WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST IS ALL THAT MATTERS (PART 2)

WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST IS ALL THAT MATTERS..

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

 

           TO PONDER ON-

-      WHO DOES THE LORD SAY YOU ARE ?

-      DO YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF?

-      CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD?

-      WHAT HAVE YOU ALLOWED TO HOLD YOU BACK?

-      WHO HAVE YOU ALLOWED TO TRY TO HOLD YOU BACK?

-      IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 5 WORDS WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? 

-      WHAT CHANGES CAN YOU MAKE IN YOUR LIFE?

BE BLESSED AND ENCOURAGED

SPEAK SOON

STEPPING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!!

STEPPING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!

Dear Father

Thank you for each and everyone of our lives, for growth, strength, lessons learnt, your mercy that is renewed every morning, direction, new beginnings and the right people in our lives you have blessed us with. May we all continue to seek you in all that we do and trust in you to guide us along the way. In your mighty name I pray. Amen

Comfort zones – A place we have all found ourselves in, fearful of stepping out, not knowing what to expect, doubting our capabilities, doing things on a routine basis, you name it sure we have all been there. But it is important to recognise that comfort zones as much as they are comfort to us, puts a strain on our walk in Christ, limiting us to receive greater things and limiting our growth in the process.

The bible doesn’t encourage comfort zones, for example when it speaks in matthew 16:24 to take up our crosses and follow God in all we do, this act alone is not comfortable because it will require you dying to self, dying to own plans, changing your mind-set, putting all self thoughts and control aside and seeking Him in all things you do. Where God places you most of the time it will not be comfortable to contain. But it is not about us, but helping to build the kingdom to serve.

There will come a time where all Christians should take that leap of faith to step outside of the comfort zone and who they are comfortable being around, and to avoid doing limited work daily. We must have the confidence in God that the same way He took us out of that comfort zone, is the same way He will equip us along the way to do more and be bold doing it. His grace is sufficient for all and He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Our walk in Christ has no room for comfort zones, but I find that, that is what we have known over time, doing what we are comfortable with, being around the same people, putting off things which need to be done, exercising control over what we choose to do and ignore. It is when those comfort zones need to be broken that the uneasiness starts too. It is like someone who has only ever known London, to then be called by God to go and do missionary work abroad and they are doubting it, making excuses and stating reasons they wouldn’t be the right person to go along and do what God has chosen them to do.

When God calls you He already knows what is going to happen before we get there, and it is a test of our faith in Him and the patience to endure that really stretches our character to the core, to work on areas that need to be dealt with the right way. Do not worry about material things or the future because the God we serve always provides for us. Because we are called to live a lifestyle radically different and effective from the way we were once living before.

One thing that struck me about comfort zones is that it is the complete opposite to how God wants us to live, in comfort zones we are controlled by fear unknown to us, we don’t take risks, we don’t tend to try new things, may say it but don’t actually do it.

When we receive salvation it is saying bye to the old ways and welcoming the ways of God to live by. We find that our natural inclination is to rely on ourselves before anyone else, that we are good and able to lead in all things. The moment we give our lives to Christ it shows us leaving those comfort zones to surrender fully to God Himself, to have faith in Him alone, deny self and align ourselves with His word. We step away from the wrong crowds, we leave old habits behind, sin no longer controls and our story changes, there are soo many beautiful benefits, that we no longer will need to go back to the world to live as we once lived. God will do things to cause us to step out of that shell we have become comfortable to be in.

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EXAMPLES OF COMFORT ZONES..

  • Fear of the unknown

  • Friendships that encourage comfort zones

  • Wrong relationships that feed our flesh

  • Settling for less than we deserve

  • The sense of having control over all things

  • Being comfortable in a job simply because of the money

We know that comfort zones need to be broken for growth, wisdom, elevation and right Godly counsel in our lives.

EXAMPLES POST COMFORT ZONES-

  • Changes in our day to day lives

  • Stepping out in faith

  • Changing the company, we keep – some are only good for comfort but do not edify you and offer Godly counsel

  • Evangelising – reaching out to people you wouldn’t normally talk to

  • Being in places you would not have attended before.

  • Spreading the good news to family and friends

One thing I stand by is that doing the work of God is not supposed to be comfortable hence why total dependence, faith and trust needs to be in God and not man. So even though it will be uncomfortable it is still worth it because when it is all said and done it is no longer about us, but how we are winning souls to save the kingdom.

Matthew 19:27 Peter says ‘See we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?’ Because they literally gave up all they had to serve God, and in this willing state they would face many persecutions, doubt, worry, etc. But yet it was all worth it because they were covered, protected and no longer on the same level doing the same things. It was no longer doing things based on their routines but beyond that, out of their comfort zones. If this should teach us anything, its that as Christians who have picked up our crosses and following God, we must have the mind-set of not entertaining comfort zones anymore, but doing what God requires and serving wholeheartedly.

