Activate the spiritual power of God within you..

It's amazing how rarely we grasp the fact that as children of God, His spirit lives in us.
"Do you not know and understand that you [the church] are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells [permanently] in you [collectively and individually]?” 1 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I looked at myself in the mirror one day and repeatedly told myself that the Spirit of God dwells in me, and it was life changing. Why then was l being timid and moved around by my emotions and circumstances. God told me l often forget whose I am and who is with me.

Activate your spiritual power by constantly reminding yourself who is with you. God is with you His Spirit dwells in you that in it self is powerful!

There is power that is available to us who believe. The power of the Living God, ready and given to us who represent Him.

"and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength”
EPHESIANS 1:19 AMP

"The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.”
2 CORINTHIANS 10:4 AMP

The power of God in Us

1️⃣Enables us to cast out demons “and to have authority and power to cast out demons.” MARK‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭AMP‬‬

2️⃣Destroys strongholds We are
🔹destroying sophisticated arguments and 🔹every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and
🔹we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ,
🔹being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience [as a church] is complete.”2CORINTHIANS‬ ‭10:5-6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

3️⃣ It strengthens us and energises us
May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality],”EPHESIANS 3:16 AMP

4️⃣It empowers us to live in victory
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.” EPHESIANS 6:10 AMP
5️⃣ It enables us to preach and spread the Gospel of God. Acts 1:8 👇🏾

I pray that you may get an understanding and a revelation as you are reading this. To grasp and to understand the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of God's power in us when we actively believe and have faith in Him.

Child of God you are powerful beyond measure, you are able to be who God called you to be..

I Hope you will join me in actively seeking out to live in the power available to us through Jesus Christ. For physical training is of some value, but godliness (spiritual training) is of value in everything and in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come. (1 TIMOTHY 4:8 AMP).

May God continue to strengthen you

I hope you are encouraged

Much love

Shalom

Peace is a language of God.


Have you ever been in a situation where you are looking for answers, you are wanting God to say something but it seems He is not responding to you in the way that you are used to?. When you are trying to make a big decision that has the capacity to alter your life forever. 

I have now learnt that peace is a language of God. In situations where you can't seem to hear the voice of God ask yourself how much at peace you are with making that next move?.

Peace or lack of it is a language of God.

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.”     ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭14:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace at all times and in every way [that peace and spiritual well-being that comes to those who walk with Him, regardless of life’s circumstances]. The Lord be with you all.”  ‭‭2 THESSALONIANS‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“May the God of peace be with you all! Amen."    ROMANS‬ ‭15:33 AMP

Considering that God is a God of peace, our lack of peace in times of decision making or at any stage of our lives may indicate disagreement with God and his will for us.

In other instances it may show our lack of trust in God, in the form of worry and anxiety.

It's important for us to know that God wants us to have peace whatever the circumstances. It is never in God's will for us to be frustrated.

Here are some instances l have found myself lacking peace 

  • When God is communicating my need to do what he instructed. 
  • When I'm about to make a bad decision.
  • When trying to fix issues that only God can fix, hence I'm troubled.
  • When my trust and focus is not on God.

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” ‭‭PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭AMP‬‬

““For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, Nor will My covenant of peace be shaken,” Says the LORD who has compassion on you.” ‭‭ISAIAH‬ ‭54:10‬ ‭AMP‬

This just hit home with me, 🙌🏻God has a covenant of peace with us which can never be shaken!

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]”‭‭JOHN‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭AMP‬‬

☝🏽😢 Troubled hearts have no peace!.The amount of time l have wasted not claiming peace, allowing myself to be troubled. I'm angry at the devil for stealing my peace for all these years. I'm going to claim peace, pursue it and fight the devil with his schemes that steal my peace.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord GOD is the eternal Rock.”   Isaiah‬ ‭26:3-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

How perfect is this it's a promise to us that when we fix our thoughts on God and Trust Him, He will give us peace.

Lastly l believe that knowing that we have peace with God, through Jesus Christ is important. God loves us and wants us to have peace, he is not happy when we are troubled. 

“Therefore, since we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God [and the joy of reconciliation with Him] through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).”          ROMANS‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I hope this encourages you to seek peace, For God is a God of peace. And whenever you lack peace pursue it. It's yours and mine.

