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Righteous

Read with me, “And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.” Philippians 3:9

True righteousness isn’t a feel good flesh appeaser, nor is it a sin justifier. True righteousness is a result of God doing a work inside of you, it is the magnificent catalyst to a life yielded and accepting of the price Christ paid. Yet, it does afford us incomparable access to a living God.  Knowing He has provided you with righteousness instills in you a hope of never being turned away, but a great hope of the availability of His favor and goodness.

Upon further study of righteousness, you will find most religions include the idea of righteousness in their dogma. You will find it under the mentions of moral instruction, but find that is not an instruction but a state of living. Moral instructions, as with the Bible, will include instruction to abstain from evil, to be fair, to pursue peace, to be kind and loving, to not cheat, lie or steal, do not murder, and do right by everyone, maintaining peace and social order.  Righteousness suggests that there is no further price to be paid for transgression; you owe nothing in relation to your moral living. Righteousness denotes the idea that your actions have been judged with the result of being justified. Righteousness means “right.” Your sin says you are wrong, but His blood says you are right. When you believe on the Son, your righteousness provides you an amazing state of being in right standing with the Father. Can you imagine entering God’s throne room boldly? This is what righteousness means, you are now standing in front of Him while all He sees is that you are right with Him. There is no price needed to pay to redeem you further. The price He paid was enough. You are free.

Hold on to the hope of Christ. He is enough. With our shield proud and equipped with the sword of His truth we can weather any storm and storm any troop. Hold fast to that hope. Take hold of and hold fast to the hope that comes from Him. Allow His truth to anchor your heart and ground your feet, prepared with the gospel and power. It is He who calls you, it is He who has chosen you, and it is He who anoints you for the follow through of His commands. He has given you everything you need for this life. He knew what you would face, and in loving-kindness He provided the armor and tools you would require to overcome every attempt by the enemy to derail your destiny. You have to take a hold of it and wear it; strut your stuff, with confidence. What are you fighting, the sin or the lies? When we fight sin we can easily become fatigued and tired, weary of trying to overcome. But, when we stand armoured in His righteousness, readied with truth, we can hold on to the hope that His death has bought. 

Many will come against the idea of righteousness, professing our truth refutes our need for forgiveness of sins, and that we declare ourselves perfect. Indeed, we do not profess perfection without Christ. But my, oh my, in Him we are new, in Him we have hope of glory, in Him we are destined to see goodness and mercy all our days. True righteousness has been bought dearly; I cannot cheapen it with my ‘self’ efforts of attempting holiness, by my self-righteous belief that I can vindicate my own soul. He is the only one righteous enough to give us true righteousness.  I want to emphasise the fact that righteousness of God is a result of His goodness and grace. Righteousness in the flesh is a result of our good works. The qualifying difference is the fact that you act according to the righteousness you already have received, as opposed to acting in a certain manner in order to ascertain your righteousness and be justified.

knowing Him

Read with me, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Do you hear yourself say, “I knew it,” when bad things happen? What is it that you think you know? Did you consider that fact that you might be wrong?  This has much to do with where our focus is. What we ponder on, accept as truth, and know becomes our reality. If we constantly think we are failures, we end up failing at most things we do. If we are constantly aware of what we do wrong, more often than not it becomes impossible to quit the very thing we feel we are offending in. If we can only remember that He has not dealt with is according to our sins. There is a better way to conduct our lives than running around like a headless chicken trying to avoid the landmines of self sabotage. There is a way that involves peace, and no torment, no shame and no displacement from your purpose. This is facilitated by knowing Him. Be made free as you call to mind who He is.

