Category Archives: Life in Purpose

How to apply life experiences in your purpose

Seasons in life

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

We all undergo different seasons in life and at different times to others. In these seasons it could feel lonely because we may feel or believe that we are the only ones in this current situation. This could very well be true, to the degree of your surroundings at least, however the fact that our situation is unique and tailored to us at a specific time is proof that the Jesus himself is walking through the current situation with us. We may not be surrounded by people that understand completely how it feels to be in our situation but neither can you put your feet in someone else’s shoes due to the fact that everybody’s situation is different and has been predetermined by God before the beginning. “also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,” Ephesians 1:11.

Covetousness

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">In this world we are given the illusion that we have been manufactured with an internal clock that determines the time of which certain situations are due to occur in your lives. Biologically this may be the case but ask yourself when has this limited God? I believe comparison robs us of the peace and contentment we could be experiencing in the unique time we may find ourselves. In <strong>Deuteronomy 20:17</strong> the Israelites were pre-warned to not covet anything that belonged to their neighbour;<em><strong> "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."</strong></em> I believe that the reason behind this command is because God knew that as fleshly humans we would have the tendency to compare our situations, belongings or character with our neighbour, thus causing us to covet and robbing ourselves of happiness. Have you ever realised how someone may be happy with a salary until they realise that a colleague of the same level is getting paid more? This is robbery in its classic form, because we have failed to know that there may always be someone better looking, smarter or richer than we may be, but that doesn't take away the value of what we have in Christ.In this world we are given the illusion that we have been manufactured with an internal clock that determines the time of which certain situations are due to occur in your lives. Biologically this may be the case but ask yourself when has this limited God? I believe comparison robs us of the peace and contentment we could be experiencing in the unique time we may find ourselves. In Deuteronomy 20:17 the Israelites were pre-warned to not covet anything that belonged to their neighbour; “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” I believe that the reason behind this command is because God knew that as fleshly humans we would have the tendency to compare our situations, belongings or character with our neighbour, thus causing us to covet and robbing ourselves of happiness. Have you ever realised how someone may be happy with a salary until they realise that a colleague of the same level is getting paid more? This is robbery in its classic form, because we have failed to know that there may always be someone better looking, smarter or richer than we may be, but that doesn’t take away the value of what we have in Christ.

Learn to be content

Paul says in Philippians 4:11 that he had acquired contentment; “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” In this scripture I believe Paul is not saying to wallow in your situation, in fact he is saying learn from them and pray whilst you’re in the midst. He continues in verse 4:12 saying; “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Notice the word “learned” this tells me that this wasn’t always the case for him, that the fact that he is content in every situation could almost be described as a skill he had acquired. Words like these implies that this is something we can ask the Lord for in prayer. This reminds me of the bold father that had a son that was demon possessed, and he cried out to Jesus asking him to help him overcome his unbelief (Mark 9:24). He wasn’t ashamed to make such a request. We too as children of God can also ask to receive.

Blessings,

Nathalie

Is Anything too hard for the Lord?

This question was posed to Abraham by the Lord himself, after Sarah laughed at the statement that she was going to give birth in her nineties (Genesis 18:4). Sarah and Abraham had been waiting for a promise that God had made but it had not yet been realised and time was passing by which placed them at a cross road, one leading to faith and the other to fear. In such a situation it is far too easy to identify the odds that are so prevalently against us, but have we considered the size of the God we serve? this often demonstrates what we are truly made of, and our foundational beliefs. What has God promised you? Are you still hopeful? Are you trusting God?

