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Heart Of Praise

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. -1 Thessalonians 5:18

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. -Psalm 126:3

How has this year been for you? As I sat down to reflect, a lot of questions flooded my mind. Below are the questions. If you can, take the time to reflect alone or with a friend/loved one. I don’t know what this year has looked like for you but I’m here to remind you that no matter what storms came your way, God is still with you. It may not have been easy but by the grace of God, you are alive. Many times, the trials we face are connected to our calling. Some seasons are much tougher than other but this all a part of the preparation.

Reflection 2017 (2)

18 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

-Isaiah 43:18-19

Song of the day: God I Look To You (Kalley Heiligenthal)

God I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God I look to You, You’re where my help comes from
Give me wisdom; You know just what to do

I will love You Lord my strength
I will love You Lord my shield
I will love You Lord my rock forever
All my days I will love You God

Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Forever all my days Hallelujah

 

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Posted by on December 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Strong Finish

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Happy New Month of December. We thank God for allowing us to see another day/last month of the year. What a faithful God we serve. Many people didn’t get the opportunity to see this day but God he woke us up. Many times, we take for granted the gift of waking up. Someone is taking their last breath but God he blessed us with another day to see. We are reminded in Psalm 30:9, “Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?”. It’s only the living that can praise God. So as long as we are blessed with yet another day to be alive, we ought to praise the Lord. God has kept us for eleven months and by his grace we have made it to see the last month of the year. God inhabits the praises of his people. Though this year may have not started off well for you or it seems like it won’t end well, may this be the month you draw closer to God. Despite the fact that you might have went astray, always remember that as long as God has breathed life into your lungs, you have another opportunity each day to make a decision to draw closer to him and have a better relationship. It can start today. The decision will always be yours. God is waiting for you.

In 1 Corinthians 9:24, we are reminded about the importance of self-discipline. And it reads, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

There is so much to take away from this scripture. Our walk with Christ is a journey. You can’t compare yourself with everyone around you. You must do your part to seek God in everything you do. God will always send people your way to be a destiny helper for the journey but we must never forget to fix our eyes on him. Sometimes, in the midst of our trials, we shift our focus on God. In the same way when running in a race, if we shift our focus on who is next or behind us, we will miss the finish the line. There is nothing wrong with helping our brothers and sisters in Christ but we must always stay connected with God.

Even as we have entered a new month, I would like for us to take the time to think about priorities. What are your priorities? Are you the one that says God 1st but your life is not a reflection of who God is in the decisions you make? Before the year ends, many of us desire to spend time with the Lord but we tend to say it with our lips but our actions don’t match up. Today as I read the “Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl” which is found in Matthew 13: 44-46, I took away a few points I would to like to share with you all.

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Key Points I Took Away:

  1. Treasure hidden in a field: What have you been hiding and if found, would you be proud of it?
  2. What have you been holding on to? What is causing you not to release this thing?
  3. The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. As we know, pearls are really expensive. They aren’t cheap at all. When this merchant found what he was looking for, he went and sold everything that he owned in order for him to purchase these fine pearls. As I read this parable, it reminded me of God and how he sent Jesus, his only son to die on the cross for us. Christ died a sacrificial death. For many of us, we are holding on to many things that are hindering us from God. We are so afraid of releasing because we don’t know what will replace that in which we released. Sometimes, we have to release, make room for God to do what he needs to do. This is not the month where you want to test and see if you can do anything by your power and strength. This is the month where you need to draw closer to the Lord and his strength. In Psalm 105:4, it states “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”
  4. “When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” We can look at this from the viewpoint of when we give our lives to Christ, we are filled with joy. Though we don’t know the full cost of following Jesus, daily he reveals himself to us as we continue to seek him. This is the cost of discipleship. As Jesus said to the great crowds that accompanied him in Luke 14:25-33. We must never allow anything to hinder us from following Jesus. In Matthew 6:21, we are told that “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” It is very important to check our motives and the condition of our hearts. 

It is a new month and I believe that God is ready to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond our expectations. May we finish strong. May we not lose sight of who God is even in this last month. The devil will bring forth many distractions but you must learn to remain in the word of God and stay in contact with your heavenly Father. What you couldn’t finish today, you can continue by the grace of God. Don’t allow the enemy to discourage you in this month. You are not a failure but rather a conqueror. You are trying. This year may have been rough for you and you are just waiting for it to be over but God still wants to do many things in and through you. God isn’t finished. He can do a new thing in you before a new year begins. He’s a God of new beginnings and many blessings. What God has started in you, may it prosper for his kingdom and his glory. May you be a light in someone’s life in this month. May your eyes be opened and your hearts/minds be transformed daily in this month. May your heart be filled with gratitude more than ever before. By the grace of God, it will be a great month. Peace, love, joy, divine protection and supernatural blessings in this last month to you and your loved ones. Until next time, stay rooted in the Lord. Praise Him. Live, Love & Keep Pressing Forward 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Learn To Listen

