Wednesday Word

Wednesday Word

The Holy Spirit is the awe inspiring third person in the God head. He is not an It or Thing but a Person.

The first time we hear of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament is when the Angel appears to Zechariah to announce that his wife Elizabeth will conceive a child, John who will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from the womb (Luke 1:15)
John the Baptist would be the forerunner of Jesus Christ, baptising people and encouraging them to repent from their sins.

In Matthew 4, Jesus is led into the wilderness for 40days by the Holy Spirit and then tempted by Satan.

Jesus tells the Samaritan woman at the well that those who will worship Him shall do so in Spirit and in truth (John 4:23)

And before Jesus Christ is crucified He encourages the disciples at the last supper,

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever– The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.” ‭John‬ ‭14:16-17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

When Jesus rose from the dead, defeated sin, death and the grave, after appearing to Mary in the garden by the empty tomb, He appears to His disciples.

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” ‭‭John‬ ‭20:19-22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Fear will keep us from walking by the leading of the Holy Spirit because His ways are not our own ways and often time our logic, emotions and sense of how things should be, get in the way.
But the Holy Spirit gives us peace and reassures us that we are not alone.

Jesus will always prove Himself worthy not for the sake of our belief but because He is true to Himself and to bring glory to the Father.

God will always give us His peace before sending us out into new terrain.

The only way that we are able to walk out this life of faith is by receiving His Holy Spirit.

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭2:1-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The disciples were the first to receive the Holy Spirit before Jesus’ resurrection and when they gathered with other believers, God’s Spirit invaded the room and gave them all the ability to utter words that glorify the Lord in order for His praises to be known to other nations.

When we believe in the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we automatically receive the Holy Spirit and for that reason, we have hope in an imperishable inheritance.

“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:13-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

However, the indwelling presence of God comes with a responsibility as the apostle Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and in 1 Corinthians 13.

We must embrace our new identity in Christ and leaving behind old ways of thinking with regards to who we are and how we live.

“You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.” Romans‬ ‭8:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

As we let the Holy Spirit lead and guide us moment by moment, day by day we will begin to see more of God’s character and nature become more evident within us.

We can be bold and confident in our relationship with the Lord God because the Holy Spirit reaffirms our position before God. That we are no longer slaves to sin or our own weaknesses but we are sons and daughters of God.

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:15-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The Holy Spirit helps us during our moments and seasons of weakness, struggle, failure, depression, anger and confusion.

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” ‭Romans‬ ‭8:26-27‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Frustration is probably present within us because we refuse to pray in line with God’s Word, His truth, His commandments and we are seeking things first instead of His Kingdom.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This verse says “love God” and not “those who are loved by God”. The difference is, sometimes we can get arrogant to think that God shall bless everything that we ask for, but He knows our heart and He sees the end from the beginning. However, when we love Him, our heart’s desires will naturally become aligned with His.

Jesus told us that if we love Him we would obey His commands.
“If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:15‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:7, 9-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

King David knew the importance of repentance and the importance of the presence of the Holy Spirit in his life and fulfilling his God given purpose

“Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭51:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

All in all, the Holy Spirit; reminds us who we are in Christ Jesus, gives us undeserved, unearned gifts from the Father for His glorification and the building up of the Body of Christ and the evangelisation of the nations and enables us to walk through the highs and lows of life.

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Let’s remember and be encouraged

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Be you.

Be you.

 

“At that time Abijah son of Jeroboam became ill, and Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go, disguise yourself, so you won’t be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh. Ahijah the prophet is there—the one who told me I would be king over this people.

But the Lord had told Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife is coming to ask you about her son, for he is ill, and you are to give her such and such an answer. When she arrives, she will pretend to be someone else.” So when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why this pretense? I have been sent to you with bad news.” ‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭14:1-2, 5-6‬ ‭NIV

There’s so much that can learnt from the kings of Israel and Judah. Their disobedience, worship of idols, the presence of male prostitutes and not consulting The Lord God, Yahweh is a topic for another Wednesday Word.

