Finish Strong!

Welcome into the last month of the year. It’s quite bitter sweet yet still a time of rejoicing. Where did time go? We are currently on day three hundred and thirty seven of three hundred and sixty five days. I cannot believe how time has flown by so quickly. Like an athlete, we are all running a race. We started together but not everyone made it. We are alive by God’s grace. God has been Faithful through these twelve months. As we embark into the final stretch of the year, this I pray for you. I pray for abundant grace upon your life. May you draw nearer unto God like never before. May you fix your eyes on God. May you not loose sight of Him. I pray that as you fix your eyes on the author and finisher of your faith, the eyes of your heart will be enlightened (See Ephesians 1:18)

In this month of December, may all that is hidden within you, come alive in Jesus name. Like a mother giving birth to her precious gift, may God release unto you a new gift. May He outpour many blessings upon your life. I pray that in this month of December, your faith will increase all the more. Even amidst the trials, may you remember who is in control of the storm. His name is Jesus. It’s the final month but we serve a God who is capable of doing the miraculous. Yes, you have been through some things, but we serve a God who restores that which has been stolen. Indeed there’s nothing impossible when God is in it. I pray that in this month, you will be filled with so much joy and peace. Joy uncontainable and peace undeniable.

Like a river flows, may the month of December be graced with God’s assurance and abundance of every perfect gift. Though the seasons change and the leaves fall, we serve a God who remains the same. He is there when we call. He loves us so much. In Jeremiah 31:3, we are reminded of God’s love and unfailing kindness. I pray that in this month of December, you will experience the outpouring of God’s love beyond your imagination. More than ever, you will find rest in the presence of the Lord. No matter what each storm may look like, you have learned in these past 12 months, that God is in Control. He is the Mighty Warrior, the one who saves and greatly delights in you.

It’s a new day, new breath, new life all because of Christ. The beginning of this year may not have started off so well, maybe the middle part too but what matters is not how you started but your willingness to finish strong. Right now and right here where you are amidst the canyons and mountains, I decree and declare that you are an Overcomer. You will finish the year strong. May you not grow tired and weary but even in those times, may you draw strength from God. I don’t know how this year been like for you but this I know, if God brought you this far, His grace is still able to carry you through every step of the way. I may not know your story and your journey but this I know, we serve a God who is trustworthy and dependable.

May this month of December be a time of celebration and reflection. May you raise your banner in praise for all that God has done for you! May the Lord place a new song within you. Be your heart overflow with thanksgiving. Yes, God is Good and so worthy to be praise. Magnify the Lord! Don’t keep silent. Shout unto the Lord for He has done so much for you. Give Him the Praise!

Greetings to you all from Uganda πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬. Due to internet connection, I was unable to release this post as planned but here it is. I hope your month has started off well. Wishing you all, a glorious month of December filled with joy, love and this seasons blessings πŸ™πŸΏ.

With love,

Karen πŸ€—

Patience In The Waiting πŸ‘©πŸΏβ€πŸŒΎ

“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” -James 5:7-11

Like a farmer who awaits harvest season, God patiently awaits His children with open arms in every season. He waits on the field, searching far and wide for His sons and daughters to return back home. There is no limit to His grace and mercy towards us. As believers, we are reminded to cultivate a lifestyle of endurance amidst the difficulties of this race called life. There is grace for each season but we must continually seek the Lord. God is patient with us and longs for us to bear this fruit of His character until He comes. We can never be patient by our own power. We need the Lord to teach us but we must be willing to surrender our lives and make ourselves available before the Father. Patience is a virtue we are told time and time again but the truth is, how can we exercise patience when we do not seek the one who inhabits this attribute?

