Hello July

Welcome to the best month on the calendar. Sweet July is here bringing warm greetings, hugs with loads of sunshine to you all. It is the month of the overflow, joy, restoration and dreaming big. July is a big deal. God is resting but He hasn’t forgotten you and I. It is the seventh month and I hope that you are looking forward to what God has prepared. As it written in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him.”

As we have stepped into the month of July, it is my prayer that we will make room for the Lord and all that He has in stored for us. In Genesis 1, we are reminded that God created all things and on the seventh day, He rested. He perfected everything and saw that is was good. It is my prayer that even as we carry forth through this month, that we will commit our ways unto God. We will not lose sight of God but much rather we will fix our eyes on God. We will hunger and thirst for God all the more. Like Mary, we will be found at the feet of the Lord. As we draw nearer unto God, He will surely draw near unto us.

Prayer : Lord, open my eyes so that I may see things from your perspective. Help me to not miss all that you have already prepared for me. May my heart be settled on you at all times.

I pray that in this month of July, God will perfect all that concerns you. May every long standing issue be resolved. Receive your healing in Jesus name (See John 5). May you experience Jesus as your Jehovah Rapha. May you experience God as the impossibility specialist. In this month, may your faith increase. May you lean on God in every moment. May you call upon the name of the Lord (Jeremiah 33:3). May you remember that you are blessed to be a blessing. Your life is a testimony. May everyone that encounters you, see Christ the hope of Glory through your life. Rejoice! Sing a new song. Overflow with praise. Magnify the Lord and your blessings one by one.

Declaration: I choose to praise you even amidst the storm. For you alone are God.

It’s the month of jubilee. The sound of joy is yours in Jesus name. Let your praise be louder than the mountain before you. Be at peace child of God. Find rest in God, your Savior. Arise in prayer. Stand firm in the Lord. Have faith in the Lord who does wondrous things. Fix your eyes on the King. Dwell in His presence. Be satisfied with the bread that He provides and overflow with the living water. God, our redeemer still lives.

July, you are sweet but Jesus is even sweeter.

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

Your promise for me still remains. Lord, you are Good. You are Faithful and I know that you will continue to remain the same.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.

Psalm 92:12-13

You will bloom where God has planted you. Continue to make His presence, your dwelling place.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

Happy New Month of July. Beautiful beginnings to you all. May God’s love overwhelm you. May His light shine through you. May the Lord surprise you. May the Lord restore you. May He blow your mind. May you experience God’s greatest blessings all throughout this month of July 🌻✨🤗

Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating their birthdays in this month. July babies, I celebrate with you. May God do a new thing in your life. May your heart be filled with joy and overflow with praise and thanksgiving. Enjoy your special day 🎁😊🎈

Light & Love

Karen ✨

Outpour of Praise

Welcome to Day 181 of 366. The days have turned into months and now we are here. Soon and very soon, crossing into another quarter of the year. All in all, we thank God for gracing us with yet another day to see. 2020 is a year that will forever be in the books. Despite the challenges, I’m grateful to be alive and well. It’s still my year and I am looking forward to the months ahead. This pandemic season has taught us so many lessons we can all carry along with us throughout the journey. As long as we have breath in our lungs, may we continually give God all the praise that only He deserves. With that in mind, there have been some songs that have lifted up my spirit in this month of June. So I am here to share it with you all. Are you ready? Let’s go

Worship Songs

1. Afy Savior: Savior

2. William McDowell: Show Me Your Face

3. Casting Crown: Great Are You Lord

4. Spirit of Praise: Make A Way

5. Bethel: God I Look To You

6. Jesus Culture: Holy Spirit

7. Psalmist Raine: We Commune With You

8. William Murphy: Settle Here

9. Brenden Praise: Jesus Be The Centre// Semphete ( Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior)

10. Jekalyn Carr: Changing Your Story

11. Steffany Gretzinger: You Know Me

12. Proclaim Music: Because You Love Me

13. Hillsong: Christ Is Enough

14. David & Nicole Binion, MDSN: Hunger

15. Hillsong: Thank You Jesus

16. Elevation Worship: Resurrecting

17. Casey J: If God/Nothing But The Blood

18. Kim Walker Smith: Insatiable

19. Kalley Heiligenthal : Spirit Move

20. William Matthews: Glory To Glory

21. Eddie James: Freedom

22. William McDowell: I Give Myself Away

23. Jimmy D Psalmist : I Trust You

24. We Will Worship: This I Know

25. Jesus Culture: One Thing Remains

26. Jubilee Worship: Atmosphere Shift

27. Nicole Mullen: Redeemer

28. William McDowell: I’m Yours

29. Neyi Zimu: He Loves Me

30. Maverick City: Such An Awesome God

31. Hillsong: I Will Exalt You

32. Jeremy Riddle: Be enthroned

33. Neyi Zimu: Lamb of God

34. Hillsong: So Will I

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you. Please feel free to share any worship songs that ministered to you throughout the course of this month. Remain Blessed 🙏🏿

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

1 Chronicles 29:13

10 Things That Makes Me Happy

It’s a new day. The sun is shinning so beautifully. The wind is pretty stiff today and the birds have been quite silent today but I’m so grateful to be alive. In today’s blog post, I will be sharing with you all “10 Things That Makes Me Happy”. I have been nominated by Mercy from herrychiccounsels.com. Thank you Mercy for nominating me.

