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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

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

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