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Thy Will Be Done

 

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“Understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Eph 5:17 NIV

UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WILL (Part #1)

When you know you’re in the center of God’s will for your life, you have peace in spite of adverse circumstances. You have confidence to go to God at any time, knowing that He’ll provide what you need. You ask, “But how can I tell if I’m in the will of God?” By knowing these two things, which are clearly laid out in the Bible: (1) You must be a Christian. Paul tells us, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Ro 8:14 NAS). Only as a believer do you have the Spirit’s presence within you. And you must have this inside help if you’re going to follow the will of God and enjoy the blessing it brings. (2) You must exercise wisdom. “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Eph 5:15-17 NIV). The famous theologian and preacher Jonathan Edwards entered Yale University in 1716 at age thirteen, and at seventeen he graduated at the head of his class. By age twenty he “resolved never to lose one moment of time; but to improve it in the most profitable way I can.” At twenty-six he pastored one of the largest Congregational churches in Massachusetts. And when God decided to visit New England in the “Great Awakening,” He chose to use Jonathan Edwards because he was prepared and ready. Doing the will of God calls for staying sensitive to the Holy Spirit and living in a state of perpetual readiness. So, how are you doing with that?

“Teach me to do your will.”
Ps 143:10 NIV

UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WILL (Part #2)

As you look back on your life, the thing that will bring you the greatest joy is knowing you’ve done the will of God. But in order for that to happen, you must really want to do God’s will. Jesus said, “If any one is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself” (Jn 7:17 NAS). Note the words “willing to do His will.” More than completing your education, or getting married, or getting your house paid off, or anything else in life, you must want to do God’s will. Chuck Swindoll writes: “There have been times when I said I wanted to do His will but I really didn’t. That’s a tough thing to confess, but looking back with 20/20 hindsight, I realize that at times I resisted His will. And I’ve learned that serious consequences follow selfish resistance.” Paul writes: “Doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does” (Eph 6:6-8 NIV). Note the phrase “doing the will of God from your heart.” That’s about as deep as it gets. More than pleasing people, more than acquiring creature comforts and status, more than staying safe, your greatest desire should be to please God. The Psalmist prayed, “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart” (Ps 40:8 NIV). Your prayer should be: “In all I do this day, Lord, my desire is to please You and do Your will.”

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Posted by on June 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Consistency In His Presence

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When was the last time you genuinely spent time with God? Silence… I’ll give you a few minutes to reflect. What was the reason why you took time to soak in God’s word? Was it because you were going through a trial or were you desperately hungry to be in his presence? How do you usually feel before/after spending time with God?

So let’s start with why is it important for us to spend time with God? Personally, I believe that it is important to spend time with God because just like any relationships in our lives it takes two people. God desires a relationship with us. As we spend time with God, we see his character. We get to know him on a personal relationship, not how grandma or your mama describes God to be. Your personal relationship with God isn’t dependent on your mother’s relationship with God. Just like any type of relationship, it takes time. It takes time to get to know a person. You can make assumptions of a person when you meet them but until you spend time with them, you’ll never know who they are. Ever met a person and you automatically think quietly “I don’t like her. I can’t surround myself with people like her because she doesn’t seem like a good person.” Many times we make assumptions or have misconceptions about a person based on their appearance without getting to know them. Yes, I must admit that at times, our assumptions may be right but at the same time, it isn’t always good because we may miss out on the opportunity to get to know that person.

What have been your misconceptions about God? What are some of the reasons behind your misconceptions? Have your thoughts changed or do they remain the same since you gave your life to Christ? If so, you can share with us all or you can take the time to reflect.

For me, I’ll say a misconception that I had about God was that he didn’t love me. I just never understood how can God love so many children equally. Like I never understood. Like God you love me and my brother/sister/ the entire world equally? Wow what a God I serve. As I spent more time in his presence and seeking him, I understood what it meant to be loved by him. Something I have realized is that many people who are new to Christ see God as their earthly father. If daddy wasn’t there for me, how can God be there for me? This is a question that I’ve heard people say. It’s a struggle for many understanding who God really is but honestly I can say that as you continue to genuinely spend time in his presence, soaking in his word and asking the Holy Spirit for understanding of who God is, he will reveal himself to you.

So what are some way you can can grow spiritually in your walk with God?

  1. Be intentional
  2. Be aware of the things  that distract you. (cell phone, family, and etc.)
  3. Set a time where you can spend time with God.
  4. Get a notebook to write down anything the Holy Spirit reveals to you during your study time.
  5. Be open and get ready to be filled in your Father’s presence.
  6. Before studying the Bible, take time to pray. Invite the Holy Spirit into every session.
  7. Learn to apply all that you have learned in each sessions to your daily life.
  8. Have a teachable spirit. Don’t come with into the presence of God the mindset of “I know it all”. Be humble or you will be taught how to be humble.
  9. Have accountability partners. Community is very important. Attend Bible Study. When we take the life of Jesus, we see that though he came to fulfill his Father’s work, he still had disciples. You can’t do it all by yourself. “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” -John 4:34
  10. Don’t compare where you are in your walk with Christ with other believers. Be okay with where you are but still be hungry for more. Desire for more but be intentional. I can’t stretch this enough. If you aren’t intentional about spending time with God, you’ll come only because you are being forced to do so. Come as you are.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. -Matthew 5:6

