Jesus loves you

From this statement does life begin.

From this statement do we get the strength to become who we are and called to be.

From this statement are we able to conquer and become victorious.

From this statement do we find joy.

From this statement do we find peace – peace that surpasses human understanding.

From this statement do we find purpose.

From this statement do we find the reason to be alive😃😃👏🏼👏🏼

From this statement do we find the reason, strength and energy to love ourselves.

From this statement stems life, hope, breathe and power to become.

Freedom and victory are found in this statement.

Do you know this statement? Have you ever heard 👂of it? Seen 👀 it? Read 📖about it? If you have, then you should be free from fear, lust, lies, name it; you should be free from bondage.

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A bondage that makes us want to give up.

We should be free from the bondage of fear.

We should be free from a bondage called sin.

We should be free from a bondage called lies and manipulation.

We should be free from bondage called addiction.

We should be free. Love came to save and set us free from hell on earth. Love died on the cross, shed blood so that we could be free.

Why are we not free then? Why do we sometimes want to give up? To quit? Why is discouragement taking over us?

Maybe because we don’t know this statement and if we did, maybe we just don’t believe it. Some think it’s a lie, it’s a fuss, a feel good motivational statement. Well, it’s not. It’s not a lie, it’s not a fuss and it’s not a by the way feel good, motivational statement. It’s the truth and we shall know the truth, and the truth shall set us free. {John 8:32}Alleluia🙌

Jesus loves you and me – a truth and a fact that is well explained on the cross and in His word.

1 John 4:10 – This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.

Don’t allow a lie to manipulate you into a life less than what was passed to you on the cross.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

You are a conquer in Jesus name and through His powerful blood.

You have every reason to be alive, happy and peaceful because you deserve it and Jesus who is love, power & might conquered that it could be so. Halleluiyah👏👏👏

You are powerful, you are peaceful, you are fearfully and wonderfully made, you are alive and it’s awesome to be alive.

Jesus fought for my life and he fought for your life.

He did it out of love. He did it intentionally. Why? So that we may enjoy this gift called life that He gave us.

Thank you Jesus for the gift of life🙏🙏

He fought for this gift so that we may enjoy it, that we may enjoy the gifting, talents, blessings, relationships, families, friendships, jobs, careers etecetra that come with life!

Now, if He, Jesus went through the pains of humiliation, torture, rejection for the sake of us – His children to have life in full measure according to His will and graces, then why do we let Him down by giving up on ourselves, giving up on our salvation. Why do we believe lies of the devil?

After all that was done for our salvation, then it is a pity for anyone to want to give up in life and on God’s salvation.

Don’t give up in life. If someone died that you could have it, then it means that person knows the value of the gift you have and He needs us to not only enjoy it but to also take care of it.

Don’t give up, don’t quit, don’t want to die! Jesus loves us. He loves you and me {personally}just the way we are and He has a way out of every situation na hakuna jambo ngumu kwake.

John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 6:37 – Everyone whom my Father gives me will come to me. I will never turn away anyone who comes to me. Read – I will not reject anyone who comes to me.

There is nothing new under the sun; Ecclesiastes 1:9 – What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

and this too shall come to pass, whatever it is(difficulty, pain, anxieties, anguish, worries, depression, hopelessness, disease…shall come pass. Hold on, just hold to faith and to hope. He’s got your back and He who loves us to bits to the point of death actually

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

and He will see us through anything so that we can have life in abundance{John10:10b}. That we can enjoy this gift called life that has given to each and everyone of us.

Alleluia..Amen.

God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good.

Christ thy kingdom come.

God loves you  and God bless you.

Vindu Vichangenjanga(vichenganga)

IMG_20190807_104159The skies today. I compare today and how it was yesterday. Today it’s cloudy and cold. Yesterday it was a clear blue sky and quite hot. It reminds me that nothing remains the same.

Today it will be hot and unbearable; tomorrow it will be cool and peaceful🍃🌴😊🙏🏽.

Today things will work out, tomorrow they might not or vice versa

Today you are sick, tomorrow you’re healthy and strong.

Today you meet rejection and tomorrow you meet favour and blessings.

Yaani, nothing remains the same. Seasons come and go.

Vindu vichangenjanga – meaning things, circumstances, situations, people, events do change. Nothing is permanent but God and His love 👏🏼👏🏼

I remember there was a time, I used to struggle financially, so much so mpaka 20/- ya kushona kiatu sikuwa nayo.🙆🏽 Around that time I struggled to get rent and food to eat. There were times I ate bananas and strong tea as lunch, at times I ate donuts and strong tea for supper and the same for breakfast the next day😔. I was employed, yes, but my salo was so little that I couldn’t even settle debts😢. I remember times when I used to cry😢😭 because of my pathetic situation na kuzidisha I could get acidity(build up of acid in the stomach) coz of stress and the doctor insists, “you need to eat well” and I wonder, “na pesa gani” because I didn’t have money for proper food. Waah!! God is good👏👏I tell you because that devil was defeated on the cross and now I walk in victory. Alleluia🙌🙌👏👏😃😃

God is good that I never gave up on Him, I never gave up on hope and I never gave up on faith. At that time, I still used to pray big prayers among and tell Jesus, “I pray for the day I will eat proper food🍛🍲and have money for the next day, “I pray to have money to make my hair and buy new clothes because the ones I had; had started to fade in colour and became monotonous. I kept the hope alive or rather Jesus my strength kept the hope alive for me until I crossed to the other side of the valley!!!
Now, I have money to buy good food, pay rent, buy clothes, pay bills and life continues….

