One Desire

Scripture: One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. -Psalm 27:4

To seek God, is to know Him all the more. You and I were created to have fellowship with the Father but too often we get so caught up in the lifestyle of this world that we don’t make time in our schedule to seek the Lord wholeheartedly. God is calling each of us to return back to His presence. It is in the presence of our Heavenly Father that we experience communion and the depth of the Father’s love for us.

  • What are your heart desires in this season of your life?
  • What is seated on the throne of your heart, where God needs to be seated?
  • What are you willing to do to draw nearer unto God?

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? -Psalm 42:1-3

In our pursuit to know God, He encounters us. Pursuit began long ago before we came to the knowledge of God. Scripture tells us about David’s yearning for more of God’s presence. David understood that life without intimacy with God was unfulfilling. Instead of seeking things surrounding Him, David chose to dwell in the presence of His Maker. Each day, God invites us into His loving arms. He longs for us to draw nearer unto Him. For Christ alone, is our Rock Eternal. David was aware of God’s presence. His soul longed for the depth of God. He wasn’t comfortable with the basics. He wanted a deeper fellowship with the Father.

  • Do you know God as a living God?
  • Who and what have you been turning to instead of God?
  • How hungry and thirsty are you for the Lord?

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. -Psalm 63:1

Like David, we have been given the privilege to know God. In a world where so many people are searching for answers, the truth has been revealed to us. In fact, God is still unraveling so much of His character to us each day. God longs for each of us to know Him. What good is it for us to exist and not really live? In the same way, what good is it to roam this world without knowing the purpose by which you were created? David cried out to God. His hunger for God was so intense that He couldn’t help but pour out his heart before the Father. David was aware of the foundation of his faith. No one could tell David who his God was because His foundation was built on Christ alone. David desires the presence of God over the gifts that can be presented to Him. David sought the Lord and He surely encountered Him.

  • Do you truly know the Lord?
  • What is the basis of your relationship with God?
  • When was the last time you spent quality time with the Lord?

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” -Matthew 16:13-16

To know Jesus, is to fall more deeper in love with Him. For so many people, their knowledge of Jesus is based on information that others have told them. Knowing Jesus for themselves is a heart work that they are not willing to undergo. They rather stick to the pieces of the puzzles they are familiar with, than to pick up the pieces of the puzzle and learn more. In this scripture, we clearly see man’s description of Christ but not a revelatory one in the beginning stages. It wasn’t until Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Who do you say I am?” before He was able to give a response. See, Simon Peter was among the rest of the disciples but He didn’t make a remark until Jesus asked of Him. We have got to get to that point where we become comfortable with every information that is given to us without first seeking the Source. The world offers information but the word breathes revelation. Jesus is life and we are made alive in Him. It is His desire that all men will come to the knowledge of Him. Jesus desires intimacy not religion. His heart beats for a relationship with us but we’ve got to stop dabbling with the world.

  • Who do you say Jesus is?
  • Who are you surrounded by and what do they say about the Lord of your life?
  • What are some unbiblical doctrines you need to get rid of?
  • Are you ready to know the Lord for yourself if you don’t already know Him?

In order for us to make Christ known, we must first seek to know Him above all else. To know Christ is the foundation of our faith walk. May we take delight in knowing the Lord. As we make room for the King, the more we become kingdom minded and are able to receive His grace, love and everything else that His presence offers us. In receiving, we then are able to extend that which has been given unto those who haven’t experienced the abundant life which is found in Christ alone. Let us go deep and grow deeper in our walk with God. Return to your first love. Jesus, is waiting for you.

Free To Worship

In the presence of God, there is freedom to worship. There is no place I’ll rather be than to dwell in the house of the Lord. You and I were created to worship. If the birds can sing a new song every morning unto the Lord, so will I. God is worthy of all our praise. Despite the currency of our nation, God has been faithful to us. Its been eight months and by His grace, we still alive and standing. As long as we have breath in our lungs, let us take the time to give God everything that He deserves; worship the Lord. With outstretched arms, release a new sound of worship. Magnify the Lord. Outpour your praise to the King of Kings.

As the month of August is drawing to a close, its officially that time, where I share with you all, the songs that ministered to me throughout the course of this month. I absolutely love listening to worship songs. I enjoy being in that atmosphere of worship; giving thanks to the Lord. Psalm 29:2 says, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.” Because of who the Lord is, let us give Him the praise. We worship the Lord not solely because of what He is doing in our lives but for the mere fact of who He is. So I’ve come to praise and share with you all song ministrations for this month. Sit back, relax and enjoy 🥁.

