THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

God’s Word Is True


The last few months have been very interesting. I have never had a time of such great anticipation or anxiety at the same time. My few years on this planet have been very engaging and demanding for I have had to stand and believe in God for myself and let go of my parent’s faith. In the recent past so much has been at a stand still yet God has continued to speak more often and louder than ever before. He has confirmed His word to us and over our nation repeatedly yet so many of us have missed it. We have been caught up  focusing on our daily needs and personal desires and have even converted them to be what the Lord is saying. Many times we have heard God according to what we wanted and not according to He was actually saying.

In early Dec 2012, I found Him asking me to be still and seek the place of peace in Him. It was to be that in this place of peace I would find clarity and direction. Yes, clarity and direction. Suffice it to say that for a couple of weeks I was indeed able to hold on and keep the peace as instructed. However, things changed in the new year and the road was fraught with an abundance of challenges. Things that had already been agreed on and seemingly established shook and fell apart. Different things happened in my economic, social and political life that I could not see the hand of God as clearly as before. I felt blind and like I was flailing outside on a cloudy, dark, moonless night.

I lost traction and many times wondered whether there was really truth  in God’s word and if I really could be certain of the same. This led to a period of oscillating between abundant and believable truth and conviction to abundant doubt and questions. I hesitate as I use the word doubt because I don’t really think it was that. In my heart of hearts I knew He is God and doesn’t lie but life was making His word look like a figment of my imagination. Then again, is wondering about the realities of life and what will happen in the future the same as doubt????? Could be…the jury is out on that one for me.

All the same, I reached an impasse in my life and decided that if God said it then no man can change it and I would not allow the challenges in my way to overwhelm me any more and drown out the word of God. Believe me when I say this was easier said than done. No sooner had I decided to hold on regardless of the happenings of life than all the dams of trouble and struggle broke open. Cash was suddenly super tight, work was MIA, the political scenario went into limbo and many other things I would rather not document. So here I was, having made a public declaration of my walk of faith and suddenly everything I believed was called into question.

It hasn’t been easy since then but I have continued to walk. As often as doubt surfaced in my mind I simply reminded God that He said and He promised and I would stand on His promises even if I looked like a fool. Due dates came and went, payments were still delayed. work was still MIA and the political situation was still in disarray but I chose to stand and believe the word of God. In this on-going process I have learnt a couple of profound things that I would like to share today:

  1. Many are the plans of man but God is the executor – Proverbs 19:20-22 – the question I had to ask myself was whether I was looking at my plans of working on the plans of God. Had I passed my plans by Him for confirmation or was I going full steam ahead in my own ways. 
  2. The activities of my life were determined long before my conception and birth and my destiny sealed. I must therefore connect to Christ the source to unlock the truth and full meaning of that – Psalms 139:16: Jeremiah 29:10-12
  3. God is looking for a remnant to stand in faith so that His will and purpose will come to pass. I am delivered to this earth with a definite role to fulfill – Exodus 9:16 – But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.

As I found myself in this place I struggled to make head or tail of the situation. To be honest there have been times when I have despaired but God in His love and mercy has renewed me through His children. A word in season; a prayer on time; an encouragement said without really understanding the gravity; among many more. So I now live with the daily reminder that I am not as big or strong as I had always thought I was. I realise that I stand because of the love, compassion and strength of my loving Father in heaven. I stand because my destiny has not been completed and I stand because of the certainty of my calling. I realise a fresh that no matter what I find along the way, I must choose to stand in the place that God has called me stand and give up what He has asked me to give up. I realise that I am as frail as the next person and I walk by grace. It is therefore my humble submission that I must be different and it must show in my walk

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He reminds me many things these days through song so I share another onetoday:

‘All God’s Promises Are True’ By Shannon Wexelberg:

When the new day begins
Lord, Your mercies are new again
How my heart overflows with thanks to my King
When the night closes in
I’m so grateful You are my Friend
You said that You’d never leave
and Lord I believe — Lord, I believe

All your promises are true
I will lift up my eyes to You
For You’re all that I need
And my faith I receive
the wonderful things You will do.
All your promises are true; 

I will lift up my eyes to You.
When my heart starts to fail,
Lord, Your strength will prevail,
And all You have said You will do
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When the new day begins
Lord, Your mercies are new again
How my heart overflows with thanks to my King
When the night closes in
I’m so grateful You are my Friend
You said that You’d never leave
and Lord I believe — Lord, I believe

All your promises are true
I will lift up my eyes to You
For You’re all that I need
And my faith I receive
the wonderful things You will do.

All your promises are true;
I will lift up my eyes to You.
When my heart starts to fail,
Lord, Your strength will prevail,
And all You have said You will do DSC09292
Your promises are true

They are comfort and healing
Strength for the journey
Hope for the hopeless
Glad for the mourning
Life and salvation
Power and victory

Lord, I believe, Lord I believe 

They are comfort and healing
Strength for the journey
Hope for the hopeless
Glad for the mourning
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Power and victory
Lord, I believe, Lord I believe

All your promises are true
I will lift up my eyes to You
For You’re all that I need
And my faith I receive
the wonderful things You will do.
All your promises are true;
I will lift up my eyes to You.

