Trusting God and imposing aggressive faith in the midst of storms

We find ourselves in very difficult situations that it seems like there is no way out i mean everything looks hopeless to the point that it causes us to give up on God. You can find yourself in a situation where no one else understands you but only God does therefore God decides to put you in a corner where you have no choice but to look up to him.  I can call this going  through the fire by yourself because listen to this  the truth of the matter is that there are certain things that God is forced to allow you walk through because he is preparing you for something great in order for you to be able to handle the task  in other words he is building your character.Some of you find yourselves in a situation where you want God to come through and just take away all the pain but i have realized that God always wants us to recognize him meaning trusting him before he can start turning the situation around. Trusting God is not always easy in fact it gets difficult as he gives you harder tests but it is something we all need to do to have peace. You see there is so much peace and joy that comes in resting in God in the midst of all kinds of different trials. Luke 12:8-9 says “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. Acknowledge God in every circumstance you find yourself because the more you acknowledge God, the more favor you obtain from him and this calls for a radical turn around in every aspect of your life. The other important thing is to impose aggressive faith. Imposing aggressive faith is the kind of faith that imposes itself upon Jesus and upon his covenant meaning you must pray standing on his promises concerning your life. It is the kind of faith that will not take no for an answer, it is the kind of faith that takes not the faith that waits  but  it is also the kind of faith that will bully the devil. Mark 10:47-48 says When he heard it was Jesus of Nazareth , he began to shout ,”Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet , but he shouted all the more, “Son of David have mercy on me!” They will tell you to keep quiet, they will tell you it is impossible but he is a God of imposibilities, they  will tell you that your life is doomed, they will tell you that you will never have children, they will tell you that you have 24 hours to live, they will reject you and abandon you , they will look down on you, they will conclude nothing good will ever come out of you but God has the final say. Learn to believe God’s report more than people’s report.Above all  learn to fight for what belongs to you by going to God in prayer to start possessing what he says belongs to you in the spirit and this is what it means to say we declare and decree because we pray in spirit and not in flesh. You must be aggressive in prayer and this is what i call taking it by fire and by force because some of you want quick prayers but remember that when the devil comes to attack you, he is not quick rather he torments you until you are left with nothing. Article by JK

 

 

The value and importance of a God given vision

A Vision is the act or power of imagination. I like the word imagination and this only goes to show that a vision is something that can totally be invented. Life without a vision or visions is almost hard therefore everyone should know where they want to be in life. The beauty about a vision is that no matter how much you might want to quit, the idea of once having it in your mind keeps driving you in other words you can only fall but you will always get up. A vision can be God given or it can be self given. God can speak to us through visions like he spoke to Daniel,Cornelius,John and so many more in the bible. There are times where God’s vision is above your own vision. There are a lot of people in ministry today who are not necessarily doing what they intended on doing but they allowed God to divert what they thought was good enough for them. You must leave an open door for God to interrupt your “plans”. There are a lot of times where we want to go ahead of God and think we see the same things about ourselves like God does but God sees us differently and for that reason, he ends up changing our whole existence. For God to interrupt your initial vision, you have to recognize God as God and have a willing heart to go where God wants you to go because where God wants you is higher than where you could possibly reach without him. A God given vision is also the ground of your training which means that before God can accomplish what he has in store for you, he must build your character which includes endurance, perseverance, discipline, prayer life and above all a relationship with him. You must undergo a process which is not a rosy process because everything you do or say is put to the test. A God given vision is also something which has existed with God in clear-cut definition in the eternal counsels from the beginning. It is not something abstract or nebulous, something that is what people term ‘visionary’ or mystical. It is quite definite, clear and real in the mind and intention of God. God-given vision is not something subsequent to eventualities, an afterthought because of things having arisen unexpectedly; a kind of alternative to what God originally meant. It is not a substitute for His original plan. It is not an emergency expedient because of a situation unforeseen. God-given vision has its roots outside of time and circumstance, eventualities, contingencies or emergencies. All those things have been already taken account of, and have so to speak been swallowed up in the vision of God. Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
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The friendships we choose are as important as the relationships we choose

