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.

CALLED TO SERVE

Last week has been a rough week for me. My faith and character has been tested, and I found myself in this season where I had alot of questions than answers.

It was a season of fear , anxiety ,doubt and it was really uncomfortable. And yes as much as I believe in God, and I know God’s promises over my life, I still find myself in this season sometimes. Where I want to change everything about my life, where I forget that God alone has the power to bring change. Where I judge and don’t want to forgive ,forgetting that I myself I’m not anything close to perfect. Where I focus much on how I want my life to turn out, instead of trusting the one who has the power to turn my life around and still give me peace in the season.

What I found out that even in this season God still has the answers. He still speaks even in this season of uncertainty. We just have to pause pray and listen. And that’s what amazes me about God all the time, his unfailing love for us even in the moments when we feel unworthy, and we feel like drifting apart and just being by ourselves, because of the pressures that life has inflicted on us. Forgetting his promise

As believers ,as children of God ,we are called to create an impact, to influence those God has put around us through the gifts that God has given unto us

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.
Romans 12:4‭-‬6 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/rom.12.4-6.NLT

As we walk and operate in this gifts, it’s very important to have a community of whom we relate to, so that we can share, learn and serve one another through our different gifts. Leading to spiritual growth.

But most of the time we struggle to get the right community. And it’s very important that as we are trying and trusting God to lead us to the right community, we should use our gifts through the guidance of the holy Spirit to impact those that God has put around us, inform of family, friends and even neighbours. So that all the glory may go to God.

We may do this by:

  • Offering the right and Godly advice whenever they ask for one, or whenever they share their problem with us. And this needs the help of the holy Spirit. When we are not sure of what to advise them it’s important to ask them if they would love us to pray with them about it.
  • Sharing our testimony with them
  • Sharing our problems with them too, so that they can relate with us .
  • Inviting them to prayers or prayer meetings.
  • Telling them the truth when it’s needed as the word of God says
An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
Proverbs 27:5‭-‬6 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.27.5-6.NLT

It’s very important to put into practise what the word of God tells us otherwise we will be deceiving ourselves

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
James 1:22 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/jas.1.22.NLT

Lest I forget it’s important to be aware of the kind of friends we keep

Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/1co.15.33.NLT

Remember our faith is like a baby, that needs to be fed to grow because

faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
Romans 10:17 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/rom.10.17.NLT

If your friends are not led by the spirit of God, you will know through their character and lifestyle because

You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?  A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.  A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.  So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire.  Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
Matthew 7:16‭-‬20 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.7.16-20.NLT

And if we are not careful they are going to Infect us with their character. And drift us away from our faith and from who we are as children of God.

“So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.
Matthew 24:42 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.24.42.NLT

God bless you and guide you as you

Don’t forget we are all called to serve! All for the glory of God!

To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
Matthew 25:29 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.25.29.NLT

Amen

‘ STUCK’ SEASON

Stuck – unable to move.

Are you like me? Are you in this season where you feel stuck? Do you feel like you were going on so well, because God gave you a word. And you were operating in God’s given identity and over a sudden, you got to this season where you feel like you are not moving forward?

The worst part is that you try to figure it out on how to move to the next step, but the more you try it feels like “mission impossible” at this moment.

Well you are not alone, iam in this season right now!

We want to grow, we can feel it down in our spirit that we were created for more, that we can produce more than what we are producing at this moment, and no matter how we try we don’t see the best way to birth what is in us.

So this morning I was in prayers, and as the word of God says

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
Romans 8:26 NLT

So the holy Spirit revealed to me through my prayers

That I should not focus so much on the way I want things to happen that in the process I miss out on God in this season of my life. For even in this ‘stuck’ season he is still with me. The season may feel unpleasant and taking too long , but I should not forget that, my God is intentional. He has me on this season for a reason, he has some work that he needs to do inside of me to prepare me for the next season of my life. So that I can operate and produce in the way only he intended me to. He therefore has to make sure iam ready.

Therefore be encouraged, trust the one who chose and called you. For he hasn’t finished with you yet. He is just beginning, and he has you on this season for him to do major work on the inside of you, to prepare you for what he has ordained for you. By aligning you with his will so that you can produce the way he intended you to.

