Posted in Character Building, Comfort, Seasons

In Our Time Of Need

Heavenly Father, Thank you for the gift of life and for blessing us with the people within our lives. Thank you, God, for being a present help in the time of trouble, thank you for the peace in which you supply which surpasses all understanding. Thank you Father for creating us and enabling us to create memories with our dear loved ones, thank you for your comfort and for never forsaking us. Thank you for Jesus Christs sacrifice on the cross, because of Him we live and move and have our being. Because of Him we have access to joy, peace and hope and most importantly salvation. Thank you Lord for never condemning us and for redeeming us from darkness, thank you for the talents and gifts you have loaned to us. Thank you for your guidance and for going through life’s ups and downs with us. Lord please bring whomever this post is for to this page, Lord I pray that it will create an opportunity for dialogue, healing and peace. Lord I pray for divine protection over us all and please supply the needs of your people, as you are sufficient.

In Jesus Name Amen. 

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One thing is inevitable while we are here on earth, suffering and goodbyes. It is something we will all experience in some way or form in life, I would like to tell you that when you are saved there is no more pain but sadly that is not the case. When people are hurting, this is often when we hear these quotes ‘If God was real then x would not have happened’ or ‘Why does God allow bad things to happen, if he is an all loving God’.

We are living in a fallen world due to the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, through them sin entered the world (Genesis 3). Due to this death, pain, sorrow, loss and simply just suffering came on earth.

My big brother Daniel passed away this week and we are now faced with, dealing with the death of a loved one. Despite my current circumstance, I know that God has pure intentions towards us all and He is a present help in our time of need. I want to share with you, what a great comforter and friend we have in the Lord and the hope and strength that comes with knowing God. I hope this post brings you peace in whatever storm you are going through right now, as I share some of my go to scriptures for comfort with you.

 

When we experience our goodbyes, we come face to face with questions about suffering. We also come face to face with a God who suffers pain and hurts with us, a God who wants us to be free of our suffering. Jesus gave evidence of this in His life by blessing and healing, freeing and consoling, doing all He could to take away the suffering that was part of the human condition.

Praying our goodbyes- Joyce Rupp.

 

What we can cling on to is the fact that we do not experience suffering on our own, God is with you always, even during your pain. 

 

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When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. 

When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.   Isaiah 43: 2

Even to your old age, I am He,

And even to gray hairs I will carry you!

I have made, and I will bear;

Even I will carry, and will deliver you.

Isaiah 46:4 

I know at times you can be among all these people and still feel alone and misunderstood, yearning to have that one person who gets how you really feel. The problem is no one will ever be able to completely understand how you feel but there is one who knows the depths of your heart and that one being is GOD! Our creator knows you by name and hears your every prayer, He is sufficient to fill any voids and to heal any wounds. We just need to come to the Lord, God does not need a big fancy prayer He just requires an honest plea from the heart, he requires us to face our truth and to entrust Him with how we really feel.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart- These, O God, you will not despise. 

Psalm 51:17

God is one who has promised over and over in the scriptures to be near with comfort to us, to be there to sustain us, to keep us from being destroyed by our difficulties.  This God is a refuge for the needy in distress, a shelter from the storm, a shade from the heat, the good friend who stays with us in our struggles and our emptiness.

Praying our goodbyes- Joyce Rupp

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You will get through your current storm by the help of the Author and Finisher of our faith Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior. I know it hurts, but you are not alone and with God you have access to restoration, hope, joy, peace and love. You are loved and God is working everything out for your good. What the enemy is trying to attack you with right now, God has the power to make something beautiful out of it. God is stronger than anything in this world. Joy comes from the Lord and that cannot be taken away from you, press into God even more right now and He will help you.

 

He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.

He delivered me from my strong enemy. From those who hated me,

For they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, 

But the Lord was my support.

Psalm 18:16-18.

For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

For by you I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall. 

As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?

It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect.

Psalm 18:28-32

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This post is dedicated to my brother Daniel, I love you and will never forget you. I thank God for blessing me with you and allowing me to have memories of you to cherish. Considering my week, my parting words are, reach out to your loved ones regardless of the minor things which you disagree on. None of us know what will happen and when our time is up and all the disagreements will be so minor, mend and make new memories while you have the time to do so. God bless.