There are different ways of interpreting the word ‘knowledge.’ One definition denotes facts and information gained by study, and another refers to the understanding and familiarity that comes from practical implementation. Just so, the Scriptures can be studied to gain rather comprehensive insights into the life of Jesus and nature of God while there exists a vast well of truths we can mine interacting with the Person. There is a significant knowing that comes from spending time with Him.  This is how we turn theoretical knowledge into practical knowledge- we practice. It is our faith that leads to action. Some practical ways to know Him include:

1. Pray, making sure you are intentionally engaging His heart, not just doing lip service.
2. Engage His heart – wait for an answer or response. In your heart allow Him to do what He wants to do.
3. Meditate – think on His word during the day.
4. Believe what He promised.
5. Do not relent, do not give up on the promises He has made.
6. Search the scriptures to get to know Him, and then put your hope in His goodness of character.
7. Follow where He leads- allow the word and the Spirit to direct your steps.
8. Love Him back. Tell Him you love Him, worship, and serve His people.

Knowledge is also defined as awareness of a fact. Knowing Him is also being aware of Him, His goodness, mercy, kindness. Knowing Him often requires you to acknowledge His goodness as a fact. When doubt comes knocking and circumstances pummel you, consider the fact that He is for you and that victory is yours. Even if the last shred of your hope is anchored in the knowing that He is good, hold on to that and proclaim it. Allow your heart to accept Him as factually loving and willing to aid. When we consider first what is pure and holy, we yield no ground to the enemy. When we know and believe it a truth that He is a good Father we do not relent our hold on hope. This strategy trumps the lies of the enemy and renders them ineffective at stealing our joy and hope.  Know the truth, meditate on it, believe it, and abide in the word.  Set your mind on Him.

John 8:32 says then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Notice, he emphasizes, not reading, but knowing the truth in order to obtain freedom. There is an exchange with the heart of God that redeems us from law and death. There is interaction of heart and truth that eliminates the lies of insufficiency and anchors our souls in the firm foundation that is His redemption. Forget not His benefits, but bless Him. Know it is He who forgives, who heals, who redeems you, and crowns you with loving-kindness and mercy, the one who satisfies you and renews your youth. He has not dealt with us according to our sin! Know this, He is gracious and merciful!

No Condemnation

Let’s take a moment to study the nature of condemnation. Condemnation is in essence a lie believed and embraced. When we feel shame, thoughts of condemnation are sure to follow. Condemnation is when we entertain the notion that we can detract from our value by performing inferiorly, or add to it by performing outstandingly. This ideology very closely resembles pride and conceit. It is prideful to assume that you are better than someone or too good to relate to someone because of your achievements. The same holds true for feelings of not being good enough. We can infer that perceiving a lack of glory in your achievements is also conceited when measured to the value placed on your life. Your works can neither add nor detract from the value that His  blood purchased you for. (1Timothy 3:6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.)  Condemning thoughts are the ones that persistently tell you to try harder, and after you did your best, condemnation is still there screaming that your efforts were mediocre at best. I have so many times experienced the feeling of not being good enough because I could not accomplish a task “just so,” the despondency that overtakes your thoughts is the basis for hopelessness and depression. I clearly heard the Lord saying to me, “What is it that you believe?” and in all honesty, I had to truthfully respond that I believed my own successes more redemptive than the He was; more real, more tangible. It became easy for me to be dismissive of Jesus. And this, in essence, is our biggest stumbling block. We do not believe well. We fail not at life, but at believing. We fail not at working, but at resting. If I am feeling condemned, I instinctively know to check my beliefs. John 3:18….Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God..

Our redemption is found in believing Jesus. In His name is the power to be made free and alive. When our beliefs are skewed, we struggle to hope in His name. His name is all sufficient.  When you proclaim His name, you proclaim power, redemption, belonging, freedom, anointing, and healing. Trusting in His name makes you a Son. John 1:12 but as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. When we confess His name, He takes residence in our hearts and makes us His dwelling. (1 John 4:13-15)He becomes part of us and we in turn assume His likeness and character. This makes you belong to His kingdom; part of His family. You BELONG!   When we believe on His beautiful name and trust in His name, we rest in knowing He is who He says He is. Resultantly, we bear fruit consistently. In His name is the power to accomplish everything we set out to. In His name is the empowerment to become whole and fully alive. We become steadfast when we fully trust and rest in His name. When we trust we consistently bear fruit without the signs of failing or faltering. (Jeremiah 17:7)

