The Joy of HIS Fellowship

” ….But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! 41 But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; 42 There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:40-42)

This story about Mary and Martha reflects most of us as Christians. We are often too busy about many things without given much consideration to what is really necessary and most of all, what should be the priority. It’s very clear in the Scriptures that the first priority is to put God first in every area of life. And I believe the number one principle to effective Christian living is cultivating a daily habit of spending time at the Lord’s feet.

This is the one priority in a Christian life that opens every door!

God loves for us to come and fellowship with Him, Does He need our fellowship to be complete or be who He is? No, God does not need anything from us to make Him God, He is already complete and more than enough in every aspect! God simply enjoys our fellowship,  just like a good earthly parent will be thrilled and delighted to spending time with their children.

The Lord enjoys spending intimate time with us. In fact, this is the primary reason He created us –  To live in His presence and to enjoy the work of His hand. (Genesis 1:8 ~ Psalm 8:6) When Adam and Eve blew it because of their disobedience it brought sin into the scene and separated us from God.

But because of His love for us God devised another means of bringing us into His presence. He gave His best, He gave all that was ever possible to give to restore us back to Him, God sent His only Son to die on the cross,  to shed His blood so that we could enter into the holy of holies and draw near to Him ANYTIME we desire!

And you know the most mysterious part? We are the beneficiary of it all! When we spend time with the Lord we discover His plans for us. We get His direction for our life. God gives us insights about the future (Jeremiah 33:3) He gives us His wisdom and releases His grace to accomplish our purpose in life. (“Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession.”- Psalm 2:8). What more could anybody ask for us!?!  How wonderful is His love for us!

God doesn’t want us to allow the busyness of life to steal from us His good plans for us. When we spend time at His feet, His Presence rest upon us. The Lord shepherds us. Imagine what that will do in your life! That is the favor of the Lord! That is what David meant, when he said, “Goodness and Mercy follow me.” (Psalm 23:6).  Imagine the goodness and mercy of God going every where you go because you have made the choice to apply God’s wisdom, which is, to make Him your number one priority on your busy schedule list!

God on His side has flung all doors wide open into His throne room for us to come and REST and find HEALING and WHOLENESS in every area of life.

“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” (Hebrews 4:16)

The Lord tells us to come away from our busyness and find rest for our weary and famished soul!

 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.”] (Matthew 11:28)

Will you…?

Love, Shade

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Keep Your Focus On Jesus

“Then Peter called to him: “Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come over to you, walking on the water.” 29 “All right,” the Lord said,“come along!” So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and rescued him. “O man of little faith,”Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”  (Matthew 14:28-31)

Peter stepped out on the WORD of Jesus, “Come” and he was doing perfectly fine. But, immediately Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. Now think about this, what has the storm got to do with walking on water? Even with a perfect weather, human beings can’t walk on the water! Water walking is SUPERNATURAL, and so is Faith. Faith is a supernatural gift from God!

This is often how it is when you decide to step out by faith on the Word of God and do something you believe God wants you to do. The devil will try to distract your focus from the WORD  by sending ‘storms’ – different forms of distractions such as sickness, family problem, financial crisis and anything to get you off track, to get you to start making  negative confessions, and after that doubt sets in, next thing, you give up and quit.

Well, DON’T! …I’m here to encourage you today to keep your focus on Jesus. Keep renewing your mind with God’s promises consigning that problem and keep confessing that word over the problem. Also very important, keep thanking  God by faith for your breakthrough. And take a step of faith! Do what  is possible for you to do  in the natural and leave the impossible part for God to do for you.  My friend, this is what, “Water Walking Faith” is about.

“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. ” (Hebrews 11:1)

I’m praying for you. God bless you!

Childlike Faith Receives From God

“For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.” (Romans 10:10)

My friend let me ask you a question. Have you been listening to your self speaking lately? What are you confessing most of the times? I have said this before, you can always tell what a person believes by hearing them talk. Just hang around a person for a while and you can tell what their believe system is like from their conversations. If our confession is wrong it is because our believe is wrong, and if our believe is wrong, it is because our mind is not renewed to the TRUTH – the Word of God.

The bible contains God’s will for us. Those promises in the bible is what God wants you to have. God wants you to have healing in your body, food on your table, peace in your home, He wants your marriage healed, He wants your children well and thriving in very area of life. God’s thought towards you is constant and He is constantly think of how to demonstrate His extra ordinary goodness in your life. (Psalm 8:4 )

You see, we may not always understand everything the Bible says with the natural mind but the Word of God works! Faith in the Word of God is not blind, but creates what cannot be perceived by the natural mind!

