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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

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