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

Amos: The not so minor Prophet

Recently, I’ve decided to start reading some of the smaller books in the bible, Starting with Hosea and working my way to Malachi. I am now on Amos and what a book it truly is, a book of powerful imagery and Gods mercy for His people.

The book is a completion of prophesies given to Amos by God. These prophesies are quite different from that of the other Prophets, as God uses him to speak to a select group in Israel. This group consists of the privileged and those practising injustice regarding oppression of the poor and disadvantaged of society for their capital gain. They were a people with no moral fabric, full of pride, arrogance and greed. Israel had turned their hearts from God and His laws. Their eyes were no longer fixed on the one who delivered their ancestors out of Egypt and had delivered them from the hand of their enemies but instead wickedness had run rapid and they were turning on their own people.

This is when God brings in a humble Shepherd from a small town outside of Jerusalem, as we see so many times throughout the bible this humble Shepherd is emboldened and strengthened by the Spirit of God. His courage and boldness to preach and proclaim the word of the Lord regardless of society norms is inspiring and God uses him mightily.

Amos declares Gods judgement on Israels neighbours and on Israel itself for not returning to Him. Amos speaks about the day of the Lord and the great wrecking for the unrepentant and complacent. Even with all the evil and the Israelite’s hardened hearts, God still declares Israel’s restoration. He speaks about the great rebuilding of its cities and finally giving them a land that will never be uprooted.

The book of Amos is fascinating and gives insight into the very heart of God. It shows us the things that truly break the heart of God while giving caution to all of us regarding how we should live and our responsibility to the disadvantaged in society.

Though 75 percent of the book is Gods judgement on His people it ends with their restoration and shows us that if we are willing to come back to our God, no matter how far we have gone, He will never turn us away. He is always seeking after the heart of the lost, He’s waiting for you to welcome Him in.

Today is the day, don’t wait any longer, Jesus is calling. Come Home.

A Brides Journal: The Registry

Marrying someone who is a citizen of another country can be, how shall I put it…complicated. To cut a long story relatively short, recently Mike and I have been on an emotional roller coaster and it has reminded us of how important it is for God to be at the centre of every decision, every action, every word within your relationship and marriage.  It is with this in mind that we decided to complete the registry portion of our big day this June and celebrate the whole shebang in October with all our family and friends.

God has remained faithful (Psalm 119:90). At our lowest points when we saw no way  out we were reminded of Gods promises for us, this not only strengthened our faith but drew us closer to Him. He is the one who has carried us through it all. He is forever faithful and forever true, our God, our Father, our Saviour. I want to encourage all of you – if you are going through any trouble, any storm trust in the Lord – give it to our Father and He will make your path’s straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

Here is a few snippets from our special day:

Signing of the registry

Just a few of our close friends who witnessed

Becoming Mrs Lister 😉

Backyard swing fun

Living the 5G Life

On a recent trip to Toronto, Canada we went to the amazing Harvest Bible Chapel in Oakville, they are doing a fantastic programme at the moment to empower Christ Followers and really help us on the path to eternity with Him. We really wanted to share this with you so here goes as its something Mike and I are implementing in our lives…here are the 5G’s:

  • God Time – An intentional pursuit of God daily. Psalm 84:10-11; Mark 1:35
  • Gather Time – A love for God’s family in gathered worship weekly. Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 10:24-25
  • Group Time – A commitment to consistent growth and accountability within a community of believers. Acts 2:42-47
  • Give Time – A resolve to steward the gifts God has entrusted to me. 1 Peter 4:7-11
  • Go Time – Time spent annually seeing the gospel spread locally and globally. Matthew 28:18-20

Be encouraged and be empowered – wherever you are, whatever you are doing make time for God. To hear more about the 5G life please go to Harvest Bible Chapel.

Stay blessed x

A Cheerful Heart

Chuck Swindoll once said, ‘Laughter is the most beautiful and beneficial therapy God ever granted humanity’.  It is the sound of bursting joy from within. It is contagious and can be exhilaratingly relentless. Those words that Chuck spoke have never been truer – it was created by God to kill your pain in the midst of trials. It gives health and refreshes your very soul, it punctures even the most hardened of hearts and creates bliss in the hour of darkness. Be encouraged today, and laugh in the face of trouble because your Father in heaven has it sorted. Proverbs 17:22 says “A cheerful heart is good medicine”. And to that I say Amen!