Reflection of Mercy: Mercy, is a woman of substance and purpose. This woman is a gem whose light shines radiantly, touching lives for God to be glorified. She uses her voice on her platform to encourage and empower her audience with the truth of God’s word. Please do take the time to visit and kindly subscribe to her blog.

Let’s Get Started // 10 Things That Makes Me Happy

1. The Sound of the birds : My heart leaps for joy when I hear the new sound of the birds. When I don’t hear them, I remind God that I haven’t heard heavens song today.

2. Children : I couldn’t help but smile writing this one because children are my heartbeats. They are a breath of fresh air. They can be a hand full but they are precious gifts from God. Every time, I think about my babies in the orphanage in Uganda 🇺🇬, my heart overflows with joy.

3. God : The joy of my heart. Spending time with the Lord is pretty amazing. Abba and I are not distant lovers. We are so close. We aren’t neighbors. We are blood, the kind that’s thicker than water 😌. This is my personal person. I love having Bible Studies, spending time in worship, praising my way through every season.

4. Conversations With Friends : I am grateful for the people in my corner. Listen, you don’t need a bucket full of friends. You don’t need too many fishes. The ocean is wide but honey child, quality over quantity.

5. Watching Movies : I enjoy watching movies. It makes me happy with a good snack. 🍿

6. Surprising Someone With A Gift 🎁: I love giving whenever I am able to do so.

7. Food 😋: Let me tell you, this is one of God’s best creation. Man shall not live by bread alone. The word of God is so rich, nothing compares to it but whoa Lord, food is yummy to the tummy. I enjoy cooking but it’s also a blessing when someone throws it down in the kitchen. Prepare a feast so that I can also enjoy. ( Rice, Chicken, Fried Plantains, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Bread ). Dessert is essential to a king and a queens heart. We hope that there will be variety of food in Heaven after praise & worship. Lord, this is my desire 🧁 🍨 . I even have my plate 🍽 ready.

8. Reading A Book : I love the feel of holding a book. Reading is good for the soul. Education doesn’t stop in the classroom. Expanding our horizon by delving into new works by various authors enhances our knowledge.

9. Snapping Photo 📸 : I love taking pictures of nature, people and etc. Creating memories in every season is a thing for me.

10. New Beginnings: All things afresh. There’s nothing like the start of something new. It can be challenging at first to let go of a previous chapter, thing or person but at the end it’s worth it. I love newness. ( A change of bedsheet, the sunrise, taking a shower, the smell of clothes after washing them, a new notebook ).

Bonus : Writing ✍🏿 while listening to a worship instrumental. Also, I love quietness.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post ☺️. I had so much fun thinking 💭 and composing words. Mercy, love and light your way. Continue to shine for God’s glory! 💓

Happy Father’s Day

Today is a special day for all the men all around the world. Father’s Day is a big deal! For so many people, today is not the day they want to celebrate or remember for various reasons but if there’s anything I would like for you to take from today is the gentle reminder of knowing that you have a Good Good Father. His name is King Jesus. He loves you so much. As I meditated on Luke 15 today, I was reminded of the attributes of a Good Father. Some of the attributes illustrated in the scripture included the Father being compassionate, loving, forgiving, tender hearted and welcoming.

God loves His children so much. You and I are so special to Him. Though our earthly fathers are imperfect, God is perfect in all His ways. As we take time to spend with our fathers today, may we shower them with love. May we ask God for a forgiving heart. May we ask God for the grace to forgive our Earthly Father’s for whatever wrongs they have caused us. There is no wound that God cannot heal. It is my prayer that we will mirror the heart of our Heavenly Father.

Categories of People To Pray For

1. Every man that is broken. Let’s speak in faith declaring healing concerning every man in this category. There are so many broken men in need of healing but we know that the mender of broken hearts is still in the business of taking broken things and making them whole.

2. Strength to run this race and to fulfill purpose. Let’s pray for every man that is living in fear and not playing the role that God has called them to do.

3. Let’s join our faith in asking God to awaken every dream in the men He has created.

4. Ask God to raise up more men to live a holy life to the Glory of His Name. Raise up men who treat God’s daughters in the way that they should be treated.

5. Let’s stand in agreement that no man will lose heart in fulfilling destiny. Their faith will be strengthened and they will seek God in all their ways. They will be strong and courageous in the Lord! They will not conform to the patterns of this world but they will look to God, continuously seeking wisdom from their greatest teacher.

6. Let’s ask God to pour out His love unto every man. Men need love! Respect is great but love is necessary.

7. Father, let your sons see themselves the way you see them. Open up their eyes to see what they have been blinded by for years. Lord, do what only you can do in their lives and may you be glorified.

