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The Domino Effect

Growing up, I hated playing dominos by the rules. Instead, I loved setting up all the dominos in a row. Once I had the dominos set up, I’d knock the first one over and watch as the first one knocked over the second, then on and on. The knocking over happened until all the dominos fell down. This reminds me of Romans 10. Each part of this scripture is like a domino. You’ve got to have one to knock down two, and so on. So what are these dominos? 

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! – Romans 10:13-15 

Domino One  – To get saved, you have to call on the name of the Lord. 

This domino makes a lot of sense. If you want to get saved, you’ve got to ask Jesus to save you. You can’t rely on your works, good deeds or anything else. It’s Jesus who does the saving, it’s a gift from Him. 

Domino Two – To call on Jesus you have to believe. 

You have to believe in Jesus to call on Him. If you think that you’re saved by what you do or any other way there’s no need to call on Jesus. To call on Jesus, you’ve got to humble yourself and realize that without Jesus you can’t do enough good to get into heaven. You’ve got to believe that Jesus is God’s son, and his sacrifice on the cross was the payment for your sin. How do you begin believing you may ask? 

Domino Three – To believe in Jesus, you have to hear about Him. 

If you haven’t heard about Jesus, how would you know that you should call on him, or believe in Him? You wouldn’t. You’ve got to build belief in Jesus by hearing about Him. Think about it, the more you hear about a great movie, the more you want to go and see it. The same is true about Jesus to develop the faith to believe Him, you’ve got to hear about Him.

So how do you begin to hear about Jesus? 

Domino Four – To hear about Jesus, someone has to tell you about Him. 

Like the new restaurant you’ve tried recently. What made you decide to try it? Most likely, someone told you about it. Maybe a friend told you how good it was. The same is true with Jesus. If someone hadn’t told you about Jesus, you couldn’t have called on Him for salvation. When you hear about how good God is, it makes you believe in Him and want to invite Him into your life. 

Domino Five – Those who tell others about Jesus are sent. 

As you tell others, they will hear about God, then they have the option to believe and finally call on Jesus to be saved. But the process starts with you telling people about what Jesus has done for you. This can cause a great domino effect. Causing someone you know and care for to get saved and to spend eternity with Jesus. So what are you waiting for? Begin sharing Jesus with others today! 

Let’s Holla @ God 

God help me this week to take some time to think about this scripture. Thank You for calling me to tell others about Jesus, His love and His eternal salvation for all in Jesus name Amen!

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We Need A Saviour

James 2:10 is kind of sobering it says: “For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.” This kinda shows us how perfect we would have to be to be accepted by God. We see that if we have ever done anything wrong, if we’ve ever told a lie, ever said something unkind, ever lusted after someone, or anything else that is considered sin, that we are as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.

This shows us that we all need a saviour because we have fallen short. We couldn’t be good enough to be accepted by God. No amount of good work can make up for the fact that our sin separated us from God. Even the smallest sin, the tiniest of white lies was enough to keep us from God. 

Here is the good news! God wasn’t okay with that. He wanted us to be able to know Him. So He did what we couldn’t do. He sent His son to pay the price our sin deserved which was death. That’s why now, if we’ve accepted Jesus as our saviour, we are considered righteous. So take a moment today and thank God for making you righteous and taking away your sins through His death! 

Lets Holla @ God 

God today I’m in need of you. I have broken your laws, I have lied and done unkind things. God help me accept me and forgive me. Thank you for dying. I love you in Jesus’ name Amen! 

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#6:33movement #Godfirst

In these strange times, we all have many things pulling us in different directions. We want to do good in school or uni so we can get a good job. We want a good job so we can have plenty of money in life. We want to date, maybe get married and live a happy life. We want to make our life count. 

How do we balance it all? Jesus answers this question,

Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you… Matthew 6:33” 

In other words, instead of trying to find the balance of which things to put our focus on, He makes it simple. First, focus on God; His Word and His ways. Pray for His help to do the right thing, for you make the right decisions and all these other things in life will be given to you. It’s a promise! 

Let’s Holla @ God! 

God, today I choose to put Your Word and Kingdom first in my life. It might take some time before I get this done, but I will start today. Help me God to get all things in my life aligned with your ways, know that as time goes on I will make sure that all the things you were concerned about in my life are taken care of beginning now in Christ’ name Amen 

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Do You Like Yourself?

Liking yourself is really hard sometimes. You can watch your friends on Snapchat, Insta or Facebook, see their profile and start to think, man I wish my life was more like theirs. It’s easy to start comparing what you have and who you are to them and begin to feel like you don’t measure up to them. Liking yourself and thinking positive about yourself can be really challenging. So how do you begin liking yourself when you feel like you don’t measure up to those around you? 

3 tips to help boost your self-esteem. 

