Last Day of my Birthday Month, I went to my Kgabalatsane Baptist church the church my dad founded when I was born in 1985 and on 17 March 1985 I was Born what a way to celebrate

Church was good , I visited former #KgabalatsanebaptistChurch. I used to dream my self in in this church it was a perfect place to end my #birthday month in this #Tebernacle. yeah his spirit is in #RestorationBaptistchurch as Pastor Mokgatshwa Preach on 2 Peter 1:3-5 King James Version (KJV)
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; #christianposts #Christchurch

Growing Pains Out of my distress

I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. Psalm 118:5

I recently wrote about someone who had threatened to make my life miserable. I prayed to the Lord for help and I felt Him answer that He would fight for me. I believed that He would, but as time passed, I became afraid and started to doubt. True faith includes belief in God’s ability to provide. This is particularly hard for me because I like to feel in control. While I believe that the Lord is in control, I struggle because I feel better when it depends on me. But when all I can do is wait and pray, trusting that the Lord will do it all in His perfect timing, it’s hard to not panic a little bit. This is what the growing pains of faith feel like. Waiting and trusting teaches us to rely more on the Lord and less on ourselves. The Lord answered my prayers and delivered me from that horrible situation. Looking back, I can see that I was not in control of any of it. The Lord fought for me, the Lord delivered me, and the Lord was in control the whole time

Lord, I acknowledge that while sometimes I may feel in control, I am never really in control of anything. You are the maker of heaven and earth, You see the past, present, and future, and You work all things together for good. I trust You and I wait on You. Thank You for loving me and fighting for me. Amen!

Be Careful How You Walk

Matthew 18:1-7

We might think our sins affect no one but ourselves, yet that’s not true. What we do impacts others whether we know it or not. And Jesus used strong terms to warn us: He said causing another person to sin would leave us worse off than if we were “drowned in the depth of the sea” with a millstone around our neck (Matt. 18:6).

People observe what we do, and who of us is without sin? We may try to excuse ourselves by claiming that most of our sin is trivial—hardly a blip on the screen—so such small indiscretions will not be noticed by others, let alone be damaging to them. But let’s consider how some of our common sins can lead others down the wrong path.

Our lack of forgiveness towards someone could cause a close friend or family member to take up our cause and feel resentful too.

Anger that flares up in us at regular intervals may be copied by our children, who then think they, too, have the right to express their tempers whenever they want.

Lies we tell to get out of tight situations send a message—especially to children—that truth is optional, depending on the circumstances.

Conversations rife with gossip can severely damage the reputations of other people and cause listeners to sin by spreading the rumors.

The Lord’s warning should be taken seriously. We should consider the consequences of our actions and attitudes and then turn toward Jesus in confession and repentance. When we ask, He will give us the grace and strength to walk in His ways and influence others toward righteousness.

Get yourself a copy of @bona_mag to read about #LeboSekgobela @sekgobelalebo I am excited, you need to find out why this issue is special, Easter season greetings #southafrica

My big sister dominating the charts and magazines 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙆❤️💖🙏I’m excited to get this copies of @bona_mag in all major #southafrica languages as her #gospelmusic #songs #LeboSekgobela @sekgobelalebo is a blessing to the whole world 🌎🌍🙏😇🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🗺️🗺️🗺️💞💞❤️❤️❤️😊

17 March Siphiwe Billy Sigudla was Born. @sekgobelalebo thanks for birthday blessing. God bless you. Psalms 23

I just have no words for what I experienced in my life. I saw Jesus Christ in my life, changing me, cleansing my heart and made it white as snow through the cross. I celebrated my birthday in the best way I could ever wish for, thanks for all who wished me #HappyBirthday especially @sekgobelalebo for the call she made and said blessing in my life. <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Before we wrap up the day, please help me wish <a href=””>@billysigudla</a&gt; a very happy birthday. Now this is one of those people that have shown me incredible love an support. The one that travels to most my shows throughout the country. God bless you abundantly. May you see many more.</p>&mdash; Lebo_sekgobela (@SekgobelaLebo) <a href=””>March 17, 2019</a></blockquote>

Billy Sigudla

What is a spiritual gift? The Greek term is charisma, which means a gift of divine grace freely given through no merit of our own but simply as an act of God’s favor toward us. It’s a special ability or enablement by which we can carry out the work He’s called us to do. We don’t have to pray for it, and we don’t get to choose which one we want because the Spirit distributes them as He desires (1 Cor. 12:11). The lists of gifts are found in Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:8-11; and Ephesians 4:11. Our responsibility is to discover our gift and employ it in serving one another.

