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Happy Father’s Day

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Dear God,

I thank you for this day. Thank you for gracing us with your one and only Son Jesus. I am grateful for your precious gift. Lord, I thank you for your sons here on Earth and for those who you have called home. Today is not an easy day for many of your children so Lord I have come as I am asking that your hands will rest upon each and everyone of your children. Every hurt, pain and tear, we surrender unto you. Your word reminds us that you are a “ father to the fatherless, a defender of widows” (Psalm 68:5) You are the greatest comforter. You are our source of peace. I pray for anyone reading this that you will find rest in Christ alone. For as many whose father’s are alive but are absent in their lives, I ask their Lord for your love and forgiveness to overflow in their relationship. Lord, I ask that they will reconcile with their Father’s. Let your will be done. For those whose father’s are present, may they cherish every moment with their fathers. For those whose father’s are no longer here with them, may your hands touch their hearts. May they experience your love in a deeper and fresh way daily. Father, I pray and ask that you will raise up a generation of men who will be leaders in their home but also in every areas of their lives; men who aren’t afraid of praying and professing your word. Heavenly Father, I ask that you will strengthen your sons. I ask that you will shoulder their burdens and draw them closer to your presence. May they have intimacy with you all the days of their lives. May they never lose sight of who you are. I pray that you will give each of your sons peace, wisdom and knowledge in every decision that they have to make. Your word remind us that “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7).  Father, I thank you every one of your sons. May you bless and sustain them each and every day of their life. Thank you Lord for who are you. In Jesus name, Amen.

With love,

Your Child

 Happy Father’s Day to every father around the world. You are loved. You are   appreciated. You are special. Have a wonderful day. God loves you 🙂

“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” ~Joshua 24:15

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Posted by on June 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Slow Down!

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Question of the day: Do you find yourself rushing trying to accomplish all of lives’s demands?

In the midst of trying to accomplish live’s demands, we miss out on many things. We tend to devalue the things that once mattered to us. We make no time in our schedule for those we love. We make excuses after the other. Most importantly, we miss out on sitting at the feet of Jesus. Ever find yourself waking up and not praying or spending time in God’s presence? You don’t even have time for breakfast because you are on the go. We’ve all been in that space before at some point of our lives. For many of us, we are just trying to get to Point B that we even miss out on the lessons/experiences in Point A. Many times, we rush only for us to miss out on our blessing. Throughout the day, God is trying to get our attention. God is always speaking but are you listening? It’s like looking for an answer in a book. You are reading so fast that you overlook the answer. As we go throughout our day, God is placing opportunities our way but because we are in a rush, we miss out on this simple act of obedience. In our key verse “Isaiah 30:21, we are reminded that whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” You see, you can turn to the left or to the right but if you are not in tuned with the Spirit of God, you will confuse it with the noise of the world and the enemy’s whispers. In John 10:27, God reminds us that “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” We are the sheep of His pasture.

When we are in a hurry, we don’t take heed to instruction. It’s like a teacher giving you instruction for a test. Because you are in a hurry to finish the test, you miss out on the questions your instructor said not to complete. When you are in a hurry, you are not still in God’s presence. You just give God five minutes and leave. When you are in a hurry, you don’t embrace the season that you are in. I remember my days in college. I cherished every moment that before graduating, I just looked back on my experiences and shed tears. I was going to miss all the times I shared with my friends, professors and organizations I was apart of. I knew the essence of embracing the season that I was in. Though I embraced my season of being in college, not many college students embrace their season of being in college. When you have an understanding that you can never get back certain chapters in your life, you will have a different perspective even in the wilderness. You’ve got to learn how to embrace every season. If a bus leaves you, you wait for the next one. You don’t go back home. All that rushing was unnecessary. Many times, God wants to speak to us but we make no time for Him. Today, stop and ask God what he’s trying to teach you in this very season of your life. What fruits of the Spirit are you lacking? Are you missing the lessons because you are in a rush? You see, there are people God have placed in your life. There is nothing coincidental in the package God has delivered to you. It is your responsibility to receive it. You have something to bring to the table and so are the people God has blessed you with in this season of your life. What you refuse to learn in this season will come back packaged in a different way. The lesson still remains. As you go forth into the day, take time to seek God. There’s someone He wants you to encounter today. That person may bring forth confirmation to what you have been praying about but how can you receive your blessing when your’e in a rush? Stop rushing the season you are currently in. Stop complaining. Start embracing. God is trying to teach you so many things. You have to go through the process before you get the Promise Land. Only if you will listen and draw closer to God, you will become more aware of his voice/assignment.
Stay Blessed & Encouraged. Jesus loves you. Have a lovely day ❤️