8. Pray for every male in your life whether it be your friend, boyfriend, father and etc. Commit them unto God! Pray also for those of them that haven’t accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior!

Reflection Scriptures

“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.” – Luke 15:20

“As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” -Psalm 103:13

Celebrate the men in your lives today and always. Shower them with love. Appreciate them. They are special and worth being celebrated 🎈🎉🤗

My Salvation Story

Hi 👋. My name is Karen. Welcome to my blog. If you are new, warm greetings to you. If you have been here, hugs and smiles your way. So today marks five years since I got baptized so I thought what better way can I possibly celebrate this day than first sharing my journey with you all. This is my salvation story in a snippet. Lord knows we will be here forever if I have to tell it all. Let us begin.

Growing up, I wouldn’t necessarily say that I grew up in a Christ centered household. My mother took my siblings and I to church until I turned 18. She raised us in the best way that she knew how to as a mother. She encouraged us in the Lord but my father on the other hand, didn’t want anything to do with the church. My father was a huge hindrance in my journey with the Lord. There were many times where He will clearly inform me to stop reading the Bible and to stop going to church. There were times He refused to drop me off to church. I love my father but throughout this walk, I’ve learned that all I can do is pray and be a living testament of Christ. Before living with parents, I was raised by my aunt and grandmother for seven years alongside with my cousins. It was during that time period, that I would say that I gave my life to Christ. As a child, I enjoyed reading Bible stories and being intrigued by the color illustrations of each Bible character. I read the Bible, prayed, attended Sunday school but at the time, I didn’t have a personal relationship with God. I always taught that in order for a woman to have a child, all she had to do was pray and she will become pregnant like Mary. The Bible was very interesting and it still is to me.

Fast forward to high school. High school was cool but not my favorite moments I like to remember at all. I struggled with my low self esteem due to constant name calling. It was either my skin was too dark and I needed bleaching cream to lighten up. I struggled in my academics especial science and mathematics but I enjoyed English. Let’s go back memory lane. Eight grade! Yes, the grade I will always remember. I had the best English teacher by the name of Mr.Higgins. Every week, he will assign to my fellow classmates and I, a punctuation test. After every exam, there was a reward of $1 or $2 for the student(s) who received the highest mark. Every month, we were assigned a particular poetry forum. At the end of the month, each student had to stand on the podium to recite the poem to the class. It was in those early years that I developed a love for poetry. English was my heartbeat, although I wouldn’t say that I was strong in that course during those days. Fast forward to my first year in college. I was initially supposed to attend a four year university. I got accepted and I was so excited to leave home and embark on a new journey but that didn’t work out due to the misunderstanding and complications of the entire school requirements. I ended up attending a community college. It was one of the toughest decisions that I had to make which turned into a beautiful mystery. God knew exactly what He was doing, It all began in my music classroom. At the time, I couldn’t wrap my head around the reason why I needed to take a music course. After all, I wanted to pursue Nursing. What correlation did music have with Nursing? Anyway, God had it all planned out. It was through my music course, that I met my friend Hayat. She was a Muslim at the time we met. A simple hello is what transcended into a friendship. Through conversations, Hayat expressed to me about how she wanted to convert to become a Christian for a while. She heard about the Gospel through her friend who was a Muslim who converted to Christianity. Look at God! At the time I met Hayat, I didn’t have anything to offer to her besides the conversations we had with her about God. I wasn’t planted in a church because I had left my previous church in search of another one. A few weeks after our meeting, I received a call from Hayat, with great joy in her voice. She had found a church through a woman while at a park. She invited me. A week after, I attended the church. I walked 25-30 minutes to the church and till now, that’s the church that I still attend. At the time, I was the only one in my household going to church. I couldn’t keep the good news to myself. I told my family and friends about the Lord and informed them about the church I was attending. At first, my mom wasn’t happy because I made a decision to attend a new church on my own. It’s not easy at a young age to make such a decision but I can truly say that God has been my guide. To God be the Glory, a few of my friends and family are members of the church I attend. Hayat, my friend, relocated back to her country. We still keep in contact. She is still a follower of Christ while trusting God for her family to come to the knowledge of Christ too. God surely has a purpose in everything that He does. He is Purposeful. He is an Intentional God. It was on that very day that I attended the church for the first time that I re-dedicated my life to Christ.

Before re-dedicating my life to Christ, my first name was worry. Ask about this child. Lord, knows I worried even when I was asleep, eating and even praying. My middle name was fear and my last name was pain dweller from past friendships. The battle of hurt continued for a while even after rededicating my life to God but through the process, He birthed purpose but most importantly, He set me free. He healed my heart and reminded me that He was my Father, Friend, King and Savior. On June 17th, 2015, I made a decision to get baptized. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I remember what I wore and emotions that ran through my body. Today is Wednesday, June 17th, 2020. Interestingly enough, I got baptized on a Wednesday too, five years ago. These five years have surely been a journey I’m still trodding upon. I’ve come to understand that I am not alone. God is with me. He has surrounded me with the right people and I am forever grateful. Through life’s battles, God has shown Himself strong. Through the tears, He has been my helper and my closest friend. I am no longer broken but much rather whole in Christ. Like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly, God is still at work in my life.

