Sometimes we spend so much time asking God for help that we forget to thank Him for what He has done for us.Yet when we cultivate an attitude of thanksgiving we get better results in our lives.This is because thanking God everyday will get you more blessings.
This means that instead of spending most of your time, worrying about your problems, your fears, your family and your job, you can turn around and activate your faith by thanking God for the blessings you have taken for granted. Being alive today is a blessing.Thank God for it!!!! Please, don’t take God for granted.
According to Philippians 4,6(New American Bible),”Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” What more can I say? We need to make thanksgiving part of the fabric of our daily lives. This way God will be happy with us and bless us beyond our wildest dreams.Remember how then leper that came back got blessed beyond the cleansing of his body.
The more we express gratitude tom God for the things we take for granted, the more hen will bless us. Did you known that if the kidneys stop working, each person will need dialysis at least three times a week just to remain normal? If dialysis costs 45,000 Naira per session, then thats at least 135,000 Naira per week.This means just by being alive and well, God has already given us a blessing of about half a million naira every month.How? Since 4 weeks make up one month, it means that in 4 weeks, the person would have to spend about 540,000 Naira.This is just an example as we all know that God blesses up in many different ways everyday of our lives.
Of course, we are all praying for good health and long live with the means to take care of ourselves and others. However, we have to remember to thank God for the journey mercies so far.This is where being able to regularly say “Thank You Jesus” becomes important. One way to help you form the habit of thanking God every day is through regularly saying the “THANK YOU JESUS ROSARY.” Another way is through regular attendance of mass, adoration and participating in acts of worship and acts of service.
Whichever way works for you, make sure you continue to say thank you to Jesus everyday.
We all know that God does not tempt us. Our temptations come from our desires and from the devil trying to trick us to do the things that are against the will of God. If we want to remain strong and faithful children of God, we need to ask God to help us overcome our daily temptations.
This is important because unless we consistently ask God to help us, we shall end up doing wrong.This is because the devil is smarter than us, he will trick us and make us justify doing wrong. If you get used to doing the wrong thing, you will find yourself forming bad habits. Worse still, you start rationalize your sin and your bad choices.
This year,2014, shall be our year of blessed assurance. God will shower us with victories and riches in all our endeavors, but first we must learn to consistently pray to win.This means we to pray everyday.We have to pray in the morning,afternoon and night.
We have to actively ask God to help us overcome our daily temptations. We have remember that we are not strong enough to beat the devil by ourselves.In addition to daily prayers, you also have to make sure go for mass and adoration regularly.
If you cannot go for adoration because you are out of the country,take time to watch some adoration videos on you tube. You can also listen to tapes and music from Fr. Mbaka. Everybody knows his music is inspirational.
On the other hand as members of the adoration family we organize to have Fr. Mbaka come and our visit our city or country of residence. This usually not easy to do and requires a lot planning and praying.
While having a visit from our daddy, Fr.Mbaka would be fantastic, it is equally important for us as members of the adoration family to continue to immerse ourselves in the word of God. We can do this r through reading the bible and reading books that can help to transform our spirituality on a daily basis.
Transformed spirituality through daily reading will help us become more consistent people of prayer. In the end, it is only through moment to moment prayer that you can ask God to help you overcome your daily temptations.
Do not be ashamed of your faith. You have God with you all the time, ask Him to help you. Tell Him everything then ask Him for for all that you want.You have to remember that the devil never rests. He is always prowling around looking for whom to devour. If we don’t ask God to help us then we are doomed to be deceived by the devil. Remember the devil has more than 2000 years of experience! You have to ask God for everything.
This means you have to ask god everyday for help. Ask for divine protection. First ask for life! Do not take your life for granted.During this Christmas season ask for protection from accidents, sudden death and other unknown pitfalls. Admit your sins, mistakes and failures. Be humble and prayerful. Remember that without God we can do nothing.
Be vigilant! Ask God for everything you need now! Tell Him about all your plans for the future. Never, hesitate to add Jacobea conditio. If it pleases God. All our plans are dependent on God. We shall start and finish our projects if it pleases God. This is the only way to anchor our plans on God.
During this Christmas season, it is important that we ask for journey mercies. Pray for divine protection as we run around buying presents, visiting loved ones, traveling to see relatives, aunts, uncles and extended families, we need to be prayerful and vigilant. God helps those who help themselves.
