The Good Shepherd -Psalm 23

 

 

A declaration for your life when everything seems STILL and you wonder where your future is heading !! I seem to reflect on this Psalm countless times whenever fear tries to grip my heart and EVERY single time I rise with Hope from God that He is a good shepherd and He will NEVER let me down. His goodness and mercy will follow me and my family all the days of my life.

 

Declare this Psalm over your life. When songs of praise and declarations begin, the enemy doesn’t have a foothold on any circumstance or stronghold on any burden that is weighing your heart down. The victory is already His.

 

The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.

    I always have more than enough

He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love

His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss

That’s where he restores and revives my life.

    He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness

 so that I can bring honor to his name

Lord, even when your path takes me through

    the valley of deepest darkness,

    fear will never conquer me, for you already have!

    You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.

    Your authority is my strength and my peace.

    The comfort of your love takes away my fear.

    I’ll never be lonely, for you are near

You become my delicious feast

    even when my enemies dare to fight.

    You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit

You give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows

So why would I fear the future?

    For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.

   Then afterward, when my life is through,

   I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!

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Let GO and Let BE

It was a busy Tuesday morning in our household. As usual I got ready for work and Hannah for her daycare. As we hurried to the car, Hannah sat in her car seat and I started to buckle her up to ensure she is safe during the drive

A typical near 5 year old, my daughter was wriggling and complaining that the seat belt was too tight while I was STILL trying to buckle her. She was being so impatient telling me that I was hurting her while all I was trying to do was to buckle her up to ensure her safety. Hannah said ‘Stop it Momma, you are hurting me ‘.

By this time, I stopped doing what I was doing and looked into her eyes and said ‘ Hannah, Mommy is not finished yet . If you just stay still and not move, I can quickly do what I am supposed to do, to buckle you to keep you safe while we drive’ . With that, Hannah stopped moving and within minutes ‘click’ , she was all buckled up and we were set for our drive

The Holy Spirit said something to me and I could not stop smiling at myself the whole drive. He said ‘Sindu, can you see yourself in Hannah’s actions today ?’

The Word of God says that He has the best plans in store for us and all His plans are to prosper us and not harm us.

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

And not only He has the plans for us , He is also faithful to complete what He started for our lives . Sometimes a stern voice like I said to my child, is what He does to grab our attention to what He is trying to tell us

He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it

Philippians 1:6

As our Heavenly Father, His concern for us is our safety as we navigate through the abundant life He has given us. Out of His unconditional love for us , throughout the journey, He corrects, He disciplines, He guides and He leads the way for His children. As mere humans, our concern is always about our comfort. The moment we are taken off our comfort zone, even if it is for a short period of time, naturally then comes the whinging, complaining, ‘Why God Why?’ ‘Why Me?’ questions and ultimately doubt and uncertainty in the presence and very existence of God

Today God wants to tell you this. ‘My dear child, will you LET GO off your control over your life and LET ME BE God over your life ? I am not finished with you yet. So don’t draw your judgement line yet based on your circumstances or feelings , as the best is yet to come. Trust me to take you through this , Believe me for your healing , Hold onto me for your provision and see if I will not make a way for you in your wilderness. I parted the Red Sea for my children, I am the same yesterday and today and my love for you STILL stands the same. You are the apple of my eye and I have engraved you on the palm of my Hand. I knew you from your mothers womb and you are so very precious to me. Take me into your life once again and you will never have to be alone or do this alone . Come to me my precious one, I am not finished with you yet so don’t bring to an end the dreams and desires I have laid on your heart ‘

31 So, what does all this mean? If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us?

32 For God has proved his love by giving us his greatest treasure, the gift of his Son. And since God freely offered him up as the sacrifice for us all,[a] he certainly won’t withhold from us anything else he has to give…

35 Who could ever separate us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One? Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love. What about persecutions, deprivations,dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love…

37 Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!

Romans 8

God wants to remind you of His promise ‘ Be still and Know that I am your God’. There might be giant like circumstances roaring around you or situations trying to scare you , God wants to tell you today that you are more than a conqueror and you have victory in Jesus already. Believe it, Claim it and Live it !

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for speaking to me. I lay my burdens and my hearts longings at your feet. I let go off my life control and surrender my life to you. I ask you to take control. Lord, I believe there is nothing impossible with you and I ask for your intervention in my life situation right now and I speak your power over my life. I speak your life over my life. Thank you for your Word

In Jesus Name

Amen

A Beautiful Reminder

This is a beautiful note that was sent to me by my amazing friend at my previous workplace. It literally sets the tone for my day reminding me of God’s love for me and that nothing, absolutely nothing that’s happening in my life is far from the reach of His hands. I then start my day with a smile, determined to be the very best for the day.

Today marks exactly 1 year since I quit my most loved, very secure job of 7 years in a health sector , to embark on an uncertain journey determined to improve work-life balance just so I can spend some quality time with my daughter. Long commute to the city really didn’t contribute to the work life balance I was looking for. I wanted a change but was afraid to step out of the comfort zone. What if I don’t end up getting a job ? Fear gripped my heart and became an obstacle to put my trust in God to action

Funny enough, most of my conversations and tantrums with God happens in the rest room. So here I am arguing why He should give me the job I so badly want in my life and listing my reasons on why God should consider my request . ‘I know you love me but please love me the way I want you to love me ‘ – trying to convince God at my best

I heard a gentle voice when I stopped my ranting ‘ Ok, I will bless you but what action are you taking for your prayers to get answered ?’ God reminded me that without faith it’s impossible to please a God

Faith without action is dead

James 2:17

God’s Word stirred my faith and set it into action. I started my uncertain journey with a prayer and took a massive leap of faith. I quit my job without another job on hand. As per the world’s standards it’s regarded foolishness, but for me it was listening to what God told me to do mattered the most.

