Recovering from Mistakes

Have you ever made a mistake?

The definition of a mistake include an act that is wrong. I would love to not make mistakes but sometimes it is inevitable.

The best thing you can do is recover and learn from your mistakes.

The devil uses mistakes to distract us, to condemn us and to discourage us. His aim is to Steal our confidence in God, to kill our relationship with God and to destroy what God is trying to build in you.

  • In most cases when l have made a mistake my reaction would be to
    1. Condemn myself and blame myself
      Remove myself from everything (guilt)
      Then my prayer life reduces (my relationship with God suffers).

    Now that l have studied this pattern l know that it is a work of the enemy! To distract me from what God is doing. God doesn’t want that for me. Instead he calls me closer to Him.

    So what then do we do when we realise our actions were wrong? Who better to learn from than David himself. (2 Samuel 12:13), (Ps 51:10)

    Steps to take when you have made a mistake

    1. Confess your sins, tell God what you have done. Don’t try to blame, accept that you were wrong.
    2. Ask for forgiveness , ask God for forgiveness, if you wronged someone ask them for forgiveness.
    3. Receive your forgiveness, this step is important because if you don’t believe in your heart that God has forgiven you, condemnation will take hold of you..
    4. Learn from your mistakes. It’s important to know that you’re not your mistakes. That’s not who you are, Mistakes have no place in defining you. But we can use them as a learning tool.

    Ask yourself why you behaved that way?

    How can you avoid this in the future ?

    5. Keep on Keeping on 😄. Don’t shrink back. Continue doing what God has called you to do. The devil would like you to stop.

    Press on , Feed your soul with the word of God. Spend time with God.

    I pray that this encourages you!

    God loves you 💖

    The enemy in my mind…

    I have often wished someone could pray away the bad thoughts in my mind,

    That someone could just pray away the fear, the anxiety and the confusion that takes my mind by storm..

    I realised that l had an enemy , The Bible calls him the accuser of the brethren..

    He is sneaky, he doesn’t come in ways you can see him, he is a deceiver ..

    l realised l had been fighting a battle in my mind with The spirit of negativity..

    Every spiritually force that fights our lives has a name. To win the battle we have to fight the enemy at his lies.

    Recognising what you are fighting is the first step..

    No matter what good thing happened to me, l always found a way to think negatively, there was always something in the way of my joy..

    Now that l know what l am fighting, the second step is to fight. Some thoughts you can’t pray away you have to

    Declare what you know to be true (the word of your testimony) pull down strongholds by your declarations.

  • Our words are powerful, l never understood this but the best thing you can do for yourself when bad thoughts overtake your mind is to speak the word of God..
  • Silence the accuser in your mind by testifying about what God says about you. We have been given a sound mind..

    2Timothy1:7.

    Lastly arm yourself with the word of God.. Think about what you are allowing yourself to think about?

    For me l recognised that l constantly allowed myself to think negatively about myself..

    Then replace those thoughts with good thoughts..

    At times you may need extra help to dig through the roots of whatever is going on in your mind, talking to someone you can trust someone who can help you ..

    Whatever it is the enemy has been saying to you is a lie..

    Let the voice of God be louder .

    We need each other…

    Granted, relationships are hard to maintain. People are bound to say and do things that get to us. But never allow yourself to believe that it’s better for you to isolate yourself from people, especially those that God has given you.

    Isolation is an a trick of the enemy

    There are times that l have found myself crying myself to sleep, stressing over things and never asking for help. Feeling alone yet l have such great people around me but l had believed a lie that l am better off alone.

    The devil seeks to isolate you so that he can attack you and no one will be there to help you.

    We have to pray for the ability to discern when the devil is at work in our relationships and in our minds. The devil is a liar he will whisper lies to you, that you are alone, that no one understands and there by putting a distance between you and your family, your friends and even your church brethren.

    “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated,

    but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.

    Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

    Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    I have come to realise that the devil is busy, he seeks to isolate the hearts of children from their mothers, sisters from their brothers, husbands from their wives .

    You find yourself suffering in silence yet you are surrounded by family and friends. People getting depressed, suicide rates are heart breaking, mostly because people won’t talk to each other.

    If you’re feeling alone right now l want to encourage you that “God is with you”,

    And if you’re overwhelmed and needing help find someone to help you.