Posted in Character Building, Seasons

Keep Going

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Dear God, I just want to say thank you for remaining a faithful God and for being continuous safe refuge that we can always run to. Thank you for loving us, flaws and all! Thank you for your patience and grace which you provide for us new every day. Thank you Lord for the fact I am not where I used to be and for giving us the privilege to walk in newness of life. Thank you for life and for every hidden blessing we overlook. Lord please touch the hearts of every person who comes into contact with this post, Lord if there is anyone that feels like giving up, please strengthen and encourage them. Lord please lead and guide this post.

In Jesus Name Amen. 

I recently started going to the gym, to become healthier and more toned. To get the results I want I have to push myself, this means I have to learn to follow through and complete my workout! When you start to become tired, this is when I will try convince myself it doesn’t matter if you don’t complete the time. These thoughts start to begin, when you feel you have reached your limit, yet you have to keep going to reap the rewards.

 

Fear not, for I am with you;

Be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you,

I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 43:10

The following video displays a great visual to today’s theme.

 

Breakdown of Olympic Video message:

  • So many people start the race, but desire, aspiration and ambition alone does not enable you to complete the race.
  • Sometimes to get to the finish line, you have to push through the discomfort, pain and frustration to make it.
  •  The Lord is with you in the midst of every rough storm and He strengthens you to achieve the task at hand.
  • The Lord is with you every step of the way, He will never leave your side, even when you want to quit on yourself. God is still able and will remain faithful, even when you are faithless.

 

Endurance: 

  • The ability to endure an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
  • The capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear.

Perseverance:

  • Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

 

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Bible Chapter Breakdown:

I was reading the book of Daniel today in regards to Shadrach, Meshach, Abed- Nego being thrown into the fiery furnace (Daniel 3-1-25). What I love about this chapter is, it challenges the misconceptions of being a christian. Sometimes people think that when you become a christian, you won’t go through hard times… this is not true.

King Nebuchadnezzar commanded for Shadrach, Meshach and Abed- Nego to be cast into the fiery furnace, with the heat turned up 7 times its normal rate. The guards who took the men into the furnace were killed by the heat, whilst the 3 men were unharmed. Once the king saw that the three men were able to withstand the heat, he gave praise to God and glorified Him.

 

Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke saying to his counselors, ‘Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said to the king , ‘ True, O KING.”

‘Look!’ he answered ,’I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire;and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.’

Daniel 3:24- 25 

 

Story Time

I started a new job 6 months ago, I was thinking this opportunity will develop my skill set and enable me to grow. I’m starting to realize, the opportunities I most look forward to, are often the most challenging and end up being far different to my expectation of how things will go. I am starting to see the beauty in being stretched and the process of developing, being stretched involves being formed into a new shape.  It’s hard because it’s unnatural to you, you are not used to the new dynamics and environment, and this is where fear tries to creep in.

I know in my heart, that this is where God has called me to be in this season of my life. And I am beginning to learn that regardless of how I may feel, I want God’s will to prevail which means I have trust and obey in God’s timing. We need to learn to meditate on God’s goodness and remind ourselves, He is working everything out for my good, every intention of God is pure. Now I can recognize, how much God has developed me as a person within the past few months and the character building which has taken place. For the fruits of the spirit to be developed within us we have to undergo the process of character building.

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And we desire that each of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end , that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith, hope and patience inherit the promises.

Hebrews 6:11-12

And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

Deuteronomy 8:2

Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end.

Deuteronomy 8:16.

God is able to bring you through your current situation, God will not lead you anywhere without his presence to guide your journey. God will strengthen you to overcome your current challenge. God is a present help and with you every step of the way, He is your support and He is sufficient. DON’T GIVE UP, KEEP GOING!!! 

Posted in General, Seasons

Process of Development

Happy new year and thank you for you’re  support and for taking the time to read my blog. It is very appreciated and I hope that it has been a blessing to you all, even if you have only read one post it does mean a lot to me. ❤

Being confident of this very thing , that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. 

Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

Have you ever felt like your not as far as you should be and felt discouraged by this?

I know I have. Sometimes I think and look at areas of my life and think am I behind, should things have progressed past the point they are. For instance: Closeness in relationships with family/ friends, certain tasks you desired to finish a while ago which are still incomplete, growth in walk with Christ, development into the roles you hold (sister, daughter, colleague, cousin, women, a single christian women) and the list goes on.

