Faith

Taste and believe

By Ngozi Ngadi

The Word of God states that taste and see that the He is good (Psalm 34:8).  What if you could not see or taste it, would you still believe that the God is good?  That question has been on my mind for a while. What are your thoughts towards that? When situations arises and His promised words has still not come to full manifestation do you still believe that God is a good and loving Father?

I know what it feels like when God says ‘I have spoken and established My word and it must surely come to pass.  But something keeps holding or restricting the execution of the word that has been prophesied, affirmed and reaffirmed.  You must be wondering did God lie to you or did you get duped by Him?

There is an adage that says ‘Seeing is believing’.  Our eyes are meant  to see the great, beautiful, wonderful and mighty things that God has in store for us (Jeremiah 33:3).  I do agree that seeing is believing because when you see your eyes sends signals to your mind that this is true. It becomes real for your eyes has now seen the beauty of His promised works.

When you taste and see, you taste and believe that God is a faithful God and He will never leave you nor forsake you.  One day I went to the stores to buy some groceries. They were promoting a new brand of biscuits, a table was set and the biscuits nicely arranged and presented on the table.  First my eyes caught my attention to the biscuits on the table, simultaneously signals were sent to my brain of how sweet and delicious those biscuits would be only if I could just taste a little bit of it.  I began to imagine the sweetness of every crumbs in my mouth.  My next step was to go and taste it to believe that it is the best brand that I have ever tasted. I tasted it and it was up to my expectation, just as I thought it would be.

At that moment God spoke to me and said, the same way you have tasted those biscuits, He wants me to taste and and believe His sweetness to know that He is a good and faithful Father who will never fail me.  Do not wait until you have received the blessings, promises before you can taste and see that He is a good God and His love endures forever.  Start now to taste and believe by faith.

 

 

 

Many of us have dreams, visions, ambitions and aspirations in life that are beyond our mental comprehension to fully grasp the detailed process to accomplishing the seemingly impossible dreams and visions.  Well you are not alone because I have big dreams and visions of the future that when I look at my present circumstance it seems so impossible to attain them.  God might have spoken to you about your future, His promises over your life, ministry and you are wondering how will you get there or achieve God’s preordained and predestined plans and purposes. Planning requires faith to fulfill those dreams.

Planning is the key to structuring the step by step process to your dreams.  What is faith? Faith is believing the impossible coming to manifestation.  Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1).  Planning helps to activate your faith through the hope having of an expected end in Christ.  It gets even more better when you involve the Holy Spirit in setting the structure and order of your plans. Life without planning means wherever it leads you, is okay with you.  Your life would be tossed around, up and down like a Yoyo without set goals and strategies to arriving at your destined destination.

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand. Proverbs 19:21

There is nothing whatsoever stopping you from planning or structuring your life according to God’s purpose and plans.  However man proposes but God disposes.  Involve God the Master Planner and He would direct your path. Trust God’s instructions, blueprint and commands and He will order your steps. If in the past you never planned or structured how the day would start and end.  Today is the day to initiate planning.  Start your day with God giving Him all the glory and honor for all that He has done in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you plan your days, weeks, months and years. Decree fruitfulness, command your mornings to be a beautiful day of joy, peace, increase and abundance of His blessing.  Walk by faith and not by sight for only His counsel will stand if you believe with your heart and know that He is a faithful God, full of grace and His mercies endures forever.

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Have you ever been helpless in life? Where it seems like all your dependable source of withdrawing strength and help has disappeared.  Well the good news is that you are not alone, I am helpless too.  Being helpless in the presence of God is a great place to be because you know that God is your Source and Helper.  To receive help from God you have to acknowledge in all honesty and transparency that you are helpless.  Therefore circumstances and situations would occur to test your ability to lean onto God the Author and Finisher of your faith

I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth Psalm 122:1-2

Do not focus on your problems or dilemma but lift up your eyes and look up to God who will always make a way where there seems to be no way.  For every challenge there is an opportunity for God to manifest Himself beyond your expectations. Sometimes God would allow you to utilize all your opportunities to a point of helplessness so you can learn to trust and depend completely on Him.  Once again whether it is the marriage crises or problems at work. Maybe you are just about to be evicted or your property repossessed. Could it be that you are at the point of hopelessness the last but stop to aborting your dreams and ambitions?  Whatever it is God is always on time, He turns up at the right time so do not give up on God because He has not given up on you.