With love,
Karen 😘

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Healing Is Available For You

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. -Psalm 126:3
My heart is filled with joy and it’s undeniable.  We serve a Mighty God in which nothing is impossible for Him to do. Today, I received great news I can’t help but share. Early this month, I was texting my sister in Christ and the Lord laid it upon my heart to ask her if she’s ever taught about writing a devotional for the Holy Bible App. We text and she expressed her thoughts to me. I immediately looked at the requirements necessary for one to publish their work on the app. Upon reaching the website, I saw this message bold in red. “Thank you for showing interest in providing content for the Bible App. We are not receiving public submissions at this time.” 
I sent the link right to Ella and we both agreed that in God’s timing that everything will work out. I’m here to tell you that God is so faithful. His timing is always best. I’m happy to announce that Ella & David’s devotional is now available in the Holy Bible App titled “Breaking Free After A Breakup”. She already has a book out titled “Breaking Free After A Breakup” which can be found on Amazon.com. I pray that this devotional will be a blessing to you. Please tell your friends and their friends. Take the time to read it yourself. God is doing amazing things in the lives of his children. All Glory and honor unto Him.
What a Glorious Day. Sweet Jesus. No one compares to you. Thank you all for stopping by my blog. Until next time, stay blessed and lovely. Jesus loves you 🙂
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Posted by on March 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Fulfilling The Purpose

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So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. Genesis 2:21-24

What a blessing it was to attend a marriage conference for the first time. To be honest, initially I wasn’t planning on attending due to a few things going on in my life but then within the week, a friend of mine asked me if I could attend the marriage conference with her. I registered two days before the event. The marriage conference was a two day event. On the first day, I didn’t know how I was going to get to the event because my friend wasn’t going to attend the first portion of it but let me tell you that God is Awesome. He surely made provision for me. I was able to attend both days. In this blog post, I’m going to share some key points that were discussed at the conference.

Key Points:

