Why do good things happen to bad people?

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Hey beautiful people, how y’all doing?

Once again apologies for the delayed post, I’d just like to take the time to say a big thank you to every consistent follower of my blog posts, even though I’m not so consistent in posting, love you guys dearly!

One of the main issues which has been tugging on my heart strings, is the very big question which I believe most human beings have! ‘Why do good things happen to bad people’. I have had so many questions to ask God lately after hearing bad news, after bad news, after bad news. It can be very overwhelming when so many negative things happen to you at the same time, you pretty much feel snowed under. I was so angry at the fact that a few young people I knew of passed away, I just couldn’t comprehend why such things were happening.

But then God spoke out to me, saying He has feelings to, He cares just as much as we humans do when a loved one dies (psalm 116:15). God also pointed me to the fact that a lot of the evil taking place around the world is as a result of human hands e.g. murder, rape, war, toxic chemicals being used to make food, cutting corners when building in order to save money at the expense of another human beings life, corruption etc, the list goes on. As human beings we have the responsibility to look after our planet earth Genesis 2:15. The truth is that when we do not look after that which is around us, of course things are bound to fall apart and go wrong.

Also what I’ve noticed is that when tragedy strikes people join together and become much closer than before. Deaths bring family members together who haven’t met together in decades. Terror attacks lead people to give a helping hand to a human being they’ve never seen before, people are touched to give and to pray for others. All this leads me to the passage ‘What the enemy meant for evil, God intended it for good ‘Genesis 50:20. God also had to point me to the fact that there is NO evil in Him, God doesn’t send evil into our lives, which can be very heard for our minds to digestive at times.

It then dawned on me that we shouldn’t be asking the question ‘why do bad things happen to good people’ as it doesn’t solve any problems. What we should be asking is ‘what good can come out of this bad situation’.

We shouldn’t wallow in self pity, neither should we surround ourself with pessimistic individuals. During bad times we ought to look at what we can learn from the situation, see how we can bring peace to others during their challenges and also look for doors of opportunity.

What we must also try to remember, is that when going through challenges we build up our character and endurance 2 Corinthians 6:4-6. Hardships provide us with the chance to trust in God, and we learn not to become solely dependent on ourselves.

Furthermore we must understand that the most brutal murder of all, of an innocent man, brings hope for ALL mankind. Jesus death on the cross brings salvation to all those who believe, free of charge. He was whipped so that we can be healed, and His hands were pierced so our sins can be forgiven Isaiah 53:5. What a bloody yet beautiful site.

Finally I’d just like to encourage the church to be a light in darkness, especially in this day and age where there is so much evil around us. We should be reaching out to the troubled in the community, helping those who have faced tragedies. For churches in England (around London to be precise), how can we reach out to the Grenfell tower victims, or to families devastated by the recent London terror attacks? Also I’d like everyone to keep in mind that you don’t have to wait around for others in order for you to carry out an act of kindness, you can bring positive change as an individual. All it takes is for one person to rise up against injustice in order to make a difference.

Remember think ‘what good can come out of this bad situation’

LOVE you all and God bless

Christian lady after Gods own heart.
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Friendship

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The importance of friendship

Hey people, how y’all doing??
I hope y’all are blessed because I sure am!

I just want to drop a quick word of encouragement for my fellow readers on friendship, as it’s what the Lord has been laying upon my heart to discuss!

I believe that friendship is extremely important, friends are sometimes the very people God uses to get us out of our moments of darkness (troubling times). The book of Proverbs (27:17) says that as iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend (NLT version). There may even be times in our lives where it is our close friends who are the ones to run to our aid, quicker than family members. This could be for several reasons, one being distance even the bible describes such an instance in Proverbs 27:10<< go check it out! The fact of life is that we need people in our lives, human beings are created to have meaningful relationships (that is not to say every single person you come into contact will be your best friend for life)!

