Have You Proven Yourself?

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Hey hey hey I’m back ladies! Greetings to all those who have stumbled upon this page, be encouraged in the Lord😊 and feel free to let me know how your week/day/year has been.

Today’s topic: proving yourself to God and not man

Firstly, come with me on a journey.
I was a young girl, the church was telling me one thing and the world was telling me another. At that time picking the choice that got the most affirmation from people was easy and a given. However, the days grew, it became more difficult because now the recipe for being liked had changed. To be liked, one now had to deny themselves in Christ. Covering up my love for Christ because I feared judgment and loneliness and desired to belong. The days aged and here I am a young lady, things are worse. You see more, you have to make more decisions and you have to at the same time discover who you are. But now I have decided not to prove myself to the world anymore, I have decided to prove myself to God.

Be very careful to not discover the you that is molded by others. This is an easy mistake we can make, people’s influence is very strong in our lives from family to culture to friends. It’s easy to form an identity based on how they see us or how society wants to see us. We can become so consumed with having their approval that we become fully convinced that this is who we must be. To feel a sense of belonging.

When Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,[a] and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
He meant deny our worldly self. The one formed by people’s expectations of us. And if we seek to prove ourselves to Him we have to carry up HIS expectations of us, HIS will for us daily and follow Him.

Jesus’ disciples denied themselves (Matthew 4:18-22). In those days honour was a valued thing and keeping the occupation of your fathers was a way of keeping honour in the society. When they left their fishing nets and followed Christ, they denied what the community/society expected them to be. We must be like the disciples of Christ, denying ourselves and following Jesus. This is how we will truly prove ourselves not to man but to God, the Almighty Father. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,”[a] says the Lord,[b] “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

Don’t get me wrong this is no fairytale, it’s not a walk in the park. It’s going to be challenging. Nobody said being a Christian was easy, nobody said being unashamed of the Gospel of Christ (John: 1:16) was a breeze. But the Lord did promise that He is our strength and shield (Psalms 28:7) and He will help us to carry through. Stay blessed!

Be Bold, Strong and of Good Courage Sisters!

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Dress Code As Ambassadors

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Hey lovelies ladies, how are you feeling on this day that the Lord has made? Over this side in Melbourne, it is absolutely boiling. Forreal, it’s like I’m sitting in an oven all day, who’s in the same situation?

Topic: The Dress code as Ambassadors of Christ

Okay, this is not going to be a post about don’t wear this, Don’t wear that, DON’T, DON’T, DON’T! Eh nope. This dress code is a spiritual dress code, the dress code of our inner man “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Okay, so now you are thinking OH NO! Do I need to flip like 10 chapters and memorize 50 verses in the bible? Again no, so relax. This dress code can be found in 1 simple place. Colossians 3:12-17, Yes! in just 1 chapter and 5 verses, Hallelujah right!. This dress code comes when we ourselves as Christians are made new creatures being born again. If you are not born again that is alright, the good thing about God’s saving grace is that anybody can be born again. If you want to do so check out my blog post “The way of Salvation” or just email me through the contact page.

Colossians 3:12-17
“12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Now isn’t it weird how it say’s “put on” in this passage instead of having? Yes, these characteristics are ones we can’t just learn but need God to grant unto us. The reason we must put these on is so that they can become part of our inner man. Just as we put on normal clothes on our flesh, they become part of us, right? representing who we are, yes?. Exactly the same concept with the inner man, it needs clothes too. We are advised by God to put on these characteristics so that we may represent ourselves in the right manner as ambassadors of Christ. Just as the saying your clothes can reflect your personality more to others, so does the right clothing on our inner man reflect more of who we are in Christ.

So, where ever you go put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, and longsuffering. But above all put on LOVE, for it was through God’s love that we are saved, it is through His love that we are alive today. So that where ever we go people will know that Christ is with us. When we put on these characteristics in our everyday lives we benefit more, for our flesh is not the one that will be judged on judgment day but our inner man.

Even when we commit sins because we are still human, let that not take away this apparel. We must always have it on. Jesus understands our temptations and that is why we are given mercy, but our spiritual apparel must never be taken off. Not for our sake but for His sake as His ambassadors. Stay blessed!

Above all put on Love, let love not be taken away from your spiritual apparel 🙂

A Prayer For My Sisters

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I just felt in my heart that I should do a short prayer for you ladies.

A Prayer for my sisters
Oh Lord,
I want to thank you for each and every person that sees this post today,
Lord, I want to thank you, because you are the one who has given them another day to live and another breath to breath.

Lord, I ask today that you may strengthen them through this week,
Show them the paths that you want them to take,
For you are our help, you cause our foot not to be moved (Psalms 121:2-3),
Hear the cries of your children Lord as they present their cases to you,
Take up their burdens and sustain your children (Psalms 55:22).

