You are Right Where You Need to Be

God delights in every single detail of your life

God orders our footsteps; you are right where you need to be. Then why does it feel like you are in the wrong place and like there is more to life than you are currently experiencing? That’s because it’s true; there is more to life than you are currently experiencing, but at the right time. At this very moment you are right where you should be. However, your God-given destiny is so strong that it is already calling out your name. Therefore, although you are single at 24 and meant to be single at 24, you might feel a need to be married because according to your God-given destiny you are to be married, but at 30 or at the time the Lord has set. You might not be working at your dream job right now. Enjoy your present job as it prepares you for your dream job. Do not allow the future to steal the joy out of the present moment.

You once longed for the future you are in right now. Enjoy this moment. Yes there’s more to your life but at this very moment, there is now and there is a lot to live for right now. The Bible says that God laid out every moment of your life before you were born. Believe that and submit to God’s will. Sometimes we find it hard to submit to God’s will because we hold onto our own plans and desires. God created us and He really wants the best for each one of us. He orders our footsteps but we have to allow Him to do so.

Trusting God’s plan for us means that we trust the path He leads us on to get to where we should be and that we also trust the pace at which God moves our life. God may seem to take you through a longer route than you expected and in a pace that is slower than you expected; trust Him. When the Israelites left Egypt, God took them on a longer route because He knew them well. He knew that if they faced a bit of resistance they would go back into slavery in Egypt. God loves us so much that He keeps us from sabotaging our purpose and our destiny. There is a reason God has taken you on the path He has you on.

When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt. (Exodus 13:17 NLT)

When the Israelites got to the land the Lord had promised to give them, He did not drive out all their enemies at once. He did it little by little. Perhaps it would have seemed better if He had driven out Israel’s enemies all at once but He had a good reason for not doing so. God could have driven out Israel’s enemies in a single year but He chose to take longer to do it. This was to protect the Israelites from the wild animals that would have multiplied and increased on the land if the land was not well occupied. He was going to wait for the Israelites to increase in population. Trust what God is doing in your life. Trust the pace at which He is doing things in your life. Trust Him to make all things (the good and the bad) work for your good.

I will send terror ahead of you to drive out the Hivites, Canaanites, and Hittites. But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals would multiply and threaten you. I will drive them out a little at a time until your population has increased enough to take possession of the land. (Exodus 23: 28 – 30 NLT)

Wherever you are in life right now is where you need to be to take the next step in the right direction. If God led you there, trust Him. If you got yourself to a place you shouldn’t be at, God is loving and gracious. He will make all of it work for your good; trust Him and submit to His will.

God bless you!

Believe What God Says About You

 

Believe God

People will not always agree with what God says about you. Believe God more than you believe people. You should not let other people’s opinions lead you into not believing who God says you are and what He says you can do. The Bible shows us how different people rose above the labels put on them by men because they believed what God said about them. Do not allow people or the devil to label you.

The Bible says that Leah had weak/dull eyes and Rachel was beautiful (Genesis 29:16 – 17). The name Leah is derived from the Hebrew name meaning weary or dull. Her name signified weariness (Ellicott’s Commentary). Leah had heard people tell her that she had dull eyes ever since she was born. Year after year she heard that her eyes were dull and that became her reality. Maybe when her parents looked at her at birth and saw that her eyes were not as bright as would normally be expected, they decided to name her by the quality of her eyes.

Sometimes people label us according to facts or our past. Man judges by the outward appearance but God sees us for who He created us to be and He knows the greatness He has placed within us. That is why it is important to listen to who God says you are and believe Him. I wonder what would have happened if Leah had asked God for a new name that was in line with how God saw her. It is deeper than just Leah’s eyes in the natural. It is about how Leah saw herself spiritually. You have to see yourself how God sees you in order to overcome everything that is in the way of your God given destiny.

The Bible shows us how God changed people’s names in accordance with the destiny He had for them and He was leading them into. God gave Abram the name Abraham (Genesis 17:4 – 5). Abraham means “father of many nations” and it came to pass that Abraham became the father of many through Isaac his son. God gave Jacob the name Israel (Genesis 32:28). The name Israel was in line with the destiny God had for him as an over comer as opposed to his old name Jacob that meant deceiver.

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You cannot step into the destiny God has for you and experience all the greatness that is meant for you if you do not reject the identity that is not in line with God’s truth about you.

Jabez had been given a name that meant pain. He prayed to God and asked Him to keep him from all trouble and pain. God granted His request (1st Chronicles 4:9 – 10). He refused to accept a label given by man no matter what his past was and no matter how much pain he might have caused.

