Hope

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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What is God saying to you about your life, journey and the future.  Have you asked Him?  What is God saying to you about your children and marriage?  He is God, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and End and the Author and Finisher of your faith.

This is a season of speedy acceleration and breaking out of the old into the new.  This season the old and the new cannot blend, the familiar and unfamiliar has to be separated.  The Lord God is taking you on a new path of revealing what He desires to accomplish in your life.

I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way.  Isaiah 42:16

He says ” I have chosen you as My beloved to fulfill my purpose here on earth, over the nations it is time to rise up from your slumber, awake oh Daughter of Zion, come and meet Me in the secret place.  Let Me reveal My heart to you, let Me reveal My will to you.  I have been waiting for this moment to sit with you and dine with you, come My beloved because I first loved you.”

God’s plans for you are beyond your expectations and imaginations, His desire is for you to see all that He has in store for you.  His promises over your life are yes and amen, it is sealed.  The Lord God is revealing new strategies, new ways to accomplish the best results by His divine enablement invested in you for Christ rules in you the hope of glory.

Get ready because it is happening now not tomorrow but now.

I thought about what to blog on today and the title that is relevant to where I am in my walk with the Lord.  I am going through a process of God redefining my true identity.  This requires being a partaker in Christ sufferings to be glorified with Christ.  A lot of us want the rewards of a perfect completed work but refuse to go through the process.  For purpose and destiny to be fulfilled you have to be crucified with Christ on the cross in pains and sufferings for the flesh and sinful nature to die.

and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:17 NKJV 

My question is what would it cost you to serve God? Do you know who you are in Christ (Identity) and what you are called to do here on earth (purposed assignments)?  To follow Christ leadership would cost you your time, service and most importantly your heart.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21 ).  On many occasions I have searched my heart, executing critical check points to ensure my heart is right with God and I have a pure, clear conscience in everything I do.

I would encourage you to draw close to God so He can reveal your true identity.  Your true identity is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3).  To discover the true you is to discover Christ in you the hope of glory that results in an unveiling of the authentic you.  Life journey is a process that cannot be avoided, escaped but passed through to become who God has called you to be.  Just as components of raw material experiences different stages to become a useful product so do we.  At the starting point when you pick up the raw item and think of what to do with it to utilize it for the function you have dedicated your time and effort to.

I do not know what you are going through and you feel like this is too much to handle, the pains are unbearable, I would encourage you not to give up.  For after the pains, sacrifices and suffering comes the reward and outcome with joy of seeing it through to the end.  God would not put you through an unbearable process if He knows you cant handle it or it is beyond your limit. Be totally sold out to Christ and become a partaker in Christ suffering as joint heirs with Christ and Heir of God.

 

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.