We have been gifted

Merry Christmas dear reader!

I’m excited, we have been gifted, we have been given a gift that is greater than anything we could ever imagine. A gift that will last for eternal ages. The gift is Jesus Christ,

Wonderful Counselor

Mighty God

Everlasting Father

Prince of peace

Jesus is the reason for the season!

For this reason we rejoice, our Lord has come!

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,

Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

John‬ ‭1:29‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Let us therefore prepare Him room !

With every gift we make a conscious decision to receive. I pray that we may receive this gift,

The gift “Jesus Christ ”

Much Love 💖

Merry Christmas

Shalom

What crisis demands …

So l looked up the definition for crisis, it is “defined as a time of intense difficulty, hardship or even adversity”. After having been through a whirlwind of a year.

Let’s face it no one really wants to be in a crisis but life doesn’t give us the luxury of that choice. Things can take a turn at any given time and as children of God it’s best that “we know what crisis demands.”

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Job is one of many in the Bible who experienced great difficulty :

  • The attack of his character
  • The attack of his protection
  • The attack of his family
  • The attack of his possession
  • The attack of his health

As l was reading through the book of Job, l wanted to learn how he reacted to such times of crisis. I for one am not a fan of problems and l tend to react the wrong way.😩 Doing what crisis demands

1️⃣Cry out to God ,the temptation is to complain, be anxious, be troubled and give up. But Job prayed.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”. Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬

Which ever the case refuse to let the situation cause you to lose faith in God..

2️⃣ Worship God, when crisis befell Job he bowed down and worshiped God.

“Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.”Job‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬Crisis demands that we keep giving God glory

3️⃣ Hold on to your integrity , your beliefs. People will question your beliefs when difficulty strikes, they will question your God. It’s important that we hold on to God and to his ways in crisis.

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”In all this Job did not sin with his lips.Job‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

4️⃣Trusting God in such times is crucial. Knowing that we may not understand but He does. Leaning not on our understanding, {Proverbs 3:5-6}. Job keeps this trust in God.

5️⃣Acknowledge that God is God. Most of the times when we get into a crisis we try to figure things out, we may even utter words that offend God.

“You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” Job‬ ‭42:3‬

Job Repented, acknowledging that he had spoken of things he didn’t understand. Repentance brought restoration .

🔴“And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.” JOB‬ ‭42:12‬ ‭

Stay strong God will restore you. Do what crisis demands hold on.

Whatever the crisis God is with you.

Much love

Shalom❤️

Peace stealers..

There is nothing that l admire more in a child of God than a peaceful spirit, just a calm lover of God. There are too many miserable christians out there. There is need for constant seeking peace , peace with God, peace with ourselves and peace with others.

I must admit that at times l too allow myself to lose peace over the smallest things. As long as you don’t confront issues in your life that frustrate you those things will always have a hold on you.

As for me l recognised that there are constant culprits , that steal my peace. Having to wait a long time for something is one of them, not seeing progress also gets to me and sometimes l allow words and attitudes of people towards me to take away my peace.

On reading 👇🏾ISAIAH 26:3) there are three key areas that l needed to work on, hopefully you will learn from them too🙂

The number one peace stealer is

1️⃣Losing focus, Hence focusing on circumstances, feelings, people rather than focusing on God. I am reminded of how Peter began to sink when He took His eyes off Jesus.

“But when he saw [the effects of] the wind, he was frightened, and he began to sink, and he cried out, “Lord, save me!” ‭‭. MATTHEW‬ ‭14:30‬ ‭

Lesson, Keep your mind on God, on what He wants you to do, on who He says you are.

3️⃣ Wavering in your trust in God Whenever l start to waver in my confidence and trust in God, l lose my peace. When l start relying on my own understanding of things l lose peace.

Trusting in God means that you rely in Him, whatever may come your way you know you have someone to run to. Knowing confidently that God is a refuge and He will never let you down.

💥How to maintain peace

✅Stay focused on God rather than your circumstances, Put it into practice and let it be a habit.

✅Never compare yourself, invest in knowing the value that you bring, your uniqueness, fight insecurity.

✅Lean not on your understanding, Train your heart, mind and soul to trust in God. Remember the faithfulness of God, you are alive today because of his grace and faithfulness to you.

What are some of your peace stealers?

God promises perfect and constant peace to those who keep their minds focused on Him.

Much love ♥️

Shalom

 

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

The Word of our testimony..

I find it mind blowing, eye opening even, that one can overcome evil situations by the words that come out of their mouths.

Makes me wonder half the time why l never grasp the habit of confessing and speaking into existence the things l want to see in my life.

Come to think of it we serve a God who speaks things into existence

“(as it is written [in Scripture], “I HAVE MADE YOU A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS ”) in the sight of Him in whom he believed, that is, God who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.”

‭‭ROMANS‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Whatever comes out of our mouths therefore has the capacity to manifest itself into existence, be it sadness, be it joy either in our lives or in the person who we have spoken it to.

We should not take for granted our mouths, they are divine weapons ! When they are filled with the word of God , they have the capacity to change atmospheres.

It is with the mouths we give praise and worship to God.

“With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God.” JAMES‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

My focus today is on how we can better use the word of God, through the word of our testimony in difficult situations, even in good times.

Overcoming by the word of our testimony

(Confessing it out loud)

1️⃣In weakness – “I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose–I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭AMP‬‬ 🙌🏻

2️⃣Feeling timid- “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].”2 TIMOTHY‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭AMP‬‬

3️⃣ Discouraged – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9 NIV

4️⃣Feeling unlovednor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ROMANS 8:39 AMP

5️⃣Things falling apart- “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.” ROMANS 8:28 AMP 👌

6️⃣Fighting spiritual welfare – “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.”COLOSSIANS 2:15 AMP

These are just some of the verses l came across, the Bible is a rich resource, More so, the Word of God, it is alive and active. When we speak it into our lives and circumstances it has the power to do that which it was sent to do!

I hope this encourages you, to testify of the works of God, to speak life into situations, to change your circumstances by your praise..

I am also taking hold of this principle and learning daily to watch over my words.

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