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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

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

Created to subdue : The study of Genesis 1:29-31

This week I had accidentally stumbled across Psalm 18 and followed the trail the Holy Spirit was leading me to, all the way back to Genesis. Which opened up a whole bible study of which I would like to share today.

“He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me” Psalm 18:47. From this scripture the word ‘subdue’ caught my attention. This was simply because I noticed the commonality it shared with the book of Genesis, specifically in verse 1:26. “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” The word subdue means to overcome, quieten or bring under control. This was one of the first instructions God gave to man once he had formed Adam and Eve, It was the introduction to man’s purpose/role from the beginning.

Genesis 1:28 “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (NIV) Again we see words that indicates ruling, and once again the word subdue makes an appearance. Another note is that the verse starts with God blessing them, which also means that the intention of God from the beginning was also to bless man. It was within the will of God for man to overcome every living creature that walked the earth. which is why God had presented the animals to Adam for him to name every species (Genesis 2:19). This is a symbol of giving authority. However sadly the mistake that man had made and still makes today is forgetting the fact that the authority to given, which indicates that it was acquired through a kindness from someone as a gift. And in our case given through God the Father himself. Man lost the authority through disobedience which started with the desire of crossing beyond the parameters permitted, and in turn losing the authority and allowing the enemy to gain territory over his life through sin.

Genesis 1:29 ” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” Once again we witness something that was gifted unto us. However notice the fine detail “every tree that has fruit with seed in it”. A seed defined by the dictionary is “the unit of reproduction of a flowering plant, capable of developing into another such plant”, this was the boundary of which God had given man whilst blessing him. The question here I pose is what type of tree was the tree that got us all into trouble; the tree of knowledge of good an evil?

Genesis 1:30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. (NIV). Again God provides plant for food however he also describes what type of creature man has been given to subdue; “everything that has the breath of life”. This gave me the awareness that Adam had authority as long as he had the life God had breathed into him, and therefore was capable of having dominion over everything that had the breath of life, unfortunately as soon as sin came the authority left.

Jesus came to restore authority

Matthew 10:1; “Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” Jesus came to take back the stolen authority from the enemy and restored it unto us, which came to reality the very moment he spoke the words above. Notice he gave them authority whilst he was still with them on earth, this was because the word had already been determined from the beginning. “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.‘” Isaiah 46:10 (NIV).

To summarise, this really demonstrates unto me the love of God through Christ. The Lord longed to restore back unto us what was originally intended and went through any lengths to do so. There is no one else that can love you like that. The fact that we now have the authority is the good news, so we need not to walk in defeat, however lets remember that this also is a gift that was freely given unto us.

Blessings

Nathalie

The Transition from the Old to the new covenant series: Part 2 – Trust

As I write this I am recapitulating the words the Lord spoke to me yesterday when he said “Trust and know that I am God” it was so surprisingly clear to me and caused an awareness I did not previously have. You see I wasn’t aware that I wasn’t trusting in God, I thought that if I’m praising and worshipping, I must trust God right? Wrong, the contents of my heart were exposed at that very moment. I then proceeded to repent and retrieve the memory anyone in my life that I had trusted fully, unfortunately no one had come to mind. I then realised that I had been painting God with the same paintbrush that I was using with the people of this world.

As I reflect on the journey the Israelites underwent; I realised they went through a great deal of situations that almost gave them no other choice but to trust God.  But the king’s horses and chariots and soldiers caught up with them while they were camping by the Red Sea near Pi-Hahiroth and Baal-Zephon.When the Israelites saw the king coming with his army, they were frightened and begged the Lord for help. 11 They also complained to Moses, “Wasn’t there enough room in Egypt to bury us?  Exodus 14:9-11 CEV. If you notice here as soon as they saw trouble they complained to Moses and were fearful. It is very interesting how quick they turned, in the previous verses the Bible states that the Israelites were walking proudly. Then a couple of verses down they were begging to become slaves again. Is that how we are today? That only when God blesses us we are in full ‘trust’ and happiness however as soon as the tide turns we flee in terror almost expecting the trouble to overcome us?

I marvel at the words that Moses spoke (inspired by God) to encourage the Israelites. Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. Exodus 14:13 NIV. This was a clear direction on what we ought to do in trouble even though we cannot see the deliverance with our own eyes.

This was a clear direction on what we ought to do in trouble even though we cannot see the deliverance with our own eyes.

I always like to make a reference to the new testament in this case Jesus was encouraging his disciples before he went to the cross. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1 NIV. He was explaining that he was departing but assuring that them that it would benefit them, by these further words And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:3 NIV. Here I believe Jesus was instructing them to trust the process though it may be painful.

