it’s because there’s something missing!..You just have to figure it out and act upon it. So instead of being complaining about something, make yourself questions? What’s lacking? What must I do? What’s next step? How can I get there?

Your plan will take off!…

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Puzzle

As we are in the first month of the year, it’s  time to start building up new projects, restart or resume others. Life for many has been complicated!..How am I going to build up my life? There’s so many things to do? 

Have you ever tried to assemble a 500, 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle?

At the beginning, one is all confused!..It’s like you don’t know how to start, isn’t it? So what’s the strategy? One takes one piece, and starts to build around it.

In life (Our Puzzle), It’s not different!.. Many people haven’t yet realised that the main piece of the Jigsaw it’s the Spiritual life, our relationship with God!..That’s the Main Piece of the Jigsaw Puzzle. Everything else will be build around it, family, finances, health, love life, etc..All this will come after there is a foundation. Otherwise the Puzzle will be a mess!..

Give a glance on the Lord Jesus commandment regarding the things around you:

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.:”

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Something different

January is a peculiar month, because gives us oportunity to refocus, to make new goals, to start afresh and if necessary all over again!..There’s where a true beginning starts, on decisions.

If we keep on doing things as we have been doing lately, what can we expect from this year 2014?… So what things can you do in your life different?

Here are some hints and tips:

Health

  • Make a check up.
  • Enrol in a gym or start some kind of physical exercise.
  • Eat healthier, avoid as much as you can “Junk Food”.
  • Make a diet to loose weight.

Finances:

  • Tackle your debts.
  • Avoid unnecessary credit expenditure.
  • Apply for a new Job.
  • Take your driver’s licence.
  • Make a business plan.
  • Give that call, send that email, on and on again.

Family:

  • Spend more quality time with your loved ones.
  • Be more patient.
  • Show your love to them in different ways.
  • Be attentive to their needs.
  • Communicate more

Marriage:

  • Seek ways to improve your relationship.
  • Be selfless.
  • Make of your partner your confident, best friend.
  • Do not neglect your intimacy.
  • Have more complicity.

Love life:

  • Do not use your heart above your head when engaging in to a relationship.
  • Overome past failures in love life.
  • Overcome shyness.
  • Invest more in your appearance.
  • Get rid of complexes.
  • Work out your inner beauty.

Spiritual:

  • Develop a relationship with God, by putting Him 1st in your life, trough obedience to His word and denying yourself.
  • Receive the Holy Spirit.
  • Become a soul winner.
  • Take decisions to please God, instead of  your flesh.
  • Be consistent in your attendance to the church.

Can you add something else on the list? Give your hint also.

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You will know the infallible recipe that changed the history of all world. Believers and unbelievers, scepticals, atheists, etc.. we all live in the calendar AC (After Christ).
Let’s see that “Recipe”!… 

John 3:16 

” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

The lord Jesus took the cross and consumed victory at the calvary, and so are those who do the same!…No wonder why He said: Take your cross!…The question is how, in what way?

God gave what was most precious to Him, irreplaceable and unique!… That’s exactly step number 1 for those who want to follow the greatest recipe of success of history!…Think for a bit!…

What do YOU have that is most precious, irreplaceable and unique? …Some moments to reflect, and you will reach the conclusion that is nothing physical or material, rather YOUR OWN LIFE!…Isn’t it?

Step number 1: Give your life to God, by following the path of Sacrifice. But what you may ask? Well, sacrifice your fleshly desires, cravings, lusts, emotions and feelings that are contrary to God’s will. Sacrifice the grudges, malice of the eyes, lies, promiscuity, sexual immorality, adultery, etc..

Step number 2: Believe in Him, by living a live of obedience and faithfulness to God’s word, a total surrender.

The two ingredients of the infallible Recipe are : Sacrifice and Obedience

DO THEM and you WILL NOT PERISH ( Here on earth you will be successful) and you WILL HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE ( After all the sacrifices done the reward will come, our eternity with God)

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Sniper

Many are those that want to overcome in life and to be successful. However, few are those that are able to eliminate and destroy the barriers and setbacks that oppose  success.

That’s why it’s imperative that we can spot our enemy and snipe it. One of the “Mottos” of  Snipers is ” One Shot, One Kill”. Snipers fire with accuracy at long range, and are the biggest nightmare for an army, for they shoot from concealed places.