You see, a farmer has no choice but to wait for the land to yield valuable crops. The farmer has to wait patiently for the right season to come so that His crops are well taken care of; showered with grace, light and love. As believers, we do not know when the Lord is coming but like the farmer, we must wait. Even in the waiting, we must not be idle. “The judge is standing at the door.” Though we cannot see Him, we trust in Him. We have faith that He id working all things together for our good. He is strengthening our roots, watering our seeds and preparing us for the harvest. You cannot expect a harvest when you refuse to plant. What will you be reaping when you chose not to sow? Our expectation of how our garden should look like by a certain season but be determined by our commitment in planting and watering the seeds in our lives at the proper time. For it is written, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (See Galatians 6:9). The secret is do not give up. You will reap a harvest (if) we do do not give up.

Unto those who persevere, they are identified as blessed. Are you blessed? Oh yes you are. You are blessed beyond measure. Your blessing is not attached to your wealth here on Earth. You are blessed because you belong to the Father. Everything that comes from the Heavenly lights are blessed to be a blessing. As Job persevered, you too persevere. Press on in this race. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. Seek the Lord and His strength. In your weakness, His grace is sufficient for you. Call on His Name. Rest in the shadow of His wings. Receive joy even in the waiting. Experience the peace, hope and goodness of your Heavenly Father. In the waiting, God is pruning you. He is refining you. He is molding you into His likeness. It’s in the waiting season that we learn the essence of trusting God. We are reminded in Proverbs 3:5 to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” So learn to put your trust in the all-knowing Father. He cares for you and His plans are great concerning you.

Go through the process with God. Be patient in the waiting and be rest assured about the promises of the Lord now and forevermore.

Reflection Questions

1. Are you a patient person? What determines one’s patience?

2. If you can give an example of when your patience was tested, what would you say? How did you respond to the situation?

3. As you go forth into the week, what are some ways you can display the fruit of patience?

4. What are you trusting God for? What are you doing even in the waiting season? What are some ways you are preparing for what you’ve been trusting God for?

Ways To Patient In The Waiting

1. Meditate on the word of God. Stay connected to the Vine!

2. Speak the word over your life.

3. Ask God to teach you to be patient. Ask the Holy Spirit to continually fill you up with His spirit.

4. Pray without ceasing! In every season, pray. Seek the heart of the father. Humble yourself. Position your heart to hear what God is saying to in every season.

5. Pass the test. You will be tested a lot in the area of your patience. You say you have the fruit but when you are given the test, does your result showcase the ripeness of your fruit?

6. Surround yourself with Christ like minded people. There is so much joy in knowing that someone is praying for you. Having community is very important and aids immensely in the believers walk with Christ. Jesus prayed so we must continue to pray for one another.

Verses To Ponder
“May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” 2 Peter 1:2-4

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” –Galatians 5:22-23

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” -Isaiah 55:10-11

“I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” -Lamentations 3:24-26

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. -James 1:2-4

It’s a new day. I hope your doing well. I hope that your day will be productive and meaningful. Have a wonderful day πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ»πŸ‘©πŸΏβ€πŸŒΎ

Sound of Praise! πŸ™ŒπŸΏ

Welcome into the month of November. It is a month of remembrance of all that God has done for us. When we look back upon the months that have passed, we will realize that if it wasn’t for the grace of God, we wouldn’t be here today. It was grace that carried us through each new day. The eleventh month has arrived so fast and it will surely pass by much quicker. As we approach this month, may we recall all that God has done for us. May we take the time out of each day to say “Thank You Lord”. You see, it so easier for us to get caught up in the charades of life and neglect God until the hour of our very need. May this not be our portion in this month. God has been faithful and His goodness continues to overflow in our lives not because of anything we have done but solely because of who He is. It is a great privilege to know our Heavenly Father right here on Earth. His spirit lives within us and He longs to reveal Himself unto us daily.

In this month of November, it is my prayer that our hearts will overflow with thanksgiving unto God. From the the start of a new day to the time of sunset, may we arise with praise. I pray that with each new day, we will lift up our praises unto the Father. May our complaints become an anthem of praise. Even in those moments when things don’t go as we envisioned, may we take a moment to thank God. His plans are far greater. May we not limit God in this month but may we make room for more of Him. May He increase as we decrease. I pray that in this month, your faith will be made stronger. May you be reminded of this truth as we carry forward into the month of November “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (See Isaiah 54:10). I pray that you will experience the peace of God like never before. May it calm every raging sea in your life. May the peace of God which transcends all understanding overflow bountifully without restraints. May you experience abundant peace in this season. Don’t let anything trouble your heart. When trouble knocks at your door, pray to God. Seek the face of God above all other things. I pray that in this month, your mouth will be filled with praises you cannot contain. May the Lord place a new song upon your lips. It is in your praise that you will receive a sound of Victory. May you break forth in praise like a bird with each new morning.

