This is so true in all its entirety. Sometimes we use the statement “i’m not perfect” to justify our sinful nature and actions we know God isn’t pleased with. Yes, we’re not perfect but thats the whole point of the race we run. To know Christ in His fullness, so we can emulate and reflect all that He is. The key is to know Him to the point where we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. It all begins and ends with the mind. Once our minds are transformed, everything else about us changes also. Character flaws deemed “normal” to the world like pride, anger, lustful thinking etc are changed. We cannot say we know & serve God but we still find ourselves making excuses for sins we know God detests. Remember, true evidence of the knowledge of God is not in how inspirational our Godly posts on social media are, or how “holy” we think we look, or how much scripture we’re able to memorize, but it is in the changes we see in ourselves. It is in the way we show & give love, the way we react, the kind of conversations that come out of us, the music we allow in and so forth. Its those little things we don’t make a big deal out of that reflect the knowledge of Him actually working change in us. If we seek to know more of Him, let us also seek to be changed in the process. Your prayer today: Lord, help me to know you and not just know of you, but give me a deep revelation of who you are, so that the more I know you, the more of you is reflected in every part of me. Amen💕
Every Nation Music – “WINGS”
I’ve been listening to this song for the past few weeks and it brings me back to the scripture that says: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.” Psalm 91:1. In our moments of weakness, we can certainly find strength by dwelling in the secret place. This secret place is in His presence, and in His word. We can only soar higher, out of a place of feeling low by making God our refuge. “I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:2.
Because even when we are faithless, He remains faithful. [2 Timothy 2:13]. I’ve learned through my journey, that my faith is based on His grace and not my feelings. He’s the anchor that never lets go even when we do. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. [2 Corinthians 12:9].
The Bible calls us to unwavering faith, in knowing & believing that He who has promised is faithful. [Hebrews 10:23]. Faith is truly an important and actually the most vital part of our walk because without faith, it is impossible to please God. [Hebrews 11:6]. But what about the moments of hopelessness? What about the moments of unbelief? What about the moments of weakness? Does this mean we suddenly become unlovable? Does this mean we become unworthy? Definitely not! What this means is that we keep on going. Those feelings don’t and shouldn’t give you any reason to give up, even when you feel like it. Those feelings however, give us every reason to seek more of God, to remember who He is. They give us more reason to keep our eyes steadfast on Him, more reason to come to a place of knowing that the perfect author of your faith will never let you stumble.
In Isaiah 41:13 God says; “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” This promise really puts everything in perspective for me because it reminds me that my flesh does and will fail, but God is and remains the strenght of my heart and my portion forever. Flesh can also be seen as our feelings. Feeling sad, feeling defeated, feeling discouraged, it is all part of the works of your flesh, but we are not defined by that but by the one who has set us free through His death.
So today if you feel faithlessness and doubt stirring up inside of you, don’t condemn yourself but remind yourself that your flesh is weak, but your God is indeed stronger. Therefore, remember that you can hold on to Him for strength because He is the anchor that never stops holding on to you. It is not about your grip at times, but about the branch that holds you; the perfect author of your faith.✨
Song: You’re gonna be ok – Brian & Jenn Johnson
(Can’t wait for this album)
Needed this. No matter what you’re facing today, remember that as long as you have Jesus, you’ll get through it. He will never ever leave you…You’re gonna be ok! It’s an assured truth. Jesus say’s in his word “My covenant i will not break. Nor alter the word that has gone out of my lips.” [PSALMS 89:34]. This is an assured word of comfort. It is more than believing. It’s kNOWING…you’re gonna be ok!
[watch before reading]
I came across this video early this morning and i was so encouraged. This video may be old but the whole point of why this video really stood out to me will never grow old. As you can see, thousands of believers, who love Jesus found secret meeting places to express their love for Jesus due to the communist society they lived in. The lengths in which these people went just to worship and be in the presence of God is humbling and astonishing. They could be anywhere else but they chose to be in Gods presence.