I just want to speak to you right now from personal experience. Reading through the bible I see, that Jesus had His friends, the 12 disciples, and His 3 closest buddies out of the 12, James, John and Simon-Peter (well in my personal opinion they seemed to be the closest to Christ, as they witnessed His transfiguration etc). Just knowing that Christ had His disciples around Him most of the time, highlighted to me the importance of having friends around you, who can uplift you. If Jesus had friends, I think we should also desire to have good friendships, as we are called to mirror Christ’s ways. Over time I found myself in a place where life got to me, I was to busy to keep up with friends, and pretty much slacked with my communication! And if someone didn’t bother to contact me in a long time, I wouldn’t bother to initiate conversation. I then began to start praying to God to bless me with more godly friendships, something along the lines of “God I need more people in my everyday life that I can relate with, about you”. But then God convicted me, and pointed me to the fact that I already have many friends around me (some of which I can call family), these relationships I took for granted and didn’t truly appreciate. God was calling me to spend quality time with those around me, and further improve the quality of our friendship!

So I just want t leave you with these few tips, we ALL need friends, appreciate the ones you have instead of pushing them to the side in order to find that ideal/perfect friend. (No one is perfect and if you are pushing your friends aside to chase fantasy friendship, that doesn’t make you a good friend at all). And my last point is not to put your trust totally in man, but in God. Even the scriptures show us that Jesus was aware of human nature (we let each other down sometimes) < John 2:24 (NLT).Friends will let you down, as I’m sure you’ve let some of your friends down at some point, but God is the One we we can always rely on, Who will always be there in your time of need, Who is always there to listen. Having friends is essential, but the best friendship we could ever experience in life, is being in a relationship with God!

Enjoy your day, and have a blessed week all.
Thanks for reading, love you guys!!!

Christian Lady
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Don’t allow fear to hold you back THIS YEAR

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Apologies for the inactivity on Christian lady after Gods own heart, it ’twas a tough/emotional end to 2016 for me. My mind felt like it was literally being shipwrecked by a wave of differing emotions. But the Lord is good and I can say that I felt the Spirit uplift me during my church’s NYE service.

So anyways imma cut to the chase. ‘DO NOT FEAR’ (Isaiah 41:10). I can fully understand why God repeatedly tells us in the bible that we should not fear (over 300 times). I believe this is because fear is something which every human being faces at some point throughout their lifetime. I would like to encourage you to not allow the fear of failure, to prevent you from fulfilling that which you are potentially destined, to achieve in life. If something doesn’t work out, just learn to move on. The good thing is you now know, not to repeat that same mistake again. Every single mistake you make, brings you closer to your breakthrough. If it means you have to try 1000 times, keep holding your head high all the way through the 999 unsuccessful attempts, knowing that with each attempt you become a better you.

And finally, I would love to encourage you not to live in constant fear of Satan and his demons! You MUST know that Christ has already defeated Satan for you! God is all powerful and is NOT the opposite of Satan. No one can compare to God, as He is the creator of ALL things, He made everything out of nothing (ex nihilo)! Did you know that demons SHUDDER (shudder: Is to tremble/shake as a result of fear)???!! Check out James 2:19 demons fear God.

I hope this short piece encourages, and motivates you to be ALL God has called you to be! Don’t give up on your innate gifting, which is unique to you, and you alone.

God bless guys and happy new year.
Love you all, and thanks for showing your support by reading this message.

The truth about your body.

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Hey pretty ladies

Today on walk with me, I’ll be talking about HEALTH. Woop woop. For some reason there are many religious individuals who believe that the body is a necessary evil, which we have to put up with as long as we live on this earth. Some extremists also believe that we should never give our bodies any form of satisfaction! Well I disagree with that viewpoint quite a bit, and I will go onto discussing why!

One when God created Adam from the dust of the earth He said ‘His creation was good’ (creation being Adams body) [Genesis 1:31]. And if the human body is so evil, why would it be the place where God chooses to dwell (1 Corinthians 3:16)? (That is when a a person invites God into their life, professing Jesus as their personal Lord and saviour)! The bible says that our bodies are temples and have been bought by a high price (1 Corinthians 6:20). God doesn’t live in buildings built by human hands (That is not to say the presence of God cannot be manifested in a church building), but God chooses to live within us, once we accept Him as our Saviour! This tells me that the body is not evil, and it is not a sin to want to look after your body! After all If we consistently abuse our bodies, how can we expect God to use us for His glory, if we are continually run down and exhausted because of our unhealthy lifestyle.