  1. Adam went through the process before Eve was created.
  2. God has a way of bringing people into our lives at the appointed time.
  3. Make an investment in your marriage.
  4. It’s easier for couples to come to a marriage conference. It’s really hard for them to come for marriage counseling. Most people who attend marriage counseling are mostly women than men.
  5. Our marriages are to mirror the image of God. (Genesis 1:26)
  6. Your marriage is to mirror and represent the trinity. Husbands represent Christ when they got married. Ladies represent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit leads and guides us in all truth. The Holy Spirit doesn’t yell at us unto all truth. The Holy Spirit doesn’t nag us unto all truth.
  7. It’s so easy to mirror the image of God on your marriage Day. The challenge begins after the honeymoon and you settle down.
  8. In the marriage conference, we talked about the soil. You have to get the root of everything. When you come to the altar, you don’t come as an empty glass. You come bringing the foundation soil that other people have sown in to you. You bring the experiences of other people’s marriages into your marriage whether it be your mother/father.
  9. How you are raised plays a role in a lot of things.
  10. How you approach things is very important. Sometimes, you have to go back to where you learned that behavior. Communication is very key in every relationship.
  11. You have to dig the soil. Sometimes, we try to do the same thing that others did, trying to get a different result.
  12. Sometimes, we learn by simply watching what our parents did in their marriage. How they raised you may not necessarily work when it comes to raising your children.
  13. Many times, you have to go to the foundation of how your partner was raised. Was he raised with both parents? Was he raised with his siblings? When you have a picture of how  they are raised, it will give you a better understanding.
  14. You can’t always approach things the way you were taught or saw it in your household. See what works in your household.
  15. Love covers the multitude of sins. The Bible tells us that the original state of Adam and Eve was that they were naked and had no shame. That nakedness meant integrity, oneness and innocence.
  16. Guilt: I feel bad because I made a mistake. Shame is “I feel bad because I think I am the mistake.
  17. It’s one thing for someone to show you their nakedness but it’s another thing for one to show their nakedness and to be received/accepted.
  18. Adam had responsibilities. He toiled the garden and communicated with God. It’s hard to experience oneness with your spouse when you haven’t experienced oneness with God. How can you walk with your spouse when you haven’t walked with God? Adam was learning all of these responsibilities. Notice that Eve doesn’t show up in the scene until when everything around Adam was ready.
  19. Eve doesn’t make her appearance until everything is at it’s highest state of readiness. God had to take Adam through the process of getting ready.
  20. Whether you got married yesterday or 25 years ago, you thought you were ready only to find out you weren’t ready. You can be ready in so many areas like having a job, and education and etc. You can be ready to make money but not take the responsibility of financial management.
  21. You can be ready to love your wife but not the sacrificial “Christ laid down his life kind of love”.
  22. You can be ready for sex but not ready to make love to your wife. Every woman knows the difference.
  23. You won’t be ready in many areas when you are married. The areas you weren’t ready are the areas that cost the biggest issues in your relationship.
  24. Ladies, there are certain things you have to let go. You can’t hold unto what your husband couldn’t/hasn’t done for you forever.
  25. Helper: Indispensable companion.
  26. Ladies, your husband have enough critics in the marketplace. He doesn’t need another one at home. You are to be his biggest indispensable companion not the biggest complainer. When you keep complaining, ladies the guy tune you out, You are to be his indispensable companion not his biggest competitor. You can’t be his biggest critic and complainer.
  27. Your spouse is God’s perfect gift for you. The person’s not perfect but the gift is because God knew exactly what you needed and the ways in which you needed it.
  28. Most of your conflicts are where your spouse is strong and you are weak and vice versa. This understanding of your strength and weakness will force you to mature. You can choose to lean towards the growth process or fight against it.
  29. God had a hand in bringing Adam and Eve together.
  30. You must always ask yourself “Where’s God’s hand in my marriage?”
  31. In our singleness, we should pray asking God to have his hand in the selection of our partners.
  32. Ladies, your prayer should be for God to help you to be ready when the right one comes along. Lord, I want you to have a hand in the selection. Men, help me to find the right one Lord.
  33. A lot of times, people come to the counseling sessions stating that their spouses aren’t saved. You knew he wasn’t saved but you married him anyway. There’s a difference in religious philosophies. You chose not to have the hand of God in your marriage. In fact, if your spouse is not saved, different in religious philosophies, that’s harder than an interracial relationship. You may be a different skin color but we serve the same Lord and Savior. We use the same Bible as our foundation and if one/both of us go wrong, we have the same scripture verse to go back to figure out how to make it better. You can be orange or purple, but if you have the same religious philosophy, you can weather any storm but if one is Buddhist and one is Christian, one is atheist, one is marginally saved, only comes to church on Easter and Christmas, then that’s a problem. Being a Christian  kinda of their life but isn’t their life, but it’s all of your life and you chose to marry them anyway, you just didn’t want the hand of God in your marriage/relationship.
  34. Your spouse can become saved by your sanctification so all hope is not lost.
  35. As married couple, are you still willing for God to have a hand in your marriage?
  36. Are we willing to allow God to have his hand in our hearts and mind/internal wounds to keep us free from unforgiveness?
  37. God brought Adam to Eve. The perfect gift (your spouse) isn’t perfect. Your spouse has to accept you for all that you are and all that your not. For everything that you bring and everything that you don’t bring. All your weaknesses and all of your strength. You have to accept and love your spouse.
