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 realities of Heaven

    What is Heaven‘s Reality?

    Heaven’s reality is different from our reality.

    On heavens reality Healing is our portion.

    On heavens reality Peace is our portion.

    On heavens reality we are Forgiven.

    On heavens reality Prosperity is our portion..

    On heavens reality we are loved.

    God says his thoughts are not our thoughts.

    Our ways are not his ways.

    God’s ways and thoughts are far higher and greater than ours.

    So where do we get it wrong?

    1. We focus so much on the realities of this world 🌍.

    2. We have not mastered the art of receiving what Jesus has already given us.

    3. We don’t believe in the realities of heaven.

    What should we do?

    1. I know it’s a process but we have to master the habit of focusing on Jesus..

    Whatever we see here on earth is not our reality as children of God. We can pray that as it is in Heaven let it be in our lives .

    2. Receive God Himself. Receive His reign over your life. Receive His gifts..

    3. Believing in the realities of Heaven. Regardless of what we are going through, let’s choose to see things as God sees.

    Dear Child of God

    You’re blessed and not cursed.

    You’re above and not beneath.

    You are not poor but you’re rich.

    You’re not worthless you’re the apple of God’s eye.

    You’re not ugly you’re a masterpiece.

    Things will work in your favour..

    You’re not a failure you’re a winner.

    That is your reality..

    Look up…

    See Heaven..

    See Jesus..

    God loves you..

    Patience the prerequisite

    Have you ever wondered how to possess the promises of God? Well l have, l must confess to wanting to rush the process.. In between trying to upgrade my studies, working and just life in general, l was beginning to get frustrated with the process to the promise. The when’s and why’s had become my best friends 😂.

    With God there are no shortcuts l realised.. The only way out is through it ..

    Patience as l have now come to understand is the behaviour in waiting not just the ability to wait.. COLOSSIANS‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭AMP‬‬👇🏾

    “So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself],

    put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper];” COLOSSIANS‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    In order to receive the promises of God in our lives we constantly need to work on our endurance , our ability to not complain and grumble .. Even just to continue doing the will of God, we need to become better at enduring seasons with a good temper.

    Only then can we receive All that God has promised us.. Hebrews 10:36☝🏽

    Well l pray this will help you in your walk with God. That God may encourage you and strengthen you as you read this..

    Much love 💖

    Shalom

    God’s name is God’s answer..

    This week l have been studying on the Names of God. I realised that the Names of God reveal and help us to understand:

    1.  The character of God .
    2.  Our needs and our redemption 
    3. We get to know Him better and intimately hence we are able to praise God for who He is.
    4. We know the vast riches that are available to us as His children .                 

    This is just what l learnt I’m sure there is so much more. How amazing is this though, to know that Jehovah- Jireh means he will provide, God sees before we even know what we need.
    Moreover God actually named himself Jehovah-Rapha ( Exodus15:26). healing is what He is. Anytime we are in need of healing we can remind God of who He is..

    In all our battles – God is Jehovah-Nissi our victory banner, he fights all our battles.

    When we are distressed and disturbed- God is Jehovah-Shalom, The Lord our peace.

    Whenever we feel alone, God is Jehovah-Shammah. He lives in us, he is in our hearts.

    Whenever we feel we are lost we remember we have Jehovah-Raah The Lord our shepherd, he guides, feeds and protects.

    ☝🏽And God is  Jehovah El-Shaddai, forever cherishing us and loving us like no one else can 🙌🏻. I think God is amazing.

    God is just and all the things He does are right, -Jehovah Tsidkenu the Lord our righteousness, he justifies us and makes us righteous through Jesus Christ.

    I realised that knowing the names of God is a very  crucial step in having an intimate relationship with Him and experiencing  his goodness in all the areas of our lives. Many times His answer is in His Name.

    The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs to it and is safe and set on high [far above evil].”PROVERBS‬ ‭18:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    Whenever we are faced with a need, a problem, a battle, a situation, let us call unto the name of The Lord our God, our refuge.

    I hope you are encouraged 

    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 

    Creating an atmosphere where the word and the voice of God can be heard …

    2 Kings 3 vrs 10 -15
    So this story always gives me the greatest inspiration and my desire is to be a not just a song leader but a Minstrel

    Many times we get to praise and worship and we lose sight of the purpose and the power that is in this segment. Not only is this the only segment that is entirely for God, it is in there also he is found as it says in Psalms 23:2, God inhabits in the praises of his people. So even while we are praising we should connect with him as we are giving him praise not only in worship. 

    Back to the story in 2 Kings 3:11 we find that Elisha the prophet had been called to a dilemma and these kings wanted him to enquire of the Lord and give them an answer . We see then in verse 15 that before Elisha could hear from God he asked for a Minstrel. The bible says as the minstrel played, the hand and power of God came upon Elisha and he prophesied.

    It is our job as worshippers including instrumentalists to create such atmospheres, to praise God with such revelation and love that we touch his heart . In such atmospheres nothing is impossible. I wouldn’t want to stand in the way of God’s will, we can actually hinder the presence of God, even hinder his word from being spoken. 

    There is so much to praise and worship that goes beyond us. It’s important that we know we are not entertainers. We are Minstrels. We aim to touch the heart of God with our sincerity, our love for him and unshaken faith in him. Let’s strive to go further in our praise and worship for him.

    Much love

    Shalom