This brings me to the topic of development and progression, as we have recently entered a new year, with goals, desires, hopes and dreams for 2017. It is a great time to look at Philippians 1:6.

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  • Begin is a verb that means to start, initiate, or set in motion.
  • Progress: Forward or onward movement towards a destination. Development towards an improved or more advanced condition.
  • Work– activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result.
  • To be complete is having all the necessary or appropriate parts.

If we are not careful we can become paralyzed with fear, to grow and walk in our purpose. If we spend too much time, worrying about what has not advanced the way you thought it would at this point, we can become stagnant. We are often our own hardest critique, be kind to your self.

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Lets breakdown Philippians 1:6:

Being confident of this very thing , that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. 

Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

First thing we are told is to be confident, where does this confidence come… Faith. God has gone before us and created each and everyone of us with a purpose, He knows what your capabilities are and your mannerisms and thoughts a far off. .

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son , that He might be the first born among many brethren.                                                      Romans 8:29 (NKJV)

Secondly, we have to recognize that God pursued us and first loved us and because of this He has enabled us to love and pursue our purpose. He is the author and finisher of our faith, do you think God is surprised when we fall or  when we haven’t accomplished a  task yet… He is not surprised. The scripture states ‘He who begun a good work in you’, this is a key thing to grasp, that it is God our source who has lent resources to us, to cultivate and multiply. He seeks a return on our lives for His kingdom. We have to get passed thinking we can do everything in our own strength, this is where frustration and works of the flesh are evident.

To be able to grow in love and to even display love to God, we need our Heavenly Father. To be able to accomplish a task, we need Him. To be able to be the best in the roles we have in life, we need Him. To be able lead and have your family dwelling in the house the Lord, we need Him. To grow and develop and mature as a person, we need him. And so it goes on.

Lastly, the scripture states ‘will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ’. If we lean upon God and allow him He will complete the work He has begun in you, and it even goes on to say will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. What does this mean? It means that we are meant to always be evolving and developing until the day Jesus Christ return. So all the days of our life we are a work in progress and God knows this. 

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

Hebrews 12: 1-2 (NKJV)

So today I encourage you to keep pressing forward and to not dwell on what has not been accomplished. To remember who has there hands on you and that He who began a good in you, will complete it, just keep holding on to Jesus. Go to God with those things you tried to hide and the things you are worried about because he cares for you and desires a personal relationship with you. God Bless.

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Posted in Character Building, Seasons, Trust

Are you truly committed?

Dear Lord, thank you for being my solid rock and for walking me through the many waters of this current season. Thank you for your presence and for just being a safe refuge, soften our hearts today oh Lord, help us to truly examine our walk with you. Teach us how to really be focused on your will in our day-to-day lives and give us the grace to carry out your will even when it conflicts with our own self interests. Lord develop the fruits of the spirit within our lives, minister into our hearts today, teach us how to love and how to care about others. Help us God to be focused on the things that matter to you. Teach us how to worship you in spirit with our lives everyday. Help us God to overcome our current battle we are facing, Lord let your will be done within this post, I want you to take control and to increase within my Lamp for Christ blog, let this message reach who you have called it to reach. In Jesus Name Amen.

Whose will are we committed to fulfilling our will or His? You know those worship songs we sing, do we really reflect them within our day-to-day decisions and the way we decide to carry ourselves. Within this current season I have been faced with these questions:

  • Are you truly committed to your walk with God?
  • What are you willing to leave behind to stay committed?
  • Is there a cost you are not willing in order to maintain your relationship with God?

What happens to your walk with God when your buzz of being a new-found christian is shaken by this thing called life.

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Within this season all of my old forms of attack came up against me at once. Over this year lets just say I have had a lot of people exit my life, those friendships I have had for years who I never suspected would leave me left without warning.

With all the rejection and abandonment from various people I found myself seeking comfort in the place of the arms of the person that was a former idol. My ex, I know when everyone else does not respond he will always respond and that I can speak to him. He asked to meet up and I agreed and next thing I know we were kissing and reminiscing it got me thinking maybe this could work. But when we were speaking I knew in my heart he was not going to draw me closer to God but in fact pull me away from him. We were on different wave lengths and had different priorities, what I actually ended up doing is entangling myself with a former idol I was freed from. I had a great day with him but actually when I got home, I heard this still voice in my heart while my imagination was about to get ahead of itself. The voice said Are you truly committed to your walk with God? I had to cast down the vain imaginations, and really ask my heart the question who do you love more. Before really saying yes to God, without a doubt I would have just settled but now after all God has done for me and delivered me from.  I know in my heart I can not open that door again and it reaffirmed to me the importance of my relationship with God. Sometimes God requires us to put things down which you still want in your life but our God is not a forceful God we have to make the decision to let it go.