Much love 

Shalom 

God’s name is God’s answer..

This week l have been studying on the Names of God. I realised that the Names of God reveal and help us to understand:

  1.  The character of God .
  2.  Our needs and our redemption 
  3. We get to know Him better and intimately hence we are able to praise God for who He is.
  4. We know the vast riches that are available to us as His children .                 

This is just what l learnt I’m sure there is so much more. How amazing is this though, to know that Jehovah- Jireh means he will provide, God sees before we even know what we need.
Moreover God actually named himself Jehovah-Rapha ( Exodus15:26). healing is what He is. Anytime we are in need of healing we can remind God of who He is..

In all our battles – God is Jehovah-Nissi our victory banner, he fights all our battles.

When we are distressed and disturbed- God is Jehovah-Shalom, The Lord our peace.

Whenever we feel alone, God is Jehovah-Shammah. He lives in us, he is in our hearts.

Whenever we feel we are lost we remember we have Jehovah-Raah The Lord our shepherd, he guides, feeds and protects.

☝🏽And God is  Jehovah El-Shaddai, forever cherishing us and loving us like no one else can 🙌🏻. I think God is amazing.

God is just and all the things He does are right, -Jehovah Tsidkenu the Lord our righteousness, he justifies us and makes us righteous through Jesus Christ.

I realised that knowing the names of God is a very  crucial step in having an intimate relationship with Him and experiencing  his goodness in all the areas of our lives. Many times His answer is in His Name.

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs to it and is safe and set on high [far above evil].”PROVERBS‬ ‭18:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Whenever we are faced with a need, a problem, a battle, a situation, let us call unto the name of The Lord our God, our refuge.

I hope you are encouraged 

Much love 

Shalom 

The matter of the heart..


Granted there are so many situations in life that live us bruised and wounded in our hearts. However to be able to live a joyful, free and pleasing life to God we must forgive. That means getting rid of all the offence , bitterness and resentment which are not only poisonous to our lives but they hinder our relationship with God.

The heart,  as l have now realised is so important to God, 1Samuel 16:7 as clearly says that God is more interested in what goes on in your heart..

Offence in our hearts prevents us from hearing from God and going deeper in our relationship with Him.

 I can testify that in those times when l have been angry and offended my heart became hardened, l was not able to hear what God was saying to me about the situation. We have to fight for our relationship with God by preserving our hearts.

Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” ‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭AMP‬‬

     Here is why we need to guard our hearts and refuse to be offended. It is with the heart we:

  • Believe –For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Savior] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous–being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation.”‭‭ROMANS‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬
  • Trust – Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.”PROVERBS‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭AMP‬‬
  • Love -Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37 NIV
  • Find God -You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
  • We dwell continually in God presence –“O LORD, who may lodge [as a guest] in Your tent? Who may dwell [continually] on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity and strength of character, and works righteousness, And speaks and holds truth in his heart.” PSALM‬ ‭15:1-2‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I found myself wondering if God looks at my heart, how well have l been looking after my heart? With the heart we understand God, we love him, we are saved because we believed in our hearts. How well then can we get closer to God with an offended heart?. 

It may not even be your doing, it maybe something that happened in your past that has offended you, how you were treated, decide today that even though you don’t understand You want God more than the answers “..

A cheerful heart is good medicine,but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 NIV

       🙏“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.”‭‭PSALM‬ ‭51:10

It’s a daily process , l literally have to wake up daily and refuse to be offended, or to let any circumstances, any person to cause me to grow roots of bitterness and resentment. God is love so l will choose to love.

I hope you are encouraged to continue to guard your heart.
Love 

Shalom 

Don’t let discouragement replace your faith in God..


The greatest challenge of Christianity in my view is discouragement.  Throughout our walk with God we have to fight being disheartened by circumstances. Discouragement has the capacity to replace your zeal and faith in God.  In my case l constantly find myself being discouraged by the very people l love, those that God actually gave to me. And in most cases it is probably my expectations that disappoint me.

I have leant now that  all disappointment is controlled by expectations . People will disappoint you.  I’m sure that even l disappoint some people unknowingly ..

Constantly God has brought me to situations that leave me shattered, just so he can get me back to him. It sounds like affliction but it is really growth.  Most of the times l would have grown into the bad habit of letting people have higher priority to me than God.  And when they disappoint me you can imagine how discouraged the lover in me is.  However trying those times are, l believe that they have brought me to a place of understanding..