Lives, situations, events and circumstances do change and they do change to our favour and unto the glory of the Father because that is what He wills for us. To have a full life of abundance. Of hope. Of peace and security. Of freedom and victory. If He didn’t want that, then why does He forgive and break power of sin, why did He send His son to suffer and become a curse for our sake and then be glorified to become our salvation and victory. If He didn’t will our freedom and prosperity then it means we call Him a liar when He says that, He is love(1john 4:8).

God is love❤ and everything He does is out of love. He created my life and your life out of love. He also has control over our lives meaning – He has the final say on condition that we surrender our lives to Him.

Vindu vichangenjanga; some vitake time while others vichange pap! And I believe we have all an experience(s) of both cases. Whether it takes time to change or change comes pap! He still remains to be God of miracles, powerful and provider and He knows why He answers prayers the way He does and at the time📅 that He does.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. {1Corinthians 1:25}

Our part, I believe, after we have done what is required of us, is to trust and obey and believe He is working for our good. Remember God is love and He loves people 😃

He does good and works out of love for those who honour Him. {Psalms 103:11}

In the mean time, as we wait for our lives and situations to change for the better – the future that we hope for{Jeremiah 29:11}. I would say, savour the moment! Relish every moment of your season and time. In your anguish, anxiety, pain, difficulty, confusion, sickness e.t.c so is there a  grace (a power, a strength) to see 👀 you through it. Relish the moment or in other words enjoy your season, learn as much as you can from it, get as close as you can this power, might and love called Jesus Christ, son of the living God, allow yourself to grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally sometimes even physically.

Because it will not always be like this. It will not always be tears of sorrow, sadness, gloom, hardship, starvation…nope! It will soon come to an end and when it does we shall glorify God together with you over the victory🙌🙌

However, it will be sad when a season ends and we didn’t learn or grow as much as we ought to have in that season for the new morning(blessings) that have come our way.

God bless you and God keep you. Amina.

Enjoy your evening and may you meet God’s love and joy as you go about your evening and life in general.

God loves people

God loves people more than anything. God loves people more than anything. More than anything He wants them to know that He’ll never let them go because God loves people more than anything….and the song continues.

God does love people more than anything and it’s the truth.
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John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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Romans 5:5-7New International Version (NIV)

5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God loves us and it’s a truth that the devil tries to steal away from us especially in difficult and painful times because during those moments it can be hard to focus on the love of God.

The reason could be because of the hurt and pain we get angry with God and we ask the question why? This question sometimes may not get an answer as fast as we expect and so we get more hurt, bitter, angry and worst case scenario we feel abandoned or forgotten by Jesus.

One can even feel like amechoka 😩 and want to give up because it could be the same vikwazo again, the same blocks again!! Sometimes, it feels like we have moved from one pain to another from one challenge to another😩😠😭😭😫

Cases, scenarios, situations are different for every one. However, in all things Jesus is still Lord, He is still speaking and His  love  is still pouring out to His people – me and you included

His love doesn’t stop pouring out when we find ourselves in the valley (psalms 23:4) of the shadow of death(in the valley of pain, confusion, sickness, failure, rejection e.t.c). No, on the contrary, and if you are careful to note, His love is quite strong during those difficult times. It’s in the valleys that we feel HIM more. Okay, the love of Jesus pours out  to all of us and at all times but I feel depending on the challenge or the season we are facing at a particular time, then it pours out the more so that it can be sufficient to take us through the valley and on to the other side called green pastures( freedom, prosperity growth,…….)

How do we survive the valley and walk through it to the other side that Jesus wants us to be at?

1). Keep the hope alive.
Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

2). Be positive
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

I have learnt that when I’m down the best thing is  to remain positive that my pain will soon be over and I will rejoice in His victory over my life and have such a big testimony at end. Harreruiyahhh!!👏👏🙌🙌😄😄

3). Pray and don’t stop praying 🙏 and if you feel like umechoka, then stay where there is Jesus power. Listen to Jesus songs, go for mass and be ministered to. Let someone pray for you if possible. The Holy Spirit who is faithful, I believe will meet us at our point of need. When we move away from Jesus power, it becomes easy for the devil to attack and do a lot of damage but with Jesus on our side we will always emerge victorious. For he is THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE OMNIPOTENT, AND THE OMNIPRESENT. He is always in control, he is always a victor and HE always has the last laugh!! Meaning in Him we always have the last laugh😂 alleluia!!!

4). Focus on the love of God – a love that is in us and around us. It’s everywhere. The more we focus and concentrate on this love, the more we gain strength and are able to mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically resist the lies that the devil uses to make is feel abandoned, betrayed or even forgotten by our Father in heaven.

God loves you and God loves me and that’s fact that even nature knows too well…😊 The red sea had to part ways for the loved ones of God to pass lest their enemies attack them and destroy them{Exodus 14:16-30}

The ravens had to bring meat and bread every morning to God’s loved one(Elijah) while in the desert lest He die of hunger!! {1 Kings 17:4-6 }.

God loves you and me and we are His business as clearly stated in Isaiah 49:16 – He loving says, “Jerusalem, I can never forget you! I have written(engraved) your name on the palm of my hands.”

As if to personally say, “I love you Grace Gitau.(—–put your name too——) and you are my priority, you are my business.” It feels good to know this right?

The devil and wicked people in our lives can and do try many tricks, to harm and discourage us, so as to pull us down. But Jesus protects us from this hence proving his love and faithfulness to us through victory in His powerful blood, levelling the mountains{Isaiah 45:2-3} in the way to our victory and if that’s not enough giving us authority through the Holy Spirit to step on the devil and attain much needed freedom and victory in life. And on top of that He sends His angels to fight, pray, interceded, protect even be our guide( Psalms 91:11-12 ). Now, if that is not love ama kujitolea for the sake of love…I don’t know what is.

