character

A Journey Into One’s Heart

Greetings!! Today we gonna take a journey into our very heart to discover our character.

So buckle up, it may be a bumpy ride. Let’s start:

What do I mean by character?

  • Character simply means that which does not change.
  • Character is a commitment to a set of values without compromise
  • Character is a dedication to a set of standards without wavering because it is those very standards that will create your character. For example; if you decide to be honest, then that will be your only policy, not your best policy as some business men say but your ONLY policy because character HAS to BE CONSISTENT and unchanging.

Consider the alphabet letter, they are called characters, why?  Because they don’t change; A is still A wherever you go, in America, Europe or anywhere; same with figures, 1 is still 1 whether it is used day or night, remains the same; same with principles they also don’t change.

  • Character is self-imposed discipline for the sake of moral conviction, in other words if you have character you don’t need someone always watching over your actions, you will police yourself, you will watch over your own actions.

The question now becomes, how often do you change? Are you the same person all the time? Are you consistent? Are you predictable? Who are you when you are alone and nobody is looking?

  • Character is the result of the integration of your words, deeds, actions into one. I mean, what you say, what you do and the actions you take becoming one. One without character will say one thing, do another and promise something else. In one word, character is integrity always and in everything.

To keep your character, you gotta be willing to sacrifice. Whether it is a relationship, time, money, resources because there will always be events and circumstances and people pulling you in all kinds of directions and in such cases, it will be your character or lack thereof that will keep determine what you choose.

It is important that one has character because it is what will make people to trust you; nobody wants to be around an unpredictable, volatile person. Character is the foundation of trust, that is why the bible says Love everyone but Trust only God because men are unpredictable and not trustworthy. In other words, if what you say, do and act is not consistent, uniform, one, then how can one trust you?

How can you trust a salesman who doesn’t use the products he is selling? I was discussing with a class mate one day, i was telling him about how a person can say one thing and do another and he said to me as an answer: “ Do what I say, Not What I do” and we laughed about it but later when I got home and thought about it, I was amazed to say the least. How can one teach or say one thing and do another, and expect people to trust what he is saying? If what he is saying is not working for him or helping him then why should he teach it to others? Why should it help others? I’d think that whatever it is, if it’s something to impart to someone else for their good, you’d start by using it on yourself.

Friends, this is not what the gospel of Jesus is about. Jesus practiced what he preached, even Apostle Paul said in 1Corinthians 9:27:” But I discipline my body and bring it to subjection lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” Can you see that!! So we gotta practice what we preach, what we say, otherwise we are not qualified to preach or teach anybody because we simply can’t be trusted.

Some people would gladly sell their principles, character for money, fame, popularity, or any other possession; such don’t realise that our future is dependent on our character not on our charisma, gifts, talents, beauty, speaking skills, ability to inspire people and others; in other words, our life is the weight of our character.

How stable are you?  Are you the same irrespective of the happenings around you? Are you like Job who remained righteous in riches and poverty, good health and sickness?  Job 1: 1-22

Do you have character?

I have realized that for a lot of us people, our situation is what determines our reactions and actions; sometimes even how we pray. If you are sick, your prayer becomes:’ Lord, heal me heal me’; when you are poor, your prayer becomes:” Lord bless me bless me”. Yet the bible says in all things give thanks and praise the Lord, this does not mean that you cannot ask for whatever you need or talk to God about your challenges but let that not be your focus, let that not be all that your prayer is about, let that not be the reason you are praying, because if that is the case, you will only find yourself praying only when things get tough and difficult and such is not true Christianity because Christianity is a relationship with God, in good times and hard times.

If you read Job 1: 20:” Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and he fell to the ground and worshipped

After receiving the bad news of all his possession being stolen, his children’s dying, the bible says that Job didn’t lament, he didn’t accuse God, he didn’t ask questions, he didn’t begin to see God in a bad light; he simple fell to the ground, knelled down and Worshipped.

He remained faithful to God; he remained consistent in his relationship with God. Right there you see that:” Those who bless God in their troubles and hard times prove their sonship.”

Consistency is the very character of God; you see it in Hebrews 13:8:” Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” This right there is consistency. See also James 1:17

It is God’s consistency that qualified Him to be trusted, relied upon, and depended on. I believe that’s why even Job remained faithful because he realized that even though he lost everything, he can still TRUST God because He is consistently good, loving, compassionate, reliable and dependable. Same with Abraham, when God asked him for Isaac, the bible says he trusted that God who gave him Isaac was able to resurrect him even from the dead. Hebrews 11:17-19.

Why is character so important to God? Because character is what will make your gift or talent to work and stay. Look at David, the reason he played the harp and the evil spirit in Saul was appeased wasn’t because he was the best harp player in the whole kingdom, it was because of his good character. If you read the whole of 1 Samuel 16:14-18, you will see how they describe David’s character: prudent in matters, a man of war, intelligent and The Lord is with him!! David was chosen because of his good character.Surely the palace already had many entertainers because there were no radios, dvds and tvs and these people also knew how to play music well, probably even better than David since it was their job of everyday. As David played the harp with his hands, the sound, the note entered into him and mixed with his character and integrity and that brought about the difference from what the other musicians of the palace played; when Saul heard that melody, the evil spirit left him. Think about it, do you think that if they had given the harp to someone else to play, would have the evil spirit departed from Saul? I think not! Because it was David’s character not harp that made the difference.

