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

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

In whom do you Trust?


Being born again and spirit led doesn’t mean that you get exempted from the trials and whirlwinds of life. I can tell you that the moment l decided to truly walk out my salvation all hell broke loose. I was like wow, how is it that when l am trying to do right and l get more trials. It’s because the moment you start living for God you are a threat to the devil and he will fight you.

Today l want to talk about Trusting in the Lord.  See, because you are a child of God you will face situations that will rob you of joy, discourage you, hard times that will shake you. The only way to survive these times is to put your trust in God.

Trust is defined as having a firm belief in the ability, the reliability, the truth of someone or something.

So when we say we trust God we are saying “Lord we believe in your reliability, in your truthfulness and abilities, we are confident in your word. We will not fear or worry.
From age old in the bible we see men and women who walked fearlessly because they trusted God. David faced Goliath, he escaped swords from Saul, he slaughtered lions because of his unshaken Trust in God.

We used to sing a song at Sunday school

” Trust and Obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey”…

  •  How profound this ☝🏽song has been to me now when l find myself in situations when: no one understands me,  when friends are few, when my heart is broken, when l can’t face life, when l don’t understand what is going on,when words come against me, when weapons are lodged against me…

I decide to lean not on my understanding,  and totally Trust in him..  It’s not easy but keep relying on God. I hope this encourages you, l needed this today..

Here are some verses to encourage you;

  1. Jeremiah 17:7                                     Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.
  2. Proverbs 3:5                                 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding;
  3. Proverbs 29:25                               The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
  4. Psalms 37:3                                 Trust in the Lord and do good    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture..

At times Pain is what fuels us to be better.. God is working it together for our good..


Let me tell you about how l get to March, l am privileged that God loves me too much to let me go astray and through January and February he

Moves and separates me from old ways, old habits he even moves some friends for the season and though the process is painful it,

Arms fully through the amour of his word and he doesn’t just stop there he,

Reaches down in my heart and uproots selfishness, plants and rebuilds and at times l cry but this is the fuel that will carry me through the year and it,

Collides me with destiny and aligns me to the “will” of God, by focusing me on the right direction in a way that my,

Heart yields to God and shows me that l had forgotten that the Heart of the matters in my life is God..

I am his, l work to please him because, l love Him and he is worthy of all of me..

I am unable to live without him.

The trials are all worth it…
Love you all 

Hope you’re encouraged 

God loves you.

We love because he first loved us..

Having been a very insecure person and struggled to find worth, l can tell you that l often found myself finding it hard to love people.  It seemed words of people would get be all upset and unknowingly people would do things and have me all heart broken. The root was in my past as you would know if you read my blog on What determines your self worth.

It took me a long time to understand that disagreement doesn’t mean disapproval. Just because people disagree with you doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. I constantly found myself associating people who had different opinions with me as haters.  To me it meant they didn’t love me.

I thank God, because he then taught me to love myself. He taught me about his love which is unconditional. It doesn’t matter what l do or don’t do he still loves me.

In Romans 8:35-39 we read that nothing can separate us from the love of God! Nothing in this world and through God we are more than conquerors because he first loved us. 

However people do wrong us, even more the people we love, the people we are to work with even in our churches. When that happenes remember to pray for those that wrong you. You will find that you really can’t hate those who you deliberately pray for.

Be intentional about loving others it pleases God when we love, because God himself is Love. 1 John 4:8 says “whoever does not love has not known God for God is love”.

Love you all

Shalom

The art of Submission 

         (March 2016, I learnt submission to God will through devastating events)

Happy New year reader, May God cause you to prosper immensely as you submit to his will. Maybe one of these days l will share with you what happened to me last year that transformed my life. There was purpose in my pain and l learnt to submit to God. So the past few days God has been really pressing my heart to share about submission.

Jesus Christ the son of God demonstrates his submission to God in various occasions throughout his time on earth. One occasion we find in (Matthew 27:50 AMP), it says that Jesus voluntarily, sovereignly dismissed his spirit from his body in submission to his Father’s plan. If you read on in that chapter you find that as soon as he did that heaven responded immediately. I believe that the moment you truly submit to God your life will never be the same again.

Submission to God must therefore be a voluntary act, a complete go ahead to God, to his purposes and his will. My main focus today is James 4:7 AMP, it is written 

“Submit to (the Authority of God) Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

For the longest time l can testify that the part l knew mostly  from James 4:7 was about resisting the devil. But God began to speak to me about this verse. Many at times we want the devil to flee from our finances, our families, our lives but we haven’t submitted to the authority of God first.

Usually we like to act against the will of God and then not want to face the consequences. For example “How can you not give a tenth of your offering and then want to rebuke the devourer? You don’t want to submit to God’s commands about giving but you want to resist the devil in your finances.

Dear reader when you give way to God hence submission you have a cover against the devil. God becomes your cover. Some demons and evil spirits will never flee unless you submit to God. Lack of obedience to God , lack of yielding to his will, leads to you not having a cover. You try to resist the enemy and he keeps returning to you.

The verses that lead to verse 7 of James 4 talk about things to avoid, even naming the generation that is friends with the world an adulterous generation. It flirts with the world, refuses to submit to God’s ways hence it becomes an enermy to God.

You may be asking well how do l submit to God, well first if you haven’t received Jesus Christ in your heart and made him your Lord and Saviour you need to by praying the prayer of Salvation. If you are already saved then repent before the Lord.

Ultimately, allowing the yourself to continuously live by the spirit, being guided by the spirit, its will and purpose will help you and is the art of submission.  Romans 8:7

You see, the mind of the flesh is actually hostile to God and it is unable to submit to God, as it pursues sin and to gratify the needs of the flesh.

You however live by the spirit! You will resist the devil in the name of Jesus Christ the son of the living God, in whom you are submitted to, in whom you live, breathe and have your being.

Now l always say l am not perfect, l write this to share as God would have pressed on my heart to. I am also learning the art of submission.

I hope you are encouraged to submit your ways to God.

Much love 

In his service 

Shalom 

The struggle is real but God is Stronger…


There is something about the human nature that seeks to be accepted. To fit in and to feel loved. When it comes to doing God’s will that can be a hinderance.

I have come to the realisation that the struggle is real. This is because we have an enemy the devil who is in this world and he will fight you, making you afraid of being an ambassador of Christ Jesus.

It seems people love you more when you do what they are comfortable with.  Now this determines wether you do the will of God  or not. The fear of being judged or being too different.

People will always have something to say wether you do something or not. The truth is that when you are in Christ you are a partaker of his sufferings 1 Peter 4:13, In as much as we also share in his Glory. If the world hated Jesus, it will also hate those who stand for him.

An understanding of this truth will help you in your walk with Christ Jesus. You know that it’s going to be hard, people will not always agree with you. What matters is that you complete your assignment and that you know your actions are not in vain.  God rewards those who deligently seek him Heb 11:6.

Now the secret is knowing the power that is available to you at the cross in the name of Jesus Christ son of the living God.  It’s  your unshaken faith in the knowledge that you can overcome any struggle as Jesus overcome. In this world you will have trouble but take heart Jesus has overcome the world, John 16:33.

I pray that you are encouraged and that you stand for God by doing his will. Knowing that his divine power has given us everything we need to overcome and live a life that glorifies God. 2 Peter 1:3

Fight and win !!

Much love 

Shalom