Test & Trials

“Because you have done this thing…I will bless you.”
Ge 22:16-17 NKJV


The Bible says: “God tested Abraham, and said ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.’ So Abraham went to the place of which God had told him” (vv. 1-3 NKJV). You say, “Why would God test me?” First, to prove Himself faithful to you. Second, to give you an opportunity to prove yourself faithful to Him. Your tests are God’s proving grounds. They’re the way you graduate to the next level in His kingdom. That day Abraham proved there was nothing he loved more than God. And that was the day when God introduced Himself to Abraham as “Jehovah Jireh,” the Lord who provides. It’s when you exercise your faith that you discover God’s faithfulness. That’s why God will test your faith. The tests get progressively harder as the stakes get higher. And the tests will undoubtedly revolve around what’s most important to you. What do you find your identity in? What do you find your security in? That’s your “Isaac.” God will test you to make sure your identity and your security are found in Him alone. Indeed, He will go after anything you trust in more than you trust Him until you put it on the altar. Don’t worry; you don’t have to live in fear that God is going to take away what is most important to you. But if the gift ever becomes more important to you than the Giver, then the very thing God gave you to serve His purposes is undermining His plan for your life. And that’s why God will deal with it. Abraham considered Isaac to be a special gift from God. But God-given gifts are wonderful things—and dangerous things. Why do we say that? Because as you cultivate the gifts God has given you, you can begin to rely on them more than you rely on God. And at that point your greatest strength becomes your greatest weakness. It was God who gave Lucifer a beautiful form and a beautiful voice. Those gifts were originally used to glorify God. Then Lucifer started looking in the mirror, started reflecting on his own beauty. He glorified the gift he had been given instead of glorifying God. The lesson in Lucifer’s fall is this: Whatever you don’t turn into praise turns into pride. And that’s a problem, because “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (Jas 4:6 NKJV). Instead of deflecting praise to God, Lucifer let it feed his ego. It was his sinful desire to be lifted up that led to Lucifer’s downfall. What are your greatest God-given gifts? What are your most significant God-ordained opportunities? What God-sized dreams has the Holy Spirit conceived in your spirit? That’s your “Isaac.” And you should love your Isaac and celebrate him, but he must never be permitted to take the place of God in your life. Sometimes God-ordained dreams aren’t just born, they have to be reborn. If they become more important to you than God, you have to sacrifice them for the sake of your soul. You have to put them on the altar and raise the knife. Sometimes your dream must die before it can be resurrected for God’s glory. God said to Abraham, “Because you have not withheld your only son, I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven” (vv. 16-17 NKJV). Isaac was the lifelong dream of a barren woman named Sarah and an impotent man named Abraham. But the more God blesses you, the harder it is to keep that blessing from becoming an idol in your life. Money may be the best example. The more money you make, the harder it is to trust Almighty God and the easier it is to trust the almighty dollar. Isn’t it ironic that “In God we trust” is printed on the dollar—the thing we often find most difficult to trust God with? If you’re financially blessed, it is a gift from God (See Dt 8:18). But God doesn’t financially bless us so that we can use it selfishly. He blesses us more, so that we can be more of a blessing to others (See Ge 12:2). The truth is, what you’re willing to walk away from determines what God is willing to entrust to you. He wants you to come to the place where you find your identity in Whose you are, rather than in who you are. You can base your identify on a thousand things—the degrees you’ve earned, the positions you hold, the salary you make, etc. But if you base your identity on anything temporal, your identity is a house of cards. There’s only one solid foundation: Jesus Christ. So, what’s getting between you and God? What feeds your ego? Where do you find your security outside of Christ? That’s what you need to put on the altar today.

Devotional//Word For You Today// Have a blessed day 🙂

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Posted by on March 18, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Strong Desire

When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole -Mark 5:27-28

The Bible tells us of the woman with the issue of blood who, having suffered for twelve long years, made up her mind to receive a miracle. Compelled by her desire, she pressed through a huge crowd to get to Jesus, defying the injunction that forbade her from having physical contact with other people.

According to the custom of the Jews, the haemorrhage she suffered made her unclean; therefore, she stood the risk of being stoned to death if found in public, let alone touching other people. Her desire for freedom, for her healing, pushed her to brave the odds. -Mark 5:24-29

Likewise, until Hannah became desperate for a child, and made up her mind for a miracle, nothing happened. For many years, she maintained the status quo, until she decided she must have a miracle. She went into the house of the Lord, fell on her face before God and prayed until she prevailed.

How strong is your desire to change your financial status? How strong is your desire to change your health status? How compelling is your desire to move to the next level? How strong is your desire to experience the supernatural in your spiritual life, in your ministry, in your academics, business or career?

We all want to see growth and make progress; everyone of us wants to heap success upon success, but not many are ready to brave the odds and do the needful. Growth in any area requires very simple and basic principles that aren’t negotiable. One of such is a strong compelling desire. Let your desire be strong enough to compel you to take the right and necessary actions.