For example, take a look at Abraham in the bible. Abraham and Sarah’s case was hopeless, they were both too old and far past childbearing age. But the bible says that Abraham, “ who against all hope believed that he will become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken” (Romans 4:18). That which was spoken, meaning, what God promised him. And sure enough Abraham and Sarah eventually gave birth to Isaac. They did see the promise come to pass and today Abraham is indeed the father of many nations as promised by God. Not only to the Jewish nation but to all who believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior.(Romans 4:12)

The bible calls Abraham “the father of faith” and he serves has a great example of faith to us today because of the demonstration of his faith in God!  How did Abraham demonstrate his faith before God to qualify for the promise. The Bible tells us that:

  1. Abraham BELIEVED
  2. Abraham expressed his believe through his CONFESSION.

When God Changed Abraham’s name from “Abram” to “Abraham”, which means “father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5). Abraham believed God, and stated to call himself by that name, even though it looked physically impossible, Abraham held on to his confession of faith. And because of that God granted him the promise. Abraham did not receive the promise because it looked possible in the natural, and neither did he received  the promise because he worked for it (Romans 4:4-5)

Abraham, the father of our faith in Jesus Christ received the promise because he believed the WORD of God.  And that, God gives life to the dead and CALLS things that do not exist as though they did. Meaning, God CALLS things that do not exist into EXISTENCE!

  “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken.” (Romans 4:16-18)

Let Abraham’s faith encourage you too today. Believe God’s promises for you,  confess those promises instead of speaking negative words and give God the privilege of bringing His promises  to pass in your life in due season.  As a seed of Abraham, the Lord wants His name to be glorified in the earth through your life like Abraham’s life!

“So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.” (Hebrews 11:23)

You Can Do This

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” I will go before you and level the mountains [to make the crooked places straight]; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron.

3 And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name.”  (Isaiah 45:2-3) AMP

Cast All Your Cares On The Lord!

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7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. (1 Peter 5:7-8) (AMP)

The Gift of Creative Thinking

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For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…. (Proverbs 23:7)

What we conceive in our imagination is what we will become eventually. What you are thinking or what is predominant in your mind will dictate how your life will go. In the same way, if you allow thoughts of fear to creep into your heart, it will cause you to give up fighting for the best! Napoleon Hill who is best known worldwide for his book “Think and Grow Rich” which has sold millions of copies and contributed to the success of countless readers. Has this to say about imagination,

You will never have a definite purpose in life; you will never have self-confidence; you will never have initiative and leadership unless you first create these qualities in your imagination and see yourself in possession of them…. imagination is the most marvelous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force the world has ever known.”

The Dictionary describes imagination as “a conception or mental creation, of what is not actually present to the senses.”   So, this is something that is not tangible to our five physical senses. It is something out of this realm, it’s beyond and above us. 

The ability for human beings to be creative is a gift from God. We are created in His image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:26-27).  Take a look at the Bible in the first chapter of Genesis and see God display the majesty of creativity in creating the universe. God created every thing which is visible out of something invisible or intangible!  God is a creative God and our creative ability is an endowment from God which we will be accountable for, one day before God!

God has given us the gift of imagination for good use, this gift is to be used to fashion our lives in alignment with God’s prescription for living a successful life. (Joshua 1:8).  If we don’t fashion our thought pattern in alignment with God by renewing our mind with the Word of God the devil will hijack it for evil and use it to harm us.  That is exactly what happened in Genesis chapter 6, take a look:

“5 The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. 6 So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.”  (Genesis 6:5-6) If you continue reading  that passage  to the end you will discover that, wrong thinking was the primary gate way that allowed evil and wickedness to prevail on the earth, and this was the reason why God brought the flood. God literally started again and repopulated the earth through Noah.

For our own good, we should not accommodate wrong thinking, such as fear, worries, anxiety, ungodly images and things that will pollute our imagination and pervert us. By perversion I mean,  imagination that will be counter productive to God’s plans and purposes for us. The Bible makes it clear that we are already blessed in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3) God is not just going to bless us, He has ALREADY blessed us. But you and I have got to know how to move our stuff from the heavenly realm to the earth realm by renewing our mind to what God has already done for us in spite of the opposition and resistance against us. 

Philippians 4:6-9 is a good prescription for conducting our thinking in all circumstances.

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. ……8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9  Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:6-9)

Verse 6 is telling us not to give room to fear and anxiety, but to ask for what we need. And Verse 8 -9 and is telling us how to stay focused after we have prayed so that we can see the manifestation of our heavenly blessings in the earth realm. And that is by THINKING GOOD THOUGHTS. Thinking right after we have made our request to God in prayer is very important to receiving the answer to our prayer!

The ability to think and be creativity is a powerful tool God has given us to make our way successful in life. Lets us use it for good, let’s take charge of our thinking, the voices and images we accommodate in our space.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

God bless you!

Praying for you. Love, Shade