Why?

“God is never intimidated. If He isn’t, why should we be?”

Years back, I made a note on the side of Psalm 139 – “God is never intimidated.” Needless to say, I was.

In the midst of unexpected challenge and difficulty, The Holy Spirit affirmed me and I will forever treasure the truth of the statement He whispered. Except that today, I felt the need to extend it, because the truth of the matter is that we are God’s very own. He is both, The King of the Universe, as well as our Father. So, no matter what seems to be going awry in our lives; circumstantially, relationally, financially, socially, morally, politically; He is still Sovereign over us. As well known worship leader, Steffany Gretzinger sings in one of her songs,

“He doesn’t fall off of His Throne.”

God has written our story in Eternity, and we get to play it out in time. He knows the end from the beginning. Before we ever made the poor choice, the broken decision, the wrong turn; He already knew it and had a plan of redemption in place. If you find this hard to believe, simply trace The Bible. You will discover that The Lamb of God was slain before the very foundations of The Earth, before The Fall ever happened, before the first man, Adam sinned. God, in His foreknowledge, was well aware of how things were going to turn out and in His incomparable Love and Wisdom, He had a plan to redeem our story through Jesus Christ, The Son of God.

It is our relationship with Jesus that is our confidence in the midst of storms, tempests, trials, and tests. Through The Holy Spirit, He has sealed us and brought us into an Eternal Covenant with Him. This means that all our failures and dead ends are now redeemed. He has plans to prosper us. Not one, but multiple because He is a God of Purpose, to accomplish which, He is well able to rend The Heavens open and shower us with the favor, blessings, protection and resources that we will inevitably need in our lifetime to be all that we are called to be and do all that we are called to do.

Wise words by Lisa Bevere that have always blessed my soul come to mind,

“If you think you’ve blown God’s plan for your life, rest in this. You, my friend, are not that powerful.”

There is no mistake that God cannot redeem. There is no sin that God cannot forgive. There is no pit that God cannot reach into. There is no disease God cannot heal. There is no soul God cannot save. There is NOTHING that God cannot do.

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Let this Promise speak to all of today, friends. Our God is Faithful, and the unexpected detours of life that the enemy may use to breed fear in our midst are the very places that God uses to build trust. It is these places that seem dark and obscure that often possess the potential of having the greatest encounters with The Lord. The Bible says that God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. The season may be dark, but it is His Presence that brings light. And guess who carries that Presence?

You and me.

We are the light of the world, friends. Jesus calls us so. We may feel intimidated, but let us be quick to remind ourselves that it is only a part of the process. Our flaws, limitations and shortcomings do not take God by surprise. Psalm 139 says that He created our “inmost being.” He is well acquainted with our most intimate details, and still loves us with no strings attached, still has plans to use us and still is Faithful to complete that which He has begun.

A business may have shut down, a friendship may have ended, a marriage may have hit the rocks, a financial deal may have fallen through. Whatever the circumstance that we may find ourselves confronting today was already a part of His Sovereign Plan. He has not caused it, but if He has allowed it, He will use it for our good and His Glory. He isn’t freaking out. He knows. And if you read the end of Revelation, you will know too.

We win.

Amen.

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Heartbeat

“Your move in our hearts is what gives us direction.”

Direction determines the course of our Destiny, and what I am learning is that Abba Father moves in our hearts to awaken us to the direction He is calling us to.

The past season has seen The Holy Spirit move in an unprecedented fashion on my heart. Where it was once hard, it has been softened. Where it was once judgemental, it is now gracious. Where it was once afraid, it is learning to trust. Where it was once almost made of stone, I now see God’s Hand gently mold it into a heart of flesh.

In His great Mercy and Love, God will always do this. Grace finds us the way we are, but never leaves us the way we are. It leaves us changed, for the better, and that too, forever.

Allowing God to soften our hearts is critical to be able to really hear from Him. As the stubborn rebellion of our hearts is dealt with, we find ourselves more pliable and willing to hear what HE has to say over what WE want to hear. It truly is a beautiful Father-Child Love Story, friends, that we are on. As we find Him move in our hearts and transform its spiritual state from glory to glory, He sets in motion a snowball effect that is bound to touch, heal and impact every heart that we will ever have access to in our given spheres of influence, and in our own unique ways.

Matthew 5:8 in The Message Translation puts it like this,

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world – your mind and heart – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.”

