A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35
Life hack #6- The essence of love is sacrifice.
You can live without loving and you can live without giving, but
you can’t love without giving and serving.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest: This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.’” Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” Haggai 1:1-6
1. God wants me to see the connection between giving and living well.
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. Haggai 1:7-8
2. God asks me to demonstrate my love to him through giving and serving.
You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you busy with your own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.” Haggai 1:9-11
3. God reveals the negative consequences of selfishness.
Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord. Then Haggai, the Lordʼs messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord. Haggai 1:12-13
I commit to:
Accomplish his desire,
According to my design,
Allowing his display in my life.
Life Hack #5: The more you give the better you live.
"What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” James 2:14-18
If all you do is consume, you never come out of your tomb.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22
The Generous Person Gives:
A gift is an expression of your hands; generosity is an expression of your heart.
LifeHack #4 Ancient wisdom from God will help you with the minefield of modern dating.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
God uses Circumstances to enable me to grow.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:2-5 NIV
2. God answers prayer to help me see what I can’t see.
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:7-8 NIV
3. God asks for trust, as He fulfills His destiny for my life.
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Life Hack #3: Conflict in the home is inevitable,
but destructive conflict is optional.
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? James 4:1-5
Selfish is at the root of all destructive conflict.
Selfish desire kills relationships.
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. James 4:1-2
Selfish desire kills my prayer life.
You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2-3
Selfish desire kills my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? James 4:4-5
2. Godly desire brings life, even in difficulty.
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6
Taking God’s Path Through Relational Conflict
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:7-10
Life Hack #2 - Choosing the right words to use will make my life better.
Today…I am offering you life or death, blessings or curses. Now, choose life! - Deuteronomy 30:19
But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. - James 3:8
How to choose life with your words
1. Vow to tell the truth.
Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No," no. - James 5:12
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. - Proverbs 15:4
Telling the truth pleases God .
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. - Proverbs 12:22
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. - James 5:16
Telling the truth keeps you out of hot water.
Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed. - Proverbs 12:19
An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble. - Proverbs 12:13
2. Listen before you speak.
Fools think they need no advice, but the wise listen to others. - Proverbs 12:15
A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly. - Proverbs 12:23
Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. - Proverbs 13:10
3. Choose your words carefully.
Careless words stab like a sword, but wise words bring healing. - Proverbs 12:18
Choose kindness over correction.
He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. - Proverbs 13:3
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. - Proverbs 10:19
Choose blessings over cursing.
Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. - Luke 6:28
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. James 3:9-10 (NIV)
4. Fill your heart with good things.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. - Luke 6:45
The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others— ignoring God! — harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! - Galatians 6:8
Life Hack #1 - Trusting God with my life is the ultimate Chill Pill.
God knows me for who I am.
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. - Psalm 139: 1-6
God precedes me, wherever I go.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. - Psalm 139: 7-12
God has a plan for my life.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. - Psalm 139:13-15; 23-24
Our Response Today
Invite God to search my heart and mind.
Confess the offensiveness.
Follow His Guidance.
1.The Essence of Love
2.HP Youth Takeover
3.The Minefield of Modern Dating
4.Dealing with Conflict in My Home
5.Maximizing My Mouth