He is still that merciful God.

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Do you know that God has a soft spot for ya? And that whatever you go through affects him too. When He sees you, all He says is that I have to ensure that my son/daughter is comfortable and so I must help despite the fact that sin continually prevents this union from being in existence.

When Jesus sees people who are in dire need, He sees that as an opportunity to harvest souls..This is because His primary purpose on earth was to look for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

One important thing to note here is that, when Jesus sees someone in need he does not run a background check on the person to see if he qualifies or not like humans do but rather looks further to see the glorious future of the person and by His unfailing love, shows him mercy.

Is anyone here lost and must be found?

Has anyone drifted off the right path and needs to be redirected?

Is any sheep in need of a shepherd?

Matthew 14:14 says that, When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Jesus had compassion on the crowd because in their afflictions he was afflicted and so He had to save them personally. (Isaiah 63:9)

Jesus feels our pain because we are connected to Him, He is the vine and we are His branches and in the same way we form parts of His body.

As it is in a body, when the hand gets hurt, it isn’t the hand alone that feels the pain but the entire body. So because we have been grafted into the vine, we have become one with Him and whatever a branch goes through the vine feels it too.

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So what is it that is holding you back? Christ is here to heal you if only you will give him the chance to.

Beloved, this day i am here to announce to you that, Christ is in whatever you are going through with you. It doesn’t matter your past, who care anyways? Definitely not Jesus, because it’s irrelevant, nothing can change it. But He knows that goodness can come out of you if only you accept His help and surrender to Him. Indeed He is still the God of mercy and compassion, He hasn’t changed.

Would you accept him as Lord? If yes then say this prayer with me.

Prayer

Father in the name of Jesus, thank you for the gift of life today, I am thankful for this word and I pray that you would forgive my sins even as I forgive all who sin against me. God of mercy and compassion, look with pity upon me. Father let me call you Father for your child returns to you. Lord Jesus i ask for mercy, let me not implore in vain. All my sins i now detest them, never will i sin again. By my sins i have deserved death, and endless misery, Hell with all its pains and torments, for all eternity. By my sins i have abandoned right and claim to heaven above where the saints rejoice forever, in a boundless sea of love. But lord look with pity upon me, have compassion on me and save my soul in Jesus’ name have i prayed with thanksgiving, Amen.

 

Thoughtful Tuesday

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Hey there😅
I trust you are doing well by the grace of God.
I wanna share this simple quote with you today.
Do reflect on it, and while you do remember that you were created you, for a reason, you are not a joke. You are God’s intention, and He has placed special things in you to make you stand out!
Be you ’cause that’s so easy to be, it just flows naturally. Don’t waste time stressing yourself out to be someone else. It’s just not worth it, invest your time into being yourself❤️.

Blessed day y’all.
Love you bunch❤️
©Papberry2016

The Word will change your circumstance

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I keep wondering why it is mostly when someone is very down in Spirit, and going through a lot of undeserving or maybe deserved situations that they tend to keep quiet and listen. It is when the damage is beyond repair that one is ready to receive instructions on how things should be done.

Why not listen from the scratch? Why not listen before you set that plan in motion to get rid of errors that can be prevented before you run straight into them?

 Put God in charge of your work, then what you have planned will take place. Proverbs 16:3 (MSG)

 the scripture above is most often not utilized, so we end up getting distressed before we realize there is a God we can run to, whose Word has the ability to heal.

 He spoke the word that healed you, that pulled you back from the brink of death. Psalms 107:20 (MSG)

God speaks in every event or situation around us but we are unwilling to see or hear when things are moving smoothly in our sight.

Have you ever sat in a church service during your down moments and the message that day was hitting you directly?

What happens when the message is preached on your happy days? Oh no! This message is not mine, it belongs to that sister who has a sad face over there. That message might be for you but you have been blinded by external happenings that you do not even realize that the message goes for the man inside you, who is suffering.

I want you to take note that Satan was on earth long before the existence of man and because angels (he is a fallen angel) do not die they have witnessed generations of humans and their behavior in situations, and their way of life. Meaning he can predict certain things about you and it will happen. He knows a lot about our humanity but our spirituality he cannot comprehend.

Very often, it is sad that we only remember that God exists only when we go through dire situations. Satan knows this! He knows that we have put God on speed dial with the number 911.

Anytime we make that call, it means it is a life and death situation and he(satan) being a great deceiver he sometimes allows people to live a life free of trouble because he does not want them turning to God. Knowing that our father will hear and deliver us once we repent and turn to Him.