  38. Acceptance/expectations are key in marriage. If all I ever do is accept you and love you, that won’t force you to grow mature but if all I ever do is expect for you to do this and that and I never show love, what I’m really trying to do is control you. You need both acceptance/expectation.
  39. When we come to the Cross of Christ, he says “I love you” and accept you for all that you are and all that you did but now that you got saved I expect you to work out your own salvation. I expect you to go through the sanctification process.
  40. Salvation isn’t I expect you to do everything and now get saved. Salvation is “I accept you and forgive you right now no matter what you’ve done. After you turn away from the Cross, I now expect you to work out your salvation. I expect you to share the Gospel.
  41. You must evaluate yourself. Ask yourself “Have I been too heavy on expectation and not acceptance? What areas do you need to grow?
  42. Cutting the Cords of Allegiance/Dependence. When you get married and your young, it’s tough to cut off the cords of dependency. You are used to relying on mom/dad or family to provide for you financially. You depend on them to help you emotionally so when a situation arises in your marriage, instead of turning to your spouse, you immediately call your mom or the one who has been with you through the years. You have to cut the cords of dependency. You can’t be dependent on your mom financially, emotionally and etc. All ties with family/friends in dependency must be cut off. You both have to come to terms on who you will reach out to when you need help.
  43. There are certain people you know you cannot rely on.
  44. Example given of Dependency: In a counseling session, a wanted to buy a fur coat. It wasn’t in the budget and this couple just got married not too long ago. Because the husband told his wife, it wasn’t in the budget, she went to her dad to purchase the coat for her. What do you think that did to that man’s masculinity? If you wanted that level of dependency why did you get married?
  45. You have to cut the cords of dependency. More frequently the problem lies in the allegiance. When you get married, your wife is #1 and vice versa. Everything else is 2, 3, 4, 5 and a distance. It’s even tougher when you were married but are divorced and remarried and children are involved. Your husband is still #1. Example: Talked to one man, he said his kids can never be #2. They will always be #1. Response: Then you will always have marital conflict/difficulty. Your children are not supposed to be #1, their supposed to be #2.
  46. You must cut the cords of allegiance. You don’t want to wait 10 to 15 years before you cut that cord because your spouse may not be around or you will be living parallel lives, sleeping in different beds and have separate accounts. Your marriage may die in year five because you didn’t cut the cords of allegiance.
  47. Our culture don’t pursue nakedness. Our culture pursues nudity. Even as a married couple, if your pursuing nudity, and not nakedness, eventually someone is going to feel neglected. If your goal is just to get your partners clothes off, and get at it, then all you want is their nudity. You don’t want their nakedness.
  48. When it comes to Kingdom marriage, I have to be after your nakedness, who you are, wanting to know all about you, wanting to have the communication and connection.
  49. Adam and Eve had a perfect marital relationship. Then the fall happened and they both went in opposite directions to grab fig leaves to cover themselves. A fig leaf is large enough to cover a private area but its rough and though it covers, it hurts. When you take a fig leaf from the tree, it’s only going to stay large until you pick it from the tree. It will wither and you will go and grab another fig leaf. When God walks through the garden and ask Adam where he was, “He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” -Genesis 3:10
  50. Nakedness is really risky. Shame is all real too experience.
  51. Trust is the core of oneness. If I can’t trust you, oneness can be difficult. What a man/woman wrestles with trust is different.
  52. As an individual, you have to learn to learn to let go of the offenses so that those who have hurt you can see the love of God in and through you. You must learn to forgive. You will not forget but you must protect yourself but also love those who hurt you.
  53. Some of the trust concerns for women includes safety/security, money, sex/their bodies and emotions.
  54. Some of the trust concerns for men include vulnerabilities/weakness, letting go of the past, support his career, and money.
  55. The marriage goal is oneness. Not that you have my things and I have my things and we meet somewhere in the middle. Oneness in mind, body and soul. It’s important to mirror God’s image in your marriage.
  56. Trusting God, Being Honest, Setting Boundaries and Guarding your Heart and Keeping It Open will help you a whole lot.
  57. Forgiveness Is very important in marriage and everyday life.
  58. Sometimes, we surface forgiveness.
  59. When you know the depth of your pain often determines the degree of difficulty in forgiving your spouse.
  60. Forgiveness in marriage can be very difficult. There are a lot of misconceptions about forgiveness.
  61. Unchecked unforgiveness will become a cancer to our soul. -Bishop T.D. Jakes
  62. Unforgiving people are unhealthy people.
  63. Forgiveness is not approving of what your spouse did.
  64. Forgiveness is not excusing what your spouse did.
  65. Forgiveness is not justifying what your spouse did.
  66. Forgiveness is not giving yourself a pardon.
  67. Forgiveness is not reconciliation.
  68. Forgiveness is not denying what your spouse did.
  69. Forgiveness is not blindness to what your spouse did.
  70. Forgiveness is not forgetting what your spouse did.
  71. Forgiveness is not refusing to take the wrong seriously.
  72. Forgiveness is not pretending you are not hurt.
  73. Now we will focus on what forgiveness is:
  74. Forgiveness is being aware of what our spouse did.
  75. Forgiveness is choosing to keep no record of wrongs.
  76. Forgiveness is refusing to punish your spouse.
  77. When it comes to forgiveness, there are three parts; limited, detached and full forgiveness.
  78. Forgiveness is not telling what your spouse did.
  79. Forgiveness is being merciful to your spouse.
  80. Forgiveness is being gracious to your spouse.
  81. Forgiveness is an inner condition that your experience.
  82. Forgiveness is the absence of bitterness towards your spouse.
  83. Forgiveness is forgiving as God forgave you.
  84. Forgiveness is learning to forgive yourself.