I’ve kinda jumped onto the gym bandwagon over the past 6 months (I LOVE weightlifting by the way, just thought I’d share that fact lol), I feel that going to the gym to train my body, has helped me grow in my faith in Christ. It has led me to discipline myself in terms of having self-control when eating food, which helps me overcome gluttony (Philippians 3:19-20)! I have now developed a schedule that I like to stick to, which ensures that I plan my day ahead of time so that I stay organised. I always like to remind myself, that if I have time for leisure, I also should have time for God. I cannot allow my body to tell me I’m to tired to pray when I’ve spent over an hour at the gym (Most times I do pray before attending the gym, but I do like to have that quiet time in the evening, if I’ve had a busy/rushed morning). Training has highlighted to me how precious time is, and has helped me learn to put God first in my life. You may be asking how?, so I’m going to tell you just how!

Well going to the gym, has provided me with the open door to share my faith with people. The gym staff always tell me, ‘your different from others’, and ‘your so polite, there’s not that many polite people around anymore’. Now this tells me that I can evangelise to people, through living out the word of God! Furthermore people are beginning to notice my weight loss…YAAAY, this causes them to ask me questions on how I did it, which then provides me with the great opportunity to ENCOURAGE people. This is wonderful for me because encouragement is one of the gifting’s which God has blessed me with! So it’s great that I get to develop my gifting, whilst having fun, and bringing glory to God at the same time (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Just a quick note for us gym goers to take on board. Be very careful not to be self-obsessed or idolise your body. This is not a wise idea, because there is so much more to you than the ounces of muscle you have on your body (Luke 12:23). When that muscle begins to shrink, what becomes of your life then? Who will you be??? I know for some people weight lifting is a career, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, just don’t become so big headed, and prideful, as I’m sure you know, pride comes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). The devil also fell into the sin of pride, he wanted Gods glory, he wanted to be worshipped like God, but in the end his plan failed (Isaiah 14:12-15). Remember that God will never share His glory with anybody (Isaiah 42:8). But hey there’s nothing wrong with admiring Gods creation (your body), and ensuring that it is well groomed and looked after, because the bible does say we are SKILFULLY MADE (Psalm 139:14). And I do believe in order to preserve a skilfully handmade pot (our bodies) , we need to try to live a healthy lifestyle, if we are blessed with the opportunities to do so!

Anyways I hope you enjoyed reading this short post on health, and I pray it was beneficial to you. I also hope that you gained some clarity and biblical truths about the body, as I’m a firm believer of the statement that ‘if you know the truth you’ll be set free’ (John 8:31-32). I’d just like to inform you that I will be doing a follow up post on this topic, which will expose some ways that helped me lose weight. So yeah be prepared for more tips swinging your way! And don’t forget you are made in Gods image (Genesis 1:26), therefore your body is a beautiful sight before the eyes of God!

Peace out.

Christian lady after Gods own heart.

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Fasting & Gyming ðŸ˜®

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Hello people
Today I’ll be hitting you up with another health post. Today I’d like to talk to you about fasting and gyming, I’m sure you may have already gathered that from the title of this post, but I feel a gentle reminder is always nice! So there are different types of fasting described in the bible (Matthew 6:16-18)! Partial fasting (abstinence from pleasant food [Daniel 10:3]) dry fasting (abstinence from both food and water [Esther 4:16])and fasting (when liquids are consumed). I like to look as fasting as abstaining from food, and I believe in order for one to commence a dry fast you need to specifically hear from God, as doing a dry fast for an extended period of time, without Gods direction can certainly lead to ill health, and even death.

As a believer I believe that fasting is an essential part of the Christian Faith. Just as Jesus encourages us to pray through scripture, He also encourages us to fast. Fasting should not only be done in emergency situations, fasting should be a way of life, something a believer should engage in regularly! I know this because Jesus very words where ‘when you fast’, not ‘if’, this shows me that I should not neglect fasting, or see it as unimportant! Christ taught people how to pray, and how not to pray. He also done the same with fasting, scripture tells us what not to do whilst fasting (wear a sullen fast, and or broadcast your act of fasting to the whole world). Overall I just wanted to emphasis that fasting is just as important as prayer, as you can see from scripture there is definitely correlation between the two (Matthew 6:5-18)! Another major point I’d like you to take on board is that I am not a physician, and if you are not in the best shape to fast, don’t do so. Especially if you suffer from a medical condition, you really should consult your doctor before fasting. Not everyone can fast because of certain reason, such as ill health, do NOT beat yourself up about, neither should you condemn yourself. God sees your heart, and you can honour Him in other ways! He understands your struggles, and He loves you, remember that.

