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You have made known to me the path of life;

You will fill me with joy in your presence,

With eternal pleasures at Your right hand.

Psalm 16:11

 

Time, indeed, is a sacred gift,

And each day is a little life.

Sir John Lubbock

 

 I have noticed that there are four basic (and more if we combine the basics) categories of people:

  • The ones living in the past
  • The ones living in the future
  • The ones living for the moment
  • The ones living at the moment

I promised long- long time ago – years ago – that I would live at the moment. I truly felt “awarded” for this decision through time, especially, this past year.

Living in the past means that we focus on what happened in the past, our past experiences and we are missing what’s happening today, at this moment.

Living in the future means that we are dreaming, planning for what will happen next moment, next day, next month, next year or so on. Again we miss what is happening today.

Living for the moment means I do as it comes and as it is convenient today, this second, this moment without conscience of how this will shape life, how will affect beloved ones and the consequences out of it. It is mostly about pleasure and quick fixes.

Living at the moment means to truly live what is happening at this moment, act based on principles, values and doing what is needed to be done without allowing the influence of what happened or will happen or just for the pleasure of the moment. What I do today will influence the future but I do not try to predict the future or just do something that will e.g.  reduce my stress this moment and bring damage later on. It is to really be present without wavering back and forward and fully using the conscience.

Decisions taken and choices chosen which might  seem irrational or difficult or abnormal, were probably not paid back from the source that I was expecting but they did pay pack in a completely unexpected way and from an unexpected source. What we sow, we reap – or as we say: what goes around comes around.

It might appear that my writing today comes out of pride or arrogance, but no! I speak with a humble way, as I have been humbled too many times. I fully acknowledge that all happenings are out of the Grace and Mercy of God Almighty. There are a lot of times that I faced death but I am still alive, not out of my own strength but and only through Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength”

As I write this post, my mind moves forward, backward, left and right. I started remembering all lessons learnt slowly that I could conclude with a list of what I remembered and reconfirmed:

  • My Master is the Lord and nobody else;
  • Life is difficult, still, the point is what do I do about it (being proactive);
  • One voice is important; one person can bring a lot of changes in this world;
  • I am what I believe, think and eat;
  • Life is long enough to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy each moment but do not become arrogant;
  • Be kind, polite, understanding but not tolerant when I have to stand for the truth;
  • What’s happening today, it will not necessarily be repeated tomorrow;
  • Relationships are of vital importance in our lives; relationships are commitments by definition, otherwise, they  are just casual acquaintances;
  • Commitment is not for ever; it lasts for as long as the relationship lasts; the relationship lasts as long as we want to and work on it; and Commitment is about respecting, behaving with dignity, being honest, straightforward, speak the things with their name and not just moving around them without saying the truth and the important.

You probably make no sense of what I say today, nevertheless inside my heart does make sense. Sometimes, we do not know how to present what our inside converses about, so please forgive me.

P.S.

“The warrior knows an old saying: “if regrets could kill…”

And he knows that regrets can kill; they slowly eat away at the soul of someone who has done something wrong and they lead eventually to self-destruction.

The warrior does not want to die like that. When he acts perversely or maliciously – because he is a man of many faults – he is never too ashamed to ask forgiveness.

If possible, he does his best to repair the wrong he has done. If the injured party is dead, then he does some good turn to a stranger and offers up that deed to the soul that he wounded.

A warrior of light has no regrets, because regrets can kill. He humbles himself and undoes the wrong he has done”

From the “Manual of the Warrior of Light”

By Paulo Coelho

 

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should we expect miracles

We love miracles, we love to live them, to taste them, to witness them. What is a miracle? It is something unexpected, something that it is not “normal” to take place, it is something happening in a not ordinary way! Everybody – believing or not in miracles – is astonished when one happens.

We read in newspapers and we hear on the news various facts considered miracles!  When a baby is saved from a house fire, we exclaim that it is miraculous, it is a miracle! People accept it as miracle independently from their faith and beliefs. So, I assume that humanity still believes in miracles.