Reflection of Today

Today was a joyful day. It all began at 12am when I decided to celebrate this day in remembrance of when I got baptized. I celebrated by watching a clip of a video I took of my babies back in the orphanage in Uganda for a mission trip 🇺🇬. I miss my babies so much but every time I look back at the memories, I’m filled with joy. Fast forward, to the rest of the day. So back to memory lane, June 17th, 2015. As I mentioned, it was the day I got baptized. On that very day, a young girl by the name of ChiChi was supposed to get baptized too. Unfortunately, she was unable to because her family had to urgently move to another state. Two years later, God who forever blows my mind connected me with her. Listen this connection was divine. She messaged me via tumblr not realizing that she was messaging me. She was going through a rough time in her life (depression and etc). I didn’t have a profile picture so she couldn’t identity me. We continued our long conversations for years but on this day June 17th, 2020, she messaged me. I asked her for her number. I called her and the rest is history. God made a way. We spoke to each other on the phone for the first time ever. We shared our testimonies and just shared laughter briefly before her mentioning to me that she was in another country. She had relocated and if you know what that means, if I stay on the line for long, my phone bill will be out of this world. So we had to cut the phone call short but it was a lovely and blessed conversation.

I called a friend to testify of God’s goodness. She was so surprised by my level of joy today. She was even wondering if I found a job and I’m like not yet. Like I mentioned, this journey hasn’t been easy but I know that God is Faithful. I’ve learned and I am still learning to put my hope, faith and trust in God alone. No matter how steep the valley is, God will surely carry you through and set your feet upon a solid rock. When I tell you today was special, God knows and I’m sure the angels are rejoicing. I couldn’t help but smile. ‘Twas a beautiful and glorious day ✨😊.

My little heartbeats 💓 ( Orphans, God’s precious children)

Lessons Learned In Five Years

1. Where you are in your walk with God is not where everyone is in their journey. Walking is a choice. Being a follower is a daily decision and everyone makes a choice but learn to pray for them.

2. Lean in on God in every season. Cling unto Him like a root to a tree. You need God every day. He is not a seasonal God. He is a timeless God.

3. Whatever struggles you are facing, first come to God. God is relatable. He is your Father, Friend, Savior and so much more. Speak to the Lord. Be transparent. He listens and He is there for you. Don’t let fear hinder you from speaking to the One who cares and loves you. There is no wound too deep that God cannot heal.

4. Spend time with God every day. The presence of God is a gift. Read your Bible. Fellowship with other believers. Pray 🙏🏿. Read books that will enhance your spiritual walk. Set your priorities straight. Make room in your schedule for God. Let your life be centered on Christ.

5. Where you are is not where you are going. God is the director of your life. Key into what He is saying and be obedient.

6. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Be led by His Spirit.

7. Everyone you meet serves a purpose in your life. Don’t cling too tightly. Some people are visitors and that is okay. Some people will arrive during your wilderness and some will show up during harvest but there is a purpose for both the arrival and departure. Be welcoming and allow God to have His way in your life and those He sends your way.

8. Be careful of the people you surround yourself with, the music you listen to, the books you read, the movies you watch and etc.

9. If you say you want to grow in your walk, stop becoming comfortable with milk and be ready to intake spiritual food. God is ready but are you willing to take in what He is ready to feed you?

10. Surrender every part of your life to God. Don’t be a partial Christ. Jesus is a full course meal. Be ready to feast with the Lord. Ask the Lord for a teachable spirit. Humility is the way to the Father. Be willing to learn and be taught.

The Invitation

Today is the day of salvation. Don’t wait another day to make Jesus, your personal Lord and Savior. Understand that you don’t have to be in church for God to hear you. It’s a matter of declaring with your mouth and believing in your heart in faith that Jesus died and saved your life. He has been waiting for you. He has been knocking on the doors of your heart.

Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? If you haven’t, I would like to join you in prayer. For it is written in Romans 10:9, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Let us pray.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank you for this day. I come before your throne of mercy and grace. I thank you for what did for me at the Cross of Calvary. I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I am not worthy to stand before you but because of what you did for me at the Cross of Calvary, I’ve been given this privilege to know you. Cleanse me O’ God. Make me anew. I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart today that Jesus is Lord. Come into my heart O’ God. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for a new beginning. I am yours forevermore. In Jesus name I pray. Amen 🙏🏿

If you accepted Jesus as your Personal Lord and Savior, I rejoice with you my friend.

*Share your testimony. Tell someone. Testify about the Goodness of God!

As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” -Romans 10:15

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. May we continue to share our God-Given stories. Testify of the Goodness of God. May we never stop encouraging and praying for one another. God bless you 🙏🏿🥁✨

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers who exhibit creativity, positivity and an array of light to the blogging community.

It is an honor and a privilege to be nominated by my fellow blogger by the name of Sparkle Tumu ✨. She’s radiant and her blog exudes light, grace and growth. Sparkle, just recently joined the bloggers sphere. Please do take the time to check out her content and also follow her blog. It’s free of charge. Kindly click the link sparkletumu.wordpress.com/ 😊

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger award logo in your blog post.