Praise & Worship

1. Victoria Tunde : You Give Life

2. Jada Mayson : Son of God, Son of Mine

3. Lydia Kabs : My Purpose*

4. Tasha Cobbs Leonard : This Is A Move

5. Jimmy D Psalmist : I Trust In You

6. Jason Nelson : Forever*

7. Folabi Nuel & Ty Bello : Thank You For Loving Me

8. MOG Music : Be Lifted

9. Lydia Kabs : Yesu Elonga ( Jesus, My Victory )

10. Joe Mettle : My Everything

11. Fred Hammond : Be Magnified*

12. Sinach : Great Are You Lord

13. Maverick City : Promises

14. Israel & New Breed : Trading My Sorrows

15. Brenden Praise : Hallelujah Nkateko

16. Deborah Darling : Victory

17. Common Hymnal : Come And Tear Down The Walls

18. Hillsong : Cornerstone

19. Benjamin Dube : You Will Never Leave Me

20. Brenden Praise : Jesus Be The Centre/ Semphete

21. Benjamin Dube ft Mahalia Buchanan: Sovereign God

22. Moses Bliss : Too Faithful*

23. Todd Dulaney : Victory Belongs To Jesus

24. Elevation Worship: Never Lost ft. Tauren Wells

25. Common Hymnal : New Name*

26. Jubilee Worship : Atmosphere Shift

27. Bethel Music : Champion

28. Common Hymnal : Heaven’s Here*

29. Vertical Worship: Faithful Now

30. William McDowell ft Tasha Cobbs Leonard : Even Now

31. Hillsong : Hosanna

32. Common Hymnal: The Kingdom Is Yours

33. Jon Jones & Dee Wilson : Yahweh

34. Common Hymnal : Grace Came Running

35. Hillsong : Valentine

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Feel free to share any worship songs that ministered to you 🙌🏿💃🏿🤗. Remain in the atmosphere of worship. Lay it all down and surrender. Give God your best, for He alone is worthy of all the praise. Stay Blessed & Rooted In Christ.

The Voice of Faith

Question of the day: Do you still believe in the promises of the Lord? Have you lost hope and what is the currency/level of your faith in this season?

Living our lives in response to what Christ did for us on the Cross of Calvary should be the attitude and the lifestyle of the believer. Scripture makes it clear to us that God knows the plans He has for us. He is aware of our beginning, middle and end. Unlike human beings, we create our agendas in hopes that everything will go as we have it planned which doesn’t always go our way.

Jeremiah 29:11, is a promise; a divine assurance of God’s purposes for each of His children. The word of God is true but we must continually abide, cloth ourselves with the word and be anchored in the hope that we have in Christ Jesus. We serve a God who is faithful and sovereign. His character changes not in any given season. He is who He says He is. Scripture reminds us that “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken whose who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10) We are God’s seed and as a Good Father, God waters us daily. Where we choose to put our faith in highlights the condition of our hearts.

Having faith doesn’t undermine our current circumstances but much rather, it draws our hearts to our Heavenly Father. God longs for each of us to experience Him and the abundant life that is found only in Him. It’s in seeking the face of God that we become aligned with His plans for our lives. Faith is a seed and gift given to us by the Holy Spirit. Everyone has faith in something but what one chooses to believe in is a choice. With every decision made, there is a consequence. Though we haven’t seen God, we have experienced Him with our eyes of faith.

As believers, we can stand firm in our hope in Christ Jesus. We don’t have to be faithless and hopeless people wandering in search of bread when we have already tasted and drank the living water. Everything we need is found in Christ. So often, though we have received, we go in search for more things to satisfy our souls only for us to still remain in that empty state. True satisfaction can only be found in Christ whose well never runs dry.

As we continue to run the race, may we learn to fix our eyes on Jesus. May we take delight in knowing that God’s reward is far much greater that what the world can offer unto us. Your ways are not God’s ways. The reality of your future can only be seen through the lens of faith. Lay down your agendas and surrender your life unto God. For He is the director and orchestrator of your life. He who has promised and is faithful in keeping firm to that which He has planted; watering it that all things may be complete and fruitful, showcasing His glory.

