The life we lead

No one deserves to be saved, and yet God freely gives us a choice anyway.

I woke up this morning with gratitude in my heart and a love for God that I cannot describe because God loves me, He chose me, and sent Christ to die for me – as He did, for you.

Jesus broke the power that the enemy had over us when He conquered the grave. I love that Jesus defeated death and so, we are free to live the life that God created for us, as individuals.

Faith in Christ allows us to walk into our God-given purpose.

Faith in Christ allows us to move forward into the unknown because we understand He is for us and not against us.

Faith in Christ allows us to see past our circumstances and stand firm in God’s promises.

Faith in Christ allows us to lead a “Holy life,” that reflects God’s moral attributes and therefore, love like never before

The body is weak

This verse literally sums up the struggle between our body and spirit.

In the natural there is always a reason not to spend time with God…tiredness, sickness, running late, that deadline to meet etc.

Yet, the supernatural is where the miracles reside. It’s where breakthrough happens and atmospheres shift.

So many times, I have gone through my day and realised that I haven’t given God the time or allowed Him to move in the circumstances I faced.

The warning to Peter from Jesus was simple. The body will always come up with an excuse not to spend time with God but “our drowsiness” is what will ultimately be our downfall and how the enemy picks us off one by one.

Temptation to skip time with God sideswipes us because it is in prayer that we become equipped and strong in Christ. It is in prayer that God’s strength oversees the body’s weaknesses and defend us against Satan’s power

Haters will hate but we can love anyway

We may not be able to keep people from slandering us, but at least we can stop supplying them with reasons to.

As long as we do the right thing, people’s accusations will be futile.

The Bible says that “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35)

There will always be one person, who will want to speak against you but how about you be “the one” that Jesus died for and said “follow me.”

The wisest thing my Mum ever said to me was, “Two wrongs don’t make a right!”

Today I pray, that we will all show the love and grace to others, that God freely gives, no matter what actions others show towards us.

Being attached to Jesus

Cut a branch off from the vine and it dies, because it no longer has the ability to grow or be nourished.

This is a simple but powerful reflection of Christian living that tends to be forgotten.

Many people are good, honest people, who do what is right towards others. But Jesus says in this passage that the only way to live a truly good life is to stay close to Him – like a branch attached to the vine.

Remaining in Him, sees fruit in our lives such as, prayer (15:7), joy (15:11), and love (15:12). Thinking about other scriptures from Galatians 5:22-24 and 2 Peter 1:5-8, they too describe additional fruit but it is always to do with our character.

When I think of “bearing fruit,” the natural tendency for me, is to think of souls won for Jesus. Yet today, this reminded me that God is more concerned with our individual journeys and relationship with Him than the outworking of our ministries.

We shouldn’t be so busy to forget this beautiful truth – that Jesus came to save the one, so our relationship with Him is the most important vine of all.

Resting like God

The Bible doesn’t say that God “needed” to rest; it simply says that He did.

God was not tired or weary – it was a choice He made to, “cease” work and so, He stopped.

How many of us struggle to stop working?

To rest. To simply, be still.

We always seem to have a desire to continue to “do one more thing.” Or help “one more person.”

God created us with a day of rest in mind. To not only reflect on the past six days but to honour Him. To show that we want to glorify God by trusting that He knows what’s best for us and if our Creator took a day to rest, then so should we!

I was taught this years ago and it has served me well. I hope it blesses you too. To avoid burnout we must:

  • Divert Daily – Spend time with God and do something that relaxes you
  • Withdraw Weekly – take a sabbath
  • Abandon Annually – disconnect completely from the “normal”

“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.” Psalm 127:2

The struggles we face

The struggles in life, are so real for most of us these days…

Is it just me, or does it always feel like there is something going on?

Some hardship, some drama, some circumstance that always wants to pull us in the direction that is not God’s will for our lives.

Some days are easier than others but I was reminded today that if the devil tempted Jesus for 40 days, immunity will never happen for us!

Paul gave a strong encouragement to the Corinthians that temptation and struggles in our Christian walk happen to everyone, and therefore we shouldn’t feel that we have been singled out.

After-all, the day that we gave our life to Christ – we became an enemy to this world.

This scripture is comforting because God is faithful and when we turn to Him in the midst of any temptation, He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear AND He will provide a way out.

So many Christian’s feel that they are doing something wrong when temptation comes their way but Jesus was tempted and He did not sin. That’s because temptation is not the sin but only when we act on those feelings.

We need to remember that:

“You, dear Children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

There is always a way out, we just have to focus on God to get there.

Hope in prayer

Have you been praying for something, that you know is God’s will, but it has not happened yet?

Keep praying!

Continuous prayer keeps our hearts directed toward God (and his blessings) and the conversation of prayer deepens our love for Him

I have found that the things that I stop praying for, are the things that I have put to the back of my mind – I no longer desire to see the fruition of that circumstance, that breakthrough, that healing, their salvation, that job etc.

I encourage you to keep praying and keep seeking God’s will because it’s where we develop the hunger and desire to see change in our lives and that of others.

