Are you positioning yourself to receive?

Proverbs 12: 15 NIV “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

How many gifts have you received this week?  Are you open to receiving anything good each day?  The past couple of weeks I have been monitoring the gifts I receive each day.  What a great surprise.  Taking note of each gift however small I must tell you it creates expectancy as well as the feeling of gratefulness.

I am positioning myself to receive from God.  I want His gifts in my own life and if I don’t position myself to receive from God I won’t.

The past couple of weeks I have been taking note of all the gifts I receive each and every day.  I know you may think an orange is something simple but I didn’t have one at the time and received it.  A pair of sandals I loved and I received it. Sweeties, oh my goodness packets of sweeties I received them too. Unexpected lunch I received it.

I am learning to position my lap so that God is able to bless me to receive from Him.  If I don’t position myself how will God give me the desires of my heart?  What if He wants to send me on vacation to Israel or Mauritius?  My lap is open and I want to receive His gifts.

I won’t lock my mind and shut the small gifts out because I am expecting something great from my God.  I believe when the time is right opportunities will “drop into my lap.”

Position yourself to receive from God. Don’t miss the opportunities that are coming your way, be open to what God has for you.

Prayer

Today Lord please help me to react on what You show me. I am positioning myself to receive opportunities from You. Please take my thoughts captive and help me to stay open to You.  In the holy name of Christ Jesus of Nazareth. Amen

 

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“It’s Unfair!”

2 Corinthians 12:9

‘But He answered me, ‘My grace is always more than enough for you, and My power finds its full expression through your weakness.’

Have you read Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Antifragile – Things that gain from disorder? This is my reading material at the moment and I am enjoying this book thoroughly.

I always watch and observe people, listening to what they say. I heard a man say “it’s unfair.” I want to take you to 2 Corinthians 12 verse 9 and let’s look at what God says “My grace is always more than enough for you.” Yes, I listened to the chap telling me about his problem and because he needs to actually do something about it, “it’s unfair.” I think people today are very fortunate and they have so many resources available.

I think this man has an “entitlement” attitude and when he needs to do something for himself, “it’s unfair.”

My point is this, God has given each one of us grace for today, to face all our problems and challenges. This man’s only challenge right now is to drive 130km to see someone to help him complete a document in person so that he may receive compensation for not being at work.

God instructs us each and every day through His Word, the only problem I believe we have is “not reading this Word.”

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I am not standing in judgement over this person I used as an example of being fragile. I just want to point out that we don’t know Your word and feed on it each day. For lack of wisdom and understanding is rife and we miss out on so many good and wonderful opportunities. Thank You, Lord, for each day’s mercies which You give each one of us. In the Holy Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen

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Perseverance

Nehemiah 6: 15-16 ESV

“So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.”

The minute you understand your purpose you will not allow people to pressure you. You will stand your man in the company. I learned the harder people push you the harder you need to push back. Never once have I backed down, my purpose was clear I wanted to be a successful person.

I realized that people will pressure you to the extent that you become fearful when in fact the pressure is a ploy to get rid of you. The reasons are simple they cannot get on with you and would love you to leave.

In the old days when I felt the pressure of people manipulating and pressurizing me, I would break down in the bathroom and pray, crying and praying calling out to the LORD my God.

These people hated me, they hated my religion and they wanted me out. They made my life miserable and very difficult with unreasonable demands. I stuck it out and I prayed about it all the time. I have the favour of God in my life today.

Prayer

Abba Father, with unreasonable demands in our lives, please help each one of us face our adversaries. We have You, Lord, clothed with the righteousness of God in Christ we can stand against any difficulties. Taking up our position in You thank You for Your supernatural favour in our lives today. In the Holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen

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Why aren’t my Prayers being answered?

I used to believe God didn’t care much for me because when I prayed about a specific situation I wouldn’t receive answers swiftly. Then I learned an important lesson.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 AMP ~ A Time for Everything

“There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven -”

I made so many detrimental mistakes in my life and there is no turning back. It seems that no amount of prayer and crying would change it. Then I came to realize God is still God and in control of my life. I have come clean and repented of my sins to the parties involved and with God. So why aren’t my prayers answered? I thought about this and I believe there is a time for everything, as indicated by Ecclesiastes 3.

God has provided according to my needs and I am so grateful for His supernatural favour in my life. His mercies are new every day. This reminded me of Habakkuk chapter 2 verse 3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed [future] time.” We need to remember that our prayers will be answered at the appointed time, we need to wait. “It hurries towards the goal [of fulfilment]; it will not fail.” I am so glad that whatever God has destined for me it will not fail. “Even though it delays, wait [patiently] for it, because it will certainly come; it will not delay.”

