In a Christian walk with God, I have experienced that the hardest phase in one’s faith in God is to keep up our trust in God when we feel like the storms are tearing our life apart. We feel like it’s hard to keep going and trusting God, even when it doesn’t makes sense. It might feel impossible to hang on to that little seed of faith God put in our hearts called HOPE, even when we have no idea of what’s going to happen next in our lives.
Rest assured, I want to take a moment to encourage anyone standing at that cross road right now. Let me tell you, I have been there and it’s definitely not worth giving up your faith in God for this storm in your life, which is just a phase of your life.
My prayer for you is as you know that God is with you at all times, may you also know that He actually carries you during those special times, May you be reminded of His unfailing love for you. No, He never leaves ever and definitely not in your times of trouble. He loves you too much to see you suffer. Hang in there, God sees the bigger picture. Trust in Him. He will make and turn everything together for good !
Joshua 1:9 “This is my command.Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
In these modern days, people tend to get influenced by words from Godly leaders more than the actual God Himself.
‘ God Loves You ‘ …These words from a famous preacher speaks to one more than them reading the Word for themselves and knowing God indeed loves them from John 3:16. Nothing wrong in being influenced by a preacher, but no man or woman should be worshiped so much that they replace the place of God in one’s life. See when a source is misplaced, life is misplaced too.
The source that never drains, the source that is always refreshing, the source that always guides, always protects, always encourages the faint heart is Jesus Himself. Everything else is a depleting sideline.
John 15:5 “I am the sprouting vine and you’re my branches. As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless.
Let’s look at an example from the Bible, Saul who took consultation from a medium when He did not get an answer from the Lord. The prophet Samuel was dead, and the vast army of Philistines had gathered to fight against Israel. Frightened Saul inquires of the Lord but God was no longer speaking to Saul because of his continual disobedience. So Saul turned back to consulting with a medium, which he himself previously had banned from the Land. Saul was initially connected to the source and when things did not turn out as expected, his impatience and disobedience lead him to make wrong choices that are forbidden by God
1 Samuel 28:3-7Samuel was now dead. All Israel had mourned his death and buried him in Ramah, his hometown. Saul had long since cleaned out all those who held séances with the dead.
4-5 The Philistines had mustered their troops and camped at Shunem. Saul had assembled all Israel and camped at Gilboa. But when Saul saw the Philistine troops, he shook in his boots, scared to death.
6 Saul prayed to God, but God didn’t answer—neither by dream nor by sign nor by prophet.
7 So Saul ordered his officials, “Find me someone who can call up spirits so I may go and seek counsel from those spirits.”
The Bible teaches us and in fact warns us from John 16:33 that in this world we will have tribulations , trials , trouble and hardships. One of the strategies God teaches us to get through these tough times, is to stay connected to the source even when it does not make sense. Staying connected to the source will help us with the strength needed for the journey and encouragement to stay on track. Changing tracks might seem the easiest option at such time but that will eventually lead to the path of destruction and chaos
John 4:13 Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
Today’s heavenly invite is very special for 2 groups of people.
For those that are already connected to the source but finding it hard to stay the course as the mystery is not helping you
For those that are connected to the sidelines and its time to change track to choose the eternal source, Jesus
For Group 1 , the encouragement from the Lord as you are waiting on Him to strengthen you is Isaiah 40:31 ” But those who wait for Yahweh’s grace will experience divine strength.They will rise up on soaring wings and fly like eagles, run their race without growing weary, and walk through life without giving up ” Be encouraged, He sees your heart ! He will come through for you !
If you belong to Group 2, He is inviting you to be part of His family. An invitation to connect to the eternal source of life filled with joy and peace which does not depend on any circumstance. This is the day the Lord has made for you to join His family. Choose to say YES to Him
Pray this prayer with me
Thank you for the invite. Thank you for meeting me right where I am in my journey. Thank you for refreshing my heart. As I choose to join your family and seek to live this mysterious life on earth, help me to navigate the ups and downs with your wisdom and strength. I seek to honor you in my life through my actions and words. Thank you for the source of life. Teach me wondrous things from your Word everytime I sit down with my Bible
I bought a bike for daughter’s 7th birthday. The bike came with a manual that had specific instructions on how to put it together so it can function as intended. I was too lazy to read that manual. I wanted to save time so ignored the manual and started assembling the bike on my own , not to mention with the little knowledge I had. I got stuck half way through , still not wanting to go to the bulk sized manual that came with the bike, I reverted to youtube videos trying to get some help. The end result after countless hours of trying was a bike put together with no brake functionality, which was pretty much unusable. I finally resolved to what I should have done way earlier – to sit down, read the instructions and then fix the mess. I could have saved myself so much heartache only and only if I had turned to the original source of instruction way early , which is the manual specially designed for this particular bike. I learnt my lesson the hard way
This beautiful life sometimes takes us through ugly turns. We strive and strive, sometimes being the boss of our own lives, sometimes blindly following people ahead of us not even knowing if their path is our path and sometimes with pure ignorance bliss. Along the path, we knowingly or unknowingly take on the labels that life throws at us and believe them to be our identity / destiny. While labels that nourish our souls and propel us towards our destiny are good, there are also negative labels that are purely aimed at destruction and confusion in our life. The devil is clever in playing deceitful tactics on our minds through our situations and if we are not able to discern his lies with the Word of God, which should be our source of truth, we go down a spiral life of negativity and hopelessness.
