Awesome Blogger Award

Thank You Dawn (Drawing Closer to Christ), for nominating me for this award. I love how detailed your writings are. When I read your posts, I feel like we are facing each other in a cosy room. I feel relaxed, yet I am in deep thought.I love your honesty and your passion for Jesus Christ.

Please read Dawn’s blog at http://drawingclosertochrist.com

Rules:

– Thank the blogger who nominated you.

– Tag your post with #awesomebloggeraward.

– Answer the questions given to you.

– Nominate and inform at least 5 bloggers.

– Give them 10 new questions to answer

Questions for me:

1. Who would you want to have dinner with and why?

Lately, I have been listening to Joel Osteen. His messages are uplifting, I can listen to him over dinner, but I might not be interested in my food any more. I’ll ask him about his journey and share mine with him.

2. What inspired you to start writing a blog?

Oh wow! In August of 2018, Jesus came to me. After He healed me from my depression, I found him irrresistable. I had to start telling others about Him.

3. How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

A work in progress.

4. What is one thing you learned in childhood that totally changed your life?

Always share with others. Mama would say, “Give and it will be given back to you.”

5. What is your most memorable vacation?

I travel to the caribbean to visit family. I am from a tiny island called St.Vincent and The Grenadines. It’s more like going home, than a vacation , but I truly love it. I enjoy visiting in the xmas season! I am awaken by cocks crowing and music at 6am. I feel like a child all over again.

6. Are you married or single?

Nine years married 🙂

7. Do you have kids, if so how old?

Pregnant with our first child, she is due in August 🙂

8. What do you want to be remembered for?

Representing Christ with boldness.

9. What is your favorite color?

I am into lime green at this moment, but mustard takes the win.

10. Do you have a favorite blog post you want to share?

I love Dawn’s post about her pregnancy.

Here are your questions.

1.What is your country of birth?

2. Are you married or single?

3. Where do you write the blog?

4. How long have you been writing?

5. What made you started writing?

6. How do you choose what to write about?

7.What is your favourite food?

8. What does Christ mean to you?

9. Were you raised in a Christian family?

10. What name do you call God?

Nominees

http://hoperising.blog

http://fromasparktoaflame.com

Lessons from the wise

image taken from mafligo.com

My flock

In my last blog post, I shared how God had used me to share His word with a colleague who was going through a difficult time. This week, I wanted to share how God used a client to remind me of His power and everlasting love. In moments of weakness, God used an elderly man to strengthen my faith in Him.

A few weeks ago, I decided to change the name of my caseload, to “my flock”. I know that Jesus is our good shepherd and we are all part of his flock, but I believe I am chosen by Jesus to care for his vulnerable children, until His return. Actually, it is an obligation for all Christians to care for others. In my line of work, policies and legislation can sometimes make this difficult to achieve, however, it is still my duty to care for others in a way which is pleasing to Jesus.


When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” John 21:15‭-‬16 NIV


COPD

On a busy duty day, I was told of an elderly man who had COPD. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non- reversible) asthma. This disease is characterised by increasing breathlessness. He was my first client with COPD. I did not know much about this illness, but through this man I came to learn how this illness impacted a person’s daily living.

I learnt that he was first given a few months to live. The experts were wrong; only His maker knew his beginning and end date. He was no longer on end of life care and had returned home. He was striving to remain independent, despite his illness. Nonetheless, he needed that extra support due to breathlessness. Instead of allocating the case to another social worker, I was nudged to take the case.

I visited him at his home, a few weeks later. At the door, I was greeted by a Reverend, she was his wife. She greeted me with such a welcoming smile, then escorted me to her prayer room. Her first statement was, “I see that you’re wearing your cross.” I smiled. In that moment, I reflected on how I decided to wear my cross that morning.


The Cross

Initially, I had put on my cross and then decided to take it off as it didn’t match my turtleneck outfit. The moment I took off my cross, I was nudged by the Holy Spirit to wear it. No, it wasn’t a fashion statement, it was much more than that. I thanked the Holy Spirit for speaking to me that morning. It was the cross that led to a conversation of God’s love for us.

A New purpose

My client was sitting in his armchair when I approached him. With his oxygen tank up and running, he greeted me with a huge grin. The man who was given a few months to live, seemed more alive than I felt at the time. He was little in stature, but quite tall in my sight. His face reflected his heart and the full life he lived.


He shared his life with me as an elderly Christian. He said, “When I was told my days were numbered, I wondered what my purpose would be. Now I know my purpose. While I sit in this chair, I spread the word of God. I share the message of Christ with my carers, nurses or anyone who comes to me.” In that moment, I saw the peace that came with accepting Jesus. He was accepting of his death, but even greater, he had found a new purpose in a difficult situation.