Right now, there is a prevalence of hopelessness among the women specifically. The mommies and wives are tired. They just don’t have the courage or hope to believe in God. Like faith is a work, like faith is an effort. Like Christianity is burdensome. I have heard it whispered by the enemy, I hear people say the familiar  “Christianity does not work”, “My faith does not work”, “My faith does not accomplish what other people’s faith does”, “I believe in God, but He is not for me.”  Today I want to tell you that it is the enemy that came to steal from you. He stole from you by disturbing your peace, destroying your beliefs, and killing your personhood. The enemy has sowed chaos in your thoughts, deceiving you into thinking you are worthless and inadequate, that you cannot accomplish the tasks in front of your, that your efforts are inferior. There are so many lies voicing their opinions on our efforts, there are so many voices vying for our attention. John 5:44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? There is a constant battle between where we believe we should be and where we are in our lives, mainly because we compare our accomplishments with those of others. We feel the need to validate our callings by having certain credentials.  The gap leaves us in despair, and the despair renders us hopeless, and hopelessness makes us inactive. Again I want to stress that if this is what you believe about yourself, if this is the standard you have set for your capacity, then today I want to challenge your beliefs. I want to challenge you to start assessing whether the things you think and say measure up to the truth of God. Philippians  4:8-9  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Whenever you find yourself having negative thoughts know that there is grace in Christ; run to Him. When you find yourself entertaining a lie and being condemned run to Him. In Christ is both grace and truth, run to Him and think on the truth of His word, meditate on it and embrace it, and proclaim it.  The solution to pride and condemnation, inferiority and deception, is in believing in the name of Jesus. His name is strong and all sufficient, in His name is the power we need to overcome. Believing on His name saves you from inadequacy and places you into a new family of acceptance, fulfillment, sufficiency, ability and empowerment. Believing on His name makes you adequate and predisposes you to success and fills you with a good nature so you can accomplish that which fills you with purpose.

Proverbs 18:10 the name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

When we turn to Jesus as our refuge, we become shielded from the lies of the enemy. The voices shouting out that we are inferior and inadequate are quieted, and the turmoil in our hearts stills. Translated into the original Hebrew, this verse says that the honor of the Lord is a loud pulpit. The name of Jesus is literally very loudly calling out for you to be safe, His honor is ardently beckoning you to come to Him and be saved from the lies that haunt you. God’s intention is not for you to be tormented to the point of yielding to His will, He is a good Father, and His very essence is pursuing you to make you His, His very name calls out to you so you can inhabit the rest He has prepared for you. The moment you believe and proclaim the name of Jesus, you are the righteous one running to this strong and mighty tower of refuge. He is our place of refuge, He is our place of safety, and He is our hiding place. There is no condemnation for those who belong to and are in Christ.

Stillness

Could there be anything more important than sitting before God everyday? AW Tozer

Read with me,

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

“The Lord is in his holy temple;  let all the earth be silent before him.” Habakkuk 2:20

In the life of Faith we live we have come to understand that most of our life represents a life for death principle. Salvation involves our death to new life, as a result of His death leading to new life. This is a foundation to every believer’s faith and Salvation. It is the same with prayer and stillness. Prayer yields power and life, but requires the death of self. When we are dead, we do not speak. Being quiet before God is the physical manifestation of self that has died. When we sit before Him in stillness we are allowing our bodies and souls to testify of the finished work by manifesting rest and lack of self-interest. When we look at different references in the Word, you will often encounter the word earth as denoting that which is corruptible, of lower thinking, self, and carnal. Habakkuk instructs all the earth to be silent. Take this to mean the processes of your thinking, things that speak to you daily as you navigate desires and wants, the chaotic noise that comes from busyness, and the needs we experience to be heard and seen.  Habakkuk instructs all the earth to be silent before God. This is what happens when we pray. This is demonstrated when we sit in stillness and wait on Him. We do this by actively silencing the thoughts but rather engage His heart. We do this by sitting at His feet and listening. We do this by choosing less busyness and less doing, less performance, less ‘fulfillment,’ less accomplishment, less accumulation, and less speaking. Sometimes doing less merely means forming fewer opinions, or saying less often what we think or feel. Becoming quiet before Him means I do less of what I think the moment requires, and just yield.