Their desire and yearn for Jesus, even though if caught would cost them their lives is what makes me ask myself…Where has my hunger gone? Not that we don’t desire Christ daily, or we don’t love him deeply, but I think so many of us (myself included) have settled into this place of convenience and complacency with God because we have such quick and easy access to him. With online Bibles only being a click away, christian book stores only being a few minutes drive, or the luxury of having a physical Bible right in front of us in the comfort of our homes. We are so spoiled with having everything at our reach that we sometimes only make time for God when we feel like it, not because we desperately crave more of Him. These people sat and listened to a teaching for hours a day, and still felt it was not enough. Yet, we complain and get restless when Sunday service exceeds a minute after the two hour mark!
Even with no Bibles, no money, and no freedom to live out their faith boldly, these people met for hours and wanted more and more of Jesus. Again I ask….where has my hunger gone? Maybe because we have it all at the palm of our hands we fail to see the value in being free to live a bold life of faith. We take God for granted because we have access to Him without restraint. Online Bibles, open churches, christian materials, christian merch. The list goes on.
I love Jesus with every fibre in my being, but I think I too have allowed the convenience & complacency of our culture affect the way I live my life and live out my faith. May God help me daily to have a deep yearning for him. Despite the culture I live in, despite the luxury of having access to Him no matter the time of day. There is a great work God is doing right now, and all God desires is a people groaning and travailing for more of him. I don’t think I ever really grasped desire until now. Its one thing to want more of God, and its another to desire Him. When we desire God nothing gets in the way. If these people won’t let a government rule stop them from seeking God, what more those of us with the freedom to do so?
I pray we all know a quickening in our search and desire for more of him. I’m extremely encouraged and I hope you are too.💕
Psalm 73:25 “Whom have I in heaven but you? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.”
There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting goals to be better and stronger in Christ for the new year, but don’t let this desire only burn from the 31st to the 1st. God will not reveal Himself to you on the 1st because you made a decision to be closer to Him on the 31st. An intimate relationship with God is about CONSISTENCY. You make a decision and you follow through with it. It’s tough, but it’s needful in order to experience all of who God is. The Bible encourages us to be ‘FERVENT’ in prayer. When we are fervent we are passionate. We have a hot, burning desire for more of Jesus. Romans 4:2 also says; “Devote yourself in prayer.” To devote is to commit. Commitment doesn’t happen in a day, but it starts WITH a day. As you keep making a consistent effort to have a daily prayer life, let go of things and people that are a distraction to your faith and just overall seek to live a life that is pleasing to GOD through faith, there is absolutely no doubt you will see not only growth, but a renewing of your mind. Start with 1 scripture a day or even a daily devotional plan, or attending Bible studies. Whatever it is that will aid your growth spiritually. The important thing in all this is to be consistent. God instructs us to draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. [James 4:8]. We must draw near to Him more than once a week, more than 5 minutes a day, more than just saying the Lords prayer every night as a ritual, but neglecting Him throughout the day. Truth is Jesus will never leave you longing and thirsting for Him. He will always meet you at your need and fill you up. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.” [Mathew 5:6] Just desire Him, get to know more of Him through His word & NEVER stop.
Happy New Year!✨Lets make it a fruitful one!
What did 2016 teach me?
2016 taught me that I am but mere dust without Christ.
It taught me that my ways are not His ways, neither are my thoughts His thoughts.
It taught me the art of warfare, and the importance of being equipped with the full amor of God.
It taught me the power I have over the enemy when I am fully equipped.
It taught me my flesh only speaks louder when my spirit is drained. Therefore, starve your flesh and Feed your spirit.
It taught me the power in the blood of Jesus.
It taught me to be kind, always. To love as Christ loves. To offer grace rather than judgement. Because Jesus offered me grace freely, all in the name of love.
It taught me that God loves His own. He is a jealous God and He will not share His glory with another. He loves me too much to see me give myself to anything or anyone other than Him, and He will not stop at teaching me that I cannot do this life without Him until I surrender to His will.
It taught me that I have all the power and authority, not of my own strength but through Christ Jesus who strengthens me to invade the camp of the enemy & stand victorious.
It taught me that family will always be there for me, and the importance of cherishing every minute I have with them.
It taught me to be selfless because being selfish is not Christlike.
It taught me to always be filled with the word of God because there are so many empty vessels who need to be poured into.
It taught be that spending quality time with Jesus beats being anywhere else because I am not sustained through man but through Him. In his presence is fullness of joy, and the joy of being in His presence beats any other feeling.
