Music Reflection Mondays: “Only You Jesus”

Hello and welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!

My Prayer:

Thank you Lord for another opportunity to shine bright in Your glory.  Thank you Lord for another chance to be better than we were yesterday or last week.  Thank you Lord for the strength to endure all that will come before us today and this week. Thank you Lord that You are the rock we stand on. Thank you for Your Word that gives us knowledge and wisdom. Bless us with understanding, Your favour and mercy as we aim to become ALL You have called us to be. In Jesus name, amen!

We can easily forget that the season of life that we are in is just for a time and sometimes we need to be reminded that we are not alone.  I believe that every season that we are allowed to endure is a test. It is not meant for our downfall but rather our development.

God wants us to persevere and overcome.

God will not give us more than we can bear.

God will never take us into a situation He cannot bring us out of.

God by nature is life and love.

God is our rock and our refuge.

Only God can strengthen us to do and endure what seems impossible.  Don’t lose hope.  Don’t lose faith. Seek Jesus Christ and He will see you through. That is just the kind of Father He is. Don’t push Him away, embrace Him and all that He is.

Today’s song is called, “Only You Jesus” and it is sang by Ada Ehi. She is a Nigerian born international singer and songwriter. In 2017, she won Groove Awards for West African Artist of the Year.  I just love the message of this song and I pray that as you listen to it that it blesses you as well.

 

 

Tap into the Power of God. Don’t magnify you problems.  Whenever you feel like your obstacles are greater than you bring them before God.  Trust Him to resolve them.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

Have a productive, successful and blessed week.

 

Your situation is not your destiny but rather your testimony

God blessings to each of you. Thank you Lord for opening our eyes this morning.  Thank you Lord for the sweet sound of birds chirping in the background and not gunfire.  Thank you Lord for the brilliance of the sunlight in the distance and not the smoke of a bomb blast covering the sky. Thank you Lord for Your favour, mercy and grace in my life. Thank you Lord that ALL who read this post would be blessed in some way. In Jesus name, amen!

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We all have moments in our lives when we feel overwhelmed, depressed, frustrated or alone in whatever problem or challenge we may be facing known or unknown to our friends and family.  In moments such as these we need to remind ourselves of these few words, “Christ is in me. I am enough.” 

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These words have greatly blessed my life. These words imprinted on my mind and heart from a sermon Steven Furtick was giving some time last month.  It has just stayed with and in me ever since. 🙂

My words to you:

Be encouraged that your situation is not your destiny but rather your testimony!

God is in control even though the storm you’re going through feels rough.  Remember, God is the creator of ALL things.  It is the enemy’s desire to see the storm  destroy you but God will turn it around for your good. He won’t let it destroy you because it will be used to strengthen you and help you grow.

God is in control even though the enemy may have whispered in your ear, “give up, you’re never going to make it.”  The enemy is a liar.  It is not over, until God says it is. Seek God, place your trust in Him and He WILL deliver you!

If you are going to give life to something and magnify anything – let God be that thing you exalt and not your problems or your fears. When you do He WILL fight your battles.

Start thanking God for the victory over your problems. Thank God for the opportunities He is bringing your way.  Thank God for the healing He has sent to your body.  Thank God for not giving up on you. 2018 can be your year of breakthroughs if you will put your faith not in what you see with your eyes but in the God that has brought you this far and can do so much more. I don’t know about you but I declare and decree that 2018 will be better than 2017.

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I pray O Lord that this post has encouraged someone today and that it will have blessed them in some way.  God is the answer so stop worrying about the giants in your life.  Be like David and call upon God to help you bring that ‘Goliath’ in your life down.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

Have a great weekend and remember God loves you more than you know. 🙂

Why LOVE?

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To love is a gift.

To be loved is a blessing.

To give love is an opportunity.

However, to receive love we need to be open.

True love goes beyond the surface.

It radiates at our core making us want love even more.

 

For some, to love is easy.

For others, it may take some work; even some spiritual growth.

Whatever the situation, it should be encouraged naturally.

As this method is more sustaining and fulfilling.

Than force feeding since the first chance they get,

They may be leaving.

You see, love is more than just words.

Love includes the touching of two souls.

It includes our thoughts of the person

And our actions towards them.

Let’s show our loved ones we love them everyday

And don’t forget to mention their names when we pray.

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Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

Remember, God loves us each and every day. 🙂

Be blessed and have a wonderful day.

What does AWESOME mean to you?

According to dictionary.com, awesome means “causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration or fear.”  Thesaurus.com even listed some synonyms for awesome some of which included: “astonishing, breathtaking, beautiful, impressive, majestic, magnificent, stupefying, shocking, overwhelming.”.

What does awesome mean to you?

For different people awesome would mean something different and dear to them based on their situation.  For instance, for some awesome would be becoming debt free in 2018. For someone else, awesome would be overcoming a life long illness.

For another, it could mean seeing a loved one give his or her life to Jesus Christ.  It could be getting out of poverty.  It could be as simple as passing an exam or as serious as beating death.  Awesome, is all of these things and more.