    In which relationships are you sensing a wage of distance? Do you find yourself constantly isolating yourself?

    When you know the truth, you will recognise the lie.

    I pray that this empowers you to fight for your relationships.

    Much love 💖

    Shalom

    Beauty for ashes

    My dearly beloved broken crayons still colour .

    Your History doesn’t determine your destiny .

    The current situation in your life doesn’t dictate your future.

    Your pain serves as fuel for your testimony and your destiny.

    Your mourning, your despair, your shame has qualified you to receive beauty, blessings and a double portion of honour.

    God is in the habit of making the most out of the worst situation. Bringing out the best in us through the challenges we face.

    To all who mourn in Israel,

    1️⃣he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, 2️⃣a joyous blessing instead of mourning, 3️⃣festive praise instead of despair.

    In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.” Isaiah‬ ‭61:3‬ ‭

    Have you experienced shame?

    “Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.” Isaiah‬ ‭61:7‬ ‭

    God is so good 🙏, Every situation in your life that you thought would be the end of you, He uses it to make you a hundred times better .

    There is beauty waiting for you on the other side, Hold on!

    I hope you’re encouraged

    Much love 💕

    Shalom

    Embracing the unpredictability of life..

    Discomfort, disappointment , disruption, pain are part of life, so is comfort, celebration, love, joy and success. To go through life only expecting the good leaves room for nasty setbacks when things don’t go as planned.

    I have decided to give up the notion of comfort and embrace the unpredictability of life .

    I realised that when God says fear not He promises to be with us not take us away from the circumstances but to walk through them with us.

    “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 ‭NKJV‬‬

     

    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    “Yea, though I walk through the valleyof the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    Dear friends there will be valleys, there will be mountains, we may pass through waters, and may have to walk through fiery circumstances , but God is with us. At times your life may need to be disrupted so that there may be progress.

    The challenge is in staying calm in the fire, staying alive, to keep praying and praising when everything is against you. Stay in the fight!

    I used to get affected so much by circumstances. Functioning through storms of life has been a real struggle.

    However life has taught me that not all things will go as planned. Whatever the situation l must keep on keeping on.

     

    So my goal this year is to never stop , regardless of whatever comes my way. However painful the challenge, the heart break, the discomfort will find me ready and prepared. I have stopped too many times, and that has not kept disruptions from coming my way.

    So what am l saying today?, As my Pastor would put it “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

    Embrace the unpredictability of life.

    I hope you are encouraged

    Much love 💖

    Shalom

    What crisis demands …

    So l looked up the definition for crisis, it is “defined as a time of intense difficulty, hardship or even adversity”. After having been through a whirlwind of a year.

    Let’s face it no one really wants to be in a crisis but life doesn’t give us the luxury of that choice. Things can take a turn at any given time and as children of God it’s best that “we know what crisis demands.”

    “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    Job is one of many in the Bible who experienced great difficulty :

    • The attack of his character
    • The attack of his protection
    • The attack of his family
    • The attack of his possession
    • The attack of his health

    As l was reading through the book of Job, l wanted to learn how he reacted to such times of crisis. I for one am not a fan of problems and l tend to react the wrong way.😩 Doing what crisis demands

    1️⃣Cry out to God ,the temptation is to complain, be anxious, be troubled and give up. But Job prayed.

    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”. Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬

    Which ever the case refuse to let the situation cause you to lose faith in God..

    2️⃣ Worship God, when crisis befell Job he bowed down and worshiped God.

    “Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.”Job‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬Crisis demands that we keep giving God glory

    3️⃣ Hold on to your integrity , your beliefs. People will question your beliefs when difficulty strikes, they will question your God. It’s important that we hold on to God and to his ways in crisis.

    Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”In all this Job did not sin with his lips.Job‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    4️⃣Trusting God in such times is crucial. Knowing that we may not understand but He does. Leaning not on our understanding, {Proverbs 3:5-6}. Job keeps this trust in God.

    5️⃣Acknowledge that God is God. Most of the times when we get into a crisis we try to figure things out, we may even utter words that offend God.

    “You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” Job‬ ‭42:3‬

    Job Repented, acknowledging that he had spoken of things he didn’t understand. Repentance brought restoration .

    🔴“And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.” JOB‬ ‭42:12‬ ‭

    Stay strong God will restore you. Do what crisis demands hold on.

    Whatever the crisis God is with you.

    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