I came to a deeper understanding that the people we let into our lives are very significant. A lot of people are involved in different kind of friendships and relationships but they never stop for a second to weigh what they let in or rather accept. We as human beings tend to fall in love with what we see on the outside and not on the inside for example you can like someone because of their background , popularity and looks but forget to look at what values that person adds to your life. There is nothing wrong with being all the mentioned things above but you have to understand that friendships and relationships have a foundation oh yes they do therefore you have to choose wisely who you bring into your life and i say “wisely” because you can have knowledge but miss wisdom. The focus is usually that we should pursue Godly relationships and not Godly friendships but Godly friendships lead to Godly relationships. I always say this but you attract what you are and as long as you still surround yourself with a specific category of people that shouldn’t be in your life to begin with , then you are blocking the right people that God has ordained for your life to locate you. When you get in God’s circle of people, he networks for you without making so much effort in other words God speeds up the process and this is why when people come to an encounter with God, their lives begin to change drastically at such a high speed that ordinary human beings can’t comprehend. Many out there are in toxic friendships and relationships where God is never discussed, where God is not the center, where there is no conviction of the holy spirit, where it’s totally acceptable to break people’s hearts, where purity is under looked, where there is no uplifting but degrading one another and where prayer is dismissed. When you choose to walk with people who don’t have the mind of Christ, chances are you are compromising your destines because you see the people around you will either make or destroy you so i challenge you today to reevaluate who your friends are and look back at the type of relationships you always find yourself in.  Are you the type who is always before God praying for a Proverbs 31 woman and an Ephesians 5 man yet you still live a life that doesn’t honor God and dress in a way that does not glorify God? Listen God has his anointed men and women out there and the sad news is that they are a few therefore he is not willing to waste them. So if you want God to bless you with such a man or woman, it all has to start with your relationship with God and how far you are willing to let him use you for his own glory. For those in relationships , make sure that the person you have chosen puts God before you meaning they have a personal relationship with God, they challenge you intellectually in the word of God, they have a heart willing to serve God along side with you, they are Godly and not just look warm Christians because anyone can be a christian but not everyone is Godly so what this means is that a christian is someone who can potentially be in both the christian world and the secular world. However , a Godly person is someone completely sold out to God,  set apart and sanctified in other words there are certain things they can not do anymore and finally make sure both your bodies are put into consideration( Very important) . It says in 2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

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PURITY

As i was thinking of what to write about today, the holy spirit whispered purity in my ears but then i realized it is something that i have been reading about of lately as i am on that journey myself. After hearing God’s voice, i decided to obey and go for it. In a simple definition, purity is the state of not being mixed with anything else. I went for this definition because it really describes what the true definition of purity is and i know that we as human beings are not always pure in our thoughts , speeches and actions. Purity does not only symbolize water as many of you might think but it is related to guiltless, blameless, or innocent behavior. On a biblical angle, i came to a conclusion that we can not be pure in our own strength which brings me to the main things i believe can lead to purity. The bible says in Psalm 119:9 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your word” and this means that without the word , it is extremely difficult actually impossible to remain pure because it is by reading the scriptures that God speaks to our souls, hearts , minds and then in the process we get convicted by the holy spirit. It says in Hebrews 4:12 that For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. This really indicates the mighty power in God’s word in other words after an encounter with God, our lives are forced to undergo a total transformation. What is the secret of living a pure life ? happiness is promised to the pure in heart that is why the bible says in Matthew 5 :8 that happy are those whose hearts are pure for they shall see God. Our thoughts are very significant in remaining pure which means that whatever we think about reflects on what is in our hearts and this includes lust, adultery, abortions, sexual immorality, murder , hatred, anger , bitterness and jealousy. The bible says in Philippians 4:8″And now, brothers, as I close this letter let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.” Purity includes concern for the needy “The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father’s point of view, is the one who takes care of orphans and widows, and who remains true to the Lord not soiled and dirtied by his contacts with the world.” I think i have talked about this before but how you treat other people that do not have the same blessings as you do matters to God. Are you the type of person who only invests time in yourself but not in others? therefore when you do not have the capacity to think outside your box, then your heart is dark with no love in it. Finally there is what we call sexual purity and this is something that the church rarely preaches about especially to all the young people so the bible clearly states that sex is a physical intimacy between husband and wife but not between a boyfriend and a girlfriend. God created sex himself and he does not say we shouldn’t enjoy it but he created it in such a strict context that is only within marriage so if it is outside this context , then it is sin. Remaining sexually pure helps you to be confident and truly happy and improves your ability to make good decisions now and in the future.The Lord’s standard regarding sexual purity is clear and unchanging . Anyone that can not control his or her sex drive can not be faithful to their partner and what i mean by this is that there is a self discipline that comes along with sexual purity. We live in a world where sexual temptations are massive that it is by the grace of God that we can survive them. Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Article by JKmarie