All decisions made must be aligned with what God says to us, once they align with His there will be a renewed mind and spirit to know what to do as well as what not to do. The comfort level will decrease because it is not about comfort when serving God, the more you move in comfort shows you are moving in the flesh and what you want to do more. Do not hold back when it comes to serving God because He has not created us to be weak and on the fence doubting everything and what He says to us.

SERVING OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONES. THINK ABOUT THESE POINTS-

  • HOW CAN MY GIFTS BE UTILISED?

  • HOW CAN I CHANGE MY WAYS TO NOT FALL BACK INTO COMFORT?

  • THE GRACE TO BE ABLE TO MINISTER TO EVERYONE AND NOT BE SELECTIVE.

  • WHAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK?

  • WHAT ARE YOU ALLOWING WHICH YOU SHOULD CUT OFF?

  • ARE THERE ANY STRONGHOLDS STILL OPERATING IN YOUR LIFE?

  • DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN YOURSELVES AND LOVE YOURSELVES?

  • DO YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE CAPABLE TO DO WHAT GOD HAS ASKED?

    BELIEVE IN YOU – GOD DOES..

God bless you all

ENCOURAGEMENT IN OUR DARKEST MOMENTS.

DEAR FATHER,

I want to thank you for our lives, I want to thank you for your strength, love, guidance and forgiveness. There are times when things don’t always go our way but it is important for us to keep you at the centre of it all, pray read the word and walk in obedience. There are many times we fall short of your glory and try to do things in our own might, but I pray that in those darkest moments you will strengthen us and cause us to follow your will with patience and wisdom. So help us father in all that we do. Help us to remain firm in the word, help us to learn, help us to grow, help us to love and help us to walk in the spirit at all times. In your name we pray. Amen.

 

We can all relate to the fact that we will go through things that will hurt us, change us, cause bitterness, anger, life changing moments and more. But it is in those times that I have learnt the importance of self-development, strength, patience and maturity. You see it is easy to smile and give God thanks when all is going well and we have everything under control. But the moment things get tough, or don’t go our way then we begin to panic, become anxious and doubt why it is happening.

 

One thing I always remind myself of is the fact that to get to the good one must first pass through the bad. You need to have your character refined and endure the process to be able to be trusted by God with what He wants to share with you, the works He wants you to do and how to be relational with others. What you pass through is not for you alone to say that you overcame it and are much stronger, but for you to be an example to others out there who are also going through similar and are assured that they are not alone, but the same God they serve is the same God who did it for someone else.

 

So what is encouragement?

Yeshua told His disciples ‘In this world you will have trouble but take heart, I have overcome the world.’ John 16:33

 

Yeshua made them aware that troubles will come – this walk isn’t easy and trials and tribulations can’t be avoided. You will be mocked, hated, spoken of badly. But remember each time people try to bring you down, that are set apart and created in His own image- Gen 1:27, you won’t be liked by everyone even though you do good. Pain will come and cannot be avoided or complained away or cried away. But thank God He is greater than all we face, that alone is encouragement for us all to stand firm on.

 

When I think of God’s encouragement it makes it easier to go on in this messed up world, knowing He has me and will never leave me or you, and will continue to guide us to walk in holiness and righteousness. It is also a reminder that He loves us despite our mistakes and falling short of His glory.

He is there for us, don’t doubt this, trust and believe and know that you are a conqueror and will never lose. 

Joshua 1:9 ‘Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid neither be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’

 

Notice here that God starts off by reminding Joshua, ‘Have I not’- serves as a reminder to show that He is not only reminding us, but commanding us to be of good courage. He commands us to be strong, in saying this He expects us to pull through, to not be afraid, anxious or distressed. He is assuring us that He will always be with us wherever we go- knowing that we will face trials but are always able to overcome those trials.

 

Our darkest moments are not a punishment, but the fact that He commands us, shows the seriousness to follow and align our actions to His- not emotions – not people – or things. But sadly when trouble comes we are so fast to do the opposite and rather than go to the word and go in prayer, we become fearful, distressed, low, bitter and negative. We are humans and so emotions do run wild when the going gets tough, but we must learn to cause those emotions to submit to the word of God for peace, wisdom and understanding. Yes we read the word, but in our darkest moments of family issues, friends issues, work disappointments, relationships ending etc do we still seek God and pray? Do we still read the word? Do we still worship God?

You see many of us have carnal minds, which are in need of being renewed to refocus on the word of God, so that when a dark moment comes we are equipped to read the word and fight in prayer, to get your peace and direction.

Psalm 34:4 ‘I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.’