I have always struggled to let go of people, I spent a lot of time fighting it and wondering why, what did I do? what went wrong etc. Yes sometimes you are just in the wrong but there is a point when you have to ask your self why are you chasing people who do not deserve access to your life?

 

Many Disciples turn away from Jesus

And He said, “Therefore I have said to you no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father”

From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more

Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”

John 6: 65-67

Jesus knew his worth and his purpose and was committed to fulfilling the will of His Farther. People started to walk away from Jesus just as he was starting to grow in his ministry. I love Jesus’s response when people started to turn their backs on him, he didn’t wallow in self-pity he actually asked those who remained if they wanted to leave as well.

Would you put down all the things you cared about to really stay committed to your walk with God, will you leave it all behind and just follow him?

But what things are gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things as loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.

Philippians 3:7-8

Situations will arise in your life that test you to see where you are in your relationship with God. God is interested in your heart and how you respond to situations, to see if you are really walking in the freedom Christ has given you or if we are choosing to be entangled in the old weight that ensnared us?

And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart whether you would keep His commandments or not.

Deuteronomy 8:2

When your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Deuteronomy 8: 14

“who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good in the end

Deuteronomy 8:16

Even when all you can see is chaos and your feelings are up and down. God has a plan, He knows the plan He has for your life, sometimes we have to let go of something we feel is good for God’s best to enter. This is where we need faith, I am also in a transitional phase I am starting to see why certain things needed to take place and I know my God is a God of restoration and will come through like he has done every single time. Hold firm to your solid rock and walk in the liberty he has set before you.

Standfast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 

Galatians 5:1

God places you in a place for a reason and just because it might be uncomfortable doesn’t mean it is not where you are meant to be. Within those moments you learn to trust and lean on God more. Sometimes the pain and discomfort  you experience is meant to be a blessing to someone else.

Do not forget the goodness of God, He is your personal deliverer who loves you and will correct you. He is interested in building your character and casting down vain imaginations. God wants us to be in tune with him and to trust that His will is the best for us. We have to die to self everyday to be able to live for God. We need to examine our hearts

Posted in General, Seasons, Trust

In Safe hands

Father in the mighty name of Jesus, Lord thank you for being the great provider and for saving us from a path of destruction. Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your family, thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. Soften our hearts today and cover us in a fresh anointing, fill us up O Lord until we overflow. You are the great Shepherd and our support through all seasons. Lord develop us today, build up our character and help us to stand firmly upon the rock our God through the wind, rain and floods of life let us not be overthrown. Cover us in the whole Armour of God and any wicked plan being plotted against your church let it be returned back to the sender, reveal to us where we are being deceived and shine your truth upon us. Lord lead this post today, let it be filled with you O Heavenly Father. In Jesus Name Amen. 

 

 

Someone mentioned the notion of ‘time ticking’ the other day, the idea that there is a time frame for things to take place in our lives is so apparent. There are so many things which people want in their life to feel content and secure. Being single and desiring to meet your ‘Boaz’; Meeting your potential partner and desiring to be married; Being married and desiring to have a family, Having a job and desiring progression in your career. ALONGSIDE our desires, life has its own twist and turns and unexpected events such as break ups, people being removed from your life, redundancy, death, failing a test.

What do we do when things are not in line with our plans? How do you carry yourself through these times?

I used to be really anxious and worried about being single and started to believe I would never find my person. I allowed negative thoughts to take over and everyday those voices got louder of inadequacy (not being good enough). It stopped me from being able to fully embrace the joy of my loved ones happiness, as all I could see is them having what I longed for to be loved. I was lonely and down all the time I put my trust in ‘if i have x in my life everything will be better’. I started to devalue myself and the self love was not there, wondering why it was not my time.

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

We do not need to fret and be anxious about our future because we are in SAFE HANDS.

 

So shall My word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which i sent it. 

Isaiah 55:11 

Why do we worry about our lives when we have God on our side?