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Awesome” is a word I would use to describe an event or something in my life that has brought or brings me joy and happiness.   If I could use one word to describe awesome in my life I would say God.

God is awesome! He has been awesome to my family and me even when we were not always deserving.

At times, we overlook the little things and sometimes the big things in our lives because we get caught up in ourselves.  Self-absorbed with our strengths, our talents and our own ‘greatness’.   When we do this, we don’t acknowledge how awesome God has been and IS to us. 

All of the success we have ever achieved was because of the grace and favour of God.

  • He is the reason we are still here breathing today.
  • He is the reason why the opportunities are coming our way.
  • He is the reason we commute safely back and forth from destination to destination.
  • He is the reason we experience so much favour in our lives.
  • He is the reason we always have food to eat.
  • He is the reason death has not gotten his grip on us yet.
  • He is the reason we were able to overcome during that season or seasons in our lives when we wanted to give up.
  • He is the reason we are able to keep going even though we’re physically and mentally exhausted.
  • He is the reason our vehicles still work even though there is work to be done on them.
  • He is the reason we still have a roof over our heads when some people are forced to give up their homes because they can no longer pay for them.
  • He is the reason we still have an income even though the economic situation is a mess and people lose their jobs daily.
  • He is the reason why the enemy has not gotten his desire over our lives.
  • He is the reason we can lift our heads up in spite of the pain or trials we may be facing and still do all that we have to do.

It is not because we deserve it but because of HIS undying love for us.

It is HIS love for US that is awesome. You see even in our stubbornness, disobedience, ignorance and brokenness HE loves us as HIS sons and daughters. He only wants what is best for us.

It is HIS mercy for US that is awesome. He is quick to forgive us if we ask Him to forgive us. If we could show that same mercy to others; this world would be a better place.

It is HIS grace for US that is awesome. It is because of HIS grace we are able to be called HIS children.  It is this grace that has kept HIM close to us.

He does for us what we often cannot DO for ourselves.  He is our Father, our Protector, our Lord, our Saviour, our Deliverer and our Healing.

He is my AWESOME and He is yours too.  You just may not have realized it.

Don’t wait for sickness, loss or hardships to call out to Him.  Don’t wait for desperation to seek a relationship with Him.  Don’t wait for sorrow to let Him hear your voice.  Don’t wait for your heart to break to find Him.

He wants you to know Him even in your happiness.  He wants you to know that He loves and cares for You.

God is love. God is hope. God is life and God wants you!

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Have a blessed day.  I pray that this messages blesses someone as much if not more than it has blessed me sharing it.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life. 🙂

FAITH is like a muscle

Thank you Lord for this new day.  Thank you for another opportunity to share, encourage and enlighten someone today.  Help me deliver this message in a way that reaches the person or people You need it to reach.  May it bless me and ALL who read it. In Jesus name, amen!

What is faith?

Faith is a gift from God.  It is that unseen feeling that can be classified as trust or confidence that allows the impossible to become possible.  Faith forces you to look beyond your circumstance and into your possibility.

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Is faith just for a chosen few?

No! In the Bible (Romans 12:3) to be exact, it is written, “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”    You see, according to the Word, we’ve ALL been given faith as a gift from God.  However, although we all have faith not all of us choose to activate it.

How do we activate and strengthen our faith?

Here are some tips on how to activate and strengthen our faith:

1. We activate our faith through prayer.

2. We activate our faith by reading the Word daily.

3. We activate our faith through worship.

4. We activate our faith when we refuse to be guided and locked into our own understanding.

5. We activate our faith by looking not at our circumstances but to God.

6. We activate our faith by speaking positivity into a negative situation.

6. We activate our faith when we let go of our fears.

7. We activate our faith when we place our trust in God.

8. We activate our faith when we don’t limit or base our victory solely on what our eyes can see or what we hear with our ears.

9. We activate our faith by believing in God’s ability and His word with all our hearts and minds that He can do ALL for us that we cannot do for ourselves.

10. We activate our faith by starving our doubts.

11. We activate our faith by not allowing negative people to influence our thoughts.

12. We activate our faith by just believing.

I heard a pastor on television this morning say, “Faith is like a muscle.”  I agree totally with him on that statement, the reality is, if we don’t use or strengthen our muscles they won’t work the way they’re supposed to.  It’s the same principle with our faith, if we don’t exercise it or use it we won’t strengthen it or develop it.

In the bible, it is also written, Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 12:20) NKJV

If we desire great faith and things in our lives to change or improve then we need to activate our faith, develop our faith and sustain our faith.   We have to do the work!  We have to believe and trust God like never before.  We have to read the Word and ask God to guide us and strengthen us.

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As you go out into the world, what are you going to challenging your faith for today?  Healing for your mind, body and spirit; restoration of your finances; healing for a loved one; promotion on the job; maybe it’s employment; or a home. Whatever the desire is on your heart use your faith to bring it to reality.

Activate your faith muscle, feed it and nurture it and it will take you to a whole other level in your life. 🙂

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

Be blessed.

Because of Who HE is

My Prayer:

May this beautiful Wednesday find you covered by the mercy and grace of God. May your day be filled with blessings and favour everywhere you go.  Thank you heavenly Father for all You have done for us yesterday, all You will do for us today and tomorrow. 