It’s not about denying the facts or the past. It is about asking God to show you who He created you to be and believing what He says about you instead of what people have labeled you to be.

God bless you!

Every Moment is a Miracle

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God is in the normal routine of your life. Stop waiting for a special day or a big event; see the fingerprints of God in your life every day. God can send you that miracle you have been believing Him for as you take breakfast in the morning as much as He can do it in the middle of a worship service. Your life will be fulfilling and you will be more grateful when you fully live in the truth that He recorded every moment of your life long before you were born (Psalm 139:16). He recorded this very moment that you are reading this and He recorded a later moment when perhaps you will be praying and His presence will be so real, almost tangible.

Jesus made His disciples breakfast one day (John 21:1 – 13). They came from a night of working hard fishing and found Jesus had prepared fish and bread for their breakfast. A simple breakfast with Jesus is such a beautiful fulfilling moment. That I can experience the presence of God when enjoying breakfast as I talk to Jesus, and also enjoy His presence during a prayer session with friends makes me enjoy every moment of my life.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, God is in that moment. He is either sending you what you need or using you as an answer to prayer for somebody. You might even be the sign that somebody needs right now. Jesus sent his disciples to prepare the room where they would have the last supper. They were to follow a man carrying a pitcher of water (Luke 22:8 – 13). To that man, it was probably another normal day, and maybe at a “job” he was beginning to hate. But that day, as he carried out his duties, he was a sign to the disciples that they were on the right track. You are somebody’s miracle even in what seems to be the mundane moments of life.

Jesus once multiplied a little boy’s meal of two fish and five loaves and fed 5000 men. I wonder if the young boy’s mother (or whoever packed the lunch) knew that as she packed her boy’s lunch, she was packing a miracle. She was being a loving mother and God was using that moment to perform a miracle (John 6: 5 – 13).

Jesus is always looking to have us recognize His presence in our normal. Jesus performed many miracles and some, if not most, started with Him meeting the people in the normal activities of their lives.

God bless you!

Trusting God’s Timing

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God’s timing is perfect, even when it doesn’t feel like it. If you are praying about something and it seems like God is taking too long to answer, trust Him. God knows what is best for us and when it is best for us. He has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  Your times are in God’s hands (Psalm 31:15). God wrote down every day of your life and laid out every moment before you were born (Psalm 139:16).

From experience, I have learned that every time I thought that I really wanted or even needed something and that if God did not answer my prayer within a certain time frame things would go wrong, I really did not need that thing within that time frame. I look back and thank God for some of the things that did not happen within the time frame I wanted to have them. When you find yourself asking God for something “right now,” take a minute to examine whether you are in God’s will in terms of timing.

The prodigal son wanted his inheritance at the very time he asked for it instead of waiting for the right time and nothing could make him change his mind. He ended up wasting it all(Luke 15:11 – 31).

The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. (Luke 15:12 nlt)

Trust God’s timing in your life. Rest in His love for you. God always keeps His word. If something has not happened yet, trust God to make it happen at the right time. His time.

The Lord kept His word and did for Sarah exactly what He had promised. She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would. (Genesis 21:1 – 2 nlt).

Perhaps you are unhappy about something that you think has taken too long to happen, (getting a job, getting married, the growth and success of the business God led you to start, or what you have been praying and asking God for) and you think that if you just had it you would be happier. You might be happy when you get it, but soon you will realize that there is something else you need to be happy. If you are not happy and content right now, you will only feel happy for a while once you get what you want. Happiness and contentment is not about what we have or do not have. Trust God’s timing and be content.

At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen. (Isaiah 60:22 nlt)

God Bless You!

 

 

 

God of Seasons

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God works with time and seasons and it reaches a point where God wants you to move on to something else or you complete an assignment He had for you. When this time comes, don’t keep holding on to something because of how the Lord has used it to bless your life in the past. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

There was once a famine in Israel and God commanded Elijah to go to a brook from which he could drink water and ravens would feed him there. After a while, the brook dried up. It was time for Elijah to leave the brook. God gave him new instructions on where he was to go next and there a widow would feed him. If Elijah remained at the brook after it dried up, he would have been out of the Lord’s will in a place where He was once in God’s perfect will. When we obey God, we are in His will. (See 1st Kings 17:1-5)

The Lord commands a blessing where He sends you. Are you where the Lord has sent you? If God wants you to move to a new job, stop holding on to your present job because you enjoy working there or you are familiar with it and don’t want to leave your comfort zone. When that brook has dried up, it will no longer be a blessing to you. Move to the place God wants you to go next for there He has commanded a blessing for you.

