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, ūüôą 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 experienceūüôą. 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..ūü§£

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 littleūü§Ē.

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…..

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 6:¬†10¬†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‚Äôs 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! 

Do not worry!

Luke 12:22-31

Do Not Worry

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[b]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27¬†‚ÄúConsider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28¬†If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you‚ÄĒyou of little faith! 29¬†And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30¬†For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.31¬†But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

This scripture is here to remind us that God sees, He hears, and He definitely cares. I just want to encourage you, it’s ok not to worry. The world glorifies worrying in a sense that it shows that you’re concerned and that you’re a “go getter” (however you say it) . We’re constantly told to take matters into our own hands, trying to control our own future . What would you think if I said that’s not the way God wants it? He wants us to leave those things up to him. He promises that if we seek His kingdom, He will meet our needs.

It’s so true that worrying does nothing to help our situation. It just makes us feel stressed out about things we cannot control. So instead of getting worked up for nothing, just relax, take a deep breath and hand your troubles and worries to the one who can take care of you.

 

Prayer: Lord please help us to let go of our worries and trust in You!

Getting married?

A few things to know before getting married

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  • Be so passionate about God that even if you were to remain single you would be fine. Know God and love God. Be complete in yourself, do not look for someone to complete you.¬†

  • Know your worth; love yourself, build your self-confidence, believe in yourself. You deserve nothing less than the best. Ain’t nothing worse than an insecure individual, it sucks the life out of any relationship.¬†

  • Give your list to God, make sure your desires are in line with what God wants. Make sure your list prioritizes the things that will matter in the long run.

  • Let your past experiences guide you in choosing your spouse. Don’t make the same mistakes over and over again. If a particular trait didn’t work the first two times most definitely it wouldn’t work the third time around. Be wise! Recognize recurring negative signs!

  • Things wouldn’t always go as planned; loneliness may step in, hormones will rage. Keep yourself occupied and make sure you stay focused on your goals.

  • Ask God to help you to choose the right person. Pray for discernment. Pray that those with ill intentions will be steered clear from you and that you would know when you’ve met the right person.

  • Don’t be scared to state your intentions and your expectations.¬†

  • Make sure you’re on the same page especially where your relationship with God is concerned. Do not be unequally yoked! Get someone who can be strong enough to lift you up in your weak moments and vice versa.

  • Be yourself, be fun and confident!

  • If it’s been years and you can’t decide whether you’re ready to get married then you might just not be ready.

  • Long courtships don’t necessarily mean you’ll know the person better. You have to trust God with that part of your future, some people are great at hiding things. Pray for God to reveal all the deal breakers before you tie the knot.

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