May Your praise forever be in our mouths. As we seek You, let us discover Your love, wisdom, understanding, strength, healing and favour in our lives. May Your protection covers us and our families. May my brothers and sisters in Christ who need You find You. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen!

Here are some questions I’ve found myself and others asking:

  1. Why am I so happy?
  2. Why am I so grateful?
  3. Why am I so thankful?
  4. Why am I no longer stuck in my old ways?
  5. Why am I so different?
  6. Why is healing taking place in my mind, body and spirit?
  7. Why is there a sense of peace within me that was not there before?
  8. Why does worry and fear no longer hold me prisoner?
  9. Why am I no longer lost?
  10. Why do I cry tears of joy?

 

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Here are my answers:

  1. It is because of who Jesus Christ is!
  2. It is because He FIRST loved me. 
  3. It is because God has been, continues to be and will remain GOOD to me.
  4. It is because of His MERCY and AMAZING GRACE.
  5. It is because I now know WHO I AM in His eyes.
  6. It is because I SEE myself the way He sees me.
  7. It is because His Word has given LIFE, MEANING and PURPOSE to my spirit and soul.
  8. It is because His love is everlasting.
  9. It is because I believe Jesus Christ is MY Lord and Saviour.
  10. It is because this MIGHTY being chose to love me.
  11. It is because He truly cares about me and I know it.
  12. It is because it pleases Him when I try to BE better than I was.
  13. It is because He healed my brokenness.
  14. It is because He has given me another chance to DO and BE better.
  15. It is because walking in Him and with Him brings life and not death.
  16. It is because pleasing Him is more rewarding and beneficial that trying to please man.
  17. It is because He is the shining light in the midst of the darkness.
  18. It is because He restored what was lost and freed me from my prison.
  19. It is because He and I are now one. 
  20. It is because He is Lord, Our God and I love Him!

Am I worthy of His blessing, love, mercy, favour and grace? No, but He loves and embraces me anyway.  That is good enough for me!

It is His undying love for me that has brought me home to Him.  It is His love and care for me that has me here today. It is because of His love for me that I now want to love and embrace ALL He has in store for me. It is His love for me that causes me to WORSHIP and PRAISE His name the way I do now. For it is because of His love that WE all can now have ETERNAL life, if we want it.

Thank you Jesus for being who YOU are!  I love, adore and worship You without fear.

Lord, You have moved heaven and earth to get me to this place and I will forever be grateful.  Your sacrifice on Calvary Hill would leave me forever singing Your praise.

Dear friends, this is why I now write the way I do now.  It is this understanding and knowledge that has ignited within me a need to do more with my life, my family and my blog.  The great thing is, God truly loves ALL of us.  He calls out to US everyday but unfortunately, not all of us heed His call.

I have chosen to heed the voice of my Father and came home to Him. I magnify Him because He is WORTHY.  Without His grace and mercy I would not be here.

Seek Him and embrace Him the way He has always embraced you.

As you go forth today, remember ALL He has done for you and sincerely thank Him.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

 

Hope in a Hopeless Situation

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What is hopelessness?

Hopelessness is that feeling deep down on the inside that tells you:

  • Don’t bother trying anymore!
  • What’s the point anyway!
  • It’s over!
  • You’re all alone!
  • No one cares!
  • Give up!
  • You’re done!

Hopelessness looks at the situations we’ve failed to get ourselves out of and convinces us it is over.  My friends, when we go through life without the knowledge of Jesus Christ, who He is, what He represents and how much He loves us, it is easy to get caught up in feelings of hopelessness.

The truth is, even in what may seem like a hopeless situation with Jesus Christ on our side, there is always the possibility of a favourable outcome.  With Jesus, there is always hope, because there is:

  • No situation too difficult for Him. 
  • No problem too big for Him. 
  • No such thing as impossible for Jesus Christ.

No matter how hopeless your situation may appear today, I want you to know that Jesus wants to help.  He wants to deliver you out of it.   He wants to show up in your life and do great things. Through Jesus, there is deliverance for all those who believe and trust in Him.

The facts:

  1. No matter where we are in our lives right now, Jesus Christ will meet us right where we are to take us where we’re meant to be.
  2. He loves us even though some of us don’t know Him.  His love for us is so great that He came to this world, to die for our sins and rose again so that we can have life and not death. This is true love.
  3. We have a choice to make, life or death?  Once we choose Jesus, we will not only have life but we will have it more abundantly.
  4. We must ask God to forgive our sins and surrender who we were. Choosing to walk in the truth of who we have become as we are now one with Him.

In closing, I leave you with this, hopelessness is a symptom of a deficiency in Jesus Christ.  The only way to cure hopelessness is through reading the word of God daily; meditating in it and applying it to our lives. Believing in it more than what is before your everyday senses of sight, hearing and touch.

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Don’t walk around anymore embracing the lie that hopelessness teaches us instead let us choose to embrace and hold on tightly to : truth, hope and love, that is, Jesus Christ.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

Have a great day and be blessed. 🙂