There are so many reasons to be thankful. We are alive and well. Someone else is taking their final breath. Someone else is in a position where they are relying on oxygen to breathe. We have water to brush our teeth, take a shower, wash our clothes. We have food to eat by God’s grace. Many of us have jobs while others are putting in applications and awaiting phone calls. It’s the eleventh month but not everyone made it to see this day. May we not take the things we have in life for granted. In this month, choose to be grateful. Take time to write down, all the things you are grateful for; for the many things that happened in the past months. I pray that in this month of November, may the words you speak bring life rather than death to those around you. May all those who encounter you see the light of Christ in you. May hope arise. May joy bloom in unexpected places. May peace reign amidst the mountains that try to take charge over you. May God who remembers all things, surprise you. May your name be a declaration of victory in this season. May your heart and mind be set on Christ. May you find satisfaction in Christ alone. Everywhere you go, may God’s presence go ahead of you. May you remember those who don’t have much and may you take the time to be a blessing unto them. All in all, may you experience the everlasting promises of God. May your life be a sign and wonder of the God you serve. Have a wonderful, blessed and fun filled month of November. Rejoice! Victory is yours in Jesus name. Be clothed in righteousness, goodness, favor, joy, new life, grace, light, love and a sound mind.

Verses To Ponder

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10

I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.

A few things you can do this month

1. Take the time to pray for those who don’t have anything. The families/Individuals who are struggling to make ends meet. Pray for those who have experienced loss whether it be this year or the months that have passed.

2. Praise like never before. Exalt the King of Kings.

3. Volunteer at a clothing drive or anything of that nature. Give back to your community.

4. Take the time to reach out to your friends and loved ones. Check up on their well-being. Spend time with them.

5. Write down at least 10 things that you are grateful for. Expand the list if you have to because honestly there is so much to be thankful for not just in this season but every day of our lives.

6. Treat yourself. It’s a blessing to shower people with gifts but it’s also good to take care of yourself too.

7. Ask the Lord to lay someone in your heart and take heed to that in which He asks of you to do. Obedience is better than compromise. It’s better than sacrifice.

With love,

Karen 🌻

October Reflections πŸ“Œ

One of the greatest things that one can ever do throughout the course of their day, week and months is to sit and reflect. In spite of the hustle and bustle, we must learn to make time to reflect upon our lives. We spend so much time watching TV and engaging in other activities throughout our days. If only we can make the time to reflect on every area of lives including our finances, spiritual walk, mental, emotional, and physical health, we will begin to see change not only in our lifestyle but also in the thoughts that linger in our mind.

It’s been ten months of God’s grace, goodness and faithfulness upon our lives. If were to give an account of what we did in the course of these 10 months, some of us, will not be able to recall. Reflection is very vital. It serves as a reminder of where we are currently and what changes we can make gradually. When we learn to be intentional about taking the time to reflect, we grow in ways we never expect. With that in mind, let’s reflect upon this month of October.

Reflection Questions

1. If you can describe the start/end of this month, what three words will best describe the month of October for you?

2. What are some of the lessons you learned in this month?

3. What are some of the challenges you faced in this month? Did you overcome them?

4. If you celebrated your birthday or wedding anniversary in this month, Happy Birthday πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ. Happy Anniversary πŸ™ŒπŸΏπŸ˜Š. How was your special day? Did you enjoy it?

