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 

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 “Unbelieving Heart ” Displeases God.


When l first read Hebrews 3, l was in tears. It showed me clearly that one of the most important things to do as a child of God is to look after your heart as it can actually cause you to turn away from God.. The heart however small is to be guarded as out of it springs issues of life, it determines the course of your life (Proverbs 4:23).

              The unbelieving heart …

Hardens,  itself to the voice of God …              (Hebrews 3:8).. It refuses to listen and it causes you to always;

Err and be led astray in your heart, it’s easy for it to disregard the will of God (Hebrews 3:10).. The unbelieving heart;
Always forgets the ways of God, hearing but never applying the word of God never changing or becoming better (Hebrews 3:10).. it ,

Rebells aganist God, that though it has seen the wonders of God, it provokes and displeases God by its refusal to cleave and trust & rely on him who created it thereby;

Turning away, and deserting the Living God, unwilling to rely on him..


Let us not grieve and displease God in our hearts, let us rely on him and believe in our God. See we can never enjoy all of God’s promises unless we Believe in him, we can never enter his rest unless we do.

               

 

This is an encouragement to us all let us fight the heart of unbelief and work for a Yielded Heart …                  

Prayer 🙏                                                           Oh God, create in us clean hearts and renew the right spirit within us.. 

(Psalms 51:10)

Much love ❤️ 

Shalom 

In whom do you Trust?


Being born again and spirit led doesn’t mean that you get exempted from the trials and whirlwinds of life. I can tell you that the moment l decided to truly walk out my salvation all hell broke loose. I was like wow, how is it that when l am trying to do right and l get more trials. It’s because the moment you start living for God you are a threat to the devil and he will fight you.

Today l want to talk about Trusting in the Lord.  See, because you are a child of God you will face situations that will rob you of joy, discourage you, hard times that will shake you. The only way to survive these times is to put your trust in God.

Trust is defined as having a firm belief in the ability, the reliability, the truth of someone or something.

So when we say we trust God we are saying “Lord we believe in your reliability, in your truthfulness and abilities, we are confident in your word. We will not fear or worry.
From age old in the bible we see men and women who walked fearlessly because they trusted God. David faced Goliath, he escaped swords from Saul, he slaughtered lions because of his unshaken Trust in God.

We used to sing a song at Sunday school

” Trust and Obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey”…

  •  How profound this ☝🏽song has been to me now when l find myself in situations when: no one understands me,  when friends are few, when my heart is broken, when l can’t face life, when l don’t understand what is going on,when words come against me, when weapons are lodged against me…

I decide to lean not on my understanding,  and totally Trust in him..  It’s not easy but keep relying on God. I hope this encourages you, l needed this today..

Here are some verses to encourage you;

  1. Jeremiah 17:7                                     Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.
  2. Proverbs 3:5                                 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding;
  3. Proverbs 29:25                               The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
  4. Psalms 37:3                                 Trust in the Lord and do good    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture..

We love because he first loved us..

Having been a very insecure person and struggled to find worth, l can tell you that l often found myself finding it hard to love people.  It seemed words of people would get be all upset and unknowingly people would do things and have me all heart broken. The root was in my past as you would know if you read my blog on What determines your self worth.

It took me a long time to understand that disagreement doesn’t mean disapproval. Just because people disagree with you doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. I constantly found myself associating people who had different opinions with me as haters.  To me it meant they didn’t love me.

I thank God, because he then taught me to love myself. He taught me about his love which is unconditional. It doesn’t matter what l do or don’t do he still loves me.

In Romans 8:35-39 we read that nothing can separate us from the love of God! Nothing in this world and through God we are more than conquerors because he first loved us. 

However people do wrong us, even more the people we love, the people we are to work with even in our churches. When that happenes remember to pray for those that wrong you. You will find that you really can’t hate those who you deliberately pray for.

Be intentional about loving others it pleases God when we love, because God himself is Love. 1 John 4:8 says “whoever does not love has not known God for God is love”.

Love you all

Shalom

Are you going through a lonely season?

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Are you going through a lonely season? Have you lost all that you thought you knew? Is what you are waiting for not coming?.

Now could it be that you had placed that person, that position, that wealth, the idea of having whatever it is you desired as more important to you than God? Could it be that you had begun to consult them people more than God.

In 1 Kings 18 we see Elijah asking the people of Israel ” Is there no God that you consult Baal” Friends Baal stands for anything that you classify as more important even unknowingly, and it takes God’s place in your life. It could be your friends, your phone, money the idea of getting married so much so that that is where you spend all your energies at.

See our God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14), he wants your all. There is a danger friends in putting anything else as more deserving of you than God. You endanger yourself and that person. God will literally separate you so he can turn your heart back to him. He has the power to take away from you everything so that your focus is on entirely on him.

I can testify to such seasons and I believe God wants me to encourage someone out there who might be going through the same situation. Is God first in your life?Are your decisions based on God, man or your emotions. Is God your God in good and bad times, is he God in your daily life. Do you wake up to him or to your phone to flood your heart with timelines on Instagram or whatever else. Where does most of your time go?

Now if you have recognised that you had placed your job, phone , friends as more to you than God, turn back to God while he still can be found (Isaiagh 55:6). Ask God to show you how to put him first in the midst of life’s demands. Cast all your anxieties on God because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

God loves us so much he wants to be part of our daily life. If you are like me and God has moved some people away from you and got you out of your comfort zone then use that season to spend time with God and truly follow him.

Even  friendships have seasons it could be that you are not going the same direction, it does not make them a bad person, its just the season God is wanting you in. Maybe you so badly need money, or anything you desire ask God to give you wisdom and focus on him while you wait on God.

Remember God will always give you double what you lose for his sake. That is why his thoughts and ways for us are higher than ours. (Isaiagh 55;9). Do not be tempted to run back to the things that God is taking you away from in those seasons. It is painful yes but it is a season, it will not last forever. In due season God will give you all that you desire, notice its “in due” season. There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

God loves you so much, will you just spend time with him.

Love and blessings

In his service

Shalom