  1. Do a reality check – This can be really tough to do, but take a realistic look at your situation. You might feel like no one really cares about you, but is that really true? It’s easy to constantly let something someone said or did make you think that no one cares about you. More than likely, you have a ton of people who really do care about you. You have parents, siblings, grandparents, and most importantly God that care about you. So when you think you’re all alone and that no one cares, do a reality check and realize that in reality you have people that care about you.
  2. You are what you think so check your thoughts –  It’s easy to get into a negative pattern of thinking about yourself. You can start to believe lies that you’re worthless, or that your life doesn’t matter. In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. When these thoughts come, recognize them for what they are…lies. Take the necessary steps to switch your thoughts from negative patterns of thinking to ones that are positive. The Bible says in Philippians 4:8 (NLT) “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”Checking to make sure your thoughts are good ones is an important step to winning the battle for your self-esteem. 
  3. See yourself like God sees you –  Decide to begin to see yourself like God sees you. He doesn’t see you as a failure, as a loser or as anything bad you might think you are. He sees you as important. You’re so important that if you were the only person in the world He would have sent his son to die for you. Your life matters to God. He knows everything about you, and cares about everything that is important to you. God thinks so much about you that the Bible says his thoughts about you can’t be numbered. Psalm 139:17 (NLT) – “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.  They cannot be numbered!”I can count pretty high, so the idea that God thinks about you so much that those thoughts can’t be numbered just goes to show He cares about you a ton and a half. So, decide to see yourself like God sees you. Choose to base your worth on how God feels about you. 

    I believe that these tips can help you with learning to like yourself.   

    Lets Holla @ God 

    God, the battle for my self-esteem and self-worth is very real. Father, I believe that with Your help, I can change my thinking and come out fighting against my negative thoughts, and win the battle of self love in Christ’ name Amen!
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Where Have All My Friends Gone

Have you ever felt like no one cares? Like all your friends have gone? Friendships can be tricky, but here are a few tips to help you not only make better friends, but how to be a better friend and to not be disappointed with the ones you have. 

  1. Be Friendly.
    One of the best ways to get friends is to be friendly. Do you ever take the time to listen to others? Do you go out of your way to try to talk to others? Doing these things can help you gain friends!
    “A man who has friends must himself be friendly” – Proverbs 18:24 
  2. Ask yourself: “Am I doing anything to push people away?”
    I was really shy in school and because I was short and insecure of that, I didn’t get asked to do much socially. Maybe you’re doing things that annoy or drive people away. Be honest and ask yourself if you are doing something that’s pushing others away. 
  3. Not everyone is going to treat you right.
    Even if you do everything right, some people are not going to be kind to you. Some people don’t know God and have no basis for treating others with kindness and respect. Life is full of people who aren’t going to treat you right, so realize that and be ready for it when it happens. 
  4. Get God’s Perspective.
    If you are feeling bad about yourself due to a lack of friendships, don’t. Don’t allow other people to determine your self-worth. Whether you have tons of friends or not, you are worth a ton to God. “I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made.” – Psalm 139:14 

    Even if you feel like all your friends have bailed on you, realize that God will never leave you. He’s there to help you and love you. No matter what people do to you, God is on your side. He cares about you like no one else can. Don’t allow yourself to feel like you’re not important if others don’t always treat you right. People aren’t always going to do the right thing, so you’ve got to choose to let God’s opinion of you be the one that matters. 

    Let’s Holla @ God 
    God please teach me how to be a true friend and fill my life with positive friendships. Please take away my loneliness. I believe what you say about me “I am amazingly made“ in Christ’ name Amen!
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Life Is Like A Rollercoaster

I went to Marine World in California with some ex-offenders on a day trip. They wanted to ride all the rollercoasters in the park. I hate rollercoasters! Riding on a rollercoaster can be a lot of fun. The twists and turns during a rollercoaster ride can get your blood pumping and heart pounding. And there’s nothing scarier than riding a rollercoaster without a floor. The first time I went on a floorless rollercoaster, I was scared out of my mind. My feet were dangling, and I was concerned I might not make it. Once you’re in a rollercoaster without a floor, you’ve got to put all your trust in the ride’s restraints. You have to believe that the restraints will keep you safe during the ride. 

Taking a stand for God can feel just as scary as riding a floorless rollercoaster. Taking a stand for God can be really scary. You can wonder if it will be worth it, or if God will really come through for you. Just like when you ride a rollercoaster you have to trust the restraints to keep you safe, when you take a stand for God, you have to trust that God will hold you and never let you go. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5, NIV) 

So challenge yourself today to trust God. Just like you have to trust the restraints on a rollercoaster, trust God that he will come through for you and keep you safe. Trust that God will have your back when you take a stand for Him. Because when you stand for Him, He will stand for you.

Let’s Holla @ God! 

God what You did for the prophets in the Bible, do for me. God this isn’t about my friend it’s about me. Prove you are real to me today. God help me understand what it means when I take a stand for You and to know You will come through for me. God increase my faith, my trust and reliance on You. Keep me safe on this roller-coaster of life in Christ’ name Amen!