Additions to the original post on tithing which I feel led to share, for the additions please see the subheading which reads additions half way down post. I would also ask you to listen to the debate on tithing hosted on Revelation TV (see Sheldon’s comment for link) and to really examine your heart for why you tithe if you are a tither.

Shalom and blessings to you

Where Faith meets Health

There are a few things which separate Christians: tithing, the rapture, speaking in tongues and the sabbath from what I have seen so far… although I’m not sure whether any of these differences lead to falling away they do lead to walls being built up within the body, I think we call them ‘denominations’.  As the time towards the end draws near God is touching my heart to speak on these sensitive issues, for my own benefit so that I can learn and solidify my understanding but also to help enlighten and challenge others in their thinking.  It is of no benefit to accept something just because it’s what we have been taught, we need to learn to divide the Word of God rightly for ourselves.

So I will get the ball rolling here by bringing up the issue of the tithe.

Is it biblical for Christians to tithe?

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Debate: the question of tithing

There are a few things which separate Christians: tithing, the rapture, speaking in tongues and the sabbath from what I have seen so far… although I’m not sure whether any of these differences lead to falling away they do lead to walls being built up within the body, I think we call them ‘denominations’.  As the time towards the end draws near God is touching my heart to speak on these sensitive issues, for my own benefit so that I can learn and solidify my understanding but also to help enlighten and challenge others in their thinking.  It is of no benefit to accept something just because it’s what we have been taught, we need to learn to divide the Word of God rightly for ourselves.

So I will get the ball rolling here by bringing up the issue of the tithe.

Is it biblical for Christians to tithe?

tithing
What is the purpose of the tithe?

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Another look at psalm 119

I love the psalms but I have always shied away from psalm 119, maybe it was its length or all those references to testimonies, precepts and instructions, but on Wednesday I was given homework to read it.  So on Thursday during my prayer time, I read the first 25 verses, not so bad, then Friday I read the whole thing through.  Why?

There was something about the intensity of the words that gripped me, I could feel the juxtaposition of faith and love struggle alongside fear and torment, and I could see myself in those lines.  I have uttered these words before, I have felt this way, I am here.

Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

Verse 67 & 71

Sometimes the only time when we truly seek God is during and after affliction, affliction may be a form of God’s judgement, a consequence of our own behaviour.  From this judgement we learn just how mighty and awesome God is and realise that there is truly none like Him, our desire becomes to learn more about this awesome God and walk in His ways.

81-83My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

Sometimes the pain of waiting is next to torturous, the only thing we can do is to diligently seek for and hope in His Word to comfort and redeem us.  We faint but yet His Spirit keeps us in the journey.

92-93 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.  I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

Every other line seems to be a heartfelt plea for help, then praise and then a deeper seeking of the Word of God.  These are our 3 weapons that we should use in good and bad:

  1. Prayer from an upright heart
  2. Praise, worship and thanksgiving
  3. Reading the Word and meditating on His law

God has promised to deliver us and rescue us, our situation is not forever.  I will have heart and hope in the Lord of Heaven and Earth.

 

The best cure for the blues

Today I woke up happy, with sunshine in my soul… it’s funny how it works yesterday I was overwhelmed but today I’m happy, I know that God must be doing something.  So I would like to share some of my joy with you, this method is the best way I know of creating and maintaining happiness and peace, you may have heard of it already it’s called wait for it… ‘praise and worship’ lol.  Anyway, the first is the song I woke up with in my heart and the second came after, I wish you lots of joy, happiness and peace today.

Love you all in Messiah.

Today’s scripture

Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;  12To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever

Psalm 30: 11- 12 (KJV)

I hope you enjoyed that song, it always makes me feel happy 🙂  The second one is another favourite of mine.

These songs make me smile soooo much, God is so good…

A short prayer for you

May your lips be full of the dew of His praise, may you bask in the light of His splendour and may He fill you to overflowing with peace and joy.  Our God is soooo good, there is nothing beyond His capabilities.  Let us worship Him and sing praises to Him because He is worthy of our love and adoration. 

In Yeshua’s sweet name I pray.  Amen.

If you’ve enjoyed your dose of medicine then I would also suggest that you pop over to Paulette’s blog for her Wednesday praise and worship session.

He heals the broken-hearted…

I wrote the following post in August of last year, this is a post about promise.  God is a giver, He gives life, someone said it this way God wants to serve us, He wants us to eat of Him and feed off of Him, He is so hungry that we be filled up to overflowing.  If you are in despair today, think of God as someone who wants to lead you to those still waters and lush pastures, He wants to feed you with His goodness and by allowing Him to serve you, someway, somehow He also heals our broken-heart and binds up our wounds.  I can feel the difference He makes in me everyday, I am walking towards that land of promise.

Please take the time to read the post below and listen to the accompanying song and be blessed in Him.

Shalom in Messiah.

He healeth the brokenhearted, and bindeth up their wounds.

Psalm 147: 3

It’s another week for us all and I was thinking about what I would write, I thought today I could finish the second installment on what God had revealed to me about faith, but to be perfectly honest I’m not in that place to write about faith today.  I will write about one simple truth today, and that is Love, the Father’s love for us to be more precise.  Some people call it Agape after the Greek word found in the Bible, but as someone who taught the psychology of relationships in a previous life, Agape is just a word, used by people to explain a phenomenon, it has no soul, no essence to me, so I would rather not use that word to describe the Father’s love for His children.

