I feel like God gives us pivotal moments in time, where our hearts truly connect with His, yet it is from these moments, dreams come forth, or passions are ignited for Jesus – but ultimately, they are God’s will for our lives.
I love how gracious our God is, and what I mean by that is, God will always give us the ability to choose whether we partner with Him. Yet, it’s kinda comical when you think about it, because the creator of the Universe wants to help us fulfil our dreams deep within, and yet so many people say ”no” to His call.
18 months ago, I realised the next part of my ”call,” by simply reading the scripture in John 8:36.
You see, my heart breaks for the ”sleeping church.” I have a passion for everyone to be walking in their God-given purposes and so when we are set free from the strongholds in our lives, freedom comes, and lives ARE changed.
Homes…Cities…Nations…even the World, can be saved when God’s children are obedient to the call on their lives.
So, I have written a book, simply because I was obedient to what God was asking me to do. My book is called, ”Life’s Greatest Battles” and it is based around John 8:36, but it also goes through the strongholds in our lives that stop us walking in the freedom Christ died for. This book will be published, soon, because it’s a book for this season that the body of Christ is in.
God is currently positioning His church and we need to be ready. We were created for such a time as this, and my prayer is simply that every person that knows Jesus as their Lord, and Saviour, is walking in true freedom so that we are united in Christ and moving powerfully in what God created us for.
The serpent revealed his master plan in the Garden of Eden but unfortunately, we still fall for this question, time and time again
But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.” 2 Corinthians 11:3
How many times have you heard from God, received confirmation that this is what He wants for you, and then somehow, this simple yet profound question has got you doubting why you even thought this was from God in the first place?
”Did God really say that?” As soon as we pause…boom, doubt has crept in and our attention gets taken away from Christ.
There is someone reading this, and the enemy has asked you that same question, but you are about to walk away from your God-given purpose and dreams. Remember, that sometimes the things that God asks of us, are hard work, but it’s in our weakness that we find God’s strength.
I pray that reading this today, you will realise what was about to take place, because the serpent is as cunning today, as he ever was, but let’s face it, he’s not THAT smart, because once you know his plan, the red flags become very obvious in our lives and that is when we can start to come back to Jesus, fully devoted and our eyes and hearts, fixed on God.
I adore watching my Daughter’s relationship with God, grow.
There are times when Sarai strengthens even my own faith with a simple Bible scripture or a reality check of God’s goodness. I love that she is growing up knowing the goodness of God!
But, there can be days when you question God – and that’s okay because it’s about having a relationship with Him that’s based on His faithfulness and built on truth and love.
Yet, in those moments of becoming a beautiful mess, God always gently reminds us of His promises.
The rainbow is something that is so simple, and yet most Christian’s are instantly transported back to the covenant God made with the earth, as soon as it appears in the sky.
A rainbow is visible after it rains, but we need to remember that no one had seen rain before the earth flooded, and therefore, it is a sign to all, that God keeps His promises, because the rainbow reminds us of God’s faithfulness to His word.
Sometimes, I see a rainbow and I smile because I feel that God gave that specific one, to me.
Everything Jesus did, He wanted to give the glory back to the Father. The other day, I was thinking about what I ultimately want to be known for?
I hope that people will say, that I point others towards Jesus, and I always show them God’s love. I also want to be known as a woman who was able to go to God, not only in the low moments of life but in the praise-filled moments as well.
The whole chapter in John 17, is a beautiful prayer that Jesus prays towards the end of His life. It’s a moment of reflection and ultimately, giving everything back to God.
Whatever we do, let’s remember to bring honour and glory to God. Let’s remember to go to the Father in the highs and lows of life, because if you’re anything like me, I want to know Him more intimately, like Jesus.
Have you ever looked at another person and wished for something they have? And I don’t mean when you were five-years-old either!
It could be as simple as their clothing style? Or, their hair colour? Maybe their laugh is not as loud as yours? (Which is something you’re conscious of.) Or that you just blatantly wish you could be them?
Comparison kills dreams. It kills purpose, and it can even kill the individual themselves.
I am a twin, and we were compared our whole lives – which is ironic, because being non-identical, in some ways (in nearly every way) we are the complete opposite, and yet, people felt compelled to mold our identities together.
It’s only after the last few years that I have felt free to not take on other people’s expectations or assumptions, which means that, I have decided to live and become who God created me to be.
It doesn’t mean that some days aren’t hard, but I feel that we need to be people who look to God for our affirmation and step into that identity instead.
We need to be unapologetic about who God has created us to be, because, this world needs love and grace, not more clones.
Be bold…in the pursuit of realising what God says.
Be brave…and uncompromising in our faith.
But most importantly, just remember, to be you.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
God could have anything He wanted, and He still chose us.
That takes my breath away.
He created this world simply with His words, and the earth will literally stand still at His commands, and yet, the most important part to God with His creation, is that we say “yes” to His gift of eternal life.