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

Love Reigns

Hi everyone. I hope that you are all doing well. How was your week? Did you do anything fun this weekend? If so, feel free to share with me in the comment section.

As the weekend is drawing to an end and another week is fast approaching, I’m just stopping by to remind you that God loves you so much. Yes, for some of us, we hear this saying a lot but don’t actually believe it. For a few of us, we need this reminder from time to time. Either ways, God still loves us and has never stopped and will continue to love on us. As a new week is around the the corner, it is my prayer that you will experience God’s love for you like never before. It will not just be mere words spoken to you but you will truly experience the outpouring of God’s love for you and walk in it.

As we take a step into another week, may our hearts be filled with praise and may we continue to lift the name of God above every other name. May we draw nearer unto God by being intentional in spending time in His presence. In the book of Joshua 1:8, we are reminded yet commanded to “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” The word of God is our sword. It is an essential in our lives. It’s not an option but rather a necessity. Without God, we are nothing. We need the Lord daily. As love overflows, may we spend time at the feet of the One who supplies all that we need. Have a blessed week ahead 🙏🏿🤗

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,

your faithfulness to the skies.

Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.

Psalm 36:5-6

Acts of Kindness

*Think of one thing you can do for someone this week and just do it with all of your heart ❤️. You are blessed to be a blessing.

Take the time to reach out to your friends and loved ones as we thread upon a new week. Make time for those you love.

Cheers to a new week 🙌🏿. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Let’s conquer our goals and may we spread the love of Christ to everyone that we meet 😊. We are the salt & light for God’s Glory.

The Foundation

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” -Matthew 7:24-27

One of the greatest determiner of a man’s foundation is usually factored in when the storms of life sets in unexpectedly. Scripture reminds us in John 16:33 that in this life, we will have trouble. It reads, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” In Isaiah 54:10, we are reminded that “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.” As believers, we will go through trying times in this world but we have Christ, who is our solid rock. In Him, we can stand secure.

What is your foundation? As believers, we must know our foundation. We can utter with our mouths that Christ is our foundation but when the storms of life crashes into our premises, what language does our heart speak in those times? Who do we cling unto in those times? What is the condition of our hearts when the rain pours uncontrollably and the sun hasn’t risen?

When we take a look at the illustration that Jesus made with the two builders, we can clearly see a distinction between the two constructors. The wise and the foolish builders both had a building but the foundation became more visible when the storm came unannounced. In this life, our foundations will be shaken and tested at any given season of our lives.

“And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house.” -Matthew 7:24

Though the rain pours and the winds blow, if our foundation is built on Christ, nothing will be shaken. The test will come but we will stand strong and undefeated. As believers, we must know our foundation. When we are unaware of our cornerstone, it is easy for us to get swayed by the systems of this world.

When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

Proverbs 10:25

As a mother knows her child and can determine the voice of her heartbeat, we too must know the Lord. Too many believers don’t know the Lord. They simply leave their belief on their doorstep and live life in search of newer grounds. When we don’t know our foundation, we find safety in the arms of our neighbors and make their belief our security blanket.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Hearing the word of God isn’t enough just as building a home without the building blocks won’t keep the home grounded. James 1:22-23 stated it best “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” The word of God is our daily bread. It is the supplement we need to intake every day.

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.” Like 14:28-30

Check your foundation! Is it rooted in Christ?

As believers, we must recognize that the foundation has already been laid. Jesus is our foundation. He is the ultimate cornerstone. We must stop allowing people to determine who our God is and where He is seated. Scripture reminds us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (See Hebrews 13:8). Whether one believes that Jesus is real or not, He will continue to remain the same. The Lord changes not; He is still the constant in my life.

When you don’t know who you are in Christ, you make room for others to tell you who you are and what to believe in. You must know your position in Christ. The house is already built and your identity is found in Christ alone.

When our foundation is built on the systems of this world, when the rain starts falling, our home begins to shake but when our foundation is built on the Lord, even the rain can not destroy what is already established by the Maker of Heaven and Earth.

As I reflected upon this scripture, it reminded me of a folktale I read as a little girl about the three little pigs.

“Once upon a time there was an old mother pig who had three little pigs and not enough food to feed them. So when they were old enough, she sent them out into the world to seek their fortunes. The first little pig was very lazy. He didn’t want to work at all and he built his house out of straw. The second little pig worked a little bit harder but he was somewhat lazy too and he built his house out of sticks. Then, they sang and danced and played together the rest of the day.