It’s therefore important to keep this in mind

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord . “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
Isaiah 55:8 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/isa.55.8.NLT

So it’s time we embrace this season, thank God for it, be open minded and alert to listen to God’s instructions and operate in the way he directs us through the holy spirit, as he mould us for what is to come.

Remember he is the one that chose us and it’s very important to

For him to guide us through our purpose, for he is the one that directs our footsteps, and his intention is for us not to miss him, but for us to experience him in every season we find ourselves in.

Hope in “Exile”

Exile – is a state of being expelled from one’s native country for political or punitive reason.

Sometimes as believers we may feel like our life is in a state of “exile”.

“Exile” in such a way that we don’t feel like ourselves anymore, we don’t feel like we own our freedom, we are not where we thought we are supposed to be, we are not producing the way we are supposed to and we feel stagnant.

This state may arise from within us, from our relationships or even from our jobs. And sometimes this state causes us to be afraid; because we ought to think we are on the loosing end. It therefore, distracts us from committing, doing our best and giving our all.

But one thing we should know is that there is hope in our “exile”. From the book of Jeremiah 29, God sends a message through Jeremiah to reach those in exile, he tells them to continue living their lives and do their best.

Jeremiah 29: 5-7

“Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”
Jeremiah 29:5‭-‬7 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/jer.29.5-7.NLT

Those areas of our lives that feels like exile, those areas that are causing us to be afraid, doubt, hold back and not commit fully, it’s the same areas that God wants us to be courageous, to continue living in faith and hope like we own it.

It’s the same areas that God wants to use to bless us. It may not look like it right now, but just like God is telling those in exile, he also wants us to give our best, in these areas. He wants us to commit fully and to keep producing the best way we know how. And most importantly as we do our best , he is also calling us to pray for these areas.

Simply because the success and welfare of this areas will determine our own success and welfare as well.

And this means that Our commitment and giving ourselves fully in not in vain. When we commit and give our best while being patient and enduring, will not only cause success to those areas of exile but it will cause us to succeed too.

Let’s not forget the exile in our life is always associated with different kind of challanges. We will have a million reasons to give up. Let’s not focus on the challenges, because they are temporary and they will pass like they never existed.

Just because our life feels like exile, and the challenges associated with it is overwhelming, that should not stop us from living our best life, that should not stop us from serving, giving and doing our best .

For God says through Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/jer.29.11.NLT

Despite of going through the challanges we should trust the one who

We should trust that he did not create, chose and redeem us in vain, he had a plan for us, a plan to give us a future and a hope. Therefore our challanges are not new to him, he will not allow us to be harmed. Because even in the season of challenges he is still with us

It is therefore very important to

and live a life of total surrender. Because when we do that, he shows up in the areas of exile in our lives. And when he shows up, things are bound to change for the better.

I don’t know which area of your life that feels like exile, just remember to be strong and to keep giving your best. Apart from that, lean on God and commit yourself in living a life of total surrender. It may look dark right now, but I assure you that light will shine again. For there is absolutely nothing that our God can not do.

All the best.

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Missing out on God.

If we keep focusing and waiting on God to do something big in our lives. Like give us a house, a car, money, a promotion and etc; for us to acknowledge him, for us to see him and glorify him, then we will miss out on God.

Because God doesn’t only show up in our lives through ‘bigger blessings‘. God is always with us all the time. He shows up in our lives even through the smallest and little things.

He is always with us in the way he protects us, in the way he provides for us, he shows up even in our relationships, our children our health and etc. None of this is obvious. None of this is possible without God

When we are struggling to see God in the little things, it’s very important for us to ask him to open our spiritual eyes for us to see him and find him even in the little things.

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Most importantly, once we are able to see him even in the little things, our lives becomes beautiful, because only then will we be able to walk in the fullness of joy, that he intended us to walk in, when he first created us.

It’s high time we stop waiting on the so called “bigger blessings” and start glorifying God on how he shows up for us in the smallest things around us and in us. Remember he said he will never fail us neither will he leave us. Meaning he is always there fighting for us and making sure we are not harmed in any way.

Even when we are going through the challenges and storms of life. It’s important that we stop focusing on the negative part of the storm, and ask God to open our spiritual eyes for us to see him in the storm, because he is always there . And once we are able to see him in it, we will not allow the storm to get to us and steal our joy, we will still rejoice in the one who is our source of peace.