Sparkle’s Questions

These are my eleven questions:

  1. What’s your favourite animal? I don’t have a favorite animal. I like the sound of birds but that’s it. Animals and I are not friends.
  2. Name that day of the week that causes your heart to feel lighter. I would have to say Sunday’s. It’s my rest day even though it doesn’t always as such depending on the week.
  3. Dream destination? I have so many dream destinations. I want to travel to Malawi, Tanzania, Italy
  4. Funniest school memory. I honestly can’t recall any memories as I write but I’m sure there is something that took place that was funny.
  5. If you could turn back time, what would you change about your life? I wouldn’t change anything. I truly believe that everything that happens is for a purpose. Each step we take is apart of the journey.
  6. What’s your favourite colour? My favorite colour is mustard yellow and gray. I like the color blue too but it depends on its shade.
  7. Movies vs. Series. Take your pick. I would have to say movies for sure.
  8. In two words, describe your lockdown/quarantine experience. The two words that perfectly describes my quarantine experience is challenging and refreshing. I chose the word challenging because this lockdown had things in stored that I didn’t expect. One of them being my father having the Coronavirus which took a toll on me being the caretaker. At the same time, trying to situate things with my life. It was a tough time for me but by God’s grace, he’s much better. Through it all, God is Good. This season of my life is just amazing. It’s a time for rest, working on goals and feasting with Jesus. Yes I don’t have a job currently but it’s still so refreshing. Perspective is key. God has been good. Like Lord, can this quarantine be for a year? 😂. I’m loving it. Every sound of the birds and the sun finding its way into my room makes me smile. It’s honestly a blessing and a gift wrapped in one. I love my peace.
  9. What are you most grateful for? I am grateful or the gift of life. It’s a blessing to be alive. To be able to have food to eat, a place to lay my head to rest is more than enough for me. I’m grateful for the genuine friends in my corner. I am grateful for the little children. Just today I was thinking of my babies in the orphanage in Uganda and my heart just smiled.
  10. What do you miss about your childhood? I can go on and on about this question. I honestly miss my childhood but I have more than enough pictures that can tell a thousand stories. I miss just being free and not having to worry about certain things like finding a job and etc. This little girl was jumping rope, eating ice cream and walking down the roads without a concern.
  11. What’s the first thing you will do/you did after lockdown/quarantine? The first I will do after the quarantine is honestly go and walk around the stores and possibly buy dessert 🧁 and journals 😊.

Thank you for nominating me Sparkle. I enjoyed your questions. Remain Blessed 😊. Light & Love your way.

Hello June

Welcome to the month of June. It’s officially the sixth month of the year and we are still alive. Can somebody shout Hallelujah 🙌🏿. The Lord is Good. Brethren, as long as you opened your eyes today, you ought to thank the Lord. He has been good to us and so worthy of all the praise. We are moving forward. It may not look like we are moving right along due to the currency of events present in our world today but there’s still so much to be hopeful for. 2020 is still my year. God isn’t finished yet. Papa is still at work, reigning as King over the Earth.

So I’m welcome June with open arms because God is still in Control. He is still polishing things, refining His children and making way for all things to work out for good and for His glory. Scripture reminds us that “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him” (See 1 Corinthians 2:9). God is still in the business of turning things around for you.

No matter what the last few months has looked like or has been for you, it is my prayer that as we have embarked to a new month, you will fix your eyes on things above. You will set your eyes on Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith. It’s a fresh month. The month is still young. Cradle it like a child and sing a new song as each day dawns. I pray that in this month of June, we will hunger and thirst for God more and more. May we be like children who dwell at the feet of our Maker. Every form of distraction, we cancel in Jesus name. Let’s ask God to open our eyes, hearts and minds. Like David, let us come into the throne room, and ask God to create in us a new heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us. We need a clean heart. Give us a heart Lord to love, serve and honor you.

As we all are aware, there is so much going on in the news. The world is on fire and it is only God that can quench it. There is news everywhere about racism and injustice. Let us not give up on prayer for our nation. We may not be the ones protesting but let’s do our parts. The war is raging but God is still in the midst. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Remember that we have the power and the authority to speak to the storm. May our faith increase in God all the more in this month of June. May we also remember that amidst the daily news reports in our world today, we still have Good News as believers. In the same as Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 26:11 “You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” God cares about everything going on right now in our world today. It may catch us by surprise but it’s not a surprise to God. Light has come and it’s exposing darkness and so many people cannot comprehend it yet. As we lift our nation up, let us also lift up every country worldwide Inyo the hands of God. It is currently raining but the sun will shine again. May we not lost hope but much rather may we draw near unto God. As He speaks, take note and be obedient to His instruction. June, we receive you with love. We draw near you with grace as we run this race. We commit this month to God, who has started a good work in each of us and will surely bring it to pass. We rejoice and raise our banner in praise because Jesus has won the victory.