“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” Pr 12:15 NIV

“LORD, WHAT SHOULD I DO?” Part #3

Another way God will lead you is: Through godly advice. Moses experienced this. Instead of getting help, he tried to do it all himself. At that point his father-in-law, Jethro, said to him, “What you are doing is not good” (Ex 18:17 NIV). Then he told Moses to delegate responsibility to capable leaders who could share the load with him. “Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said” (Ex 18:24 NIV). As a result, Moses’ problem was solved, and Israel made it successfully to the Promised Land. Some of the time God will speak to you directly and reveal what you should do, but much of the time He will speak to you through relationships. He will bring wise and seasoned people alongside you. At that point you need to be humble enough to heed their advice. You may be good; indeed, you may be better than most. But you’ll never be as good as you could be, without the help of others. But you must be careful who you listen to—trustworthy counselors and persons who want only what God wants. Such persons will stay objective, listen carefully, and answer slowly. Often they won’t give you an answer at the time you ask for it. They want to sleep on it; they want to pray about it; they want to think about it. Such a person is like having an extra set of eyes and ears. Why would you want to live without them? So today be open to those God sends into your life to help guide you. 

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Posted by on October 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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You’re Next In Line

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“Shunem, where [there] was a great woman.”
2Ki 4:8

THE ANSWER’S ON THE WAY!

The Bible refers to this woman as “a great woman.” That’s because she had a “great” strategy for her life! She prepared a bedroom in her house for Elisha the prophet to use when he passed through town. As a result she got her heart’s desire: a baby boy. And later when her son died suddenly, God used Elisha to raise him from the dead. Notice three things in this woman’s story: (1) She made room for God. (2) Her dream came to pass. (3) When her dream died, God brought it back to life (See vv. 36-37). When her son died, the neighbors probably told her, “It’s over. Go ahead and bury him.” But she refused to accept the opinions of unbelieving people or discuss her situation with those who were unqualified to help. Be careful who you open up to in a crisis! Make sure they know God, and that their words line up with His. This woman believed that if God started it, He could finish it. If He made it, He could fix it. The Bible tells us Elisha stretched out his body on top of the dead boy, and he got warm. But this boy needed more than warmth—he needed life. So Elisha stretched out on top of him again, and he became fully alive. There’s a lesson here for you. No matter how bad things look, stay on top of the situation by believing God. Walk the floor and pray all night if you have to, but keep standing on His Word. Your dream may not yet be fully alive, but it’s getting warm. Things are improving…God is moving…the answer’s on the way!

There are so many things to take away from this devotional today. Whatever you are trusting God for, always remember that your ways are not his. Your time is coming. Seek him in all things. Though the vision tarry,

Write down the revelation
    and make it plain on tablets
    so that a herald may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
    it speaks of the end
    and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
    it will certainly come
    and will not delay. -Habakkuk 2:2-3

Hold on to the promises of the Lord. Stay in contact with God at all times. This is not the time to give up. Trials will come but the peace of God will reign in your life that your eyes will not be fixed on your circumstance but on the one who makes provision amidst of the storm. It’s a new month. God is still at work in our lives. Keep pressing but never stop seeking God. He is the one who carries and sustains you. I hope this month of October is refreshing. May God’s hand rest upon you, your family and loved ones. May you have a deeper hunger to know God more than never before. Have a lovely month 🙂

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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Pressing Forward

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 Welcome to this new month of September. As we can see, the days are passing by so quickly. We are already in September. We give God all the glory for allowing us to see this day. Not everyone woke up this morning. As long as you are among the living, give God a praise. No matter what yesterday looked like or the year has been, today’s word for the month is Press On.

In Philippians 3:13-16, Apostle Paul shared his journey with the Philippian church expressing to them about the trials he has faced in his faith walk. He states “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” 

Takeways From This Verse:

  1. We cannot always comprehend what lies ahead of us but we know that God goes before us and behind us. Sometimes, we try to understand the ways of God only for us to realize that thoughts are minuscule while God’s thoughts are grand far beyond our understanding.
  2. Apostle Paul was aware of his past and the life he used to live. He wasn’t focused on his past but rather he learned to fix his eyes on what is yet to come. Though he couldn’t physically see God’s promises, he was aware of who he was serving (Jesus). Sometimes, we become so wired up about our past that we don’t tend to even see what God is doing in our lives. We wonder “Would God bless me after all that I have done in my past?” Does God love me? Am I worthy of his love? Why ask for forgiveness/repent when I know I am going to indulge in that same sin again? Wouldn’t that be hypocritical of me? We have this thought in our heads that we have to be clean before we come to God not realizing that the Perfect One already died for us. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21.  (Righteousness: Made right before God). It’s about time we get bare before God. We can’t hide away from God. He knows everything about us. We usually run away from something when we are afraid of it, upset at it or doing something that isn’t good. Let’s take a look at Genesis 3: 6-12. This was a prime example of one running away because of shame/disobedience.

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

Many times, we hide and isolate ourselves because of the sin we are still entertaining. We become so comfortable living in the flesh that we miss out on God’s blessings. In times of entertainment, we are not focused on God. We want to stop live for God but many times, we turn back to our old ways. Most of the time we turn back to our old way of it’s because of familiarity. God has promised to bless us but because our gifts haven’t arrived, we rather go back to our old ways of shoplifting. We must check ourselves (our hearts) and consult with God/The Holy Spirit at all times. Majority of the time, our gifts are right before us but because we are blinded we can’t see it. Ask yourself these questions.

