Love yourself unconditionally! Love the life you have. Regardless of your situation, determine to cherish the kind of life God has blessed you with. What is needed to be changed is your lifestyle, the way in which you live your life. Know that there is no life without its glory, but lots of people have failed totally in taking a step to bring forth the glory. They have failed to discover their purpose in life. They live like slaves when in actual fact they are kings.
Love yourself! Don’t hate yourself because of one mistake you made. Know that making mistakes is part and parcel of living a successful life. Take care of your body. Eat good food, always give yourself special treat and dress gorgeously. Show-off when need be, it’s different from being proud. Don’t reserve a dress for a special day. Put on your best dresses everyday. Since no one knows when end shall come. With the little resource you have, make yourself happy. Live life to please God ALL Mighty.
You deserve happiness.
1. Believe in Who God Is
“I am The LORD; that is My name; my glory I give to no other, nor My praise to carved idols” (Isaiah 42:8).
God created the Heavens and the Earth, He gave breath to living creatures, He made humans in His image and He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to save humanity from their sin and reconcile them to Himself. When we place our trust in Jesus, we give God glory and the Heavens rejoice at a sinner who turns to Him (Luke 15:7).
Trusting in Jesus means believing in all that the scriptures say about Him, His Father and the Holy Spirit. It means believing in Him, the creator and sustainer of all things (Colossians 1:17), rather than anything that has been created by mankind.
2. Love Him and Love Others
“‘Love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).
When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He said that all the commandments are hung on Loving God and loving others. First and foremost, we are to Love God with all of our heart, soul and mind. We do not do this perfectly because of the sin in our lives, but by God’s own Love for us in Jesus and His grace sent to help us by the Holy Spirit, we can live our lives in pursuit of God above all.
We can fill our minds with Scripture and our hearts and minds will be transformed. We are able to love our neighbor with the same Love that we have experienced in Christ. Loving others like Christ Loves us gives Him glory as we are following the example of Jesus who Lovedm us and died for us whilst we were sinners (Romans 5:8).
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3. Be Obedient to What God Says
Obedience sounds like a life of restrictions and boundaries. However, we know that good parents place boundaries in the lives of their children because they ultimately want to protect them. There is freedom in following Jesus and His ways are ultimately for our good and His glory. He knows us better than we know ourselves.
True Love for God is to delight in His law and commands (Psalm 119). We can enjoy God as a Loving Father, rather than feel that we have to obey Him through drudgery and duty. It is a response from our heart to the Father’s heart and His immeasurable love for us. We can experience the goodness of God by staying on the path that He has laid out for us.
4. Give Praise and Worship to God Alone
“Ascribe to The Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to The Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to The Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come before Him. Worship The Lord in the splendor of His holiness.…” (1 Chronicles 16:28-29).
When so many idols can creep into our hearts, grasping for our affection, time and loyalty, we need to remember to give honor and glory to Christ alone. He deserves all glory, honor and praise and when believers praise and worship the Lord, it goes against a culture that glorifies the individual. Only God deserves glory. It is due to Him alone and no one or nothing else.
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5. Confess Sin and Turn Away from Anyone or Anything We Are Glorifying Other Than God
When we sin, we are not glorifying God. If we confess our sin to Him when we come to him in repentance, he will forgive us our sins. The cross that Jesus bore took our sin and He died in our place. In 1 John 1:9 it says, “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” He will help us as we seek Him and turn from those things that hold a grip over us.
Those things that we may intentionally or unintentionally place above God (how we spend our time, money, resources, thoughts etc.) could possibly indicate where we may have idols in our lives. Even those good things that we do for God and others could become an idol if left unchecked. Let us continually look to Jesus in all things and at all times.
6. Bring Yourself as an Offering by Living for Him
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1).
When we lay down our own desires and surrender our good intentions to God, we are trusting Him with our life. It is a spiritual act of worship to present ourselves before God, ready to do His will, whatever the cost. To trust Him with all the details regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in glorifies Him and shows others more of Jesus.
We can trust Him with our very life knowing that His peace and plans over our lives will prosper. Contentment shows that we trust in God for all that we need in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. He is sovereign and we can trust Him.
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7. Display His Glory in Everyday Life
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
With every step that we make in life, we are making decisions on a daily basis. What decisions will bring glory to God in how we live our lives? What choices we make, how we choose to relate to others and respond to situations etc. can reveal what it is or who it is we are living for. How we live our life every day can highlight our fears, insecurities, anxieties, hopes, plans and desires. Glorifying God is a way of life, not just turning up for church on Sunday. It should affect our Monday to Saturday interactions and decisions.
In John 15:8 it says, “my Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.” Believers bear fruit by the Holy Spirit and by abiding in Jesus and it can include: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). This fruit is something that the world will see and proves that we are followers of Jesus and it gives glory to God.
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When we pray, we are depending on God and relinquishing control – or we should be. We come before the King of Kings and we need to lay down our plastic, fake crowns of autonomy and lay low before the One who laid down His crown and His life for us. Prayer is a conversation between the sovereign King of the universe and His children.
Jesus prayed to His Father and this is reason enough that we should also pray. Jesus made a way for us to be in relationship with His Father through what He did on the cross for us. When we spend time in His presence, we give Him the glory and trust Him for His will to be accomplished.
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