This is why it is important for us to know the value of taking care of our souls. If our hearts harbor bitterness, anger, unforgiveness and resentment over past issues, then we are setting ourselves up for failure. What we are on the inside will be mirrored on the outside. This is not a call towards perfection, but growth that is yielded to the way, rhythm and cadence of God. This is a call to allow God into the deepest recesses of our beings, to slowly heal, mend and restore; in order that we may see similar ramifications on the outside; letting all things work together to manifest a piece of Heaven on Earth. Every single day.

It is a commitment to such inner work that will empower us to see our Destiny unravel as a natural result of yielding to the process of God. The choices and decisions we make daily all add up to form the big picture. I have yet to discover a more beautiful way to live this life than to be able to hear from The One who made me and follow His direction for my life, bit by bit and step by step. I believe this is why The Bible says,

“Your Word is a lamp unto my feet. and a light unto my path.”

God intends for us to lean our ears right next to His chest to hear and heed the next Word of instruction and direction in our lives. This not only ensures a continual dependence on Him, but comes with an assurance that what HE has begun HE is Faithful to complete. It is only unfair for us to initiate something in our strength and wisdom and then, expect Him to complete it. Love is a two way street, clearly.

As I hasten to a close, I only want to encourage all of us to trust God enough with our hearts, because as The Bible says , “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” And I believe we all want to be better. We want to grow and make strides for His Kingdom. But even the most illustrious vision starts with paying due diligence to baby steps. So let us not despise the day of small beginnings, and let us embrace the process where His Spirit meets our hearts, Heaven invades Earth, and nothing is the same ever again.

Selah.

To submit or not to submit

“Submission to You is Life to me.”

I am sure that in our walk with The Lord, there are more times than once when we may have found ourselves wrestling with God. At times, we need to. Even Jacob wrestled till He got a blessing from the angel of The Lord, even though it cost him to walk with a limp. However, what I am writing about is a different kind of wrestle though, the kind that comes when we war with The One who went to war for us.

At every juncture in our lives when we need to hear from Him, I believe He always speaks. He may speak through His Word, a person, a revelation, an epiphany, a song, a billboard, a message, whatever the case may be. But He never goes silent on us. Those times when we feel He has, it’s only because He has already spoken, and waits for us to embrace the fullness of what He has decreed in order that we may walk in it and seek Him for what He will do next in our lives.

The answer to the breakthrough we are contending for lies in reverent submission and obedience to what He has spoken concerning us. Not a wrestle. Not the kind that I am meaning to talk about.

Today is Father’s Day and my heart rejoices at the mere thought of all that He has already done for us, and is still committed to bring to completion that which He has promised. Personally, revelations of The Father’s Love have transformed me from the inside out, and developed a quiet trust, a brave confidence that He only has my best interests at heart. In order for us to follow through with what He has said, submission is a must. Putting our own plans and goals on the altar in exchange for His Eternal Purposes mandates that kind of trust and faith in the goodness of Our Great God. I still, by no means, have arrived and am very much a work in progress. But I believe that to truly receive the fullness of His Promises, we will need to cultivate greater trust which is possible only through greater encounters with The Lord leading to greater revelations of His Love, ultimately developing an unshakeable confidence that He is good, He does good and He works all things together for our good and His Glory.

Going against the grain of what He speaks will only delay and perhaps, even derail the good plans He has for us. He is Mighty to save, and will undoubtedly scoop us up even from the deepest of pits that we may have dug up for ourselves in our rebellious state, because His Presence is stronger than anything that may dare to come against. As I write, Psalm 139 comes to mind;

“Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.”

During one rather vulnerable period in my life, The Holy Spirit reaffirmed this Truth in my heart. He said,

“It is not your feeble grip on me, it is my firm grip on you.”

Soul saving, isn’t it?

It is this Agape Love of The Father that has won my obedience over and given me the courage to believe even when it makes no sense, in the full assurance that His thoughts and ways are beyond understanding and always greater. That also represents the fruit of obedience, friends. When we choose to obey in the face of all adversity, chaos and confusion; The Father honors it in a way that when we look back in hindsight at what HE was doing when WE didn’t understand, it breeds a greater awe of who He is and a greater revelation of who we are as His Children. Let me share God’s Promise from Isaiah 43 at this juncture,

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.”