The first little pig was very lazy. He didn’t want to work at all and he built his house out of straw. The second little pig worked a little bit harder but he was somewhat lazy too and he built his house out of sticks. Then, they sang and danced and played together the rest of the day. The third little pig worked hard all day and built his house with bricks. It was a sturdy house complete with a fine fireplace and chimney. It looked like it could withstand the strongest winds.

The next day, a wolf happened to pass by the lane where the three little pigs lived; and he saw the straw house, and he smelled the pig inside. He thought the pig would make a mighty fine meal and his mouth began to water. So he knocked on the door and said:

Little pig! Little pig!
Let me in! Let me in!

But the little pig saw the wolf’s big paws through the keyhole, so he answered back:

No! No! No! 
Not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin!

To read more about the three little pigs, you can google it or get a copy at your library.

Quote: Let us not sigh, but sing. All is well however hard the wind blows. -Charles Spurgeon

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33

May we stand firm in Christ alone in every season. He is our God who changes not. The storms of life may arise but so will our God! Know your foundation! Stay rooted and firmly planted so that when the storms of life draw near to your premises, you will not be shaken and tossed away. Know your foundation! When you know where you are seated and who is with you, you will not be moved. Know your foundation! It is the secret to living a victorious life through Christ Jesus.

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

Sacrifice of Praise

“You must not worship the Lord your God in their way. But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling.” Deuteronomy 12:4-5

Question of the day: When you think of the word sacrifice, what comes to mind? Now with your response, compare sacrifice and praise. What correlation/distinction do both words hold true to the character of Christ?

As believers, we are created to worship the Lord. From the very beginning of creation, God created all things (living) for His glory. We exist for a purpose. Our existence isn’t purposeless but much rather meaningful. When God created us, He had a great intent in mind. God made no mistake when He formed us in our mother’s womb. It was the genesis of all things made alive.

As children made in the image of God, we are created to worship. We have so much to be thankful for but so often throughout this journey with the Lord, we face different sets of trials that causes us to rather faint instead of leaning unto grace. Scripture reminds us that “And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (See 1 Peter 5:10). Though we face challenges, we are reminded that God will restore us and make as firm and strong in Him. John 4:23 reminds us that “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

Our hearts is what our Heavenly Father wants and desires for all His children. Matthew 15:8-9 points us to a powerful revelation. It reads, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me.” What is the reason why you worship? Who are you worshipping? The truth is, the posture of our hearts make a difference when seeking the Lord. A divided heart is not what the Father desires for His children. God wants the entirety of our hearts. When we give unto the Father, we make room for Him to have His way in our lives.

Let’s take the time to ask God to give us a new heart. A heart that is centered on Him. A heart that longs to bring the Father Glory and Honor. Revive our hearts. Draw us nearer with each new day.

Sacrifice of Praise: When I think of the word sacrifice of praise, what comes to mind is one laying all things aside and giving glory and honor unto God. Praise is the secret to our breakthrough. It is our heart offering unto God for all that He has done and for who He is. Jesus died so that we may live life abundantly. He sacrificed for our sake although He had no blemishes, He poured out Himself demonstrating His love for us.

Let your praise arise from the inside and may it flow to the outer courts for all to know and be touched by the presence of the Lord.

So with that in mind, it’s another time of the month where I share my worship playlist with you all. In case, you forgot, we are in the month of July. It’s the seventh month and God has been good. By His grace, we are alive and for that reason alone, we ought to give God all the praise that is due to His Holy Name. Without further due, here are a few songs that ministered to me throughout the month of July 💃🏿🙌🏿😊