The question is: “should we expect miracles?” there is a difference between believing in miracles and expecting miracles. The response is connected to the Word of God and to individual worth.

By worth, I mean that we need to not only believe that there are miracles, that miracles keep happening but also that we deserve miracles. Many believers are persuaded through wrong teachings or incorrect perceptions that they cannot claim their miracle. Many believers feel that they live a so sinful life that the Lord will not grant them the miracle. Plus, the fact of low self-esteem that results a life without love, without expectations, without worth, without dreams, without truly breathing!

It is pity and makes me sad when I think of these people or meet them through my work. When I think that a table full of beauty and quality was given to us by grace and yet we ignore it or we have no clue that exists, really breaks my heart. Many times believers decide that it is not for them or they have no courage to go and enjoy it. Shame!

Miracles do exist, miracles happen every day and each moment around the globe. Open your eyes and see! Miracles of healing, of overcoming, of breakthroughs, of saving life, of physical, emotional and spiritual growth.

Christians live in a confusing world. Some read the Bible with a “suspicious” eye, if I may! The Bible is not too complicated but believers’ mind try hard to complicate it!

As I have already written few articles on miracles – check the blog on this subject – today, I wish and am inspired to talk specifically for those ones who believe that when Jesus was on earth performed miracles – true – but since He ascended to the Father, miracles ceased. I wish to address to another category of believers who are certain that only a “saint” man or woman can perform a miracle.

Acts 2v43

“Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”

So, we read that the apostles did continue performing miracles. A clarification: the miracles were performed through the apostles, not by their own power. The miracles were performed via them. Miracles did, are and will be performed ONLY by the God Almighty, believers are just vessels.

Acts 4v29

“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word. By stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus. ”

Another scripture that confirms that the apostles knew their authority and that the Lord could use them. Through them those signs and wonders – note the firm word WONDERS – could be done. Observe: ONLY in the name of Jesus Christ!

So, miracles kept happening. Why not? Miracles are signs for God’s existence, it is His presence in our life and they happen for His glory, for His sake!

Nevertheless, you might debate that even if miracles do happen, yet, they only happen by special anointed people or good/saint people. The Bible says something that brings this debate to an end:

Mark 16v16-20

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover;”

So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”

The Lord speaks just before He is to ascend to Heaven. It is wonderful knowing that the last thing He spoke to His followers was about signs, wonders and miracles; highlighting the authority in His name, plus, the full pack for salvation!

To whom was He addressed? To believers! For who did he speak? For believers; in few for anyone who believes in Him! No special people, no special anointed men! The true believers, the ones who truly love Him, give Him the honour; all these people will be followed by those signs, wonders, miracles…call it whatever you like.

For one more time, the reason for the existence of miracles till our days – and for the days to come, is confirmed: the signs is the validation of the word; the miracles are a confirmation and a manifestation for His glory, for His sake, for nations to bow, people to return to the Word.

It is not more complicated than that, just start practising your authority in His name, your work for His glory, for His kingdom. It is part of our work on this earth! Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Don't be surprised

We get surprised – a few or a lot of times – about facts, phenomenon or situations when we do not need to. On the contrary, we need to be properly equipped by the Word of God so we avoid surprises and disappointments, as all is told and written in the Bible. The Lord is not a liar, the Lord is fair, He is straightforward and He desires to teach us, inform us and prepare us through the Bible’s scriptures.

The Bible does not only exist – given to us – to show His love for humanity; it was not only written to give us instructions and recommendations; it was not only written to show us a Christ like lifestyle. It was given to us to inform us for what it is to come, to prepare us and to arm us with what we need with the aim of standing on our testimony for Him, for His glory!

Luke 21v7-9

“So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign [will there be] when these things are about to take place?” And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am [He],’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. “But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end [will] not [come] immediately.”

