Valley

Can you remember those really low moments in life? Moments when you cried your heart out? Moments when you were broken, confused sometimes feeling torn apart?! Those moments when you felt that the devil will devour you to pieces if Christ doesn’t come through?! Those difficult lonely moments where no one seems to understand you? Yeah those moments! During those moments, God was there and He understands – Isaiah 57:15 .15 For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

While in a dark spot I have learnt:- Don’t walk your path alone, walk it with God. Don’t walk in your valley alone, walk it with God. Don’t think He can’t handle it, He can handle anything – He is God. Don’t think you are too dirty(sinful)for Him to {hold your hand} and walk you through this! HE operates under the law of LOVE. He is loves DEEPLY, very MERCIFUL {Luke 15:11-32}and forgets our mistakes as long as we surrender to him in repentance. Psalms 86:5 – You, Lord are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Isaiah 43:25-  “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Hebrews 8:12 – For I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more. Psalms 103:12 –  and as far as east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Amina🙏🙏 😁😁

God never meant that we could live life on our own. He meant that we could live it with Him, and that’s why He died  on the cross to buy back our lives from the devil to HIMSELF.

Question: What is your valley? Do you walk it with Christ(our source of strength and hope) or you walk it alone? If we walk alone; chances are the difficulties and darkness of the valley may finish us for on our own we don’t have the capacity to defeat evils of life, but with Jesus we will sour on eagles wings. We will make it out alive and strong..amen🙏 Again I ask what is your valley? Do you walk or alone? If so who lights the path where you walk on?{Psalms 119:105}. Who gives you strength when you become weak and tired? Who is your friend and confidant when lack one? I would rather we rethink doing life on our own. When challenges and difficulties arise -get into a habit of prayer{COMMUNICATE AND GROW CLOSE} to the FATHER and He will walk you out of any valley successfully!!ALLELUIA 🙌🙌👏👏

Do you know that, there is strength in the VALLEY?  We all go through some form of valley; regardless of age, gender, tribe, race or education status. In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3; it states very well that we are bound to experience some pain or hurt in our lives. However, there is strength to move on and that strength is Jesus Christ. I am motivated to tell people about Jesus as our strength in all situations because I know that when we lack strength in the valley, we end up getting lost and devoured by it. Many valleys have potentials, dreams and goals of people who died in mind and emotion. We are not meant to die in the valley rather, we are to emerge victorious{Psalms 23:4}. For Jesus Christ our shepherd has promised to walk us through the valley if we heed to His call and allow his rod and staff to direct us through.

There is a danger of losing this strength in the valley by listening to negative people who make us negative in thought, also by giving too much attention to the negative situation around or within us. Thinking about the negative all the time will only dim your chances of seeing a brighter future – a better tomorrow.

Even as a I write this piece, I feel I am in a valley. I find myself always crying because of past mistakes and torture from the devil. I have been affected mentally, emotionally even physically. I can say that currently I am in a crazy situation – painful actually. But God is faithful and he is my strength. The sins that got me to the valley- He forgave but the devil is still fighting for me to die in the valley! In all this God is giving me strength; every second and minute so that I don’t die. And for that I am entirely grateful.😁😁😁

As I continue to write, I am reminded that a few years ago, some of us, were on the verge of job termination because of not meeting our employer’s targeted sales. It was a really difficult time and  the pressure was too much especially to those with families and school fees to take of. My biggest pressure was that I had rent and food. However, if you looked at me or talked to me; you wouldn’t tell I was in a valley because the strength of the Lord was in me. So what Jesus did for me, instead of succumbing to the pressure and getting devoured in the valley, He made me aware of a song by Ruth Wamuyu, a gospel artist in Kenya. Chorus to the song goes like “kanitha wa Jesu nitukene, tûshajamuke, tûhadetûo wega tûtigyenyenyeka.” Meaning, “we the church of God be happy, for we are planted well and we cannot be shaken.” We are planted well in Jesus Christ by God the Father and we shall not meet harm, shame or defeat for God is with us and He will get us out of any situation unto His glory. Alleluia 👏👏🙌🙌

Remembrance of the above testimony of how through that song, God gave me grace to continue until I overcame, has given me energy to continue living life even though confusing and painful right now – I WILL ENJOY THE RIDE and I will make it through Jesus Christ who leads me to greener pastures. Psalm 23

A psalm of David{NIV}

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

During a teaching yesterday; the teacher said, “your valley is just but a destination to greatness. For when you have to go through really tough time then it means there is a better coming out of it!” Alleluia. There is definitely greener pasture on the other side of the valley that we cannot see for now, but Jesus can so, just hold on to Him, our sure strength and power and we will come out alive.

How do we realise this power:
• Revelations 12:11, it is written, they triumphed over him(devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.  Remember your testimonies like I just did above or other testimonies of victories and see the God who brought you out of a previous valley to greener pastures better and stronger and you will defeat the devil of hopelessness in your heart and mind!

• Pray a lot. In difficult times, that is when we should really gear in prayer levels. If one prayer of our Father doesn’t help, then pray ten our Fathers if you have to! If it means to change your prayer pattern for results then do.  Pray until you find your peace. If you have the grace to fast- go ahead. Sometimes, fasting will go along way to getting us out of problems.

• Speak up📣. Don’t let stress weigh you down. If it’s in the office; speak to a colleague who seems mature and understanding; they may help you out. If it’s in matters of love, finances, spiritual, pray for God to give/direct you to people who will listen and offer good advise that will help you move on to the next minute, day or step in life. DON’T EVER WANT YOUR PROBLEMS TO PUSH YOU TO THE GRAVE. I have a friend who I share with, she prays and advises me the best she can. My mother is my other biggest friend and confidant, she listens, sees my tears, encourages me, prays for and over me and I am entirely grateful for her.🙏🙏

Read the word of God. There is strength in the word. A lot of strength and power actually. “For man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from God.”{Matthew 4:4}. When you discover the world can’t help you deal with your pain, don’t be shocked, it’s because it can’t handle your pain. Let’s pursue Christ for His love is the strength, power and shelter that we need out of  painful and trying situations.

•Live a holy life. Psalms 84:11 – no good thing does the Lord hold from a blameless(righteous) person. The Lord is ready to help us, but it important to know that God is holy. And it is expected of us to live holy lives. We may not fully experience the power of God in our lives if we entertain sin. E.g it will be difficult for us to experience the healing and grace of God if we hold on to bitterness and refuse to forgive, for we are breaking commandments of love, being disobedient and giving hatred(another god) power hence we cannot fully feel the love of God. So, we have to compromise rather do all we can directed by his grace to avoid sin and wickedness otherwise the devil can and will block blessings in our lives because we legally allow him to through sin.

There is strength in the valley and power in the Valley and he is Jesus Christ . Let’s not lose him, run away, get bitter or insult Him while in pain, rather more than ever we should move CLOSER TO HIM; and we will find Him. Ever willing and ready to help us out on any challenging and difficult situation. Alleluia.amina.

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