At times, His Way may cause us to walk through the fire and flood. But with a confident assurance that we are covered in The Blood of Christ , we can go forth. He promises us that NO weapon forged against us shall be able to prosper, and every tongue that rises against us, He will condemn. He reaffirms us that greater is HE that is in us than he that is in the world. He instructs us to remain steadfast and constant even in the face of what we don’t like, trusting that if we have agreed to go through the purifying fire of God, then we WILL come forth as pure gold.

My heart says that we can submit only to that which we are convinced about or that which we trust. In our walk with Jesus, we don’t have to be convinced about what He is calling us into, if we are convinced about who He is. Once we are convinced about the impeccable nature and character of God embodied in The Person of Jesus Christ, we can trust. We can trust that He is a Father, Healer, Redeemer, Savior, Miracle Worker and Way Maker. He is both, The God of process and The God of breakthrough. Wherever He calls us, HE sustains us. And needless to say, He is Faithful.

According to Hebrews 5:7,

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.”

Friends, I believe “reverent submission” is key. It is both, an awe of God and a love of Him that enables us to submit to His Will over ours. My journey testifies that though our walk is anything but easy, it is quite simple. We don’t need a formula to figure things out when we have a Person to follow, is something I quite often say. I say this because all our answers, needs and desires are wrapped up in Him. As we continue to submit and obey in our walk with Him, these things unravel and manifest as a direct result. At times, it may be obvious and somewhat instant. At other times, it may be prolonged and noticeable only to a discerning eye. Either way, it manifests. And it leaves us richer and more whole than when we first began. Not because we received breakthrough, but because we developed an intimate connection with The God of the breakthrough, and through that connection, we found everything we would ever need to feel affirmed, secure and loved, no matter the circumstance that dares confront us.

Yet it all begins with saying that first, “Yes” that introduces us to the glorious gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus, a journey that will inevitably find us saying one “yes” after another, causing a chain reaction of signs, wonders and miracles to be put in motion, leading us step by step, into the fullness of who we are called to be and what we are called to do in our lifetime.

So the next time we find ourselves wrestling with giving God our “yes,” I hope and pray that we remember that the first time we did, we received Heaven in our midst.

What more can we expect?



It is all in the “Who.”

“I never have to worry about the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ as long as I have my eyes fixed on the ‘Who.'”

I think I may have lost count of the amount of times I have wrestled with the ‘what’ is God going to do, both now and next, and ‘how’ will He bring it to pass. Needless to say, these are not some of my proudest moments, but real all the same. In my human frailty, I have been wrought up with anxiety over the future, but each time I have been stilled by The Voice that lovingly reassures, “do not worry.”

As God’s children, we are all called and chosen. We each have been uniquely designed, strategically gifted, powerfully anointed, intentionally positioned for such a time as this, and purposefully packaged. The Word is the only thing that can bring light and dispel darkness. So, I will share what Our Father Himself has to say about us,

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

God made us on purpose, for a Purpose. He has endowed us with distinctive gifts and talents to serve our generation. He has established from Eternity the “good works” that He intends for us to walk in and fulfill in our lifetime. I love the fact that He uses the term “walk.” This informs me that as we walk with The Lord, we will unwittingly find ourselves walking in these good works that are our Promise through The Eternal Covenant in Christ Jesus. God does not intend for us to figure things out, when He has graciously blessed us with a Person to follow who will reveal what needs to be revealed, when it needs to be revealed. God does not expect us to strive in our own strength, when we are called to surrender; and He certainly does not want us to be consumed with worry, when we can be renewed, affirmed and encouraged by His Truth,

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

Undoubtedly one of the most popular and widely appropriated pieces of Scripture, Jeremiah 29:11 is as simple as it is profound. I believe what God is asking us to do first and foremost is to trust, trust that He has plans to prosper us. Should we find one plan fail, it is not the end of the world because He is well able to reveal and manifest another in its place simply because Isaiah 55:11 assures us,


¬†“so is my word¬†that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
¬†¬†¬†¬†and achieve the purpose¬†for which I sent it.”

Friends, His Word can never return unto Him void. When He speaks, He creates. His plans for us are good, and it is from the abundance of our relationship with Him, that the rest follows. The more we allow Him to develop us on the inside, the more we are able to discern His Voice that directly catapults us into His plans and purposes, not just for us, but even those that are connected to us. He may speak through His Word, impart revelation through His Holy Spirit, forge connection through a person or simply envelop us with His Presence and let Love do the talking. Simply put, He has a million ways to reach us. All that we need to do is trust His leading, guidance and wisdom.