The disciples were curious as each one of us about what would happen in the future. Normal human curiosity! It is interesting that He responded immediately by one and very essential principle: deception! The Lord knows all; no doubts about it! He knew that false prophets would come, as happened in the past. He, additionally, knew that we could easily be deceived due to our flesh but also due to lack of knowledge. That’s why in Hosea 4v6 it is written that “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”.  I believe that it is not addressed only to the fact that people do not know or accept Him but also, it is addressed to believers who spend no time to meditate and study the word in order to obtain the knowledge. Obviously, those believers will be easily deceived caused by lack of knowledge. They will be lost forever.

Luke 21v10-12

“Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. “But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake.”

He clearly described what was/is/will be to come. It might not be portrayed in extreme details but I think that we get the picture. Believers debate whether some of the signs happened already, whether more is to come, whether the end is too close or not and so on. We need to combine the above scriptures with Matthew 24v36 that says: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

Signs happened already and are just happening this moment. Additionally, it is more are to come!

One vital point is that they will lay hands on us and persecute us! We know that this event previously happened when the first church was persecuted. We know that there are believers still persecuted in various nations and I am convinced that great persecution will take place as the time goes on! As we read the following verses of Luke 21v16, we learn that we will be betrayed (a kind of persecution or abandon us in the hands of the persecutors) by our own beloved. So, let’s not be surprised when our beloved ones make fun with our faith, they oppose it or they become defensive towards us. It is a small taste of persecution! It hurts, I know!

What we need to remember that all happens for our Lord’s sake! It is not about us, it is about Him!

Luke 21v13-19

“But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.”Therefore settle [it] in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; “for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.”You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put [some] of you to death. “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.”But not a hair of your head shall be lost. “By your patience possess your souls.”

I love this: “But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.”

Aha! Good point! What I understand is that no matter what’s happening, it is always an opportunity to give our testimony and gain souls for the Lord, give the glory to Him, participate in His work and vision! Knowing this, I believe, that we can stand any difficulty!

It is even more encouraging to know that we do not need to prepare what to say, how to give our testimony. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, He lives inside us and He is our counsellor! Simply, He will bring the words and we will speak them out. It is like writing: sometimes, when I read some older articles of mine and teachings, I can’t believe that it was typed by my own fingers! Truly, it is not I, it is He. We are just the vessel used to deliver the spiritual into the physical!

It is amazing when having the confidence that what we speak is so good that no one can contradict or resist it.

The whole teaching of Jesus ends with a beautiful declaration: “But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.

Don’t be surprised when in your life not all goes smoothly! The Lord had promised us His protection but He also warned us that in this life we would have troubles! When He says that not a hair of your head shall be lost, I understand that no matter the good, the bad or troubled times in our life, at the end of the day nothing will be lost and nothing will go on waste! It is mostly about our eternal life spent with Him. There is a way to succeed this task: patience. By patience based on knowledge, not even a hair of our head shall be lost, not even one effort and event will take place in vain!

This teaching might feel stressful and scary regarding the future to come. I agree that it is. Nevertheless, when we focus on the knowledge and on the benefits, when we focus on His glory and know that He will stand with us, He will give us the provisions and the words…all seems certainly achievable!

Amen!

Love,

Dimitra

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“I wanted to be forever surrounded in comforting darkness. In the dark I could pretend that the chugging of the train was the heartbeat of someone I knew, in the dark I could be anywhere, with anyone, because darkness is the same wherever you go.”

(Gem Squash Tokoloshe, by Rachel Zadok, p.246, Pan Books, 2005)

I read this book recently and even I did not really like it, I found the above paragraph so enlightening. When it was discussed in the Book club some readers felt that it was a dark book. There were those spirits and fairies. Darkness is connected with bad, with mystery, with anonymity, with dark spirits, evil, danger.

I never thought that darkness is “comforting”. Though, as I read it, I truly felt that it is amazing and real! How many times during my life I did feel comfort into darkness. It allowed me to hide, to think, to reflect, to lick my wounds.

The Lord has created nothing to go in waste or to be useless. Do you know that tobacco is a very beneficial plant? Thinking that smoking is an unhealthy habit, we ignore tobacco. When you are cut, open a cigarette get out some tobacco and put on the cut, it stops the bleeding or spread it around your garden, termites dislike it!