Worship Songs

1. Deborah Darling: Victory

2. Abel Chungu Musuku: Father’s Child

3. Solomon Lange: The Lord Is Good

4. Hillsong: The Potters Hand

5. Hlengiwe Mhlaba: Living Waters

6. Rebecca Aladiran: We Wait For You (Shekinah Glory)

7. Morgan Harper Nichols: Lead Me Back

8. Phil Thompson: My Worship

9. Nathaniel Bassey: Onise Iyanu

10. Todd Dulaney: Victory Belongs To Jesus

11. Collen Maluleke: You Are Glorious/Most High

12. Darlene Zschech: Victor’s Crown

13. Josie Buchanan: How Great Is Our God

14. Lor: Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

15. Kim Walker Smith: Just Be

16. Vertical Worship: Faithful Now

17. Sinach : I Know Who I Am

18. Lor: I’m Pressing On The Upward Way

19. Victoria Orenze: Jesus All I Have Is You

20. Hillsong: I Will Exalt You

21. Afy Douglas: Savior

22. Hillsong: Made Me Glad

23. Grace Brumley: Saturate Me In Your Anointing

24. MOGmusic: Be Lifted

25. Proclaim Music: Because You Love Me

26. Fred Hammond: Be Magnified ( Oh Lord)

27. Spirit of Praise for Mmatema: Make A Way

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

Glorious Beginnings

It’s officially my birthday 🍰. The sun is shining and the birds are singing their songs. It is the start of beautiful and glorious beginnings. It’s quite amazing how time just flies by so quickly like the wind. Looking back on this past year, all I can do is marvel at the goodness of God. Each year carries its shares of challenges and triumphs. Through it all, God has been good. The Lord is Good. His goodness is not reserved for certain seasons. The Lord remains true to Himself. Each day with Him gets sweeter and sweeter. My heart is so full of joy. I’m grateful for the gift of life. I’m thankful for everyone that I encountered this year and I look forward to what the Lord has in stored.

As another chapter has unfolded , I am so looking forward to what it holds for me and everyone surrounding me. God’s plans for His children are great. He will never fail us but we must continue to fix our eyes on Him. The promises of God are sure for His children. He is the covenant and promise keeper. What He said, He will do, He will bring it to completion.

To all my July babies, we rock. I thank God for you. As the Lord has caused you to see a new year, it is my prayer that you will surely experience the goodness of God in the land of the living. May God’s hands continue to rest upon you. May you call upon the name that is above every other name. His name is Jesus. Seventh months, God has been good to you and I. Despite everything that is going on in our world today, we can surely put our hope and trust in God. As you delight yourself in the Lord, may He give you all that your heart desires. May the Lord blow your mind. May He showcase His glory upon your life. All that your heart desires, may it be granted unto you. It’s your special day. Enjoy your day to the fullest ❤️

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 14:13

Poem 🌻

You are sunrise

on a new morning.

A ray of hope,

a special gift to the world.

You are light,

a soft poem

carrying joy in your smile

and butterflies in your heart.

You are radiant and bold.

You are more than gold.

You are God’s daughter,

crowned in grace.

Sweet July 🌻. You have been lovely. You have been fabulous but your heat has been not been a smooth sailing. Despite the your rays, I’m alive today. I’m grateful for the beauty that this day holds. Surprise me. It’s my day and I’m looking forward to all that this chapter holds.

Gracefully Unfolding

For a new chapter to begin, some doors must close. So, it’s officially a day before my birthday. I must say, that it’s been a mixed emotion kind of day. I’m so excited and grateful to see another year but yet still I’m also nervous. I can’t describe the feeling precise but this I know that my life is in God’s hands. It belongs to Him. July, you are sweet. Every time, July arrives, I can’t help but smile and jubilate 💃🏿.

Like a seed planted in rich soil, God is still at work In my life. He continues to water me and He is watering you too. God has been good to me. Faithful is our God. Despite the challenges I’ve faced, when I look over my life, all I can say is thank you Lord. The Lord has been my helper. I want to take this time to say thank you to all my bloggers on here. What a blessing it has been to connect with you all. My heart is full of joy. Every moment we get to interact with each other through one another’s post has been a delightful experience. I look forward to what the rest of this year holds for us all.

Poem

If flowers can bloom

and trees can flourish

amidst the storms of life,

so will I.

There is beauty and purpose in every season of our lives. It is my prayer that you will look to the Lord. You will not lose sight of God in this season of your life. Many times, in our waiting season, we cling unto other things. I pray that your eyes will be fixed on the Lord. As you draw nearer unto God, may He draw nearer unto you.

Whatsoever you are trusting God for, may it be fulfilled in Jesus name 🙏🏿. Though the waiting may seem long, put your hope in the all time and all knowing God. God is faithful and His promises are sure concerning your life.

Let the gardener finish His work in you. May the Lord who makes all things beautiful in His own time, gracefully unfold all that He has prepared for you.

Joy like a flower blooms in places we least expect.

Dream Big!

