First Anniversary !

So, it’s been one year since my very first post on this blog! God is good and he is forever faithful! I haven’t been posting much as I’m still in full time education! So please do bear with me I will try and post more!

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Book Review: Amazing power of faith by Merlin Carothers

Faith

 

Good evening guys ! I am sorry that I haven’t been posting as much, I am back at university so I haven’t really had the time to post!  Anyway I recently finished reading the book ‘Amazing power of faith’ by Merlin Carothers recently. When I bought the book I simply bought it because of it’s title, but I didn’t have many expectations of it.

This book is a really good book but I think the title is rather misleading as it wasn’t really discussing anything in regards to faith apart from the fact that we are saved by grace through faith. However I think it’s a great book for someone who has just been recently saved or for someone who is having a tough time in their walk with Christ especially regarding trials and temptations. As a child of God, trials and temptations will definitely come and sometimes when they do come you start doubting if you’re actually saved or not. In regards to temptations, we all fail sometimes and guilt comes knocking at our door and we then question that, if we are really saved and we really are children of God why then do we keep failing, and as a result we are then persuaded that we are going to hell. In this way I think if someone is going through a time of questioning, or a time of conviction do read this book because it will help you to put God’s word into perspective regarding temptations and trials. 

The message which the book focused on was a true eye opener for me because as children of God I’m sure when we first got saved one of the first verses which was mentioned to you as you were accepting Christ was John 3:16  which states ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ but a lot of people (or maybe just me) listen to the bible verse but overlook it and sort of think, well what next? So after being saved you still have the same temptations and you think, Lord, I keep making the same mistake, I keep falling into the same temptations, addictions and or sins. Through this some people will feel like, I’m not worthy to be called a christian and because I’m a sinner I’m going to hell and they completely give up. However these feeling and thoughts are from the enemy and I strongly believe that through reading this book and studying the bible verses it mentions, you will overcome!  Change your life today .

Stay Blessed.

Book Review: A new song by Pat Boone

Pat boone

 

WOW! So I really feel like this (excluding the Bible) IS the book I have been waiting for. I simply think that this book is amazing because although it was written many years before I was born it resonated with me on a deeper level.  Before I start reviewing this book let me just mention that I love reading testimonies. I love knowing what great works God is doing in people’s lives. This book is just a major testimony to me.

To summarise; the books sets the scene by taking us through Pat’s life from where he was born through to when he married his wife and when they had their children. The book then  takes you through the main issues that Pat had, as a son, a teenager, a husband, a music star and as a father. It also takes you through issues that his wife and daughters faced. Through this Pat receives the Holy Spirit and his whole life and well as the lives of members of his family just began to change in such an unimaginable way. If I tell you anymore about this book I’d spoil it, so I suggest that you read it if you want to see how the Spirit has affected other people’s lives.

Stay Blessed !

The Christian Burden !

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God is the everlasting God. There is no other like him in ALL the universe. I just feel the need to encourage someone today ! Especially those that are having trouble with their walk with Christ. Take heart because if you stay trust in and wait upon God, he shall renew your strength, you will mount up with wings like eagles, you will run and not get tired, you will walk and not become weary. A lot of people don’t realise that this Christian voyage is the hardest thing you’ll ever go through in your whole life. As soon as you start believing in Christ the devil will try and attack you. The higher you go into the presence of God the more the devil will attack you. But be greatly encouraged because the battle has already been won and and children of God we hold the power ! Therefore fear no evil because our God is with us ! If our God is with us then whom then shall we fear ? Take hard and start making movements to save other people. Christians ! THE BURDEN IS OURS ! Do you understand what I am writing ? THE BURDEN IS OURS! Many, many, many are perishing ! Many are going to HELL ! Yet we know Christ and aren’t doing the best we can to save others. You know it breaks my heart because there are many people all over the world that have never heard of the name Jesus before. Many are in darkness and yet God can save them. It’s one thing dying without knowing God, but it’s another dying without knowing God because you chose to not know God. Let us do our part as the children of God and evangelise wherever we are whenever we can, because it is not us who save people, it’s the Spirit of the everlasting God. If we do our bit of introducing them to God, the Holy Spirit will take lead and if it’s that person’s time then they’ll get saved. Whatever you do, wherever you are never forget that the burden is ours, God saves people through us and our testimony among many other ways he saves people.

The tough times that you are going through shall be your testimony ! Through your testimony in Jesus name many shall come to Christ, many shall be able to overcome because you waited upon God and you overcame. Stay blessed and don’t forget that the burden is ours.

It is time to FLY !