The word of God unveils the truth of who we are in Christ and for that matter the devil tries as much as possible to keep us in the dark by preventing the word from getting to us. This causes us to be happy on the outside but the spirit within will be still be in deep sorrow.

This is a reminder to you that God’s Word speaks to every situation of ours, not only bad ones so let us stop putting limitations on the power of the Word.

I urge you all to start sharing everything with Him, your joy, anxieties, anguish, and excitements, tell Him everything that happened to you in a day as you do with your best friend, tell him what you even think is irrelevant, trust me, it is relevant to Him because you are the apple of His eye and so whatever concerns you concerns Him.

Let Him be a part of your life by having a personal relationship with Him and you will see Him at work in every step you take.

God bless you all.

Prayer

Father in the name of Jesus thank you for this word and the gift of life you have given me, please forgive my errors even as i forgive those who wrong me. Father i am ready, please take off my blindfold so i can see everything you are doing for me. Help me be more sensitive to your calls. Help me be not just a listener or reader of your word but also a doer so I can bear much fruit in you. Thank you Father for answering my prayer in Jesus’s name, Amen

©Papberry2016

Sunday Inspiration

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Hey there, how is it going wherever you are?
I trust that you are still wallowing in His grace.

Today i want to tell someone reading this post that the name of our CREATOR, The One who owns us is not only Alpha but also Omega, meaning He is not only a starter but also a finisher!!
He didn’t rescue you to abandon you in the middle of the road.
He redeemed you so He could glorify Himself through you.
Keep this in mind always and keep smiling.

Stay focused, do not be shaken by the storms, just fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.

Remain Blessed.
Papberry

Why Are You In Church?

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Too often i hear believers or should i say “churchers”( if there is any word like that 😁)complain and murmur so much just like what the Israelites did back in the days of Grandpapa Moses in the wilderness, driving him crazy with all the “silly” talks!
And i ask myself what really draw people to church?

Kay says; i need to prosper in life and going to church guarantees that.
Joy also says; i really need a job and a baby. I have roamed far too long and so the church is my last stop because God did it for Sarah and Hannah and the woman who sells bananas behind my house, He must do it for me too.
Ray too says; i could really use a mighty hand protecting me and my family from the attacks of the evil one.
And the lady busily going up and down in church just needs the support of the church in situations like weddings and funerals😅.

So the question here is why did i choose to become a Christian as well as serve in the house of God?

My number one reason for accepting Christ is my salvation.I want to go to heaven.
Now that i have Him i am to work it out until the very day Christ returns and that leads me to the going to church issue because i need to grow and the bible also says i should not forsake the gathering together of the saints. (Hebrews 10:25)
Also to make use of the talents God gave me in His house and to help people who have not yet heard of Him get the chance to, so they will be saved and work out their Salvations too until He comes.

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Matthew 6:31-33 says;
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

In as much as we all have wants and needs, that should not be our driving force to worship God because if our worship or service is based on wanting to gain earthly possessions then we will fall back when we realize it has been long enough but we are not getting paid yet.

Then again this has a lot to do with maturity.
A lot of Christians have grown old in church with their black hair turning gray but still babies in Christ. What a baby does is, if he wants something now, it must be given him now whether good or bad or else hell will break loose! Lol

But once you grow in Christ(mature), you realize that when your parents tell you a thing is not good for you now, and that wait until you are 18, you will reason with them and wait.

Jesus Christ is a full package when you accept Him you accept His fullness, you do not select what you want out of the package.
He is a perfect gift.
That is why James said, count it all joy when you go through diverse trials because that will generate in you faith to continue the journey you have embarked on.(without Faith it is impossible to go on this journey)

Once you have chosen the Jesus path, His adversaries will come after you, so they can get you to fall back, and so because of that you need to always be prepared wearing the full amor of God.(Ephesians 6:11)
The alphabets starts from A and not Z for a reason.
You must seek God who is the A(lpha) first before getting B through to Z.
The premier reason for going to church or doing anything in view of serving God should be to Seek Him, know His ways, delve deeper into His word,fellowship…so that you will be able to stand firm and strong in the faith unwavering until the end.

Do all these things expecting nothing and the God who gives liberally to His children without reproach will give unto you the very desires of your heart and even the things you never thought of because He is a loving Father and the love He has for us is unconditional.

This tells me that if you seek God first and His righteousness, you will not struggle with unbelievers over positions, over opportunities, over jobs etc…the favor factor puts you ahead!

Serve God for who He is and not for what you can get from Him.
Doing the former gives you access to the latter!