I want to take the time to wish everyone who is celebrating their birthday in this month. May God bless your new age. May God do a new thing in your life. Greater heights the Lord will surely take you all. More grace, outpouring of God’s love, joy and every perfect gift from above. I celebrate you but know that the Lord is singing over you. Rejoice! Sing a new song. You are blessed, loved, and highly favored 🎉🥁🎂🤗🎈

The birds are singing 🎤. The sun has risen. The neighborhood is silent besides the cars passing. It’s a new day that the Lord has made and I choose to rejoice and be glad in it 😊.

Scripture Reflection #4

Scripture: Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. -Psalm 100:4

Has the Lord been good to you? Tell me how the Lord has been good to you in this past five months? If the Lord has been good to you, make a joyful noise 🥁. I don’t know how the past five months have been for you but one thing I do know is this; God is still worthy of all the praise.

Scripture reminds us that “the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” ( See John 4:23 ) God loves fellowship with His creation. When we choose to worship God, we are declaring that He is above all other things. Worship is a lifestyle and a choice. What a privilege we have been given to enter into the courts of our Heavenly Father with praise. God is worthy of all our praise.

In spite of everything going on in our world today, we can still choose to worship God. There is so much that we can be thankful for. God has been good to us. If you are reading this, you are still alive and that is more than enough to praise the King of Kings. When we learn to seek the face of God in everything that we do, we experience Him in ways we couldn’t have imagined. The Psalmist writes “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful unto Him and bless His Name.”

No matter where we are in life, we are being invited to come into the presence of the Lord. God awaits us in His own tabernacle. He longs for His children to dwell in His presence. May we find it in our hearts to continually praise God despite our circumstances. May we raise a hallelujah to one and only living God.

Question of the day

1. How has God been good to you throughout this month of May?

2. Do you find it difficult to enter the presence of God when you’re faced with trials of many kinds?

3. What are you three things you are thankful for?

Song of the day

Bethel Music: Worthy Of It All

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you 🙏🏿😊

Armor Bearers

Scripture: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he makes it clear to the church at Ephesus that the battle that is waging is beyond the physical. It is a spiritual war; a conflict between Christ and the enemy. As believers, we must prepare ourselves for battle daily. The battle is not seasonal but much rather an ongoing war. Although there’s a war going on, we have been supplied with a wardrobe directly from the Lord. We know that whatsoever the Lord gives unto us is perfect. Ephesians 6:10-18 reminds us of the components of the armor of God which includes the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the spirit, and pray. Like a soldier, God has prepared His children for whatever may come our way. So armor up daughter. Armor up Son.

Throughout scripture, we are reminded that the devil comes only to kill, steal, and destroy. The enemy has a job and he works overtime. He looks for every opportunity to keep us bound and slay us. The only shift the enemy takes is anything that requires destroying God’s children but the truth is if we are not aware of his tactics and are not prepared for battle, he will destroy us. God has done His part by giving us the essential tool we need for everyday living. We can’t expect God to also clothe us. The Lord is our protector. Yes, He is but we also have a role to play. You can have the armor and not put it to use. We have been given the full armor of God. The wardrobe is complete. Everything that we need for war has already been given to us. So let’s take a look at each component.

Armor Of God

1. Belt of Truth: This is the word of God. Scripture reminds us that we will know the truth and the truth will set us free. ( See John 8:32). When I think of the belt of truth, I’m reminded of an actual belt that one wears. The purpose of a belt is to hold and secure a clothing. The difference between the belt we wear and the belt that God has given us is that it is adjustable. On the other hand, we can’t adjust God’s word. It is the truth. Also, we don’t need a belt for every outfit we wear but the belt of truth is necessary in the believers life. It is apart of you. If we say we believe in Jesus, we must stand on His word. As it is written in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” There is power in the word. It is our security. It is the bread that gives life unto us. If we don’t know the truth and stand firm in it, it is very easy for the enemy to deceive us. The truth is that Jesus died for all of humanity and His love has set us free. We don’t have to work hard to buy His belt. It is the truth and it is free.

2. Breastplate of Righteousness: This is covering which protects our heart and other organs. The breastplate is necessary for guarding our hearts against the enemy’s schemes. Scripture reminds us that “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (See Proverbs 4:23). So we have to be careful what we allow to come close to our heart. Righteousness in itself means morally upright and doing what is in agreement with God’s standard. It’s being in right standing with God. We are righteous through Christ Jesus. At the Cross, Jesus proposed to us. He washed us, gave us a new heart, clothed us in a new garment and gave us a new name. When we put on the breastplate of righteousness, it’s an indication of who we are in Christ.

