Lessons from Nehemiah

I was supposed to finish reading the book of Nehemiah on 10th this month. But I ran behind schedule due to alot of things that came up that I’m currently working on.

The good news is that I didn’t give up, I was able to finish what I started. And I must confess I’m really proud of myself.

I used to be the kind of woman that loved to leave things pending. Like I start something and I leave it on the way. I commit to something and I don’t see it through the end.

And I have been working on that area of my life. And I thank God for his grace, because your girl has changed alot. She makes sure she accomplishes everything she starts no matter how small it is.

These are some of the lessons I was able to learn from Nehemiah, from chapter 1 to 13.

  • Always ask God for direction through prayers before partaking any task.
  • Invest time is assessing your plans, make sure you understand it before jumping right into it or before implementation.
  • When we seek God and surrender our plans to him. God will establish it.
  • Just because God’s favour is upon your vision/ plans doesn’t mean you will not experience challenges.
  • In the midst of challenges let your focus remain in God alone as you keep working on your plans.
  • Quit listening to the discouraging voices, focus on seeking God and finding solutions in the midst of challenges.
  • Starve your distraction and focus on your vision.
  • Do everything in reverence for God. Always choose what is fair and right no matter what. And the Lord’s favour will always be with you.
  • Sometimes the enemy gets intimidated by what God is doing in your life or through you. He therefore plans ways to attack you.
  • Always stand firm and ask God for wisdom on how to handle the attacks.
  • Partnering with God will help you triumph over the threats of the enemy.
  • Just because a deal seems too good and favourable, doesn’t mean it’s from God or doesn’t mean it’s really good for you and your vision.
  • Your community of friends should be composed of people with integrity, and those that fears the Lord. Those are the ones you should put around your vision.
  • Who you choose to walk with in your vision matters.
  • The joy of the Lord should be your strength.
  • After God has helped you accomplish your plans/ goals, always remember to give a sacrifice of thanksgiving and celebrate God’s faithfulness.
  • God’s faithfulness should bring you more close to him through faith.
  • Always remember to keep the covenant you made with God.

I hope you find this useful as you apply it on your day to day life.

But I will encourage you to take time and read it by yourself. The holy Spirit may reveal some lessons to you that are not in mine.

It’s always good to read the word by yourself and not to depend on others interpretation. Because God yearns to also connect with you and speak to you through his word..

Goodbye and God bless you.

What to do in your waiting season.

Waiting season, is that season that you have made your request known to God, and you are waiting for him to answer you, direct or guide you. Whatever the case it is.

What we do with the waiting season matters alot, and determines the outcome of everything.

This is what you need to do while you are in your waiting season.

  • Be persistent in your request to God. Luke 18:1-8
  • Listen. Spend time with God through his word and listen to his directions.
  • Keep walking in obedience. Obedience is the key for us to walk in God’s ordained blessings for us. John 15:7
  • Ask God to mould you by uprooting everything in you that is not from him. Uproot every character, every old mindset, uproot every covenant that you have made with the evil one.
  • Ask God for his wisdom on how to handle the challenges that come with the blessings.

The last two points are very important, because no matter how huge the blessing is, if you walk in your blessings with old mindset and character, the blessing won’t be useful. Infact your toxic mindset/character will lead to your own downfall.

Every blessing has a challange of some kind attached to it. And if you don’t operate from God’s wisdom then you may tend to quit on what you prayed and waited for from God.

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God bless you and supply you with the grace you need in your waiting season.

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Bye.

Psalms 100

In the book of Psalms 100, we only have 5 verses.

Shout for joy to the Lord , all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalms 100:1‭-‬5 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/psa.100.1-5.NIV

In verse 3 “know that the Lord is God. it is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pastures.

In this verse we see the provision of God for us, as his people/ children. Therefore, there is no need to worry, because he has already provided for us. Our needs are already sorted, and sometimes he gives us overflow but other times he releases what we need at the right or exact time. And he gives us just enough.

Just as it says in verse 3 we are the sheep of his pasture. Meaning he already have something for us (pasture) and as his sheep we are entitled to the pasture.

Meaning we belong to him, whatever is his, is ours too. We are his heirs.

Isn’t that so beautiful?

Verse 5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.

What a beautiful thing to be God’s person. His goodness, his love and his faithfulness for us is something else. Something that we should cling on forever.

Therefore family, he deserves our worship, praise and thanksgiving. With shouts of joy.

All glory to God!

Reminder to believers

When God has called you for his purpose, his hand will be upon you all through the way.

And when I say his hand will be upon you; I mean his favour, protection, provision, direction and even encouragement. Will be with you.

It will be with you in form of people we know and even sometimes people we’ve never seen before. Because God uses people to reach to us, he uses people to answer our prayers.

It’s therefore very important to treat people with kindness and love.

And in the midst of God’s hand being with us, we can still face difficult moments and challenges.

So when you are faced with challenges, it doesn’t mean that God has deserted you.

His gracious hand will still be with you even in the midst of the storm.

