Leading every thought captive…

Have you ever been tormented by a certain kind of mindset?
I'm thankful to God that l have now realised that the enemy will always try to attack my mind. Growing up l never seemed to understand how one minute l could be so happy and the next minute l am so sad l can hardly get out of the house. I would have literally thought my way into depression.

Anytime the enemy can get into your head he has got into your system.

The devil being the deceiver, the liar, the father of all lies, builds a stronghold, a place that he controls you at , knowing the exact buttons to push to get you into a certain train of thought. For me as l came to realise he had made me so insecure and uncomfortable with being myself, that l had actually come to believe that l was just not enough as l am. That was the stronghold that would brew in me thoughts of worthlessness.

But thanks be to God l have discovered the stronghold, and l am now more aware of the thought process that leads me to feeling that way. Moreover l know the truth about what God says about me.

☝🏽🙌🏻 God has given us weapons, he has given us the capacity to destroy fortresses, these are the strongholds, such as the mindset that the enemy had planted in me of worthlessness. Through the power of the name of Jesus Christ l can come against the enemy and so can you and destroy, casting down all places that he has controlled your mind.

Now l love this verse ☝🏽👌 , it is life changing. This means we don't have to entertain thoughts from the enemy. We can choose to take into captivity every thought, to the obedience of Jesus Christ.

Now get this everything that you think of that is not in accordance to God's word is a lie.

Every thought and every purpose must be in accordance to the word of God.

So if the I'm thinking well I'm just a failure that is a lie the word of God says “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].” ROMANS‬ ‭8:37‬ ‭AMP‬‬

🔹The devil will always lie and tell you the opposite of what God says about you. Don't think your way into stresses, insecurities, fear, decide to lead every thought captive before it even starts controlling your attitude.

So what do we need to think about?

  • Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]." PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭AMP‬‬. 🙌🏻☝🏽
  • “Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value].”COLOSSIANS‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭AMP‬‬
  • “So prepare your minds for action, be completely sober [in spirit–steadfast, self-disciplined, spiritually and morally alert], fix your hope completely on the grace [of God] that is coming to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 PETER‬ ‭1:13‬ ‭AMP‬‬

🔹It's a battle we have to fight daily, so as to let go of the thoughts that are not from God and take on his true, lovely excellent, pure and right.

🔹Being intentional about our thoughts where are they leading us , to joy or to depression, to action or to distraction?

🔹and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude],”EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭AMP‬‬

The declaration and promise l am claiming is of a sound and undisturbed mind.👇🏾

We can control our thoughts and cast down all imaginations, pull down every stronghold and lead every thought captive.

🛑Not that l am there yet, but l am determined more than ever to disappoint the devil in changing my train of thought and destroying all his plans.

I hope this encourages you , l am praying🙏 for you as you read this that God may open your eyes to see whatever strongholds the enemy had build and lied to you about.

Deliverance is yours and mine in Jesus Christ's Name. 🙏 Amen

Much love ❤️

Shalom

Is suffering a lost ministry in the church today?

Does God use suffering for our good? Is suffering a ministry? Is suffering a test ? In some cultures suffering is viewed as a curse or as a sign that God has forsaken you. Is this true? As a christians should we endure suffering?.

So many are the cases of people in the bible who had to go through some suffering before promotion. Take for example Joseph who had to endure years of suffering as God prepared him to lead and save many.

Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.” Psalms‬ ‭105:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

🔹 We learn from the story of Joseph that he had to go through many trials because of the calling that was on his life.

🔹We also learn that God tested Joseph's character through that time of suffering.

Suffering also has to do with character pruning, so many gifted people lack character in the church today . Because they did not allow God to take them through a process of character pruning, which breaks every ounce of pride and self-will.

Even generally, one at times has to go through some failures until they get a pass.
Physically you have to train and sometimes it's uncomfortable but it has great benefits.

However when it comes to the things of God we all tend to think well it shouldn't be this hard. I'm totally guilty of complaining when things get hard and the Lord has been teaching me to learn to endure times of suffering and still be fruitful in those times.

This week l had a distressing encounter that almost threw me into a defensive mode and l was ready to literally lash out 🙈. I guess l had been hanging on for years doing good and being patient in this particular situation.

I was about to put matters in my own hands. Well thankfully 😅 the Holy Spirit stopped me.

And he whispered to me "suffering for doing good is a ministry in itself ". God sees, let the vengeance be His.🙏

So l was then lead to study on this very unpopular topic of suffering in the aspect of Christianity. Suffering is painful, it is distressing and very uncomfortable more so when you are having to endure undeservedly.

However God uses suffering to prune us, to refine us and to mould us. Moreover when we have endured we are able to help others, it is never really about us it is always about God and His purpose.

“Indeed, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested and chosen you in the furnace of affliction.” ISAIAH‬ ‭48:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

‭‭ “You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver. You captured us in your net and laid the burden of slavery on our backs. Then you put a leader over us. We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance.” Psalms‬ ‭66:10-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“In this you rejoice greatly, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, which is much more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested and purified by fire, may be found to result in [your] praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
1 PETER 1:6-7 AMP

We recently went to give out some flyers as youth at a shopping centre, l tell you it was quiet the experience. The flyers had a stop ignoring God message and you can imagine the amount to despising we suffered. We did have some people who were welcoming but we also received a few verbal outburst that weren't too kind.