God loves you and God loves me. I pray may we grasp this fact in Jesus name. May our eyes, heart and mind be opened up to this fact in Jesus name. May this fact give us peace that surpasses human understanding, may it be our reason to be joyful even in tribulations, may it be our continuity in life and our reason to fight and move on always towards a full life of hope, joy, freedom and victory 👏👏🙌🙌Alleluia. Amina.

God is love and He loves you sana, sana tena sana. Have a good night and God bless you.

Thief Part II

Growth is good. If you want to know it’s good – look at a baby grow. They come from sitting, to crawling, to standing, to jumping, to running. They move from baby thoughts to maturity, from the parents handling everything to the child handling everything for themselves.

Children grow mentally, academically, physically and spiritually and it’s a good thing. It’s beautiful and it’s worth giving God the glory.

Everyone wants to see a child grow to become better and if they don’t grow especially towards a positive direction of which is beneficial for them, then we ask ourselves questions. Why?

Another important question to ask is: Does it disturb me when I don’t grow? Does it disturb me when my dream or vision doesn’t mature or materialise? Is it still a baby, has it never moved past sitting or crawling stage? Has it never matured? Did it cross to next level?

Could fear be one of the reasons why I am stagnant? Not growing or not moving?

If fear is the reason then it’s fear of what? Is it fear of the unknown, failure, rejection, hardship, shame, ridicule, the devil🤔. The reasons can be endless and unique depending on the individual.

When we are about to grow/move to the next level/get promoted/move out of the comfort zone chances are we shall meet fear but we have to make a decision to always challenge it and move past or rise above it. This is where courage comes in.

I have noticed how lack of courage has affected my growth curve and also how it has affected other people’s growth curve too. I have also learnt that until we apply courage( stepping out in faith) will we then realise the power and blessing that comes with growth.

Joshua 1:5-9 –  I love these scriptures because they reminds us that application of faith and courage = victory(success) hence growth😀😀. The scriptures also remind us that God is a friend – a powerful friend and confidant who we can trust to always be there, to walk us through our journeys and with Him we are bound to be victorious!!

Growth – positive growth is awesome and something to always be celebrated . However, it has enemies among them is laziness but even the most hard working and smart people will tell you that we need to be courageous, bold and of strong faith to achieve success(growth).

I have since come to learn that courage is not the absence of fear, rather it’s faith in action.

All the best to all of us in this area of stepping out in faith towards our dreams, goals and aspirations.

God bless you.

Thief

There is a thief among us; crafty and cunning.
He is not that strong really,
but has a persistent vision and goal – to steal all the good he can from us until the day we will discover him and when you do, you will have to stop him or else he will continue with the stealing. What it’s name – fear.

Among the things it steals, peace has got to be the most precious.

Peace. When we fear, we automatically will lose peace. Over the weekend we went for a team building event which was at a camping site meaning we slept outside surrounded by trees and bushes. Now the whole place is surrounded by an electric fence, but for me that was not enough for I feared a lion or a leopard would come into our tent and eat us! I know this sounds hilarious but the fear was so strong in me that i could not stop talking about how worried i am that we might be eaten and I just couldn’t sleep. My ‘tent’ mate had to talk to me to relax amidst me moving around the tent making sure there we no snakes under the bed😂. She reminded me something, “Grace we prayed before we started the trip, have faith in God and sleep!” and then finally she requested, “can we switch off the lights?” of which I didn’t want to but I had to agree. It became easy though because of these words, ‘have faith in God.’ I had to pray myself to sleep though and God is good I slept😊

I know of a group, as they were travelling to Mombasa, one of the members could not sleep in the bus. Why? She feared they would have an accident. She lacked peace and so was tormented the whole trip.

Have you ever been tormented by fear? Do you think you should be in that position? Do you think God likes you in that state of torment and lacking in peace? No. He doesn’t. He wants us to be free of all bondages and one of those is a bondage called fear.

I have so far learnt that there is fear brought about by wisdom. That kind though does not torment us, it’s to help us. E.g it is normal to fear the touch of fire because it will burn you(wisdom). But there is a fear that torments, that steals away peace, joy even blessings. Jesus speaks about in 2 timothy 1:7

He reminds us that we do not have a spirit of fear rather the spirit of power, love and self control.

From that scripture, I feel, He reminds or rather wants us to know that fear is a foreigner, and an intruder not of Him but clearly of the rulers the world.

The last three words also go to show that fear is not a small thing to be tolerated but something to be fought and stopped once discovered. It is a power that if not stopped can over power us.

Do we have the power to stop fear? Yes. How?
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1).Be careful of what you watch. The devil will use any opportunity to invade you. Example: there are people who after watching horror movies they have nightmares and lack sleep why? The devil is using the images from movies to cause nightmares. The devil can magnify things to scare us. To make us fearful. He will use the images we allow to occupy our minds.

2).Be careful what you listen to and even if you have to listen, then sieve what needs to stay and what needs to leave your mind and heart. By the Spirit of wisdom given by God, get to know what to take in and what to throw away. The devil uses words to destroy us too. Some words bring about a fear of people. Test those words with the word of God and you will over come!! Focus on powerful words, life giving words e.g. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

3).Know God. Know and have a relationship with He who says He didn’t give us a Spirit of fear but of power, love and self control. Speak to God about your fears and in turn He will give you His courage. Always invite God when you feel fearful…he will answer. Call unto me and I will answer you(Jeremiah 33:3) This has worked for me and still does. He can reveal why we feel the fearful and even how to stop it. What an awesome God we serve!!!👏👏

4).Make a conscious decision to challenge fear with faith. The battle will not be easy but by the power of the (Spirit God)we are victorious. Not by might, nor by power but by the Spirit of God. That is what the bible reminds us.