But for when I read this chapter and the following one, what jumped out to me was the fact that Jeroboam’s wife was convinced that if she disguised herself the prophet wouldn’t recognise her because his natural sight was very bad.

Sorry Laugh Out Loud.

It’s sad because we try to play the same game with God and we forget that God can’t bless an imitation.

Let me repeat that.

God can’t bless an imitation.

Remember the drama that Jacob had to go through for decades when he went to receive the blessing from his dying father. And let’s talk about the family drama between Leah, Rachel and Jacob when Laban deceived Jacob.

Sometimes it may seem that it’s easier to pretend to be someone who you are not. It’s possible to create a whole different identity through the clothes that you wear, the words you say, the places you hang out …but how exhausting is that?! Keeping up with two identities in order to please people or because we think that God is disappointed in us. In this instance Jeroboam thought that if his wife disguised herself the prophet would give her a different prophecy.

Unlike Jeroboam, we don’t stand before a prophet who will proclaim the consequences for our sins but we can boldly come into the Throne of God through the finished work of Jesus Christ, clothed in His righteousness. We are called to persevere in our faith because of Jesus’ complete sacrifice. We come to our Father Who will declare words of love, hope and faith over us.

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:19-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

If you struggle the believe or understand this, I encourage you to read Hebrews 8 & 10 and I pray that you let the Holy Spirit unveil this beautiful mystery to you.

We must accept that because God knows us, fearfully and wonderfully made in His image – what He has said will always stand.

You can try and pull a Jonah with the calling on your life because it will require you to sacrifice your time, talent, talk and treasure. Yes the call on your life maybe slightly maverick, awkward and unconventional but soon enough there will be an unbearable unease within us- there’s only so long we can pretend.

No matter how much we try to deny or fight this truth, God is jealous for His Spirit in us.

There’s only so long that we can pretend to be sinners when The Lord calls us saints everyday. There’s only so long we can live by the dictates of our flesh when the Holy Spirit is groaning within us, praying on our behalf.
We are saints that are prone to sin.  We are pilgrims and ambassadors passing through a dying, decaying, distracting and dark world. Like Adam and Eve, the serpent has always got something to say to make us doubt, to tempt us or feeding us lies that make our frustration and discouragement grow but we’ve got the ability to overcome.

In hard times, we’ve got to remind ourselves of The Truth. We have to fight to tune out of the distractions of our everyday lives in order to be in tune with the whispers of our Father. When Elijah ran away from Jezebel, he heard God in the still, quiet voice. Maybe we should shift our focus from seeking God in the grande but asking the Holy Spirit to make us more aware of the small, incremental displays of God’s grace, favour, truth, justice, love and mercy.

“What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to. But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:1-3‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Let’s grab a hold of our new identity. The process will be messy but God has already declared that we are His masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
“Don’t live under an alias name…take on the name that The Lord has given you” – Kris Vallaton

Are you content? 

Are you content? 

Matthew 4:1-11

The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness.
Maybe you’re not where you thought you would be, or maybe you’re fighting to get out of the season that you’re currently in- begging God to “hurry up”. But the question is, when the tempter comes to feed you lies, encourage you to take shortcuts and waters your insecurities; what is your rebuttal, what do you stand upon, what keeps you unshaken?

It can be very hard to cultivate contentment; as some may confuse contentment with complacency, laziness, lack of “ambition” or not “believing God for more”. But contentment is a position of the heart, in which you are grateful for what God has done for you, first and foremost giving you salvation and for Who He is. Knowing that God cares for you and isn’t holding out on you will change your petitions into thanksgiving and gives you confidence to know that your Good Father knows what you need before you ask, but He’s more interested in your heart and being conformed to His image- than giving you a Go Pass Go and pick up $200 card.

Contentment is the tension between empathy and expectancy.

Psalm 16:6

What are you saying about where you currently find yourself emotionally, spiritually, financially and relationally? Do you confess that God’s guiding boundary lines are to protect and keep you, to lead you alongside still waters and give you peace that surpasses all understanding or are you speaking words of accusation, doubt, confusion and fear?