In my case I fast on a weekly basis, as I believe God has called me to do so. This has a direct impact on my overall schedule, as my fasting days can fall on the day I plan to go the gym. I will be very honest with you, I train easier at the gym, I ensure that I don’t go overboard, and I do take water along with me (as I usually do not do dry fasting)! Surprisingly I find that I work at my full potential on my fasting day, and I get a sudden outburst of strength, which I personally believe is a result of my fasting). My body doesn’t actually feel weaker, and my mind is stronger and more focused! I find though that occasionally if I have not drank enough water on my fast day, I sometimes tend to get a slight headache. If you do encounter such symptoms, don’t worry they’re normal, just make sure you stay hydrated! Obviously everyone’s body is different, so once again if needs be consult your physician, if you intend to workout and fast at the same time. I just wanted to encourage those out there thinking of doing so, that it IS possible!

Have you ever found yourself in a dilemma where you forget your water bottle, and your gym has no water in the water tank, and no cups in sight? Yet you still manage to pull through that intense workout! Sometimes you may even wonder how you done it? Such situations cause me to reflect on the fact that in certain circumstances we have have no option but to push through, it’s all in the mind (power is perfected in weakness)! If you believe you can do something you can, if you believe you can still go to the gym on your fast day, then you can!

You can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13)!

Love from
Christian Lady After Gods Own Heart

So sister, why aren’t YOU married yet…???

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A useful prayer tip

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Hey lovely ladies, how y’all doing?

 

Today I’m going to cut to the chase, I’m going to share a tip on prayer with you all, which I find to be extremely useful.

 

Ever had a time in your life where you found praying to be a challenge? Well today I’m going to openly say that I’ve been through phases in my life where I have literally struggled to pray, and I mean really struggled. I can also tell you that a few of my Christian friends have also found it difficult to pray, at certain points in their life. So if you find yourself in such a dilemma, don’t stress, you are not alone, trust me! I believe that for many Christians, prayer is a vital part of their faith, it’s how they communicate with God. Prayer is something that we should be incorporating into our everyday life, as it is one of the things which keeps us on the straight and narrow. Furthermore, the Bible encourages us to ‘Pray without ceasing’ (Thessalonians 5:17), and also states, that ‘we ought to pray without losing heart’ (Luke 18:1). So then why is prayer so difficult for some of us? Well I can tell you one reason why, and that’s because the devil simply doesn’t want us to pray. He wants to silence us, because he knows that our prayers move mountains. And sometimes I have to remind myself that, by speaking aloud the words ‘I can move mountains from my room’.

 

Quite often I find that when I want to pray, or whilst I’m praying, that’s when random thoughts start to pop into my head. Distracting thoughts, thoughts which cause me to start to worry and fear etc. Then I start to get frustrated about the fact that my mind is not concentrated on prayer, and spend a lot of time asking God to forgive me for my lack of attentiveness, to the point I’m almost throwing myself a pity party. Then the Spirit moves me, and causes me to rise up, and then I begin to declare the word of God out loud, in order to silence the lies of the enemy.

 

With fervent communion with God, a solution on how to keep my prayers and mind focused, popped into my head. I’d just like to make it clear that this tip of mine is NOT law, I just thought it would be useful to share with others. It may be of help to some of you, but it does not have to be strictly followed. The practical way in which I found helped give my prayer life a boost, was using the alphabet. I can firmly say that I do not use the alphabet to pray every day, and I have not been doing so lately, but I do believe that it did help refuel my prayer life, for that particularly dry season I was in. My greatest boost came from my number one supporter the Holy Spirit, who constantly encouraged me, and cheered me on during prayer.

 

I will now go on to sharing an example with you, of how exactly I utilized the alphabet, during my quiet time. (Also if you have kids, or teach children in Sunday school, I believe that this tool would be a great way of teaching them how to pray).

Please see table below.