To have peace and to have an attitude of courage, we will have to decide to want these things, which is for our own good. Just as it is a conscious decision to eat well so as to stay healthy so, should it be a conscious decision to overcome fear with faith. And as we reap the benefits of eating healthy, so do we reap the benefits of faith – among them is peace and courage.

5). Finally, seek deliverance if the torments persist. Call unto the blood of Jesus to destroy this foreigner. Bind and cast it out in the name of Jesus. Seek healing of the inner man😊 from memories and events that give the devil power to attack through fear.

We are victorious through Jesus Christ.

Always remember God is faithful. ❤❤😊🙏

God bless you.

Just the way you are

Hi,

Don’t struggle to be what you are not instead be happy in the peace and joy that comes in being you.😀😀

Have you ever noticed that it is difficult to be someone or something you are not? It is difficult to wear a facade(mask) before people. Why?because it’s a struggle to be fake.

Recently, I had an encounter when I was ministering through *praise* and I was told to stop making noise. Okay, I have heard this statement not once, not twice but this time round it got to me and I stopped. However, it became such a struggle to do ministry again with confidence because fear came in, self rejection and inferiority.

But I thank the Spirit for freedom through this inspiration – don’t struggle to be what you are not rather be free in being yourself!! And so with new strength, I prayed and asked the Spirit to bless me with grace, wisdom and to restore my confidence so as to minister *His love, care and presence* *as directed by* *Him.* The next time I ministered, I did as me, as per the graces, strengths and gifts given to me. And He was faithful; He moved, He flowed, He blessed and He was with me every step of the way and I am grateful, 😀very grateful actually. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

God is good. God is great. God is powerful. God is unique. God is creative. Consequently, so are we. We are great, we are powerful, we are unique and creative. In our uniqueness the Spirit will move. He doesn’t like fake, he doesn’t even move in fake(acts 19:13-16). He wants us to know our strengths and consequently move and work powerfully through our uniqueness.

In the Bible, you will notice He moved powerfully when people began to accept themselves, their gifts, talents and strengths.
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Joshua was told to not be afraid, I am with you just like I was with Moses. God didn’t say, do it like Moses rather He said, “just like I was with Moses, I will be with you.”

Mordecai advised Queen Esther that she was in a good position to save the Jews. They didn’t need a mighty warrior at that point they needed someone who was highly favoured before the king and someone who understood and served the God of the Jews to save them and who better than Esther; a woman – yes, not a mighty warrior – yes but rather someone who fitted the purpose for that time.

Jesus created us, knows and loves ❤ us all. He knows how unique we are and he is looking to work in us through our uniqueness. Why? He needs that genius in you, that creativity, that strength in you to bring out a particular purpose unto His glory.

Ben Carson, one of the greatest surgeons we have in the world, has been used by the God to restore good health to many tumour cases. But when you read his books, he writes of how he struggled to accept himself, the fact that he had poor vision, poor grades in school, their father abandoned them, they then became so poor that they had to depend on government handouts – they generally struggled in life.

Bitterness and anger got the best of him that he became a hopeless and violent character. God is good though, that through acceptance of self, his strengths and weakness, he was able to allow God to work through him. Take a look at Him now – a celebrated surgeon world over👏🏼👏🏼

I don’t know what strength is in you, maybe it’s enough to save your family, society, a friend, child or spouse. Your strength may allow you to be a best dad or mum, teacher, leader, professional….the list is endless. We don’t know, and we may never really know what our strengths can do until we allow the Spirit to work through them unto His glory. Alleluia. Amen.

Thank you Jesus. 🙏🏽

*”As I was with Moses, so I* *will be with you; I will never* *leave you nor forsake you.”* {Joshua 1:5}

So, relax and cheer up, He’s got your back.

*#come Holy Spirit*
*#we love you*
*#you are most welcome

Thank you and God bless you.

Dream Again

Jane Muthoni, a kenyan gospel artist has a song titled, Kiroto(dream). In the chorus she says, “even if my dream has not come to pass, the Lord, God of Joseph is alive and I will dream again!”

Let’s look at the life of Joseph. Genesis chapter 37 – Joseph had a dream that his sheaf of wheat got up and stood straight and that his brothers’ sheaves of wheat formed a circled around his and bowed down to it. It is written that his brothers got angry, jealous and hated him even more – Genesis 42:8. He had another dream in which he saw the sun, the moon and eleven stars and the moon bow down before him. He told his father who scolded him and brushed him off. Fast forward to Genesis chapter 42:5-6, we see the dreams come to pass when Joseph is made governed over all of Egypt – second in command to Pharaoh{Genesis 41:40-44}.

Joseph had a dream, a powerful dream which was confusing to him at the time because of his young age. So, he decided to share with those he thought would be quick to help him understand and hopefully encourage him. However, he meet hostility and rejection and I can only imagine how it hurt  😢 Joseph to be meet with indifference from the people he expected to show him love, support or even champion him. It must have been painful and confusing, one can just feel like giving up – I know because I have been there.

I have been in a situation where the people I looked up to as mentors later on became hostile. To me, they became people I would rather run away from because their words and actions had become poison to my heart and mind. It was painful and confusing at the same time. It was so bad that I remember wanting to give up many things. I remember, I felt like running away to a place of refuge where there was no hate, no indifference and no biasness. I wanted a place of refuge and peace. God is good that I never gave up on my dream(leadership) at the time. I stayed on, in that fire of hate and rejection. I persevered and God was with me.😀

I survived unfair judgement and maliciousness and I managed to live out a dream – to the dismay of those who wanted me to give up and leave. When I look back at everything, I wonder what could have made people I loved so much, respected, admired and even aspired to be like them treat me with coldness, like an outsider, a foreigner ready to be destroyed!