Psalm 17:15

Are you satisfied in who God is? Is He enough for you? If not, then why? Do you delight that you get to have a relationship with The Lord of the universe?

Psalm 92:4-5

Write a list of ten things you’re grateful for each day.

Psalm 107:8-9

Remind yourself of the times when you experienced God’s love tangibly and when He got you out of sticky situations. If you’re hungry and thirsty for more of Him, He will satisfy you.

Proverbs 14:30

If you don’t deal with discontentment, it will eat you alive and you will not be satisfied when you get to that Place, have that Thing or become or marry that Person.

John 6:35

There’s the rub! Jesus is the Only One who can satisfy and promises to satisfy. Let’s believe in Him, cleave to, trust in and rely on Him.

Philippians 4:19

If you are in any form of need today, confess the scripture when thoughts of doubt, worry, anxiety, envy or discontentment creep in.

1 Timothy 6:6-8

Know that contentment shall accompany your godliness. As the Holy Spirit continues to produce fruit in you, your external and mental disposition shall also change.

Hebrews 13:5-6

Remember that whenever we crave the things of this world, we either come up feeling discontent or fall into sin by trying to fill the void or move ahead of God’s timing.

Lean on His promise today that He will never leave and never forsake you. He is your helper. Don’t be afraid.

Keep Going

Keep Going

Keep Going

Keep Sowing

Keep Growing

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭NLT

It’s not easy to be a Christian. The daily tight room of walking by the leading of the Holy Spirit in a world that doesn’t recognise or know Him is a challenge.

Juggling work, studies, family and friend relationships, finances and health can all take a toll on our emotional, physical and spiritual health.

How do you keep going?

How do you handle thoughts of doubt about God’s goodness and whether or not His Word shall come to pass in your life?

How do you handle ‘constructive criticism’ and comparison that you receive from colleagues, peers, family members and sometimes the media?

I believe the answer is, God’s Word (no surprise there!)

Perspective is important at all times and sometimes we look to the wrong sources to give us this perspective. Often times what we think is the problem, isn’t actually the problem.

Sometimes we’ve opened the doors for words of discouragement to live in our minds, rent free and we’ve allowed the lies of the enemy and the expectations of this world to take root.

The Apostle Peter writes to encourage Christians who are living in various communities. These Christians are minorities within the Empire and are asking for guidance and encouragement with regards to how to live and work amongst non-Christians as well as not fall into their old lifestyles.

Sounds pretty familiar, right?!

“God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.”1 Peter‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬
We must remember that God is our Father, a perfect Father and He chose us. You are not a last resort.

You’ve been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and God is wanting to give you more grace and peace in this season.

“and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.”1 Peter‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

‬‬Focusing our minds Heavenward helps us to navigate the terrain of life. This isn’t a focus on fat baby angels playing harps…read Isaiah, Jeremiah and the Psalms and get a biblical picture of these glorious creatures. God has promised us an inheritance, to rule and reign in His Kingdom! If that doesn’t change your mundane Wednesday evening, I’m not sure what will.

What we crave often on this earth will be unpure, defiled or defining, will change or will decay (think of that car, house, business, spouse, children) which is pretty anti-climatic.

So what do we do next?

“So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.””‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:14-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When it is a question of God’s Almighty Spirit, never say, “I can’t.” – Oswald Chambers

I think at times we fail miserably in actually understanding what it means to accept a humble position in Christ. We often say “I am not supposed to be holy, I’m just human and God knows this”. Well two out of three of those statements are true. Yes, we are human and God knows this BUT we are supposed to be Holy, just as He is Holy.

According to the Strong Concordance, Holy is defined as “set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred”.

The Thayer’s Greek Lexicon specifies the meaning of Holy in the context of 1 Peter 1 to be “in a moral sense, pure, sinless, upright, holy”.

In order to not go through the process of letting God deal with our sinful habits and in an act of laziness not to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, we make all kinds of unbiblical excuses for ourselves. However, if we believe that God’s Word is true, relevant, infallible and authoritative then we should embrace scriptures such as 1 Peter 1:16 and be encouraged that God doesn’t want us to advance towards an unattainable standard but He has gifted us with His Holy Spirit to enable us along the way.