Dear Lord, I thank you for the glorious Gospel of your Kingdom, which is committed to my trust. With all fervency and urgency, I preach the Gospel of righteousness, braving all odds to ensure your righteousness is established in the earth and in the hearts of men, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Devotional//Rhapsody Of Realities// Have a blessed day 😊

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Posted by on March 14, 2018 in Uncategorized


Light & Direction

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path -Psalm 119:105

No one who knows and lives by God’s Word ever gets confused in life; the Word gives you light and direction. If you have the Word of God in you, you know where you’re going; your life has a meaning; your journey is forward and upward only, because God’s Word is a lamp that brightens your path, and a light that directs you.

Psalm 119:130 says, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” David was saying this to God. No wonder he was so guided and led of God; he was an extraordinary success. During his reign as king over Israel, Israel never lost a battle except the one he wasn’t involved in. David knew how to consult with God and receive light and direction from the Spirit.

Don’t play the guessing game with your life; receive light and direction from the Lord, through His Word. Open your spirit to the Word. Meditate on the Holy Scriptures; that way, the Word will mingle with your spirit, giving you light. If the Word of God doesn’t enter into you, there’ll be no light in your spirit. Those who don’t have accurate knowledge of the Word of God can only plunge themselves into perpetual darkness.

The Bible describes the Word as the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” John 1:9 Without the Word of God, your decisions will be made in darkness, and the decisions that are made in darkness can only produce more darkness, making the person’s life a labyrinth of uncertainties, confusion, and utter frustration.

God has given you His Word to light up your path, and have light through the darkness. Jesus said, “…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” John 8:12. Under that light, you don’t see shadows. Poverty, sickness, disease, death, failure or impossibilities are shadows; they don’t exist under the light of God.


The Word of God is in my heart; therefore, my heart is flooded with light; my path is continually lit. I walk in preordained pathways; therefore, none of my steps shall slide, neither do I walk in confusion, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Devotional//Rhapsody Realities. Have a blessed night. Jesus loves you 🙂

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Posted by on March 9, 2018 in Uncategorized


Fear Has No Room Here


Hi loves,

I hope you are all doing well. Today, we will be looking at Exodus 4. There’s so much to take away from this passage. First, we will back track to Exodus 3. Let’s take a look at it.

Exodus 3

12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I am has sent me to you.’’

15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has sent me to you.’

“This is my name forever,
    the name you shall call me
    from generation to generation.

16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites a land flowing with milk and honey.’

18 “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.

21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”

Exodus 4: Signs for Moses

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”

“A staff,” he replied.

The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”

Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.“This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has appeared to you.”

Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous it had become as white as snow.

“Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.

Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign,they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”

10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”


Exodus 3

  • God promises that he will be with him. He promises us time and time again that he will never leave us nor forsake us.
  • God instructs and always has a plan. God instructed Moses and told him exactly have to say.
  • Obedience is very key.

Exodus 4

  • Moses questions God because of fear of how the Egyptians will react.
  • God in return asked Moses “What is that in your hand?.  A staff, he replied. “The staff represented Moses identity, as a shepherd. God was asking Moses to surrender all that He had in his hands.”
  • God used what Moses had. Still yet, he asked God what  if the Egyptians still didn’t respond to his call.
  • When we look at verse 8, “Then the Lord said, If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first miraculous sign, they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry land. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.” God had a plan for the unbelief. He has a plan for everything. Moses was afraid of what will happen but God had a solution.
  • When we take a look at verse 10, “Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue. Here we learn that sometimes, we may not be prepared for the assignment that God has for us but he equips us. Moses spoke about his flaws but God used his insecurity for greatness.
  • When we look at verse 11, “The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deal or mute? Who gives him sight or makes blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” Even though God told Moses all that he created, Moses still felt that he was not positioned for the assignment. He asked if he can send someone else to complete the assignment. This was all because of fear. Moses response caused God to be angry. Then the Lord asked “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? God made a way for Moses. God wasn’t going to allow Moses insecurity  to stop him from completing his assignment. Many times, God sends destiny helpers. A destiny helper can come in the form of a friend, coworker or even your sibling. God was aware of Moses setback but he sent his brother ahead of him to meet him for the mission. Something that one of my Professors told me while I was in college was that “I can run away from my calling but my calling will always find its way back to me.”
  • Just like Moses, we have an assignment here on this Earth. We can’t run away from everything. We can’t tell God use someone else yet still be upset when someone else is doing the assignment we refused to be obedient to do. We have to ask God to help us. We have to bring our fears to the Cross. Lay them before the Lord. For some of us, God is calling us to share the Gospel to our friends and loved ones but because of fear of what they may think, we withhold the instruction that delays our blessing. The assignment is not about you. Its about God. When you have an understanding of your assignment, you won’t belittle/doubt God’s instruction. May we hear the voice of God clearly and may God give us the boldness to do that in which He has called us to do.