Another word for sought is to seek – when you seek you are attempting to find something, help, shelter, answers, direction etc. This scripture is telling you to therefore seek the Lord, here we are told to do this one thing, and in this same scripture we see that God does two things in return for us. He first of all hears us and then He delivers us from our fears.

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 You see God knows what we will go through, He knows we will have bad day, He knows we will complain, BUT with all this He assures us that what He will do will be to bring us through all our trials to the end- But we must seek Him. You cant expect God to do these things if you do not seek Him and put Him first. Now if we were to look at the opposite of this scripture one can say that it could say ‘I fled and sought help in people and things and was temporarily free from my worries.’ We tend to distant ourselves from God when dark moments come, because we have the I can do it my way mindset, but when you pray and seek God remember it will be His will that is done in our lives at the right time in His own timing not ours. So when you take it upon yourself, though things will happen quicker doesn’t mean it will lead to peace of mind and healing from that dark moment, if anything you will make it worse and go around in circles.

 

You need to get into the habit of running to God for everything and in every moment, not just in the good moments but the bad moments too. For assurance, help, comfort, healing, strength, wisdom, guidance and direction. Our ways will always fail, but His never will. It is also very important to remember that each time we read the word we need to pray for understanding and fresh revelation, to read the word with our spiritual eyes, because if you read the word with your natural eyes you will become more aware of the issue rather than the solution (God’s word) you will begin to doubt yourself and even God and by doing all this will distance yourself from God.

 

He delivers us from our fears because we cannot say we serve Him and also fearful too. Light and dark ways can’t mix. Fear will have you doing the opposite to the word of God to get quick results, leading to a dead end of no fruitful results. As it says in 2 Timothy 1:7 ‘For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of POWER, LOVE and SOUND MIND. So the moment you feel fear, anxiety and worry creeping up on you go into prayers and let God have His way in renewing your mind and outlook on the matter at hand. After all He does say that we can do all things THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS US- Phil 4:13.

 

Proverbs 16:24 ‘Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.’

The soul consists of the mind, will and emotions, with this God bring healing, strength, wisdom and guidance, instruction, protection and answers. We need to be careful of what we feed our souls with because not all things that are said to us and information out there provided is good for us. You have to guard yourself (Proverbs 4:23), don’t fall victim to being led astray by false information appearing real, or what people say which doesn’t align to the word of God. Not all sources are genuine. We cannot go to people to fill the voids only God can fill, because He knows everything about us and what we need as opposed to what we think we need. He has all we need and even if you lose everything and all the people around you, He will always be enough for us.

 

We have it in mind that when something happens we are to go to our friends, pastors, family etc but then we don’t go to God first rather He is usually the last resort. The people around you can help only to some extent, we are all limited resources they can only do so much for you. They may mean well and have your best interest at heart but God’s word gets to the root of the issue, heals, edifies and equips us- His way will always work for us.

 

Go to word of God every day, at all times to get your own understanding, apply it to your issues and learn to walk in obedience. This will help you to seek out the error of your ways and live a Christ like standard, not to people please, but to God please in every action and thought.

 

Whether it is a sickness, friendship issues, job cuts, death, whatever disappointment it may be, God is not smaller than those issues and will see us through each time something we can’t handle alone arises. The enemy is very crafty, as we all know he comes to kill, steal and destroy John 10:10. He always works to turn our thoughts around to go against what God says about us, to cause a distance from Him and please ourselves rather than living to please God.

 

But we must remember that ‘Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against cosmic powers over this present darkness against spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places.’ Ephesians 6:12. So with this it serves as a reminder that it is not just matters of worldly things we face but the battle spiritually- so the encouragement in Christ provides the strength, willpower and spiritual armour to overcome. Ephesians 6:10-18.

When we are discouraged we shouldn’t – take matters into our own hands to try to handle it, we shouldn’t stop praying and reading the word and we shouldn’t distract ourselves from God. Look at Elijah, one of the greatest prophets who struggled with discouragement 1 Kings 19:3-10. So it doesn’t matter who you are, discouragement happens but it can be defeated with the word of God always.

 

FINAL POINTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT-

·         The spirit of rejection is very common and many are battling secret battles which need to be addressed not ignored.

·         Our darkest moments are for a purpose too – Romans 8:28

·         Just because you don’t believe it in the moment doesn’t mean it won’t change or get better – Must work on the mind (Romans 12:2) and guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23).

·         Life can be so difficult but we must not fall into the victim mentality and get depressed.

·         Never give up – God makes all things possible in His own time

·         In all things whether good or bad there is always something to learn

·         God calls us to be faithful, and gives us the power to be faithful

·         Like Elijah God will always meet our needs at the right time. Psalm 183:3 ‘As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.’