We ought to be more open and learn without bias.

1 John 1v6

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”

Yet, there are two kind of darkness, the physical one and the spiritual one. The Bible speaks a lot about darkness and light. We need to remember that we, followers of Christ, we are (and should be) the light of the world.

The physical darkness, as I said above, it can be convenient and comforting when we need to heal, to reflect. It can be used in a beneficial way. Don’t forget that many hours during the 24hrs day, it is dark. We rest, we sleep, humans and the majority of the creation. When we have a painful headache, we need some darkness to rest, to heal. This darkness was created by God Almighty and it has its purpose; do not reject it!

When we “walk in darkness” is about where our spirit is, how our spiritual life stands. In the spiritual world, darkness has no benefit at all. It is a truly dark place that depresses, oppresses, steals and kills.

Ephesians 5v8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”

1 John 1v5

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”

It is clear, crystal clear, that God is light so anything or anyone who is not light cannot claim is God. Whoever loves God, received the Holy Spirit to live inside him/her, cannot be other than light.

Light has shades, when it is dusk, the light is smooth, small, and colourful but still weak as it breaks the darkness. That’s how we are: we are light but not perfect, we make mistakes; we do sin and walk our own path, at times. Still, we are light, we reflect the light from Christ, it is not our own and through forgiveness we go back to His path. The main Light is Christ, we get from Him not by acts but by grace.

So, how do we light? We are the light of the world but how someone knows so? If it is not through works that we get the light from Christ, so what…we just sit there and we light like a solar lamp? Is it that a bright light comes out of our flesh?

I do not think so. It is our acts which reflect the light. When we have light inside us, our talk, our attitude, our joyful face, our relaxed movements, our good deeds, our offerings, and our care for our self and towards others, our sweetness and our trust reveal light!

When we are light, we act as light! We bring warmth, we bring hope, we bring care and we carry truth. It will eventually reflect to others! People might not know what it is that we manifest but they feel it!

I believe that the truth about light and darkness can be our guideline to clearly comprehend what we need to include in our life, what to avoid, how to look at our self and check our life, how to grasp what is from our Heavenly Father and what to follow.

A blessed week to all! Love

Dimitra

 

 

 

 

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Philippians 4v8

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”

Time for some meditation! Meditation means thinking with concentration, means staying still in mind, means reflection.

The Lord gives us some insight of how to meditate, how to reflect, how to think, what to think about. It seems clear and simple, crystal clear in fact! The question is: How easy is it? How easy is to meditate on those things and exclude all other thoughts?

Let’s start from the top!

Whatever things are true: here, the Lord through Paul speaks about the truth. We know that the truth send us free, yes? So, imagine the freedom bed into our life when we focus, concentrate on what it is true, the truth, the reality, the certainty, the genuineness. A free life!

Whatever things are noble: noble is a sweet word, I love it, it is too sophisticated! What is noble! It means that we need to concentrate, act, think, meditate on anything that is honourable, decent, moral, upright, polite, anything that opens a door to dignity!

Whatever things are just: yes, we need to meditate on anything that it is just. Just includes truth, includes nobility! Just is not only about legal justice but it is about anything true, noble, innocent, beautiful, fair, UNBIASED, ethical! I highlight unbiased as it is one of the main issues we face as Christians! Time for some soul search…

Whatever things are lovely: all the above are lovely, our beautiful planet is lovely, ethical and moral principles are lovely, humanity is lovely, and thoughts can be lovely guiding to lovely acts and deeds.

Whatever things are of good report: it speaks by itself! Nothing really to add.  Of good report! Someone gossips another human being. What should I do? Should I keep meditating on the gossip? Is it something of a good report? Is it true? Is it noble? Is it lovely?

“if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy” = I believe that this phrase covers all. No matter our culture, our background, our education or our faith, still there are principles which are universal and we cannot go wrong. It is about thoughts and meditation upon praiseworthy thoughts and about anything that is virtue, it has quality, it is beneficial!