“For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:23-25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Never allow the limitation of your own natural ability to enter into the matter. If we have received the Holy Spirit, God expects the work of the Holy Spirit to be exhibited in us. – Oswald Chambers

“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.”‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Very often our disbelief and unwillingness to cooperate with God comes from our insecurities to believe that what He has declared over us is true. Realising that we are being built into His Temple, brick by brick, stone by stone with Christ Jesus as the Cornerstone will produce a change of perspective. Meditating on the fact that we are saved by grace and not works, so we can’t boast and that God laid all of His wrath upon Jesus on the Cross, should produce freedom and boldness in us and not fear or cowardice.

Let’s not be half- believers simply because our finite minds can’t comprehend the infinite grace and mercy of God. If we allow unbelief and doubt to cloud our hearts and minds, we will soon resemble the Pharisees who rejected Jesus as the Son of God.

“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Sometimes it’s a great exercise for us to remind ourselves of our testimony and thank God for Who He is to us and how He has sustained us through the highs and lows of life. We are in His wonderful light. Do you believe that?

A person who is lazy in the natural realm is always critical, saying, “I haven’t had a decent chance,” and someone who is lazy in the spiritual realm is critical of God. Lazy people always strike out at others in an independent way. – Oswald Chambers

Be encouraged.

“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:8-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Wednesday Word 

Wednesday Word 

I love you. You’re my strength.

A rock.

A fortress.

In you, I am safe.
You shield me.

You’re strong enough to save me.
I call out and you’re there.
Distance doesn’t hinder things with you.

 

That’s why I love you.
When things got tough and I was entangled, you were there.

You give me undivided, devoted attention every single time.

Your presence is tangible.

In the mess and the mire, you are prepared to get your hands dirty.

You reach down and in.
You lead me.

I can trust you.

Well, I’m still learning how to trust you.
You support me.

You delight in me.
You reward and restore me.

I follow you.
You remain faithful and pure even though you spend your time with me. I am still a novice in faithfulness and feel like a rookie in purity.

You light the lamp that’s in my hand.

You illuminate the darkness just because of who you are.
I love you.

You’re my strength.

A rock.

A fortress.

With you, I am safe.
You are perfect, I can confidently say this.

You shield me.

You protect me.
You arm me with strength.

You make my ways perfect.
With you, I am as sure footed as a deer.

You enable me to stand on mountain heights.
You train and strengthen me.
I love you.

You’re my strength.

A rock.

A fortress.

In you, I am safe.
You give me your shield of victory.

You support me.

Your help makes me great.
You live!

You are my salvation!
I love you.

You’re my strength.

A rock.

A fortress.

In you, I am safe.

Wednesday Word

Wednesday Word

Back to basics. Be refreshed.

This teaching may seem elementary at first glance, but I pray that you let God’s truth soak into your heart in a fresh way.

Over the past four months God has challenged my heart a lot.
He’s taking me on a journey that requires me to shut up, be still and let Him forge His nature in me.

He’s assured me that He is my Defender and my Strength. He is just and I don’t need to mouth off, gossip or hold on to grudges but I am free to forgive and let my heart be tenderised by His love, grace, mercy and faithfulness.

The enemy would love to mislead us to think that we have a right to allow our hearts to harbour emotions that are contrary to God’s Word. The culture we live in also encourages us to comply to a “dog eat dog”, instant delete/ block culture.

Bitterness and malice is subtle and they disguise themselves in various forms.

One way that they establish themselves is when, we build walls around us to stop other people getting to know us or we want to run away from having difficult conversations with people who we love and so we attempt to block things out. However, whatever we sow, will bear fruit.

So, my questions are:

What do you fix your thoughts on?

Have you grown weary of praying?

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6, 8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Do you feel as though there’s no point in behaving in a way that honours God?

“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:21-24, 29, 31‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Why?

