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

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

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