THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Trusted


sociedad argentina de horticultura 50 gladiolusAs we come to the end of the year and we begin to take stock of 2014 and prepare for 2015 I hope that we take time to think of the good that has happened and the goals achieved and then evaluate the lessons learnt. Let us focus on the lessons rather than the things that went wrong.

There have been times this year when I have wondered about life and all the things that have gone on. The deep losses and disappointments took a toll on me for a while because I didn’t have the heart or strength to make it through but I had to find something that would be the anchor for me. Then I came across this song…

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Awesome” was written by Charles Jenkins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YJ4vddbJJo 

My God is awesome, He can move a mountains
Keep me in the valley, hide me from the rain
My God is awesome, heals me when I’m broken
Strength where I’ve been weakened, forever He will reign
(repeat)

My God is awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome
My God is awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome

My God is awesome, Saviour of the whole world
Giver of salvation, by His stripes I am healed
My God is awesome, today I am forgiven
His grace is why I’m living, praise His holy name

My God is awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome
My God is awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome

He’s mighty, He’s mighty, He’s mighty, He’s mighty, Awesome, Awesome

He’s Holy, He’s Holy, He’s Holy, He’s Holy, Awesome, Awesome

He’s Great, He’s Great, He’s Great, He’s Great, Awesome, Awesome

He’s mighty, He’s mighty, He’s mighty, He’s mighty, Awesome, Awesome

Deliverer, Deliverer, Deliverer, Deliverer, Awesome, Awesome

He’s Holy, He’s Holy, He’s Holy, He’s Holy, Awesome, Awesome

Provider, Provider, Provider, Provider, Awesome, Awesome

Protector, Protector, Protector, Protector, Awesome, Awesome

My God is awesome, He can move mountains
Keep me in the valley, hide me from the rain
My God is awesome, heals me when I’m broken
Strength where I’ve been weakened, Praise His holy name

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This song has resonated in my heart and given me strength through the silent times. It has reminded me that I have help and support. It has reminded me that He gave up so much for me. He gave up so much for me. When I stopped to think about it I didn’t have to find something to get me through the silent time I just had to reconnect to my faith and live it out no matter what. That is why it is faith and not works at the base of my faith.

I am learning the truth of walk by faith and not by sight in this season and I have learnt to love it. Walking by faith is walking in certainty of what God has said regardless of whether it looks possible or even plausible simply because He has said it. Remember He speaks His word to us, confirms it with scripture and confirms it through His people. Remember Isaiah 55:8-10?

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways,” says Adonai.
9 “As high as the sky is above the earth are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For just as rain and snow fall from the sky and do not return there, but water the earth, causing it to bud and produce, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth — it will not return to me unfulfilled; but it will accomplish what I intend, and cause to succeed what I sent it to do.” Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

When God has said the word, it cannot return to Him void. So the word over my life is secure as long as I stay connected to

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this word and continue to walk in faith. God’s word is certain, if he says he’ll move a mountain, He will move it no matter that right now it is not working and no matter that I feel worn out and lucked out. So I stand firm that even as the day of fulfilment approaches and in the physical it appears like nothing will come of the word. I hold firm because of Numbers 23:19

19 “God is not a human who lies or a mortal who changes his mind. When he says something, he will do it; when he makes

a promise, he will fulfill it. Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

  • I choose to stand firm and know that HE is God and in the fullness of time it will work out.
  • I stand in faith that His word is true and reliable
  • I walk on with my head held high
  • I sing a song of praise because He dwells in the praises of His people

Will you join me?

THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Truly Alive


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Life is lived out through a job, family, commitments, connections and communication. There are set areas of influence which I have to impact, challenge and change. There are things I have used as the benchmark and plumb line of my life yet in essence they were the wrong measure of my life. I have come to understand that I must judge my life based on my understanding of the plan and word of God for me and not the plan of God for another. We are all alive to bring honour and glory to God but the actual out working of this is different in each of us and is based on His individual plan for each of us. Yes, God has an individual plan for each of us and we must set our hearts and minds on discovering what this plan is and how it needs to be worked out.

So the question I have been asking is, what standard do I use to judge my place in life and my level of success? Is it the one that I was taught at home or in school or the one I have heard from the mouth and heart of God? Is success the job I hold, the car I drive, the place I live, the clothes I wear, my net worth, the people I know, the people who know me? Is success living and thriving in the middle of everything God has asked of me? What is the mark of success and completion in me?

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For so long I had benchmarked my life with the achievements and dreams and visions of others forgetting the differences between us and the individual call of God on each of our lives. I had wanted to be like so and so, have the connections of so and so and the reach of so and so. I wanted the clarity of one, the depth of another and the success of yet another. This has meant that when I looked around me at my friends, I felt like I was mark timing. Even as I did this I knew that we are different and each of us has a different call therefore a different reach. Then one day, after lots of questions, rumblings, wonderings and asking again, God finally began to make sense. His superior plans and intense levels of creativity begun to be clear to me in a way I could understand.

In that moment I understood critical things about pattern and platform that have evaded me for so long. J My gift is tied to my platform and my pattern. Each of us has a platform and pattern we just need to understand it by spending time with God and hearing His word.