 

 

Prayer point Point beginning with A
A Shop/Business Abercrombie & Finch, Adobe etc.
A Person Anne, Amy, Annie, Arthur, Adam etc.
A fruit Apricot, Apple, Avocado etc.
A country Antarctica, Angola, America, Antigua, Afghanistan etc.
A State/County Arizona (America), Avon (England) etc.
A vegetable Asparagus
An Animal Antelope

 

 

 

 

 

Now you may find it strange that I have prayed over things such as fruits, vegetables and wild animals, but God has actually given us authority over His creation (Genesis 1:26). When he placed Adam in the garden of Eden, Adam’s responsibility was to care for that garden, and everything in it (Genesis 2:15). Therefore, I see it as our obligation to pray over the production of our fruits and veg. To pray against famine, and to pray that farmers have a bountiful harvest, because at the end of the day, farming is where we get much of our food from. And yes we should pray for animals, because extinction of one species, has a knock on effect on the whole ecosystem, and when God created the animals He was pleased with what He saw, because he said ‘It was good’ (Genesis 1: 21 &25). The bible states that a righteous person cares for the need of animals (Proverbs 12:10). I believe it’s possible to care for animals without being a vegetarian, but that’s just a whole new topic in itself.

Overall I hope this post has been inspiring for you all, and that each of you have taking something away from it. But bye for now, take care and God bless.

 

Love Christian lady after Gods own heart.

The mind and the battles we face.

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imageHey people,

Its been a while (I do apologize, life has been BUSY), but I do hope you’ve all been doing well.
I’d also like to give a shout out to my new readers, welcome to ‘the christian lady after Gods own heart’ blog, may you find insight and wisdom from my posts, and just generally know that you are not alone, and the experiences which you face, others have also faced. Our challenges/experiences can make us become the best of who we are called to be. You are not weak, you ARE strong.

So enough of my babbling, today I’ll be sharing a message on the MIND. So what is the mind??? ‘The mind is the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel, and is the faculty of consciousness and thought’. Sometimes I feel that people can underestimate the importance of the mind, until something goes horribly wrong. Being mentally sick doesn’t happen overnight, it is a process. Your mental health is just as significant as your physical health. We have the responsibility to look after our mind. Mental health is simply put as, a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being. So we all have mental health, its just that some of us have good mental health (a healthy state of mind), whilst others may struggle with being mentally ill. I believe that most of the decisions, and choices we make in life require us to use are head rather than our physical heart.
The reason I’m writing on the mind today, is because I never knew how much the bible emphasized on it until recently. Whilst doing research I found that the Hebrew word for mind is ‘Lebab’, which can be used interchangeably with the words heart, inner man, and will. So then I decided to replace the word heart, with the word mind whenever I read scripture. In doing so, I found that the bible on multiple occasions encourages us to protect our mind. Proverbs 4:23 for starters ‘Guard your Mind (heart) at all costs’. This led me to start thinking why? The mind is a place the devil LOVES to attack, and I guess its a perfect place for him to assault since our minds are constantly being bombarded with thousands of thoughts per day. One of the ways the devil likes to hurt us is by putting tempting thoughts into our minds. I’d just like to clarify that yes, some ungodly thoughts come from the evil desires within us (James 1:14), but also the devil can tempt us. Being tempted is NOT a sin, but giving into, and committing ungodly actions is when a sin is committed. I mean even Jesus was tempted (Matthew 4:1-11), yet He never sinned (1 Peter 2:22). So don’t feel condemned when an ungodly thought comes into your mind, just don’t act on it. Always remember that you can’t prevent birds from flying over your head, but you can surly prevent them from building a nest on top of you. Its the same with thoughts. Continuing with temptation, when Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He told them to pray that they should not be lead into temptation. And this is of great importance because from this passage, we can see that temptation is something we should pray about daily. Because in the same chapter Christ says we should pray that God should give them this day their daily bread. This shows me that praying over my mind and for it, is something which I should be doing DAILY (Matthew 6:9-13).

My second point with regards to the importance of protecting the mind, is that when the bible speaks of putting on the FULL Armour of God, the mind is not left uncovered. We have the helmet of salvation come into play (Ephesians 6:17), which is the word of God. It is so important to know the truth, to clothe and soak your mind in the truth. And this truth is the word of God, and in that word you find the key to protecting your mind. It is your defense against the lies of Satan. So if the devil comes at you with ‘you are a failure’, you tell him ‘In Christ I’m more than conquerors’ . You must learn to get into the habit of silencing the enemy.