Questions to ask yourself.

  1. Have I always struggled with forgiveness or did this issue appear after I got married?
  2. If I were to forgive my spouse, is there anything that I fear might happen?
  3. Do I have the tendency to hold unforgiveness towards others and my spouse?
  4. Am I waiting on my spouse to change before I start to forgive them?
  5. How much forgiveness did I experience growing up as a child and adolescent?
  6. Do I truly believe that God has forgiven me of my sins? Do I doubt this in any way?
  7. Are your struggling with forgiving your spouse?

I really learned so much from the conference. A blog cannot express the total experience. It was beyond a blessing. I loved how we had breakout sessions where we got to decide where we wanted to go. The breakout sessions included Becoming a Kingdom Minded Single, Building a Strong Spiritual Foundation In Your Marriage, Building a Solid Financial Foundation In Your Marriage and Kingdom Parenting: Raising Kingdom Children. There was a panel section where we got to ask any questions to any of the participants. If you haven’t attended a marriage conference before, I will definitely recommend you going. There’s always something to learn. You won’t know everything in your marriage but there’s someone outside who has more experience that can share their knowledge with you.

Guest Speakers: Pastor Jim Hart & Yetunde Hart 🙂

Leaders/Head of Event: Pastor Abimbola & Jide Lawore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Test & Trials

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

WELCOME THE TEST

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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Christ In You

Let other see God In you

Question of the day: Is your life a reflection of who God is?

As believers, it has become a custom for us to say that we are Christians. It’s become a tagline for many but when our fruits are not a reflection of who God is, we automatically think that someone is judging us because our lifestyle is not like the church goers or the average Christian. We are reminded in John 17:19 that “You do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” We live in the world but we are not apart of it. We are set apart. Yes, being a Christian isn’t always easy but it’s not meant to be but when you seek God, he walks hand in hand with you throughout the journey. “When people see God at work in your life, they’ll be drawn to you. The secret to growing spiritually lies in being rooted and grounded in God.” The more you spend time in the secret place, the more your character becomes more like Christ. 

Ten Categories of People. Which one of them do you identify with?

Sandra wants to have a better relationship with God. She has started going back to church again after two years. She’s taking the time to read the Bible. Though she doesn’t understand certain things, she takes notes and ask questions when she meets her friend/church members. She’s been attending Bible study. She’s even seeing some change in her life.

Joseph spends time with God. He makes it a priority. He desires to grow spiritually in his walk. He is bearing fruit for the Kingdom. He wants to share the Gospel but he’s afraid. 

Anna just gave her life to God a year ago. She’s been finding this walk difficult at times because her friends are separating away from her. She finds herself going back to old habits. She feels alone in this walk and finds herself questioning whether giving her life to Christ was worth it. 

Malachi once believed in God but because of the loss of his mother, it made him question if God is real. He is hurt and broken that how can a God who saves take his mother away from him. It’s been five years since his mother passed. He has a friend who has stuck by his side since Day One. He encourages and prays with him. Malachi wants to start afresh. He wants to have a personal relationship with God again.