It has been a very hard couple of weeks for me, I used to suffer quite a bit from panic attacks but since just after my MRI results in November I hadn’t experienced any panicky sessions at all, until 2 days ago.  What’s been happening to make me feel panicky?  Well, it’s been a gradual onset but I first began to see real signs after the London riots this month and there has been a lethargy that has crept up on me and a desire to not face the world has steadily grown stronger.  I know that this is the enemy, but nevertheless the battle is real for me, more real to me than the ones usually broadcasted everyday on the news.  There is a battle for my soul.

Continue reading this post at Shalom Candles

It’s all about His Kingdom, right?

Check out my latest post on God vs. Mammon in life and work.

Working for His Glory

I need to apologise in advance as this post may be lengthy, but I believe that if you read to the end you will be blessed no matter how small, so please stick with me.

Every believer faces this conflict at least once in their life, but I find that this  issue is more apparent whenever we decide to embark on ministry work or kingdom business.  What is this conflict?  Mammon vs. God.

Mammon is not just money as others would have us believe  as money in itself is not enough to replace God, Mammon is the spirit of the treasures of this world, that which is considered important and glorious in the eyes of the nations: money, status, fame, independence the list goes on.  We have been cleverly indoctrinated into the world’s systems, it’s norms, beliefs and ideals so that we accept that we need money to live…

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Be Careful What You Drop Today

GYA today

Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on.
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them, once you’ve started them to flow.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.

part of the poem “Drop…

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Who do you delight in?

A few weeks back, one of my dear blog friends wrote a post on delight, she wrote about the wonderful things which delighted her and then asked the question “what brings you delight?”  I stopped and thought about this, have I ever experienced delight?  What does delight actually mean?  As someone who has and still sometimes struggle with depression, it’s often hard for me at times to grasp moments of happiness and peace and stamp them in my mind as an eternal reminder of those moments.  To me delight means more than happiness and to me it feels like it ought to be a sharper and more intense feeling than joy, maybe possibly unadulterated, pure joy that lasts only fleetingly before you come back down from that supernatural high.  I turn to my hubby and ask him, “what brings you delight?” and hope that I am somewhere on that list.  With sadness in his eyes he replies slowly “only one thing brings me delight, that is YAH.”  I understand what he means; I turn to the dictionary for help, it reads:

Delight – to take great pleasure or joy

A bit more clearer now… what gives me great pleasure or joy?  To be honest my pleasures are fleeting and my joys brief.

Delight yourself also in YHVH and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37: 4

I think that maybe I have been looking for delight in the wrong places, hoping to receive my dose of joy from temporal things.  Maybe the secret to great happiness can only be found in finding joy in God.  When I find great pleasure in Him, He will cause me to find lasting joy by giving me those things which my soul yearns for, the desires of my heart.

delightful scenery a place of peace

Lord, please teach me how to delight in You.

Blessings and Shalom in Messiah

Florence Achama

Sunshine award to new friends that make me smile

Another quick post today (I hope) because I’m super busy but, I couldn’t let another day go by without saying thank you to some new friends who do really bless me by giving them the Sunshine Award and You Bless Me badge (see images below).  I would also like to say thank you to my sweet sister in Christ, Rebeca for nominating me, it’s been a little while to get round to it but I’m finally able to sit down and type this post out, thank you so much for thinking of me, you brighten up my days so much (if you don’t know Rebeca please visit her, she really is so sweet).

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The Sunshine Blog Award

The requirements of the Sunshine award are as follows (there are no requirements for the You Bless Me badge, it’s just my way of saying thank you for being you):

  • include the image on your blog (done)
  • answer some questions about yourself (see below)
  • nominate another 5 or 10 or 12 bloggers (see below)
  • link to the one who nominated you (done)

The Questions

  • Favorite colors: Forest green and cerulean blue
  • Favorite animal: dolphins, hands down!
  • Favorite number: 7
  • Favorite non-alcoholic drink: water
  • Prefer Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
  • My passion: Getting to know my Creator
  • Prefer getting or giving presents? I do love receiving gifts but I think I prefer giving people things they really need.
  • Favorite pattern: leaves and branches (anything floral really)
  • Favorite day of the week: Wednesday and Saturday (my rest days)
  • Favorite flower: calla/arum lilies

The Bloggers (sorry 6 not 5)

Each of these bloggers are unique but they all share one thing that comes across to me so clearly every time I read their blog, how much they love the Lord, so I hope that when you visit them you will also be blessed.

Mel @ The Word Detective

Sharon @ Sharin’ His love

Susan @ Bride of Messiah

S. Morgan @ Epignosis

Deb @ Deb’s blog

Dennis @ Daily Living Ministries

 

Canada’s read an ebook week

Firstly, I want to send my apologies for not reading or commenting much this week, it’s been a tough couple of weeks for me and I know for many others too but the above headline (see title) caught my eye so I had to share.

Short and sweet!  Canada had their read an ebook week this week, and I thought this was such a great idea especially because many of my online friends and connections who are our spiritual brothers and sisters have written ebooks.  I know one Canadian author Ronnie Dauber was giving away one of her books for free, but even though the offer has ended you can still pick it up at a reduced price.  You do not need a kindle to read as many of these are in pdf or other text versions or you can download kindle’s software for your phone, ipad or pc.  (All links are UK links – sorry!!!)

Even if you are not Canadian, I think Christian ebooks are another great way to receive spiritual encouragement and counselling.  I’m currently reading a book that I found free on Amazon Kindle, it’s called Beginning at the End* it’s main focus is on the book of Job and I’m planning (by God’s grace) to use it for the basis of a video series.

Another great thing is that you can find many ebooks on special offer or even for free at Amazon, Smashwords (Christian free non-fiction and Christian free fiction) and free-ebooks amongst other sites I’m sure.  So, if you are in need of a pick me, try seeing what you can pick up over on the ebook aisle.

Blessings and shalom to you.