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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

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