If you cant spot your enemy how are you going to destroy him? Usually our greatest enemy is inside of us!

  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Pride
  • Laziness / Complacency
  • Malicious eyes
  • Selfishness
  • Lies
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Insecurities
  • Hatred / Grudges
  • Lack of self-control
  • Traumas
  • Complexes
  • Past

So let’s get Sniping!..

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Romans 4:19:21

(The Message)

“Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said.”

  • Don’t Focus on what you can’t do
  • Don’t survey your problems asking: Why this, why that!…Skeptical questions won’t sort your problem.
  • Don’t give up
  • Plunge in to God’s promisse, embrace it.

You will come up strong, empowered, assertive, bold and courageous, having the certainty that God will do what He said.

The reason why many don’t see God’s promises being fulfilled in their lives is because they tiptoe around it, they never plunge in to it, by obedience, faithfulness, devotion, surrender and total commitment.

No but’s, no if’s, no perhaps.

No tiptoeing please!…

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Most of us have been conditioned to blame something outside of ourselves for the parts of our life we don’t like. We blame our parents, our bosses, our friends, the media, our coworkers, our clients, our spouse, the weather, the economy, our lack of money — anyone or anything we can pin the blame on. We never want to look at where the real problem is — ourselves.

But the real truth is that in majority of the cases ( There are some exceptions) there is only one person responsible for the quality of the life you live.

That person is you.

Majority of the times, is the lack of vision, comfort zone, laziness, complacency, fear, doubts and complexes that are the real hindrance to our success.

It’s like a back seater giving instructions to the driver. Whilst you aren’t grabbing the wheel, you have to go where the driver wants. On the back seat you don’t have full control. Many depend on others for everything, the employer, the government, institutions, etc…The issue is that many times the company you work for goes has to make cuts and you are made redundant!…The economy comes to a “Credit Crunch”, the benefit is removed, etc.. Your “Car” stopped  and you stopped with it!…

Mourning, complaining and crying over it, will not change the situation!… You gotta be the driver!….

When you make decisions, things change. Either you’re instigating the change or you’re waiting for things around you to change. Don’t wait. It’s much better to be in the driver’s seat, as long as you trust your abilities.

You have in your hands the power to produce!… God has made us to his image and likeness. God was a “Producer”. He created things out of nothing!…The same ability was given to men!…

Grab the wheel and be the driver.

Deuteronomy 15:10

(…) because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand.”

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Here are some common obstacles that hinder us to realize our dreams:

  • Doubts
  • Fear
  • Past
  • Complacency
  • Confort Zone
  • Negativity
  • Failed experiences
  • Setbacks

Get rid of them!…

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I would like to share with you 3 steps to succeed in everything you do.

  1. Confidence - Our confidence cannot oscillate, waver. It has to be constant and unshakable.  Trust completely.
  2. Endurance – Perseverance is the word that better describes endurance. life is like a marathone!…We must finish what we started. Keep going even against the odds and you will cross the finish line.
  3. Live by faith - It’s about using your intellect and rational faith upon the word of God rather than in what you feel, see or hear. It doesn’t really matter third-party opinions. I believe because it’s written and God’s word cannot go back empty. Period.

Hebrews 10:35-38

35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

37 “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.38 Now thejust shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

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The 2nd key point for prosperity.

  •  Dare to succeed.

Successful people dare to succeed! It is very common to be afraid of failure at the same time as many people are actually afraid of success.  If we want to advance in our careers we have to dare – taking risks, chances, new challenges and the next steps in the career ladder.

Learning to take initiatives and challenges and to do self-marketing doesn’t come naturally to many people. This is a process that should start with small steps where each outcome would make you stronger and encourage you to take further steps and to dare more. It takes a lot of energy and many “deep breaths” to start with but in time you will get more self-esteem and the process becomes a lot easier.

One must go for  challenge, otherwise will will be stuck in life!…Push your limits, be bold and courageous.

I was thinking about SAS. Who are they?

Special Air Service or SAS is a corps of the British Army constituted on 31 May 1950.They are part of the United Kingdom Special Forces and have served as a model for the special forces of many other countries all over the world.