The final point which I have for you today, revolves around the bible verse which states, that David was a man after Gods own heart (Acts 13:22). I decided to view Acts 13:22 from a different angle, to how I’d previously been looking at it. I then asked myself the question ‘What does it mean to be an individual after Gods own mind’??? I looked into the life of David, and I could not help but notice, that a lot of the time he would consult God before he made a decision. Even though he was an experienced man of war, and had fought many battles, he would still seek God, to see if he should go to war or not (1 Samuel 30:8). So a way in which we can pursue to be individuals who want to understand God more, is by involving Him in every sphere of our lives. David also understood the necessity of holding onto Gods word, in his mind (heart). In the book of Psalms we see that David says that he will meditate upon Gods word, day and night. For example Psalm 119: 9 reads ‘How can a young man stay pure, by meditating on Gods word’ . So another way in which we can pursue Gods mind, and understand Him more, is by reading the bible. After all the bible is Gods own words (2 Peter 1:20-21) . I believe that the bible is Gods way of communicating His thoughts to us.

So I’d like to leave you with this, your mind is just as important as your physical health, and when your mind is sick it can affect your physical body. But you MUST remember, you have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16)! Don’t let the devil bring you down. You are NOT unworthy, you are not unholy, for Christ makes all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are forgiven, you are loved.

Love you all
Enjoy your week
Christian lady after Gods own heart

Dose Of The Word 1.4 (Knowing Yourself)

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Good day ladies (& gents who may be passing through). Imma try and hit you up with a short post today (yeah I know my version of short is kinda long, but I’m trying).

 

I believe that it is VITAL to know who you are, main reason being because if you don’t, other people will try, and tell you who you are. And I know a guy who loves to tell people how worthless they are, and his name is Satan. The devil LOVES to whisper words into our ears, which he desperately wants us to believe, that are contrary to what God has spoken about us. So as you can see another reason to know yourself, is so that you don’t believe the lies of the devil!

 

During this point of time I’d just like for you to understand that, it is not always wise for you to trust your own self, to guide you to ‘knowing yourself’. Emotions are a bit like a roller-coaster, one minute they’re up, and the next they’re down! In life we can go through stages where we are sooo hard on ourselves. And Gods probably like ‘My child I’ve forgiven you, I love you, let’s not dwindle in the past, there’s so much I’ve got planned for us to do together’. One minute we feel beautiful, and the next we can stare at ourselves in the mirror in disgust. So I’d like to encourage you to start listening to what God has to say about you! He’s words are full of life, grace and TRUTH!!

 

When we do not know ourselves, we can easily fall into the trap of trying to be like others. We may even try to live a life like our parents, or another family member! But God doesn’t want us to live in our mummy or daddy’s shadow! He wants us to live a great and fulfilling life, the great and fulfilling life which He died for us to have! Do not live an unsatisfactory life, comparing yourself to every Sarah, Katherine or Jessica (these are just purely random names off the top of my head!). I’d also like to highlight that when one does not know thyself, there is a very high tendency for one to fall into sins such as self-pity, resentment towards God, lack of faith in God, ungratefulness etc. This is why I really want to drum it in, that it is VITAL that you know who you are!

 

Now I always like to look at the life of Jesus for the best examples on how to live a godly life. And the Spirit revealed to me through bible reading, that many people tried telling Jesus who He was! Some said ‘He is JUST a carpenter’s son’ (Mark 6:3). But Jesus knew there was more to Himself, than being the son of a carpenter. Do not allow the word ‘just’ or ‘only’ prevent you from achieving greater things in life. There is so much more to you than you realise! Some said nothing good comes from Nazareth, which was where Jesus was from, yet Jesus didn’t let such comments crush His faith (1 John 1:44-46). Some said Jesus was just a prophet (Matthew 16:14), and that is exactly what the majority of people thought about Jesus. During Christs triumphal entry, many thought He’d help save them from the Roman Empire, but Christ knew there was SOOOO MUCH MORE to Himself than that! He could save these people from the power of death and the grave itself. He could give them eternal life, if they’d only believe. Some said He was Elijah (I can just imagine Jesus laughing of such comments), but He knew He was NOT Elijah! Because Elijah didn’t die for mankind, that was not his purpose. Christ knew who He was, and what He had to do! He came to die, so He could save mankind. If He didn’t know who He was, I doubt Christ would have been able to go to the cross, and fulfil His purpose.

 

If you want to know yourself, you have to know God. For the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom! Aristotle a philosopher once said that ‘knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom’. I partly agree with his statement, but I believe such knowledge can only be obtained through God (Proverbs 9:10), by having a personal relationship with Him. So do not be afraid to ask God for guidance in life, the Holy Spirit is there to be our guide. Ask God about what the specific tasks are, which He has created for you to do. There are many people who go through a stage in life not knowing what their purpose in life is, I myself at one point didn’t know what I was called to do! So don’t fret, you are not alone. I just don’t want anyone out there reading this post, to be one of those people who die not knowing!