The book of Exodus comes to mind, when God delivers the children of Israel from captivity from the Egyptians. After they crossed the Red Sea, the children of Israel and Moses were singing songs of adoration unto the Lord. After 3 days in the wilderness with no water they complained and again 2 months later:

And the people complained against Moses, saying, ‘What shall we drink’

Exodus 15: 24

Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them ‘Oh , that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt , when we sat by the pots of meat and we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to this whole assembly with hunger.’

Exodus 16:2-3

Sometimes we do not appreciate enough where God has carried us from after the initial high of receiving a blessing and answered prayer. We appreciate it in that moment when the feelings and emotions are raw and present but after sometime we begin to complain. The children of Israel were rescued from slavery,then found themselves in a place where they began to have doubt about where God was leading them. And wanted to return to the place they were rescued from, in that moment when they felt unsure and everything looked gloomy they wanted to return to a place of familiarity even though it was unpleasant.

When we do not see what is ahead and lack trust in God, we find ourselves in a state of anxiety and stress.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew  He also predestined to conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Romans 8:28-29

Foreknew: be aware of (an event) before it happens:

Predestined: determine (an outcome or course of events) in advance by divine will or fate.

We spend time worrying, being anxious and giving ourselves time limits, when we have a God, who has perfect timing. We really do not need to be worried about our lives, God said He foreknows us and that He is working all things out for our Good. God has gone ahead of us, things might not make sense right now but God sees the bigger picture and I want you all to know you are in safe hands just trust in Him today to enlighten your path. God is in control. His word is proven and does not come back void, He is a Sovereign God and our Great PROVIDER. An intentional God who is a Covenant Keeping God. When you can not see how things are going to play out look back at all the blessings and prayers that have been answered before and wait earnestly, your season of turn around is on its way. Thank God today, for what you have. Do not miss the reason for your current season. God will turn something that seems like a mess now into beautiful message. Cast your anxieties upon Him today because He truly cares about you. He is a personal God.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 

Jeremiah 29:11

For you will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. 

Psalms 18:28

It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect.

Psalms 18:32

Spirit lead me where my trust is without boarders. 

Let me walk upon the waters 

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet  could ever wander.

And my faith will be made stronger.

In the presence of my Savior 

– Hill songs: Oceans (where feet may fall).

Have a blessed day and keep pressing forward. God bless.

Posted in Seasons, Trust

Praise God in the Hallway

Heavenly Father in Jesus Name, I just want to say thank you for being the Great I AM, for all that you are and all that you have done. Thank you for your love, presence and divine protection. Thank you for never forsaking us and carrying us through difficult seasons, thank you for your guidance, blessings, teachings  and tender mercies given to us each day. Lord anything that is hindering us from being who you predestined us to be reveal it to us and cleanse our hearts and minds, cover the body of Christ with the whole armor of God, show us where we are being deceived and fill us with more knowledge of your word and who you are. Give us the strength to continue the work which you have started within us and encourage us to hold on not grow weary while waiting for a breakthrough. Help us to love one another regardless of our neighbours actions, give us more of you and remove all the things which are weighing us down. Lead us in the way of righteousness and help us to focus on the right things.

In Jesus Name Amen

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I am not sure what you have been praying for and what area of your life you are hoping for a breakthrough. But I do know it can be hard to wait sometimes, especially when you just don’t know when things are going to change. So what do we do?

My current season involves waiting for a breakthrough. It got me thinking about how we should wait and what God expects from us while we wait.

Firstly, Do you believe that God is listening to your prayers?

But you, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from his holy hill.  Selah 

Psalms 3: 3-4

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 

Jeremiah 29: 12-13

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. 

Isaiah 40:8

I know that God hears my prayers and I know He can hear yours too, just look back at all the answers you have received. If he listened to you then he is definitely listening now. What do we need, while we are waiting?… FAITH IN GOD. Just because you can not physically see a change yet does not mean that God is not working things out for you.

How should we wait?

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.  