Two things come to mind:-

  • Jealousy – this is a very bad thing. It can even kill if given power. Meaning if the person who is jealous allows, the feeling of jealousy to have power then it can kill friendships, destroy peace among people even family, breed hate and discord and eventually death and destruction(Abel and Cain).
  • The devil roams around ready to destroy people{1 Peter 5:8} and he knows that God will direct us on how to live out our destinies. God does this in many ways among them is through dreams. He will speak to us through dreams, visions, scriptures and he will even open up gifts and talents that will help us to live out our destinies but unfortunately. The devil is mad at us, hates us and is jealous of us because we are loved by the Father and he is not. We have a chance to eternal life to rejoice with the Father forever in His loving arms and he will not. Further, we are here on earth to do the will of God, spreading His love and care to all and the devil does not want the will of God to be done in any way form or manner so he will attack the dreamer so that dream does not come to pass.

In the story of Joseph, the devil got a chance through the brothers and wanted to kill the dreamer but God being faithful he protected the dreamer from death for the sake of the dream to come to pass!

We, just like Joseph, have dreams, goals and ambitions. Some dreams/goals which eventually become a hearts desire come to us very early(when we are still young, sometimes physically young or spiritually young either way the dream has come and desire has been formed in the heart. At this point being naive; the devil and jealous people will take advantage to destroy. That is why it is important to be careful who we speak to about our hearts desire for an evil person may want to kill it and the devil of course is always roaming around to bring death and destruction because he knows, if your heart’s desire comes to pass then it will go to give God glory and continue in the spread of the kingdom of God of which he does not like.

So what do we that our dreams/hearts desire don’t die?

  1. Know who you are – know your worth and understand your value. Understand that you are valuable and God did not put that heart’s desire in you to destroy you,  rather it is to bless you and glorify Himself.  So, love and embrace who you are so that the devil doesn’t steal your desire through rejection or self rejection. Example, if you have a dream of getting married, forget the heart breaks you have experienced, forget the negative that people say against you and pursue your heart’s desire. Pray and plan for a marriage and family life and our God of dreams and destinies will see you through in Jesus name.
  2. Live wise. Let the hurt and the pain we have endured because of jealous people teach us to be careful with whom we share our dreams with. Some people, even those we least expect it may want to destroy us so that the dream/heart’s desire does not come to pass.
  3. Invite God into your life. Let your life and all about it be rooted in Christ. He is the one who will make us stand when evil rises against us. When friends become jealous, He will shield us from their evil, hold on to our destinies, fight for us and make sure we live them out no matter what. We may be shaken but we will not fall and if we do fall we are sure to rise again even stronger in Jesus name and unto God’s glory. Alleluia!!!
  4. Be positive always. To dream again after you have been treated cruelly to the point of being crushed is not easy. So we pray to always be positive about us and our dreams. Know that nothing evil lasts forever, only God has the ability to last forever – meaning goodness will cancel out evil in our live and we will one day rise again. We will dream again, we will find new friends, and we shall find favour both in eyes of God and man.

So, I dare you to dream again, believe in your self again, believe you are a leader and given a chance to lead you shall do it well directed by God’s wisdom. It doesn’t matter if previously we have met opposition or indifference – it doesn’t matter. Dream again and if another chance comes; go for it. If it is marriage, prepare yourself for it. Pray and plan for it. God will meet you in your positivity and will bless you.

Dreamers, yes we are, and it is not abnormal. Continue to dream, continue to push, continue to hope and he who searches the hearts of men will help us overcome and achieve our hearts desire unto His glory. Alleluia. Amen

Psalms 118:24

“This is the day, this is the day
that Lord has made,
that the Lord has made,
I will rejoice, I will rejoice
and be glad in it, and be glad in it”

The above are a few lines to a common song that reminds us to rejoice and be glad in the day the Lord has given us. Let’s be honest though, there are days, if that song is sang close to you, you probably would not sing along because at that point you probably don’t feel like you have much to rejoice in. Those  moments when we feel like we want to hide from the world and be somewhere crying or be doing anything else that will help to release the anger from within.

Sometimes, things, events or situations  can make us feel defeated, worn out, about to break or just wanting to give up in life. In my past, I could probably count the number of  times when things seem to have worked out well. I remember most of my days as being full of fear and pretending to be someone I am not so as to please people. I remember days when I used to cry so much and I remember days of wanting to commit suicide – days of depression.

The truth is days different; some can be good and others can be crazy- so crazy to the point of  wishing the worst for ourselves. What do we do when such days happen? When we wake up and feel emotionally down like we want to give up in life? What happens when our days are marred by people who want to bring us down? What happens on those  days when we feel so demotivated?

A day has many elements: – there is the weather, there are the people we will meet, there are the situations and events that we meet which make up that day. No one can tell how their day will start or end. It can start well and end up bad. It can have a bad start and end up well or it could just be all good.
In my life, my days have been different just like every other person under the sun. As I stated earlier; I remember days of rejection, feeling defeated, tired mentally and emotionally. I remember suffering from withdrawal tendencies and I didn’t have friends – I had very few. My pains would cause me to feel defeated.  I would start a day in very low spirits, I could be quite irritable, bitter, angry and I would easily lash out at anyone even my parents and regret it later because I knew my words were harsh and disrespectful😢

I hated it. I hated that my emotions could be up one moment and down the next. I hated that one moment I could have strong positive thoughts and the next moment, I am dull and negative about myself and others. I wanted my life to change so bad and by the grace of God it did. Alleluia 🙌🙌

God has helped me in so many ways and among them is through Psalms 118:24, “this is the day, the Lord has made, I shall be glad and rejoice in it.”  Through this scripture, I learnt that we have the capacity to rejoice in our days, regardless of how they appear or turn out. Whether our days started out good or bad, we don’t have the final say as to how it will end. We, however, have  options: either we allow the devil or God to have the final say.