3. Feet Fitted With The Gospel of Peace 🦶: As we venture into our day, the enemy is prepared but God is already ordering our feet. He has ordained us to be ministers of His word; leaving a footprint 👣 for all to see and follow. We are soldiers marching on rich soil. We are planted and secured in Christ. Even as we march, we must learn to listen to voice of the Lord. We must not get caught up trying to fight the battle alone. We need the Lord to instruct us and guide us. Without the instruction of the Lord, we will be led astray. Even as we step into our day, the enemy has placed roadblocks to hinder us from going to our place of destiny. He is prepared for us to sink but we must learn to wear the shoes that God has purchased for us. Your heels will not secure you on the battlefield. There is a purpose by which the Lord gave us His word. The word of God is light. When we choose to follow Christ, we are directed in His way everlasting. There will be no need to change shoes when your well suited and booted. We also experience peace that only He can give. The Gospel is for everyone and it is to be preached wherever we go. It is not reserved for church services. Jesus didn’t die for His children to perish. He wants all of us to come to the knowledge of Him and to experience peace too.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Psalm 119:105

4. Shield of Faith: This is the weapon that we have as believers. Faith must be activated. The enemy is not concerned about what you have on the physical. Remember, this war is beyond the physical. The Shepherd prepares His sheep. The Master teaches His servants but we must allow faith to take its place. We must not respond in fear but much rather in faith. We must have faith in Christ alone. We are victorious in Christ Jesus.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love.

Ephesians 3:16-17

5. Helmet of Salvation: Whenever I think of the helmet of salvation, I’m reminded of when I first learned how to ride a bike and how my dad will tell me to put on my helmet ⛑. The helmet is necessary. It protects your head from any head injuries. We are saved by grace through Christ Jesus. What the enemy intended for evil, God has turned it around for good. We are secured in Christ. No matter what storms may rise, we know the truth that God has saved us and we surely put our hope in Him every step of the way. Having our helmet is one thing but putting it on it another thing. We must renew our minds daily of what the word of God says. Having the helmet of salvation gives us hope that no matter what trials come our way, we will be saved. Hope in Christ is everything than what the world can offer to us. Victory belongs to a Jesus. We must also tell others about the free gift of salvation. Don’t lay your helmet down because you have been saved. Spread the good news like wildfire. We must not keep the good news to ourselves.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12

6. Sword of The Spirit: We have the Sweet Holy Spirit with us. The spirit supplies us with the sword through the word. He tell us just what we need and guide us in the way that we should go. We must read the word daily. We must stay connected to the Holy Spirit. Scripture reminds us that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (See Hebrews 4:12). The word of God is powerful. In order to use the sword effectively, the Holy Spirit must train us. In order for soldier to go to battle, he has to be trained. We must undergo the process by learn to remain in the presence of God. We must study the word, obey and continuously abide in the vineyard with the vinedresser. The sword is our weapon as believers to overcome the fiery darts of the enemy.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Matthew 4:4

7. Prayer: This right here is a powerful weapon in itself. Scripture tells us to “pray without ceasing.” (See 1 Thessalonians 5:17). The best and greatest modeler of prayer was Jesus. He submitted daily to the Father. “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” (Mark 1:35). Jesus prayed to remain in His fathers will. He was consistent in all that He did. In the same way, we are called to also pray. We ought to be imitators of our Heavenly Father. Our love for God should propel us to seek His face at all times. Prayer is not only designed for when a believer is in need of answers to a problem. Prayer is a gift. It is the access that we have to our Heavenly Father. It is a conversation and daily communion we have with the King of Kings. Prayer is our hearts response to God for all that He has done for us. E.M. Bounds said, “The goal of prayer is the ear of God, a goal that can only be reached by patient and continued and continuous waiting upon Him, pouring out our heart to Him and permitting Him to speak to us. Only by so doing can we expect to know Him, and as we come to know Him better we shall spend more time in His presence and find that presence a constant and ever-increasing delight.” The Christian life without prayer is like a seed that doesn’t bear fruit. We must do our parts. May we join hands as we pray for one another. May we not give up but may we arise and pray.

As believers, we have a divine assurance of the victory we have in Christ Jesus. No matter the state of the battle, may we be reminded that God is with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. May we be reminded of this truth as we armor up for battle. Like David, we will say “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (1 Samuel 17:45)

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.

Proverbs 18:10

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I pray that you were blessed and encouraged. God bless you 🙏🏿.

Set Free!

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1

To know God is to experience the fullness of His character and presence. Scripture says “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Apart from Christ, we cannot experience freedom. In this corruptible world that we are living in, God has promised His freedom unto us. Scripture makes it clear to us that through the resurrection of Christ, we have been delivered from sin. 

What is sin? Sin is anything that separates us from God. Romans 3:23 reminds us that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”. Humanly speaking, we are sinful by nature but thanks be to God who sent His only son Jesus Christ to die for all humanity. Scripture reminds us that “For our sake He (God) made him (Christ) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Christ died for (all) humanity. He saved you and I from the law and gave us His grace. We couldn’t save ourselves so God who knew, sent His Son to free us. Jesus cancelled our debts and gave us access to have fellowship with our Heavenly Father.

So if we have been set free, why then do we continue to partake in sin?

Yes, as children belonging to Christ we have been set free but due to our flesh, sin can still take dominion over us. It is the reason why we have to seek the Holy Spirit at all times. We can do nothing by our own strength. Our flesh has many desires but so does our spirit being. It is the reason why must repent and draw nearer unto God. It is the reason why we have to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us. As children who have been freed from the penalty of sin ( the result of death ) that in which Christ bore for our sake, we must also walk in that freedom that has been given unto us. As it written in John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.”

