Choose surrender rather than perfection.

God doesn’t desire perfection He desires that we surrender to Him. In actual sense we can never really be perfect even in the standard of this world we still fall short and thats where the grace of God comes in and fills the gap. It delivers us and fights for us that we can fully rely on Jesus to lead us.

When i got saved i desired to do everything perfectly to obey God perfectly that i just became obsessed and started drowning in hypocrisy and worse even shame from feeling like i would ever be enough but that is not what God is asking of us. He just wants us to lean on Him because he is and forever will be enough and only He can complete us. We on our own cant even begin to fix ourselves but through God’s Spirit we are renewed and transformed daily.

The beauty is because of Gods grace we dont need to bend over backwards trying to be perfect. Why would we then need to be saved if we were perfect; if we truly thought so highly of ourselves we are likely to drown in our own pride and become like the pharisees, too blind to see our own error and to blind to realise we need deliverance. Another issue with perfection is that it gives us the illusion that we are doing right by God but when God actually calls us to surrender to His will in a particular thing it becomes harder to do so. This is because we have been following perfection according to what we believe and doing things within our comfort zone instead of following the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Even as we realise all this we should not turn back to our old sinful ways or even feel bad because of our imperfections instead we should lean wholeheartedly on the Lord to transform us into who He desires for us to be. We need to lean on Him in the battles we face that He, Jesus Christ, the perfector of our faith shall through His Holy Spirit defend us from all the arrows of the evil one and eventually He will tranform us into new beings in Him

You are not alone

The worst feeling you can ever feel when you are going through changes in life or facing different struggles is the feeling of being alone. That is a dangerous feeling because if it is not managed it can drown you in depression which is even worse cause its not easy to get out of.

Feeling like no one cares whether you live or die or whether you are suffering or not. I can relate to this a lot. But lately im coming to learn that i am not really alone even in the darkness that tries to consume our minds or the struggles we face we are never truly alone because God is with us in all things and He sees and hears us even during this time.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you”

Deuteronomy 31:6

We may have gotten accustomed to not reaching out to the one who actually understands us that is, Jesus Christ. We may have even gotten comfortable in pushing Him aside when all God desires is to actually help us, give us peace and talk to us. He will fill that loneliness in you because His presence brings overwhelming peace and Joy that no man can ever bring.

I would tell you to reach out to a friend but the closest friend is just a prayer away so lean on God cause He is ever present. Don’t lay your burdens whole heartedly on people cause we are limited but God is not. God is just a prayer away and He will understand you like no one else will. He will help you where no one else can and He will continuously show you that He is the one you need in times like this.

Count your blessings

I know some of us have developed an ungrateful attitude in life that the little things are easy to take for granted. That even being alive is no longer a blessing to us. Some of us are even like Job cursing the day you were born because of the struggles you may be facing in life. Could be an illness, poverty, loneliness etc. And this may cause you to wonder where God’s promises for your life are which in turn makes you forget God’s goodness in your life. Just to bring you back to perspective with this question, hasn’t He blessed you before? Dont you recall all the good things He has done in your life? If you do, then may those past blessings be cause for rejoicing cause you know that God has delivered you before and He shall do it again.

You need to know that its a matter of learning to be grateful to God even when things don’t seem to be going as you want them to. Remember of the things God has blessed you with this far. Dont grumble just learn to be grateful.

Change your perspective and focus on praising God for how far He’s brought you in life. It’s not all meaningless if you are still alive. You may need just a reminder that God still has a purpose for you. So keep your lips constantly singing of the goodness of God, despite your struggles. And may thankfulness never leave your lips.

God Speaks you just need to listen

God speaks in the most unusual and unexpected ways. He can speak in a still small voice or through His word in the Bible or through the guilty voice in the back of your mind that warns you when you stray from His path, He can be the thunder in the night or speak through the sudden changes in seasons or even through pandemics such as this.

The Lord does speak to us. We just need to learn to listen to Him and to understand His message. And through the Holy Spirit we shall be able to discern His message accurately without confusion. God speaks everyday sometimes in the most unusual ways and other times in usual ways, we just need to be ready to listen to His voice.

Develop an obedient heart that learns to listen and obey the words of the Lord. Learn to surrender to His Holy Spirit so that He may guide you to understanding the message spoken.

There are many voices we can listen to in this world, we can listen to our own voice which may at times not be driven by the desires of the Holy Spirit, the voice of everyone around you which may or may not be correct hence you need discernment when it comes to listening to others, the voice of the evil one who tries to control our lives with fear and other evil thoughts and the voice of God that gives peace to all who listen to Him. So learn to listen to Him

The voice of God reassures us, comforts us, guides us and calls us to obedience to His will. The Lord is truth and from Him flows truth, He is life and from Him flows life and He is the way and from Him we can find the path to follow for our lives. Commit today to obey the Lord and when you hear Him do not harden your heart instead listen to Him.

Beware of false gods

False gods that exalt themselves above the one true God. That impersonate the Lord and walk around preaching a false gospel to confuse the Christians out here. Instead be vigilant and be close to the word of the Lord. The words written in that Bible are the truth you need to keep from being deceived. May they help you fight the lie of the evil one with the truth of God.

May the word of the Lord be a guiding light that you may not fall into the trap of the evil one. Many have fallen and many are confused because a false gospel has been spoken out into the hearts of men that walk separate from me, that it may bring confusion to them and they may be trapped in the lies of the evil one.

But i urge you to remain vigilant and remember the words spoken to Timothy in the book of Timothy 1:3-11. Children of God be awake and be vigilant because the devil like a lion is roaming around looking for one to deceive. His teeth are sharp ready to devour anyone who shall fall into his trap. He disguises himself like a messiah but all he does is lie and speak lies into the hearts of men.

