I barely could juggle my foot when I walked on a long iron-like bridge in the middle of a jungle back home. My brother used to walk on it quickly; even he had a drink or two. My older cousin always looked after him when he couldn’t keep himself straight for a moment. We used to go out for a nature day call; every family gathered and celebrated and have a meal in the middle of nature and being together; I loved it, because there was such power when we gathered as family. I have always loved nature, don’t make me wrong, everyone loves nature; I am very connected to it and understand the fresh smell of wild strawberries. Maybe spending time in nature in my hometown was why my love grew in being there. I learned the power of the family and how it is essential to be bound together. Nature taught me well. Back to our reality, As I walked through nature in Australia, I remembered how faithful is God. I came a long way, I came from an anonymous past to a known-now present with a new identity which something makes me: me, who God loves. I took the below photos with a view of a new fresh start. It will inspire you and it warmed my heart :
Have a plan to go in nature, walk and enjoy the fresh air, and hear the sound of it. What will you learn? Stillness, kindness.
Yes , there are certain things we need to surrender, we need to be aware of it. Before going deep talk about things a Christ follower won’t do ! We need to understand a few points:
– A Chrsit follower make mistake like other humans
– A Christ follower was a sinner and living in a sinful world
– A Christ follower is not a super holy human
We all make mistakes , the mistakes are unavoidable from one to another. The errors doesn’t measure which doniminatiom you are belonged to. All it does ,It makes us a fool. From another prospective all Christ follower were sinners and now they are redeemed by the blood of Jesus. So, no one can boast to their abilities. A sinner who turned the way and to be like Him. Therefore , a christ follower won’t stay in sin or continue practice it. He or she immediately confess and is aware of the situation because of the Holy Spirit work.
And , the very important point is that, a Christ follower is not a super holy , but only the presence of Christ in person can make them holy and acceptable.
Now we learn those points and it is time to reveal what are things a Christ follower won’t do? I am bringing three here , but there are many for sure, the 10 commandment are easily included:
1- A Christ follower won’t deny their FAITH
2- A Christ follower won’t boast
3- A Christ follower won’t give up
In all steps of life they won’t deny the Faith they received in first place. They won’t forget their first love in Jesus. It is the part of their heart. You can not take it out from them. Faith is their DNA. their whole being identity. Everywhere they go and everywhere they are , Faith is there. Faith in the Love. LOVE OF Jesus , Love of Father and Love of Holy Spirit. They are born again. Couple of mistakes won’t stop this Faith , they continue rise and jump. They are excited for a new vision , a new life , a new door and they are satisfied for the smallest things and have joy in their hearts.
Being arrogant! No , it is not mentioned in their book of life. They won’t boast in their ability for all things.
They don’t give up to keep praying for the loved onces , for their salvation, for their healing , for the kingdom, for their city and nation. No, they won’t give up. They keep pressing , they keep loving , they keep caring , they keep forgiving.
A real follower of Christ try not to be the best version of others but the greatest image of Christ himself on earth. They are honest and have empathy and compassion is part of their being. Are you following me? You know what I am trying to say because Christ is in you. I am going to leave it here now but you go ahead and list what others things a Christ follower won’t do 🙂 list them in comment.
Oh Father , Can you see my wounds from this world you made>?
Is this not enough to carry whole heavy burden of this world in me? yes True, you said ” give all your burdens to me “.
Please flame it up with your fire of passion. I am not here to prove who is right and who is wrong! I am here to have faith in you, simply live a life of love.
oh Father, Can you make a new being again and again in me and others?
It seems the world you made , hurting so bad! I am here to submit my soul to you. I know you are hearing me. I know you are believing in me , like a child learning how to walk , I am learning how to love.
Oh Father, Why is it hard to love one another? How can we see the unseen things in other without judging them or offending them. You are the one that i can only trust in the storms.