Therefore, when we start appreciating, acknowledging and glorifying him even in the little things, then be prepared also to see him through the bigger things

Its my prayer that we don’t miss out on God because he is always there with us. We just have to look around us and in us.

Be blessed.

2021 Theme Isaiah 43

First I would love to wish you a happy and prosperous 2021. As I was wondering how 2021 is going to be the holy spirit led this words in my heart. “Behold IAM doing a new thing” and it kept ringing in my spirit non-stop.

Personally 2020 was amazing to me. God showed me how it was necessary for me to lean on him, because through leaning on him he broke the chains that were habouring my life since childhood. God filled me with his eternal peace. 2020 was so personal he worked on my character changed who I thought I was and showed me exactly who I was as his child. And the good news is that as I surrendered to him totally, and as he was working in me, he also worked on things around me, suddenly things were just extremely okay. May his name be praised.

So when this words “behold iam doing a new thing” kept ringing in me. I went on to check which Bible verse was it from. Then I decided to read the whole chapter and see what God was trying to tell me.

I thank God because through Isaiah 43 I was able to come up with three key points that I know will be helpful not just to me but to you too as a believer of Christ. I therefore considered it as a theme for 2021.

  • Do not be afraid.

I believe God is telling us that this year 2021 as he is doing new things in us and around us,we should not be afraid. Remember he did not give us the spirit of fear but of power, love and self control. So let’s strive to be courageous in every area of our lives, because new things may come with it’s challanges, so we are supposed to be courageous to handle the challenges that comes with new blessings.

Why we should not be afraid.

He has also promised to be on our side every step of the way. He will lead us through every season of our lives so that we come out unharmed.

Isaiah 43:2

*When we go through the water he will be with us. *When we go through the rivers of difficulty we will not drown. *When we walk through the fire of oppression we will not be burn.

  • Lean on him, for he is the one that makes everything new.

For IAM about to do something new, see I have already began, do you not see it -Isaiah 43:19

Why we should lean on him.

*So that he may bring into accomplishment every new thing he started in us. *So that he may restore everything that the enemy stole from us back to how he intended it to be. *So that we may be in alignment with his will.

There is a way that seems right to a man but the end of it is death.


This is more reason why we should lean on him and ask for his help and guidance. As we enter in the season of abundance. That he may guide and teach us to walk in the new things that he is doing in our lives and around us.Because our own thoughts and ways won’t produce his righteousness.

  • Stay in repentance

*We stay in repentance because we are only human, we are bound to make mistakes. * *So that the enemy doesn’t use guilt to move us away from God. *Because he has promised to blot away our sins and never to think of them again.

It’s my prayer that this three points will guide us through 2021. Let’s lean on him more so that we may walk in nothing but his will.

Wish you all the best

Be blessed.

COEXISTING IN RELATIONSHIPS.

Doing it Jesus way

We have different kind of relationships, just to mention a few parents-children relationship, friendship, marriage etc. It’s important to learn to coexist with each other, despite of our different interests and ideologies. Because that’s God’s intention for us as his children.

Other people are a gift to us from God. No one was created to be alone. God created us in such a way that we need and interdepend with each other.

Even for God to answer our prayers and request he uses people. Not to forget as believers, we all belong in the body of Christ, therefore it’s important to learn to live with each other despite of our differences. Mainly because it’s not about us it’s about Jesus Christ, so let’s dwell our focus on the bigger picture “the body of Christ.”

Jesus taught us to bear with one another, forgiveness and loving one another which is the greatest commandment of all. Meaning is not okay to avoid other people because of our earthly reasons. For instance we avoid people just because we don’t like them or maybe just because they did something wrong.

Yet we try so hard to justify why we avoid and judge them. Forgetting that Jesus had all the reasons to condemn, judge and avoid us . But still he chose us and loved us with his perfect love. Therefore it’s important to try and show love and forgiveness to those who have gone astray ,not forgetting that as believers and children of God it’s wrong for us to judge others , therefore we show love by guiding them back to the right path all for the body of Christ and also for God’s glory.

For any relationship to work, we need to kill our ego and pride and stop lying to ourselves that we are ok alone that we don’t need others. When in real sense we do. We should also stop seeing ourselves better than others.