It is therefore apparent to me that the only way to avoid being discouraged is to Let God be your Anchor, the one you hope in, depend on, rely on, look to and run to..God is steadfast, faithful, never failing, loving, gracious, Our God abounds in mercy. Many times we are looking for God answers in people. You may have been hurt by people, maybe you should forgive them because they never had what you were after, God has what you are after.

An anchor is a person or thing which provides stability or confidence in an otherwise uncertain situation.

 The reason we should look to Jesus is so that we are not discouraged. Our God remains faithful and constant, He will never let us down or put us to shame.

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful [true to His word and His righteous character], for He cannot deny Himself.” ‭‭2 TIMOTHY‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭AMP‬

“being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.” ‭ROMANS‬ ‭4:21‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to“Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own].‭‭1 THESSALONIANS‬ ‭5:24‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.”   HEBREWS‬ ‭13:8‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Then the LORD passed by in front of him, and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth (faithfulness);” EXODUS‬ ‭34:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

God is faithful [He is reliable, trustworthy and ever true to His promise–He can be depended on], and through Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”‭‭1 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Whenever you feel discouraged, look to God. He is so faithful , so good, so loving, there is no one like Him. He will not leave you, He does not change. So there is no reason why l should be discouraged, yes people may disappoint me but God will not.

 So don’t let discouragement replace your faith in God . God is absolutely dependable.

I’m encouraged, l pray that you are too

Love 

Shalom 

Recognise the Counterfeit 


All through our lives the enemy will try to distract us from God’s best for us. 

The devil is a liar and he is very good at giving you a counterfeit. A presentation that is close enough, just so you don’t get to perfect will of God.

A counterfeit is defined as something “made in exact imitation of something valuable with the intention to deceive or defraud.”

To overcome we have to know the truth so that when the lie is presented recognise it. 

EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:17‬-18 AMP‬‬

“Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.”

‭‭”Do not get drunk with wine, for that is wickedness (corruption, stupidity), but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit and constantly guided by Him.”

‭‭At times l can be a little impatient. As l was working through what to write about today God took me to the above verses ☝🏽.

As l began to seek for understanding, l realised that in my current season l was beginning to get blinded of the will of God  for me.

The illustration given in EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:18 of drunkeness is exactly what we become when we are not led by the spirit. To grasp the will of God we have to be constantly led by the spirit.. Our adversary the devil deceives us  when we are led by our emotions, by our circumstances, by worldly goals and times deadlines.

Being a child of God, trying to live according to his will, l am constantly bormbaded with perception, opinions and questions. And l recognised that if l am not vigilant l will  settle for counterfeit blessings.

  1. Recognise  and understand the will of God for your life.
  2. Know the truth about what God says and the promises He has for you.
  3. Be vigilant and know that you have an enemy.
  4. Be filled with the spirit and let him lead you
  5. Don’t settle for something God hasn’t confirmed for you. 

Prayer 🙏 

Dear Father, may you help us to constantly seek your will, grant us grace to be led by the spirit constantly. Help us to recognise anything that is not from you that we may always stay in your perfect will..  Amen 

I hope you are encouraged 

Love 

Shalom 

When God says “Wait “.


Recently l have been pondering upon the things l desired at certain times and they didn’t occur when l expected.  Waiting can be rather frustrating, especially when it seems like time is running out or everyone else seems ahead.

I realised how great a Father God is not to give me things when l am not ready for them. God loves us so much and He wants us to do well in everything. He doesn’t want us overwhelmed and unable to go through his purpose for us in joy.

He cares about everything that concerns us. Many times we see delays as denials. Yet God is preparing us for greater things. He is working in us the right attitude, most cases God is making us deserving of that blessing. As God is a rewarder of those who deligently seek him ( Hebrews 11:6)

Psalms 84:11

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord bestows grace and favor and honor; 

No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

 So when God says wait,  that desire, that plan, or whatever you are seeking is not yet good for you. It may cause you to draw back or move away from the purpose of God.

You may not be ready for that platform yet. Instant gratification may cause you to be pressured by people and you end up drifting away from the plans and purpose of God which are always higher than ours.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.