God bless you

Playing safe

I believe we all know what it means to play safe. And most of us have found ourselves playing safe in one occasion or the other.

Playing safe in the sense that, we don’t want to choose sides and we are trying to be a little bit of both sides, or we don’t want to make a decision because we are scared of hurting someone in the process.

Been there done that, infact alot of times.

But today I’m talking about how we as believers and followers of Christ play safe, playing safe in the sense that we are neither cold nor hot.

We claim to be believers, but our actions say otherwise. We boast about Christ and declare him as Lord and savior, but in the real sense we don’t want to quit the bad behaviors and leave behind the things of this Earth.

We are still holding tight to the temporary things of the world. We claim to follow Jesus and believe in him but we don’t want to do the work and deny ourselves to be like him.

We are warned in revelation 3: 16

So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
Revelation 3:16 NIV
https://revelation.bible/revelation-3-16

We will be spit out from Jesus mouth. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be spit out by Jesus.

The good news is that there is hope. Jesus is calling us to come to a place of repentance.

He is knocking awaiting for us to open for him, that’s how much he loves us, he wants us to change our ways and accept him and walk in his righteousness.

Because when we do that he will give us the right to sit with him on his throne.

Just as he says

To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.  Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 3:21‭-‬22 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/rev.3.21-22.NIV

We are called not to be like the church of Laodicea.

I created a video about the church of Sardis and how we relate to it as children of God. Please check it out below

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GOD’S LOVE

Have you ever imagined God’s love for us? Do you even understand how deep it is?

I have been in a dark place for some time, and I found myself scared and worried of how things are going to be and how they will turn out.

This means I didn’t trust God enough. Trust that he will see me through it, trust that he will provide me with the grace I need to go through this season of my life.

I felt really bad and guilty of the fact that I didn’t trust God. And I condemned myself of how God maybe dissapointed with me, that despite knowing his good promises over my life, I chose to dwell in the problems at hand.

But our feelings doesn’t change God’s love for us. The fact is that he send his own son to die for our sins. Just as the word says

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jhn.3.16.KJV

God’s love for us is unconditional. We haven’t done anything to deserve it.

The same God’s love led me to his word today, as I was busy condemning myself and thinking of how God could be dissapointed with me because I don’t trust him enough.

He led me to Romans 8:38, it’s a verse that I have known, for a long time, but I wasn’t thinking about it in this season of my life.

As i read it, I saw it from another angle and it spoke to me. God used it to assure me of his love for me. That he loves me, no matter what.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
Romans 8:38 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/rom.8.38.NLT

Not even my fears of today, nor my worries for tomorrow can seperate me from God’s love.

Nothing, totally nothing can seperate you from God’s love, his love for you, will never change. And the evidence of that love, is his own son Jesus Christ.

God bless you.

Love.

FOCUS, no matter what!

Focus: means, pay attention

I believe you agree with me, for us to flourish in anything in our lives, we need to totally focus on it. To give it our total attention. To give it our best.

Sometimes we set goals, something that we may want to achieve by a certain period of time. Or rather a routine that we may want to include in our day to day lives.

We tend to start up so focused to the goal/ routine so motivated to do and achieve whatever it is. Until we start experiencing the storms of life, or the storms/challenges/setback related to that particular goal or routine.

And truth be told how we choose to respond to that storm/challenge/setback is what will determine our end result at the end of it all.

Some of us, focus so much on the storm and the setback, in the process we give the setback too much power over us. We allow the storm/setback define us.

We tend to forget of what is really important at that particular moment. Meaning we forget the bigger picture which is the reason why we started walking in that journey in the first place. We forget the goal.

I am not saying we are not supposed to feel sad and bad, I’m not saying we are not allowed to feel disappointed or exhausted. We are human, and I will be lying if I told you not to feel whatever you are feeling.

Then what do I mean? I mean that after feeling whatever you feel you rise up again and keep walking, crawl if you need to but don’t let the storm cause you to quit.

That’s how champions/heroes come about, no matter what they face, they still choose to go past their circumstances. When they fail they pick up the lessons and rise again.

What do I mean? I mean don’t give the storm too much power over you. By giving it alot of attention.

I will take you on the book of Mathew 14, the story of Jesus and Peter.

Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
Matthew 14:28‭-‬31 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.14.28-31.NLT

Most of the time, i am like Peter, I focus on Jesus or the goal and everything keeps going well. Until the storm comes, and instead of focusing more on the goal and trusting Jesus more I shift my mind from Jesus and I start paying my attention to the storm.

And once my mind is diverted from the one who holds me together (Jesus) or the thing that keeps me going (goal). Then I tend to drown, make mistakes by enforcing my will. And as humans; it’s in our nature to quit when we shift our mind from what is really important.