 

So never let the area where you were born, or brought up in, be the reason you don’t achieve greatness in life. Don’t think because your parents are not rich, or well off, that you can’t succeed. Don’t let the enemy convince you that you can’t make it in life because of your race, sex, height, weight, or background. It is so sad to see a few people in life use such statements, as excuses as to why they have never achieved anything. Jesus didn’t let such statements stop Him, and neither should you!!!

 

Just below I have placed a table which shows how common lies used by the enemy can be replaced with the truth of God!

 

Enjoy your day beautiful people

Love from the Christian lady after Gods own heart.

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Everyone will have to wait for something one day

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Hey people

Hope you’re all having a great, prosperous and blessed 2016!

 

So today I’ll be discussing about WAITING! I for one can tell you that I ABSOLUTELY do not enjoy waiting, I like things to come quick, in fact pretty much immediately! One thing I’ve noticed in life with regards to waiting seasons, is that it’s completely different from waiting in a queue. When standing in a queue you can see the end of the line, you can count how many people are in front of you before you reach the cashier. But when waiting upon God for a blessing you don’t know how the blessing will come through, and when it will happen. It could happen tomorrow, next week, in 6 months’ time, or you could even be waiting for 10 years. But one thing I want you to know is that God is faithful! Just rely and depend upon the fact that what God says, HAS to come to pass whether the devil likes it or not. God’s word can never return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11)! So when God promises you something, there is NOTHING any human being, or demon can do about it (Numbers 23:19)! They cannot stop God from working in YOUR life.

 

Firstly I’d like to encourage you that when waiting upon God you should do so patiently (Psalm 37:7). God’s grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9) for you and He’ll give you all the strength you need!

 

When waiting I want you to know that, you are not the only one on this planet who has had to wait upon God. Joseph waited 13 years before God placed him in a position of leadership in Egypt. Moses waited 40 years in the wilderness before leading the Israelites out of Egypt! Jesus Himself waited 30 years before starting His public ministry. I’m sure Jesus could have started preaching as soon as He came out of His mother’s womb, but I believe God is trying to show us that sometimes we need to wait!

 

During waiting periods you are able to improve your character, and your faith has the opportunity to grow. Endurance enables us to develop characteristics which will help us better handle the blessing/promises which God has assured us (Romans 5:3-4)! God requires us to wait at times (not always), because He knows that if He was to bless us immediately, we will not be able to handle our blessing appropriately. I’m sure that no stable parent would give their baby a knife. But when that child grows and is of age, you would probably feel confident with allowing them to use a knife to cut up some vegetables.

 

Waiting upon God doesn’t involve us doing things in our own strength, because when we do, we usually mess things up. For example when Sarah leaned on her own understanding, and gave her slave Hagar to Abraham as a wife. This was so that Hagar could have a baby for Abraham and Sarah! And even till today, we can still see the effects of this fleshly decision. The Jews and Arabs are at constant war with each other. But we thank God because He is merciful and gracious, He provided a way for Ishmael and Hagar, He cared for them in the wilderness! If you read up on the story of Abraham and Sarah, you will find that they waited 25 years for their promise child.

 

My last point is that sometimes God says NO. Check it, it’s there in the bible!! Sometimes we ask for things which will cause us harm, or things which will be a hindrance in our lives! I’m sure some of you may have heard the passage about Jesus casting out a legion of demons, from one man into some pigs (Luke 8:26-39)! Well this same man now delivered, asked to follow Jesus and His disciples! And guess what! Jesus said…No (Luke 8:39)! Now if he had followed Jesus, he wouldn’t have been able to preach the good news of Christ’s power all over town. He was like one of the first evangelists! We have to realise that Gods plans for our lives, are farrr better than our own. Gods plans for us are far beyond what our minds can conceive or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Possibly if the man had followed Jesus he wouldn’t have been able to minister to people.

 

So my last note of encouragement to you today is, keep on trusting in God! He has a great plan for you, WAY BETTER than your own! So wait patiently upon God!

 

Take care people, enjoy your week!

Love from the godly lady!

Xxx