Do you know their Motto? WHO DARES WINS.

Ask- What is the worst that could happen – would you get NO for an answer? So? You have more chances to get what you want if you ask than if you don’t dare at all.

Change- If you are not happy with the current situation dare to take actions and make a change.

What made David to be what he was? The answer is Goliath!…David was the only on that dared and  challenged the giant.

What happened?

I samuel 17:25

“(…)and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.”

Goliath changed David’s life..From a simple shepherd to become part of the royal family and full of riches.

Are you facing your Giant?

Next post part III.

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A “forcado”  is a member of the team that performs the “face catch” of the bull, the final event in a typical Portuguese bullfight. Forcados were usually people from lower classes who, to this day, practice their art through amateur associations.
The “face catch” involves eight “forcados” who challenge the bull with their bare hands. They form a line facing the bull and the caras (front man) eggs the bull on, by “playing” with it and taking steps forward if necessary to get it to charge. Once the bull runs forward the first “forcado” times his jump onto the bull’s head. Once on the bull’s head and holding onto it, usually around its neck, six forcados jump upon the bull in the same fashion as the first “forcado”, piling upon themselves and grabbing the bull while one” forcado” grabs the bull by its tail. The objective is to subdue the bull. The “forcado” who grabbed the bull by the tail (rabejador) is the last one to release the bull after it is subdued. Bull’s horns are covered with a protection of leather to prevent it from injuring “forcados”.
Now that’s exactly what we must do to subdue the spiritual beast-The devil and his hosts. The british expression “Take the bull by the horns”, means to dare, to be courageous, take action, role up the sleeves, be bold, strong, to challenge, to defy and move forward.

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Human beings have a peculiar way of giving excuses in order to justify their lack of action upon certain matters.

Usually people say:

  • I have done it already
  • I received a no
  • I didn’t succeed
  • I’ve knocked all doors

Well, if this is your case, I’m pretty sure that there’s something that you din’t try it yet….it may be what you were just looking for!…

DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN!….

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One of the most common difficulties that people have in life, is to distinguish between 3 different “Voices”:

  1. Your own
  2. Evil
  3. Good

All human beings, without exception are exposed to this 3 different “Voices”, and depending which one you will listen, you will succeed or fail in life.

The issue here is, how to distinguish those “Voices”? How to identify what is coming to my mind? Hence, that I’m not speaking about audible voices, rather, thoughts, ideas and inspirations!…

Let’s identify our Own “Voice”:

  • Uses emotions
  • It’s lead by our cravings and desires
  • Doesn’t think in the consequences

The Evil “Voice”:

  • Brings doubts
  • Confusion
  • Division or Separation
  • Cast’s you down
  • Revenge and hatred
  • Fear

The Good “Voice”:

  • Uses your intellect
  • Uplifts
  • Encourages
  • Gives certainty
  • Empowers
  • Confidence
  • Boldness

One must be in a state of spiritual awareness, in order to identify and discern about those voices. They will come when you are by yourself, with friends, family members, colleagues, etc…We must be able to filter what comes in, otherwise we will be polluted and contaminated.

Job 34:3

” For the ear tests words
As the palate tastes food.”

When you taste something that you don’t like, you just trow it isn’t it? What about those negative “Voices”?

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Everybody knows the Biblical story of David VS Goliath. The army of Israel, was being defied by goliath and all the men were fearful to fight against this mighty men of war.

However a little boy called David said to King Saul: Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this philistine.” I Samuel 17:32-33

Now pay attention in the reply of King Saul: “And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this philistine to fight with him; for you are a young youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”  

We can see that people pay more attention to the outwardly conditions rather then the power that lies inside.

Words as:

  • You aren’t able
  • You are week
  • You haven’t got what it takes
  • It’s to hard
  • It’s impossible

These are the words of defeat, negativity and above all lack of faith.

“So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them.(…)”

Saul didn’t believe that David could overcome without his help and his armor!…In other words:  “You can go but you will need this!…”

Isn’t that what people say: You need to have this or that, otherwise…..you just can’t!.. David quickly realized, that not only he couldn’t walk with it but he didn’t needed the armor to overcome the Giant!…His best Weapon was inside!…

“(…)So David took them off.” – He believed that God would back him up, and deliver him in to his hand.