5. Did you read any books in this month? Would you recommend it to anyone?

6. Did you make procrastination your friend in this month or did you complete the tasks you had in mind to accomplish?

7. Did you save or spend more money?

8. Did you watch any new movies? If so, what are the titles?

9. Did you visit any places? If so, what did you love most about these places?

10. If you can describe your financial, physical, spiritual, emotional and mental state in three words, what would it be?

11. Did you study any books in the Bible? What scripture stood out to you in this month?

12. What is one things you wished you did differently in this month of October?

13. Did you take the time to check up on your loved ones?

14. In this month of October, what is something that blew your mind? (Surprised you)

15. Did you cook more or did you purchase food outside? What are some ways you can reduce your eating outside habit?

16. Was Jesus your first resort or your spare tire in this month?

17. What is something you learned about yourself in this month?

18. If you can write a book designated towards the series of events that took place in the month (good/not so good), what would you title it?

19. What are few things that you learned during Bible Study/personal time with the Lord?

20. What are a few things that a friend or loved one taught you in this month?

21. What do you need to let go of in this month of October? What are you looking forward to in the month of November?

I just want to thank this time to say thank you all for your contributions throughout this journey. May God bless you. I pray that as we carry on into a new month, our heart will overflow with thanksgiving in all that we do. May our lives represent Christ and may we seek to know the Lord more with each new day. I pray that this month October was crowned with God’s faithfulness and goodness upon your life. You are loved. You are unique. You are the daughter/son of the Most High God. Until next time, be refreshed. Stay blessed and rooted in Christ πŸ™πŸΏπŸ˜Š.

Heart of Gold! πŸ’Œ

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” -Isaiah 64:8

What a great joy it is to be loved by the Father; to be showered with the gift of grace, favor, peace, and every perfect gift from above. With each new day, we are given opportunities to display God’s love to those around us. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at 10 things we can do as we go forth into our days to showcase God’s goodness and incomparable love to those surrounding us. Let’s get started!

1. Smile : Smile, it doesn’t cost you anything. Let the light of God radiate through your smile. Your smile can make a difference in someone’s life.

2. Call/Text : Take the time to reach out to your friends and loved ones. Don’t allow the busyness in your life to get in the way of you make time for those who matter. Texting someone “Good morning. How are you?” makes a huge difference in someone’s life”. By God’s grace, we are all given 24 hours in a day. May we take the time to check up on those we love.

3. Pray : It’s one thing to say “I’m going to pray for you” and another thing to actually pray for someone. So many times, we take down prayer requests but due to our busyness and forgetfulness, we don’t take the time to pray for others.

4. Quality Time : Spend time with those you love. Go to breakfast, brunch or dinner with them. You can even take a walk or simply sit in a place and just catch up. Tim is of essence and there’s no better way than spending it with those you profess you love.

5. Be A Giver : To give doesn’t necessarily mean spending money. There are so many ways we can give to others. Examples: Cook a meal, pay for someone’s lunch or groceries.

6. Encourage Others : As we go forth throughout our week, there are people we encounter who are going through tough times. Speaking life into their situations make a difference. It can give them hope. You can encourage someone by speaking life or writing a note to them.

7. Compliment Someone : Do it genuinely. Believe me when I say, giving someone a compliment goes a long way. You never know what someone is going through but your kind words can put a smile on their face. It doesn’t take five minutes to tell someone you like their hair, outfit or the cologne they are wearing.

8. Be Kind : Let the fruit of Christ character be so eminent in your lifestyle. It doesn’t hurt to be kind to other. Kindness is not to be demonstrated only when someone shows your kindness. We must continually ask the Holy Spirit to teach us how to bear this fruit. For it is written “By their fruit you will recognize them.” -Matthew 7:16. In the same way, one can differentiate a mango from a banana, may those who encounter you see the light of Christ through your life.

9. Share Your Testimony : God has been good to me and there’s no greater joy than sharing my testimony with those surrounding me. We are given opportunities to share of God’s goodness but we must learn to cease those opportunities. The Glory belongs unto God. He is continually working in each one of us. We all have been tested but through it all, we have the Victory through Christ alone. There are people who need to hear the sound of Victory. There are people who are lost, discouraged, depressed who need to hear that God is waiting for them. He has not forsaken them. Like a father, He awaits His children with open arms. Ask God to give you the Spirit of Boldness to share about the wonderful deeds He has done for you.