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. -Philippians 1:6

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. -2 Timothy 1:7

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you can take something away from this post. God bless you. Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged 🙂

With Love,

Karen 🙂







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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Seek & You’ll Find


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Welcome to the month of March. Yet another day that God has blessed us to see. I’m grateful to God that I was given another opportunity to be alive. I hope you are having a lovely day. I pray that this month of March will be filled with blessings from above, love, joy, peace and every perfect gift from Christ alone. God is doing a new thing. We are reminded in Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on things above and not on earthly things.” Continue to stay rooted in Christ. Cheers to what this new month of March holds for us all. Jesus loves you 🙂


Devotional// “And Jabez called on the God of Israel.”
1Ch 4:10 NKJV


In the book of First Chronicles the Bible tells us about a man named Jabez. The first nine chapters consist of genealogies, listing more than six hundred names. And right there in the middle of all those names, God singles out one man for special recognition, and his name is Jabez. There are only two verses in the entire Bible about this man, yet he’s given honorable mention above the six hundred other people mentioned in the chapter. Why did God single him out? What did Jabez do that caused his name to be preserved for over four thousand years? What made him above average? For the next few days, let’s see what we can learn about him. “Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers” (v. 9 NKJV). So, what set him apart? He dared to ask and believe God for great things: “Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, that You would enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested.” God wants you to ask Him for great things! He told Jeremiah, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jer 33:3 NIV). Paul tells us that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph 3:20 NIV). You can’t out-ask or out-dream God, so start asking Him for what you want—and believe He will give it to you!

Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged 🙂

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Posted by on March 1, 2018 in Uncategorized


Called To Serve

A Mission to Love

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33

Sometimes nonbelievers are experienced at debating. They want to test the authenticity of your beliefs. For natural opportunities to tell others about Jesus, you have to be prepared and knowledgeable on some level.

At the same time, don’t be fooled into thinking that God cannot use you even if you lack understanding of all aspects in the faith. When we first find Jesus in our lives, we get fired-up to tell everyone. That fire sometimes fades if we feel the need to be perfect and all-knowing of Scripture before we can share.

My cousin Daniel and I have had many conversations about faith. He is one of the most knowledgeable, intelligent, and real people I know. And he always will tell you what he thinks. Some people debate because they like the debate. I don’t believe that’s Daniel’s reasoning. He thinks logically and asks why God doesn’t always show up at times we think He would, such as to alleviate famine and suffering.

Daniel always brings up some fantastic points. We enjoy talking even when it gets heated. Our conversations always end in a hug and European cousin kisses on the cheek.

Daniel’s brother has told me that the fact that God didn’t give me limbs is one reason my family has doubts about God’s goodness. My cousin can’t accept that a loving God would “leave” me, His devoted follower, without arms and legs.

I’ve tried to explain that the Bible clearly shows that pain, sickness, disabilities, suffering, and death came in after sin was instigated by Satan himself. Our broken pieces, hurts, and shame can be turned to good by God the Redeemer. God often uses those things that once seemed terrible to help others see the true hope, joy, love, and peace we can have through Him, even amid the storms.

My mission is not to convert Daniel or anyone else. Instead, my mission is to love him and everyone as I encourage them to begin walking with Jesus. It’s not about failing Daniel; it’s actually about failing my heavenly Father when He says speak and I don’t. God’s love doesn’t change. All I want to do is serve Him and see others set free to find their true purpose, path, and freedom.

Who is one person in your life right now who needs to know about Jesus? How could you bring up conversation with him or her?

Book 📚// Nick Vujicic: Be The Hands And Feet 😊🙌🏿

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Posted by on February 27, 2018 in Uncategorized


Step Out

Don’t Be Just a Passenger in the Boat

Inspiring others to become Christians requires reaching out and motivating people to think about the importance of God in their lives, but you have to be prayerfully wise about your communication. You have to adjust your approach to each individual because we all have different personalities and experiences.

Too many people have been put off by overzealous Christians who probably had good intentions but reached out with poorly conceived strategies. They may have come across as pushy or more concerned about their agendas than the feelings and beliefs of those they approached.

Others are praying for a revival. But as they are praying and waiting, they forget to do the basic thing God has asked of us—to tell others that He lives. We say, “God move.” God says, “I will move through you when you move.” I personally just want to fulfill the mandate to preach the gospel and see people come to Jesus, start an active relationship with Him, and become true followers of Him.

I believe all Christians have a responsibility to share their faith and bring others to Christ. His followers are, after all, “fishers” of men and women. We can’t just be passengers in the boat. We need to cast our lines, because there is an ocean of people out there who need the redemptive power of God’s love.

When I told my Dad that I was writing a book called Be the Hands and Feet, he said, “People think evangelism is complicated, but it’s not complicated to evangelize at all. We should be ready to share our faith at any time, and it comes down to sitting someone down face to face and just being real. Tell them what does Jesus mean to you? How did your life change after meeting Jesus? Being a believer will show also with how one lives.”

Followers of Jesus need to be more than good and kind. We need to have powerful messages to share. My prayer is that you will find your own way to do that in a manner that best suits you and best serves our heavenly Father.

Have you ever been turned off by someone trying to “evangelize” you? What was it that didn’t resonate with you? What can you learn from that about how you share your faith?

Book: Be The Hands And Feet// Nick Vujicic

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Posted by on February 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

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