I have come to realize God doesn’t work according to my schedule, and if you know me I am very impatient, things need to happen now. If I want something I want it now. I don’t want to wait because I am too impatient. Guess what? I have to wait, it will come in its own time.

Prayer

Abba Father, I don’t know how to fix my past, I failed badly and I made such big and detrimental mistakes. I have committed it to You and I believe You understand where I am coming from. I want to say thank You for this opportunity, You are able to change things around in each one of our lives. If prayers aren’t answered right now, give us the vision and understanding that You are still in control and all good things will come to those who Love You. I pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen

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Testify!

I know when I stopped talking about all the wonderful things God was doing in my own life, my spiritual growth stopped.  I became stagnant and I was afraid to speak boldly about God.

Psalm 78: 5 – 7 NKJV

“For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments;”

Finances are something I struggle with and I am constantly worried that I won’t have enough to cover all my debt. The year before I was blessed and I started work, as a contract. I received untold blessings, to the extent that I am able to help my aged mom and her husband. I also am able to do things at home and help my husband. I am totally grateful for the finance I have right now. I want to encourage you today. I decided when I started working that I would give my tithings and I would also help my ageing mom. The two amount I give could buy me so many nice things, but I looked at my options and decide the two most important things in my life is God – my Heavenly Father and my mom.

Take courage and think on this in Psalms 13 verses 5 to 6 “But I have trusted and relied on and been confident in Your loving kindness and faithfulness; my heart shall rejoice and delight in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD because He has dealt bountifully with me.” On reading this I am truly grateful to the LORD my God. He truly has dealt bountifully with me.

My contract is extended with a year and the threat of company closure is looming over us but I have taken to prayer and believe God has opened this door for me. He has blessed me so that I am able to be a blessing to my mom and that I am able to honour Him in giving my tithings. I feel strongly about this testimony and I want to encourage you today. I prayed compassionately asking for forgiveness of sin and trusting God to open the right doors for me. He has and I want to give Him all the praise and the Glory.

Prayer

Lord, Abba Father, thank You for providing according to my needs. Lord, I want to pray that You will send Your Holy Spirit out with my blog today. Lord each person reading this blog to be touched by Your Holy Spirit. I am praying Lord for more testimonies. Lord without You I am nothing and I thank You from the bottom of my heart for the Holy Spirit. Thank You for reminding me of my wealth and prosperity right now. I am grateful that You have blessed me so abundantly. In the name of Your Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen

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Love Your Church

Ephesians 5: 25 AMP

“Husbands, love your wives [seek the highest good for her and surround her with a caring, unselfish love], just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,”

Apparently, this does happen in the Church communities. I remember arriving at my Pastors house for our weekly Mentorship classes. I walked into the lounge and greeted all my friends.

Sitting down our Pastor said he had to tell us something. He took out a file and started paging through all the correspondence, reading the hot emails. I was shocked and thought what is happening here. I felt appalled when I heard all the accusations. It amazed me that people thought they had the right to write things down. It was apparent the church was going to split.

I remember coming home in tears telling my husband I don’t belong anywhere. All the places I go to end up being the wrong place for me. My husband said to me “don’t you give up on your church.”

I believe after the split in our church many a mature believer feels disillusioned and I wonder how our new believers are dealing with the havoc of this split. I know it must have affected our pastors and their families, and this brings reproach upon the name of Jesus Christ. I do believe there is hope. Our church will experience healing and restoration going forward.

Going forward I believe our church split will heal and we need to repent and come before the Lord in humility.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, humbly I pray forgive me and our congregation if we have sinned against You knowingly or unknowingly. We pray for our Pastors and dedicate them into Your hands today, Lord lift them up.  Lord give them the necessary strength to face each day. Guide them and help them.  Thank You Lord for our Pastors and thank You for Your loving kindness.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  Amen

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Show a little compassion!

Matthew 9: 36 ESV

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Why would the Lord Jesus feel compassion for the people He saw before Him? I see that they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. I wonder if you ever think of the day when you grow old. I wonder if you think you are invincible and you are going to be able to maintain your lifestyle.

What you don’t realize if you aren’t able to show a little compassion today, no one is going to show you a little compassion tomorrow. God isn’t going to let you get away with it. The seed you put into the ground today will come up tomorrow.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I want to pray and ask You to please forgive us because we lack in showing compassion towards other people. I have sinned against You today and I humbly pray for forgiveness, please create in my a clean heart, and a pure spirit. I also want to pray for the elderly who have no one to look out for them. They are discarded like they don’t exist. Lord ,I pray that You will send Your angels to protect each one of them, mom and oom Frik too. Lord keep Your hand over them. Let no harm come to them. Bless them today, with supernatural favour with You Lord as well as with people. In the Holy Name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen

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