My pattern is how God works in, with and through me to reveal Himself clearly and fulfil the reason I am on this earth.

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My platform is the space on this earth that I live out the plan of God. This is the place to meet God and walk in His way. It is the space that He works out my life with me. It is like school, apprenticeship and the living out all in one.

So for instance, if I was created to influence governance, there is a specific place that I thrive best, a set of connections I need to engage with that will create the opportunities I need to function at the very best of my gifting. The opportunities are already around me in my family, church, workplace, business, community organisation, political scene or global leadership platform. I must therefore find the place I am destined to influence and work there with all my heart, mind and soul and thrive with all that is placed on my plate. As I do this my life unfolds in immensely different ways and I begin to bring honour and glory to God in everything I do. Sounds simple enough right? Sure it does.

So, think about this…Every time I try to live my life as someone else I make a mockery of God and His plan for my life. Every time I want something someone else has and complain, (even if it is in silent recesses of my heart) I tell God that He made a mistake when He gave me my role in life. Yet in His wisdom and creative design for me He established me to be absolutely amazing once I connect to who I am in Him and begin to become that. If I would just stop and really find that place of connection to His will and plan for me, I would see it all in perspective.

So this is the road I am now walking.

  • Connecting to the heart of God for me.
  • Finding my place in the depths of His will
  • Finding my platform and pattern for operation
  • Bringing God the greatest honour and glory
  • Reaching the multitudes I must.

Are you willing to join me in this walk of discovery of divine purpose in our lives? I sure hope so because the days of greatness that awaits us when we do so are amazing. Greatness in the eyes of God is different from greatness of the world.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Too Hard? Really?


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These words have been running through my heart and mind and I have had the great pleasure and opportunity to understand that I either believe it as true or believe it as true….does that make sense? Let me explain.

Very often we say things like “Nothing is impossible with God,” but in the back of our minds or in the recesses of our hearts we aren’t really sure. Ok, don’t be shocked by that because at the end of the day the truth we believe in is revealed in our innermost thoughts. Each of us has had a day when we said it out loud for the sake of our faith but in the depths of our hearts the happenings around us had made us wonder if this statement was actually true. I have in the last few years literally had everything I believed in came crashing to a halt and forced me to deal conclusively and decisively with the questions my life was asking me. I know there are many who have also been there and share in the lessons I have learnt.

The last few weeks the songs that have rang in my spirit have been along the lines of “Nothing is impossible with God.” The one that keeps ringing in my heart and mind is Sarah K’s song Kwani ni jambo, ipi hilo, Yeye asiloliweza? www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJglfrNp5Pg

Kwani ni jambo lipi hilo yeye asiloliweza (What is it,That He cannot handle?) x2

Chorus:

Liseme, liseme, (Say it)
litaje, litaje (Mention it)
Kwani ni jambo lipi hilo yeye asiloliweza (What is it,That He cannot handle?) x2

Yeye ni Baba wa yatima (He’s the father of the fatherless)

Yeye ni mume wa wajane (He’s the husband to the widows)
Kwani ni jambo lipi hilo yeye asiloliweza (What is it,That He cannot handle?) x2
Yeye ni mponyaji (He is the Healer)
Yeye ni mkarimu (He is generous)
Mlinzi, mfariji wa ajabu (Guardian and the great comforter)
Kwani ni jambo lipi hilo yeye asiloliweza (What is it,That He cannot handle?) x2
(Repeat)

I heard this song anew about a month ago and it raised questions in my heart that I have really thought about at every free moment. It has been a season of deep questions because I want to know what my pattern with God. I want to know how God works with, in and through me. I want to know for sure that the road I am walking is the road that God intended for me since my creation in His mind. I have asked myself again and again what it is that seems too hard for God that I can say it and ask Him to answer.

So every time since when I feel stuck, cornered or lost, I pause. When I feel like things are impossible, I stop and ask what I am doing or not doing that has me in this place? What is the hook that holds me in this place? Who do I need to connect to or disconnect from to reach the next level of my walk with God? Where do I need to start focusing and focus less on to make it from here to the next level? These questions are all new to me because in the past I would assume the cause was external to me. As I have asked them, I have begun to understand my pattern and it is different from everything I had ever thought in the past.

Remember Numbers 23:19, “God is not a human who lies, or a mortal who changes his mind. When he says something,

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he will do it; when he makes a promise, he will fulfill it. (CJB). So if He has said it, He will do it means that if it is not happening there is something I need to figure out that has to be corrected so that His word can come to pass and His glory established.

Going back to the question in the air, what is too hard for God? I have began to understand that when I fully connect to what God has for me my life and understanding changes and then nothing would be impossible because my path is right and my faith is strong so that even as I wait for things to work I know that I know that I know it will indeed come. I would be able to talk to Him and understand what is going on around me and speak His life into life around me hence change things. In this space then the truth of life would showcase the indeed ‘Nothing is impossible with God’. Wow! Mmmmmhhhh, #FoodForThought.

Luke 1:37, “For with God, nothing is impossible.”  (CJB)