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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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While at work listening to music, the song that drew my attention was Through it all by Andrae Crouch .  I took time out to reflect on the words of the song.  Asking myself questions of if I have been able to trust Jesus through all the trials and tribulations, ups and downs of life, when all around you are not working according to your intentional plans.  Could I really say through it all I have learnt to trust Him all the way?

Trusting God  during challenging times can be so difficult and frustrating because your mind cant seem to comprehend why you dont have a job yet when you are highly experienced in your field of  job application.  Or why your marriage is breaking down and the Lord says trust Me I can and will work it out.  Could it be that you have found yourself in a difficult dilemma that you cant seem to get out off.

With your mind you know what the Word of God states and with your heart you believe.   In my opinion trust has so much to do with the heart than the mind.  Because sometimes you might have a deeper understanding of the Word but do you believe without a doubt, beyond reasonable doubt that He is able and willing to see you through it all.

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

God allows you to pass through lonely hours of trials and tribulations so you can learn to trust Jesus Christ all the way through till you receive your breakthrough and triumphant victory in Him.

It is time to thank God for those mountains and valleys that you have been passing through in the past and present.   Appreciate Him for walking with you through those mountains and teaching you to trust in Jesus.  As He teaches you through the power of the Holy Spirit, you learn to depend completely on His Word.

He never fails, He will never fail you so through it all can you learn to trust and believe in God ?  His Word remains the same yersterday, today and forever.   When He speaks it comes to pass.  Will you be patient through it all to see the end of the matter, for the end is better than the beginning.

 

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When challenges tries to suppress you especially during the stormy rain or when everything around you is not going as planned, there is the tendency  for you doubt if God really exists, questions your faith and believe in God. Have you found yourself at a crossroad not knowing what to do, where to go and you are stuck in the same position because of your unbelief.

Usually Faith is not the issue but the ability to believe that God is able to do it.  The measure of faith does not matter as the word states that if you have faith as a mustard seed you can move mountain (Matthew 17:20).  It does not matter how small your faith is but a firm conviction in  your heart that He is capable of doing what He has promised.  The disciples could not cast the demon out of the boy because of their unbelief (Matthew 17:14-20)

UNDERSTANDING WHAT FAITH AND BELIEVE MEANS

Faith  is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1).   Faith is visualizing your expectations in the spirit realm and calling it forth into  physical manifestation.

Belief  is the firm, confident assurance and trust in someone or a system.   It can also be defined as the mental acceptance of a conviction in the truth, actuality or validity of something.  Believe  is the verbal term for belief and can be classified as an action word.

 When doubts in God’s ability to do what He has  already promised creeps in, then it means your believe  in God is unstable.  A sudden question of  trust, complete dependence on God for support and confidence in Him creates a lingering effect on the ability to believe in God.

It is time to ask Him through the power of the Holy Spirit to help your unbelief.  Your heart’s cry to God should be “Lord help my unbelief ” just as the Father of the boy possessed by the demon asked the Lord in desperation to help his unbelief so that the boy will receive his complete healing (Mark 9:23-24).

 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:10-11 NKJV

Believing in the Lord can  be developed through studying the word, spending time in His presence and  in communion with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit .  Most of all praying  and fasting (Matthew 17:21).  Believe is the conviction of the heart to decree/declare and confess with your mouth that no matter what, in the midst of it all I believe that God is able to do just what He said He would do.  Therefore nothing whatsoever should separate you from the love of God, not life or death, not principalities or powers, not in good health or sickness, absolutely nothing shall separate from the love of God (Romans 8:37-39)

 

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The Lord has brought me this far on a journey, He brought me to a place of entering His rest.  A place of resting in His presence, drinking from the wells of living water and eating His bread of life (Hebrews 4:11, John 4:14, John 6:35).  So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall. Hebrews 4:11 NLT.  

We are living in times and seasons when everyone is constantly on the go, busy with work, family, business and other affairs of life.  The ups and downs of life begins to wear you down till you feel tired, weary and your physical body cant cope anymore.  You have so many schedules, official appointments on your calender but no time  to spend with the Lord and rest in His presence.  You have been  burnt out completely, spiritually discharged and depressed or stressed, your physical as well as your spiritual well being is being compromised.

I perceived a great need to write about taking time out with the Lord and being at a place of rest, I mean spiritual rest.  Gary Ellis calls it chillaxing with Jesus. My emphasis would be mainly on finding rest, complete peace and soundness of mind in the Lord.  God worked for six days and rested on the seventh day not because He was tired or weary but had completed the work of creation.   He was well pleased and satisfied with the perfection of His work (Genesis 2:3).

Do not wait until your body cant cope with the pressures of life, consequently affects your physical health before you realize that you need to rest to recuperate from the hustles and bustles of life.  As much as the physical body needs rest so does your spirit being.   After a long day’s work, the body becomes weak, burdened and tired so when you get home, you relax, your long tired feet on the comfy sofa and probably watch your favorite channel or close your eyes in the hope of having a little nap.  During this process, your body gradually recuperates from the pressures of the long day’s work.

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. For only those  who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath:‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world Hebrew 4:1,3 NLT

The Lord has promised you a place of rest, a heavenly eternal rest where you can come boldly by faith through Jesus Christ by His grace and mercies to find rest in Him.   The place of rest is the secret place of the Most High where you keep your eyes fixed on Him , trusting Him to see you through every challenging situation .  It is a place of settlement, restoration and soundness of mind where your spirit, body and soul is restored  as He leads you beside the still waters and in the path of righteousness.

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.3He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name Psalm 23:2-3 NLT

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stably  fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand] Psalm 91:1 amp

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.   11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! John 15:4, 11 NLT.

I pray that the Lord would renew your mind, restore your soul and bring  you to the place of rest in Him, resting in his  presence, Shekinah glory.  May you keep your eyes fixed on Him and remain in Him that your joy will overflow.  Lord Jesus give them the grace to keep standing and uproot every spirit of unbelief in your children because You are able to do all that you said you would do.  In Jesus Name Amen.

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