Right there you can see why you can’t just listen to any music you want because if David with his good character played music and evil spirits are leaving people, what will happen if a person with a bad character plays music!? Simple, demons will enter into people. Nowadays, the devil has distracted us with artists dressed nicely, unusual hairstyles, dances and choreographies and very well lit arenas that we don’t check the character of the singers and players. Realise today that its never about the quality of the music, the lyrics or anything else that matters but the character of the singer. Who is he/she? What is his/her life away from the stage? What inspires him/her to compose songs? Never be carried away and distracted by the gift but look for the character. If the character of the singer is corrupted then even his songs and music also will be contaminated. Check not what but whose music you listen to.

Unfortunately, most people are interested in and attracted by the gifts and talents but not the character whereas it is the character behind the scenes that makes it to stay and maintains it. You gotta be able to look at both the cup and the inside of the cup, in other words before you admire someone and take them as your role model, favorite artist, best friend, mentor; don’t only consider what you can see on the outside but also look at their inner person, that is their character.  Matthew 23:25

It is not wise to choose a role model, friend, mentor, business partner even wife or husband based only on appearances, social position, size of bank account, family background, or any other consideration but consider first their fruits, their works, their track record; all that so you can know what their character is, what makes them who they are. Look for consistency.

There’s a famous saying:” Power Corrupts”, I’m sure we all have heard of it yes? But it is not entirely true because it is not really power that corrupts but power reveals corruption. How? Because the Bible says in Matthew 7: 17-19:  that a good tree brings forth good fruit and a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit in other words, the person was already corrupt and when given power, the corruption manifested. I have had personally disapointments over disapointments  because i trusted people too fast, without waiting first to see the fruit and know what tree or what the character of the person is; and they ended up backstabbing and betraying my trust. So this is a very serious issue and I know I’m not the only victim.

After a person is dead and gone, it is their character that others will remember not necessarily their accomplishment, remember Tabitha in Acts 9:36-40.

After all is said and done, I mean at the end of the world, we will not be judged by the color of our skin, by the size of our bank accounts, but by the content of our character; Rev 3:15-16.

In a post titled: Check Up, I shared on some questions one could meditate upon and discover one’s character or state of heart. If you’re interested, you can find it here  and check yourself up so to speak.😁

Friends, let us work on our character, perfect your character, look at your life every time before you sleep and ask yourself: who am I when nobody is looking? What did I do? Why did I do that? And afterwards, work on that area the following day, improve yourself. As we do that, our life will be upward and forward; I mean we will start living a higher life with Jesus.

Let’s pray: Father in the name of Jesus, there is nothin that I can do on my own without your assistance, I ask today that you help me clean up my character. There are so many things that I have tried to hide from you and people, but nothing can be hidden from you, so many inconsistencies in my life; help me be consistent in my love for you, faithfullness to you, obedience to you. Help me to develop a holy and worthy character and give me a heart like that that was in Christ Jesus, in your precious name I pray!! Amen

God Bless You

The Best Is Always Yet To Come.✋

 

 

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CHECK UP

Check up! Whenever one feels sick or uncomfortable, they go to the doctor for a check-up; that is, to see what’s going on and to know the state of their health. And so when one gets to the doctor, the doctor will examine their symptoms, ask a bunch of questions, all with the aim of trying to find out if the patient is sick or not; if yes, what is the sickness and where it is.

There’s another side also, when one goes to the doctor regularly like once every 6 months or once a year and so on. There might not be feeling anything abnormal health wise but they go just as a way of maintaining their health and knowing how things stand. This later practice is actually advisable to all of us. We shouldn’t only go to the doctor’s office just because we are sick but we should go even when we are feeling fine, just to know how things stand and better manage our health.

That is for the body.

But what about the health of our souls? What about the inner man, how do we check up for that? Our character, how do we know if all is well or if we have to improve something? For this issue, some go to mediation classes, others take yoga, others take vacation to Hawaii (I know I’d love that too), some use music and dancing, others go to comedy nights and there’s a whole other bunch of ways men have come up with; all of this in order to heal their emotional beings, their souls. But what about those who can’t afford yoga classes, taking vacation trips, meditations, music and concerts and everything else.

All the above ways one can do, I can’t say if it works or not because I’ve never done any of them, but I wanna share with you what I do and it works for me; I can guarantee that it will work also for whoever will try it as well.

It’s found in 2Cor 13:5:” Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Have you seen that? The bible here shows us a way to check ourselves up. I love this method because for one it is not expensive; because even though going to the doctor is great, you still have to pay for tests and others stuff; another reason is that as you examine yourself the God’s way, you will discover things about yourself that no machine or doctor can see or even diagnose, isn’t that awesome!!??