When my heart starts to fail,
Lord, Your strength will prevail,
And all You have said You will do…(I know You will do)

All your promises are true lovely
I will lift up my eyes to You
For You’re all that I need

And my faith I receive
the wonderful things You will do. (I know You do)


All your promises are true;
I will lift up my eyes to You.
When my heart starts to fail, 

Lord, Your strength will prevail, 

And all You have said You will do
Your promises are true…(Your promises are true)
Your promises are true…(Oh, I know they’re true)
Your promises are true…(I believe, O Lord)
Your promises are true

Amen.my oh my

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Time of Refreshing


This song by Women of Faith has just blessed my heart and lifted my spirit…

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Wonderful Merciful Saviour
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would’ve thought that a Lamb
Could rescue the souls of men
O You rescue the souls of men

Counsellor Comforter Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when
Our hearts have hopelessly lost the way
O we’ve hopelessly lost the way

You are the one that we praise
You are the one that we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
O our hearts always hunger for

Almighty Infinite Father
Faithfully loving your own
Here in our weakness
You find us falling before your throne
O we’re falling before your throne

Our hearts always hunger for

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It resonates deeply and it is hard to explain it all now but in the subsequent posts I am sure it will come out.

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Changing Seasons


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I honestly don’t know what this flower is called but when I saw it at a friend’s home it was the most beautiful plant I had seen. Then a more amazing fact came to life. This plant is normally pure green when it is wet. As the dry months come and stay one, the plant turns begins a colour change process from green to yellow to orange to red. So the red in this picture is the dry weather colour.

I realised that this is representative of life for most of us. When is wet and we are in our element we are one colour and we are understood well by those around us. However, as life continues to happen and challenges come we change colour and often it is into colours that are not so appealing. I am no different from the next person and it is a lesson every day to walk in the assurance that God is with me and the challenges are to make me better and stronger.

So I learnt something from this beautiful plant. Even as life’s circumstances change and hence my colour could change, I need to remain beautiful and retain the countenance of the presence of Papa. I can only remain beautiful if I remain in God in the good and hard times. Papa did not promise a life without struggle but He promised to walk with me all the way every day.

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” ”
Hebrews 13:4-6

This means to me that regardless of what is going on around me I must find my stability in His love and the Word HE has given over my life.

Dear Papa, help me remain grounded and rooted in you regardless of the situation and circumstances. Everyday I will choose to follow you because as the days unfold I am beginning to see that Your love for me is deeper, wider, higher and greater than I ever imagined.

Amen.

 

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Freshness


Freshness

Many thoughts come to mind but here are some amazing scriptures:

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:7-9

“Consider 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.” Luke 12:26-28

Even when things are hard and the end seems far remember that the same God who put the stars in place watches over you. I am learning that I may not always see the tangible hand of God or the challenge being resolved in the way I would like or with the speed I would like. That doesn’t mean that God is not at work and neither does it mean that I am a lost cause.

Oh how He loves all us and will see us through.

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Glorious Creation


Glorious Creation

Every time i see the sunrise, the sunset, a rainbow or the moon I am reminded just how big God is and small we are yet in His love He made us in His image and likeness. We have His DNA in our system. We are His beloved, co-creators with Him, Kings, Priests and Rulers. We are also children prone to sin and He is our loving Father who does discipline us but in love holds us close and gives us one big hug and healing…This is the God I serve and will serve all the days of my life.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Certainty




jn3I had a great conversation with a friend today and he shared something very profound so I will quote him. We were talking about how there have been moments in life when things aren’t quite on track according to me and I wonder what is taking Papa so long to deal with things or answer prayer. What he said was really simple and at times would seem cliché but it created a lot of traction for me.

He said:

“Never doubt His love for you…at times we see the mountains rather than the God of the mountains. Even if He is silent He is there, maybe waiting for a faith action or just quiet so that you may draw closer to Him to hear His still small voice.  But yet that question we all ask ourselves, is because He is working in & on & through us; the size (of the challenge) will grow bigger because you have graduated from baby school but He doesn’t bring anything your way your way you can’t handle.”

 

As usual it got me thinking and I do agree with him. This conversation brought different scriptures of promise to mind:

 

  • Jer 29:11 –  For I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope
  • Deut 8:18 –  remember the Lord your God for it is He who give you the ability to produce wealth
  • Ps 241The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.
  • Heb 11:35 – for I will never leave you nor forsake you says the Lord
  • 1 Cor 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
  • Job 8:7 – Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.
  • Mark 11:23“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

 

There are so many more verses in scripture that would provide the needed boost on a low day. The thing to do is to immerse ourselves in the word and prayer to be strengthened and renewed.

 

You are blessed beyond measure and loved deeply by Papa.
my oh my