Stillness facilitates His processes in your life. There is a stillness to be engaged in that ushers in a moment of clarity that drives out the atmosphere of chaos and confusion. There is a quietness to be participated in that informs our minds of His goodness and willingness. It is when we sit in stillness that we pray. It is not in the victory shout and strategic dialogues that victory is won, but in the determined execution of the words He speaks when we listen. It is in being still before Him that His activity is quickened, because we have effectively diminished the noise of performance demands to consider His approach above our own. Silence quickens God’s activity. Stillness brings the strengthening that He provides and invigorates us as we wait on Him. As we give it all to Him and lay our lives down before His feet, we get to see His face and hear His voice. There is nothing better in all of life than stealing precious moments to sit with Him. 

Do not pick up again the battle of thoughts and wills, yield in quietness. Engage in the restful labor that yields personal victories displayed in a life of submission. There where you lay your head on His heart, in quietness and trust, be renewed as you quiet self, as you lay down your demands and opinions. Set your affections on that which is above, not on earth. Get quiet before him and constantly retreat. Quiet your heart by entrusting yourself to His embrace.

prayerful waiting

Joyce Meyer said, “Just in case you are questioning if it’s acceptable for you to expect good things from God, please slowly read and meditate on this Scripture: 

And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! Isaiah 30:18 “

Waiting. A word most of loath, because it means delayed gratification, patience, and we more often than not fear the waiting process because we are notoriously bad at it. Why do I say we are bad at it? Let me describe a common scenario; you have prayed for and asked God for something, only the breakthrough tarries. During the waiting, usually these 2 things happen, either you start reasoning yourself out of faith using logic based on your lack of performance as evidence, or you start doubting His goodness and intentions toward you due to a delay or a ‘no.’

Prayerful waiting, words we struggle with because of thinking patterns we endorse based on past experiences.  We doubt if HE is good, we wonder if we are allowed to ask Him for things, especially when we do not see results when we pray we often conclude that we were wrong to ask.  Is it  hard to trust a person who doesn’t give you what you ask, or is it hard to trust a person who doesn’t fulfill his own promises to you? He is good. He is to be trusted and relied on, not necessarily to do everything we ask and pray, but to be good. The word wait intrinsically suggests a delay of results, yet Isaiah reminds us to wait earnestly; to expect Him to come through, and to long for Him.  This gets me to thinking; maybe the issue here is the delayed gratification of provision and results, while all this time the instruction has been to look for Him, to long for Him, to wait for Him. If our desire is set on Him we will not be disappointed. He is not His Kingdom, He is not stuff, He is good. Blessed and happy are those who wait for HIM!

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.  I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” Ps 130:5-6

We need to start teaching ourselves to wait well. Wait on Him. In waiting we find strength. Is there something you are earnestly expecting to happen, believing it will alleviate the burden of suffering in your life? If God can just do so, or if this can just break through for me, or if that person would just be obedient… it would expedite your relief. My friend put your hope in God. Waiting on Him with longing expectation of His goodness is where the relief comes from. Enduring with this mindset of waiting is where hope is renewed, strength is restored, yokes are eased, and soothing answers are spoken to weary hearts. Pray to Him, not to the things.