Now if you know me, you know that this was quite a challenge, 1️⃣I'm an introvert 2️⃣I am a lover at heart, and lets just say being rejected is not really my favourite things 😂

But l realised that they were not really rejecting me but God. Later on l actually thought to myself l am actually honoured to have been given a chance to suffer for the sake of God's kingdom.

When l look at the examples that we have had set before us, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour Himself suffered for our sake, Paul had to suffer, Stephen suffered, most of the disciples suffered for the sake of the gospel and we are saved because they obeyed and endured.

But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while [by taking on the limitations of humanity], crowned with glory and honor because of His suffering of death, so that by the grace of God [extended to sinners] He might experience death for [the sins of] everyone.” HEBREWS‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬
☝🏽🙌🏻🙏 Thank you Jesus .

“For it was fitting for God [that is, an act worthy of His divine nature] that He, for whose sake are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the author and founder of their salvation perfect through suffering[bringing to maturity the human experience necessary for Him to be perfectly equipped for His office as High Priest].” HEBREWS‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I can't help but think what am l doing today? How willing am l to suffer so that others may hear the good news of salvation that has so set me free.

I'm not all for struggles believe me but l realise that some struggle is necessary for our growth, for us to stop being proud and selfish, to create in us a complete dependence on God. Pressing in is required. Determine to be fruitful even in your time of suffering. We are never alone, God will help us 👇🏾

"After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace [who imparts His blessing and favor], who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be].” 1 PETER‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

So l leant that God can use suffering to test us. However the testing of our faith produces endurance. Just because we are going through trials doesn't mean God is not with us. And most of the times we suffer as training, there are people waiting on you and me to share with them this good news of salvation.

🙏I pray that you find strength and encouragement through this.

Much love ❤️

Shalom

Hope never puts us to shame.

Hard times do come from time to time. Trying times and circumstances that test our trust and hope. When we lose hope in these situations we lose our joy, our faith, our strength, our love and we become sick in our hearts.👇🏾

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.” PROVERBS‬ ‭13:12‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Hope expresses a cherished desire, along with a confident assurance of obtaining that which is longed for.

Having hope in God, is a practical tool we can use in difficult situations. I for one get into all sorts of trials and l know God is strengthening me through them. And whenever l look back l see that God is faithful and he has never tested me beyond what l can bear.

And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation].” ROMANS‬ ‭5:3-4‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Isn't this ☝🏽 just perfect 👌 . Whenever we hope in his promises of protection, deliverance, love, grace , mercy, the list goes on but our hope in God will never put us to shame.

Another promise of God we can hope in is written in 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.”

Therefore we hope in the plans God has for us, they will surely come to pass 🙏.

🔸 Indeed, none of those who [expectantly] wait for You will be ashamed; Those who turn away from what is right and deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed (humiliated, embarrassed).”
‭‭PSALM‬ ‭25:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

🔸Kings will be your attendants, And their princesses your nurses. They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth And lick the dust of your feet; And you shall know [with an understanding based on personal experience] that I am the LORD; For they shall not be put to shame who wait and hope expectantly for Me.” ISAIAH 49:23

🔸O Israel, hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption.”PSALM‬ ‭130:7‬ ‭AMP‬‬ 🙌🏻

🙏 His eyes are on us when we hope confidently in His ability to do for us as he promised!

Abraham is another great example of unwavering hope and faith “In hope against hope Abraham believed that he would become a father of many nations, as he had been promised [by God]: “S O [numberless] SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.”” ROMANS‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

The Holy Spirit will give us hope http://bible.com/1588/rom.15.13.amp and confidence in God's promises.

Benefits of hope

Joy – “🙌🏻constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength],” ROMANS‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭AMP‬

Boldness 👇🏾
“Since we have such a [glorious] hope and confident expectation, we speak with great courage,”. 2 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭3:12‬

Faith & Love –
for we have heard of your faith in Jesus [how you lean on Him with absolute confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness],
and of the [unselfish] love which you have for all the saints (God’s people); because of the [confident] hope [of experiencing that] which is reserved and waiting for you in heaven. You previously heard of this hope in the message of truth, the gospel [regarding
salvation]”. COLOSSIANS‬ ‭1:4-5‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Glory – “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2 KJV

All your hopes and efforts are not to waste, The eyes of the Lord are on you. Keep your eyes on Him and He will never put you and me to shame.

I hope you are strengthened in your Hope in God.

Much love 💕

Shalom

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 

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 

A renewed Mindset 


I have been pitiful for years , now l want to be powerful. I realise that Christianity is not a walk in the park but l also know now that Jesus Christ died so that l may have and enjoy life in its abundance. 

JOHN‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”

http://bible.com/1588/jhn.10.10.amp

Much of what we often cry for we have already been given . The art of receiving is  my struggle as l have now realised. It’s starts by believing in the word of God. 

A constantly renewed mindset is undoubtedly key to receiving the all that God has given us. A mind that thinks according to the word of God. A mind that knows and is renewed according to the knowledge of God. By doing that we understand the perfect will of God for our lives.

ROMANS‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭AMP‬‬.     

And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”


Seems to me the more l think according to this world, the more my goals are set as per this world the less l understand and the less l live in the perfect will of God…

Focus more on what God says and who he says you are, reminding yourself of what you have received on Jesus Christ. Until it transforms to your reality.

I am actually preaching to myself too.  

Let us continue to be transformed by renewing our minds daily.

May God’s grace be sufficient for you

Love 

Shalom