Scripture: Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” -Genesis 37:5-7

Before the start of this month, my pastor shared a word that the Lord laid upon his heart for the month of July. As it is a custom in my church that before the start of a new month, we command/commit the month ahead into God’s hands. The word for this month is Dream Big. So throughout the course of these past few weeks in July, my pastor started a series titled “There Comes The Dreamer.” We have been learning about the life of Joseph. The story of Joseph can be found in the book of Genesis, chapter 37. In today’s blog post, I will be sharing with you all a few things learned so far in this series. Without further due, let’s get started.

Sermon Notes 📝// Part 1: I AM Joseph

1. In order to go higher, we must first go deeper.

2. Joseph was a reflection of Christ. He embodied Jesus in so many ways through his character.

3. Joseph was the object of His Father’s special love. So many believers wrestle with God’s love for them. Be reminded that God loves you and that she has a plan for your life. In Jeremiah 31:3, it reads “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”

4. Joseph was envied and hated without a cause. Like Jesus, Joseph was envied because of a dream. He was rejected by his own brothers.

5. Like Jacob, we all have dreams. Your dream is God’s vision, agenda and purpose for you that He has communicated with you. Scripture reminds us in Jeremiah 29:11 that “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.

Proverbs 20:5

6. Like Joseph, our dreams are deep but many people don’t have the insight to draw them out. Our dreams carry eternal significance. There is a purpose in the dream that God has placed in your heart. Some of us have been talked out of the dream and for that reason, we have neglected it. At the age of 17, when Joseph had the dream, he thought it was about him but little did he know that it was a greater plan.

7. The reason why many of us don’t give our dream our all is because we don’t see the significance in it.

8. The survival of the whole nation depended on Joseph’s dream; a 17 year old boy.

9. Our dreams are connected to God’s purpose. They have eternal significance. The isn’t about you or for you. God had an ultimate plan when gave you the dream.

10. We must start becoming serious about the dream(s), that God has put in our hearts.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” -Ecclesiastes 3:11

11. The survival of many people rest on our dreams. For some of us, the expansion of the kingdom rest on our dreams.

12. Like Joseph, your dreams will offend some people. Not everyone will understand your dream. Not everyone will support your dreams. The people you love can cause havoc to the seed that God has placed in you. If your not careful, you will abort it.

13. The more Joseph shared the dream, the more he was hated. Though he was hated, it didn’t stop Joseph from dreaming and sharing what God has placed on his heart. The offense didn’t stop him from pursuing the dream despite the hardships, Joseph persevered. Don’t let the offense stop you either. Look to the Lord and seek the One who gave you the dream.

14. Some of you have pulled back from the dreams because you expected certain people to help you and because they haven’t you are just sitting instead of consulting God, who gave you the dream.

15. Go revisit your dream. Don’t give up. Seek the Lord. God to God and ask him if the dream is from him. Let him confirm it to you.

16. Like Joseph, the enemy will attack your dreams. The enemy send out a lot of spirits. Some of these spirits include rejection, death, envy/jealousy, betrayal, conspiracy, delay and denial. Every time, you think you are going to receive a breakthrough, something else happens. Scripture tell us that the enemy is a roaring lion. He looks for God’s people to devour but we must arise and take back what the enemy has stolen from us.

17. Just like Joseph, your dreams will test your character. One things about Joseph is that He passed the test. His holiness, integrity, and love was tested.

18. Like Joseph, forgiveness is key 🔐 to your success.

You are Joseph. Continue to dream and seek the face of God. God who begun a good work will surely bring it to completion 🙏🏿

Overcomer

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

The secret to living a victorious life is by first believing in what took place at Calvary and being rest assured that the battle has already been won through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Victory is a gift that can never be bought but much rather it is a promise and God’s desire for all who belong unto Him to experience the freedom that only He gives. Victory is God’s offering of His love for us, which has set us free from the captives snare.

If Jesus has already won the battle, why do we still face trials? A soldier doesn’t go to the battlefield, when there isn’t war, so why do we constantly face difficulties in every season?

In this life, we will face many trials. The battle has already been won but understand that the enemy is still at work. Scripture reminds us that “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (See Ephesians 6:12). The fight is taking place in the spiritual realm but too many times, we are trying to fight the battle with our own weapons in the physical. Instead of raging in anger, let us wage war in our prayer closets. Let us arise and pray. Fight the battle on your knees. There is nothing more powerful than stretching your hands to heaven and seeking the face of God. Too often, people talk about the problem but serve notice when it’s time to be strategic and prayerful. They opt out when there is fire on the mountain not realizing that walking away will not quench the first. Something has to be done before the fire quenches.