Sometime ago, I fell on some papers I had written for this particular task, and as I read through them, I was really humbled and I found that I was……..( oh wait, forgot to mention that the results were confidential too, between you and God.  Haha!!)

So, I wrote them down for all of y’all and I really hope that you’ll give yourself a chance and try to meditate and answer them truthfully. You don’t have to share with anyone your results but nevertheless if you find that you’re in need of a doctor who can heal you, body, soul and hearts; I’m recommending Doctor Jesus, here are his address: Acts 16:31, Rom 10: 9, Rom 10: 10….. His number can be found in His address book called ‘The Bible”; you can be assured that you will find Him therein.

Whatever results you get, Jesus loves and He is always there for you.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (His name is Jesus Christ) shall be saved”

Without further ado, Welcome to the examination room:

 

Instructions:

All questions are compulsory if you want to know the truth about yourself

There’s no time limit, you can take as long as you want,

If you have a question, answers are in the Bible, precisely Jeremiah 33:3

The questions are in a such a way that it is impossible to cheat, don’t even try

 

  • Love: Are you treating others with the unconditional love of God? That is, do you do for others what you would like to be done for you as well?
  • Selfishness: Putting your own needs over the needs of others. Love is concerned with the welfare of other people; are you more concerned with yourself and how you feel?
  • Stealing: Can you remember taking money or property that was not yours? Prov 28:24
  • Cheating: Did you get anything from anyone unfairly or do anything in a way in which it’s not supposed to be done?
  • Lying: Have you ever got something or done anything using any form of deception?
  • Slander: Speaking evil of someone. You do not have to lie to slander; have you spoken about others without love?
  • Immorality: Are you guilty of stirring up desires in that you could not righteously feed? Sexual vice, all impurities even against your own body? Or even in others?
  • Drunkenness: drugs, sorcery, carousing and others; did you find yourself drowning yourself in alcohol or other ungodly products and thus defiling your body which is the temple of God?
  • Hardness: Did you fight back? Murmur or return evil for evil?
  • Habits: Have you continually over indulged natural appetites? How about your eating habits?
  • Half-heartedness: Can you remember times when you deliberately shirked your full share of responsibility?
  • Hindrance: Have you destroyed another’s confidence in you by needlessly taking up their time? Have you betrayed another’s confidence in you?
  • Hypocrisy: Did the life you lived before some people make all you said of Christ and His gospel a lie?
  • Broken vows: Is there a vow you made to God or to your neighbor that you have not kept?
  • Unforgiveness: Are you holding any resentment, grudge, offense against anyone; friend or foe?
  • Foul or polluted language: Do you engage in evil words, unwholesome or worthless talk, and filthy, silly, foolish corrupt talk?
  • Envy: Behind the talk of other’s failures and faults usually lurks envy. Are you not content with what you have?
  • Ingratitude: How many times have you said: ‘Thank you God” today? Or how many times have others done things for you that you have not expressed your gratitude for? Or are not grateful for?
  • Anger: Have you been bad tempered or quick to fly off the handle and taking rash decisions because of this or that? Prov 22:24
  • Cursing: Have you used gutter language? Words you cannot repeat in front of someone you respect?
  • Needless silly talk: Talking and acting anyhow, Jests and practical jokes that tend to undermine the standard of life; have you made fun of an ethnic group or a certain part of the world, a state or region in your country? Or some politician? Ethnic and regional jokes have no place in holiness.
  • Pride of life: What part of your life do you think you can handle without God being involved (career, sleeping, walking, eating, relationship)? Are you pretending in thought or life to be more or less than you really are?

Pride is the worst of all; the Bible says God resists the proud. Therefore let’s examine ourselves in these areas:

  • Do you focus on the failures of others or are you concerned with your own sense of spiritual need?
  • Are you self-righteous and critical or compassionate and forgiving, looking for the best in others?
  • Do you look down on others or esteem all others better than yourself?
  • Are you independent and self-sufficient or dependent; recognizing your need for others in your life?
  • Must you always maintain control or do you surrender control?
  • Do you have to always prove that you are correct or are you willing to yield the right to be correct?
  • Do you have a demanding spirit or a giving spirit?
  • Do you work to maintain your image or do you die to your reputation?
  • Do you find it difficult to share your spiritual needs with others or are you willing to be open and transparent?
  • Do you try to hide your sin or are you willing to be exposed when you are wrong?
  • Do you have a hard time saying:” I was wrong, will you please forgive me?”
  • When confessing your mistake or sin, do you deal in generalities or deal in specifics?
  • Are you remorseful over your sin when you get caught or are you grieved over your mistake/ sin and quick to repent and repair?
  • When there is a misunderstanding or conflict, do you wait for others to come and ask for forgiveness or do you take the initiative?
  • Do you compare yourself with others and feel deserving of honor or do you compare yourself to the holiness of God and feel a desperate need for mercy?
  • Do you think that everyone else needs revival or do you continually sense a need for a fresh encounter with the filling of the Holy Spirit?

 

 

If you have any particular question you can leave it in a comment, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

The Best Is Always Yet To Come.