Your Belief is your credit

He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be. “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:5-6). Here Abraham not only received a word from the Lord, but he believed. Besides the fact that he was already in his old age, and had probably not experienced cases where woman gave birth beyond the age of ninety. In today’s world this would be summarised as being biologically impossible, but the question is; what do we believe is possible for God in this situation? In Mark 9:23 Jesus corrects a father of a young boy demonized and heavily afflicted by an evil spirit when he used the words “if you can do anything… ” (Mark 9:22). “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Here the father had lost all hope because not even the disciples of Jesus could cast the unclean spirit out, and it was later said that it was due to their faith. However in Christ hope is not lost, it is renewed. A question I often asked myself is; would Abraham still have received the promise if he had doubted? I believe his faith deemed it possible, more explicitly, his faith in the One who made the promise carried more value. So to summarise, your faith determines your righteousness and in turn makes all things possible.

Do not waver in unbelief

In the Bible it says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). This is not something we get to contemplate, it is a command. Here in Romans it mentions how Abraham didn’t waver through unbelief, this means he didn’t even entertain any doubt. “Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:20-21). This explains exactly what it means to have faith. God has the power to change our situation, which opens up all possibilities, but we need to do our part. It is written in the word of God that Abraham was a father of faith; I believe it is because his walk with God was greatly influenced purely by his faith.

God has the power to change our situation, which opens up all possibilities, but we need to do our part.

Miracles still happen

Whether you believe it or not miracles still do happen however our faith walk greatly determines whether we experience it or not. But because God is so gracious we may still witness it happening to others. Please don’t make the mistake of isolating these situations in the past, for it is written in Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Blessings,

Nathalie

We are in the world but not of the world

We all know about the Exodus and how God delivered his people out of the hands of the Egyptians. How God set his people apart and made a clear distinction between the Israelites and the Egyptians; “But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. (Exodus 11:7). Now the question is would people today be able to tell the difference between the holy and the common as mentioned in Leviticus? In other words can people perceive who is of God and who isn’t? “so that you can distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean,” (Leviticus 10:10).

As Children of God we have automatically been set apart which means that our course of life and experiences will always be for the glory of God. This also means that here on earth we have a job to do that has been predetermined before we ever existed (Ephesians 2:10). Now this may be contrary to popular belief but this does not exempt us from problems, heartache and pain. However it does ensure that we don’t not walk through these problems alone, and guarantees our victory over every situation. To strengthen this argument I bring to your attention the time when Jesus had informed Simon that Satan had requested to “sift him as wheat”. Now we may not know how or to what degree Simon was sifted but we know that Jesus had assured him that he had already prayed for him to retain his faith and furthermore to strengthen his brothers once he has turned back. If Simon was meant to be overcome by this “sifting” Jesus wouldn’t have commissioned him to strengthen his brothers once he had overcome the issue (Luke 22:31-32) this shows us that we are overcomers.

“As Children of God we have automatically been set apart which means that our course of life and experiences will always be for the glory of God.”

God is Love

At one point Jesus was questioned as to what was the most important commandment for us to follow this was his answer; “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:29 -30) this was then followed by; “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31). Here Jesus is explaining to us that we need to replicate the very nature of God which is Love, this is how people will be able to perceive that we are indeed from God. Now please note that this type of love is not our perception of love as we know it. We live in a broken world and this perception may have been manipulated. It is however the love of God within us that we are sharing to those that are so desperately hungry for it.

You will know them by their fruit

It is important that we have a sober judgement when dealing with people, God knows the heart of all people and thus knows how to demonstrate this love to everyone of his children through you. As Christians we are constantly being watched and judged by our works, therefore we need to be aware that everywhere we go we are demonstrating Christ. If you need to feel the love of God ask him to show you his love so that you can then transfer this love unto others as we have been commissioned.

Blessings,

Nathalie

Who’s report do you trust in?

“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

We are living in a time today where information can be found and obtained from almost anywhere, with everyone having the right to publish their reports/information to the world without giving the receiver the opportunity to fact check. The main question is how do we know whether this information is indeed correct? The answer is we do not. This is because for all we can vouch for this could be tale concocted to influence our reactions.

