Reflections

Last week I went with my husband to visit Sandra a family friend who  gave birth recently.  Before we embarked on our journey, my husband collected Sandra’s address.  We planned in advance, by mapping out the address online however the details was not printed.  According to the map it was just five minutes walk from the Eden Park Station which she confirmed.    Proverbs 16:9 states that a man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. You can plan as much as you want but Lord directs the steps of the righteous one.  In other words, man proposes but God disposes.

We  took the train to Eden Park Station, followed the exit to leave the station.  Here I was so confident with the map on my phone, checked the map and followed its direction.  We spent over 20minutes searching for Sandra’s address, after a long search walking around the area looking for her address, we realised that we missed our way. We decided to call her for redirection to her house and she gave us a Landmark to find the place.  This reminded of  my walk with the Lord.  When it felt like I had missed His direction or taken the wrong route.  As a result of  my disobedience, blindness to see situations from His perspectives and deafness to hear His true voice, it would take me longer to retrace my steps.  Have you missed your  way in your walk with the Lord ? Are you lost and you don’t know how to retrace your step? The Lord is calling you to retrace your steps from the point where you missed it and He is waiting for you right there.  It can be frustrating to take a reverse turn and time wasting like the children of Israel who spent forty years in wilderness for a journey of less than twelve days.

My story continues, our journey commenced once again determined to get to  the address.  We asked people around who told us to go back to Eden Park Station and its on the other side of the road.  We became frustrated and tired then called Sandra  again, who then met us at Eden Park Station and took us through the right pathway.  To our greatest surprise there were two exits,  north and south, our confusion resulted from passing through the south exit instead of the north.  It took less than five minutes to get to  Sandra’s home.  So disappointed we were to have spent so long a time  going in the wrong direction.

Sometimes in life, simple mistakes are made which  can be extremely expensive.  There are consequences for every mistakes made like in this case we took the wrong route. But the Lord is there to correct your mistakes and put you in the right path.  My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights Proverbs 3:11-12.   Because He is our Heavenly Father and we are His little children, when we go in the wrong direction, He is always there to correct, guide and lead us in the path of righteousness. But the question is? Are you ready to listen to God when He instructs you come back, do a detour and start afresh? You could be so engrossed in the complaints of why it should happen His way.  His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts  (Isaiah 55:8-9).  When you plan your life’s journey, put  Him in the picture so He can direct your path every step of the way.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths Proverbs 3:5-6.  You walk with Him, step by step everyday of your life and He will always be there.

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Close to God

I wrote this during my moments of spending time in His presence, seeking His face to know more of Him.  You can never get tired of seeking God , Jame 4:8 states draw near to Me (God) and He will draw near to you.   I pray you will be stirred up in your hearts to develop a closer relationship with God.  Releasing yourselves completely to Him and permitting Him to have full control of your life.  The more you spend time in His presence the more you want to know more of who He is, His love, grace and mercies.   

From me to You Lord…………………………..

I want to see more of You
Let Your light shine in my heart
Speak to me sweet loving words
I pour my heart to You
In worship and honor of You
The closer I am to You
The more I want to know You
My intimacy with You stirs me up
My passion to serve You
And to fulfill Your purpose in my life

Let every moment of my life be with You
Seeking You always
Very early in the morning as I wake up
And late at night before I go to sleep
As your light shines out
Let Your light be a reflection of Your love

Your awesome mighty power reigns in majesty
Your goodness and mercies endures forever
How great are Your mighty acts
I humble myself before You Lord
Have Your way
Have Your way Lord

 

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The Olympic is now here in London after more than four years of planning and investments.  I spent some time to  ponder on the Olympic Torch carried by the Torchbearers around United Kingdom.  It is a privilege to see the Olympic torch carried by celebrities, young and old people from different works of life.  I was fascinated and  joyous that United Kingdom supported the Olympics with more than 13million people having an opportunity to see the Olympic torch pass by their vicinity over a period of 70days.

While the torch travelled around UK, this reminded me that we are the light of the world.  Our light should shine for the whole world to see.  We are the torchbearers for Christ and it is time to let the world know that Jesus is the way the truth and the life.  The Olympic Torchbearers carried the torch with smiles on their face, boldness and were full of vigor.  We should delight so much joy in sending the message of Christ salvation.  Jesus Christ is alive, preach the good news of Christ redemption and let your light shine that those around would see it.

 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.   Mathew 5:14-16 NKJV

The Olympic flame keeps burning throughout the celebration of the Olympics celebration till the end of the Olympic games.  The Lord desires that the Holy Spirit burns, keeps burning from everlasting to everlasting and that you never get burnt out or tired to speak of His goodness.  The burning passion should brighten up your lives that others may see the glory of God in you.