It taught me the importance of opening up. Not only is it freeing, but a form of healing. Open up to God, open up to your family in Christ. Talk about the things that you tend to bottle up because in the multitude of counsel, there is safety.
It taught me to give everything to God because He cares about even the minuscule parts of me.
Finally, it taught me that no matter what I see in front of me, no matter how high the waves rise, Jesus is there with open arms calling me to trust that He always stills the waves. He will never let me sink as long as my eyes are fixed on Him. My faith in knowing and believing that He promised, therefore He is faithful is enough to keep me going. Thank you Jesus for a year filled with nothing but glorious moments. The good, the bad…It’s all part of your divine plan to bring me to a state of fullness in you.✨I love you Lord with all that is within me.
“ But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:39
While getting ready for work this morning, the Lord dropped these words in my spirit. Specifically; “We are not of them who draw back unto perdition.” It kept on resounding within me and I had to quickly look it up. I needed to read the couple verses prior to really gain an understanding as to why I am not of them who draw back unto perdition. I love the Gods Word translation that says: “We don’t belong with those who turn back and are destroyed. Instead, we belong with those who have faith and are saved.”Hebrews 10:39. To draw back here, can speak of drawing back in faith, drawing back in our hope and our confidence. If our hope is in Christ, the scripture is encouraging us not to turn back on our faith but rather, to press on.
Verse 38 of the same scripture, according to GW translation states: “The person who has God’s approval will live by faith. But if he turns back, I will not be pleased with him.” Or as we know by the King James translation, “The just shall live by faith.” These words spoke volumes to me. We really do live by faith. Sometimes we go to God about our issues in life, asking for His hand to be seen. As human beings we’re so prone to rely on our 5 senses to determine the course of things based on what we see with our physical eyes. This isn’t how faith works and this isn’t the kind of life God has called us to. We are not a people who rely on what our physical eyes can see, but a people through great faith, BELIEVE and rely on the God we serve and what he has promised us. “We don’t belong to those who turn back.” We belong to those who press on. Why? Because of the finished work Christ did on the cross. He said “it is finished.” That means every burden you carry on your back has already been dealt with. Sometimes we don’t realize that when we fail to hold on to Him, our only hope, through an unwavering faith, we add on unnecessary burdens that have already been dealt with on the cross.
God is such a merciful God because Faith takes us places we never knew existed. Heb 10:35 says “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.” I just want to encourage anyone reading this right now to never lose hope. There is much reward available to us just by living in faith. It sounds so simple right? Truth is It is. By His grace! It only feels difficult when we draw back & allow the feelings of the flesh rule. But as we walk in faith and we walk in the spirit, every step feels lighter and easier. In the end, we want to live a life completely pleasing unto God and it can never be done if our faith is not secure. So let go of whatever burden you’re carrying right now and press on in faith. Because He who has promised is faithful and He is not a man that He should go back on His word.
Prayer: “Lord your word tells me not to be like those who draw back unto perdition, but to believe to the saving of our souls.” I don’t want to feel destroyed spiritually. Therefore, I ask that you allow me to see you even in the pain. To believe in what your word says. I pray you help me to be pleasing to you by never losing confidence in you. Your rewards are full of life and I seek to partake of that Life that encompasses all of who you are. Thank you for the strenght you have given me to keep on going even when my flesh is weak. For your strenght is made perfect in my weakness. In Jesus name, Amen!
My life is not my own. Therefore, I choose to live a life committed to giving myself solely to God. Through a life of sacrifice, a life of worship, a life of total submission even when it hurts. Everything I am, pleasing to Him.
To give more than we get back is to give ourselves to God wholeheartedly. Not for what He does, but for who He is. My existence means nothing if i’m not living to please the creator. I find it funny when people tell me i’m missing out on “life” because i’ve chosen to live a life devoted to pleasing God. Man, little do they know. A world outside God is no life at all. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life.” He IS LIFE. He gives life! It aches my heart to see so many people who live in darkness and ignorance think they’re really “living”, when in reality their souls are dying. Believe me, I’m not missing out. Rather, i’m privileged. Privileged to know a God who set me free, to know a God who loved me enough to send His son Jesus to die for me and never stops loving me. A God who can turn any mess into something beautiful. That’s the God I choose to give my all to. Withholding nothing. You’re not truly alive until He’s alive you.✨❤️