What is the difference between a spiritual gift and a natural talent? Unlike spiritual gifts, which are given only to believers, natural talents are inherited abilities and interests that are given at birth to all people (Psalm 139:13-16). However, since both spiritual gifts and talents originate from God, they often work together in our service to Him. For instance, although musical ability is a natural talent, it can be used as a channel through which we express our spiritual gift.

What is the purpose for spiritual gifts? There has been much misunderstanding in this area, and it has brought abuse, misuse, and division in the church. These gifts are not given to us for our own growth, enjoyment, and sense of satisfaction in the Lord.

Although we are blessed in employing them, they are for the benefit of others in the church. Paul clearly teaches this in 1 Corinthians 12:7, “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

How do I discover and employ my spiritual gift? Simply having a spiritual gift is of little value if it’s never used in the church. Our goal should be to become good managers of God’s gift of grace. Otherwise, we’re like the slave in the parable in Luke 19:12-27, who out of fear put the money entrusted to him in a handkerchief instead of investing it for his master.

According to 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, there are varieties of gifts, ministries, and effects, and it’s important to realize the distinctions. I believe we are each given one of the motivational gifts mentioned in Romans 12:6-8—prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading, and mercy. There is something inside us that draws us in a particular direction, drives how we respond in situations, and inspires our interests. For instance, those with the gift of teaching will desire to study Scripture; those with mercy will gravitate toward people who need help and comfort.

Ministries, on the other hand, are opportunities or avenues of service that God opens for us to use our motivational gift. For each motivational gift there are a variety of ways in which it can be expressed. And the effects are the results that come from using the gift in a particular area of ministry. For example, I have the gift of exhortation, my ministry is pastoring, and the effects are the growth of believers and salvation of the lost.

Once you discover how God gifted you and begin serving in that area in some form of ministry, your gift will be sharpened, and you’ll become more proficient and effective in that area. It may take some trial and error, but if you begin the process, God will be faithful to direct your steps. Just remember that your responsibility is faithfulness in service, not in results. God alone is responsible for the results.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by serving in your area of giftedness. So step out and start serving, and discover the joy of knowing that you are obeying the Lord and contributing to the growth and building up of your church.

Living Obediently

Joshua 6:1-20

If you grew up attending Sunday school, you know the story of Joshua and Jericho. But we must be careful not to file this story away in our minds as something amazing the Lord did a long time ago. The same God still guides us today, and by studying this account, we gain insight into living obediently.

Joshua heard God’s directive, “You shall march around the city” (Josh. 6:3). In order for us to obey, we likewise need to hear what the Lord is telling us to do. This means we must be reading and meditating on His Word, confessing sin, praying, and spending time with Him.

Joshua obeyed, telling the people, “Go forward, and march around the city” (Josh. 6:7). Joshua did as instructed, despite three potential stumbling blocks:

1. He could have questioned God’s directive. After all, marching around the city didn’t seem like a practical battle strategy for overpowering a fortified city.
2. He could have felt pressured to explain himself to his men in order to gain their approval and agreement.
3. He could have let fear of failure keep him from obeying.

But Joshua did none of these. Upon hearing God’s voice, he followed instructions to the letter—and without hesitation. The result was that God honored his obedience: “The wall fell down … and they took the city” (Josh. 6:20).

Are you willing to do what God says, regardless of your feelings or misgivings? Joshua was confident because the Lord had promised to give Jericho into his hand. And God’s promises to us are also the reason we can trust and obey Him.