For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,  Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,  And her salvation as a lamp that burns.  2 The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory.  You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the Lord will name. Isaiah 62:1-2 NKJV

The Lord will not rest until He sees His glory fill the earth.  He will not rest until His salvation brightens the whole earth.  We all have responsibilities as christians and believers in the Word to transform lives, from lives to nations, from one nation to another nation and the whole world is transformed.  The unsaved, unreached will see His righteousness and the kings, queens, world leaders would give God the glory.

So let your light shine, be passionate about the God you serve.  Let your smile reflect the beauty of Christ.  Show Christ love to those around you and impact lives in just a little act of love.  Transformation starts with you by being an reflection of Christ image and renewing our mind to the things of God.

 

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Yesterday I attended a Praise Gathering Event, we praised God with our hands, voice, heart and whole body.  Today during my quiet time with the Lord, I paused for a moment and thought about different reasons to Praise God, Selah.  The key main reason that connected with me was because You are GOD.  Because You are God that is why I am praising You.  You created me in my mother’s womb and knew me before I was born.  You were there from the beginning  and not for one moment did you leave or forsake me.  You love because I am  more precious than rubies, gold or even diamonds.

Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life. Isaiah 43:4 NKJV

Have you taken time out, paused for a moment and thought about the million reasons to praise God.  Or you wake up in the morning, brush your teeth, have a shower, put on your cloths and go to work.  Forgetting that He is the one that woke you up this morning.  But you just get on with life, I mean that’s the norm for you.  So what is your  reason for praising and thanking God? Do you really mean what you say or are they memorised words?  Lets appreciate God for who He is……. Because You are God, what He has done and about to do and praise Him for His mighty works.

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.  12 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77:11-12 NIV

In the past I waited for situations to get better or to improve to my advantage before I praised God.  But now I realised that there is a secret to praising God, Praise your way through  your breakthrough if you need a breakthrough.   You enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, rejoice for it’s a new day, Psalm 100:4.  In the midst of it all, I praise God because the devil can’t stand my praise, they tremble at the shouts of praises offered to God.   I praise Him in the storm, rain and even on the dry land.

[Chorus]

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm   

Song by Casting Crowns Praise You in the Storm (Song), Life Song (Album)

Because You are God I have a reason to praise You
It does not matter what  circumstance is, the pains, hurts or frustration I face
Whether I am up or down, happy or sad, sorrowful or joyful I will praise You
When I wake up in the morning, I remember it’s because You are God that I am alive
I travel everyday to work and come back home safely
Travel miles away from home and still come back safely
Then I think about Your grace, journey mercies, and protection because You are God
I think about what You have done in the past for me
How you delivered me from bondage now I am completely free because You are God
I think about my present challenges, knowing that You have seen me through
So Lord I thank You and praise You because You are truly God

Comment on what God has done for you because He is God and praise Him for He is good and His mercies endures forever

Have cried out to the Lord in desperate need for a breakthrough.  Has your words been ‘I need a breakthrough Lord’ in an urgent need for a breakthrough.  In my moments of praising Daddy and seeking His face, the Lord laid on my heart the word ‘BREAKTHROUGH‘. While spending time in His presence, He spoke words of encouragement and I am sharing those words with you.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4 NKJV

You have been pressing hard and forcefully
You have prayed day and night
You have sought far and near
Press in with praise and thanksgiving
Do not give up on GOD because He is the breaker Messiah
I heard your prayers and answered your petitions
Because you searched for me therefore I am close to you

Listen to Me My daughter
I am breaking through with My battleaxe
Smashing every barriers and walls standing in your way
The double doors and the gates are kept opened
Let the hidden treasures and the secret riches laid up for the righteous flood in
I have spoken and it is done
I have decreed it and it will come to pass

This is what the Lord says to Cyrus, his anointed one, whose right hand he will empower.  Before him, mighty kings will be paralyzed with fear. Their fortress gates will be opened, never to shut again. 2This is what the Lord says: I will go before you, Cyrus, and level the mountains.  I will smash down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.  3And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—  secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord,  the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.  Isaiah 45:1-3 NLT

Position your hearts to receive all that I have in store for you
Prepare your hearts to be pure and holy
Only those with a righteous heart have a token to receive this breakthrough
Because I am the Lord of BREAKTHROUGH

So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.[a] 2 Samuel 5:20 NKJV

Keep standing do not give up
Keep persevering do not be weary on God
Keep trusting in Him do not loose hope
Keep waiting on the Lord for He is good to those that wait on Him

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.
26 26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord . Lamentations 3:25-26

PRAYER

I pray that you will position yourselves to receive all that the Lord has in store for you. I declare a breakthrough in every situation has been a hindrance in your life that the Lord of breakthrough, the breaker Messiah would smash every barriers, walls and stronghold that has been hindering you from moving forward in Jesus Name. I declare it is time to break forth for the Lord has cleared the way and made the crooked path straight. I pray that you will not limit God for He is a God of more than enough and all things are possible through Christ Jesus. In Jesus Name Amen, Amen, Amen.

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