It’s often said, keep a positive attitude always of which is very important for it makes us see things differently and always keeps us going even when things get tough. I used to read a lot of inspirational books; I still do and they really helped to change my thoughts and emotions from low to high, from weak to strong. However, I noticed that I would usually follow the advice written on those books so as to stay positive but within no time I would end in the same moody and dull position of being fearful, negative, critical e.t.c until Psalms 118:24, I learnt it is important to always invite the power of Christ into our day to day. You see, being positive about life is not based on our energy rather we have to have the strength of the Father to achieve positivity.

Matthew 13: 1-23, it is written that some seed fell on rocky ground, on thorny bushes, others on the street and others fell on fertile ground. We can hear all the inspiration we need to help us be positive and regain back strength, but from experience I have learnt that without the backing of the Father they can easily be taken away by the devil who always roams through the earth to devour us{1 Peter5:8}. So what do we do for us to rejoice, enjoy life regardless of the storms?

Submit your plans to the Lord and He will establish you. Learn to submit your days to the Lord – everything of that day to the Lord. Invite Him into your thoughts and emotions. Let’s invite Him into our families and friendships and His grace help us to live out that day.

Give the grace of God a chance. For many people including myself, I have noticed that we don’t give the grace of God a chance to manifest in our lives. We are very used to handling matters on our own that we have not allowed God to be strong in our weakness hence not giving His grace a chance to manifest and prove itself. So what happens is that when we meet tests and trying times, it then becomes easy to  give up for we are not used to calling upon the grace of God to be our strength until we pass the tests. Grace means the strength of God at work in us. Our days/lives may be filled or rather we will meet difficult moments that we don’t know how to fix and that is when the grace of God is needed – that when we are weak He is strong and hence storms of life cannot pin us down because by his grace we stand strong alleluia!

Have Faith in God. When we pray to God about a desired need, we need to have faith that He has heard us and at His own time, He will answer us. When we have faith in God, we trust that all will work out well.
Have a good relationship with God. In the above scripture, David says, this is the day the Lord has made. He acknowledges, all authority over things seen or unseen, in the heavens and earth belong to the Lord and so His Lord who is bigger than him and his challenges will see him through anything of that day so the best he can and shall do is to put his trust in the Lord Almighty and rejoice. To have such deep and royal trust in someone to see you through anything it means you will have to know that person on a deeper level and you understand how he/she works and operates and that is how this man after God’s own heart knew. He invested in his relationship with God and hence could easily surrender his all to the Almighty and knowing that God does not forsake the faithful have peace and rejoice.

In conclusion, life is good and all the things that God has given us in life are good. However, life can be tough; people, events and circumstance can make us feel/want to give up in life. But don’t. We usually feel defeated because we do things on our own. We sometimes make the mistake of living life on our own, relying on our intelligence, strength, beauty or prowess to see us though in life and worse yet in difficult life situations. Well yes, on our own we can live life, but live it miserably. It is rather wise to always call upon God the author of our lives to help us to live it. He will give us grace, peace, wisdom the strength we need to live life – actually each day so that we don’t give up under the oppression of the kingdom of darkness, rather we live life and life it in full as He purposed when He died for it on the cross.

So today, tomorrow, the next day or any other time open Psalms 118:24, and declare to self that, “this is the day the Lord has made and I shall be glad and rejoice in it.” This is the family and friends that He has given me and I shall be glad and rejoice in them. This is this the job the Lord had allowed me to have on this day and so I shall rejoice and be glad in it. These are the gifting and talents that God has given me, I will be glad and rejoice in them. This is the body, the skin colour, the height, the weight the Lord has given me and I will be glad and rejoice in me! So help me lord even if rejection comes my way, help me to love me even more!

When we speak positivity and invite the Father into all that makes up our lives, I believe He is faithful to respond. He will give is the grace that we need to live life -.every day no matter what we face for in him we live, breath, move and have our being{Acts 17:28}. He is the strength to walk us through anything. And that is why we are to rejoice in the Lord always again I say rejoice!

I wish you all the best in this your new journey of inviting Yahweh every step of the way and I do hope you enjoy the ride.

Love

‘Love is not a place to come and go as we please. It’s a house we enter into then commit to never leave. So lock the door behind you, throw away the keys, work it out together. Let it bring us to our knees. Love is a shelter in a raging storm. Love is the peace in the middle of a war. If we try to leave, may God send an angel to guard the door. Love is not a fight, but it’s something worth fighting for……’- words from a song titled Love is not a fight by Warren Barfield.

Question: Do you know love? If you do, do you embrace it or do you fight it? Love is not a fight but it’s something worth for. This song changed my perception on love and to date it is  teacher in this matter called love.

What is love? – a strong feeling of affection, a great interest and pleasure in something, a warm feeling that we feel around people, things or places we appreciate e. t. c. Love can be described in many ways by different people, but bottom line is – we all need love whether we know it or not, further we all have the capacity to give it out if we want to.

Love is like an air of fresh breath. And if it was food, then it would be everyone’s favourite fot it’s taste is unmatched. If it were a fragrance, then we would all want to be around it for it’s sweet and pleasant scent. And if it were a drink then we would all want to quench our souls with it. If it were a colour, it would be everyone’s favourite because of it’s attractiveness to the eye, subtle and cool.