At this point, I feel led to share another profound Truth. At times, we may find ourselves in seasons that we can’t quite seem to understand. We have been faithful and fruitful, and still find ourselves thrust into the wilderness. Be encouraged, friends! This is a season that mandates strong faith which is the only thing that will enable us to one day, look back in retrospect, and marvel at what all God has done IN us in order that He may work THROUGH us, a process that leads us directly into the plans of God for our lives, in order for the Purpose to be accomplished.

Even Jesus was led by The Spirit into the wilderness, but He withstood every test and temptation; remaining firm and steadfast in the Truth of who He was and whose He was. This needs to be our stance too. At times when the world seems to be swirling or rather still, we can rest in the assurance of our Identity in Him, while simultaneously seeking Him to reveal the purpose of that which we find ourselves in. It could be a season of pruning, of purification, of refinement, of learning to exercise our authority as believers, of waiting upon The Lord, or anything that He chooses to reveal. One thing that I do know is this: He will never put us through something, if He doesn’t intend to bring us out of it better than we were before. It would benefit us to join our confession with that of Job,

“But He knows where I am going. And when He tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.”

For this to truly emanate from the very depths of our being, it is imperative that we know The One we are walking with enough to be able to trust Him through the fire and the flood. A deep enough revelation of The Cross only goes to say that He who has secured Eternity for us, will He not also take care of all that pertains to our lives while still here on Earth? The question is not of Hs Faithfulness, but perhaps, ours.

I have of late had to walk through a rather unexpected season of my soul. Things shifted circumstantially, but only so that He could work internally. Looking back from where I am now, I am eternally grateful. Simply because I know Jesus better. I know Him as Immanuel – God WITH us. Not only has He shouldered me all the way, He has enabled me to cultivate a depth of intimacy with Him that nothing else can compare to. He has been Faithful to reveal Himself with such Glory, Splendor and Majesty; that it has birthed in me a brand new awe of “Who” He is.

He is both, a bolt of lightening and a warm sunrise; the beauty of the morning dew and the fury of the fiery flames; the soft cooing of a dove and the thundering roar of a lion. Neither words nor worlds can contain Him. He can come as a mighty rushing wind, or a gentle, soft breeze. Simply because, He has been revealed as both, the Lamb of God as well as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

He can come at unexpected times and in unexpected ways to do the unexpected, but only to bring about an expected end. He is good, He does good and He works all things together for our good and His Glory. His Power and Might no mind can fathom, yet He humbled himself and came as a man so we could find ourselves in Him, and make His Story our own. He became obedient to God even to the point of death, and that too a rather gruesome one, but God took Him through only because of a plan and Purpose so great that even two thousand years later, it is saving, changing and redeeming millions of lives in our world. By The Spirit of God, Jesus rose again and because He did, we cannot remain where we are.We can be faithful where we are, in the confident assurance that on the other side of crucifixion, there always is a resurrection. There is always another plan. There is always a greater purpose.

Suffice to say, friends, that we really have no need to know or understand the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of things, as long as we have our eyes fixed on the ‘Who’ who is above ALL things.

Selah.





Becoming.

“Becoming is a process of not striving, but surrender.”

The Lord put this thought on my heart last night, and I thought perhaps it wasn’t just for me.

The world we live in today is obsessed with achievement which inevitably puts everyone on a performance treadmill. Everyone wants to become something, and as great as that ambition is, it should never be something that consumes us, rather something that serves to provoke us to a Greater Truth – what can we become on the inside so as to manifest the desired results on the outside?

Therein lies the absolute beauty of entering into a relationship with The Anointed One, Jesus. As we slowly are grafted into Him, we begin to realize that we already are all that we need to be because we are complete IN Him. However, does that mean that now that The Holy Spirit has made His Dwelling in our midst, we don’t have to grow anymore? On the contrary, I believe our most authentic work of transformation has just about begun, and will continue till we see Him face to face. 1 Corinthians 13 is something we are all familiar with,

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;¬†then we shall see face to face.¬†Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

I believe that as we continue to walk with The Lord, we allow Him to slowly, deeply and gently unpack those seeds of greatness that He has already deposited on the inside of us. We already have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. However, these fruits of The Holy Spirit have to be gradually and consistently developed and exercised. The degree to which we allow these fruits to develop is the degree to which we will be in a position to receive the fullness of what God has promised us.