Anxiety

I am almost certain that at some point in our lives we have experienced some time of anxiety. According to the Oxford dictionary the word anxiety means “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.” The first question you should ask yourself is; what has caused the anxiety in the first place? hasn’t it been generated by an acceptance of information from a ‘trusted’ source? Maybe this could also be a good time to note whether the anxiety ever paid off as a benefit to your life.

“Maybe this could also be a good time to note whether the anxiety ever paid off as a benefit to your life.”

The Truth

I bring this to your attention simply because at times we believe certain things without actually considering the only book that actually states that it contains The Truth. Yes ladies and gentlemen I am talking about the Holy Bible. In Philippians 4:6 it says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God“. Here is clearly says we shouldn’t be anxious about anything but in every situation we should approach and submit it to God. This was what drove my main point as to what benefit you had received for being anxious.

Trust

This is not to disprove the fact that we go through situations that may pose a threat. However at times such as these we have two options 1) to believe the stories we hear about people in similar situations or 2) To believe the word of God when it says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. This clearly tells us to submit our fears, uncertainties and worries to God and He will make our paths straight. Notice how it mentions that we have an understanding, which means that the way we may see a situation may not actually be correct, and thus we shouldn’t be quick to trust it. My final question would be; have you ever submitted your worries to God? if not then who else do you trust them with?

Blessings,

Nathalie

And Then The End Will Come..

As we approach the close of the year, it would be slightly challenging to ask ourselves to think of positive things we may have learnt this year. But before we hastily complain, how about your faith and your spiritual walk with Christ. you may or may not be a believer but whether we like it or not we have reached this point by a grace that was freely given to us before we were ready to acknowledge it.

..Whether we like it or not we have reached this point by a grace that was freely given to us before we were ready to acknowledge it..

The End

The title of this message was extracted from Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” The reason behind this title was to remind us of what the word says about the end. we have already reached the last days and so far what has been impacting the world has instilled a great amount of fear. However are we acting in faith or fear? The events that will transpire in the coming years have already been prophesied in the bible which means that it will happen with an absolute. However this was not spoken to manifest fear it was spoken to 1.) prove the bible as truth and 2.) to ensure that we are watching and praying so that we are ready to receive Christ when he comes.

The Blood of Jesus

Did you know that the blood of Jesus gives us the opportunity to commune with God the Father? The fear that we have been witnessing in the world is due to the fact that people are unaware of where they will end up after death therefore would like to remain on the earth for as long as possible. However if we were certain of where we were going would we be so reluctant and fearful? The famous scripture John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” As mentioned earlier this was given as a gift before we were able to acknowledge him. To summarise and restrain myself from going to far in depth with this now, we should be walking in the confidence and the faith that after physical death we will enter a new stage called everlasting life. However the main question is; where are you going?

Blessings

Nathalie

Though it tarries wait for it, for it will surely come

The Waiting season

Waiting is an act of trust and faith. In other words you do not wait for something you are not expecting. I believe the very purpose of this whole life is to trust God and Christ fully and unreservedly; “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1. Here Jesus states so clearly what we are supposed to be doing in all situations, the question is; why aren’t we doing it? I have been going through a season of trust where God has been illuminating areas in my life where I had placed all dependency upon myself due to situations which forced me to be independent at an earlier stage in my life. I almost never considered the fact that I could ask for help, and then rest upon the knowledge and assurance that I would receive what I had asked for. I had to learn the lesson that being in a relationship with Jesus equated to the breakdown/surrender of the very character and ideas I had built up for my entire life. And then purely base my belief on the fact that He is Truth. Also mentioned in Romans 3:4. “…Let God be true, and every human being a liar… “

Your Journey is unique

It is almost as if this world thrives on comparison, almost like someone at some point in time sent a memo informing that being unique is not only undesired but also strange. Therefore the generations that follow had no choice but to desire the things that had been already accomplished. Why would we want a job that has already been taken? why do we desire the success of someone that has already lived it? Jesus mentions in his parables that our very hairs are numbered (Luke 12:7). Shouldn’t this very statement make us feel unique and special. We must understand that our purpose was determined in the beginning, as mentioned in Ephesians. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.“Ephesians 2:10. Reading this scripture instantly makes me think what “good works” does God want me to do? Everyone has been assigned a type of work to do that is deemed good to the Lord. Our quest is to understand what that is.