  • Filled with more of the fruits of the Spirit; Christ like characteristics. You cannot fill a cup that’s already overflowing. In the same way, God can’t fill us up when we are filled with our own selfish desires.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. -Romans 8:5

  • Where is your focus when you come into the presence of God? Do you find it difficult to set your mind on things above?
  • Though we live in this world, we are not a part of the world. Our lives should be a reflection of who God is. What fruit is your tree bearing?
  • What are some things that are present in your life that are hindering you from setting your mind on Christ?

As you do take the time to reflect, please write down your thoughts and some ways you can personally grow in your walk with Christ. If you find it difficult to spend time with God in the morning, do your best to spend time with him during the day. I understand that we are all have different demand but we are on a journey and it is very important that we encourage each other in our walk. Create time for God the way you create time for things/people in your life but much more. May God help us but may we make a conscious effort to spend time in God’s presence.

Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer. -Hebrews 10:25

Eleah Ramos

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Soak In His Word

Its reflection time. As the second month of the year is wrapping up, I would like for us to reflect on our lives individually. At the start of the year, we create lists and envision of things we want to accomplish but as the months pass by, we realize that we didn’t stick to our word. We didn’t make a conscious effort to work on our projects, or task we wanted to accomplish.

Before the start of this year, my new years resolution was consistency. Why, you may ask? The reason is because many times I start something but never finish it. I get excited and start the project but then I become lazy and postpone everything. I don’t want my year to look like the years before. I believe with all of my heart that 2017 is going to be a great one by the Grace of God. So what do I want to be consistent in? Well I want to be consistent in reading the Bible, attending Bible study, writing on my blogs more, drinking 5-6 bottles of water, writing more poems, and etc. So far in everything I have enlisted, I can say that I am doing well in reading the Bible, attending Bible Study, writing on blog, writing poems but not so much on drinking 5-6 bottles a day. I honestly prefer drinking filtered water but I find it hard to drink water from my University so I tend to use water bottles. In month of July last year, I started a water challenge. The challenge consists of drinking water only. NO JUICE. NO SODA. Nothing besides water. I don’t drink soda. My family doesn’t drink soda, so that area isn’t hard for me. I drink Cranberry juice but besides that nothing else. I’ve been doing well by far when it comes to drinking water but actually drinking 5-6 or even more is the area where I am lacking. I need to do better.

When it comes to growing spiritually, I’ll give myself 8.5/10. I’m becoming consistent in studying the word. Not that alone but applying it to the way I live. It’s not about reading or studying the word and memorizing scripture. We have to live as children of the light. Walking in the light. I’m learning so much as I attend Bible Study. We are currently studying the Book of 1 John. Even though it’s good to attend Bible study, it is also vital for us to spend time with God. For some of us, we are always in a rush. We don’t have time for God. We make time for everything else but spending time in his word is too much. You can go to church for two hours or more but not doing anything else for the rest of the week will leave your spirit thirsty. In order for us to grow closer to God, we have to do our parts.

Questions From Me To You.

  1. How is your relationship with God?
  2. What are some ways in which you can grow deeply in your walk with God?
  3. Have you attended any Bible studies since the year began?
  4. What book in the Bible are you currently studying?
  5.  Have you started working on what you want to accomplish this year?
  6. What seeds have you planted? Are you waiting for someone else to water your garden?
  7. What are ways in which you can let you dreams become a reality?

As you take the time to reflect, have a journal and a pen by your side. Write down your thoughts. Write it down. Ponder. Write. Pray. Make it happen. Stay blessed & Encouraged. 🙂

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Open Our Hearts

I am currently doing the Bible study of James by Beth Moore.Its wonderful and insightful and life changing.James happens to be one of my favorite books in the Bible, and I love that it speaks specifically to the believer.  Image CreditToday I am working on James 1: 19-20This you know, my beloved brethren.  But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger:

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you” (James 1:19b-21 NIV).

Let’s say you’re a gardener. You’ve learned that you can take the exact same seed and plant it in three different locations and get three different results. In one spot, you’ll get giant tomatoes. In another, you’ll get small tomatoes. And in a third, you’ll get nothing. What’s the difference? It’s not the seed; it’s the soil. The soil must be prepared for the seed.

The same is true when you hear God’s Word. Your heart has to be prepared for the Word. If you get up late, have trouble finding a parking spot, and are irritated as you rush into church, you’re probably not going to hear God’s voice! You’re not in a receptive mood.

That’s why you can take two people to church, set them side-by-side, and one will walk out thinking God really spoke to him and the other won’t get anything out of the service. The heart of one person was prepared; the other’s heart wasn’t.

The Bible says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you”(James 1:19b-21 NIV).