·         He is our strength when we are weak

·         God loves us and will keep us – He won’t leave us

GOD BLESS YOU ALL

LET THE BIBLE BEAUTIFY YOUR LIFE

Hello Ladies,

The title of this blog post actually dropped in my spirit recently as I was reading. Such a beautiful reminder and importance of why we need to have the word of God open daily to be fed with and encouraged by.

Life may not always go the way we want it, random situations pop up, people hurt us, struggle in finances, friendship issues, feeling stagnant in your walk, job losses, illnesses, you name it. We would love to not have any issues arise and for life to just be sweet – but I have come to understand that in the good and bad God is still God, so in the bad I will still rejoice and learn in it.

So in the bad as well as the good, rejoice and give Him thanks always – you may not be happy with that circumstance but in it rejoice anyway God is still God and hasn’t changed. You can always learn something new about yourself in bad times and God has a way of teaching and showing forth His glory in those trying times. But you need to get your mind renewed to not let the negativity seep in when things don’t look good.

If God has allowed it to happen, thank Him because He believed in you to overcome it. He believes in you, but do you believe in yourself is the question.

As a believer you have to make it a priority to study the word daily, you have a Father in Heaven whose words are in the Bible to heal, deliver, comfort, give peace, and so much more. So anytime you are going through things it should be the first thing you turn to. Not friends, family or your partner.

The bible will beautify your life, elevate you, equip you, encourage you, strengthen you and so much more. The bible transforms from the inside out in a way no other resource or person can. So have hope, read your bible, pray and build an intimate relationship with God.

  

-  ENEMIES – ‘Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.’ Romans 12:14

-  STRUGGLES - ‘We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.’ ROMANS 5:3-5

-  PAIN – ‘For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.’ ROMANS 8:18

 

-  PURPOSE- ‘The LORD will fulfil his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.’  PSALMS 138:8

 

-  FORGIVENESS – “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.’ MATTHEW 6:14-15

 

-  WISDOM – ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.’ JAMES 1:5

 

DECISIONS- ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.’ PROVERBS 3:5-6

 

-  HOPE – ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.’ ROMANS 15:13

 

- JOY – ‘A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.’ PROVERBS 17:22

 

-  HEART – ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.’ PSALMS 51:10

 Be encouraged and know that God has you and even in the bad times, He still has you and will guide and protect you.

Stay blessed

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LOW SELF-ESTEEM

Hello Ladies,

Self-Esteem can be defined as the opinion of how we see ourselves, so when we have a healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves and about life in general. But when our self-esteem is low, we tend to see ourselves and our life in a more negative and critical light.’

Today want to tackle briefly the sensitive area of self-esteem, I for one can relate to this area for many reasons, one being the labels that were enforced on me growing up and in my teenage years. I struggled with identity, not really knowing who I was, I would allow so much to enter my mind and let it stay there as I lived it out so my view on self and live was tainted and very damaging. When you don’t know who you are you allow anyone who has no right to define you, label you and have control over what you say to yourself and how you treat yourself.

That is why it is so so important to know whose you are and who you are because then that alone is the power you carry against any negativity and critics. Yes, people will always have something to say, but those same imperfect people have different mindsets, different opinions, different likes and dislikes so anything they say about you wont always be the same as the next person.

So, imagine trying to people please all these people, living by what they tell you.. Damaging right? Well that was me for some time, because I was lost, I had no direction, no wisdom or sense of belonging and always tried to fit in with what people wanted me to be and most times because they didn’t know themselves they tried to put that on me. It was like the lost leading the lost, the blind leading the blind. It was never going to end well unless someone broke out of it and got better for themselves. Thank God for saving me, I write this saved and being that I was unsaved before, I knew no better.

Notice the definition of self-esteem says its how we see ourselves, so if we see ourselves low, we then give permission for others to see us in the same way we too see ourselves and that can be very damaging, because in a place where there is constant negativity and drama, you can never grow and go beyond your current level. It is not really just about how you see yourself, because most times that is what people see and feed off, so you can then allow and know who to let close based on the signs of you seeing how they would treat you.

I battled with it for years, was it tough yes? Did I have good counsel around me? No not always, or in fact they were there but never really understood. You see the people around you should be able to uplift you and encourage you and if that is not always the case pray over it, because you really need to have people around you who you can grow with not stay at one place with. So all these different elements of self come into play-

-       How do you see yourself?

-       How do others around you see you?

-       Do you know whose and who you are?

-       Do you see yourself in a positive way?

-       Do I know what the word of God says about me?

To name a few.

For now this is where I will leave it short and sweet to encourage and remind someone that they are precious, beautiful, enough and not who people define them to be. Know who you are and there will be no room to allow negativity in your life.

God bless you all

LisaBlessed