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

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

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 

Don’t let discouragement replace your faith in God..


The greatest challenge of Christianity in my view is discouragement.  Throughout our walk with God we have to fight being disheartened by circumstances. Discouragement has the capacity to replace your zeal and faith in God.  In my case l constantly find myself being discouraged by the very people l love, those that God actually gave to me. And in most cases it is probably my expectations that disappoint me.

I have leant now that  all disappointment is controlled by expectations . People will disappoint you.  I’m sure that even l disappoint some people unknowingly ..

Constantly God has brought me to situations that leave me shattered, just so he can get me back to him. It sounds like affliction but it is really growth.  Most of the times l would have grown into the bad habit of letting people have higher priority to me than God.  And when they disappoint me you can imagine how discouraged the lover in me is.  However trying those times are, l believe that they have brought me to a place of understanding..

It is therefore apparent to me that the only way to avoid being discouraged is to Let God be your Anchor, the one you hope in, depend on, rely on, look to and run to..God is steadfast, faithful, never failing, loving, gracious, Our God abounds in mercy. Many times we are looking for God answers in people. You may have been hurt by people, maybe you should forgive them because they never had what you were after, God has what you are after.

An anchor is a person or thing which provides stability or confidence in an otherwise uncertain situation.

 The reason we should look to Jesus is so that we are not discouraged. Our God remains faithful and constant, He will never let us down or put us to shame.

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful [true to His word and His righteous character], for He cannot deny Himself.” ‭‭2 TIMOTHY‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭AMP‬

“being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.” ‭ROMANS‬ ‭4:21‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to“Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own].‭‭1 THESSALONIANS‬ ‭5:24‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.”   HEBREWS‬ ‭13:8‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“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

God is faithful [He is reliable, trustworthy and ever true to His promise–He can be depended on], and through Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”‭‭1 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Whenever you feel discouraged, look to God. He is so faithful , so good, so loving, there is no one like Him. He will not leave you, He does not change. So there is no reason why l should be discouraged, yes people may disappoint me but God will not.

 So don’t let discouragement replace your faith in God . God is absolutely dependable.

I’m encouraged, l pray that you are too

Love 

Shalom