Wait. Though it tarries, wait for it. Wait for Him. (Hab 2:3) Write down the things you are believing that are  at odds with the truth. Make a list of the areas you believe God hasn’t, doesn’t want to, or will not come through for you. Then, write down a Scripture on the other side of that lie. Whenever the thought presents itself that you need to do more or be more, say that scripture out loud. Record it in your journal, on our recording app on your phone and listen to it on your way to work or the store, make notes and stick them around your house and desk. Allow your eyes to see and ears to hear the truth until your mind accepts it as the new default thinking. Quiet the lie with the truth. Let the truth speak to you and make you free. Replace the despondency with hopeful waiting. Expect to see Him, expect to see His goodness. Expect Him to show up as Himself. He wants to be good to you, He longs to show you His loving-kindness, do not miss the wonderful displays of His goodness in lieu of hopeless prayers.

Heart posture

Read with me, “Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found FAVOR in Your sight, SHOW me NOW YOUR WAY, that I may KNOW YOU [progressively become more deeply and intimately  ACQUAINTED WITH YOU, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly] and that I may find FAVOR in Your sight. And [Lord, do] consider that this nation is Your people. And the Lord said,My PRESENCE shall go with you, AND I will GIVE you REST. And Moses said to the Lord, If Your PRESENCE DOES NOT go with me,DO NOT carry us up from here! For by what shall it be known that I and Your people have found FAVOR in Your sight?  Is it not in YOUR GOING WITH US so that we are DISTINGUISHED, I and Your people, from all the other people upon the face of the earth? And the Lord said to Moses, I will do this thing also that you have asked, for you have found FAVOR, loving-kindness, and mercy in My sight and I know you personally and by name.” Exodus 33:13-17 (AMP)


Recently as I spent time in prayer, I kept hearing the word “form.” One definition of form is a particular way in which a thing exists or appears. During fitness class as the ladies were working on doing their exercises correctly I was reminded again, “form.” The focus during class was not to do as much as possible in a limited amount of time, but to do at least one thing with the correct form, allowing for the correct mind-muscle connection, making sure to engage the appropriate muscles in order to move efficiently. God reminded me of the relevance of good. It is vital that we do well and not merely complete tasks. There is a difference in doing something and completing it with excellence. During exercise movements, many fail to see desired results due to the fact that their form is lacking. When a movement is done with lackluster skill, the result will be inferior growth and strength. Incorrect and sloppy form most often leads to injury. The same principle applies to Kingdom and works of faith, the intentional awareness of the soul-spirit connection facilitates growth and efficacy. The posture you assume while walking out your faith matters. The heart posture you approach the throne with matters. The form you assume while serving matters. Let me remind you again, correct form yields results.

I am not referring to works in order to gain materialistic things; results do not equal stuff; results in this regard refer to your well being. How good are you really doing? I am speaking of a faith that lends itself to hope. I am talking about a heart that yields itself to living unoffended. I am speaking of a posture that testifies that you belong to an order of overcomers. I am speaking of standing in a room, facing an adversarial thought with boldness and tenacious faith. I am affirming the need of a Godly form, a posture of belief, and standing that says “I belong to the King above all.” Correct form is being in right standing with Him. It is responding “Yes.” It means going where He goes, saying what He says, doing as He does. Correct form is refusing to bow before oppression. Correct form is standing your ground against resistance that burns your will, shakes your resolve, and leeches strength from your body. It is lifting your face, chest proud, core strong, hearts settled, and mind sure that He is your victor. It is remembering He goes before and wins.

Be strong and of good courage, my friend. Do not fear. Bow your heart to Him as you raise your face to the heavens, adopt your victory stance and dance for joy. He has overcome. Believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that seek Him. Know that you are loved. Stand, and see His salvation. Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ. Be not conformed to the world, but be transformed to His likeness. Stand in your faith. Keep the faith, keep the form, and keep the fire burning. You are known well, so be well.  

JOY

Read with me, Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10

This is the season to be merry, but if you look around you are sure to find many people who are despondent during this time of year. You yourself might even feel as if there is very little to get excited over right now.  Things might look bleak. While others are anticipating promotions and new houses and have adopted resolutions to usher in different results in the New Year, you might find yourself apprehensively staring at the mounting challenges the next few months might provide. If you are feeling overwhelmed and distressed, I want to ask you today to make a decision for your life and for your family – do not give in to the despair that comes from your circumstances. Make this day holy, choose this day as set apart to Him, for your healing and your hope. Do not grieve today, but be strong in joyful expectation.