Lord of mercy, forgive them if they have done wrong in your sight,
And let them have a forgiving heart for those who have wrong them,
Let there be peace in their lives,
Grant to them the desires of their hearts Lord.

Bless your children this day and in this hour,
In Jesus’ name,
AMEN

Stay Blessed Sisters!

The Size Doesn’t Matter, The Heart Does

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Hey ladies, how have you been? How is the week going so far? If hectic, don’t worry because same! But the God we love and serve is our strength “I will love You, O Lord, my strength.”(Psalms 18:1) So keep having strength sisters.

Today’s topic: The size of a Church compared to the hearts of the Church

Okay, What I have discovered is that no matter the size of the Church, God looks for one thing and is present for that one thing that is a right heart. That is why God doesn’t worry about size “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20). Those who are gathered for Him shall feel his presence. So, what is this right heart? The right heart is a heart that has gathered to worship the Lord in SPIRIT and in TRUTH “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24)

Nowadays, we have to be careful about big flashy congregations, though they may attract us, the presence of God might not be there. Fame, power, whatever their intentions may be might hinder the presence of the Lord from entering because their hearts and spirits are not in the right place. The service then turns into a concert, just an entertainment to please people NOT GOD.

Don’t get me wrong ladies, I’m not rebuking all big churches because some do have the right heart. I’m just saying open your minds and eyes, don’t be blinded to the intentions of Churches. Look around, be alert, ask yourself are they here for God or man? look at your own intentions, why are you at that church? Are you there for God, for people or for the entertainment?

This is an area many Christians fail in and end up being lead astray. A really good way to help you be sure is to KNOW THE WORD. When you know the word of God you can never be lead astray. Whether you like it or not there are false prophets and not everyone who preaches to you will be giving you the truth “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”(Matthew 7:15). This is why you should know the word for yourself so that you can judge and gain the real truth.

Next time you go to church don’t be amazed by the quantity of it or the talent, however, be amazed by the presence of God in a church. For God does not look at the size, He looks for those true worshippers who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Stay blessed!

It’s not about the size, it’s about the heart.

Alone Time With God

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Hey, lovely ladies, I am back! A few changes have happened over these past 2 months. All I can say is that I have learnt a few things that I know I must share with you all.

So, Ladies and those gentlemen who have stumbled here WELCOME! I urge you all to feel free in this place, be encouraged in the Lord, communicate and share your opinions.

Today’s topic: Alone time with God.
How is your alone time looking with God?
Strong, medium, weak, non-existent

This is the very question I have been asking myself. I realised it’s easy at first to get motivated to make time for God. For a solid week or so, you will really do the most, prayer, reading the word every day for 1-2 hours. Then just as you’re starting to feel good with the process life decides to get complicated. Now you find yourself struggling to scrap 30min of your time for God. It then slowly turns to barely fitting 5 mins and a short verse in there. Sounds familiar? If so please continue reading.

Why is it so hard for us to commit time to God? Well, it’s something I discovered today as I was writing this. As Humans, it’s easier for us to believe in things we can see “..because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29). Hence making it easier for us to commit to those things. Like with jobs, we can commit to them because we can see the immediate results of them in our bank’s accounts. However, with God, we can’t see Him and the uncertainty of the outcomes with God makes it difficult for us to commit to Him. Even this was evident with the 1st century Israelites’ behaviour. They could see the golden statuses they worshipped but they couldn’t see God this made it easier for them the commit to the others gods such as Baal than God.

This is not the way it should be right? With all God has evidently done in our lives we would assume it to be easier, well no. The Israelites had many wonders performed by God from crossing the red sea, manna provided in the wilderness to enemies handed to them in battle. Still, they turned back from God time and time again.

Commitment really comes down to how much do you love God? Because as far as I’m concerned He loved us so much as unto death (John 3:16). Surely the least we can do to show our love back is by making time to grow and communicate with Him through reading his word and prayer. Just as two people decide to love and commit to one another through marriage that is exactly how we should treat ourselves with God.

Don’t get it twisted I know we are all humans and we make mistakes. Even for myself, I know this is something easier said than done. Well lucky for those who are like me there is a solution. FAITH AND STRENGTH. These are gained by praying to God for the faith and strength to carry on growing with Him one step at a time. Stay blessed!

You don’t need to start with big steps, the little steady steps are the ones that are going to get you there.

So Far From Perfect

Hey ladies, how has everybody’s day been? I’m excited about this week because it has started off on a good note. I was listening to this song “I am” by Kirk Franklin and it really gave me that extra boost I needed for this week.

