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

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

 

 

THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Faith


SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:

Refuse to allow discouragement to kill your faith.  Stay strong, and bolster your faith through reading, hearing, understanding and agreeing with My Word, says the Lord.  Keep close tabs on your thoughts and make adjustments where necessary to maintain a strong and undeniable faith.  Faith is your greatest asset, and must be protected at all cost.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
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This says it all for me…even when life seems to be overwhelming, I have must believe that it will be well and it is all in the hands of God. I believe…I believe…I believe.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Faith


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1

I have been thinking about faith and hope and realised how I cannot have one without the other. If faith and hope are so intertwined, how does one connect with it? They are not emotions but realities I must connect to that will make the walk of my richer every day.

Faith is in simple things like opening our eyes in the morning, getting out of bed, breathing etc. Hope is in simple things like going to work with a big plan, working hard so as to do something with the family. We cannot make plans in a vacuum. We cannot have plans for the future unless we have hope for the same.

There has to be something our lives are hinged on. However, in reality, the hinges differ for everyone. For some it is their personal abilities, others it’s their connections and upbringing and others it is their faith. I choose to hinge my life on faith because it the one thing I have found to stand the test of time.

One thing I have learned in the last few years is that faith grows as I exercise it. Faith is neither foolish nor blind but is grounded in the reality of a relationship with God. It is not sitting around doing nothing and waiting for things to work out. Faith is a connection with God that provides insight and direction. This connection brings out the best in each of us and gives us the balance we need to live and be productive citizens in this life.

Find faith in God an anchor your life to it. This doesn’t mean that the walk will be easy; rather it means that it will be manageable and well-directed.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

When it all changes….then what?


My plan for the day was to have a nice quiet Sunday, rest and do homework with my son…however that was not to be. My niece had woken up with a bad headache for a third day running and so we agreed to get a medical opinion. It was the beginning of a roller coaster ride. We went from check up for blood pressure admission to control blood pressure to emergency section in three hours. The parameters of assessment changed and we had to adjust regardless of how we felt.

As I was thinking about the whole experience again, it came to mind that this is the same premise that our walk with God operates on. This is platform God wants to deal with us on a day to day basis. Ok, let me break it down a little bit. Say he tells me to leave a relationship that has been very important to my survival so far and trust him to meet my needs totally how long will it take me to respond? A day maybe more? Probably more as I ‘weigh’ the consequences of the move. So let’s say that I now believe it is worth it and that I become obedient and begin to leave the relationship and there is a major fallout so that I lose my sense of stability and the comfort I had and I find that I cannot count on the same people I used to the extent I used to. Will I still walk in his will and way? Mmmmh.

I am reminded of the disciples in the boat when the storm came upon them. They were used to Jesus being in the forefront doing the miracles and astounding them each time yet in the two storm instances he did something different. In one of them he was asleep and the other he was not even there. What was their reaction? They were so terrified and they lost the connection they had to the reality of what Jesus could do. At just the right time, Jesus showed up and stilled the waters and their faith was restored. Then he took time to comfort them and teach them more about himself.

Do the challenges and shocks around you shake your faith? When things happen differently do you wonder where God is and what he is doing about it? I know often I am shaken even if it is only for a few moments and many times I am ashamed to admit it. My heart’s desire is to reach the place like Christ where he simply expressed his heart’s struggle and then moved into the Father’s presence to receive encouragement. He had checked into the reality that God is supreme and never fails His people or reneges on His word. His word never fails and it achieves all its purposes. How did he get there? He was connected with His father. He had faith.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, (Rom 10:17). Oh how I need to spend more time in the word and hearing and my faith will grow continually. Are you with me? Do we need to talk together? Let’s commit to this consistent walk of faith and find the peace that comes from being connected to the King of all creation and the Lover of our souls.