May the Lord help us to be discerning to know that when the brook He sent us to dries up, it does not always mean that it is an attack of the enemy. It could be that God has new blessings and assignments for us to enjoy. If you wake up one day and realize that the brook that God sent you to has dried up, do not panic. The brook drying up might manifest as you being unhappy at your job after having worked there for so long; or you feel like you need to move geographically because you are unsettled in your spirit after having happily lived in a certain place for long or whatever else it is.

Go before the Lord and listen. You will hear Him tell you what He has for you next. He probably has already told you but the brook is familiar, you are used to it; it is predictable and moving to a new place/thing is a bit scary. But no matter what, you should obey God.

God bless you!

Step into Your Purpose

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Sometimes, if not most times, we wait too long to do what the Lord has called us to do. It is as simple as not doing something that has been in your heart to do for a long time. God puts desires in your heart that are His will and purpose for you. He gives you brilliant ideas to do what He has called you to do. You might need a nudge here or there; for example, your family members could keep telling you to start a cake baking business because you make amazing cakes.

If you are honest with yourself, deep down in your heart you know what the Lord has called you to do. If you are not sure about your purpose or God’s calling over your life, ask Him in prayer and He will make it clear. It is usually not an audible voice and normally an angel will not appear to you to let you know what your purpose is. But, pray about it, keep talking to God about it and it will be clear in your heart and you will get a brilliant idea that is God’s best for you.

Nehemiah 7:5 So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families. I found the genealogical record of those who had been the first to return. This is what I found written there…(NIV)

Nehemiah 7:5 So my God gave me the idea to call together all the nobles and leaders of the city, along with the ordinary citizens, for registration. I had found the genealogical record of those who had first returned to Judah. This is what was written there…(NLT)

The truth is that if you do not step into your purpose, someone else will be raised to do it. This is because there are people intended to be blessed by what the Lord has called you to do. While we should wait for God’s timing to do something, it is important to act when you know that the time is right. God will prepare you through different experiences and give you the skills and talents required, but you have a part to play. You have to take action.

Esther 4:14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (NLT)

God bless you!

 

Morning Always Comes

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Life is seasonal; some seasons are better than others; some are tough. No matter what you are going through it is important to remember that morning always comes. Night seasons don’t last forever. It might feel like the night season will never end but it will. The wilderness is a place we pass through, it is not our final destination. There is a time for everything. There is a time to go through the wilderness and a time to enter into the Promised Land.

Weeping may last through the night,
    but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5 NLT)

During night seasons it feels like the only thing surrounding us is darkness. You might even feel like God has abandoned you but God is right there with you. Shepherds watch over their flock at night. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and when we are going through a tough night season, He is watching over us. The darkness might make it hard for us to see that God is right there with us but He is.

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. (Luke 2:8 NLT)

In this night season that you are going through, the Good Shepherd is with you. He is guarding you to make sure that you safely make it through the night. Although weeping might last the whole night, the morning is coming and with it will come joy.

I have been through difficult seasons in my life. Looking back I realize that God was with me all along. He never leaves us no matter how alone we feel. One thing that I have learnt is to praise God through it all. That my relationship with God goes beyond the good times. My relationship with God does not depend on what I am going through. I know that He loves me even when life gets hard. I can have an amazing time with God and laugh even in the night season. There are treasures that can only be found in the dark places of life. These are the treasures of darkness. We come out of night seasons stronger, changed and with valuable treasures.

Hold on. Trust God. Morning always comes.

God bless you!

Waiting on God

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Waiting on God is not always easy; especially when you have to wait for longer than you thought you had to. I have had my share of waiting. It starts with confidence that God will bring His promises to pass and that He will fulfill the desires He has put in your heart. Then time passes by; a year and then another. You keep hoping and believing but the hope wanes as time passes by. Then you start wondering why God is not making it happen because you know that He can make it happen in a moment. It seems that everyone around you keeps getting the blessing that you are praying and believing God for. Not only that but they get it so easily and they don’t even pray for it; it just happens for them.

When you are waiting on God, do not look at each day that passes as another day that the promise/s of God in your life have not been fulfilled; look at it as a day closer to God’s promise being fulfilled. This is because as long as God said it, it will definitely happen. His word will not return to Him void but it will accomplish the purpose for which He sent it. I see a pattern in the Bible where those who waited for long birthed greatness. The area of barrenness in your life (whatever it is) is the area in which God’s greatness will be manifested.