Let’s not forget there are many benefits of being around others and living in harmony and unity than being alone. Even the word of God tells us two is better than one.

Only Jesus Christ, can teach us how to coexist, how to be good friends , partners or parents and also how to appreciate others, and there efforts towards us.

How you treat people says more about you than about them

Ways to maintain good relationship with others.

  • Stop focusing on others shortcomings and focus on what they do best. No one is perfect, they are not perfect neither are we.
  • Incase of a misunderstanding, solve immediately; it doesn’t matter who is wrong or who is right. This is to show your relationship is bigger than the little misunderstanding.
  • Check up on them oftenly.
  • Be straight forward and open in expressing how you feel
  • Respect each other’s boundaries and respect each others feelings no matter how small it may seem.
  • Pray for each other. This is the only way to connect our relationship with others to God.
  • Avoid tit for tats, give yourself selflessly.
  • Find a way to tell them about their shortcomings in a loving and respectfully way, BUT NEVER DISCUSS THEIR SHORTCOMINGS WITH ANYONE ELSE BUT THEM. “Especially to the “marriage” kind of relationship, you have become one if you discuss their shortcomings with just anyone, you are exposing yourself more than you are exposing your partner.”
  • Praise them, this is to mean give them compliments more often and support them in little ways we can: this shows we believe in them and we are their biggest support.

Let strive to emulate the kind of love that Jesus had for us.

Let’s do it Jesus way

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I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Life is unpredictable, sometimes it rains, sometimes it’s sunshine, sometimes cold and sometimes hot.

Meaning one day everything will work out in our favour and we will have more than enough and a million reasons to rejoice. And other days we will have nothing, and things won’t be working out the way we planned it or imagined it.

But all in all we should not loose hope because such is life, our current situation should not hinder us from trusting and hoping in God. Just as the word of God says

John 16:33 I have told you this so that you will have peace by being United to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world.

This is Jesus telling us that we will experience trouble as we live in this world, but we should not let the storms of life hinder us from having a relationship with him. Because in him we are more than conquerers.

What do I mean in him we are more than conquerers? I mean that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

My point exactly is that when we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, when our relationship with Jesus is unshakable no matter what, every season we find ourselves in, God will always supply us the strength we need through his son, to help us go through the seasons victorious and unharmed.

Do you have any seasons in your life that when you look back you don’t know how you came out of it unharmed,? And as you think of everything you went through you can’t help it but see God’s hand in it? I would love to here it in the comment section below.

Be blessed.

When worry and Anxiety creeps in

Most of us despite being believers , we tend to worry and experience anxiety in one situation or the other.

And mostly we experience worry and Anxiety when the situation we are encountering seems to be out of our control. And maybe we don’t have the answers, or either we are not sure how we are going to overcome the challenges we are facing, or we ain’t sure of how we will pass through the storms in our life.

We forget that when things are out of our control we are supposed to surrender them to the most high God our source of peace and just trust him

Remember he did not promise us that we won’t encounter the storms but he promised to be there for us through the storm.

Philippians 4:6-7 says; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything through prayers supplication and thanks giving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus.

And there are alot of verses in the Bible that God assures us that he will always be there for us even in the storm

e.g Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 41:19, psalms 56:3, psalms 23:4, Mathew 6:34 and many others.

Even so, worrying doesnt make us bad people, neither does it cause God to love us any less. Don’t forget that God loves us no matter what . Because love is who he is but irregardless ,let us build a more solid relationship with God through his son Jesus that we may trust him with all that we are, even when we are passing through a tunnel full of darkness.

Here are four thing that may help us when we feel like worry and anxiety is creeping in our system.

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BE THE CHANGE YOU NEED

Most of the times we try so hard to figure things out in our environment, wanting to fix them or change them to be exactly the way we want them to be. It may be in our work place, our marriages or in any kind of relationship that we are in.

However, the more we try the more it gets worse, and in the process we find ourselves tired, drained, frustrated and sometimes depressed.

Well, we cannot change anything , we don’t have the power to change anyone or things. Only Jesus Christ can.

We have to surrender what is buddening our souls, we have to surrender the issues that we are trying to fix totally to Jesus Christ. He is our only source of peace.

Mathew 11:28 says come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest

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