Time to check how the above noble recommendation practically applies…in reality! Basically this scripture speaks about thinking all times good thoughts, when we are happy, when we are depressed, when we are angry, when we are sick and incapable. Is it possible? In true life is not a fact. Other thoughts come into our mind …not very just or true or noble…

So? No doubt that we need the help of our counsellor, the Holy Spirit, case by case, time after time, to help us to turn our thoughts from angry or upsetting ones to something praiseworthy.

At the same time there is something we need to keep in our mind:

Colossians 3v23

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ”

Aha! Few important points to remember: (1) do it heartily; (2) as to the Lord and not to men; (3) for you serve the Lord Christ.

Knowing that we love the Lord and that even within our weaknesses we still love Him and desire to keep serving Him, how much easier is to turn our thoughts towards to the Lord who represents = truth, nobility, justice, loveliness, good report and praise! THROUGH Him, we can make it and more we practice, easier it becomes! Let’s try! Amen!

 

 

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WHO

Psalm 94v8-15

Understand, you senseless among the people;

And you fools, when will you be wise?

He who planted the ear, shall He not hear?

He who formed the eye, shall He not see?

He who instructs the nations, shall He not correct,

He who teaches man knowledge?

The Lord knows the thoughts of man,

That they are futile.

 

Blessed is the man whom You instruct,

O Lord,

And teach out of Your law,

That you may give him rest from the days of

adversity,

Until the pit is dug for the wicked.

For the Lord will not cast off His people,

Nor will He forsake His inheritance,

But judgement will return to righteousness,

And all the upright in heart will follow it.

 

This morning while I was in church, the Lord gave me the above scripture and I still meditate on it. It says a lot, too much to absorb at once.

I believe that the Bible tells us tons about our Lord, His character, His will, His instructions. At times, we read the same scriptures and new revelation comes to us depending as well to the certain circumstances we are in. I do not mean that the Lord changes what He says or that there is a hidden message, it is just how reflects on us, a different perspective, becoming a deeper knowledge into our life.

Preachers, sometimes, try hard to find a hidden idea or something mysterious, the moment that the Bible was written to be understood as it is and to be understood by all humanity at any era of civilization!

I do agree that there are things which we do not comprehend, still, they are not written in a cryptic way. They do in a symbolic way and takes some understanding but most of the writings are just as they were written.

 

Blessed is the man whom You instruct,

O Lord,

And teach out of Your law,

That you may give him rest from the days of

adversity,

Until the pit is dug for the wicked.”

 

We hate instructions, we love comfort and mercy, we desire provision but instructions are not our thing! Teaching not welcomed! Yet, we love to teach others! Ah, Christians…we are a strange race!

True, as mentioned above, we do not understand all, especially how the Word applies in daily practicalities. How can we have His protection as his children and at the same time become sick? Just an example. So, we try to teach anything that make sense, manipulating the word in order to explain the fact/incident.

The Bible says that “Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, And teach out of Your law”, in few it means that it is a blessing to learn His instructions and be taught His commandments, His principles, His desire. Why?

 

That you may give him rest from the days of adversity,

Until the pit is dug for the wicked.”

 

Life is not a cleared smooth path. It is exactly the opposite. In addition, it seems that there is a lot of injustice in this world (obviously as the devil is the master on earth!)

So, what do we do in this case? How could we live with injustice, misfortune? Normal to think “where God is in all that”! The pit for the wicked won’t be dug immediately, it will take time and till that happens we will keep seeing injustice in personal level, social and global. We will keep noticing that the wicked ones seem as the winners and the misfortune follows only us!

Still when we know the instructions and His teachings we will have rest within the adversity! Rest = Peace. The reason is because we will have a good understanding of what He is doing and where we are destined to be.

We can receive the adversity deep inside us and remain miserable, complaining and whining or we can get the opportunity to open our ears hearing His instructions and learning His teachings that become our rest, that become our strength, that become our weapons.

Our choice!

 

 

 

 

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There was a discussion related to the definition of a miracle. It is said that life is perception…it is true!

