Hello all, It is another brilliant Sunday and a great opportunity to share with you all my Sunday Style as well as the lessons learnt from the sermon at Church. Usually, Sundays are a great time to bond with my parents, worship together and sometimes share our Sunday style via the photos we take together. This Sunday is a bit different. My mom is currently away in London whilst my dad is also away for work.
What I Wore
I worshipped at an Anglican church nearby and wore a new dress in store: Navy Blue dress by Meena with a cinched in waist and Ruched bold sleeves. It is such an understated yet elegant silhouette and I teamed a hat and black heels with it. See photo below as well as a great account of today’s rousing sermon.
Today’s sermon was titled Marks of a Disciplined Chirstian. The sermon I believe was scripted specifically for me and I listened wholeheartedly with a heart filled with joy and abundance. We took the reading from the First Chapter of the Epistle of James. I shall share some excerpts from this chapter. It is worth reading! James Chapter 1.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
The major message I took home from the Sermon is the importance of holding on to your faith without doubt. I struggle with this I must say and I believe I am not alone. The backbone of the Christian religion is based on exercising and having faith in the message wholeheartedly. The dictionary defines faith as :
- complete trust or confidence in someone or something
- strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof
Faith without doubt is how we should live our lives. We ask and we believe wholeheartedly. If we choose to be followers of Christ, then it means we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal saviour, it also means we believe he died for us on the cross and has risen. If this is our firm belief, then we should most certainly be anxious for nothing.
Trials, temptations and tough times will always come but as Disciplined Christians, we should be dignified in the face of this. There are always lessons to be learnt from trials. Giving your life to Christ comes with challenges. The Lord does not place the challenges in our way. Challenges occur as part of life and with the devil lurking around. It is our choice as Disciplined Christians to stand steadfast even in the midst of the trials, to preservere, learn patience, learn humility and obedience and come out victorious. We can do it!!
Even Christ did not find the crucifixion easy. Hebrews 5:8 “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered”. Trials shall come, but do not lose face, be dignified and happy even in the face of the suffering knowing that the Lord is always there and in the end, all shall be well with you, as true followers of Christ.
From the sermon, I have learnt that whatever I ask of my heavenly father, I should ask in faith without doubt.Believe in the lord and his testimony which is revealed in the scriputre. This of course drove home another important point. Do I know the scripture? Am I aware of it’s promises and rules as well as it’s dictates. Equipping ourselves with a true knowledge of the bible shall help in building our faith. It is all a journey and one we should invest in embarking doggedly. We should all put our trusts in the Lord, the giver of the gifts and not on the gifts itself. Stay away from materialism.
The sermon also preached about the tragedy of faith. This struck quite a deep chord in me. Imagine praying and believing and asking for so long, and just at the moment the Lord is about to answer your prayers, you go against his laws and derail. It happens to us quite often. We run out of patience and go against the doctrines of the Lord. This should not be the testament of a Disciplined Chirstian, One must practice faith and Christianity with patience/perseverance being the driving word. There is an effort required of us to discipline ourselves. As Christians, we have to be a discipline of Purity( Banishing adultery, Immoral Life, Fornication and so much more). Discipline of Work: You have to put in the work thoroughly as children of the Lord and he shall bless the work of thy hands.
How remarkable is this?? It is the way and truly the right way! Be Godly, Be filled with faith and work accordingly! All shall be well with you!
Have an awesome week all!
Remember to be kind and generous!