“Everyone has been assigned a type of work to do that is deemed good to the Lord. Our quest is to understand what that is.”

How do I wait?

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to give advice however when its your turn to adhere to the advice it becomes complicated. If i had a penny for every time I’ve heard “be patient” I think my bed will be made of gold. The question I always think about posing is “how”? I believe the key behind this is to actually take the bible at its word. For example the title of the blog piece was extracted from Habakkuk 2:3. “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” (NIV). This scripture speaks to my heart when it says “though it linger”, I am sure many of us has felt this at different points of time in our lives. However the sentence ends in “it will surely come and will not delay” which means that everything comes on time and is never late because we are dealing with a God who is not restrained by time, simply because he created it.

I believe that if we strengthen our faith on the fact that whatever we may be waiting for will surely come this will free us from the bondage of worry, fear and will allow us to cast our cares unto the Lord joyfully.

Blessings

Nathalie

Shaken but not overcome

It is being made apparent more now than ever that everything that was once under the surface is beginning to be revealed. Just look around; no one wants to stand close to anybody, we are more distrusting of our surroundings, anger issues are being exacerbated and televised, all this yet it seems that no one is discussing the spiritual effects the year 2020 is having on people and the church. In Haggai 2:6 its says “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.” This was a prophecy that came through the prophet Haggai. Prior to this in verse 4, the Lord gives his people this encouragement; “But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the LORD. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the LORD, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”

Warning and encouragement

In these two verses you get both a warning and an encouragement. For God to inform his people to be strong indicates some sort of turmoil ahead. For example when Moses died and Joshua took over leadership, the Lord commanded Joshua the following, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. All this was before the Israelites were to take ownership by force of the Land the Lord had promised them, i.e. before a battle. This was the same case in Haggai with a difference in that the Lord promised that he will shake the Heavens, Earth, Sea AND the Dry land! Notice also that the Lord reassures his people that they should not be afraid of the events that will soon unfold that The Lord himself will be with them. This encourages me that whatever is going on in the world today, even if it comes unexpectedly I am assured that as I remain in Christ his blood covers me and thus casts out all fear. This is your case also, if you haven’t already; ask Jesus to come into your life, take control and help you, he will do it.

…even if it comes unexpectedly I am assured that as I remain in Christ his blood covers me and thus casts out all fear.

Jesus our confidence

In John 14:1 Jesus was encouraging his disciples with this verse “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” In this scripture I noticed the word “let” meaning when we feel low or disturbed it is a sentiment we are allowing our hearts to manifest. Which also means that Jesus has given us the authority to not “let” our hearts become troubled! Now this doesn’t say that we won’t experience situations that will try to persuade our hearts to let troubles in, however it does say that we have a way out and an authority to resist only if we have Christ in our lives.

Separating the chaff from the wheat

In these last days we have plethora of people walking in fear of not only what is to come but of the present situation. For example one thing I learnt this year is that no one is certain of anything. In Luke 22:32 Jesus says; “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” This was an indication that Peter was to undergo a shaking, similar to when someone is trying is trying to separate wheat from other unwanted contaminants. I am sure that a lot of us have been going through a sifting of some sort including myself, however Jesus also mentions that he already prayed so that our faith will not be compromised. What a wonderful thing to know that Jesus has already given us the ability to overcome and to also strengthen our brothers and sisters!

I believe that the church is yet to see the glory of God if we do not waver, stay strong and know that you are not alone.