WHEN FEAR TAKES OVER

I sat down today and searched deep down within myself and realized that fear is one of the things i’m battling with. Fear can be felt from the inside or from the outside meaning what we constantly keep hearing from what people around us tell us. None of the above is better and i noticed that fear really keeps you in a shell where your true potential can not be seen because you think you are doing it all wrong. Fear keeps you in a place where you are not shifting and what i mean by this is that whenever you decide to take one step ahead, you then take 50 steps backwards. Do you ever feel like everyone around you can’t seem to relate with your fears? What do you do when fear kicks in? Have you ever told someone your business plan or your vision and that person tells you in your face that you should never think about it? I must tell you that this has happened to me before and that you are not alone. One thing that keeps helping me to overcome my fears is perseverance i repeat PERSEVERANCE and you might think to yourself why does she emphasize on this? Without perseverance and really pushing through hard situations, you almost can’t achieve anything oh yes as hard as it sounds, it’s the reality. Different people are going to walk up to you and dictate to you what you can and can’t handle doing but are you going to consider everything they say true or look them in the face and say it doesn’t matter what you think but i’m going to try? I don’t think that i would have accomplished a quarter of the things i have accomplished today if i didn’t persevere and really listened to myself. The enemy is always there to distract us and fear is a form of a distraction in our lives. This is the part i say that people we surround ourselves with are very important but don’t it get twisted God is still number one out of all this. By praying to God, we can hear from him so what voice are you listening to? Do you hear from God or does the enemy keep whispering in your ear all the time? It says in 2 Timothy 1:7 For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self discipline therefore fear is not from God but the enemy. Article by JKjuly5

DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTMENTS

We all plan our lives and almost schedule everything that we want to achieve but it always never works out according to planned. As human beings, we spend our lives strategizing to a point where we never stop to think what if all that we plan ends up in vain. It is a wonderful thing to plan in fact one should have a clear vision of where they want to be but I must say disappointment is something that we all deal with and it is inevitable. Everyone reacts differently to disappointments therefore some get depressed, lose confidence, lose faith, get angry with God ,give up but surprisingly for some people disappointment brings the best out of them. I am one of those people that when i get disappointed, I get hurt just like everyone else but along the years i feel like during that moment is when i tend to rise up the most. I am here to tell you that just because one door closes it does not mean that other doors will not open. The reason why i am saying this is that we often get caught up or rather get comfortable in the situations that we find good enough for us yet they are actually toxic and once there is a slight change, we start to panic which means we are not always ready to let go of what is not meant to be ours and also let what is ours in. Disappointment can tear you apart and makes you lose hope oh yes and this is a fact but you should never lose hope just because something did not go your way. It simply means that whatever it is you were trying to do or you were involved in was not meant to be i mean it is like being married or being in a relationship with someone for a long time but then suddenly it ends. I believe that some disappointments happen for a reason and sometimes God is trying to tell us something through them so you have to be careful at how you respond. Just know and always remember that whatever you lose that brought pain and agony in your life, it certainly was not from God. Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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