He wants us to be with Him forever.
God has placed within us the desire to live forever because then, we are never completely satisfied with earthly pleasures or pursuits.
For some people, they have decided cryogenics is the way to hopefully live again, once they have died.
Yet, the answer is simple – we were created in the image of God and therefore have a spiritual thirst and eternal values.
Nothing on earth is perfect, yet we can continuously yearn for it! God has given only but a glimpse of His perfection through creation and we all desire that perfect ruler but that can only be found in eternity with God.
People need to realise that the answers to ”long life”, simply starts and finishes with Jesus Christ
Have you ever had an amazing group of friends but still felt alone?
Recently our daughter, Sarai, has been longing for ”her person.” She is an outgoing and bubbly little girl who makes friends easily (thank you Jesus) but her prayers are for more. Not for more friends but for a deeper connection.
A while ago, one of my closest friends said that she had been praying for Sarai to find her ”Jonathan” – this confused me initially because in the UK, (we now live in Auckland, NZ) one of her best friends, was a boy called Jonathan, and so I had to giggle, but Vee was talking about Sarai finding a friend that would become like David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 18.
David and Jonathan were so close that they made a covenant between themselves to protect and love each other.
This wasn’t an average friendship. This was a lifelong commitment of ”do die” for each other. This also wasn’t an eros/passionate kind of love, like you’d find within marriage. This was pure agape – unconditional and fearless.
“And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself.” 1 Samuel 18:3
Sarai hasn’t read about this story in the Bible, but I have been thinking and praying about her finding someone that she has that deep connection with, to walk with her through the bad times but to celebrate in the good.
We were all created for that deep intimate relationship with God, and I feel that this part of scripture also shows that we should also long for it in the natural sense as well.
Do you have ”your person”?
Sometimes, we can feel like the circumstances we are facing is too much for us to handle, or that, we have nothing left to give.
This Psalmist was declaring God’s eternal love. They knew that even when our circumstances change – God does not and therefore, it gave them security to know that whatever they were facing, it was not the end.
Whatever you are going through, know that at some point you will come out the other side. That is where you will praise God and give Him thanks. That is where you are able to testify to His goodness and the victory you have just received.
People think that the desert is a dry, lifeless place – until it rains, and then watch it flourish.
God will give you all you need
The song on my heart, this morning, always speaks to me deeply, because the lyrics remind me of God’s sovereignty but also, that He is an intimate and personal Father.
Our God holds everything in his hand and yet, He loves the one. His breath allows the skies to dance, and yet, He died to save humanity.
I love that God’s grace makes no sense, and our faith in Him is illogical, to most. But, His ways are higher and His thoughts are wilder than we can comprehend – but that’s the point.
There’s no plan B.
God’s plan is to draw closer to us. That we will get to know Him more deeply. To see His heart for us. To hear His thoughts, because we matter to God.
So, here, now…
Let God be all that you need.
Let the Spirit breathe on us.
God is waiting for us to allow Him into our circumstances, so that our trust will rise and faith soar.
God wants our hearts so that we will believe what He speaks to us.
“Give me your heart and embrace fully what I’m about to tell you.” Proverbs 23:26
So today, let God’s voice be all that you hear. Take the logic out of the equation. Stop trying to renationalise what we don’t understand, and simply say, “God, have your way.”
Personally, I think, our eyes are one of the most beautiful and captivating parts of the body.
It is said that they are the gateway to our soul and I don’t think our eyes can hide our emotions or feelings.
As Christian’s, we have been blessed with different types of vision – seeing with our natural eye and the spiritual vision, God has given us.
Spiritual vision allows us to see the world from God’s point of view and to see what He wants from us in the circumstances we face. But as usual, God has given us the ability to choose as to whether our eyes, in the spiritual sense, become clouded – dark – as we focus on worldly issues.
This passage is talking about money and although money, in itself isn’t evil, the desire and need for it can bring devastation into people’s lives.
Straight after this Scripture, Jesus speaks about worry, for good reason…
Yet today, I want to encourage you that a ”good” eye, as Matthew 6:22 states, is one that is constantly fixed on God
I love the Bible, and I honestly can’t imagine my life without it.
I’m the kind of person who, when asked the question, “What three items (not people) would you take onto a desert island?” My first answer – every time – would be, my Bible.
I used to think that the Old Testament and generally, anything that I didn’t agree with, was nothing more than stories, or merely a human perspective of God. I certainly didn’t like the “bad parts” but that’s because I hadn’t understood that God was in control of the Bible’s writings – all Scripture is God-breathed.
The Bible shows us that God created the mountains and died on the cross, but the Bible as a whole is a journey of how His loving grace has also transformed people thereafter.
Why do I love it so much? Because it guides me in the way I should live and it brings a revelation about how God saves and that, God loves me so much, that He wrote a book to show me the truth.
Every word, every sentence, or notion, was carefully inspired by God, for us.
And that takes my breath away