Oh Father, Can you make me humble? Humbler then before. remove the repeated old in me and let a new blood of you being flooded in my veins. When people see me the they see your son, washed inwardly and pured with heavenly coal.
Oh Father , You call me your favorite son , is it true you got one of the best spot for me in heaven. Is it true you are going to show me your heavens.If not, open my tired eyes of heart.
Oh Father, oh Father…
I have hope, because you have always, a door open for me. Am I young to not knowing you enough. Does my old sins stopping you to love me more? Never. Does my repeating human mistakes stopping me to love you less? may it be Never.
oh Father , my sweet sweet Father.
Change me to be the one you want me to be. Somehow you want me , you do not need me.
That makes me special and chosen.
That makes me safe and secure.
That makes me love and new.
We are honoured to know God. God’s long long time secret has been given to us. The human wanted to know this. But we have this privilege today to be friend of Jesus. He came and died for us on the Cross that we can be with him forever. How dare are we thinking that he left us? Asking how? By your worrying , by your action of not leaving everything in His hand. We put another nail on his body.
He is our friend, He wants to carry of our unstoppable non sense world, replacing it with Grace and Mercy. He won’t leave us , injured and hurt here. Sunrise to sunrise all we need to do is seeking his face. Look up the great treasure of heaven.
He hold me close to his heart. I just want to love you more and more Father. There is nothing can separate us. His rich presence wipes all my poor weakness and satisfy this thirsty heart of mine and He assures me that He stays with me Here with all chaos around and comfort this raging mind. Thank you for keeping me close to yours.
Written By Dariush Youkhaneh
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Be confidence in what you hope for. Merely here is not your last stop ! Me and you got a place in Heaven. The trouble of this world won’t scratch this beauty of heaven in our hearts.
Be strong. We all sometimes fall apart. Let love of Christ fill your whole heart and mind and soul again. We don’t live like hopeless people. We listen to Holy Spirit and pay attention to His words.
Whatever season we all in , we are in together. You are not alone. The only thing you and me need to do not rely on our own understanding but Jesus. Easy to say and hard to do. Have confidence in his promises. His presence brings Joy , Love and patience into our life.
To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 GNT
The weathertemperature in western Sydney reached to47ctoday. I ve decided to go to swimming pool. As weencounteredfront reception of the pool. He told us inside poolis closedbecause of competition. No choice ! We got into outdoor pool.
I’ve done a few laps. Suddenly a pro swimmer complained to one of the life saver at the pool,thereare too many people , complain behind complain ! “Why are they diving? Look at that , he is swimming at the line with a life jacket.”
I was a witness to her complain.
My ear waslisteningand giving thethoughtto my mind. Do your lap! A lot of obstacle are in front of you and we may have a bag of complains to God , why God this happened to me ? Why God this and that? Why me?
We need to do our laps , rest is with God. I got my lesson today? Swim and swim with no jealousy and comparison mind.
Look at the life of many men and women in Bible. Do your lap , let other whatever they want to do, do . Keep going ! There are people to criticise you , your private life going to be in public measure. Everything we do and see; are temporarily, this Lap of life is nothing compares to the swim of your future glory , the lap of glory is awaiting for us.
I got my lesson to obey and trust God in this Lap of life. Either in the face of evil or in the face of angels. I Do my lap In the persecution or in the happiness.
How you gonna do your lap? Whatever you decide let God be in it. He knows how you can be your best at it.
These days are very special for me. As I am praying for a company change from God. He did answer in the right time with his special way of answering. In our terms and conditions we may see the things good for us. But God has his own way , He has his own term which is perfectly , perfect for us. We make decision with the human fact and our logic won’t be enough compares to our heavenly God decision. We do make decision in the base of what is right or wrong. But God wrap it up with his grace and love, with a wisdom beyond our human mind.