A person said that miracle is something supernatural. Someone else considered as  a miracle even the fact that he was waking up each morning breathing and being alive. Another friend brought the dictionary and read the official definition.

Angus Buchan said few important things:

  • When we pray…the word IF does not exist;
  • A miracle is not about difficulties but about impossibilities.
  • “There is power in prayer. When men work, they work but when men pray, God works.”

You can pick up any of the above suggestions, understandings or perceptions.

It is essential to know:

Let’s look at one by one the above thoughts. It is impossible to understand what the Spirit says if we do not go through quite few scriptures. In fact, the scriptures say plenty than any personal comment…so forgive my slight silence!

  • What the Word of God says about Miracles?

Matthew 21v22

“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Mark 11v24

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive [them], and you will have [them].

John 16v24

“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

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Luke 10v19

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Mark 16 v16-20

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

  • About the will of God.

1John 5v14

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

Matthew 8v2-3

“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out [His] hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”

And above all, there are two very vital, strong, amazing verses:

John 14v12

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

Matthew 21v21

“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”

As I copy all the above scriptures, I am overwhelmed by their boldness, strength and assurance of receiving miracles. I really feel like going out and shout to everybody what a God we serve; a God of miracles, miracles that He is Willing to do!

There are a lot of controversial debates about what His will is. Friends let’s read the Bible! His will is in it. For example, it is written that “By His stripes you were healed. (Isaiah 53v5)” How do you doubt your healing? (I agree that one day we will all die, but till then you can claim healing!)

What is His will? Read all the above verses and you will find what His will is. Read also His commandments, read His instruction, read His promises, put the armour of God, do all and stand, be still and know that He is God!

At the end of the day comes down to having faith and having NO doubts!

Reading the Gospels, we observe that whoever reached Jesus with faith for a miracle, they received it.

Wherever there was failure, Jesus Christ had only one comment: “you of little faith”…

You might be in a difficult situation at this moment, in an impossible situation and you think…”oh, what you know! If you knew what I go through…how can you judge me and my faith…I have prayed, I have done it all…”

If we have done it all, we need to stand, be still and wait upon the Lord. The miracle might not arrive now; it will arrive at God’s perfect time. However, if we start questioning it and speak “ ifs”…the doubt is present, the game is lost!

Do you know clearly that this is God’s will? Then stand! If you feel weak to stand alone, ask Jesus to stand with you and us, brothers and sisters to stand in agreement with you.

It is just matter of time!


 

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Love not hate

Antigone – that tragic protagonist in Oedipus the Τyrant (Oedipus Tyrannos) – says: “My nature is to join in love, not hate”

It is amazing how ancient writings are still so true and real in our today’s life. As a Greek, I can’t help it than to go back to my roots and absorb some wisdom out of these writings. I am even more amazed when I come across all those essays, books and lectures written by international recognized authors and based on those ancient writing.

I look myself as a Christian of today. As I observe my Christian fellows and organizations called themselves  Christians, I have to say that a lot of times I get disappointed , my spirit grieves.

Christianity supports wars! Christianity supports organizations that their aim is not to bring peace but to support specific nations than to work towards peace. Christianity gets busier with what the “world” does than to speak love and peace to the world; than put the body of Christ in order first.

So easily we forget love. We forget that God loves this other person, that our job is to love this person too and find solutions of peace and not of hate.

Among all principles and values, Love is the greatest:

1Corinthians 13v13

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these [is] love.”

I will repeat: “My nature is to join in love, not hate”

This is our nature: we were created by love and we need to remain in love. Always remember that God doesn’t love only you but also the other person.

Dimitra

 

 

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Dearest Friends, Readers, Colleagues,

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Thank you for being with LovingMinistry during 2013, introducing yourselves, commenting in a constructive way, sharing and supporting. I pray that our Heavenly Father keeps blessing you each day of your life and that this new year 2014 is prosperous in all aspects, emotionally, spiritually, physically, financially, that you are used by the Lord for His work and His kingdom, in Jesus Christ name, I pray. Amen!