What has Christ freed me from?

Jesus has freed you and I from the bondage of sin. Before we accepted Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we were intertwined with the culture of the world. We gave our flesh authority but now that we have been seated with Christ, our flesh has to bow for our Spirit to be made alive. We were like prisoners bound to the world, our flesh and it’s desires. Scripture reminds us that “For all that is in the world the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions is not from the Father but is from the world.” ( See 1 John 2:16 ). But now, we have been set free. 

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -1 Corinthians 15:56-57

We have the victory in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit lives inside of us but we must not grieve the gift that was given to help us. Unfortunately so many believers aren’t aware of the gift of the Holy Spirit. They are awaiting for a special moment to come for them to receive the Holy Spirit but the truth is the Holy Spirit was there all along. It wasn’t until we accepted Jesus as our Personal Savior that the Holy Spirit became present to us. Today, we can celebrate and live life in abundance because of what Christ did for you and I. I am no longer a slave to sin. It is not my master. Christ is the key holder of my life. It is when we understand what Christ did for us that we have a renewed understanding of living righteously to the Glory of His Holy name.

If I have been set free, why do I find it difficult to let go of my sinful habits ( pornographymasturbation, anger, and etc.)

Inasmuch as Christ has set us free, there is still an enemy at work in our lives daily. In John 10:10, we are reminded that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The enemy is consistent with His tactics but as believers, we have been given the previous gift of the Holy Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit but so many of us, cannot hear Him. The enemy loves noise and clutter. It is the best place He operates and does His greatest work. When we are led by the Holy Spirit, we are made aware of the devices of the enemy. I believe that the greatest tool the enemy uses today in our generation is our cell phones. The enemy knows our weaknesses and is always seeking souls to torment. You may wonder, why your still battling with a particular sin. It can possibly be that you are trying to fight the battle by your own strength or you’re ignoring the tactics of the enemy. Temptation is all around us but there is an escape in Christ. You don’t have to respond to what you flesh desires. You have been given the power but you must use your authority in Christ. Prayer is the key.

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

James 1:13-18

I don’t know what you are currently facing at this time but know that there is no sin too deep that God cannot deliver. With God, all things are possible. If there’s anything I’ve come to understand is that the enemy loves manipulating all of God’s children. He looks for different loop holes to get access to the key. As believers, Christ has given us the key unlocks many secrets. Those who escape are those who allow the Holy Spirit to lead them. The enemy loves those who are silent about their battles. He loves those who don’t use their voices. You see there’s a time to speak up and a time to keep quiet. So many people are feasting with the enemy and are living in bondage. They are breaking bread with the Father of all lies. It is time to come out of the cage. You don’t have to remain in the dark. Light is here for you. Freedom is yours in Jesus name. Christ has tore the veil so that you may live and walk freely in Him. 

There are many sins made mention in the Bible but there are some that are not mention such as pornographymasturbation and etc. So why are they still considered sins?

The truth is although there are some particular sins not mentioned in the Bible, they are still considered as sins whether we choose to believe it or not. Sin is defined as anything that separates us from God. 

What are some things I can do to walk in step with the Lord?

Great question. First thing, I would say is for you to dedicate your life to Christ if you haven’t done so. Make it a priority to spend time with the Lord daily. Be connected to a Bible teaching church. Be careful of the people you surround yourself with, the music you listen to, books you read and movies/shows you watch. Remain in the presence of the Lord. Meditate on scriptures day and night. Be prayerful. Repent of your sins daily. Engage with the Holy Spirit daily. Don’t be afraid to speak up when you don’t understand something or your struggling in one area or the other. Ask the Lord to connect you with the right people for the journey. Most importantly, seek the Lord in all your ways. 

What if I am ashamed to share my struggles with someone?

Don’t be afraid to share your struggles but allow the Holy Spirit to lead you concerning home you should share your burdens with because the truth is not everyone will understand or will be able to give you sound advice. 

Is there any particular scriptures I can meditate upon?

Yes, there are many scriptures in regards to the freedom we have in Christ but these are just a few of them. 

I lift up my eyes to the mountains
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. -1 Corinthians 10:13

But now that you have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. -Romans 6:22

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. -Roman 8:1-4

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16

Quote

“Sin seeks to enter, grace shuts the door; sin tries to get the mastery, but grace, which is stronger than sin, resists, and will not permit it. Sin gets us down at times, and puts its foot on our neck; grace comes to the rescue… Sin comes up like Noah’s flood, but grace rides over the tops of the mountains like the ark.” (Charles Spurgeon)

Song:

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

Oh, precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

(Hillsong)

There is power in the name of Jesus to heal, free, and deliver every captive. Call upon His name. Stand on His word. Exercise the power and authority you have been given through Jesus. Remember always, that God is able to do that which seems impossible unto men. Child of God, “Walk in light of freedom! Come to the well and be refreshed. It is Christ alone, that can satisfy your thirsty soul.