In a nutshell:

  • Do not depend on outwardly circumstances.
  • Don’t allow your emotions or feelings to deceive you.
  • Use what you have inside as your best tool.
  • Be bold and courageous.
  • Depend on God and He will back you up.

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When one has to catch a flight , usually one chooses to buy an economy class ticket an obviously the price it’s cheaper. However there are some Cons. Let’s face it,sometimes it’s annoying to face that huge queue, having to pay for excess height of luggage. Not to mention the reduced space inside the airplane, or the mini-meals provided.

However there is a good solution to that!…A FIRST CLASS TICKET!….

  • Personal service offered at dedicated First check-in desks.
  • As a First customer you can take advantage of Fast Track Security.
  • When travelling in First you are entitled to take up to three pieces of checked baggage at 23kg each on all routes. You can carry on one piece of hand baggage as well as one laptop sized bag, handbag or briefcase.
    • Unique personal windows, incorporating the first electronic blinds onboard a commercial aircraft that span two windows
    • Seats that are 60% wider at the shoulder
    • Your own wardrobe
    • A distinctive lighting system, designed to recreate the subtlety of natural light throughout the day to help you feel at home when working, dining or simply relaxing.
  • Should you decide you’re ready to sleep, you can slip into wonderfully soft cotton pyjamas and request our Turndown Service at any time of the day. We’ll make up your fully flat bed with a specially designed single–piece quilted mattress, crisp white 400–thread Egyptian cotton duvet and pillow to help you to drift off in comfort more blissfully than ever.
  • When it’s time to freshen up, you can use our range of well–being products from D.R. Harris & Co., one of London’s longest established traditional pharmacies that only uses the finest natural ingredients. Products include e.g. eye gel, lip balm and moisturiser, all enclosed in a stylish Anya Hindmarch bag, exclusively designed for First.

The First menu is created in consultation with some of the world’s finest chefs. Focussing on the simplicity of dishes, it alters from month to month according to the quality of seasonal ingredients.

You can choose your lunch and dinner à la carte and have it served either formally on an exquisitely dressed table with crisp white linen and fine bone china or on your side table so you can carry on relaxing or working. You can also opt for our fresh “Catch of the Day”, delicious seafood supplied by the renowned company Loch Fyne in Scotland (available on flights departing from the UK only).If you prefer a lighter option, a less formal Bistro service is available offering a selection of salads, soups, pasta and hot sandwiches.For the perfect accompaniment to dining, First also offers a fine selection of champagne, wines, spirits and non–alcoholic drinks.

  • Settle back, relax and let our First entertainment system take you to the movies, play games or catch up with a favourite artist. With a 15–inch screen and noise–cancelling headset, you can choose from over 100 movies, a selection of TV programmes, over 50 music CDs and audio books as well as 20 interactive games. Or, if you prefer to relax with pictures, movies or music of your own, or need to charge your laptop, simply plug in your iPod via USB or RCA jack for a wider screen experience.There’s something for everyone, every mood and taste and of course you can play, pause, or rewind to fit your own schedule.
  • Freshen up in our Arrivals lounges at London Heathrow Terminal 5 and London Gatwick (in the Sofitel Arora Hotel).Here you can shower, enjoy a meal, catch up on the day’s news and check your emails.The Arrivals lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5 is open daily from 05.00 – 14:00 and offers you the following services:
    • a selection of delicious dining options
    • personal cabanas with private Infinity bathrooms
    • a hydrotherapy area with full-body jet showers
    • Elemis Travel Spa treatments available from 06:00 to help you feel rejuvenated
    • a suit pressing service
    • unlimited free internet access
    • a News Zone to keep you up-to-date.

Now look up the price!…A flight with return, First Class from London to New York, a staggering figure of 9.450,13 pounds!… What about an economy ticket?  457,13 pounds!… You gotta pay the Price!…

Now can God give us a First Class life? Obviously He can, but not all are ready to pay the “Price for it”!…Humbleness, faithfulness and TOTAL SURRENDER TO HIM!…

 Psalm 81:13-16
13 “Oh, that My people would listen to Me,
         That Israel would walk in My ways!
 14 I would soon subdue their enemies,
         And turn My hand against their adversaries.
 15 The haters of the LORD would pretend submission to Him,
         But their fate would endure forever.
 16 He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat;
         And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”

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One of the main difficulties that we encounter in life is to be self critic, to look to our mistakes and weaknesses. Often we tend to turn a blind eye to it and try to find a “Escape Goat” in order to justify our failure or underachievement.