In the book of 1 Samuel chapter 17, we are reminded of the fight between Goliath and David. The story of these two men exemplifies a life centered around faith, courage and hope. Like David, we have an opponent who is always ready to fight us but what matters most is our response. Knowing that the battle belongs to God gives us a sense of peace. Acknowledging God as a believer is very essential in every season. David wasn’t just a shepherd boy, He was a man after God’s heart.

Looking at your life, can you truly say that you acknowledge the Lord?

When we look at the account of David throughout scripture, we clearly see that He was a man that acknowledged the Lord. Somehow throughout the life of David, in respective of all that He went through, His mouth continuously declared the goodness of God.

David knew the Lord. He had confidence and complete trust in Christ alone. No matter what battles we face in this life, we can always find rest in the Lord. There will be days you will find yourself crying; so tired of waging war but remember in those moments that God is with you. The enemy will not win. He is not in control.

Like David, we must take our stance and declare boldly to our opponent, “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.” We must arise and speak boldly in faith amidst the battle. We must not lay our weapons down. The enemy doesn’t rest at any given hour. He is always strategically planning his next mission.

What is your attitude when your faced with challenges?

As believers, our attitudes when faced with challenges can either hinder or prepare us for the battlefield. Let’s take for instance, the story of Job. Scripture tells of man who was blameless and upright who feared the Lord and shunned evil. In respective of the description of this man, He faced difficult challenges in His life. Job lost His children due to a great wind that caused a catastrophe in the land. Everything that Job had, was swept out in a blink of an eye. Even amidst the turbulence, scripture reminds us that “Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head [in mourning for the children], and he fell to the ground and worshiped [God]. He said, “Naked (without possessions) I came [into this world] from my mother’s womb,
And naked I will return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” ( See Job 1:20-22)

Like Job, we will face different sets of challenges in our lives. Our attitude during those times, is a huge determiner of our heart posture.

For many of us, the battle is currently going on right now and we are trying to fight it on our own. We have questions while patiently awaiting an answer. When will the battle be over? We are wondering why we go through so much and why our destinies are so hard. Somedays, we just want to throw in the towel and walk away and let God keep the crown. Some mornings, we just want to lay our heads in our beds and cry. The truth is, we have those moments where the tears outpouring from our eyes to our cheeks, touching the ground. I want to remind you that even in the midst of the battle God is with you. Everyone’s battle is different but the fight is still on. It’s in these times, that we need to cling to God more than ever.

The battle we face as believers is spiritual far more than natural.

I know that this concept is hard for so many believers to understand. Before anything is manifested in the physical, it first took place in the spirit realm. The battle we are trying to fight alone can only be conquered through fasting/prayer. Let’s be honest, there are so many believers who don’t even fast and pray. We spend too much time complaining and crying. Soldiers don’t complain, sit and cry. They are ready for battle because they have been trained.

As believers, we have been trained for battle. Scripture reminds us in Psalm 18 that God has prepared his children. “He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet. You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me. You gave me victory over my accusers. You appointed me ruler over nations; people I don’t even know now serve me.” God has armored us up for He knows that we are on the winning side.

Weapons For/While In Battle

1. Prayer

2. Praise/Worship

3. Shield of Faith

4. The Belt of Truth

5. The Breastplate of Righteousness

6. Gospel of Peace

7. Helmet of Salvation

8. Sword of the Spirit

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

1 John 5:4-5

Reflective Questions

1. What do you do when you’re on the battlefield?

2. What are your thoughts and what words do you speak over your life when challenges arise?

3. Who do you turn to when times get tough?

4. What is your first initial response when things aren’t going well?

5. When you think about the word “overcomer”, what comes to mind?

6. When the battle has been won, what do you do?

7. Is there any particular scripture that has encouraged you when times get tough?

Today, I want to remind you that you are an Overcomer. Whatsoever you are currently going through will surely come to pass. The battlefield is not greater than our God! Jesus said “It is Finished”. The work has been done and paid in full on Calvary. Stop trying to fight the battle on your own. Look to the Lord. He is your helper, fortress, buckler and strength. God is with you.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Isaiah 43:2

The Lord will fight for you. Be still, and know that He is God.

Cast your cares to the One who cares for He alone will sustain and be your guide.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you. I will be praying for you. Feel free to leave your comments below. Remain Blessed 🙏🏿