A God we can trust

A GOD WE CAN TRUST

Show us Your mercy, Lord,
And grant us Your salvation.

Psalm 85:7 NKJV

Trust is something we can earn with one another.  However, from the moment God saves us, He trusts us and believes in us.  Does He think we will never make another mistake? God knows we will still make mistakes, but His Spirit lives in us, and this is a point of uncompromising trust.

Many people read God’s Word and then allow the enemy to twist God’s truth in such a way that they doubt God’s goodness.  When there are people in our lives who promise us things but fail to deliver, an attitude of cynicism can seep into our thinking.  Trusting anyone can be a major challenge for us when we have been disappointed time and time again.

However, God has a reputation of trust for several millenniums.  Throughout the Bible, we do not read of God promising to do something and then not following up on His promise.  For some people steeped in cynicism, this might take longer to believe than others.  But in the end, the truth is revealed; God is faithful, always.

God’s faithfulness is great.  His promises do not always unfold the way we imagined, but He always keeps them.  As God proves His faithfulness to us, we learn that He is ultimately trustworthy with everything, including our lives.  We can rest confidently in that assurance.

Dear Lord, cleanse me of any cynicism that has seeped into my
thinking.  I embrace Your faithfulness and trustworthiness with
renewed assurance.Amen

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Giving back! Eto’o continues to work on his Pediatric Center in Doula

This is my real fight – Health for all.
S. ETO’O Pediatric Pavillon – Douala, Cameroon.
Because the future belongs to the youth.

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Wisdom for good health

WISDOM FOR GOOD HEALTH

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit
who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
For you were bought at a price; glorify God in your
body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV

In a certain office building, it is not uncommon to hear excited whispers in the halls on Thursday mornings.  There, Thursdays have practically become weekly holidays, days to look forward to, a bright spot of expectation in an otherwise ordinary workweek.  You see, Thursday is the day on which lunch is catered by the culinary genius known only as “The Taco Guy.”  Nobody leaves work hungry on Thursdays.

However, there are those who wince at the thought of such a fine spread of food.  The problem for these unfortunates is that they do not trust their self-control when presented with such a plentiful buffet.  Rather than making wise decisions in preparing their lunch plates, they either pile on as much food as possible or avoid the cafeteria altogether.

Does wisdom offer a better solution? Is there not a “middle ground” by which one can enjoy the feast and yet maintain a healthy diet? Scripture clearly teaches that the body is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit; cramming tacos, fajitas, sour cream, and salsa into every nook and cranny of that temple is unwise, because that misuses both the body and the wonderful gift of food that God has provided.

Pray for wisdom in maintaining a healthy lifestyle so you can achieve success mentally, spiritually, and physically.  Do not deny yourself the occasional indulgence, but be wary of unhealthy habits.  Your body is God’s temple; fuel it with that which will keep your temple functioning properly for as long as possible.

Lord, I realize my body is Your temple.  Help me maintain a healthy
lifestyle so I can successfully fulfill Your purpose for my life.
Amen.

Thinking of moving back to Cameroon? Here are 6 tips

Moving back to Cameroon (HOME)

Six tips for smooth repatriation

If you plan to move home one day, keep in touch with family, friends and culture while you are away. Then when you do move back you will feel more connected.

Repatriation is difficult when you do not have an independent home to go back to. Usually when people first move back they stay with family or friends, but you need to be in a place that enables you to re-organise and face your new life on personal terms and resources.

Deciding to go back means that you choose to live there, therefore do not behave there as if you were still living abroad. Do not live like a stranger in your own country – eat what people eat, it’s part of your DNA anyway.

If you go back home with your children, send them to schools where they learn to see the link between knowledge and real life, allowing them to build a local network for the future.

One of the most difficult aspects of going back home is that you do not have a local network to support you at the beginning because nobody remembers who you are. You have to spend time creating a network.

Do not use your foreign experience to make other people feel inferior. It is psychologically damaging, not only for them, but for yourself … you will feel healthier and happier if you contribute to improving quality of life beyond yourself and immediate family.

Ruth Bamela Engo is president of African Action on Aids

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Intimacy with God

INTIMACY WITH GOD

For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord,
But His secret counsel is with the upright.

Proverbs 3:32 NKJV

Do we understand the magnitude of this statement: “God wants to have a relationship with you?” For all our thoughts toward God and our understanding of what He has done for us, it’s difficult to grasp why He desires to have an intimate relationship with us.

God created us in His image, meaning that the innate desires of our hearts, to love and to be loved, to be all we are created to be, were placed there by him.  In all His splendor and majesty, God also desires our fellowship.  He wants intimacy with His creations.  He wants to love us, and He wants to be loved by us.

In building intimacy with us, God does four things: He chooses us; He reveals Himself to us through His love; He responds to our invitation for him to come into our hearts; and He reveals Himself to us through experience.  Static relationships produce static results.  God desires dynamic relationships with us that transform the way we think, act, and live.  And it is through intimacy that we learn life-changing principles.

As we seek intimacy with God, we must aim to live a righteous life.  And it’s through living a righteous life that we discover intimacy.

Lord, thank You for choosing me and revealing Yourself to me.  I
want to remain close to You.
Amen.