Romans 8: 24-25

I have seen a shift in friendships and with my family relationships, things have been removed and I do not know why, but I do not need to know all the answers I just have to trust that my heavenly Father is in control which He is. I want to change jobs, I want to push myself and not settle. Obviously finding a job is a process which can take time. I had a job interview a few weeks ago and later on in that day I received an email saying I did not get the job. And I just remember driving home thinking how would I have reacted if the email was different and said I got through to the next stage? Honestly I would have been buzzing saying thank you God, you are amazing etc. Then it gave me a bit of a reality check, are you still thankful even though you did not get the job, is God still amazing? OF COURSE HE IS. This  was a reminder, regardless of what you are waiting for, who has left you or forgotten about you. Our God remains the same, He remains faithful and has never forsaken you. He is the reason to lift up our hands and the reason to be thankful. His ways are higher than ours, His thoughts are higher than ours and His timing is perfect and He aligns everything just right.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.   2 Corinthians 5:7

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.    Ecclesiastes 3:1

How should we carry ourselves while we wait?

I am not saying it will be easy but we need to wait with perseverance and with the hope that your breakthrough is coming. You may feel that it is time but that does not mean that it is. Should we go around taking our frustration out on those around us or being miserable?… No. Because there is a reason for every season and you do not want to miss it, we are all work in progress and God will use each season to build a particular characteristic within you. We need to pray and do our part giving our best, while we wait.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for  in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6: 9-10

But those who wait on the Lord. Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. 

Isaiah 40:30

God is an intentional God, He is in control, and is working all things out for your good, you just have trust that there is a light at the end the tunnel. What God provides will always be better than what we envisioned. You have the creator of the universe by your side, He is far greater than the things he created. It is easy to become reliant and thankful for the things He has created but remember it is a blessing in itself to have the Creator.

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For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you’.

 Isaiah 41:13

I pray that God will help us all to trust in Him without borders, to keep us fixed upon Him. God bless you.

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Moving forward

Dear Heavenly Father,  thank you for bringing us through another week, thank you for shielding us from the arrows of the wicked one, thank you for your divine protection, teachings and love. Thank you for being a just God, thank you for this current season which we are in. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon your church, renew our strength for this week and let our minds be subject to our Holy Spirit. Give us an encounter which will give us the courage to be a true Ambassador of Christ. In Jesus Name Amen

Not that I have already attained or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV )

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This has been heavy on my heart for a while and I have particularly thought about verse 13, what this scripture means to me. I’m sorry I have not posted in a while but I pray that now this message is ready to be led by the Holy Spirit, let it be of encouragement.

In verse 13, forgetting those things which are behind, drew my attention. What immediately comes to mind is, letting go of the unpleasant moments whilst holding on to the good moments. However I have come to realise that actually clinging on to the good moments can hinder you.

What I mean by this is you can not relive a moment that has already passed. There are some seasons in life filled with mainly highs, to the point, when we are out of the season. We want to step back in. We can not live in the past.

Let’s break it down some more:

forgetting those things which are behind AND reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
                Philippians 3:13

FIRST forgetting those things which are gone and THEN reaching forward to what is ahead. 

This has been an interesting year for me, there was loads of good moments. A lot has been accomplished: finishing my degree, growing in my relationship with God, being baptised, graduating membership class, making it through my trip to America, being promoted and graduating from University. It has been eventful to say the least. I have been highly favoured blessed, but then comes a new season less eventful outwardly but really eventful inwardly. I really struggled to come down off the rollcoaster of a year. To a season of waiting and stillness. I really didn’t want to leave things behind, I was unable to set new goals to achieve because I allowed myself to get caught up, trying to hold on to a moment that had passed; things moved on, but I was stuck. GOD HAS BEEN SO GOOD. I’m not sharing this to boast but to highlight the emotions I went through, we have to give thanks for every season.

It was a lesson learned that God’s plans for you evolves, you don’t stay in the same place. If you are then you are not growing.
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Each season is preparation towards the purpose God has in store for you. Don’t miss out on the reason for your current season.

 

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Faith while Longing

Lord thank you for always covering us in your love, thank you for remaining the same, thank you for your mercies, thank you for your faithfulness, thank you for your promises, thank you for your thoughts towards us, thank you for turning what the devil meant to break us for your good, thank you for being the best friend a person can have. Father help us Lord to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh to labor in love and to not grow weary in doing good. Help us Lord to wait patiently on your direction and guidance, cast out any mind blockages which try to bring doubt to who we are in you and our purpose in our walk with you. Soften our hearts and open the eyes of our hearts so we can see your will. In Jesus Name Amen.

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Longing for spiritual gifts, career opportunities, marriage, children, house, friendships, education etc. Waiting for things you desire can be difficult when you can not see how it will all come together. Feelings of disappointment, frustration, impatience may try to creep in as you wait.