Blessings,

Nathalie

This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it

Lately the Lord has been laying on my heart to rejoice and be grateful in whatever situation I am in. This was further impressed on my heart by the book of Jeremiah of which I am currently reading. In Jeremiah 32:41 the Lord says “ I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul”. If you have read the prophecies that preceded this message from the Lord it could almost be described as a light in a very dark tunnel. The Israelites had sinned against the Lord and therefore incurred punishment, a very serious one at that. However in midst of the prophecy of recompense, God is instilling hope upon his people, that even though they are about to enter into turmoil, God is already speaking of his plans to bless and restore them.

How do we respond to a word from God

Now what did the Israelites do with this information? Well they ignored the prophecies. They were only interested in the false prophets that prophesied against Jeremiah and told them how the Lord will not bring judgement through the Babylonians, but will bless them instead. This brought to mind the scripture of 2 Timothy 4:3; “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear”. Is this not happening today? Do we really go church to hear both positive AND negative reports? Or do we actually just want to hear that God will bless us with a house, marriage and a great paying job. As believers we need to be able to accept the good as well as the bad, thus remaining in humility. Think of it this way if we were perfect we would have joined God in heaven by now. However the fact we are still here means that God is still working in us through his grace.

Faith = Endurance

How you respond to trouble determines your endurance. A mind governed by fear and anxiety will not last very long as this is a detriment to your own body. However a mind filled with hope no matter the situation not only demonstrates faith but also encourages God to act on your behalf. In Matthew 6:25-27 it says;  Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Here the Lord himself is not only telling us not to worry but telling us that “life” which is Christ, is more important in other words this world and everything in it will pass away but the word of God (which is Christ) will never pass away,(Matthew 24:25) (Isaiah 51:6) therefore focus on this. A question to ponder; why do we still struggle with this, could it be a trust issue?

“How you respond to trouble determines your endurance..”

Summary

In this post I have touched on a few points on our take as believers to situations that are constantly changing around us. And something to make us ponder on what we are actually anchoring ourselves to. I do this often to myself in questioning thoughts and feeling’s that may pass through my mind thus constantly pulling down strongholds and making it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Blessings

Nathalie

“My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me..”

As we progress past the half year point and well into seventh month (which is also my birthday month), I started seeing the current situation in the world as something that could actually last longer than first anticipated. It clearly demonstrated my disconnection with the current times we are living in, and how these things were foretold in the bible. The title above is an excerpt taken from Matthew 27:46; where Jesus at the cross during his final hour called out to his Father. I proceeded to collect my thoughts; did the Father really forsake Jesus? or was this for us to hear so that we could acknowledge how sin can separate us from the Father, and also how we were spared because Jesus bore our sins. It says in Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated you from God”. This shows us whilst we are living in our sin we separate ourselves from God and thus open doors to trouble and fear amongst other things.

Repent and be saved

In Acts 3:19 (KJV) it says “Repent ye therefore, and be converted , that your sins may be blotted out , when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord..” This was the part when the disciples had finished preaching and people around them noticed that they had been living in sin and wanted to know how to rectify this broken relationship with God. Notice the eagerness to live a righteous lifestyle, what they had demonstrated was the verb of the word repentance. Understandably we live in fallen world, however we are commanded to separate ourselves and be representatives of Christ. Please also note that the Lord will never ask you to do something and not help you in doing so “I can do all this through him who gives me strength”. Phil 4:13. He is looking for the willingness and he will take over form there.

…The Lord will never ask you to do something and not help you in doing so

Immanuel – God with us

This week I have been delving into the book of Isaiah and a certain scripture caught my attention. “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” Isaiah 49:15. What a comforting and eye opening scripture! God not only relates his love to a mother but also subtracts her shortcoming’s, reminding us of his perfection. You may be reading this today with a recollection of the times you have been abandoned by the people closest to you. As I am writing this today I am living proof that God is more than your past hurts or anyone who walked out on you!

Blessings

A few blessings to note, you have been saved by grace, the Lord Jesus is calling you higher, God has kept you to this point and God is not finished with you yet! (very cliche but also very real)

Blessings,

Nathalie