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 

The reason Why?

There are many times l have done things out of habit without really thinking about what I was doing.

The past year God took me into some situations where l had to ask myself why l go to church, why do l pray and why do l sing.

I was born and raised in the church, for me Sunday was a day to go to church, l had never not gone to church on Sunday it’s something we did. I would feel terrible if l didn’t.
So when things began to get hard, so much that all l knew was shattered. The people l used to go to church with left. The things l used to do easily became harder. I had to put more effort, travel longer, pray more, my friends had left. I wanted to quit. 

And God asked me Why? God was looking to change my way of thinking and living, my way of serving. See l had become religious. I had good intentions but l didn’t please God. I was more concerned about people than l was with what God wanted. Realising this shook me. 
God had begun a process of changing my why..

Your why should always include the fact that you love God. Your motive should always come back to God. 

To worship him because we love him. To go to church to hear his word and to worship him together with others.

There is no love without sacrifice. When things get hard, don’t quit before asking yourself why. See because deep down l did love God, l wanted to please him. So if my reason for going to church was because l had friends and family there then when they left l would leave too.

If my reason for giving, for loving and serving God was because it was easy when it got hard then l would give up.
God wants you, your heart and your love. And l honestly believe God deserves that, he deserves being served in honesty. Situations are not always ideal and that doesn’t mean God is not there. 

 So l vowed to worship God wether happy or sad.


Do l encounter difficulties yes,                 Do 
l find myself alone at times yes,        Do people misunderstand at times yes. 

But the reason l serve God is because l love him and he is worthy of all of me. God is God, the creator of heaven and earth.

I began a journey to finding out who God is to me.  I can testify that as soon as l changed my Why, my life has never been the same. There is meaning and purpose in my life now. 

I believe that is why God says in John 4:23 

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

God seeks people to worship him in spirit and in truth, our way of serving is an art of worship, and when we serve him with the right reasons we please him.

Challenge your reasons Why?

I hope this encourages you 

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