Jason doesn’t believe in God. When asked why he doesn’t believe, he says that he didn’t feel the presence of God at a younger age. He believes in himself and that’s all that matters. He has to work hard in order to be successful. As long as he does his part, that’s all that matters. He doesn’t need any God in order to live.

Ava is in her second year of college. Due to her schedule in school, she finds it difficult to spend time with God. She’s taking 15 credits this semester along with being active on campus. She doesn’t know what to do now. She doesn’t know where to start because she feels so far way from God.

 

Bella is a freshman in college. Before she came to college, she would go to church with her family once in a while but now that she is college, she feels like she’s losing herself. She’s been drinking and hanging around the wrong crowd. She feels depressed and lonely when she comes to her room. She finds herself crying from time to time. There’s a void within her. She’s tired of hanging out with the wrong crowd but those are the only friends she has made since she came to college.

Jackson is a father of two. He’s always heard about who God is but never had a personal relationship with him. He’s only 23. He’s a college dropout. He’s made decisions that’s led him to where he is now. He’s struggling financially which is affecting him mentally, emotionally, and physically. He wants to go back to school. His girlfriend is the breadwinner. He wants to provide but he’s been finding it difficult to find a job.

Olivia is 24 years old. She grew up in the church but when it comes to her having a personal relationship with God, she admits that she doesn’t. Her faith was always dependent on her mother/grandmother’s faith. She reads the Bible from time to time when she’s going through tough times. In general, she finds it difficult to open the Bible because she feels like it’s complicated.

Tyler has a heart for the Lord. His life is a reflection of who God is. He admits that this walk is never easy but God has been faithful. He attends Bible study. Spending time with God before leaving his house is very important. Taking the time to pray is crucial. Without God, he is nothing. He has a good supportive system. He came to know about God through a good friend of his while in high school. He admits that giving his life to Christ is the best decision he has made. Yes, there are times when he falls but he still clings on to God. Some of the things that has helped him along the journey includes surrounding himself with Christlike minded people, spending time with God, meditating on a verse for the week, listening to praise & worship, attending Bible Study, fasting/prayer and asking God for the grace to live a life that glorifies him.

No matter where you are in your walk with God, know that God is for you. He is waiting for his children to draw closer unto him. Whether you have never heard of his name, have gone astray or desire to grow deeper in your walk with God, know that God is available for you. Make room in your heart for God. In Luke 15, we are told about a parable of the lost sheep.

“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. -Acts 4:12

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -Romans 10:9

Prayer: Father I come before you. I thank you for blessing me with yet another day to be alive. I am not worthy of your love but you love me still. Please forgive me of my sins. Purify my thoughts and every part of my being. I admit that I haven’t walked in your truth. Draw me closer to you. I  desire to walk in your way from this day forward. Help me O’ God. In Jesus Name.

Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Favor Of God

“You bless the righteous with your favor.”
Ps 5:12 NIV

PRAY FOR GOD’S FAVOR

When you ask someone for a favor, you’re generally asking for something they don’t owe you. The Bible says of God: “You bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor.” This word “righteous” doesn’t mean flawless, otherwise none of us would qualify! It means to be clothed in “the righteousness of God,” thereby making us acceptable before God and qualifying us for His favor (2Co 5:21). And that’s a truth you need to grasp and hold on to! Why? Because when you have God’s favor, people start favoring you too—often for reasons they themselves can’t explain! The favor of God made it possible for people in the Bible who otherwise wouldn’t have amounted to much, to do great things. God called a teenager named Esther to save the Jewish people. So she stepped out in faith, approached the king uninvited, even though it violated protocol, and “obtained favor in his sight” (Est 5:2 AMPC). God made a way for her to do the job He’d given her. Without the favor of God, Ruth, a Gentile, wouldn’t have been accepted by the Jews. But because God had a plan for her life and her heart was open to Him, she ended up marrying Boaz, “a man of great wealth” (Ru 2:1 NKJV). And from that union descended King David, and ultimately our blessed Lord Jesus. What favor! The Bible says, “A good man will obtain favor from the Lord” (Pr 12:2 NAS). And a single moment of God’s favor will do more for you than a lifetime of striving. So pray for the favor of God today—and start looking for it!

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

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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