Today, I want to share with you amazing news. I want to share with you the information you need to maintain perspective over this time. The good news is He has won. He has conquered. And in your life, He is Lord. He is still the God who can.  He is still the God who saves. He is still the God who provides. He is still the one who has overcome, and will continue to do so. In light of who He is, choose to pursue His heart for you today. If you are feeling weak, allow His joy to come and gird up your legs, strengthen you and equip you for what is ahead. Make today holy, make it about Him.

Over this festive season, make the joy of the Lord your constant habitation. With intention, choose joy. When faced with hard conversations, lean into His grace available at all times, and have joy. I am not saying smile at everyone you would rather dump you colddrink on, I am referring to the true and authentic joy that comes from His heart. The joy that comes from resting in trust, in leaning on Him. Do you still remember He is the God of joy? Do you still remember that His joy is your strength?

 In Afrikaans households you often hear mamma say, “Ag, give me strength,” whenever pappa bothers her or the kids give her grief, not even to mention the neighbours. We know, inside we know, when we are angry and bothered we are weaker. When faced with conflict and confrontation we will often say ‘I don’t have the strength for this.’ My friend, He knows and understands this, He says to you – My joy is your strength. Delight yourself in Him.

Sometimes choosing joy is a deliberate refusal of anger or disappointment, even as they stare you in the face. When the conflict comes and screams red faced and challenging, don’t take the bait. Refuse to engage the lie. Choose the thought that maintains and protects your peace. Not the peace, with everyone – your peace. And see joy as the fruit of your yielding. Pursue the calm that comes from His heart for you. Anger drains us, discouragement feeds on our disappointments, conflict sends us into frenzies that leave us tired and stressed. Hear Him, and remember Him. As you hear Him faith comes and restores your hope. Do not listen to the conflicting opinions that would have you bend over backwards to cope. Just smile and wave. Make this day holy, do not grieve for the joy of the Lord truly is your strength.

Labels

Read with me, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, then gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

We all walk around labeled by past experiences – ex’s, spouses’, teachers’, friends’ and enemies’ words reverberating in our heads creating a convincing narrative of what is and what is not possible for us. Apparently their opinions determine how worthy you are of a life. NOT. We walk under the verdicts of not good enough, not enough, lazy, inadequate, lacking of faith, weak, gossiper, sinner, tattooed, rebel, disqualified, overweight, poor, etc. While many of these things often need addressing, it is imperative to discern people’s opinion as opposed to the actual truth, otherwise we end up addressing issues in order to receive an improved verdict from the same accuser and judge. We appeal people’s opinions of us, but the system is broken. Their views are limited. The thing about labels is they stick. Words stick to our souls much as labels stick to products. Attempt to remove the label and you are more often than not left with a sticky mess that detracts from both the beauty and value of an item. Labels, worn off or on, denote a certain level of credibility to the item. Often, a sticker is merely slapped on an item to denote its value. But, my friend, you are not a product. The price paid for you was dear; this escalates your worth immeasurably.

There will always be different opinions, multiple voices. You will always hear multiple voices weighing in on what is right and acceptable about you. But you have to ascertain whether this wisdom is of the world bringing shame, or from above offering peace.  What does He say about YOU?  This significance of a good Father’s dialogue with His child, He tends to not speak about what you have or haven’t yet done, He tends to remind you who you are. If the dialogue in your heart is causing you shame, I want to ask you today to re-evaluate your belief system and address the voices claiming to know you. His words bring with it freedom and hope. I am not saying He will always give you a pat on the back and affirm your bad decisions, but the dialogue with the truth yields fruit that is peaceful. He offers solutions and hope, with Him is found the words of life, not condemnation.