  1. What is stopping me from trusting God/ seeking him in the process?
  2. Why am I in a rush to receive the blessings of God?
  3. Am I making room in my heart to receive the blessing?

It is very critical that we check our hearts/motives. A lot of times, we miss out on God’s blessings because we either not ready to receive the blessing or we are too busy focused on other people’s blessings that we miss out on our own.

Takeaway #3: There is a prize. This prize is not found in earthly possessions but rather in heaven. We must continue to persevere. We must run the race to which we are called. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, we are reminded that in a race we must all run. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

Are you running the race to which you are called or are you too busy worrying about everyone else around you? There is nothing wrong with helping your brother or sister out so that they can also win the race but be careful of distractions. Sometimes, the enemy has a way of placing things in our lives to serve as a distraction. Identify these tactics of the enemy and lay it all down at the feet of Jesus. Do your part by being aware of these distractions. Some of these distractions can be social media, family, work, boyfriend, girlfriend and etc.  The enemy distracted Adam and Eve. If he did it during those times, he is still in the business of doing that today.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you are blessed and encouraged. May God carry you and your loved ones through this month of September. Peace, love, joy and many of God’s blessings to you all. Time next time, peace 🙂

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Use Me

“Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name.”
Ac 9:15 NIV

WHO’S YOUR SAUL?

Saul of Tarsus was the last person on earth you’d ever have expected to become a Christian, much less the author of half the New Testament. Describing his life before he met Christ, he wrote, “I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it” (Gal 1:13 NKJV). So when God called Ananias to go and pray for Saul, he wasn’t too keen on the idea: “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel” (Ac 9:13-15 NIV). Ananias knew what Saul had done to the church. What he was about to learn, however, is that God was at work in Saul’s heart. Within a few short years God would use Paul to touch the world, but first He used Ananias to touch Paul. Has God given you a similar assignment? Has He given you a Saul? If so, don’t give up on him or her. When other people write them off, give them another chance. Ananias didn’t know about Paul’s encounter with Christ on the Damascus Road. God can go where you can’t, and get through to a person when you’re unable to reach them. Always remember: God never sends you where He hasn’t already been. So by the time you reach your Saul, who knows what you’ll find?

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Posted by on August 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Destiny Helpers

“You cannot handle it alone.”
Ex 18:18 NIV

LEARNING TO LEAD (1)

President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” Bottom line: Unless you learn to delegate, your leadership will deteriorate and your vision will stagnate. In Exodus, Moses was wearing himself out physically, emotionally, and spiritually trying to keep up with the demands of two million Israelites and be “the answer man” for every problem. That’s when his father-in-law told him, “You cannot handle it alone. Listen…to me and I will give you some advice” (vv. 18-19 NIV). It takes wisdom, maturity, and humility to ask for help. And it’s a sign of strength, not weakness. That’s hard to come to terms with, for those of us who take pride in our ability to “do it all.” The truth is, what Moses was doing was neither good for him nor the people depending on him. As a leader, it’s easy to overestimate your own importance and competence. That’s why Paul cautions, “[Don’t] think you are better than you really are. Use good sense” (Ro 12:3 CEV). God has placed people around you who have certain gifts and talents. When you recognize and involve these people, they’re fulfilled and the job gets done right. God created us to be interdependent, not independent. Delegating authority to the right people strengthened Moses for the task of leading as God intended. When you try to be “all things to all people,” you end up frustrated. You’re not called to do it all, but to get it done through others. That’s what leadership is about.

“I have great confidence in you.”
2Co 7:4 NIV

LEARNING TO LEAD (2)

When people feel “used” they begin to drop out, but when they feel appreciated they’ll follow you anywhere. Paul, one of the finest leaders of all time, told the Corinthian believers, “I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged…my joy knows no bounds” (vv. 3-4 NIV). He was their biggest cheerleader. He didn’t just correct, he comforted. He didn’t just sharpen, he strengthened—all hallmarks of great leadership. Good leaders: (1) Are consistent. They set an example by walking the walk so everyone knows that what’s heard at the bottom is practiced at the top. (2) Voice their appreciation, realizing that people need to know they’re an important part of the team and the vision. (3) Always listen to suggestions, opinions, concerns, and ideas. They don’t prejudge, and they’re not dismissive. Author Betty Bender said: “It’s a mistake to surround yourself only with people just like you. Throw off that warm comforter and replace it with a crazy quilt of different and imaginative people. Then watch the ideas erupt!” (4) Don’t see people as statistics. Businesswoman Mary Kay Ash said, “P&L doesn’t mean ‘profit and loss’—it means ‘people and love.’” (5) Explain why they like things done a specific way. It lessens mistakes, and the resentment that can stem from feeling “ordered around.” Statesman Clarence Francis said, “You can buy a man’s time and physical presence at a certain place…But you can’t buy enthusiasm, initiative, loyalty, and the devotion of hearts, minds, and souls. You have to earn these things.”

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Posted by on August 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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