That was a real faith check for me in my life. Am I trusting God enough to let go of my ONLY source of income , just because He said so ? I wouldn’t say I was full of faith like Abraham and just DID it, but I could honestly say that it was a journey for me, a journey of preparing my heart to listen to His Word and a journey of reminding myself that God would never fail when things didn’t go well after I quit the job. It was definitely not a bed of roses but the transition journey and the lessons learnt along the way was well worth it, as I experienced God as my sole provider.

When I look back at the last year, it certainly had its own awesome ups and terrible lows, but today my heart is filled with gratitude for the journey I boldly stepped into trusting only God .. I believe that God not only blessed me with a job I prayed for but also sent some beautiful friends along the way as a bonus.

So today I want to pass on this beautiful note that inspired me to be my best everyday and to keep my SMILE ON irrespective of the circumstance as it’s a beautiful reminder that GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS, not my time or your time, but in HIS time and it will be the perfect timing for your life !

He has made everything beautiful in His time

Ecclesiastes 3:11

Take heart ❤️ ! Whatever stage your prayer is from being answered, today is a gentle reminder that God has not forgotten you. Every drop of your tear is bottled and kept track of by Him. In His time He will repay back all that the locusts have eaten . God is never too early nor never too late. His timing is just perfect.

Dear God,

I pray today that as I wait on the answers to my prayers, help me to keep walking unwavered in my faith , be strong and confident trusting in You. I pray against doubt and fear in the name of Jesus . I intentionally choose trust over doubt, faith over insecurity and strength over weakness as Your word says that I am more than a conqueror in You and He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world

In Jesus Name I ask and Pray

Amen

Stay Blessed in Him💞

Lent – Day 11 – The CERTAIN CHRIST in an UNCERTAIN WORLD

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Human heart is so unpredictable. No wonder the Bible tells us to guard our hearts as from it flows everything in our life

Above all else, guard your heart

for everything you do flows from it

Proverbs 4:23

In an uncontrolled mind, feelings take precedence over our heart. When it comes to our spiritual walk with God, our gratitude towards God should not be based JUST on what He has or will do for us but rather on His character and what He has already done for us. God’s character or the very existence of God does not change just because you feel a certain way about God. God is God.

God is THE-GREAT-I-AM

13 Then Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the People of Israel and I tell them, ‘The God of your fathers sent me to you’; and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What do I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM. Tell the People of Israel, ‘I-AM sent me to you.’”

Exodus 3:13-14

Through Jesus our lives came to existence on this earth and through our belief in Him will our lives be taken to eternity. He is the alpha and the omega

 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Revelations 22:13

Jesus is our promised Messiah, our resurrected King , the sacrificed sinless lamb and the victorious son who obeyed His father to the feet of death. When Jesus died that horrific death on the Cross , He thought of you and me.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who [a]is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelations 1:8

As mere humans, we all have our own weaknesses. Sometimes, intentionally or unintentionally , we base our faith towards God based on our circumstances, our happenings in life , the situations in the world and sometimes answered / unanswered prayers. Fortunately God doesn’t not change along with our thinking or feelings. The Bible says that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. When we praise God for who He is or when we get angry at God when things are not happening the way we wanted or when we wonder where God is when there is so much injustice happening to innocent lives, GOD IS STILL THE SAME LOVING FATHER. He is STILL the same loving, caring, protecting, guiding, leading, healing and delivering Father towards all that trusts in and calls on His name.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever

Hebrews 13:8

When we learn to trust God through the lens of His beautiful character, His unconditional love and unfailing faithfulness will shine through.

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love Psalm 145:8

“The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Exodus 34:6-7

My prayer for you today is from Philippians 4:6-7

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Stay Blessed in Him

Lent – Day 10 – Gospel in a Nutshell

jesus saves

Jesus came to the world to die for our sins. Death has to be defeated on the Cross so you and I can have an eternal life. Jesus rose again after 3 days thus offering the humanity an opportunity to live an eternal life. Anyone that believes in God , God gives them the right to be called His children and partake in the eternal life.

John 3:16 gives the message of the Bible in a nutshell

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

John 3:16

There was a man called Saul in the Bible, who initially persecuted Christians. He was the one that lead a major persecution against Christians in Jerusalem. On the road to Damascus, Saul made a miraculous turnaround which is recorded in the Bible in the Book of Acts.He witnessed the Christ  he was persecuting and his life was never  the same. He became the chosen vessel of God to proclaim His good news to the nations around the world. He became knows as Paul after his conversion to Christ and his life  was transformed for the glory of God. God’s love is transformational and life changing for good.

Below is what Paul preached about the gospel to the ends of the world.

Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters,[a] of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.[b]

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

God’ love is so deep to reach you even in your deepest valleys and His love is so strong to deliver you even from the impossible of the impossible. His love for you stretches above the skies and beyond the seas. He promises to be with you to the very end of age. There can be no friend like Jesus that you can gain on this earth and He extends His love to you today. All you need is to RECEIVE His unconditional love for you to experience it

How ? BY BELIEVING IN HIM

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 10: 9 -10

My prayer for you today my friend is that you will open your heart to receive His love. My deepest desire is for you to taste and see that the Lord is good. May this be a day of resurrection in your lives. The choice is yours ! May you choose the Heavens above and let Him shine through your lives

Stay Blessed in Him