This though, in my experience, is not a result of striving but rather a process of surrender. Each time God deals with our anger issue, or selfishness, or discipline; and we faithfully surrender, submit and say, “Yes,” we can be rest assured that as we are allowing God to evolve us and forge His Character on the inside of us; we are well on our way to promotion.

The spouse will come, the child will turn around, the marriage will be restored, the right job will manifest. Simply because God honors our obedience. We cannot be in a relationship with Christ and expect the fruit of it to manifest as a result of striving to be better, we can expect a bountiful harvest only by walking along in a spirit of total surrender – an open mind, a soft heart, a courageous soul.

God wants us to live a wide, open and spacious life. But we also have to allow Him to enlarge the place of our tent. As we let Him do what He wants to do on the inside of us, results on the outside will have no option but to come forth.

This is the process of “becoming” that I have embarked upon in my lifetime, with a confident assurance that He who has begun a good work in me shall perform it unto completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

I hope this encourages you today friends, to let go and let Him take over, and as you do, know that Heaven is cheering you on.

And so am I.

A New Walk

“Instead of praying old prayers, I’m beginning to walk a new walk.”

I’m sure we have all been there sometime. We feel God has impressed something on our hearts, and we begin to pray and believe with all our might, passion and fervor. That’s what I love about our walk with The Lord. But as I have continued on with Him, I have begun to realize that the process of becoming is just as important as the prayer of believing.

Prayer changes things, but most importantly, prayer changes us. It shapes and reshapes our hearts on an ongoing basis till we start maturing and growing into the person who is well able to handle the glory that comes with a breakthrough received in the Name of Jesus. I am starting to learn that as we pray and allow God to mould us further into His image, it is equally vital to take those necessary steps of obedience that will be instrumental in manifesting that which we are believing for. This to me encapsulates the process of “becoming.”

Becoming a higher and better version of ourselves is a process that is laced with grit, courage, tenacity, perseverance and patience. There will be times that we will fall short of our own expectations, if not others. It is during such times that we will need to give ourselves the gift of grace. We will need to pick ourselves up each time we fall, dust ourselves off and keep running our race, our gaze firmly fixed on Jesus, who beckons us on with such encouragement that all excuses have no option but to fall away.

In my own journey through life, it has been anything but a smooth sailing. In retrospect, I’m kind of grateful for that. Each trial in life brings with it an opportunity to receive a new level of anointing, and you don’t need me to tell you that it is the anointing that breaks yokes and catapults us into the next dimension of who we are called to be.

This is something I delight in. As Christ followers, ours is a journey of transformation, from the inside out. So when a season catches us off guard, we can seek God to see what it is that He wants to do IN us and then, THROUGH us so that we can be well on our way to our Promised Land. We can encounter the heart of God through each and every step of the process, till our relationship with Him supersedes any need for anything for us to be content. The Apostle Paul puts it like this,

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content¬†whatever the circumstances.¬†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.¬†¬†I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

This picture of pure contentment that comes from being in the center of God’s Will sets me free. It lets me know that no matter where and how I am, God knows, cares and has my best interests at heart. What may have caught me off guard was actually, a very intentional part of His Divine Design for my life. It was something that He, in His Sovereignty, orchestrated only to bring His Child closer to Him so that it would be from a secure place of having heard from Him that I would find the confidence to move on. As I write, a verse has landed on my heart,

“Wherever God calls you, He sustains you.”

If we are where we are called to be, then friends, we can be rest assured that even though the process may at times seem excruciatingly slow, we are on schedule. He promises to be Faithful, even when we are faithless. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. He promises to rebuild and restore us. He promises to prosper us and give us “good success.”

So, we can yield and surrender to the journey. Simply because we trust in The One who chose to trust in us when we had nothing to truly trust in. Joyce Meyer very aptly says that we may not be where we want to be, but Thank God, we are not where we used to be.

That, my dear friends, is an exhortation to all of us to keep praying and believing, while simultaneously taking a step of faith as and when The Holy Spirit nudges us to. As we remain committed to this sacred pilgrimage, we will, slowly but surely go from strength to strength, and glory to glory. We will find our prayers manifest in ways that exceed our imaginations. We will align our prayer life in a way that allows us to truly partner with the Person of The Holy Spirit in a way that sees the plans and purposes of God burst forth in our generation.