What would you say if I reminded you in Him there is no more condemnation? Do you still feel the need to justify the shame you carry? If you find yourself searching for reasons to testify to your inadequacy, then my friend, you are listening to the words of shame. What would your life look like if you truly believed you were redeemed from all the sticky messes stuck to you? What would you do if you knew nothing you have ever done is held against you? What would you stop doing if you didn’t believe you deserved the mess? What would you say to Him if right now He called you to live for Him fully? This is your counter offer. He has bought you. You are His own, and that makes you adequate, well equipped, and a powerful person. Do you believe this? Believing on Him is us allowing what He says to win out over any argument the enemy could present. No matter how accurate the accusations may sound. You might find yourself nodding in agreement, thinking, “Yes, I did do this or that.”  Let me tell today, He is a God of possibilities. He made it possible for you to live not in what you did, but in what He did. His cross is redemption to the uttermost. He saves us, daily. Daily he renews and restores us to perfection. He does not look as a man looks, He does not look at you and immediately recognise every deficit, taking note of each slip. He does not call you wrong, He does not call you sinful, but He calls you holy and forgiven. You might identify with some past experiences or actions such as having a past tendency to lie, He identifies you as a daughter, called and forgiven; a woman of capacity – capacity for great things.

You can listen to the words of doubt or the truth. There is wisdom from the world that might seem accurate, but ultimately leads to shame, with no resultant peace. There are seemingly truthful accusations flung at us that produce no fruit in us, only shameful retreat. Let truth make you free. Be encouraged by the word of truth, and be saved by it. Fall in love with His truth again. Let His heartbeat for you direct your thoughts and actions. Draw close to His heart, incline your ear to His words, and hear Him say you are loved. Today, hear Him say you are chosen and delivered from the pit of despair that the enemy’s lies has hidden you in. He is just. He sees you as His own; looking at you He recognises the mark of His Son’s blood.

Yes, you have been marked, by Him and for Him. It is the mark of the free, the mark of the redeemed, the mark of the called, the mark of a warrior, the mark of the Lamb, the mark of the Lion, it is the mark of love – His own.



Do not fear

Read with me, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:20-22

If the mind was valuable, God wouldn’t instruct us to renew it – Bill Johnson (Paraphrase.) I find it significantly interesting that power is listed first in 2 Timothy 1:7. How often do we face hardships that cause us anxiety or fear, that wreak havoc with our peace, and cast our minds into turmoil? God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power. He has equipped us with power to overcome, power to live, power to love, and the power that comes from possessing a sound mind.


Today, I want to expand on the different ways power can manifest and be utilised in your life. We are prone to associate the power of God with thunderbolts, and magnificent displays that stun our senses and overwhelm our doubt. But more often than not, power is needed not to overcome the giants, but to accomplish the mundane tasks of everyday life for which there are no accolades and to which there are no witnesses. In the last few weeks, I have witnessed God’s power at work in my life, enabling me to show up for my life when I wanted to quit. When you are tired, and life is hard, He has the power you need. He makes you strong, enables you and girds up your legs in order to stand, and stand some more. Power, demonstrated in my life recently, is simply to do what is hard.  To live with power sometimes merely means showing up. Power does not ultimately find its expression in extravagance, but in tenacity and audacity. Power is facing the giant, moving the mountain, approaching the burning bush, raising your staff to strike water, carrying the cross, accepting the cup, and washing feet, all while not fully wanting to. It is, at times, so mundane, it is at times so plain that we easily overlook the power at hand while seeking displays that stimulate. The fight is sometimes more important and impactful than the win. Trust Him with your life, and face the journey with Him by your side.


