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Dont Give Up the Fight

Don’t give the fight!
Jerimiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 God placed this desire for rest in our souls, and he promises to fulfill it however with that being said he also asked us to have long suffering because he knew that eventually we will all long for rest from the stress of living

“I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish” (Jeremiah 31;25)

Have you ever spoken to someone who said something like “I don’t want to live anymore..but I don’t want to die either”?

What their really saying is simple. I want hope–I want to know that my living wont be in vain.

I have been at this stage many times sometimes the thought of suicide even crossed my mind but as a child of God I wouldn’t dare take my life because it isn’t mines to take.

There were times when I fell into deep depression and I didn’t want to try anymore,depression is real I see it everyday and its prevalent amongst young people

As believers we really need to ask God to give us the spirit of discernment so many people are suffering around us but we cant see it. We walk past friends, church members and people within our vicinity everyday and we have no idea about the things there are going through.

Encourage someone today if you can sometimes just a hello can make a difference in a person mind where life and death is concerned  and If you feel depressed and alone, and feel like there’s no point to it all, remind yourself that you have a plan, you are working your plan and that someday it will come to past .

Don’t give up the fight because your future depends on it,  and do not give up on yourself God has a plan for us all that MUST come to Past but it can only be fulfilled if we Endure.

Long suffering is one of the fruits of the spirit and its something we need to acquire in order to walk this walk of faith. Encourage yourself because outside of the assurance of Christ all we have is ourselves so we have to love on ourselves and speak life over ourselves

“But don’t give up. No, rather “take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:8–9)

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Exercising Faith

Jesus replied saying Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”    Matthew 17:

Faith is like a muscle it needs to be exercised daily or it will lose its effectiveness

Faith is like a muscle it needs to be exercised daily or it will lose its effectiveness

I wish I could fast forwarded my life to get a glimpse of where God is taking me, I mean if God can show us what will become of us in the next few years wouldn’t that be great. It certainly would save ME  from a lot of bad decisions and wrong turns IM destined to make along the way.

In this I could avoid bringing temporary people into MY space or avoid some choices that will have a negative lasting factor on MY live. If God did that for us it would be great… but wouldn’t that also be  boring and  predictable …What lessons could life teach us if we knew or could predict everything that it  had to offer. How could faith play any part if we had no need to exercise it and how confident would we be in God if we didn’t have to rely on him for each step or decision we had to make. 

The truth is God wants us to lean on him daily at every waking moment of our lives, he wants us to rely on him with our hope for tomorrow, he wants us to exercise and gain faith unparalleled (never seen or experienced before) because without it its not possible to please him.) We exercise to improve our heart health and we lift weights to build and tone our muscles.  But what about our spiritual walk, what about building spiritual muscles

What do we do to stay hopeful, encouraged, and faithful when it seems as if life is taking on a rollercoaster ride. Truth is faith is like a muscle you need to exercise it daily to keep it active because if you don’t it will gradually decline in its effectiveness If you have ever broken a leg and been unable to use it for a time, you will know that you need to work hard to rebuild the muscle that has been weakened by prolonged inactivity.

The physiotherapist will work with you to rebuild what has been lost through lack of use and eventually you will be able to walk on your own again. In the same way Jesus (the object of our faith) has assured us that exercising our faith is crucial in order to walk along side him, he said to us if we have faith even as small as a mustard seed its enough to move any obstacle in our lives.

 

The mustard seed is a very small seed but once watered the plant grows to a remarkable LARGE size in comparison to the original mustard seed. The more we exercise our faith is more it  grows within us  and produces  remarkable results. It is not the quantity of faith you have but the quality of faith (confidence) you have in God and God’s Word

It matters not how large or small  Your faith may seem to be; What really counts is WHOM you trust In life’s uncertainty. —Fitzhugh

Maintaining Expectation in the midst of Circumstances

Proverbs 23: 18 (NIV)

  17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
    but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

If I had to look back over my life and even examine myself currently I would say like shakspeare that expectation was the root of all my heartaches”…but how do we live a life without expectation?

Wouldn’t that be a life full of uncertainty and hopelessness? Just like the widow of Zerapheth a lot of us are just waiting to eat the last fruits of our labour and then die…….. but how can we just believe that this is all that God has for us? There must be more to life than this…. If this was all there was to life why bother to even go on

  The hardest thing for a Christian to do is to stand on their faith in God when life is not meeting their expectation. A popular myth of Christianity says once we come to Jesus we’ll never have a problem. But Jesus Himself reminds us that God causes the Sun to shine on the unjust and the rain to fall on the faithful.(Matthew 5:45) And while we can accept that intellectually, it’s hard to live with that reality when the one in the rain is you…or me

A philosopher said this “there are two ways to be happy: improve your reality or lower your expectations.” a lot of us take the easier route of either lowering our expectations or worst yet getting rid of it all together.

I MEAN LETS BE HONEST ITS HARD to sing songs of praise when all our bills are not paid, when our spouses disappoint us, or when our bodies are racked with ailments Often, when life doesn’t meet expectations, it disrupts our relationship with God.

The bible is full of examples of people who broke at the point where life wasn’t meeting their expectation. Elijah ran and hid himself in a cave, and asked God to take away his life , Jeremiah got mad with God and said that he wasn’t going to preach anymore and even when David told us to wait on the Lord and be of Good courage. He was speaking from a place of frustration and impatience but he knew the formula for success alongside faith was his expectation!

The word WAIT in the Old Testament means “to maintain an earnest expectation.” Psalms 125;1 says that Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.”   We worship a consistent God one who does not change despite our disobedient and wicked ways . God himself said that ” I am the lord thy God and I change not so you sons of Jacob are not consumed”(Malachi 3;6 ) So we must then decide that we are not going to allow lifes circumstances to change our attitude towards God.

Regardless of where the trouble came from, there’s only one person who can fix your problems. Tell Jesus, and watch Him make a way out of no way. When we maintain our expectation we allow Gods powers to manifest. Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Something is about to happen…….you must become a slave to hope and expectation!!!!!!!