FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT (PART TWO)

Will leave with some lasting points to reflect on-

TO GET TO WHERE GOD WANTS YOU TO BE – YOU HAVE TO FIGHT AND NOT GIVE UP.

- Have an intimate relationship with God- know Him for yourself.

- Build a good healthy prayer life

-      Build up your faith and don’t let it waiver based on what you are passing through.

- Work out your salvation not based on other people’s relationships but based on your one to one relationship with God as you follow Him

- Keep Ephesians 6:10-15 about the whole armour of God and know what it is that you are fighting.

- God cant bless a counterfeit you, give your true authentic self to Him when in troubled times and let Him walk you through it all.

- Be encouraged to know that in the fight 2 Cor 12:9 will always work in your favour – “Each time He said ‘My grace is all you need, my power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

Father I pray over each person reading this, may you strengthen them in all they are going through, let the peace that surpasses all understanding be their portion and may they never loose focus but put their trust in you even when its hard and things aren’t making sense. May they not depart from your truth now or forever more. In your name we pray. Amen.

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL

FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT (PART ONE)

Dear Father,

We thank you for another day, we thank you for your love, mercy and grace. We thank you that we are alive and well and that no weapon formed or fashioned against us will prosper. We believe that in all things you are our protector, provider and comfort so no matter what it may look like, so long as you have allowed it, we know that as it says in Psalms 23 we shall walk through the valley of the shadow of death and not stay stuck in it.

 

Today will be sharing on fighting the good fight, in life every day we wake up there is a fight, the enemy wants to take us out his assignment is to kill, steal and destroy so no matter how nice you think you are, how often you go to church etc you need to get your faith up and your prayer life intensified, to  be able to press on without growing weary.

 

The word says in Matthew 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”

 

Lets break this scripture down, in this section Jesus is teaching about the kingdom-

He is teaching and preaching

The blind were seeing

The dead were being raised up

The poor were having the gospel preached to them

 

There was an understanding of who Jesus was and what He was sent to do, but it was evident as shown that John the Baptist had gone before Jesus to prepare the way for Jesus to come. He was

 

simply on assignment to make it known that Jesus was coming, what  an assignment, but that very same John the Baptist was in prison and from the prison walls wanted to make sure the one he laid the way for was truly Jesus. I learnt something profound from this, even in prison when all hope could be lost, you just want to give up and serve your time. John the Baptist rather sent out two of his disciples to enquire if what he heard was true or if they need to look for the real Jesus. Even in the lowest and loneliness of place John was still focused on assignment and still had loyal disciples he could still send from inside the prison.

I began to see that no matter where you find yourself, or with who, what God has called you to shouldn’t be aborted or overlooked. Yes there is a daily fight, but God is with you in that fight. No matter how hopeless you may feel or how hopeless the situation is, know that there is always a tomorrow and our God lives.

To be able to enter the kingdom of God you need to have tenacity, thick skin, a will power to succeed, unwavering faith, and most importantly endurance with and in the process. Because you see what Jesus did and how He was treated here on earth, to then say that you are following Christ will not be any easier, but will be rewarding. There will be people who talk down on you, oppose what you are doing, turn against you, BUT once you keep your focus on God and assignment you shall surely overcome. 

What I love about both John the Baptist and Jesus was the humility they carried. Jesus was humble to point out in his ways and teaching that it was John the Baptist who paved the way into the kingdom of God. In today’s society you can do everything you can to help someone, but when it’s time for your work to get acknowledged it’s as though the person has forgotten all you did for them. That’s why there are people who can’t trust others, don’t go to church and harbour unforgiveness in their hearts.

Life daily is a fight, so don’t also add the actions of others to get you down, that’s not what you are here for. Rise above it all and forgive, with life being a fight you need to be sensitive in spirit and act according to all that God says. We have to learn to fight and not become complacent when we feel it’s too hard.

 

What we fight for is what we get in life, so don’t get complacent and then complain when things get tough, fight the good fight and walk in who God has called you to be.

 

GOD BLESS YOU

CONSISTENCY

CONSISTENCY

Dear Father,

We thank you for another blessed day and new week, as you go before us may we follow and be obedient to your instructions, where we will fall short ahead, we ask that you forgive us and straighten our path to do what you have called us to do, despite all the noise, voices and any fears that may creep in. Father regardless of what happens, we pray to be consistent and bold in all we do now and forever more. Amen

Today I want to talk about something that is very close to my heart and that is the importance of consistency. Let’s take it back to basics and look at what it means to be consistent-

‘To be consistent is a quality of condition of doing things with excellence, on time and in accordance with facts. Agreement with what has already been done, or expressed. The conformity with a practice that produces results on time.’

 

Consistency is very, very important I cannot stress that enough, to be consistent means you are working at a pace that ensures you partner with the Holy Spirit to do all you were created to do in stages, able to reach targets, manage deadlines and produce nothing less of excellence.

Consistency can only happen when you make up your mind to be great and do great, it takes you from a place of little to a lot and it helps you prioritize and put in order things you do day to day to allow yourself to stay on top of everything and not have everything stay on top of you.

When God calls you, He knows what you can manage, He equips you in the area of capacity He knows you are graced to do. He will never dump on you and leave you, and so if in all this God is, has been and always will be consistent. We shouldn’t be inconsistent at all. But rather we must lead by example to have others follow Christ, be encouraged and learn from ways we haven’t always got right, but were willing to work at it and are getting it.

One thing I can relate to is being overwhelmed at times and all that I share, are for those who are in 9-5’s, creative’s, those in ministry, those who work for themselves etc. For me I tend to take time out on Sunday and Monday to plan for the week ahead, make deadlines for that week for things that need to get done and do a mid week self check/ analysis of the week so far and how far I’ve gone. It helps to be able to have things written down and prayed over for the week ahead, to stay on track with things, be consistent and not overwhelmed – although that’s not always possible.

 SOME TIPS I WANT TO SHARE ON CONSISTENCY –

-      Pray over everything you do and let God guide you, so that you are not overwhelmed with everything.

 

-      Take time out on a Sunday evening, to plan out what you need to get done in the week ahead.

 

-      Have a diary to keep up to date with the deadlines you have to meet.

 

-      Do checks mid week to see how you are getting on and what you may need to amend to get things done.

 

-      Always revisit goals and see how you can achieve them, by doing consistent actions that will help you get there.

 

-      Accountability is also important to make sure what you say you will do, you will do.

 

Hope this encourages and blesses you to take consistency up a notch in your life. Be blessed

 

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