“With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.”Ephesians‬ ‭4:17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Therefore, go to God with any unforgiveness and hurt so that His Spirit can enable you to be
“…be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:32‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We are told

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians‬ ‭2:3-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” Philippians‬ ‭2:12-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We need to understand and accept that if we don’t allow God to tend to our hearts, there will be repercussions; out of our heart, our mouth will speak and our actions reveal the state of our hearts- there’s only so long we can hide.
Our friends, family and colleagues are watching us to see if the Holy Spirit truly has the ability to change and transform us.

We need to grow up in The Lord

“If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?”‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We need to mature and let the words of Christ penetrate our hard hearts

“But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”Matthew‬ ‭5:22‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God has gifted you and has a mighty purpose for your life. But all of His heavenly gifts and talents mean nothing, if you let bitterness and resentment live in your heart. Going to the next stage of your relationship with God and walking in more of His fullness will require you to drop all the baggage.

“When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:11, 13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

What’s your purpose?

““You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

You are a crucial part of this chosen generation!

The enemy would be content to block God’s overflow of love in your life, don’t let him.

Yes the walk is a long one and I know you just want things to get easier, but keep going.

One day at a time.

One hour at a time.

“But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”2 Timothy‬ ‭3:14, 16-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Wednesday Word

Wednesday Word


Storm Katie came with heavy wind, rain and hail stones. Not only had the storm soaked my sparkly heels after an evening service and a late dinner at a friend’s house, the winds woke me up early on Sunday morning. Hearing the wind, reminded me of scriptures that speak of the Holy Spirit being like a wind, unconfined. We don’t know which direction He comes from but all we know is that He comes from our Father in heaven.

Whilst walking to the train station on Tuesday morning, I thought about aftermath of the storm. I thought ‘work is going to be busy’ and no doubt, my inbox was filled with emails from clergy whose fences had blown over or now had leaks in parts of their properties.

Storms always reveal the weaknesses of properties and the fragility of structures that we inhabit. 

Oftentimes, our frustrations arise because we don’t know what to do next; either because our plans haven’t materialised or because God has opened an unexpected door and we are afraid of missing a step along the way.

One of the answers to this problem is to
“…Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:7‬b‭ NIV

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭2:6-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

But we are reminded various times throughout the Scriptures of how to navigate every season of life.

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength. Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers. Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.” Proverbs‬ ‭24:3-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭2:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The Strong Concordance groups understanding, consideration, truth, knowledge, meaning and skill together under Wisdom.

The wisdom of God is one of His divine attributes.

“By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.” Proverbs‬ ‭3:19-20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In Proverbs 1, we are told that reverential fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

Wisdom can manifest in our lives in different ways. In Exodus and 1 Kings 7, we see examples of when God gave wisdom to His people in order to navigate physical warfare. God also bestowed wisdom upon His people when it came to administration. The wisdom given to Solomon can be likened to shrewdness or cleverness and some of the prophets experienced wisdom in the form of prudence when it came to religious affairs.

Wisdom (from God) changes our perspective and keeps us anchored when the storms come and can prevent us from drifting away when we aren’t faced with a glaring challenge.

“Her (wisdom) ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Wisdom needs to be applied when it comes to our speech (James 3:5-6) and how we react if we have been mistreated (Galatians 5:15)

Wisdom reminds us that the gift of salvation and grace shouldn’t be abused (Galatians 5:1)

Wisdom reminds us to walk by the Spirit, convicts and corrects us not to gratify the acts of the flesh (Galatians 5:16-23) (Proverbs 25:28)

Wisdom reminds us of the Bigger Picture (Philippians 2:13-14) and challenges us to keep pushing

Wisdom reminds us to keep our eyes on the Perfector of our faith and not to become disheartened when God stretches us (Hebrews 12:1-12 NKJV)

Be encouraged through whatever emotional, physical, spiritual, financial, relational or other storm you are currently experiencing. Jesus promises that those who put  His Words into practice (Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5-7) shall be like a wise man who built his house upon a rock. The winds may blow and beat against you, but you shall not fall.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