This blog just celebrated four years since created and I want you to know that the blog’s existence became a tool of healing for me in so many ways and in so many levels.

I cannot be more thankful to God and to you all. They say that life is short so let’s enjoy what and when we can. I disagree. I believe that life is long enough for us to make the true choices and decide to follow the path opened for us, one step at the time. All the rest will follow!

Blessings and love,

Dimitra

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“By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him. “I will rise now,” [I said], “And go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him. The watchmen who go about the city found me; [I said], “Have you seen the one I love?””

Song of Songs 3v1-3

The Song of songs or otherwise called the Song of Solomon is a quite controversial book among the books of the Bible. It seems like it does not belong – it seems more an erotic song than one belonging in a book of faith!

As a Christian and a reader, I come across articles and sermons about love and its Greek meanings of Eros, Agape and Philia; a quite common discussion within our circles.

Besides being a passionate Christian and reader, I am a passionate Greek as well – I hope in a creative way! When still at school, we were taught –for years – our ancient language. I hated it but today it is a useful tool into my hands. It is a privilege to be capable to read philosophical, historical and mythological texts in their original language. I am not a scholar but I still love to do research than just accept what I was told.

Eros is known as a young flying child carrying a bow and an arrow, flying around the earth, spotting men and women, young, old, pretty or ugly ones and sending his arrow onto their hearts and so, they fall in love =Eros! It represents the carnal love, the sexuality and according to the Greek mythology, he was the son of beautiful Aphrodite, the goddess of love!

However, Eros was much more than that and he needs to be restored. We read in the Theogony how the world was created according to the Greeks.

“Verily at the first Chaos came to be, but next wide-bosomed Earth, the ever-sure foundations of all the deathless ones who hold the peaks of snowy Olympus, and dim Tartarus in the depth of the wide-pathed Earth, and Eros (Love), fairest among the deathless gods, who unnerves the limbs and overcomes the mind and wise counsels of all gods and all men within them. From Chaos came forth Erebus and black Night; but of Night were born Aether (5) and Day, whom she conceived and bare from union in love with Erebus.”

(Accessed at http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/hesiod/theogony.htm and translated in English  by Hugh G. Evelyn-White, 1914)

Theogony or Theogonia (the birth of Gods) was written circa 700 B.C. and it is a poem describing the beginning of the universe, the beginning of the Gods and their family’s history! It is a complicated family but still a very fascinated one!

Nevertheless, it seems that Eros first appeared in a different form and shape than the famous flying child. He was at first and mostly, the creative force of this universe – Love = Agape + Love = sexual Love …equals The World! In fact, according to Hesiod, he pre-existed his mother!

His importance and his interventions have not stopped in genealogy and love affairs. He was, in addition, the catalyst in Philosophy!

“According to Plato, the Soul consists of two natures: “to be” and “to become”. Therefore, through its action, [the soul] enquires to receive something specific, believing that she will be satisfied. Yet, when she accomplishes it, she starts desiring something else; she wants to go even further than it. The reason which guides her from one to another, is nothing else that EROS; cause to him [EROS] nothing stops soul’s passion, despite becomes the beginning of new searching.”

(Plato, “Politeia I & II”, Preface byD.Kolokontes, Edition 1992, Publication House Kaktos  – translated by Dimitra Savvidou)

In my own eyes and soul, I confirm that no matter what a philosophy or mythology might present, the bottom line is that Love includes Eros+Philia+Agape and it is Eros who is the creative force of all. It is the passion of life; it is the passion of our sexuality to create another human before we die, the passion of thinking and recreating, creating friendships (philia), creating harmony! I do believe that the Love of God for His creation is a passionate love = it is EROS and so clearly we read it in the Bible and its book “Song of Songs”.

“How fair and how pleasant you are, O love, with your delights! This stature of yours is like a palm tree, And your breasts [like] its clusters. I said, “I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of its branches.” Let now your breasts be like clusters of the vine, The fragrance of your breath like apples, And the roof of your mouth like the best wine.”

Song of Songs 7v6-9

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