An encounter with God

I want to address something that has been on my mind for a while now. Something that I struggled with as well. Today’s discussion will be a bit on the solemn side. We have serious business to take care of.

An encounter with God must effect change.

An encounter with God must effect change. Whether it’s a change of heart, a change of the mind, something must change.

How can we say we encountered God and remain the same? Hmmm, that gives us something to think about. Are we just saying the churchy stuff like “I met with the Lord today” , just because it’s cool to say? Or because we want people to think we’re super spiritual? If we say those things and there is nothing to show for it, I think it should make us think twice before uttering a word. When we do a self check, if we’re still comfortable with doing the same things that convicted us in church last Sunday something is not right.

We all get caught up in the high of the presence of God, then return to our old ways.

Being in God’s presence causes you to say things like who am I that you are mindful of me?, or how can I dare stand in the presence of God and return to my old ways? An encounter with God brings an awareness that causes us to reconsider our position. We see God for who He is, and our eyes are opened to see who we are. We become so aware of everything, our thoughts change, we no longer fuss about trivial things. We now consider, what if God returns right this moment am I in the right place, am I saying the right things or am I doing the right things? Will God be pleased with me? An encounter with God leaves us thirsty for more and more and more of Him.

I personally do not believe God sent his Holy spirit just so we can say; wow, the presence of God was so rich in there today huh? Holy Spirit is not here to receive complements from us. These are some of the reasons I believe we have Holy Spirit with us.

1. To sanctify us, separate us onto God. 1 Cor 6:11

2. To teach us, to correct us Jn 16:13-15

3. To convict us of sin, we are not to remain in our sins Jn 16:8-10
Holy spirit is not here just to make us feel nice.

He is perfect, being in his presence ignites the desire to be more like Him.

In turn we ought to consider our ways and be challenged to a deeper more sincere walk with God.

It’s ironic that we claim we have encountered the one who walked on water, healed the lame and the blind, the one that no matter where he goes something changes, the one who made the ultimate sacrifice, He died for us and nothing changes in our lives. When this happens I suggest we search ourselves. Our pull toward the things of the world should be redirected. The pull should now be Lord cleanse me , I want to walk like You, talk like You, I want to think just like you. We would make confessions like it’s not about what I feel is right but Your word is truth oh Lord, we wouldn’t hold our own opinions in higher esteem than we do the word of God. That’s facts!

Let’s take a brief look at Isaiah’s encounter with God.

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”
Isaiah 6:1‭-‬5 NKJV

This should be our response when we are in the company of The perfect God. Naturally you internalize. We claim to have been saved, Holy Ghost filled , we boast about our encounters with God and yet there has been no desire for change in our lives. Maybe, just maybe we didn’t encounter God and need to be honest with ourselves. There’s no fooling God people, He knows every thing.

Lord give each of us the genuine desire to really encounter You.

God is with us!

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13 KJV

This is such a revelation to me. There are countless times that I’ve been taking credit for the little efforts I make to strengthen my walk with God, saying things like at least I’m trying. As a result I would end up feeling tired and lonely, sometimes eventually giving up. Thinking I’m the only one that’s trying to make our relationship work and it’s obvious that it takes two to relate.

Even the littlest of desire that I have to do something to please God, comes from God himself… I’m totally mind blown…. Wow…. I’m not alone God is walking with me step by step, egging me on. He’s with me people! Some of you may say, wait is it only now she’s realizing this? Leave me alone man, 🙈 let me revel in the revelation that my daddy has never left me. He has held my hand all the way.

This scripture may seem so insignificant to some but it has so much weight.  Let this encourage your heart, may your eyes be opened to see that God is not far from you. May this scripture cause your relationship with God to deepen,  widen, heighten. If you’re struggling in your walk with God but in your heart you’re saying ABBA (Father) I really want to please you. The fact that you even have the desire to honour God, that is God working in you. That’s one way to know that Your heavenly Father is close to you. Somebody shout Hallelujah! I literally feel like screaming. God is awesome friends!

God is with us always! One more time for the people in the back. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Today I thank God for this revelation!

 

 

 

 

Be submissive?!

This is one hot and steamy topic but it’s one that’s necessary especially in these days. Growing up I thought submission to my husband would have been as easy as 123 but… well… lemme tell you this… It’s not as easy as I thought it would’ve been. As a matter of fact it’s not easy at all.  It’s all about being obedient to God. Being willing to let go of what you think is right and allowing God to renew your mind.

These are some bible verses concerning submission to husband Ephesians 5:22-23 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.     1 Corinthians 11:3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

So… does submission mean that my opinions and ideas must always be overshadowed by my husband? Or is it ok to state how I feel, my desires, my wants? Does it mean that having an argument is out of the question? What about if I see my husband doing something that I know would end up in chaos is it ok for me to say what you’re doing is wrong? What about the finances should I  interject if I think the money is not being handled correctly with good reasons? Like where is the line drawn?