Wake up and resist the devil. It is time to wake up and fight with the word of the Spirit which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:10-20

When you start to wonder of God’s faithfulness

Remember that He has done good things before. Recall of the days He filled you with His peace. And because of this be patient in your trials and hold firmly to His truth, that He is good and faithful. That when all you are going through is over you will remember that its His hand working in your life again.

Learn to look to His words spoken in the Bible, because those words were truth to you and brought life to you. Remember those same words have not changed and allow them to continue being the truth that guides you as you continue on your journey in this life. His word reminds you especially of one important truth that the Lord is good and faithful forever and i urge you to trust that He is still faithful even in your suffering. His words dont change just because your seasons or emotions change.

The most important thing is that you never ever give up on God. Even if you suffering lasts for a year or 2 and it seems to be never ending. Even if it gets to a point that you start to wonder if it ever will end, just keep holding onto Him. There are times that you get to a point that you feel like you are going to break, trust that He is still holding on to you. He saved you to endure times like these.

Keep holding on to Him because He is your strength and through Him you can overcome all things. And eventually may your lips be filled with rejoicing and thankfulness for all that He has done and all He is yet to do.

Thank you God that you still have a purpose for my life. I thank you and I praise you oh God.

Focus on God

Remember to turn your mind to God and His promises. No matter how many things try to distract you keep your eyes turned to God.

Despite the worries and doubts that try to form in your mind keep focusing on God. Do not allow these to turn you away from God.

Remember to turn your attention to the one constant in your life that is Jesus. Your problems will end but Jesus will always be constant so make sure that no matter how the winds blow your eyes are turned to Him. The only one who fills your mind with peace despite the troubles that you face. Remember He is still holding you no matter what, that no matter what you face you will not fall.

The lies from the past that tempt us to sin.

When you still were living in darkness, there were many lies you allowed into your spirit to the point that they became natural to you. Darkness became natural to you and you had become children of darkness. You identity was rooted in things of darkness such as lying, sexual immorality, addictions etc.

But now that you are saved and are brought into the light. You now know through the Holy Spirit what is good and evil. You know the patterns of darkness and you avoid them. Yet still the lies from the past come to act as temptions to you to fall into sin. For example being tempted to lie even if its just a little or to drink just a little if you used to be an addict.

You will be tempted with the things that had kept you in darkness for so long, the things things that made you fall in the first place. Now is when you must stand guard to be able to recognize those lies from the devil. Because the lies wont stop, instead they will keep on coming to you till the day you give in and return to darkness because thats where the devil wants you to be. You must avoid giving in to sin because its the very thing that separated you from God.

Instead resist the devil and He will free from you James 4:7. At the end of the day you must ask yourself if this lies are worth losing the relationship you have with God. Theres a reason why you were removed from that life, dont look back and fall for the same things that doomed you to death in the first place.

Jesus second coming

People are slowly being lied to while other christian’s are slowly losing hope in the coming of Christ. This is to remind you that whether you believe or not the words written shall come to pass all according to God’s timing. Do not be deceived that Jesus Christ shall not return. It has been prophesied long before today that the son of man who rose from dead shall return. He gave you signs to watch for; Luke 21;25-28-  He gave visions of His return to His prophets but still some of you doubt.
All these are to give you hope and to prepare you through repentance for His coming. Its best to be prepared and to strengthen your faith each day so that it does not waver in times of trouble. All beings are anticipating for His return not only man. Then all those that believed in Him shall be raised up.

Do not doubt or lose faith instead repent and ask God to be present in your life. Ask for the Holy spirit that you may be able to discern the truth and the lies that are being spread in this world. If you truly believe then this will be cause to rejoice and you shall always be ready for the Masters return. Luke 12:35-48- “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.

Do not fear because fear is not from God. Repent and have faith in Jesus for He was the lamb sacrificed for our sins to be forgiven.

When you start questioning your worth in life

I sit here trying to write about something that God had already healed me on, a long time ago. Low self esteem, i feel so uprooted from my past pain even while still going though present struggles.I feel like a different person and looking at my past it does not look the same. This is a true testimony of God’s healing. I was stuck in relationships where I continouosly got used to putting myself down for slight mistakes and being put down by people you expect to love you that i started to believe that the words people say dictate my worth. But one day when all the pain i had gone through overwhelmed me, i asked God why i had to go through all this, why i don’t have what others have, why some people didn’t love me. But now i look back and i see how skewed my thought patterns were like. Other than that i also appreciate that journey i had to go through to get to this point. To a point where i realized the magnitude of God’s love which is way beyond human affection. I had to go through the pain to appreciate where i am now.

Where i am now, experiencing God’s love, is something that cant be taken from me because it is not attached to the world but to God and i realize now how much value He has for me. Only God could send His son to die for our sins and offer us a gift that nobody can ever give, eternal life. Friends and family can’t save us but Jesus already did and that is reason enough for us to rejoice. It is reason enough for each of us to stop looking down on ourselves. Just a reminder to anyone who is reading this, if you are experiencing low self esteem and are wondering if God even loves you, remember He already proved His love through the cross. All the words people say are meaningless because the Love we have received from Jesus is all that matters. The best verse for this will always be John 3:16- For God so Loved the world that He gave His only Begotten son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Do not doubt His love for you by allowing negative thoughts to enter your mind because that will give the devil the opportunity to steal your Joy. You are worthy and God has a purpose for you just like Jeremiah, Moses, Jonah in the Bible He has set you apart to serve Him.