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

It Is well with my soul

The time I cherish the most is in the morning in bed, with a cup of tea and my bible.

I find the more time I spend with the Lord the closer and more intimate our relationship becomes. He not only knows me but I dive into the very heart of God and my desires begin to line up with His will.

I’d like to encourage you to spend time with Him daily, as this will change your relationship immensely. You will not only see change in the way you live but your soul will be forever transformed.

Mel x

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Psalm 65:5

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11

Strong Foundations

We’re finally here…the foundations have been built, strong and healthy – now it’s time to let this take root and bear fruit in His name. These are the thoughts we all should have when embarking on a new venture, on that next project or when starting that new relationship.

Lets face it lads, almost all of us at one time or another has counted ourselves as some sort of ‘DIY guru’ with power drill in hand and hammer at the ready…soon after accepting this project you realise you don’t have a clue but your pride kicks in and bam its the catch 22 of blundering on or admitting you need ‘the man’ to help you out!! You all know what I’m talking about – ladies we all know you can relate. You didn’t have that foundation of knowledge to complete the task, you allowed pride to prevent your learning!

The same applies when it comes to your faith and growing with our Father – you need that strong, healthy foundation based on prayer and relational growth with the Holy Spirit who lives in each and everyone of us. I really want to encourage you to pray everyday, to open your bible and meditate on His Word. From that foundation there is nothing you cannot achieve, in your work, in your relationships, in your life.

Luke 6:48 says this: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

REMEMBER, You are a Man of God, You are unique, You speak with the greatest authority in the universe with access to the throne room of Heaven. With Jesus as your foundation and His Word in your hand there is nothing you cannot do. Build your foundation on the rock that is Jesus.

P.s. I’d love to hear from you if you have any thoughts or comments!

Mike