Abraham was Strong in faith. We read in Romans 4 that he was made powerful by believing. The strength came as he believed; the evidence was in taking action against fear, not in the promise being fulfilled. When he didn’t fear, he was strong, as he believed God would do as he promised, he was strong, as he didn’t waver in believing, he was made strong. This is the God we serve, He equips us unto life; he equips us unto righteous living! Live! Living powerfully means taking back power that the lies of the enemy have stolen from you. The lies that scream your little life is insignificant. The lies that says the hardship of waking and doing the hard work of family life and your job is not a holy vocation. Beat it by showing up for it.  You have the power to show up and do what is hard, to be powerful.  He has equipped you with powerful tools to overcome.  He doesn’t give as the world gives; He doesn’t instil fear in order to train us, but gives us the power to face the fear head-on.


Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
Joshua 1:7


But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 KJV

As you wait, your strength is renewed, in order that you may run and walk, and be raised up. The strength is found in the doing of life, in the facing of hardship, in the trust while weak.



Be not afraid to live.



Give THanks

Read with me, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6

As I witness all our American friends celebrating Thanksgiving, seeing their posts online and reading the word Thanksgiving multiple times a day, I heard God say to me “do not neglect thanks giving in your life.” I pondered on the meaning of living a life full of thanks in any circumstance, and in all honesty I realised that there are many areas in my life where I feel ungrateful and unfulfilled. There is much I remind Him of that I still need and want, without thankfulness for what I do have. How often do we pray without engaging with the one who is truly a Giver. We have so much to be grateful for. For me, thanksgiving is uncomfortable; it requires intentionality and a deliberate adjusting of my focus away from what I view as deficits. Being grateful demands a deliberate action on my part of looking away from what needs more, and honouring what already is.

You can choose to own what He has given you. Make it your own. Accept the good gift, and give thanks. Thank Him for life, for hope, for peace, for provision, for salvation, for freedom, for healing, for opportunities, for grace, for the finished work of the cross, for the Kingdom, for your family. Make a list of everything you are trusting for, and bring it to His attention with praise in your heart. Make your requests known to Him, with the addition of thanksgiving, keep your heart prostrated in humility before Him as you thank Him. This might take a while to master, as a new skill to be learnt, set your mind on what is good during the day and see your heart respond in kind.  Reset your mind; restructure your thoughts to be grateful and to give thanks. For example,

When you don’t have, GIVE (thanks.) I have nothing or very little to give? GIVE THANKS.

What can you give thanks for today? Be grateful.

What do you discern is still lacking? Give thanks.

When everything around you screams, “be anxious,” then give thanks.

When it feels impossible, when you are overwhelmed and hope is waning, when you are despondent and staring impossibility in the face, just say thank you, Father.  And see how you gain a new hopeful perspective, expectant of peace. He is able to do for you, far more than you can think. He is willing and able to redeem to the uttermost! Even the deadest of situations, even the darkest of shame, He is ready to shine the bright light of hope.

As in Romans 6, do not let sin reign and have its way with you, tossing your thoughts about in the waves of uncertainty.  Have a new thought. Break the cycle of pain and dominion of sin. Believe, and give thanks for the fact that shame has not been imputed to us, but abounding grace unto freedom. You do not have to do mental gymnastics to validate your worth. He already provided everything you might ever need in His Son.

Remember that the antidote to despondency is to give thanks. When the reasoning steps in, and causes your head to ask a million questions and the questions instill a thousand hopeless ‘why’s,’ turn the table and do the opposite of what the flesh is demanding. Instead of confirming the hopelessness of the flesh, come into agreement with the rich hope that comes from thankfulness.

It is the flesh wants comfort, and more often than not we demand certain feelings as evidence of His goodness. When we don’t “feel” it we assume something’s missing. He either didn’t come through, or I was not good enough to impress Him sufficiently to convince Him to act on my behalf. But you have the power to create, to change the atmosphere, often times you initiate the ‘feeling’ by cultivating it. Give thanks, operate in thankfulness, cultivate it, grow it, and give it. If you inherently accept you are bad and unworthy, gratefulness is almost impossible. I want to tell you today, you are called and sanctified by His blood. You have been made righteous. Thank Him for that today. Thank Him for freedom from shame and guilt, for paying a price that redeemed you from punishment. Be inspired to confidence as you know you have much to be thankful for.