Doubt: a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction                               Faith: complete trust or confidence in someone or something

So Jesus answered and said to them ‘Have faith in God’

Mark 11:22 (NKJV)

Recently I have been undergoing a battle in my mind, doubt was trying to take over, telling me I’m not good enough and that I can not do this. No one cares about your problems, just about what you have to offer. It is all LIES but for a moment I was feeling overwhelmed and lacking in confidence.

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  Ephesians 6:16 (NKJV)

These thoughts arose whilst I was walking in faith and praying for a breakthrough in a current battle, in the process someone dear to me was learning to trust God and growing in their relationship too. There has been progress in this battle. This is when the negative thoughts arose, I am under spiritual attack, trying to break down my shield of faith to hinder Gods purpose for my life. God does not bring confusion and doubt. It’s a dangerous place when we walk in doubt rather than faith, it can lead us down a different path than what God has in store for us.

Abraham’s wife Sarah’s longing for a son, as years passed doubt began to creep in. She got her servant to have child with Abraham. The doubt led her into taking things into her own hands as she lost faith in Gods word coming to pass. She then had to deal with the consequences as her servant conceived a child for Abraham (Genesis 16). 

I have definitely been like Sarah and took things into my own hands as I allowed what I was longing for to become such a pressing issue. I wanted a relationship, I allowed doubt to rule as I started to believe that I would never have someone, I devalued my self and settled for a relationship not from God which caused me pain and lost a good friend in the process as it was not what God had in store for me.

 And he said ‘I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son’. (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him). Now Abraham and Sarah were old. Well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of child-bearing. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself…             Genesis 18:10-12 (NKJV)

‘Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son’.

Genesis 18: 14 (NKJV)

Do not allow what your longing for to hinder your purpose, have faith in God he is working everything out just not on our watches. Nothing is too big or too hard for Jehovah to do. Do not let mind blockages hinder your thoughts about your Creators abilities to make things possible. God can not be put in a box he can do so much for us, all we need to do is have faith and trust it will come to pass. 

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Learning Contentment in a Storm

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Lord I just want to say thank you for never giving up on me, for never forsaking me, for your mercies, lessons, and for always loving me. Thank You Jesus!!

Lord I pray that you will comfort everyone going through a trial right now from every side, may the holy spirit guide them in their steps and encourage them as you are our Comforter. Help us to understand the depths of the love you have for us and the joy you bring to us in every season. Strengthen us and carry us through our current season oh Lord, help us not to miss the lesson within our current season. Add virtue to our faith and help us to trust in you more deeply.   In Jesus Name Amen

Contentment and Storm sounds like a strange combination, how do you feel content when things are not going as you hoped? Family breakdown, breakup, lack of income, singleness, cheated on, been let down? How are you meant to smile when things around you are falling apart?

 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  Knowing that the testing of faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.   James 1:2-4

Contentment: A state of happiness joy and satisfaction. I replaced happiness with joy because happiness is short-lived as it, often depends on things outside of ourselves. JOY is eternal because it is based on our relationship with Jesus Christ, which is itself an everlasting source of joy.

Have you ever been in a situation and thought God please remove me. I have. There were moments in America where I was like Lord why am I here? What is my purpose? Should I be here? So many things were going wrong around me and I was so far away from home. I remember asking my agency to move me to a different camp but long story short I was stuck there. It was so weird so many things around me were not right but inside I was at peace. I was experiencing my season of trials.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.   Romans 5:1

And not only that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance. And perseverance, character, and character, hope.   Romans 5:3-4 

God was not going to remove me from the situation he was working on removing attributes of myself which did not fit anymore. I went to America nervous about being a newborn christian in another country with no access to my comforts. I went with a desire to grow in my relationship with God but scared that I was not ready to go it alone without my comforts. As my outward life was chaos I had to search deep within to find joy, the joy of not going through a rough time alone, the joy of having my comforter, the joy of the Holy Spirits guidance and the joy of salvation. I began to understand why people who have not accepted the need for Jesus to be the centre, could have so many things and not have joy. Due to their happiness coming from creations instead of the Creator. When our happiness is found in temporary things then our hope is determined by it.

This season taught me that my ultimate joy cannot come from my family, church, friends, job, holidays or relationships. Even though I love all the above God is the only unchangeable factor to my life, God will never let you down he remains faithful, God alone is sufficient.

Live through it, Grow through it, Pray through it

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