At every point of being helpless in His presence, I have learnt to cry out for help and acknowledge that I truly and desperately need God’s help.  In intercessory prayer and confessing God as my Helper, Source and Provider, He hears my cry and intervenes on my behalf for His namesake

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

Waiting on God for your needs and desires of your heart to be met requires trusting God and depending completely on Him to renew your strength as you take those steps of faith with overflowing expectations.  If God handed power and control over to you for one second, He knows what you would do. This time, pass the control switch to God the Author and Finisher of your faith for Him to take total control.

Being helpless in His presence means crucifying your flesh, passions and desires to enter into a new level of relationship where you enquire of Him for the next step.  Do not try to figure it all out, communicate in dialogue with God on what to do next, how to overcome that situation that is weighing you down.  God loves you so much that He wants to know how you are feeling today as you let go from an open transparent heart.

 

 

 

At last, after years of procrastination and self doubt, I can truly say that I have overcome my fears and positioning myself in the place God had preordained and predestined for my life. Looking back in reflection, it is more than three years since the desire to publish a book has been on my heart.

My post on being on a journey on the 23rd January 2013,  expresses my utmost desires  Just to share a bit of my plans this year, presently I am writing a book which will be revealed at a later date.  It has been quite challenging for me because I have postponed it for a very long time but now is the time to do it.  This means dedication, commitment and perseverance.  So as I journey along this long road, I shall keep you all updated on the progress.

This book and many others has been conceived in me for years.  I delayed  myself in the book writing  but when God said it is time, He connected me with destiny helpers that encouraged, challenged me to publish my first book.  When I saw the timely connections with the rights connectors (people who God connects you to for a purpose and season) then you know it is time to break out.

My first book, You are precious, The experience of my Father’s love is out on Amazon .    Go and get your copy!!!!!

You Are Precious is all about the experience of My Father’s love being initiated from the close relationship I developed with my late earthly father, who passed away more than a decade ago. Never did I know that I could encounter more of God’s precious love, especially when I left my parents’ home to live an independent life as an adult. In a desperate search for love, it details my story of discovering  Father’s love, that surpasses every other, and abides in a place of intimacy with the Lord.

This book  is an inspirational book that would transform you life through dealing with identity crises, fears and other emotional baggages of rejection, abandonment and unworthiness.   It is a journey of discovering my true self in Christ, my love language to Abba Father and soaking in the deep wells of  my Father’s love.  This book would inspire you in a new dimension to understand how precious you are to God, your uniqueness, empower you to walk in the boldness and confidence of who you are in Christ Jesus.  You are uniquely peculiar to God, there is no other you but only one you that has your DNA.

I  would encourage you to comment on your thoughts of your priceless value to God and how reading You are precious book has transformed your life

Everyone on this planet have their individual fears.  It could range from the fear of heights, fear of snakes, fear of crowds and so on.  I must confess that one of my fears is the FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN.  It has been a challenging journey for me as I work with the Holy Spirit, my helper and Counselor who helps me overcome the fear of the unknown.  Today I would like to share with some of the ways I dealt with the giant in my life.

The fear of the unknown is the giant in your life that intimidates, frightens, causes tremendous distress, pains, making your life a miserable living hell to hinder, restrict, keep you in bondage from fulfilling purpose and prospering in all your accomplishments.

I am still on the journey of remaining in His perfect love, for perfect love cast out all fears.  God’s love is perfect and complete in Christ Jesus.  His love is divine and pure, He has no atom of fear in Him.

 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgement] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love]. 1 John 4:18 amp

HOW TO OVERCOME  FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN

HAVE A CLEAR SOUND MIND

When you have projects you have never done before or embarking on a new journey, the worries of what ifs, what not, what then keeps ringing in your mind. Your mind gets so clouded by constant analysis that leads to mental paralysis, eventually you get overburdened with the stress of sorting it all out.   Believe in yourself , think positive for God has not given you the spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)  He knows you can do it, He believes in you and that is all that should matter to you even when no one believes in you.  BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.  Find a quiet place to clear your mind, in quietness and trust of who you are in  Christ, invite the Holy Spirit and tune in to receive from Him.  The words you receive in a place of rest and quietness are resurrecting life that stirs your heart to step out and walk by faith not by sight.

DO IT AFRAID

When you have clarity on where you are going, what you want to do, how to do it.  Then what is hindering you, cast out the spirit of fear and release the spirit of God’s love.  Just do it, act fearlessly, stepping out of your comfort zone to accomplish the assignments that needs to be executed.