Today try asking God to help you trust in him, for nothing is impossible for him who believe. Then allow him to work in your life without the pressures of your own wisdom and understanding.

Nathalie

The Transition from the Old to the new covenant series: Part 1 Remembrance

Exodus 13:3-6

3 Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the land where you were made to stay and work. For the Lord brought you out of this place by a powerful hand. No bread made with yeast will be eaten. 4 This day you are about to go out, in the month of Abib. 5 And the Lord will bring you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, which He promised to your fathers to give you. It is a land flowing with milk and honey. There you will do this act of worship in this month. 6 For seven days you will eat bread without yeast. On the seventh day there will be a special supper to the Lord.

The Exodus is one of the most popular event’s of the bible, where it has even reached the so called ‘non-believers’ re-telling the story. But have you actually delved into what the Exodus actually meant in a spiritual way and the relation it may have with the covenant of grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, of which we are now living under.

Remember

If you notice at the beginning of verse 3 there is the word ‘remember’ of which Moses was instructing the Israelite’s to make it their purpose to remember what God had done for them on that particular day. Question, why would God instruct the Israelite’s to remember the events of what happened that day? How could people forget such an event right? But yet God instructed them to eat yeast without bread for 7 days as a companion to the remembrance. I believe this verse is showing us that we need to acknowledge our dependency on God, that whatever he is transitioning us out of and into, we need to actively acknowledge that if it wasn’t for the power of God and his deliverance then the series of events would have been very different. Yeast in the new testament is described by Jesus as the “teaching’s of the Pharisees”. Now remember the Israelites were enslaved for 430 years, so it was expected that they would’ve acquired the customs of the Egyptians so the symbol of them leaving Egypt without yeast signifies that they were leaving the old inherited customs behind that belonged to their slave masters and were stepping into the covenant God had prepared for them on the other side of the Red sea. We need to remember that when God takes us out of a situation that has held us captive we also need to release our old way of thinking and in turn acquire Christ’s way of thinking.

The Bread

In this case we cant talk about the yeast without mentioning the bread which is Christ. In John 6:35 Jesus declares that He is the bread. So the people of God eating the bread demonstrated them partaking in the new covenant that they were entering. Again Jesus mentions this in the final supper where he proceeds to break bread with his disciples and divided it among themselves (Matthew 26:26). This Bread that they participated in changed their lives forever, as the blood of Jesus impacts us today. May we actively remember the gift of salvation that Christ so heavily payed for us, and may we use this memory as a comfort that if he has already saved us, we indeed already have the victory!

Nathalie

The Bridge…

Bridge – a structure carrying a road, path, railway, etc. across a river, road, or other obstacle

It has become apparent that this world is headed some where, if you haven’t watched the news maybe the book of Revelations will shed some light. These things are not to scare us, but have been revealed to make us aware that we must all the more run to Christ our Lord and Saviour. The bridge in this case in taking us from one season to another whether we like it or not. For some this season may be one of an awakening others it could be one of transformation either way no one comes out of a season with the same mentality.

“but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me” 1 Corinthians 13:10-11. Here Paul talks about a transformation he encountered almost as if he was describing an old way of life he was living. Then he states that he “became a man” which led to him to the disposal the childish things. In other words he crossed the bridge and entered a new season and he adapted to the new season by putting away the childish things.

I believe that it is necessary to check the thermostat in our lives regularly. We need to ask ourselves questions like; am I in my God given purpose? have I adapted (not compromised) to the season I am in? The reason I stated “adapted” and not “compromise” is because the main purpose is to grow in Christ not compromise to the things that are going against the word of God! Indeed we are the light of the world.

A bridge can be uncertain sometimes; could be dark, could be short or long, either way the passage demands some form of trust for us to make it to the other side. I have crossed many bridges and the more I encounter, the more it demands me putting more of my full weight on it to support me. This ultimately means leaning on God and trusting his process. Indeed what a challenging task it was for me in the beginning considering I relied on myself for almost everything even though in reality it wasn’t really me but the grace I was under.

A bridge can be uncertain sometimes; could be dark, could be short or long, either way the passage demands some form of trust for us to make it to the other side..

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up Galatians 6:9. In times where the bridge seems too long and dark we need to hold fast to this scripture (amongst others), with the encouragement that others have gone ahead of us and succeeded, including the Lord Jesus Christ. As Christians we don’t have to walk through this alone for the Lord is with us and he will never forsake us, trust him.

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10. A final scripture I wanted to include was the story of Job. Most know his story and the suffering he acquired during his journey and how he was able to come up with such a powerful statement in such a odious situation. This demonstrates that he was focusing on the end goal and not on the current situation. Personally I like the term “gold” this is something that never loses it’s value especially went it has been purified!

Nathalie