Over and over we see that barren women had to wait for longer but God always gave them a child and that child changed history. Elizabeth was barren and after a long time God gave her John the Baptist. Manoah’s wife was barren and God gave her Samson. Sarah was barren and God gave her Isaac. I have learnt that as I wait on the Lord, He works on me and changes me. I have learnt that only Jesus can fully satisfy.

I think that the greater blessing is to be content and fulfilled even before receiving what you are believing God for.

Be encouraged today; waiting on the Lord is not in vain. Keep praying, keep believing and keep working on the vision God has given you.

Habakkuk 2:3 NLT

This vision is for a future time.
    It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
    for it will surely take place.
    It will not be delayed.

God bless you!

 

The Way of Escape

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In every temptation that comes our way (sometimes we take ourselves to the temptation, which we shouldn’t) God always provides a way out. No matter what the enemy tries to do or use to make us sin, God ALWAYS has a way out for us. This is the Way of Escape. The enemy has a counterfeit way of escape and wants us to settle for what is not God’s will and way. When it comes to the Way of Escape, Satan tries to present a way out that is not a way out at all but is instead a trap to still fall into temptation and sin.

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1st Cor 10:13 NKJV)

If doing something to get out of a difficult situation or of a particular temptation will cause you to commit sin (even though that sin might appear smaller compared to the initial temptation), then it is not God’s Way of Escape. Another way a Way of Escape could not really be the way God intends is if it might not be sin but it is easier to do despite not being God’s will or God’s best for you. For example, if you are facing the temptation of sex outside marriage and you think that the Way of Escape is to get married to the person you are currently in a relationship with. This might look okay and it is but only if that is the person that is God’s best for you. It might be easier to just get married and avoid having sex outside marriage but was getting married to that particular person the way out? What if you need money and a way presents itself that involves a corrupt deal? If it leads to sin, does not please God or is not God’s will, it is not the way out. God’s grace is always sufficient for us to take the Way of Escape that He presents.

The easy way is not always the Way of Escape. I pray that you will take the Way of Escape that God provides and not the way that you create for yourself or the enemy presents to you.

God Bless You!

Dealing with Rejection

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We all face rejection at one point or another in life. Sometimes it is easy to get over it and not really care and other times it really gets to us to almost a point of depression and if we dwell on it long enough it might lead to us getting depressed. Rejection can be in any area of life where we were not accepted; or we were not selected; or were told we were not good enough. It can be in a relationship, a school admission or a job opportunity. There are some important things to know, and believe because they are true, in order to rise above rejection and soar in our purpose in God.

It is important to know that rejection is really not about us not being good enough. Taking the feelings of rejection to Jesus and trusting God to make it right is the best thing we can do. Jesus was rejected; He knows how it feels to be rejected. I can imagine builders who were experienced in what kind of stones were good to build with, looking at one stone and rejecting it. You would think that their opinion as experts was final but that very stone that they rejected was found perfect to be the cornerstone.

For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ Acts 4:11 NLT

Those who have rejected you might be the ones whose opinion you held highly but it doesn’t matter because the opinion that matters is God’s opinion and He loves you. God takes every situation in our lives and uses it for our good and for His glory. When the enemy is the one behind the rejection trust God to take everything the enemy meant for your harm and turn it around for your good.

I love the story of Ruth who was rejected by the man who had the first right to marry her after her husband died according to the customs of the Israelites at that time. Like Ruth, do not dwell on the rejection. Trust God. That rejection just might have been the best thing that ever happened to her. Boaz married her and she is in the lineage of Jesus.

…And Boaz said to the family redeemer, “You know Naomi, who came back from Moab. She is selling the land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. I thought I should speak to you about it so that you can redeem it if you wish. If you want the land, then buy it here in the presence of these witnesses. But if you don’t want it, let me know right away, because I am next in line to redeem it after you.”

The man replied, “All right, I’ll redeem it.”

 Then Boaz told him, “Of course, your purchase of the land from Naomi also requires that you marry Ruth, the Moabite widow. That way she can have children who will carry on her husband’s name and keep the land in the family.”

 “Then I can’t redeem it,” the family redeemer replied, “because this might endanger my own estate. You redeem the land; I cannot do it.” (Ruth 4:3 – 6 NLT)

Whatever it is, trust God to get you through it, turn it around for your good and give you better than you ever imagined.

God Bless You!