For good reception, this passage teaches you have to have four attitudes:

  • You must be quiet. You can’t hear God if you’re talking.
  • You have to be calm. You can’t rush God. If you’re frantic, you’re not going to hear God. The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” My translation of that is: “Sit down and shut up.”
  • You have to be clean. Before you can meet with God, you need to take out some emotional and spiritual garbage. You need to get rid of the stuff that stinks in your life. You get rid of the garbage by confessing your sin to God and agreeing with him that what you did was wrong.
  • You need to be humble. Be ready to do whatever God tells you from his Word. A prideful attitude won’t work.

Talk It Over

  • Why are silence and active listening such difficult things to practice? What can you do to minimize your distractions so that you are able to listen well?
  • What emotional or spiritual garbage is keeping you from hearing God’s voice today?
  • What new habits can you adopt to help prepare your family to hear from God during church, family or individual devotions, or at any time?

Devotional Read: Rick Warren.

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Overflowing With Joy

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Happy Thursday.. I hope all of you are doing well. So I have great news for you all. DRUM ROLL PLEASE ….  Today is my 3rd year anniversary since I started this blog. Yayy. On October 27th, 2013, I started this blog. I remember trying to come up with the blog name and it was extremely difficult. So I called up a friend and I told her that I need to start this blog before October 27th was over. So we were on the phone from like 10pm trying to figure out a name. I already had a few names listed but if you ask me now, I can’t recall the any of the name. I describe my motive for why I wanted to start the blog and also my primarily focus and so she helped me to come up with the name of the blog I have now. At the time, the title made sense but I wasn’t feeling it. I don’t know what I was thinking because I absolutely love it. By the way my friend also has a blog, so please check it out. Her blog name is gracehopelove … My primarily focus was to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ. I’m sure we can all  we can all attest that this journey isn’t easy but God still goes behind and before us. I’m filled with gratitude. So today, I will be doing something a little different than usual. I will share a few of my poems and also a few Bible verses that have encouraged me in this walk thus far. Please feel free to also share.

Poem #1:

You gather your pains and worries. Cast them unto God. breathe. say your prayers and go to bed. Next day, you thank God, unwind, stretch. Start your day. Return to yourself & Repeat. -Karen Owusu

Poem #2

Do not envy other people’s blessings/gifts. There’s a gift inside of you. God does not re-heap blessings. Sometimes, God is going to bring some people into your life to stir up that gift but you have to birth and deliver it to the Universe. Think about it. What has he already given you but your so afraid and unsure of what those around you will think? Spend time in prayer. It’s your gift. No one can snatch it. It has taken time for you to recognize that gift but you will birth and deliver it. -Karen Owusu

Poem #3

For all that I am
for all that I’m still learning
for all that I’ve surpassed
for all the blessings
for the lives I’ve touched
for the souls
that I’ve connected with.
for every breath I’ve taken
for being alive
for the woman I am today
the woman i’m becoming
I am thankful to be here.
all thanks.
glory be to my God.

-Karen Owusu

Some of the Bible verses that have encouraged me and also spoke to me includes:

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. (Psalm 139:13-15)

Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.

Psalm 23

(A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 34:5

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

Romans 8

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

Job 1:20-22

20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    and naked I will depart.[a]
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
    may the name of the Lord be praised.”

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Hebrews 13:5

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”

Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

I had so many but I had to narrow it down.

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Thank you for all the time you take to read my blog. I thank God for leading you to my blog. I’m grateful for the opportunities to be able to encourage and also learn from you guys from your support. God bless you all. Sending you love, light and peace your way. May you continue to hold hands with God, grow and learn more about our Savior. Jesus is Risen. He is not sleeping. He is sitting on the throne, working it out for our good. Cheers to the months, days and years ahead. One thing I honestly struggle with is consistency. I just don’t posting for the sake of it. There has to be a purpose. So if there’s nothing for me to post, I don’t. I’ll pray on it and work on it. I can’t wait to see the future for this blog and what God has already begun because he alone will bring it to completions. Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus. Have a blessed night/weekend. Until next time, peace, love and many of God’s blessings to you, your family and loved ones. 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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What Really Matters

Seek My Face more and more. You are really just beginning your journey of intimacy with Me. It is not an easy road, but it is a delightful and privileged way: a treasure hunt. I am the Treasure, and the Glory of My Presence glistens and shimmers along the way. Hardships are part of the journey too. I mete them out ever so carefully, just in the right dosage, with a tenderness you can hardly imagine. Do not recoil from afflictions, since they are among My most favored gifts. Trust Me and don’t be afraid, for I am your Strength and Song.

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My heart says of you, Seek his face! Your face, Lord, I will seek. -Psalm 27:8

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. -2 Corinthians 4:7

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. -Isaiah 12:2

   What really matters, is for us to know God & the power of his resurrection. His love so pure, mercy, and that of his grace. What really matters is to seek his face and to spread his word, that many people will come to know him. What really matters is our relationship with Christ. Nothing else matters. Friends may come and go, family also go but God remains the same. As written in Hebrews 13:8, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. What really matters is God. May the Lord help us all to know what really matters.

 

 
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One Way

One Way

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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