Remember God’s promises are yes and amen . If God said He will do it then He will. He is not a man that he should lie. Our God is able. As the word of God says in 

Numbers 23:19 –            God is not a man, that He should lie,Nor a son of man, that He should repent.Has He said, and will He not do?Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? 

When God says wait, I realised He means trust me, he has something better for me. He is working it all out. God has put in us desires which He knows and will fulfill.

I’m learning to embrace the seasons as l wait on the promises of God.

I hope you are encouraged to wait on God.

Love 

Shalom 

The enemy Doubt


This got me thinking. Are they things l haven’t received because of doubt? God responds to my Faith. 

Have l been praying and doubting. Doubting the ability of God?

My spiritual Father taught us that the most effective part of a prayer is what you do after it. Prayer in itself is effective but how you behave after a prayer makes it even more effective..

I can honestly say that at times l have fallen into that trap. I pray and yet still worry, still pondering on it. How does that help me? It only makes me unsettled, it means l have prayed and not believed in the results. Hence l am doubting, l am restlessness in my thoughts, in my feelings and decisions. 

James 1 :8 AMP

“being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].”

http://bible.com/1588/jas.1.8.amp ‭

This really got me all wrecked and l realised the need to repent from the enemy doubt.

James says there that such a person is not to expect to receive from God. Could it be that the thief has been using doubt to stop you from receiving from God?.

I believe this doesn’t only relate to asking for wisdom only, in all our requests to God let us believe in God’s willingness to help us. Trusting that He is able to do even more than we could care to think or ask.

We are blessed when we believe what we have not seen.

                   JOHN‬ ‭20:29‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, do you now believe? Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, and favored by God] are they who did not see [Me] and yet believed [in Me].”

🙏 Oh gracious Father we love you, thank you for showing us your word and your ways. Teach us to believe. Remove all doubt from our minds. Thank you for your unending mercies.

I hope this encourages you 

Much love 

Shalom 

Perfect Love …

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I have begun a journey of finding out more about God’s love for me.  There more I understand it and try to comprehend it I am blown away and driven to tears. That God loved me so much that He gave His only Son that I should not perish.  It is literally beyond me how much God loves us.

Throughout my search for self-worth, I had been blinded from the love that is available to me through Christ. See  I knew there was a void and I tried to fill this void many ways and failed.What determines your self-worth? My StoryWhat determines your self-worth? My Story

In my blindness I became afraid.  I can testify that I lived under fear for so long. At times I could not even get out of the house.

Fear of  failure, fear of the unknown, fear of being different, fear of people,  fear of not being loved,  fear of trying new things..     The list could go on forever. I felt caged, my heart was sick, it was so heavy on me and I hated myself.

I thank God that he opened my eyes.  Fear was a weapon the devil has used to keep me from my destiny and purpose in God. The revelation God gave me was that l needed to receive his love, to let his love grow in me, to understand it so much so that it becomes engraved in me. That I am loved beyond measure. How can l be afraid when understanding the love God has for me and when l begin to love God so much in return. You would do anything for those you love.

 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  1 John 4:18

God’s love for me drives out fear. I am no longer a slave to fear. Yes at times I have to confess it on a daily basis and remind myself that l have no reason to be afraid. Fear takes away joy, peace and freedom.

  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

Prayer:                                                                                                                                                Dear Father help us to grow into sufficient understanding of your love for us. That we may be bold to walk in the power You made available to us. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, AMEN

I hope you are encouraged

God loves you

Much love

Shalom

 

 

What do you have that you   did not receive? (1Corinthians 4:7 )

For it is by grace we have been saved through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.     Ephesians 2:8-9

For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?                             1 Corinthians 4:7

Matthew 7:1-3 Amplified version 

Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly].

 For just as you [hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure [used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you. 

Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye?

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”      Luke 8:38

 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.   Matthew 6:14

I must be honest, l was totally wrecked by these verses… The bible is so clear, l realised l have so far to go, so much to learn and so much unlearning of ways that are not God’s. At times religion takes you to the law but it is by grace that l am saved. It’s nothing l did, but Grace… Oh how I’m so grateful that God had mercy on me.

This is an encouragement to us all to remember to look at each other with grace as we work out our salvation .

🙏Father teach me to be gracious, for you have be so gracious to me. To forgive, to love even as you have done for me..

Much love

Shalom