What Does Faith In Jesus Mean?

This Sunday was another mind blowing service at Harvest Bible Chapel in Oakville Ontario. We had the privilege of hearing Pastor Karl Whittingstall who is our Pastor for Youth Ministries.

His message was about faith in Jesus and what it means. So what does Faith in Jesus mean?

He raised three key points during his message which really stuck with me:

  1. Faith in Jesus means I die to self.
  2. Faith in Jesus means I live what I believe
  3. Faith in Jesus means I let God’s love fuel me

Ill give you a quick break down of these points as I believe they are too important to keep to myself.

1. Faith in Jesus means I die to myself:

  • When we are born we are born into a fallen sinful world and when we make the decision to follow Christ the bible says we are reborn into a new creation. This death and rebirth isn’t physical but spiritual. The issue we have is though our spirits have been given life we carry our soul and physical body which have the desires of the world and flesh, so in order to be like Christ we must crucify the desires of the flesh and conform into the new creation and nature God has given to us.

How do we do this?

  • This is impossible to do on our own. We need the help of the precious Holy Spirit who takes residence within us after we are reborn, cooperating with him and renewing the mind and mind-sets (Romans 12:2). In this we go through a process of sanctification (Hebrews 10:14). God instructs us to put off our old selves which is corrupted by evil desires and to put on the new self (Christ) (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Two points Pastor Karl presented that can help us accomplish this

  • Repent: We need to acknowledge whats going on and turn from it making the decision to not go back.
  • Have a ‘kill sin’ plan: We need to actively attack our sin. We can use fight verses from the bible and pray and meditate on them.

2. Faith in Jesus means I live what I believe

Are we intentional and continuous about how we live? The problem we have is that we live for ourselves, our pleasures, our will, our wants. We must live sacrificial lives as this will change our relationship with others and God. Its starts in the heart then goes to the head then flows into your life – its about transformation and change.

Pastor Karl posed this question and I would like to pose it to you; what are you doing to change the way your heart informs your head?

If we are going to believe Gods word is true we must live like it.

3. Faith in Jesus means I let God’s love fuel me

The kindness on the cross should cause us to respond in immediacy and to the glory of God.

One quote he read that blew my mind is  by John Stott “No Christian who has grasped the truth could ever seriously contemplate reverting to the old life”.

The truth in this quote is so real. If we understand the magnitude of the price Jesus paid on the cross and the weight of our sins we would never consider turning back to our old ways. The work Christ Jesus did on the cross can never be repaid it is greater than anything and everyone.

How do we do this better?

  • We must see the love of God and understand the immensity of our sins then we will begin to understand the work on the cross.
  • Let Gods loves which was an expression of what he did fuel your life.

What a message this is. Pastor Karl opened my eyes and understanding to another level. Gods love is the greatest gift to humanity  (John 3:16), to send His only beloved son to die for a world who rejected Him is beyond understanding but I am eternally grateful and give my life as an act of thanksgiving and worship.

I’m so happy I got to share this with you all and hope it blesses someone out there.

Stay blessed x

 

 

End of Season SALE! Bootie Alert!

Today I saw these little beauties during what can only be described as a classic momma daughter shopping spree and I just had to share with you all!! Lets face it ladies – its one of my favourite things to do when visiting home – not only do I get some quality time with my momma but we also both get to enjoy a bit of retail therapy.

You know that moment when you decide to go look for a ‘Mother of the Bride’ dress at David Bridal and unexpectedly end up in Toronto Premium outlets…well thats exactly what happened. I know what you’re thinking…’but how!?’ – all I can say is I’m just as shocked as you!! Toronto Premium Outlets is perfect if you’re looking for a day of shopping, great food and fun.

It was during our little venture that we ended up in Nine West – they are currently having the most amazing end of season sale, up to 75% off most items. I gravitated towards these cute camel coloured booties and I’m in absolute love with them – not only that but my momma loved them just as much and bought the exact same pair, what can I say, great minds think alike – like mother like daughter ;)!!

These little beauties were originally 195 dollars and came down to 19 dollars – what an absolute steal. Not only are they gorgeous but they are also unbelievably comfortable – basically a win win.

Can’t wait to wear them this Fall.

Here are just a few photos of my fabulous Nine West booties (they also come in a gorgeous royal blue colour):

Be Bold – An Art Exhibition by Steve Kalinda

Steve Kalinda is a game changer and this is one exhibition you don’t want to miss. This man has to be one of the most humble yet talented men of God that I know. I recently had the privilege of attending his first ever art exhibition at the Quaker Street Bubble tea cafe in Shoreditch entitled ‘Be Bold’ – and it was nothing short of amazing.

Before we get into it, as with any artist, in order to truly understand their work you have to understand their influences, their motivation. I caught up with Steve to talk about his inspiration and the first thing he said to me was ‘From God’. How amazing is that!? Through prayer the words ‘Be Bold’ were and are still resonating in his mind – his work aims to inspire and I believe it does just that. In terms of artistic influences his primary influence is Jesus with secondary influences being fashion and ballet photography as well as the works of the famous Jean Michel Basquiat and his focus on neo-expressionism.