Before the song came on, I was actually thinking of what an unproductive last week I had. Remembering all the mishaps and disappointing efforts I had made to connect more with God. It was like at that very moment God responded to my negative thoughts with this song. We are so far from perfect. Every day is not always going to be an award winning good day. There are times where it will be dark and still. In these moments we should think of what the Lord has done. How through His saving grace we found a purpose in life. We once thought life had no meaning but then God gave it a meaning.

With God, every day becomes a victorious day because He has fashioned them for you “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them” (Psalms 139:16). He wouldn’t put more on you than you can bear “but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,” (1 Corinthians 10:13). And GIRL! don’t get it twisted, there will be times where you will surely fall. But that’s when the grace of God will be upon you and He will “MAKE ALL THINGS NEW”.

So, if you’re in the same position of thinking about all the negativity in your life, what you have and have not achieved. GURL, STOP! for your sake and His. Trust in the Lord, He will make you a winner. Stay blessed!

“I am, so far from perfect, I thought life was worthless until you showed me who I am”- I am by Kirk Franklin

The Way Of Salvation

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Okay, I have been meaning to post about this topic for a very long time. Many people don’t understand when you start to talk about salvation to them. Some believe salvation is when you choose to become a Christian, others think it’s when you believe that Jesus is real and is the Son of God.

Salvation is not only about believing in Christ but also RECEIVING Him. Salvation is the divine plan of God for us to be in connection with Him again. To not experience death through sin but be free from sin and have everlasting life in heaven.

1st we need to understand that we are all born sinner, through one man. and with sin came death. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12)

2nd we need knowledge of the saviour. Jesus Christ came on this earth to fulfil this divine plan of God.”For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.” (1 Corinthians 15:21). Through the blood that was shed at the cross, we are free from the bondage of sin. We gain everlasting life in heaven. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free,[a] and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)

3rdly there is only 1 way to salvation, not 2, 5, or 10 but 1. Through Jesus Christ we obtain Salvation. I was on twitter the other day, you know doing my thang. I came across this tweet speaking of people in church complaining about how God only made 1 way and why not many ways. This is unacceptable, we should be grateful and rejoice that God loved us so much to even give us 1 way. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Okay, knowing this you are now aware of salvation. You’re probably thinking great, with this information surely I now have salvation. Girl, No! It’s not enough to just know it, you have to call on Jesus Christ and receive Him in your life. “For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Once you have received you are now born again and you are now a new creature. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” ( 2 Corinthians 5:17). You now have a connection to the Father through Jesus Christ. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6). Stay Blessed!

Guideline for A Prayer to receive Salvation
1. Acknowledge that you now understand that you are a sinner and Christ came so that you may be saved “Lord, God, I now know that I am a sinner and cannot save myself, but you sent your son, Jesus Christ. Who carried my sins at the cross and died, that I may be saved and be free from the bondage of sin.”
2. Ask for Jesus to come into your life “Lord, Jesus come into my life, be my personal saviour, wash me clean of all my sins, make me a new creature.”
3. Declare that you are no longer of the world but you now belong to the kingdom of God and resist the devil “Devil I resist you, you have no control over my life, I am not yours, I am no longer of the world but I now belong to God, I am now a child in the Kingdom of God.”
4. Thank God for salvation and receive it “Thanking God for this salvation through your son, Jesus Christ. I receive this salvation today. IN JESUS NAME. Amen.”

A Thank you Not A demand

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Firstly, just want to thank you all for viewing and supporting this blog. I hope what I write blesses someone out there. I want to continue to communicate with you ladies and just get to know all of you. So, do not fear to comment or go on my contacts page and send me a message. Also, many thanks to all the lovely women who have written posts for this blog and may God continue to bless each and every one of you.

You might be wondering, how odd, she’s starting with acknowledgements. Well, you bet I am. Last week was Thanksgiving at my church. It got me thinking and thanking God for everyone He has put in my path to build this blog and those of you who view it, many thanks to you all. Most importantly thanks be unto God for all He has done for me.

You know, we get so caught up in this mess we call life that we sometimes forget the reason we are living right now, it’s not that of luck but by the grace of God, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). We don’t realise how much we actually depend on God. So fixed on our problems and struggles that our prayers end up consisting of demands, pleads and sorrow. when it should actually be filled more with Thanksgiving, glorification and rejoicing.

See when you give thanks to God instead of demanding from him, it allows God to work more in your life. Like the philosophy looking at the glass as half full rather than half empty. Thank God for the half full things in your life and watch Him fill the rest of the cup with blessings until it over flows. God loves to be appreciated. When we appreciate it excites God, easily allowing Him to do His work in our lives.