Bald Eagle in flight.

Bald Eagle in flight.

It’s time to fly! Fly like an eagle! So a few weeks ago I was in Leicester at a women’s conference, for me it was the first of its kind that I have been to and I have to say it was really powerful and really moving spiritually.  This being said I thought I’d share with you all what was shared at this conference as I feel it will be helpful for everyone who is on a journey with Jesus Christ.

Theme bible verse: Deuteronomy 32:11 which says “As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings”.

It is said that in the bible, there are 34 distinct verses which compare or describe the children of God as eagles. Why does God compare us to eagles? God does not make mistakes so there has to be a reason as to why he compared us to eagles. Let’s explore this subject a bit more through the characteristics of an eagle compared to that of children of God.

An eagle is a bird which has no confusion about who it is. It separates itself from other birds. An eagle flies with other eagles. In this sense it is true what the world says, birds of a feather flock together. In this sense us as children of God are supposed to be separated. We are supposed to know who we are in the world and in Christ. We are not to be confused about who we are. Children of God should surround themselves with other children of God. You don’t see eagles flying with pigeons, or hanging around with ducks and geese. If you are an eagle you surround yourself with other eagles because eagles fly high, if you’re an eagle and you are friends with chickens and ducks, you behave like them, you are confused and you have lost your sense of direction. You as a child of God are meant to be flying at new heights, and on this note brothers and sisters, you need to analyse yourself. What type of bird are you on this walk with Christ? Are you an eagle? Are you a chicken? Are you an eagle hanging out with ducks? If you are already an eagle hanging out with other eagles you are very blessed! If you’re an eagle hanging out with chickens and ducks it’s time for you to soar and fly! If you’re a duck or chicken isn’t it time you translate to an eagle? Isn’t it time you start making changes in your life that will enable you to soar? It is time to try new heights! It is time to fly brothers and sisters! We are living in the end times it is time to know where you are going. Have you own sense of direction, be with people that will encourage you on your walk with Christ that will help you fly because I assure you, when the Lord comes and you were not flying at the height that the Lord intended you to, it won’t be a pleasant day for you.

How are pigeons and chickens fed? They wait for someone to throw them some bread of some kind of food. They don’t go and find their own food whereas eagles go and hunt for their own food. They don’t scavenge they go out in search of their own fresh food. Likewise brothers and sisters, food for us is the word of God. Pigeons and chickens wait to get their food at church on Sundays, whilst eagles go out in search of their own food daily. People of God don’t just wait for Sundays to go and feed your soul. Feed your soul every day; look for your own food daily by doing this you undoubtedly strengthen your own soul. Joshua 1:8 says “This Book of Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it”. Let me give you an example, as a human being most of us eat three times or more a day, through this we maintain our health, what if we were eating once a week? How week would we be? We would be beyond starved? Our vital organs won’t be operating as best as they should. Likewise, how do you expect to fly like an eagle which is feeding itself daily when you’re feeding yourself once a week? Brothers and sisters if we read the word of God daily like we feed our human bodies daily, how strong will we be spiritually? I myself am still struggling with this. This Christian walk is not an easy one but we have to persevere. Be encouraged because God has made us overcomers! Through feeding on the word of God on a daily basis, eventually we will fly like eagles. Eagles are ALWAYS on higher ground. It is rare to see an eagle on the ground like a chicken. The more we read the word of God the more we will fly meaning the higher we go til we get to the stage of simply flying a bit and the soaring higher and higher without any efforts. Brothers and sisters in the Christian walk you must never be content with the level that you are at. If you saved 2 souls last year, this year aim to save twice and many if not triple as many. God is a God of might, Job 9:4 says “He is wise in heart and mighty in strength who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?” The God of might is your father and you are his off spring and you are mighty in the land and you should be doing mighty things, you should be doing the impossible. With the power of God you can do impossible things, arise and soar like an eagle this is your time.