‘Be Bold’, two small words that seem to resonate so powerfully and hold so much weight behind them. For me Steve embodies the essence of what it is to ‘Be Bold’ in his works of art from the striking colours through to the strong, thoughtful, even joyful images that can be seen throughout the exhibition. Each figure portrayed wears a crown and Steve himself says that his ‘goal is to inspire everyone to be bold, in the little and the massive goals. To know that when they do that, they are kings and queens. To influence young people to be bold and pursue their dreams.’

If his aim as an artist was to make us feel bold and uplifted, I truly believe his work has achieved its goal and then some. For me it just emphasises that when God is at the centre you become what you were always meant to be and, for Steve, it is not the accountant that he is in the daytime, it is the inspirational artist that lies within.

Let me just leave you with this…’Be Bold’ – what does that mean to you? To me this automatically brings up images of courage, of stepping out and confidently standing firm in your faith. The verse that really jumps to the forefront of my mind has to be Joshua 1:9 – ‘Be strong and courageous. Don’t be fearful or discouraged, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’ Steve himself has been bold and stepped out in faith letting the Holy Spirit guide him. Be bold in stepping out into the calling God has for you – hold your head high, be bold in every circumstance and remember that your confidence is in Him.

From the queues of people through to the inspirational art work this is one exhibition you don’t want to miss and one artist we all need to keep our eye on. If you haven’t already and are in London Steve’s exhibition runs to the 20th July at Quaker Street, Coffee & Bubble Tea, 10 Quaker Street, London, E1 6SZ. Alternatively you can check out his works online at www.stevekalinda.com.

Here are a few sneak peaks from the night…enjoy!!

Stay blessed x

Introducing Steve Kalinda…this guy is the real deal!!

Looking good Steve…

Love the depth of this piece #Be #Bold!!

One of my faves – jump for joy and praise His name #Be #Bold:

This one branches out into the abstract – such an inspiring piece.

 

 

 

A Brides Journal: The Traditional Wedding

Dress: Designed by Anointing Fashion Design, Earrings: Le Chateau

2 weddings down and 1 to go! We just had our traditional Ghanaian Wedding and it was AMAZING!!

Its 8am I’m awake bright and early…my heart filled with that mix of anxiousness and excitement – you know what I mean ladies. I could feel the sun shining on my face as I lay there and could smell the delicious aroma of the dishes my mother was preparing downstairs (nothing will ever beat mommas home cooking). Not knowing what the day held I jumped out of bed and slipped into something comfortable.

As I proceeded down the stairs the railings were decorated with pink and white balloons, streamers and ribbons at every corner, there were chairs draped with neatly placed and beautiful white covers. The room was perfect.

With the party starting at 1pm and guests arriving from 12:30 I had limited time to get my hair and makeup done!! You know that sense of panic when you just have so much to do…well that was me. Luckily my amazing cousin B was on hand to do what can only be described as a beautiful job with my hair and makeup. With that done and laughing with my girls…I waited to be presented to my handsome groom.

The wedding turned out to be wonderful and emotional, considering I was a bit reluctant to go through with it when my parents had initially mentioned it, I was absolutely thrilled.  Mike and I were separated till it was time for me to enter. He came down to greet my extended family and when the time was right my sister and cousins brought me down for the big reveal.

It was a beautiful day full of love, family and friends and with the love of my life by my side and God at the centre everything perfectly came together.

Here are a few photos from the day! Hope you enjoy! xx

Mike learning tradition/greeting the fam

Prayer time 🙂

Family photo 🙂

Gods Wonderful Grace (Empowerment)

God’s Grace is truly wonderful – I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel so unworthy of the love and faithfulness that God offers each and every one of us. Isn’t it amazing when God highlights internal conflicts that you have either been suppressing or ignoring for months or even years!! Such is His love for you that He always wants you to strive for excellence for the greatness to which all His children are called.

Lately, I have been struggling with some internal conflicts which I have never dealt with – conflicts that I repressed even after giving my life to Christ thinking that I could just continue with life as before in some respects. Isn’t it shocking how conflicts, if not dealt with, can creep back into your life years later and threaten to consume you like a whirlwind laying waste to all that stand before it.

Issues of unforgiveness and bitterness can hinder one’s walk with the Lord causing hearts to harden and grow distant. In my case I truly believed I had forgiven and moved on until an incident occurred and Gods revelation became so clear to me. Yes, I had moved on but I still harboured bitterness towards that person and refused to let it go.

When God brings something to light it means it’s time to deal with it. He will give you the Grace (empowerment) to finish the work He has begun in you. For me, I can’t say its been a quick fix but hand in hand God is walking with me and I can honestly say it’s becoming much easier everyday. He is such a good good Father and He loves you.

Becoming a new creation means leaving behind all the old mindsets and attitudes we wore before accepting Christ and putting on His very nature, His attitudes, His mindset and His behaviour. The becoming part may be a long journey but with Jesus by your side you can do anything. I would love to encourage you with Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Whatever your situation be teachable, know that He is with you and His love for you will never fail. Trust in Him and He will make your paths straight.

Stay blessed x