Prayer is where our purpose and destiny are stepped into and when God moves powerfully because we continue to hope in Him.

What are you hoping for?

The cries in dust

This is such a beautiful reminder of humanity’s fallen state and the curse put upon us, from Genesis 3:19.

This verse is both a confession of the psalmist’s own struggles and his prayer for the Bible to breathe life back into him.

How powerful is this verse?

The Psalmist knows his Creator, because God breathed life into Adam’s nostrils and that the Psalmist is aware that all scripture is God-breathed.

It goes against our very nature to read the Bible when we are down, struggling with life, or in despair, but Psalm 119 reminds me that we breathe in the breath of life, when we turn to God’s Word. It revives, restores, and re-establishes our connection with Him.

My prayer today, is that we will all stay true to God’s truths and that He moves us from crying in the dust to delighting in His Word!

The unlovables

I have been mulling over this passage of scripture, since reading it yesterday on my Bible app. It’s one of those scriptures that we can quickly read and think that we “get it,” because we all know that we’re supposed to “love each other the way that God loves us.”

Yet, we seem to only apply it to the loved ones that we are comfortable with. The people that agree with our viewpoints or moral standards.

The unloveable people are ones that rub us up the wrong way. They are the type of people who go against God’s principles. They might be involved with rioting, starting wars, or treating animals cruelly. They might be individuals that agree with the pro abortion, who are LGBT, or feminists that believe in equal rights. They might be individuals that campaign for the death penalty for murderers or rapists. Or the people that have different political or religious views compared to our own. Everyone is passionate about the things they believe in.

Jesus was the complete expression of God in human form and He revealed God and His love to us.

He is the standard we look too and anything other than what the Bible talks about, means we except a lesser value. When we love one another, the invisible God reveals Himself to others, through us, and that is when love is made complete. That is when chains break and we realise that God’s standards are not the worlds standards.

Since when did we box ourselves in, with picking who we should love or show compassion to?

When did God say that not one of us has sinned so we can throw stones at everyone else? It’s so frustrating humanity is still so judgemental because it shows just how far we still have to go.

The world changes when the expression of God’s love is revealed in its true form and not a sub-standard one that we pick who we show it to. God is waiting for us to fulfil our purpose because He does not want anyone of us to perish. We are all children of God – chosen and loved.

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:9

John 5:44

We should always seek God’s heart first before anything or anyone else.

It’s so easy to get caught up in praising the wrong person – not that we aren’t called to build one another up and to love each other.

But…

We should be seeking God in prayer and reading His Word, before looking what anyone else has to say about the matter

The Journey

Twelve years ago today, I became a Christian.

Looking back, the ironic thing about my conversation being on Independence Day, was that I never knew what true freedom was.

There was a large tapestry (of the scripture above) within the Church, in the United Kingdom.

When I was on my “journey” of discovering who God was, I would look at in wonder.

Not because the words spoke to me at the time, but because I was transfixed in wonder that the quotation marks hadn’t been ended on the tapestry, and I wondered who I needed to speak to in order to rectify that!

The Minister was very graceful as I told him about the mistake I’d found.

How much easier is it to focus on other people’s mistakes or misfortunes, than our own?

I remember that this Scripture kept playing out in my mind. At the time, I thought it was the quotation marks that were the issue, but I had memorised those words and it went deep into my soul.

Matthew 7:7 taught me to “ask” God, that if He was real, then He needed to show up in my life because I couldn’t go on anymore and I didn’t have the strength to take another step.

Matthew 7:7 taught me to “seek” God, because that is when I received His truths instead of carrying around the lies and deceit of what this world brings to us.

And lastly, Matthew 7:7 taught me, that by knocking on that door – I realised that God had been waiting my whole life, for that exact moment. That moment for Him to reveal His goodness, His mercy, and His perfect love.

I have had twelve years of freedom and not a single regret. Those years have been hard at times, I’m not going to lie, because being a Christian is tough. The world says Christian’s are crazy but when you bring your reality into line with God’s, that truth really does set you free.

Matthew 7:7 not only took me on the journey of discovering who God is, but who I am in Him and I am eternally grateful to the person who didn’t finish those quotation marks!

Be God for a second

I dare you to dream…

To dream bigger than you ever thought possible.

You know what I mean…

The scary, audacious ones that have your heart beating out of your chest, kinda dreams.

Especially the dreams where people say:

“It can’t be done”

OR

“You’ll never achieve it”

Because that is where our faith and trust kick in…

People laugh when I tell them my dreams (or just stand there with their mouth open) but God has shown me that this life is preparation for the life to come. And so, I’ll take the looks, the disbelief, and eye-rolling, because if God has truly ordained it, then I need to step into that calling.

Do you believe what people say about you, or whom God says you are to become?

Do you believe that God’s dream for your life is bigger and better than your biggest, wildest, most insane, life-changing, awe-inspiring, global-scale dream, that you can ever imagine?

You betcha it is!

Why can I say this?

Because Ephesians 3:20 tells me so…

So start dreaming like God

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