Just like King Saul in 1samuel 13.

but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord ’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.” “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord ’s command.”
1 Samuel 13:11‭-‬14 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/1sa.13.11-14.NLT

God gave Saul an instruction through Samuel, but when the storm was approaching (Israelites were being defeated) Saul shifted his attention from God and his promises over Israel , he started focusing on the storm ahead, that’s where his downfall began. Because through shifting his focus from what was really important he decided to enforce his own will(doing what he thought was right at the moment) when all he was required to do was to trust God and his promises and obey his instructions.

  • Whatever we do/ whatever we go through, we need to put our focus on Jesus Christ, the one who chose us and made us his own, the one who promise never to leave us nor fail us.
  • After Jesus keep your mind on your goal, whether it’s family, ministry or business. Remember to partner with Jesus; its the only way that you will be able to run the goals of your lifes courageously and with prosperity. Because when you partner with Jesus it only means you are operating under his will. And truth be told,there is nothing safe like being in alignment with his will.

What happens when we focus of the storm instead of our Goals

  • We walk in disobedience of God’s will and instructions.
  • We drown through the concequences of our disobedience. Just like Peter. Saul too; his rule was cut short.

The storms will always be there, but even in the storms we are required to set out eyes on the ultimate price.

It’s my prayer that God will help us to focus on him, in all times and seasons of our life’s. Amen!

Love you.

REJECTING GOD

Later Samuel called all the people of Israel to meet before the Lord at Mizpah. And he said, “This is what the Lord , the God of Israel, has declared: I brought you from Egypt and rescued you from the Egyptians and from all of the nations that were oppressing you. But though I have rescued you from your misery and distress, you have rejected your God today and have said, ‘No, we want a king instead!’ Now, therefore, present yourselves before the Lord by tribes and clans.”
1 Samuel 10:17‭-‬19 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/1sa.10.17-19.NLT

I believe most of us are guilty of rejecting God and his will over our lives. In one way or another. We try so hard to impose our own will when situations in our lives doesn’t go as we expected.

We fail to trust God, we forget of his faithfulness over our lives and we tend to get frustrated, demanding our own will, when we encounter challenges that are overwhelming for us.

Not knowing that through demanding our own ways and will we are rejecting God. We are rejecting his leadership and authority over our lives and all of his good plans that he has for us.

In this moments, we tend to think we know best of what and how things should happen in our lives and around us.

Sometimes it doesn’t make sense, sometimes it may be hard to comprehend and understand why things happen the way they do, but no matter what let’s learn to trust God.

How do we trust God?

  • By totally surrendering to him and allowing him be the boss of our lives. In this way we are acknowledging his authority over our lives, we are putting our own desire aside to seek his will alone for nothing but his plans to take place (Not rejecting him)
  • Reminding ourselves of his faithfulness in the past, during our trials and uncertainty. This will help us to have more faith in him. ( If he saw me through this and that in the past, he will also see me through this)

PRAYERS

Dear Lord, please help me to remember all your faithfulness, all the times iam encountered with doubt. Help me to live a life of total surrender, that even in times of uncertainty, I will still trust and hope in your promises over my life. Please help me to produce from a place of love and trust. AMEN

CONTENTMENT

Contentment ; is a state of happiness and satisfaction.

Lately the holy Spirit has been teaching me “contentment“. Iam so grateful to God for the holy Spirit and how he reveals to us the truth about Jesus and the right things.

There is much joy in being contended with who/what your are/ have. Iam not saying, it’s bad to strive for more, because we serve a God who wants us to flourish in every area of our lives.

Iam simply saying as we strive for more, as we strive to make ends meet or to upgrade our lives, it’s also important to learn how to be contended.

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That no matter what happens Jesus Christ alone is enough for us. And whenever we get to the lowest season of our lives, he will provide for us what we need or he will give us the power to endure.

Sometimes, we tend to judge things with our human eyes, according to how they appear on the surface, not knowing the reality of what is taking place beneath.

Most of the times the people that seem to have more than we have may not be happy, or may have alot of complicated situations that they are dealing with underneath.

So instead of wishing and beating our heads over what we don’t have at the moment, let’s focus on the blessings that God has provided for us, let’s be greatful for what we have. Because the truth is God has blessed each and every one of us in different ways, we just have to look around.

The sad thing is that when we focus so much on what we don’t have at the moment, we miss the blessings that God has released or is releasing upon us on a daily basis.

Let’s do what we can, let’s keep seeking after his righteousness, let’s put all our trust in him, as we celebrate everything we have and every win we encounter no matter how little/small. Because in due season at his perfect time he will grant us the desires of our heart.

Never forgetting that “God’s time is the best.”

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
1 Timothy 6:6‭-‬10 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/1ti.6.6-10.NLT

Ways on how to learn to be contended.

  • Ask God to send the holy Spirit to teach you on how, and the holy Spirit will start revealing things to you, that will help you realize how lucky and blessed you truly are.
  • Make a commitment to start making a list of the things you have no matter how small they seem, and also the things you have achieved until now; in other words start counting your blessings.

Always remember, just because you don’t have at this moment, doesn’t mean you won’t have it in the future. The key is trust God , be contended and be patient. The right things will come to you in God’s appointed time.

Be blessed.