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

REVELATION FROM A TREE

JOHN 15 - JESUS THE TRUE VINE

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

 

On my way out a few mornings ago to see some clients, I was stuck in a bit of traffic and looked to my right and God began to speak me using the trees. The revelation was so deep and sweet and will share with you all. He began to show me the importance of the way the trees operated in the seasons and how important it was for the trees to have their branches, but yet all look different – when He said different He went on to talk about the roots being the same, they all need to be rooted in the soil to receive the nutrients and for those of us who paid attention in science class lol- will know the process of the roots – nutrients – photosynthesis and all.

The branches on the trees differed from tree to tree – some were completely bare with no leaves, some had leaves and others had different coloured leaves. But yet they were all still trees- we wouldn’t look at them and say that because some don’t have leaves that they aren’t trees, that wouldn’t make sense. With this I began to see that even though they all had a different amount or nothing at all they were all blossoming but at different stages and so the outlook wouldn’t always match each other. Whilst some are bare, some are full, yet whilst some are small in vine, others are wide and thick in vine.

 

REFLECT-

How do you portray yourself?

What is your character like?

 

Yet they are all still known as trees and to place this analogy with human beings – to you someone may look average, but you do not realise what they carry and what they can do, God is taking them on a journey and it may not be obvious to the natural eye – but their set time to blossom is coming, whilst the set time for their neighbour is now. We all have different set times, no two times are the same but you are not disqualified just because you haven’t blossomed yet, it just means your journey is different to your neighbours.

That is why it is not wise to compare to other human beings, because no matter what you will not be like them and they will not be like you. It is important to not let the cares of this world and ungodly desires make you compare yourself to another imperfect human being and then get frustrated when things don’t work out for you, in terms of you not getting what they have.

What you look like – how you sound – the way you do things and how you think is different to the next person so when you try to compete you are already losing and doing disservice to not appreciating and valuing who God has called you to become. BUT what we do all have in common is that we are all rooted in Christ and this alongside another powerful thing, that when you look at the trees you notice that they are close together – the distances aren’t that great or wide and so how are you with others? Are you close to them? Do you support them, love them and shine together as well as trying to shine alone? How are you in community?

Such a powerful point to take away, though the trees all looked different, blossoming at different times they still all had close proximity to each other. Being close would mean no competition, no envy, but growing and thriving amongst each other with no ulterior motives.

So check your ways, is it more of self or more of helping and supporting others?

Be blessed as you read this and know that inward change is key and your outlook on life.

GOD BLESS

WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST IS ALL THAT MATTERS (PART ONE)

(PART ONE)

“We are new creations in Christ (2 Cor 5:17)

 

We had our first gathering of the year last month and the area of identity came up. It was an eye opener to see how some of the ladies struggled to see how God saw them. It made me realise that with many of us, we know what the word of God says, we go to church, and we pray and speak of God’s goodness.

BUT if we don’t truly study the word to know and truly believe who God says we are then we will always struggle to live the life He has for us, whilst believing who He says we are.

So we have to take it back the root cause-

-      Why do you struggle to know what the word of God says?

-      What or who have you let in to make you doubt the truth?

-      How do you speak about yourself?

-      How often do you stay in God’s presence to hear Him?

 

The scripture above leads us to understand that our identity in Christ is one of newness and you are no longer the things you did, or the people’s opinions of you. How we are in Christ now should be how we see ourselves and not how we used to be in the world. I read somewhere that our identity can be defined as “the collective aspect of the set of characteristics by which a thing is definitively recognizable or known.”

If you cannot recognise who you are in Christ, you will keep living below His standard for you, miss out on His best for you and will always be frustrated at life. When you are in Christ, that will be shown through your actions, your speech and how you treat others, you will be transformed from the inside out and not just one day, but daily as God will keep doing a beautiful work in us.

We are followers of Christ and no matter what life brings our way it is important to not let that stop us from being great. The difference now is that how we define ourselves will align to the word of God and not the ways of the world.

BE BLESSED

THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPARENCY

Dear Father,

Thank you for our lives, thank you for healing, direction, strength, boldness and more, to help us go forward in all we do in life. I pray that those who are reading this will be encouraged by your words to have a better understanding of transparency and why it is important to be that way, living an unashamed impact here on earth. We wont always understand why things happen to us but we are to trust and believe in you to see us through it. May you make our crocked paths straight and work on any broken areas that need fixing. Have your way in all we do and say and may your name alone be glorified in all we do. So help us Father in your name we pray. Amen

What does it mean to be transparent?

To be transparent is to be open, to share what you have been through and how it has affected you. When you are transparent you are no longer ashamed, you are open and free to discuss what you have passed through to be able to help another who is going through similar. Your transparency will come across to others as someone who is bold, honest and sincere to let others into their world. It means you are not afraid and no longer bound by the things you were going through, in your transparent moments you can receive your healing and grow more spiritually.

You have nothing to hide because as it says in 2 Cor 5:17 ‘therefore if anyone, is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away behold, the new has come’

By this it says that, we are no longer those same people who did those things in the past, so now that we have become born again and know God, are made whole and renewed to be and do better. We no longer define ourselves based on our old selves, but we now define ourselves based on how God sees us. You more or less have the new-found freedom to speak and act with God leading you, you are no longer bound but set free.

KEY POINTS WHEN DISCUSSING TRANSPARENCY-

-People see your struggles and what you have battled with.

-There is no shame or fear to speak out

-You can receive your healing by being open as led to

-When God heals and delivers you – it is so that you can be a source of encouragement for those He has called you to serve

-There should be no judging when transparent moments are being shared- no one is perfect and the past is the past

-The fact that you are being transparent with others does not mean you are weak or emotional

-There is no time to be selfish, share what God has done and embrace the changes, you are no longer that lost person in the world.

-Strength comes from being transparent and wise in your steps

- With transparency comes obedience. Move when God says to move and speak

-You may have made all those mistakes but doesn’t mean God cannot use you

-Let His light shine upon you to be a blessing to many, from your mess comes a message and from all those tests comes a testimony. Despite what people say know where your truth comes from

-Galatians 2:20 – ‘I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me’

To be transparent is to know who God is and have an intimate relationship with Him. When you know who He is and follow Him your assurance and trust in Him develops to be more content in who you are and accept that though you did what you did in the past you are no longer that same person. Do not feel the need to sugar coat all that God has done for you, it takes away the power of the transformation, it is when you lay it all out that you see step by step exactly what He has done and why your faith in Him should not be shaken. When you see this, you are encouraged and know that no matter what is to come you can face it because He will see you through it all.

The moment you can be transparent is to show others that the same God who saved you in the past and delivered you from all your troubles is the same God that you are looking to now who still working things out for your good- Romans 8:28

Whatever it may be that you have, or are passing through, God is still faithful now and forever more and will never change, in knowing this when we lay down our lives it will take us to the point of saying it is no longer my will but your will be done- to take up your cross boldly and follow Him. Not to say you wont face things going forward because we know that we cannot escape troubles in our lives especially when we are believers. The devil is forever trying to bring us down, but with God we know that despite all that He will see us through.

Be an example of His ambassadors here on earth and do not be ashamed because others may ridicule you, they just lack the spiritual maturity to see all that God has done for you. Keep on going regardless you are not here to please people, but only please God – Gal 1:10

Be encouraged and know that your story carries weight, a purpose and encouragement for others, you may not understand why when you are in that situation, but when you come out you will see His goodness and forever give thanks.

God bless you all