That’s what I’m believing for.

What about you?

Coming through.

“That’s why I went through what I went through, because I had to come through.”

It is safe to say that in my short life, I have seen a lot. I have seen triumphs and trials, successes and failures, scars and stars. And I am acutely aware that I’m not the only one.

As I look back, I realize that God has shouldered me all along, when I knew Him as Immanuel and when I didn’t. Though in my earlier years, I seemed to have it all together on the outside, the Truth is that I was rather broken and empty on the inside. I did the best with what I had, but what I had was never enough. The success was always preceded by a lot of striving, but when I entered into a Covenant relationship with Immanuel, I realized that there is no striving in His Grace.

His Grace has changed everything for me. A revelation of what took place that day at Calvary embarked me upon a path that has and will continue to change me from the inside out. With my sins forgiven and a fresh, clean slate for Father God to write once again a story of redemption in the blood stained ink of His Son, Jesus; I began to slowly receive my God-ordained Identity as a Daughter of The King of kings and The Lord of lords. That, to say the least, is EVERYTHING.

As opposed to operating from strategy, I have slowly evolved into walking in Identity. I now know that because of the redemptive work of The Cross, I no longer have to strive to build a name for myself, because my Higher Calling is to glorify The Name that is above every other name. I am everything I need to be simply because I am IN Him. The Word puts it like this,

“I am complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power.”

These words are healing to my bones and strength to my soul. As this Truth began to marinate on the inside of me, perfectionism began to fall away. It dawned on me that because Jesus is perfect, I don’t need to be. What I do pray for however, is a more whole and mature version of me, as I keep on keeping on. He is Faithful to complete that which He has started, and my soul can rest in that Promise, till I see Him face to face.

Going down memory lane, I have to admit that it wasn’t easy. The stubborn rebellion in my soul had to be gradually broken, so that The One who would never leave me broken could come in and take residence. It was during some of the most tumultuous times of my life that He taught me the value of hanging on every Word He said. When I was anxious, He spoke from Matthew and said, “Do not worry.” When I felt unsure, He spoke from Isaiah and said, “Do not be afraid, you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace, you will not be humiliated.” When I felt abandoned, He spoke from Hebrews and said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” When I didn’t know how to trust Him with my future, He spoke from Jeremiah and said, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” When I was afraid of man, He spoke from Romans and said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” When I feared lack, He spoke from Philippians and said, “I have no lack for my God supplies all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Needless to say, what the enemy meant for harm, He turned it around for my good and His Glory. Looking back, I now realize that I had to feel and face those feelings of inadequacy in order to find and elevate what God said about me till I began to see its manifestation in my life. Decreeing and declaring His Word not only shifted the atmosphere, but was also critical, as I confessed with my mouth till my heart began to believe the Truth which trumps the lies, every single time.

A bit nostalgic at this time as we are in the midst of transitioning to a new location, I couldn’t help but reminisce about all that God has done in me. He took me at my weakest and manifested His Strength instead. I came to Him one way, but He launched me on a street called straight. When I felt backed up into a corner, He was fighting for me till I found the courage to get back up again. He has taught me the value and delight to be found in walking with Him, just one day at a time, sensitive to what needs my attention in the “here” and “now” as opposed to a reckless pursuit of “one day when.” And last but not the least, He has revealed to me that every God blessing that I have received in my life is something that I have always stumbled into. I didn’t plan it. I didn’t prepare for it. I didn’t expect it. This is exciting and liberating news, friends! It points to the fact that in our lifetime, God already has divine appointments, interruptions and alignments lined up. All that we have to do is steadfastly follow Him. The Bible puts it like this,

“If we live by the Spirit,¬†let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”

Walking with Jesus simply means crucifying our flesh and letting His Spirit lead us on. Once we surrender our lives to Him, our Destiny unravels as we walk with Him. This adventure will never cease to amaze us, friends. We will begin to do things we once thought were not possible. We will begin to believe for people who cannot yet believe for themselves. We will begin to give love as though we are made of it. We will become a version of ourselves that I believe, in hindsight will leave us astounded and seeped with gratitude.

To The One who made it all possible because HE chose to go through what He went through, simply because He had to come through, so that we could too.

Selah.