Right in Sydney is raining now! A beautiful rain all we’ve been waiting for. We had a really dry seasons from last year. I am thanking God for this beautiful , peaceful rain. Love this moment specially my favourite cup of tea feels more cosy! I care about you, you are my friend even I do not know you, my vision is to reach you to inspire you, encourage you is my most priority task. You think , I am careless about myself , not at all. If I won’t be in good shape how can I inspire individuals. Inspiring you , it will inspire me. every word I say here will definitely is for me too. I’d like to make here like one-one-one session. Like two lovely friends talk to each other- but I hope you won’t be tired of listening to me.
Where ever you are right now. I pray for you that Love of God overflows in your life. Feelings comes and goes. Our moods will change but God will never change and He is always with you. All of us our needy people. some people more , some people less. What makes us special from others is we are the son of the most high who lives forever. This makes us proud but it is our responsibility to introduce this eternal life to others. Our personal growth is our responsibility more important then that our spiritual growth will help us to know the heart of God. I once was away from it. But slowly slowly by spending more time in prayer and the Word , God changed me inside.
There are a lot of things out there can steal that moment of stillness. Do not allow that to interrupt your intimacy with Father. From business to family. What ever it is . The moments I pray for my future career company – interviews – preparation . God revealed more himself to me and a soft lovely music whispered in my heart ” My grace is sufficient for you ” . I realized , I have the most important [thing] in my life , I am content. God was not stopping my dreams, He was reminding me that ” You HAVE ME , Means you have everything ” , all other things are temporarily and He will provide with a blink of eyes everything I need and I asked for. Have you thought twice in the below word?
” in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ” [ Proverbs 3 : 6]
It was the matter of submission and being humble. Trust whatever he chooses for me will be beneficial for my life. Even the ways looks like narrow and impossible. My task was an act of obedience not less then that! It is like saying ” God I am blind ” you take my hand and lead me to the right path. The only thing I can do those moments offering my heart of gratitude to Him. Acknowledging Him is not a shame. It is an open-heart decision. In health and sickness. In prosperity and poverty. In gladness and grieves. The question is here am I willing to submit my ways to Him? Jesus submit His ways to Father. He is an example for us. Let us look after ‘ the garden of our ways ‘ and let Him do the trimming and smart in appearance inside and outside.
Written by Dariush Youkhaneh
Author of the Heads Held High / Check my books section
I remember a season for the collecting mushrooms , me and my mum and brother and their friends went to collect the mushroom from a Jungle . We went early in the morning . Now I found my self into a huge trees and greens. I did not know the way I just followed them , suddenly in the middle of that huge trees I saw no one around me. I was lost! Because I did not follow the leaders.how do you feel those moment? looking for a way to get out? Sometimes, the world want to declare to you ‘ I am your shepherd ‘ But truly It is not.
Who is your shepherd? Who is in charge of your life and have a final word?
Today God will speak to you if you open your heart and let be HIM only your shepherd.
” The Lord is my shepherd I shall not be in want ” Psalms 23.
We all know this verse , most of us memorise this verse and know the words perfectly. But as we are living in the world , the things around us affects our daily life and slowly slowly we substituted this verse in this way :
‘ The World is my shepherd I have everything I need ‘. Is this true even? Yes it. we make our world have authority over our marriages , over our relationships , over our coming and going , literately we made ‘ the world’ our lord. But Who is your shepherd ? is your job? is your boss? is your money?
Those are good questions to ask yourself. Everything you have is from him only.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” ( 1 Peter 1 : 3 )
His divine power all you need. His Authority all you need. He him self is your shepherd. God is your shepherd when He is in charge you won’t be I need. You are in peace , Because ‘ the World is not your leader ‘. He meets everything you need . The things, the people , the idea , the men… are NOT your shepherd . God Himself is yours. He guides you , comfort you , strengthen you and you lack nothing.
The men disappoint you but God will never.
He is the Lord of your life and you have everything you need. Those are in under his leadership they may never be separated of His unending love.
The World is not my shepherd But the LORD is.
Written by Dariush Youkhaneh
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