10. Live : Live as children of the light. We have tasted and seen God’s goodness. We have experienced the light Himself (Savior Of the world). There are so many people who have not experienced Christ. If we live our lives as people who are dead, how can those surrounding us be awakened by the truth? Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (see John 14:6). Because Christ lives, we also live. Despite the challenges we face in this life, He is our living hope. Because of the hope we have in Christ, we are rest assured that everything we need is Him. We are secure in Christ. Our identity is found in Him. We belong to the One who lives now and forevermore. May we take delight in this knowledge of knowing Christ and who we are in Him.

Verses To Ponder

“Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, β€œLive!” -Ezekiel 16:6

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:14-16

πŸ“Έ: Annie Spratt

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this blog post. I hope that you were able to take something away from this post today. Have a lovely day 😊🌻

Wellspring of Love

Scripture: The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. –Jeremiah 31:3

To know God is to love Him. We cannot say we know God when our lives have no evidence of love. 1 John 4:8 reminds us that, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Christ is the epitome of love. We love because Christ first loved us. While we were still yet sinners, God demonstrated His love for us by allowing His son to die for all of humanity (see 1 John 4:8). Gods love for us is unconditional, undeniable and selfless. His love flows continuously through every stage of our lives. His love has no limits. It’s accessible. It’s not far fetched. It lives within us.

In our key verse today, we are being reminded of how God pursued us way before we came to know Him. This pursuit continues daily. Love in itself is the foundation of the faith we profess and the revelation of God’s word. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. It is everlasting, rich, pure, impartial, and without restraints. God’s love is a gift to us. It flows like a river. We don’t have to work for it. We don’t have to purchase it. It is the root of His character. It is the core of our faith walk and a mandate for all who follow Christ. Over and over again, God knocks the door of our hearts to receive His love. Will we answer?

You see, love is a seed. It is a fruit that stems from the vineyard of the greatest Vinedresser. His name is Jesus. He is love so therefore everything that flows from Him is love wrapped in perfection. When we learn to abide in Him, love will naturally flow from our being. We belong to God. With open arms, He invites us into His presence. He longs to be with us. The greatest demonstration of his love is found in John 3:16. For love sake, He became poor. God made His Son (His blood), available unto us. This love has broken the chains. It has set us free. It is thicker than water. This blood is still effective. There is power in that name. His name is Jesus!

For some of us, the term love has been watered down and demonstrated in certain ways throughout our primitive years that the word in itself has lost its meaning to us. We want love but because of our experiences, we hold back when love is being poured out unto us. The truth is, when we don’t understand what love is, when it is being poured out, it is so easy to reject it. God is the author of love. Love is God’s heartbeat towards you and I. Where we lack knowledge, God provides unto us. He is your teacher and greatest consultant. Seek Him above all things. If there are certain things you need to unlearn about love, ask the Holy Spirit to help you. We will never know how fully loved we are until we come to the knowledge of who we are in Christ. He is love and all His children are (loved) beyond measure.

As we go forth into our week, may we surrender our lives unto God and be reminded of God’s overwhelming love for us. May we stand firm in this knowledge that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. May we be reminded of God’s sacrifice (His Son, His love) for us on the Cross of Calvary. May we bear the fruit of love wherever God positions us. May the depth, height and width of God’s love for us. May we be refreshed yet still transformed by this truth but above all, may we take the time to say thank you to the Father for all that He has done for us.

Backstory to this post

Throughout the course of the week, the word love has just been appearing quite a lot. It began on Sunday while journaling, the scripture “I have loved you with an everlasting love” was upon my heart. On Wednesday, I woke up with this scripture on my heart. “Love the Lord with all your heart.”. I then searched where that scripture was located (see Matthew 22). I felt as though God was just reminding me about His love. Then while at work, I saw a huge wall art that said “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8. I was initially going to release this post on Monday but I placed it in my draft section, fell asleep and as we know we get busy at times. So I’m glad that I was able to finally write this post. I pray that you are encouraged and reminded of God’s love for you.