When the world screams at you ‘ You are unloved and rejected ‘ , you defeat that lie with the Word of Truth ‘ You are so unconditionally loved that God gave His only son to die for YOU ‘ – John 3:16 .
Reading the Word of God equips you in every possible way to expose the lies of the devil and for your heart to declare His truth for your life. It is time to re-label your life. Time to tear down those labels that are not of God and to take on those labels , that God wants you to have and freely given to you. The label of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self control
Today is a heavenly invite for you to choose to partner with God to re-label your life with His source of truth, The WORD The Bible. And when you do that, He promises that the Holy Spirit within you will help you live the abundant life He has promised you. What more can be to a life lived glorifying His name !
Galatians 5 ; 25-23 But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions
joy that overflows,
peace that subdues,
patience that endures,
kindness in action,
a life full of virtue,
faith that prevails,
gentleness of heart, and
strength of spirit.
As I lay down my life once again before You, please help me to re-label my life with the truth from your Word. I acknowledge that I can do nothing without you and seek Your help here. Open my eyes so I can see wondrous things from the Lord. Equip me to tear down the lies that are trying to steal the joy in my life and my family members life. I declare that no weapon formed against me shall prosper. Thank you for Your Word.
2020 has so far been a very unpredictable year. It has come with its own uninvited surprises and as a result infinite changes to our way of life.
During the COVID lockdown months, one thing I constantly struggled to keep up with is communication with my 7 year old. With screaming demands of a busy life, a full time remote working job, remote learning needs for a primary aged child, Bible study classes during the week, leadership training and other charity responsibilities I am involved with seem to stretch my time in all directions. Our normal long beach walks, conversations over coffee dates, movie night chit chats all seem to have been handicapped by the COVID 19 restrictions. While we strive to keep our physical bodies safe from the virus, I felt the need to keep our mental selves equally healthy and normal.
The goal was to find a way to keep up with the healthy conversations we used to have but with a slight adjustment adapting to the current situation. We had an idea. We came up with a concept of ‘ Chat Couch ‘ , I must admit the fancy name invention is from my child.
Whenever we felt a need to chat or have a conversation in the family, we were free to come to the couch and the other person will know that there is a matter to be discussed. We moved the couch to our outdoor area and we have had such good conversations to build each other up in our ‘ Chat Couch’ . I don’t believe in punishments to discipline a child in my home so our ‘Chat Couch’ also served a place where we need to discuss on behaviors that are not appropriate. As I always say’ there is a solution to every problem we face. We just need to change our perspective to think differently ‘
I was reminded of ‘ Chat Couch ‘ this evening and inspired to write this post. If you have been struggling with your ME time with GOD, then this post is just for you. With the current uncertain COVID 19 scenario, the first thing under attack is our communication with the Lord. With the various demands of life, topped up with COVID lock down challenges, it might seem impossible to have a conversation with God. It is easy to convince ourselves of excuses that we can’t do long walks or coffee dates or get some alone me time due to the restrictions. But here is the thing. A blurry windscreen will hinder your vision on what lies ahead. We are created for fellowship with the Creator. The longer we try to handle things our own, the longer it is going to take to find solutions and the more frustrated we are bound to become with zero results.
Today I encourage you to change your perspective. Look at things differently around you. Find creative ways to commune with the Lord. Once you re-discover, re-invent and re-establish your very own ‘ Chat Couch’ with Him, He will lead you and guide you through whatever mountain or challenge is trying to intimidate you or cause you to fear. It is time to re-connect with Him and take your place as His child. That’s where your strength for the journey ahead lies.
Hear this invitation from the Lord
“Come, let’s take a break and find a secluded place where you can rest a while.”
-Matthew 6: 31
Lord, as we draw near to you, I pray that you will engulf us with your love and teach us how to be an overcomer admist trials. Give us a clear faith-filled vision and an obedient heart to do what is right. Thank you for your unfailing mercy and grace to us.
Nomatter the circumstance, just being strong and courageous doesn’t help the situation, but what makes the difference is WHO you will walk the journey with! THAT person has the ability to make or break your journey!
Joshua is blessed to have a loving heavenly Father who not only looks out for Him, but also continually encourages Him to be bold and courageous!
I just couldn’t grasp the fact THAT the depth of the Fathers love for Joshua in this passage and us is the same, then and NOW! God is good!
Ultimately it’s ones choice of heart to walk the journey with whoever they want, but good choices always lead to good consequences. The same can’t be told of the not so good choices!