Often we see sentences like this: My boss doesn’t like me, my husband doesn’t care, my wife speaks to much, I don’t have this, I lack that, etc…The list is endless. Little do we know that majority of times the answer is right there in front of us!..

That’s it! Do you want to know the reason why we don’t achieve what we are suppose to? Look in the Mirror!..

Let’s stop making excuses for our mistakes and start looking to inside of us!… We will find ( Most of the times) the true way of breakthrough.

Here goes some tips to get you started:

  • Ask yourself: What is in my power to do?
  • What am I NOT doing?
  • Why I’m behaving in such a way?
  • Am I listening more that speaking?
  • Do I accept rebuke and criticism?
  • Am I giving heed to my emotions: Doubts, fear, anxiety, negativity, malice, pride?

I’m pretty sure that the list goes on. Surely we can apply this in every single aspect of our daily lives!…

Matthew 7:3
“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”

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Everyone wants the “Job” done!…Isn’t it? The perfect career, marriage, good family environment, healthy relationships, healing, deliverance from a bad habit or addiction, overall success in all areas of life. Sometimes we can do the job ourselves because we have both the knowledge and the resources to do it. But what to do when we aren’t able to have the “Job” done? When we have used all the resources at our disposal, and still we couldn’t succeed?

Give a glance on the following word of the Holy Scriptures:

Exodus 34:10

 And He said: “Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.”

God indeed can work, and work wonderfully!… However He doesn’t work for us, rather WITH US!...He has the tools, the capacity, the skill, that’s why He is: Omnipresent (Can be in all places at the same time); Omnipotent (Almighty, having the infinite power and authority); Omniscient (Having infinite insight and knowledge).

Now and again we ask: God, why this couldn’t be done? Why din’t you answered me? And He replies: ” Indeed I can do whatever and whenever, however I NEED YOU TO GIVE ME THE WOOD, so that I can go there and do my part!..) 

Got it? God needs our wood in order to make the work. What kind of wood are we speaking?

  • An action or attitude towards what we want
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Belief
  • Great vision
  • Focus
  • Overcome circumstantial barriers or setbacks 
  • Get rid of negativity

Have you given your wood so that He can work?

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Ever since we start our knowledge, from nursery to primary school, sports, hobbies, etc… there are people that always are very good at what they do. What makes them to be outstanding? To make a difference?

The answer is 100%!…

Bear with me and I will explain it properly.

100% of:

  • Dedication or Devotion
  • Focus
  • Certainty or Assurance
  • Determination
  • Perseverance
  • Action
  • Self Belief
In other words: One has to place Body, Soul and Spirit in what he wants to accomplish.
Want to add something to the list? Leave your comment.

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Many would like to have the opportunity to enjoy a good life in all the areas of life: Financially, love life, health, family and relationships. When things don’t go as expected, then people look to place a “patch” on it!… Let it be a new Job, relationship, new look, new place to live, new friends, etc… But is this the right approach? Are we going to patch our lives or trying to have a new one? Are we going to deal with life in a superficial manner or go for a complete change?

Give a glance to below statement:

Luke 5:36

Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.”

What symbolize this new garment?

It’s the life that God promised you and me would enjoy, a life in it’s fulness. Strength, direction, guidance, balance, self-control, joy, fulfillment, courage, boldness, etc.. The new garment comes trough one way: Getting rid of the old one!..

You can’t patch your old life, trying to have a new one. Otherwise it will tear!… it will go from bad to worst!…

 Here are some tips to do so:

  • Get rid of grudges
  • Forgive, forget and move on
  • Overcome fear
  • Rebuke doubts
  • Let go of  “Ghosts of the Past”
  • Bypass your failures
In a nutshell: Transformation comes from within, when you lay down a new foundation,when you develop a relationship with God, getting rid of the old stinking and dirty garment, then He gives us a new one!..

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