Even at work, God has a way of reminding me of Himself. These were the wall arts I saw at work this week. As we go forth into the week, God is speaking to each of us. It’s always a matter of us seeking Him and asking Him daily to position our heart and also open our eyes/heart.

Verses To Ponder

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.“- 1 John 4:18

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you πŸ™πŸΏπŸ˜Š

Rooted In Faith πŸƒ

Scripture : So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. -Colossians 2:7

To be rooted in faith, Christ must be our firm foundation. Being rooted is a choice we have to make daily. In Psalm 1, we are reminded of what it looks like for the believer to be rooted in Christ. It is illustrated as this “His pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of β€œI Am,”
meditating day and night in the true revelation of light. He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss,
bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.” We clearly see that the one who remains rooted in Christ, lacks no good thing. We cannot flourish on our own. In the same way, a tree cannot flourish on its own. It needs its nutrients. It needs to be planted in rich soil. It needs tender, care and love.

By faith, we accepted Jesus Christ as our Personal Lord and Savior. By faith, we open the doors of our hearts to our Heavenly Father. In Revelations 3:20, we are reminded of this “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” By faith, we respond to the voice of our Heavenly Father. We don’t allow fear to cripple us from being obedient to the call; the Voice of truth.

In our key verse, we are being reminded to continue to live in Christ, rooted and built up in Him. How can we live in Christ when our hearts are torn between the world and Him? The truth is, in order for us to continue to live in Christ, we must choose to dwell in His presence. We must cultivate a lifestyle of total surrender. If the presence of God is not our dwelling place, we can get easily distracted and shaken by the turbulent winds of this world. How can we be strengthened in the faith if we try to find strength outside of the presence of the One who giveth all strength? God is the Giver of Power and Strength. We need Him daily. He doesn’t need us but He wants us. He loves us. He is Our Source. He is our Friend. He is our Foundation. Without the Vine, we are Nothing. We cannot bear any fruit. It is so easy to give up on our branches because we cannot see any fruit in this season of lives but when we learn to include the greatest farmer in all that we do, change will begin to take place. We begin to see things in a different perspective. Our lives will be so evident of the God we serve and marked by our lifestyle of continual thanksgiving.

Faith is a lifestyle and our response to the sacrifice that Jesus did for you and I on the Cross of Calvary. By faith, we believe and speak to that mountain in our life. We cast down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. By faith, we hold fast to the promises of the Lord. In Hebrews 11:1, we are reminded that “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” We weren’t present when Jesus died for us but by faith we believe and have accepted the free gift of salvation. This gift is precious. We didn’t have to work for it. We didn’t have to pay for it. It wasn’t on the clearance aisle. It was full price. Jesus got to the root of the issue. He died and rose again. He paid it all for our sins. He uprooted the seed that causes His people to sin. Because of His sacrifice, we are new and can live freely in Him.

As we carry forth throughout this week, may we take the time to reflect upon the areas where we are lacking faith. May we be reminded of this assurance we have in Christ. Even when disappointment tries to take its stance, may we be reminded of the faithfulness of God throughout all ages. Faith is the road we choose to take even though we cannot see what lies ahead but because of the posture of our hearts and assurance we have in Christ, we venture with purpose trusting that what lies ahead is better. May we have faith in every season; complete faith in God and not man/things. May today and the rest of the days ahead be gracefully filled with God’s best for you. Even in the waiting, when your faith starts to dwindle, may your heart be awakened by this truth that God is still God. Choose to live in light of the purpose and joy you have in Christ.

Verses To Ponder

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” -James 1:2-4

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” -Romans 8:18

“If we are faithless, he remains faithfulβ€”for he cannot deny himself.” -2 Timothy 2:13

“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” -Ephesians 6:16

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good. -Psalm 52:8-9

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you πŸ™πŸΏπŸ˜Š