Food For Thought
Why am i serving God?
Is it because of something i need or because He is God.

Prayer
Father in the name of Jesus Christ, i thank you for your word today.
I am Sorry for all errors i have committed against you, and i pray that you forgive and wash me that i may be clean and acceptable unto you.
Father help me serve you for who you are and not what i can get from you.
Take hold of my heart and Help me understand your ways at all times so i will not go to church even once for the reasons that seem right to me.
Thank you for making your ears attent unto my prayer in Jesus name have i prayed with thanksgiving, Amen.

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©Papberry2016

Weekend Xtra; Can i pray for you today?

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Can i pray for you today also?
But before you send me your prayer requests via email @ papberryofficial@gmail.com and in the comment box below,
I want to introduce a thing a friend on Facebook did sometime ago ’cause i think it’s worth emulating.

So apart from the prayer Jesus taught His disciples in Matthew 6:9-13( The Lord’s Prayer)
Which other prayer in the bible have you personalized and pray on everythday?

This is my favorite prayer in the bible and i think i have over personalized it but i really love this prayer (The prayer of Jabez)
Now i call it the prayer of Adwoa Benewaa Ocran( yeah that’s my name😊)
1 Chronicles 4:10
Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.

So that is my personalized prayer found in the bible, I fit my name in there anytime i say this prayer.

So my dear, share with us your favorite bible prayer so we all say a prayer with you🙏.

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Don’t forget to send me your prayer requests, give me more work to do😅.

Love you bunch❤️
Papberry

Thankful/Testimony Thursday

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Yaaaay, it’s Thursday again! meaning it’s time to share your testimony with me and all my followers, bible says give thanks in all situations.
So i’m taking the lead, follow me in the comment box😅.
I wanna thank God for patiently waiting on me to understand and accept what He says to me through His Word and His Holy Spirit.
I wanna share with you how He helped me get back on track when i felt disappointed. I posted this on my Facebook wall sometime ago and i thought i should let my family here be blessed by my story. Anyways my personal Facebook account’s name is Adwoa Benewaa Ocran( just incase you want to add me up as a friend plus I’ve got a page and a group called Papberry).
Do search for me when you pass by😊.

Faithful God
From the latter part of last year, i had some two things that my heart really desired to have and i really worked towards it…
I knew God was on my side and therefore those things i was looking forward to i had already received but guess what!… 😅
I got disappointed and i was really down, i could not understand why it had to happen to me, why i did not receive what i wanted.

For a moment i was like, all the fastings, all the prayers, the all nights and all the laboring in His vineyard?
The questions went on and on and i just wanted to be mad at God, i just wanted to go on “church leave” (🙈) just to teach God a lesson (funny creature).
I just wanted to be sad at that moment because the circumstances around me demanded me to but no matter how hard i tried i could not get mad at Him. Why? Because i realized i had not even done enough to even go on leave for a second.
The Holy Spirit helped me win the battle in my mind!

This is one of the reasons why people stop going to church( to me it is absurd) because they went in for themselves and not the fullness of God and so any little thing gets them pissed off.
They went to church because they heard this God gives schorlarships, yes He even gives more than that but you must seek Him first before the other things are added.(Matthew 6:33)

I believe God is preparing me for something great ahead and He wants me to be very ready once it happened.
What i experienced toughened me and i have moved pass that situation like it never happened by His grace.
There i understood the meaning of breakthrough; When you are really expecting something and your expectation gets cut off somehow someway, naturally the ‘man’ in you looses strength to continue not to even talk about starting over.

But your ability to move through the break lies your breakthrough.
That is, in between giving up and moving on lies your breakthrough.
He already told me that He would not allow anything my strength could not handle come my way… So whatever that happened i know He had full confidence in me to pull through and i am glad i did not disappoint Him.(I nearly missed the point)

This word from Deuteronomy 8:4 gives me much hope;
He says that if i fulfill my part, He will do His, as numbers 23:19 stamps it, God cannot lie!
And so if He was able to cater for the Israelites and their clothes did not wear out neither did their feet swell during those forty years in the wilderness. Why would He reject a faithful servant?

This particular verse shows how wonderful and faithful God is
and i am proud and humbled at the same time to call Him my father!

So my dear reading this message, hold onto this treasure very well because in His time everything will change!! After all where your treasure is, there your heart also will be found.
He has not forgotten about you…He is busily cooking up your future like Ghanaian jollof😅.
Be patient, Food will be served soon enough and your hunger will be chased out!

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Ready to share yours??
Drop it in the comment box.

God bless and keep you safe.

©Papberry2016