According to Jacky Hill Perry, “submission is not agreeing on everything , it doesn’t mean leaving your brain at the alter, it doesn’t mean you dont try to influence your husband positively. Being submissive does not mean getting all of your spiritual strength from your husband, neither does it mean living or acting in fear of your husband. It is Following  his lead in everything that honors God.”

Yes you are still an individual with a mind of your own, no you dont have to keep your thoughts and ideas to yourself. In everything you do, do it as unto God. I know I  know women can be really fiesty and impulsive,  speak your mind now then regret it later. I speak from experience🙈. In all seriousness we need to be honorable in what we say and how we say things.

Alot of people ask the question so what if my husband wants me to do something illegal or something that’s not Christ like? For that answer refer to the above 3rd paragraph last line…. Okay I’ll repeat just incase you don’t want to read it again… I got you…. It says: follow His lead in everything that honors God. So no you dont have to accompany him to rob the bank.

This brings me to my final point, our loyalty,  reverence, honor, priority must first be to God. We ought to submit to God first and foremost, and in submitting to God you will in turn submit to your husband. In addition to that the scripture says  in 1 Corinthians 11:3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.  Knowing that God is leading your husband is reason enough to let go of the reigns. Need I say more? Submitting to your husband is being obedient to God. Case closed.

 

 

 

 

 

Christians!

The life of a Christian is not to prove to the world that we’re perfect little human beings, walking around with everything sorted. Nope, absolutely not! If that’s what you thought, my friend you need to wash that thought completely out of your mind. Wash out your brain..🤣

No human being has a perfect life and more so Christians. Far from perfect, far far far from perfect. Often times we mess up so much it’s a crying shame. Like how does God put up with us? But that’s just the point He is more than absolutely able. We’re weak but He’s all powerful, we’re imperfect but He’s the definition of perfection, we mess up he cleans us up.

Our lives as Christian’s has little if anything to do with us. Our lives merely point to our father, Who relentlessly and fervently loves us. Our life merely is a story of a Father who picks us up dusts us off and set us on the way to do His will. A Father who loves His children enough to discipline them, to correct them. And sometimes the discipline is not the easiest to endure. That’s when you see some of us looking all worn out and ragged/ rugged… just kidding… a little🤔.

Basically being a Christian is not a race to show off who has it most put together. At times those who aim to portray this image is going through hell, seriously. But our lives is to show that we rely on a perfect God. We dont have it all together, He puts us together.

“I don’t want to be a Christian because you have to be perfect” That’s how alot of people think these days but that’s not the focus. The moral of the story is it’s ok to be weak because in our weakness God’s strength is made perfect. You dont have to get it right before coming to God, if you let Him He will make you right.

So Christians are not perfect we just rely on a perfect God.

The end…..

Testimony time!

God continues to be good to me, I want to take the time out to tell you about the goodness of God in my life.

A lot of times I forget to count my blessings and in turn I can be very ungrateful to God. I do not wish to continue that way towards the God who keeps on looking out, protecting me and providing for me. The favor of God is upon my life and I will not take it for granted.

First and foremost I want to publicly praise God for the petition my husband and I had for us to be united. It has been one of great favor, unmerrited favor. I could not have been more fortunate for our case to pull through that quickly. Our case took approximately 1 year 2 months and for that I continue to be grateful. Thank you God for favoring us.

I have relocated quite a few times, I’d say one too many times but it has always been in a place I’m very familiar with and I’ve always had majority of my family and friends nearby. However, relocating to the United states, I knew it wouldn’t have been easy but I was not prepared for how hard it would have been. This process has brought to the forefront fears and anxiety I never knew I had. So many different emotions started to surface being in this unfamiliar place. Nevertheless God has been so good to me. 

Life in New York city is not all it’s cracked up to be. Reality can hit you like a really big dirty brick right in the face (pla-tocks) burst up your face and thing… lol . Anyway, although there has been very challenging times God has always been Jehovah Jireh, turning up just in time. God provided a roof over my family’s head, food on our table, He clothed us and for that I say thank You Father.

In the past, I’ve always been one to give up right before my victory comes but this time I told myself I will trust God no matter how hard it gets. Numerous times I had to encourage myself in the Lord. I spoke to myself reminding me that quitting is the easy way out, giving up is what the enemy wants. Just push a little harder Karmel, wait a little while longer, don’t give up just yet, it feels unbearable now only because your blessing is just about ready to be manifested. I must say, not giving up has paid off, all glory to God! I will be doing this more often :-). 

These couple of months I’ve had alot of alone time which at  the time I didnt really appreciate but now looking back I would like to give God the glory for those times I’ve spent alone. I’ve been able to work on my relationship with God, my faith in God grew significantly, I’ve been able to strengthen my foundation in God. If given the chance to do it over again I definitely would, seeing it gave me a chance to better the one relationship that matters most, my relationship with my heavenly Father.