Do not hesitate to tell God about your plans, fears, goals and dreams. Present obstacles to your progress to God. Ask for clarity . Be sure that your are doing what you were created to do.Make sure that like St Andre Bessette that you know your calling. Once you know your calling, do not let obstacles discourage.Ask God for everything you want now!!!!!
We need to pray more consistently and regularly for divine blessings. We already know that praying is talking to God. The more we tell Him the truth about ourselves and our situation the more likely it is that God will look mercifully on us.
Consistent prayers would include reading the bible every day. Going to mass everyday, saying Thank you Jesus Rosary. Going to adoration every week and going for confessions at least once a month. These are just suggestions .
Pray for discipline so that you can continue what you have started. Do not allow distractions to prevent you from reading the bill and going for adoration. Of course, I know many our members are not able to go to adoration regularly because of where they live. A lot of people live outside Enugu and Nigeria.
You can still go for adoration of the blessed Sacrament in your local church or you can watch some old adoration videos on you tube. You can also do a spiritual adoration all by yourself. You can do this by sitting still and telling God about your situation. Be quiet and listen to God.
When temptation comes, remember to pray. If you rely on yourself alone you will always lose the battle against the devil. The devil has more experience than us and can always lead us astray. Only consistent and regular pray can help us defeat temptation everyday.
We have to be humble and remember that we are all prone to sin. Even our desires can give us justifications for choosing wrong over right. Only through prayers and the grace of God can worship Him through our daily lives. May God contain to have mercy on us as we continue to pray without ceasing. Amen!
According to Tobit 4:21 (New American Bible)”You will be a rich man if you fear God,avoid all sin,and do what is right before the Lord”. Most of us already know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom. Now we also learn that it is the foundation of riches. This is especially true if you want to get rich by following the teachings of the bible.
If you really want to fear God then you have to learn a lot more about him through reading the bible, listening to the word of God on a regular basis.You cannot say you fear God, if you do not try to find out what He wants, what he loves or does not love. If you do not know all these you cannot be steadfast in your service. Yet according to Tobit 4:6(New American Bible)”If you are steadfast in your service , your good works will bring you success, not only to you, but also to all those who live uprightly”.
To be steadfast in doing good work means that you are consistent in doing the will of God in your daily lives.This means you have prayed so regularly that God knows you by name. He knows you because you are always talking to Him and presenting your plans, your dreams, your problems to Him. You always ask for His blessings while at the same time, you try to help others as much as you can. If you want to get blessings and riches . you have to be prepared to give alms to others. According to Tobit 4:16 (New American Bible) “Give to the hungry some of your bread, and to the naked some of your clothing. Whatever you have left over, give away as alms : and do not begrudge the alms you give.” Giving cheerfully to God and to those in need would help to open your hands. The funny thing about open hands is that you need to open your hands before you can receieve.
Finally to be successful when need to bless the Lord throughout our daily lives. After all, we all know we are serving a living God who knows all our desires, fears, troubles and hopes. According to Tobit 4:19 (New American Bible) “At all times bless the Lord God, and ask Him make to make all your paths straight and to grant success to all your endeavors and plans.” Amen.
According to Sirach 6:1, New American Bible we should “Say nothing harmful, small or great.” This is an easy admonition that is hard to keep to because we spend most of lives complaining about others. Of course we do not do it on purpose, it is only a reflection how hurt we feel after others have disappointed us or deceived us.
However we cannot forget that the best way to “say nothing harmful” is by praying all the time. This way God will help us control our tongue which we already know is difficult. According to James 3:7 to 8, New American Bible,” Every kind of beast and bird, reptile and sea creature, can be tamed by the human species, but no human being can tame the tongue.” Since we are human we should not be surprised that though we try to be fair to others, sometimes we find ourselves doing wrong.
Of course as children of God , we still have a duty to speak the truth in love. If we see somebody doing something wrong we still have to speak out. If we see others being cheated or oppressed , we have to speak out. However, the best weapon we have for fighting injustice is prayers and good behavior through the grace of God. After all, we all know that without God, we can do nothing.
We all that regular attendance of the mass, adoration, reading the bible, saying the thank you Jesus rosary and rosary are some of the ways we can keep ourselves immersed in God. We as people who belong to the adoration family, have to remember that just as fish cannot live without water, we cannot live without prayers.
It is only we pray with conviction that we can become strong enough to face temptation when it comes. However, we cannot forget that with God, all things are possible. We shall try to say nothing harmful, but we cannot forget that God loves us more than we love ourselves, may God continue to forgive us, protect us and bless us. Amen!!!
Question of the Day
Do you belong to the adoration family?