What is a need? It is something essential or very important rather than just desirable. Needs are things we cannot live without. We need water, air and food to survive. We also need love for it is crucial for survival. Why do I say crucial – because many people suffer from lack of it. Example:- depression – a disease of the mind that can affect anyone if we are not careful and it’s generally caused by, just to mention a few:-

  • Abuse. Past physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can increase the vulnerability to clinical depression later in life.
  • Other personal problems. Problems such as social isolation due to other mental illnesses or being cast out of a family or social group can contribute to the risk of developing clinical depression.
  • Conflict. Depression in someone who has the biological vulnerability to develop depression may result from personal conflicts or disputes with family members or friends.

We may have food, water and other essentials but, if we lack love then there is no meaning for anything, and that is why sadly some people opt for suicide to end all the pain caused by lack of it.

We need love and cannot live without it. If so, why do we fight it? I have come to learn we fight it not because we want to, but because we don’t understand it hence we destroy a priceless gift given to us by the Yahweh – freely! Over time through my own life experiences, I have learnt that love is very powerful and precious to mankind. It is the beginning of progress, growth and peace to mankind and because of this the devil tries to away take it away from us at every given opportunity and sometimes he wins!

Human beings are made from love, So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them’ {Genesis 1:27}. Who is God? God is love {1 John 4:8}. If God created us and He is love, then it means that every ingredient that makes up the human being – mind, body, soul and spirit is love! This then means that when we rise up against love – we rise up against ourselves. When we destroy it – we destroy ourselves.

Can you sight incidences of love in your life? Can you sight the benefits of this love to you? Can you remember how good it feels to be shown love, the peace and the joy that comes with being loved? The above☝☝☝ are pictures laced with love and my hope is that we can get lost in these images and remember love – remember how good it feels to love and to be loved.  For me I remember love like this:-

  • how sometimes when it got dark, and I am out late, I would usually call my brother to come pick me from where I was and walk me home because I feared the dark. He would come even when I got him out of sleep! – love
  • I remember when my colleagues contributed money to help in my aunt’s burial expenses – that sacrifice of money is a show of love.
  • I remember when one time as we were preparing for the next worship session, I got an attack. So, my fellow team members stopped the preparation for the upcoming songs to take time and pray for me – I got delivered from the attack, we continued well and the presence of the Spirit was felt- that is love.
  • I remember when my mum used to stay up late in the night with me as I wrote articles that needed to be published weekly at our church pamphlets. She would have chosen to sleep on her comfortable bed but she choose to sleep on the sofa and keep me company -that is love.

I speak of passionately about love because I faced the lack of it in my life especially through rejection and it terrible! Sometimes rejection around me would be so bad that just a taste of love was enough. Jesus Christ attracted me to himself through love and I couldn’t resist. It’s something I didn’t quite know and I needed so bad that when I got it – it became my food, my water, my breath and my life. It is currently my everything.

From my point of view, I feel we fight love because:

1) We don’t know it.

2)We don’t understand how it works.

  • Like I said before love is good, beautiful and strong, but we may not have grasped it like the devil has and that’s why we suffer so much when we want and desire it because he knows it’s power, hates it and likes to crush it at every given opportunity. You see the devil knows about love more than we do – he knows it’s benefits, power and might. He does not have it inside of him, but he knows about it. And if love is God-  be rest assured the devil knows about him more than we do. The good news though, is that the devil has no power over love for love is and will always be more powerful than the devil. Now, assume you don’t know the value of gold. If this is the case you would probably toss it aside. The fact that you tossed it aside doesn’t mean it lost it’s value! It just means you were not smart enough and someone who knows it and values it will be blessed by the benefits that come from it. Likewise, if we toss love aside because of arrogance, pride, bitterness, hate, desire for vengeance and the likes, then we are the ones to lose out!

 

  • Because we don’t understand how love works -we take it for granted. Love is patient and kind so be patient with people, you will need them one day. No one stays in the  same position for ever, they will change and when they do, where will you be?  Love is not jealous – this brings discord among people and it’s set out to destroy love. If you want love to last and want to continue enjoying the benefits of it in friendships, then be content with what you have and be happy for others. Love is strong – It’s not meant to be weak, give in or give up. So, when we give up on family members because of their weakness then it means we don’t know that love is meant to be resilient and it’s this resilience that it goes to change even the hardest of hearts.

In conclusion I would say, love is good, kind, strong and just nice. It goes to do good to the receiver and never wants to harm. It always does what is best; bringing hope and cheer all around. Love is God meaning it is strength, power, freedom and sweetness all wrapped in one. Love is not just an ordinary feeling rather it is a powerful feeling with a grace behind it meaning we are not alone in this. We have the strength in us to love and to continue feeling it. Further, it means we have the capacity to share even to the hardest of  hearts and hence our peace and joy that surpasses human understanding.

Fighting for love may not be so easy, but knowing love and remembering what love is can go along way in helping us to maintain it.

I love you and I hope this article will help remember love, thank God for it and by His grace –  fight for it. God bless you.

Final Say

Who has the final say – Jehovah has the final say – Jehovah turns my life around, Jehovah turns my life around – He makes a way where the seems no way -Jehovah you have the final say! –  words to one of my favourite😍 songs and very powerful too. Usually when the song is sung; our faces will light up, we get all energetic and happy because we can feel the power behind the song. Hope is restored, strength is renewed and faith is renewed. Joy and gladness trickle back into our hearts and mind because of the focus we have on God at the time – focus on his power, ability, might and strength and at that point of praise we feel and know that our Lord will crush anything in our way – anything preventing life in full.