God blessed me, words are not enough to repay God for all He has done. So I will continue to put my faith and my trust in God knowing He will always see me through, as long as I keep my eyes focused on Him. 

FAITHFUL GOD THAT’S JUST WHO HE IS!!!!

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He hears… He sees… He knows

God knows everything that happens in our lives. Nothing that happens, happens by chance.

When you give your plans over to God He orders your steps and everything falls into place beautifully. The steps of a righteous man are ordered by God. Ps 37:24

Don’t think for a moment that God is just looking on with no control over what is happening in your life. God is in charge of everything.

Be at peace knowing that God is working it out for your good. Remember God sees the finish from the beginning. His plans for us are always good but you have to obey His orders and his commands.

When we step out of God’s will we also step out of His covering for our lives. We cant expect to do what we want, how we want and when we want then when things don’t go accordingly we blame God. “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6-7.

The world doesn’t revolve around us. This is God’s world and He does what pleases Him at all times.

Challenges

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Refined gold has to go through the fire!

How do we deal with challenges in our Christian walk?

Wait did you somehow think that being a christian eliminates you from having challenges? Sorry to break it to you but this Christian walk is all about challenges and overcoming them, one after the next. Is it going to be easy? Nope, definitely not. Will you feel like giving up? Yep, a lot of the times. Does it feel like it will never end? Mhmm, it does… almost feels like “when it rains it pours”. I just think I should be very vivid about the christian walk because a lot of us go in with the idea that it’s going to be easy things, all nice and dandy. That’s not the case, journeying as a christian is hard.

Why do we face challenges as Christians?

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing, James 1:2-4 . In other words, the testing of our faith through our experiences leads to spiritual maturity and inner peace. The struggles and trials we face are not to knock us out of the race but it is to make us stronger in Christ Jesus. It is imperative to know this, especially when we’re in the midst of our testing, so instead of becoming downcast we can indeed rejoice in knowing at the end I will be stronger, better should I persevere. 

What should I do when faced with challenges?

  • Tell yourself, this is a test to make you stronger.

  • Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

  • Encourage yourself in the Lord.

  • Sing praises unto God.

  • Read the Bible.

  • Pray for strength to endure.

  • Remind yourself that; giving up is the easy way out.

  • Your reward comes in overcoming.

  • Put on the armor of God: Ephesians 610 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

2 Corinthians 1:5 Just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

How big is your Jar of hope?

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My Pastor once said do not allow the size of jar/ receptacle be the limit to what God can do for you. The oil only stopped flowing when there were no more barrels (The widows olive oil, 2 Kings 4:1-7).

Let me challenge our faith a bit. The God we serve is the God of the impossible. He who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us. There is nothing we can name on this earth that is too extreme for God to perform it. He is the God that turned water into wine, calmed the raging storm, healed the blind, raised the dead, died for our sins and rose triumphantly. He created the heavens and the earth, He created you and I. He fed thousands with two fishes and five loaves, he walked on the water in the midst of a storm, He sent His word to bring the dead back to life. Parted the Red sea, drowned Pharaoh’s army, delivered the Israelites his people from the hands of their enemy. The God who never forsook His children. The faithful God.

Now tell me is there anything that my God cannot do? He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He hasn’t changed and will never change. He is the faithful God. Will you trust Him today? God is able!

God is always looking out for His people and His kingdom. With that being said all the miracles, signs and wonders God did was to benefit the kingdom of God. God is still the same God so all that he is doing is for the benefit of His kingdom. Hope you see where I’m going with this. What are the things you’re asking God for? And how will it benefit the kingdom of God? Search you heart and when you’ve gotten your answer. Then you can set out you jars for God to pour out a blessing for you.

I don’t know about you but I’m setting out ocean sized jars to receive the outpour of God’s blessings on my life. Pour it out Lord!

Great are you Lord!

I endeavor to sing your praises to the ends of the earth, for You are worthy to be exalted. You are great and greatly to be praised.

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Heaven and earth declares your glory. You have created the wonders of the universe. I marvel at the daily display of your awesome work.

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Everything our eyes can behold is riddled with your goodness and greatness . The works of your hands are beyond spectacular. Words simply cannot begin to express the magnitude of who you are.

Everything is held together so perfectly by you. The sun rises and sets each day and is viewed by everyone at different times all over the world. Who else could do something so unfathomable? You paint the night skies so we can admire the beauty of what you create. The seas obey your commands, we are not submerged by it, awesome Father!

You have woven me together so creatively.When I think about how we were formed from the dust of the earth, I’m left in awe. Men cannot take the glory for such an incredible work of art.

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Oh lord my God how excellent are you works. None can be compared to you, oh mighty King. You alone are God of the universe and I will sing of your greatness forever! 

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