The painted picture..

So l have been a little frustrated about my pictures lately 😂. To be honest l allowed myself to get frustrated by a lot of things this month.That being said I’m grateful for the lessons that l learn in each and every challenge.

With only a few weeks left for October to end l look back and see that God really helped me through some tough times and taught me some tough lessons, revealing to me the need to work more so on my attitude in the stormy ⛈ seasons. The fact that I’m writing again is a miracle in itself.

Anyways as l was frustrated at myself wondering why l always look terrible in people’s pictures 😂, God gave me this amazing revelation that got right to the depths of my heart. I know that it might seem very petty to you but l have suffered from a deep seated inferiority complex for the longest of times and though for the most part l have healed, the devil can use a weird looking picture of me to remind me of my painful past.

So today God said to me “Shalom it’s just a painted picture. It doesn’t show who you really are, how kind you are, how loving you are, how much you desire to do well for others, it doesn’t show all that at all. So why are you frustrated at the painted picture.

  • How many times though do we paint a picture of perfection?
  • How many times to we uphold the picture, praise the picture of all that is happening and forget the effort that was put in getting the perfect picture?.
  • How many times do people put so much more effort on the wedding ceremony and forget that they have to work on the marriage itself.

Don’t be disheartened and discouraged by the picture that is painted to you

by your circumstances, by people around you, by how you look now, by what people say, not even by your mistakes It’s only their version and not really the truth . The truth should set you free. The truth is what God says. The true picture of who you are can only be painted by God.

So let God paint a picture of the true you, don’t concentrate on how others see you.. God has the bigger picture..

I hope you’re encouraged

Love ♥️

Shalom

God is in charge of all seasons…

October has just started and I found myself already wanting it to end. The amount of things happening and things to happen had me overwhelmed and l felt as if God had left me in September.. 😔

As funny as this may seem problems do have a tendency together with the devil himself at work to make us forget that God truly is in control of everything in our lives .

There is peace and wisdom in knowing that God is in charge of everything and every season in our lives. Nothing takes God by surprise, He knows our going in and out coming out. We are His creation, created for His purposes.

When seasons change though, the process may be so uncomfortable. We may find ourselves wondering if God is still in charge in turbulent seasons. As l read Ecclesiastes 3, l understood that there is a timefor everything.

There are things that happen in life and we can find ourselves blaming each other or getting angry at ourselves, yet there really isn’t anything that we could have done to make it change or go away. In fact somethings had to happen. At times we need to praise God for all the doors 🚪 He shut . How would we know God as a healer if we never get sick, how would we know he is a provider if we never have a need. Not that l am advocating for problems but l am encouraging a change of the way we view trying times.

One thing l noticed however is that when seasons change, there is a need to change our mindsets too. Just as we change our clothing to keep warmer or cooler, we need to do the same. Some seasons need more action than others. This season has got me pressing into God more than ever, l am unable to solve any of the situations l am going through by myself.

Anyways 🙂 now that l have realised that God is in charge , l have decided not to worry. It won’t change anything.

I don’t know what you are going through, wether it’s good or bad, l am encouraging you and letting you know that God is in charge.

And there is no one else better to be in control than “The Great I Am”, The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God Who Is to Come!🙌🏻🙏

And guess what, He never changes, He loves us and He is working all things together for our good. Isn’t that just perfect 👌.

So l say Amen to His will, Amen to His ways 🙏.May we always be aware of the greatness of The God Who is on our side .

God loves you! Yes you😀

Much love ♥️Shalom

Connection…

Have you ever come to a point you find it hard to pray, you have lost hope, you feel weary nothing is working out?. You find yourself impatient with everyone, unable to love, to be kind, self-controlled or whatever goodness you used to be able to do and be? A time when everything seems hard to do. Can l be honest?, l have been in such times.I found myself asking how did l get here? My connection had weakened, l was no longer plugging into my source of power. I was running on insufficientpower.

“When you lose your connection with God, you lose your access! “

Access to peace, joy, patience, self control, you basically lose your ability to bear the fruit of the spirit.

Isn’t it amazing how 🔸we know how to charge up the phone when it’s on low🔹 we know we can’t get any access without internet connection🔺we can’t make calls with insufficient credit in our phones 🔹 we can’t take any photos if we have no space to store them. Hence if you have no connection you are unable to get access and without access you really can’t do much.Interestingly when we look at nature we see that when we take any organism out of its natural ecosystem it will find it difficult to survive. (If we take a fish out of water it wouldn’t survive)..

♥️I love John 15:4 “Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you.Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me.” JOHN‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭AMP‬‬

The biggest mistake we could ever do is run from God. . God already knows our imperfections and struggles. He wants to help us. He can’t help us if we are running from Him.

I am reminded of all the things that Jesus Christ is to us, 1️⃣He is the True Vine2️⃣ The Good Shepard3️⃣ The Bread of Life 4️⃣The Door 🙌🏻5️⃣ The Way 6️⃣The Truth 7️⃣ The Resurrection …

How can we expect to have truth, life, good direction, goodness, peace …. without Him, when He is all these.