God does have the final say on earth and in the heavens so let’s look at a few biblical examples:-

God’s servant – Job. The devil went to the Almighty to ask for permission to test one of His righteous – Job. He was allowed but he was told not to kill Job and he didn’t! He tested Job all he could through disease, pain of mind, body and emotion, but could not kill him. God gave an order that his righteous should not be killed and the devil obeyed – he fears God very much.

Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego. These three men refused to bow down the the gods of Nebuchadnazar. So, the king gave an order that they be thrown into a furnace and burn to death for their disobedience. In the furnace, God did a miracle so great that left every one in awe of Him.  It is written that God protected them by sending an angel into the furnace to prevent them from burning…….. “So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them”. God allowed this miracle to show that the of Israel is Supreme over all gods and He does have final say in everything!{Daniel 3:16-28}.

Not even nature can block God’s final say. It is in nature that an old woman cannot give birth but it had to obey God and Sarah gave birth. The red sea had to obey and part ways for the Israelites to cross to the other side. The lions had to shut their mouth lest they eat a servant of God – Daniel. In truth there are many examples that show God has the final say. I have my own testimonies and you probably have testimonies too that prove this.

The death of Jesus. The Pharisees thought he was done, his followers knew it is was over until God resurrected him. The resurrection of Jesus goes to prove that even death has no final say.

Is it possible that God can lack a final in our lives? No because God is God and there is nothing that can challenge his rule, authority and supremacy over all. But it is possible that we; knowingly or unknowingly can allow another force to deny us the joy of God’s final say in our lives. Sometimes the rulers of the world can block our blessings from reaching us just because they want to oppress, destroy and finish us.

In the book of Daniel chapter 10:1-14 – It is written that Daniel had a vision that really disturbed him, so he undertook a 21 day fast to understand the vision/message from the Father.

At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.  After the fast an angel came bearing good news(blessings) –

12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future,for the vision concerns a time yet to come.” These scriptures go to prove that it is possible for the devil to block a blessing, breakthrough/victory. From the scriptures it is also evident that another force can deny us the joy of enjoying in the final say of God over our lives. It’s main purpose is that we live in pain, anguish, oppression and eventually destruction – 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy{John 10:10a}. Even so, I thank God because of his Spirit who is our direction our of the devil trap every time.👏👏🙌🙌

If given a chance, the devil, can interfere with God’s final over our lives and can block God’s blessings from reaching us. How? The biggest way I have learnt is through sin. He takes advantage of our rebellious and ignorant nature to destroy us. You see when we live in sin, I feel we lack complete protection{our Father in heaven is merciful however our sin give the devil permission to attack us}of the Father unless we go back to him in repentance and he will take us back, guard and take care of us unto his Glory{Psalms 91: 14-16}.

Case in point the prodigal son, he had no protection of the Father until he went back in repentance but, before he did; he really suffered. His father had no final say in the places he went to waste himself but the world did, and until he went back to his father did the full protection back – Luke 15:11-32.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

It is often said,  P. R. A. Y until something happens. When faced with a tough, painful situation it is advised to pray. Sometimes even the doctors will reach a point and say, ‘pray for God to have the final say in your health’. Question is, how will this happen if we live in sin- outside His protection?

Job had protection from the God because he lived a righteous life. What he worked for – God blessed and protected such that he became the richest man, wealthiest an inspiration to all around. The challenge came when God allowed the devil to test him. This test was to build his Faith in God.

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”{Job 1:9-12}

When we don’t live a righteous life we don’t have protection of the Father so we are prone to attacks of the devil who came to pull us down.

Do you  have protection of the Father? Is the devil challenged when he attacks you or is it easy for him? Do you live a righteous life? If not it explains why Jesus has no final say in your life.

Examples of how sin – lack of righteous can make God not to have final say:

  • 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” {Luke 5:18-25}

Once the sins of the paralytic were forgiven so did he receive his freedom. I tend to believe that the devil who bound the man through sin found no legal ground once the man repented. The man’s act of humility and righteousness allowed God to have the final say hence his complete freedom from a paralytic state!

  •  44 Then Jesus turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss of greeting, but she has been kissing my feet since I came in. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she poured perfume on my feet. 47 I tell you that her many sins are forgiven, so she showed great love. But the person who is forgiven only a little will love only a little.” 48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven. {Luke 7:36-50} and I believe that woman got freedom in her soul that no one in that room had ever experienced.

Sin can bind and torture a soul and I feel the woman in the above scriptures was so tortured that she had nothing to lose. She probably didn’t know Jesus much but her utmost humility and love for Him led to surrender of pride and rebellion at the feet of Jesus, hence her total and complete deliverance from the power of sin, from guilt and shame.

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land“{2 chronicles 7:14}. This scripture also go to prove that sin can affect our Lord from having the final say but it also proves that God is loving and merciful and hears when we cry out to Him in repentance and he forgives, blesses and restores. Alleluia.

So, now we know that the final say of our Father can be affected by sin(lack of righteousness) what next?  Take time in prayer to know which area of our lives have we not surrendered to God. Is it our thoughts, actions or emotions? our relationships? businesses? Where is it that God has no final say. When you find that spot through the guidance of the Spirit; turn away from your old ways, repent and pray for love(relationship with God) to be restored back and ask for the grace to not go back to that life again. Start living a new life under His full authority and power and within no time you will discover God has gained the final say. And like Job, Daniel and other great men and women in the bible – He will continually have the final say. For he is faithful unto his faithful. Deuteronomy 7:9 -Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God  who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

Christ thy kingdom come.

God Bless you.