Okay, probably at this point, you are thinking what is she talking about? Listen, GIRL! trust me, I’m a living testimony of this. Thanking and praising God does more in your life. But wait! there’s more! not only will you be blessed, you will also build your spiritual self and connection with God. With that, you start to build a stronger dependence and trust on God. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17:7)

Understanding the equation now? With thanks comes connection, which builds a trust, that leads to blessings. Be encouraged ladies give thanks to God even in times of darkness. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). Stay blessed!

A little thank you unto God can go a long way in opening your doors.

Absence

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Absence

by Sieara DeLone

Absence.

As I walk down the street, I feel the absence.

The absence of needed souls.

They walk among us.

We’ve known them all

& it doesn’t really hit you until it hits YOU.

Presence.

Please present me with the present of presence.

Souls, all here to make a difference,

Make a change,

Make the world a better place,

Fill the w–

Fill.

But how can we fill through the absence?

Why do we kill through the nonsense?

Why sit still instead of conference?

Is it real? This is nonsense.

Because we are the epitome of our own issues.

All of our issues can be fixed by us fighting for a change & making a change,

But we drown in self-pity,

Wallow in depression,

Sink into death.

And  in this day & age we are victimizing ourselves.

And in this day & age we are victimizing ourselves.

AND IN THIS DAY AND AGE WE ARE VICTIMIZING OURSELVES.

We let others negatively impact our lives.

We let the opinions of others force us into the mindset of being stuck where we are.

We let ourselves forget about faith, consistency, and hard work.

We let successful imaging make us think the road is easy.

Thusforth forcing us into a mindset of a spoiled rich child being handed the world on a silver platter.

So while we are constantly blaming others, think again…

We let….

WE….

So if WE are to blame anyone,

Blame yourself for where you are

& thinking you’ll get anywhere else doing the exact same thing.

I dare you to look in the mirror & blame yourselves.

So are you past it?

Are you ready to take responsibility for your own life: career-wise, emotion-wise, etc.?

Good.

Because I dare you.

I dare you, if not satisfied with your money situation,

to stop whining about it, get off your butt, and WORK HARDER.

I dare you

If feeling alone,

to find a parent, or a friend, or a completely new person.

Find someone to trust.

Ventilate.

Confide in someone.

But that’s the easy part.

I dare you

To kill those thoughts of depression, and oppression, and recession, and death.

Replace it with the belief in a God more powerful than all that.

Replace it with faith.

Yes, sometimes you walk alone,

but God didn’t bring you this far to leave you

Don’t let the devil deceive you

Stop caring how people perceive you,

and learn how to stand up and be you.

I dare you to take the gun away from your head

I dare you not to take the easy way out

I dare you to draw up the courage

I dare you to live

I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU

And even if you don’t feel you have the strength to stand,

IT’S OKAY TO CRAWL FIRST.

Just live.

Live life to the fullest through its low points so you have an amazing story to tell at the end.

Don’t let your story be one of tragedy.

Don’t place the end at the middle.

Just live, live, and LIVE NOW,

because I refuse to live in a generation of absence.

And if these words are too harsh for you, let this come through.
When life is tough and you feel no one cares, baby I do.

And we all understand your pain, cause, hey, I’ve been through

And before you think of letting go, just know I love you

And babe, don’t turn ya back on God he’ll always come through

And the devil ain’t that powerful, don’t let him front you

Cause all this mess you going through, it’s almost done too.

I know that times is hard. You feel like planes are crashing.

But the world still needs your soul. We still need your passion.

This is just a thought to console you, while the time is passing.

 Cause I know you going through, and you done thought of passing.

But this is what I do, and yeah I’m taking action.

Cause I’d hate to live in a world without you, and live in a world of absence.

 

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Unveiling The Gem

Hello lovely ladies, I attended a Precious Stones convention for the past 4 days, which was about unveiling a gem in every single woman. It was an amazing experience and so uplifting. We must all become women of excellence, true beauty, wealth, fear of the lord, strength and honour, wisdom and Good works. All mentioned in this poem i was asked to present at the convention. I hope it blesses someone as much as it blessed me. Stay blessed!
Unveiling The Gem
Unveil the Gem Who can find a woman, Of Moral Excellency? She is rare, yet she is a pride to have, She is valuable, Her price is far above rubies, She is expensive to have, An uncommon jewel, We shall find her. She has an excellent spirit, She is meek, with a quiet spirit, Building her house with her hands, With wisdom and prayer; She is discreet, chaste and a keeper of her home, full of faith, grace and love, Adorned with wisdom, And the fear of the Lord; Truly decent, sober and beautiful, An unforgettable woman, She is creative and industrious, Adorable, desirable, and sensitive, She is designer made, Soft to touch and to be touched, Feminine, lovely and calm; She always will be, The Creator’s climax creation; Sister you are fearfully, And wonderfully made, And we shall find a virtuous woman in you.

 

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