I am convicted to fight for my connection with God..

🔸Prayer is fundamental, it is communication with God.

🔸 The Word of God is our food, let us feed on it and meditate on it.

🔸 The power is in abiding, remaining connected, regardless of how much you feel you have sinned, God loves you.

Keep in touch with the Heavens ..

I hope you are encouraged

Much Love ♥️

Shalom

Enriched relationships..

A few years back l heard a statement from my mentor that stuck with me “God protects us against our enemies, but He can’t protect us from our brothers” (The people that God has given you, your close family, your church brethren or anyone who has been placed into your life by God intentionally). I couldn’t understand it at first but recently l have come to understand it.

God gives us the responsibility to work out our relationships with those He gave us. It is up to us to forgive each other, to be truthful, to love, to respect , to honour ..

And God himself is our standard, our manual for how to relate to each other.”

If we but for one moment think of how we can improve the way we relate to each other, l believe the world would be a better place today.

So l ask, If you knew you had the power to make someone feel loved, feel secure, feel encouraged what would you do differently on a daily basis in order to enhance better relations?

How does God relate to us?

Here are some things l found out about how God encourages us to relate to Him and how He relates to us?

🔹He Loves and when God loves He gives. His love is strong as death, God sacrificed, something that He loved so deeply His Only Son- unselfish love.

🔸He is constant and unchanging, never Lies, God actually cannot lie, God

remains faithful and true to His word.

“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 it? Or has He spoken and will He not make it good and fulfill it?”

NUMBERS‬ ‭23:19‬ ‭AMP‬‬

🔺God forgives, forever merciful, compassionate slow to anger, gracious and faithful.

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

1️⃣We could talk of how God always hears us when we call, 2️⃣ How he is always with us3️⃣How absolutely trustworthy and dependable God is4️⃣How He has plans for us to prosper5️⃣ How much God wants to fellowship with us6️⃣How so deeply concerned about us He is7️⃣How God grants us so much grace, honour. Oh how he has blessed us so, even when we don’t deserve it.. 🙌🏻 His ways are so perfect.

God is the perfect example of how we should conduct ourselves in our relationships.

Let us get into the habit of thinking about how we can love better, encourage more, be there for each other, communicate to each other, forgiving one another and improving, adding to each other’s lives as God desires.

🙏Prayer

Father thank you for loving us, thank you for granting us the ability to have a relationship with you, Help us to make you the standard of how we relate to each other, so that your Name may be glorified, that we may be filled with so much of you and less of us. Thank you God for you are a God who is able.

May God enrich your relationships and give you people that will love you as He does.

I hope you are encouraged

Love ❤️

Shalom

Joy Unspeakable …

How can one have joy in the midst of life’s ups and downs? At times the enemy uses wounds from the past to keep you from enjoying your life. As you may have already know, l am on a pursuit to live and experience all that was released for me at Calvary when Jesus Christ gave Himself for us. And unspeakable Joy is definitely our portion in Jesus Christ.

There is a joy that is unspeakable, inexpressible, unshakable and full of glory, this Joy we find in the presence of God. In the presence of God there is fullness of joy -Psalms 16:11.

So how do we get this Joy?

🔹There is undoubtedly something in life that we choose to make a source of our joy. Even the people in our lives can be our source or even achievements, jobs the list is unending.

🔸If you however base your joy on people, material things then your joy is conditioned to those things.

♦️You can’t need everyone’s approval before you decide to ignite the spark God has put in your life. You give them power to blow you out too.

🛑Therefore the only constant joy that is never ending, inexpressible, full and glorious is found in God, by us believing in Him, and making Him the source of our joy.

Joy unspeakable is found in the Lord!

1️⃣ Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 | KJV

2️⃣Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.Romans 12:12 | KJV

3️⃣ Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.Philippians 4:4 | KJV

4️⃣ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV

Shift your focus from circumstances, from how you feel and focus on God.

If your mentality doesn’t shift you remain under the dark cloud of the painful memories in the past.

The presence of God in us results in fruits of the spirit as indicated above ☝🏽 Galatians 5 :22-23, and Joy is a fruit.

This is just perfect 👌, We already have Joy, it has been given to us by God. All we need to do is to cultivate it and maintain an attitude of Joy regardless our circumstances.

🙏 Pray according to the word of God, Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit as you ask for God to fill you with his glorious Joy.

🙏Dear Father in heaven, thank you for your unconditional love and your forgiveness. May you fill us with Joy that is beyond understanding, for we trust in you, So that we may overflow with joy and hope in you through the Holy Spirit regardless of the challenges we face. Thank you Lord for you hear us when we call. Amen amen.

May you overflow with the Joy of the Lord

Much Love ❤️

Shalom

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 win.

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 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.
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

Recently we had to give out some flyers as youth at a shopping centre, l tell you it was quite 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.
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 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 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

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

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 you get encouragement through this. Your suffering is not in vain.

Much love ❤️

Shalom