In this way I think it’s necessary that we discuss relationships which hinder our relationship with God. Brothers and sisters you have to realise that not everyone you call your friend is your friend. Us as children of God need to find people who will encourage us that we can also encourage, that we can share the word of God with, people who are going in the same direction as we are. In church they gave an example which went something like this: let’s say on person is standing on a chair (the Christian) and their friend or lover is standing on the ground. If each one of them were trying to bring each other to their own levels who is more likely to succeed? The person on the ground will more than likely achieve in bringing the person on the chair to the ground because it is easier to pull someone down that it is to lift someone up, in this way as Proverbs 12:26 says “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray”. The bible warns us sternly about relationships with unbelievers.  2 Corinthians 6:14 says that “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” – Through this verse it is clear that we need to be careful who we become yoked with, be careful who you become friends with, it is said if you want to know who someone really is, look at 5 of their closest friends and you will know their true characters, I don’t know how true this is but I know that when you become close friends with someone a soul tie is formed and the issue of soul ties is a very large one so we will discuss this in the future in a lot more detail. Romans 16:17-18 says “Now I urge you brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.” Avoid those who cause divisions in church and even in everyday life. Be with like-minded people who are flying like eagles. Seek out future bearers who will take you where you want to be, not people who will constantly keep you in the past. People who live in the past have no hope of a future. They have no vision for the future and the bible warns us on people with no vision. Proverbs 29:18 says that “Where there is no revelation [or prophetic vision], the people cast of restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law”. People of God eagles have sharp vision. They look where they are going not where they are coming from. Don’t give up on your dreams just because you don’t see a way there. Take heart and take on the characteristics of an eagle! Eagles don’t give up they go through what they need to in order to complete the journey. Have spiritual vision!  Separate yourself from people that are not flying. Set high standards for yourself be a principled person. Separation will always come with consequences usually painful consequences. Through separation you leave your comfort zone. You leave what you once called home; you step into a whole different ball game, but take heart and know that this separation will only take you to a different level. How do you expect to succeed in flying if you don’t take the first jump that will test out your wings? As Deuteronomy 32:11 says “As an eagle stirs up its nest.” How does an eagles stir up its nest? It builds its nest high on top of some of the world’s tallest trees and as the eaglets grow up, the eagle starts pulling apart its nest so that when the time comes, the eaglets fall through the nest and begin flying. The eagle builds its nest on such high trees because it needs to teach its children to fly at high altitudes.

Persevere in Faith ..

You know brothers and sisters, someone once told me that “Not having faith in God is as good as witchcraft”. As I was in bed reading I was reminded of that statement and I thought to myself, as a child of God, one has to always put their unwavering faith in God because he created the heavens and the earth, the whole universe and every single item in it. He holds all power in this world and there is nothing he can not do because “.. what is impossible with men is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27). This is why I felt the need to encourage you tonight because the word of God says “For without faith it is impossible to please God..” (Hebrews 11:6).

First of all what actually is faith ? Hebrews 11:1 says that “..Faith is the substance of  things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen“. In essence faith is trusting in God no matter what you can physically see. The word of God says “For we walk by faith and not by sight..” (2 Corinthians 2:7) this means that no matter what the world is saying, not matter what the devil is saying, no matter what anyone or anything other God is saying you will cling onto the word of God with unwavering faith and trust in God to be with you in your circumstances. The word of God in Genesis says that we were created in the image of God. Even God himself exercises faith, when God said “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3)he was calling something which was not as though it was and by faith it came to pass. Hence it says in Hebrews 11:3 that “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were made of things which are visible.” Seeing that the Word of God which is God encourages us I urge you brothers and sisters to preserve in Faith. Fight a good fight of faith and your life shall be victorious. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he the Lord Our God has promised. The righteous will live solely by faith, let that word echo in your mind, soul and spirit. The righteous shall live solely by faith. Where does your faith lie ? Does your faith lie in your doctor ? In your husband ? In your Father ? In your education ? In your wealth ? Where does you faith lie ? If the answer is anything other than God, as the scripture says you are not living a righteous life. Living a righteous life is not easy hence we have to persevere. To persevere means to continue to do something even when it’s difficult meaning that even when you fall out of faith you rise up again and make a stand. We are all sinners and we all fall time and time again but by the Glory of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ we will have the grace to continue even when we don’t want to, even when it gets so difficult that it is much easier to give up. May the Lord Our God Bless you and have Mercy upon you now and forever more. Keeping persevering, keep fighting the good fight of faith and do your part and trust God to do his part. Stay Blessed !

This is the day that the Lord has made..

Good Morning Brothers and Sisters !

This is the day that the Lord has made, be glad and rejoice in it ! I urge you all to rejoice in this day and everyday of your life despite of all the troubles you’re going through, despite how you feel, despite what your bank account says, despite what the doctor said, despite all your circumstances because the Lord Our God is worthy to be praised regardless of anything going on in this world. Trust in God, surrender your whole life to him, your mind, your soul, your body, your troubles, all that is within you surrender to God because only he can sustain your life, only he is your protector. I urge right now to focus solely on seeking the face of God. Brothers and Sisters Jesus is coming back soon, coming back for those that seeked him in Spirit and in Truth. May the Lord bless you.