God always speaks through someone


As if he knew I was not having the best of week. He said, “The amount of ‘God incidences’ I’ve had in my life, I knew it had to be God. The way things were aligned for me, only God can do this. The world isn’t like this.” He had lived his life honouring God through music; God had given him a musical talent from the age of seven. He then played an organ for the church for most of his life, there he met his wife who was a singer turned Reverend. He said, “it was all God’s doing, it had nothing to do with me.”


I needed to hear those words. Here was a man in his late 90s sharing with me how God had favoured him in a harsh world. How God was with him from the beginning and he was convinced that God will be with him to the very end.

In most of my writings, I tend to share how God used me to bring joy to others. On that day, He used a man who was physically suffering to solidify my faith in Him. My client reminded me of Paul, a man in the Bible who had a physical disability, “thorn in the flesh”, yet God used him in his suffering.

Lessons learnt from this encounter


1. We all have a purpose, despite our circumstances/ diagnosis or our positions. God will give us the power to fulfill His purpose.


But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. Exodus 9:16 NIV


2. When we honour God with our lives, he rewards us to the very end.


But I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you. Jeremiah 7:23 NIV


3. We should not fear death.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25‭-‬26 NIV


4. Blessed are those who have died in Christ 🙂


Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” Revelation 14:13 NIV


5. Be willing to listen and spend time with those who may not be your usual group of people. There is much to be learnt from those who are different, especially the elderly.

Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.
Proverbs 16:31 NIV

6. God does not use us because of how we look. God searches our heart and seeks a heart which longs for him.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV

7. We sometimes suffer (from an illness or through trials) so we can bring hope or comfort to those who are also suffering.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3‭-‬4 NIV

Today’s Prayer

Today, I want to pray for those who are suffering from an illness or terminal diagnosis. I pray that in your time of suffering, you can use your story to bring comfort to those who are also going through a difficult time. May God give you the strength to see you through the very end. May God’s peace be with you.

I pray that you and I will learn to appreciate those who are different. May we look beyond a person’s physical appearance and look within their hearts.

The next time you see an elderly person, I pray that you find it in your heart to greet them with a smile. You never know, you might just be smiling at an angel 🙂


God bless you today and always.


Love,


Ann 🙂

Nothing Without God


Challenges

The past few weeks have been testing. The job of a social worker can be rewarding, but equally challenging. Where people’s lives are involved, there is always that question of, “What if I don’t get it right?” This was how my anxiety started, it was around this time last year the enemy found his way in. I felt his presence again, I had lost two nights of sleep.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 NIV

Can we pray?

I drove into work with one belief, I believed in my heart that God will come through for me. I approached Him in the ladies’ room and as I shared my fears and worries with Him, I felt my heart becoming lighter. I asked for His leading, for His wisdom and guidance. I knew I needed Him more than ever.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

After our meeting, I walked into the office with complete reassurance. As I placed my bag on my workstation, I came face to face with my colleague. With tear-filled eyes, she asked, “Can we pray?” In that moment, my joy returned. A few minutes later, her smile had returned. I was in awe of God. This was the same person who told me she only believed in karma. I had spent nine months planting seeds in the office, now God was watering those seeds. It was as if He was reminding me that it was not about me, but it was about Him fulfilling His purpose through me.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NIV

No room for God

How did I allow worry to consume me for two nights? How did I forget my calling? My workplace was my frontline. The place where I am called to bring joy to those whom God have not yet called. How did I forget this?
During that busy week, I threw my work prayer routine out of the window. I was just too busy for God! I allowed my cases to consume my thoughts; I pushed Him to the back.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16‭-‬18 NIV

Trials

As I reflected on my complex case load, I smile at God’s wisdom. God never said that I wouldn’t be tested. Jesus was continuously tested by the enemy! Tests are there, but so is God’s grace. Today, I am reminded that God’s unconditional love for me is enough, His grace is sufficient. It is through these tests, we see God’s power.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

Every thing Happens For the Good

Today, I am more dependent on Jesus than when we first met. I realised how much I’ve missed Him; I have fallen in love all over again. I guess that little separation was needed, I took His love for granted. I became complacent. It’s reassuring to know that God wouldn’t hold this against me! He loves us so much. He always longs for us to come to Him.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

God is ever so wise! If it wasn’t for these complex cases, I wouldn’t have grown in confidence and skills. More importantly, I am reminded that I am not perfect! So what if I don’t get it right? God knows the plans He has for me. God knows the plans He has for my career. I must be in the wilderness to grow! As I write to you, there is a huge smile on my face. I smile because my faith has grown and my peace has returned.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 7 NIV

I am also reminded of the importance of humility. I am growing in faith, but I should not be proud. I must never think that I can do it all on my own, because I cannot. I must never think that am more important than others, because Jesus has revealed himself to me. I am a nothing without God.

“Even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.” 2 Corinthians 12: 7

We are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read

My heart’s desire is to grow and be more like Jesus. I want to talk about God, but I want my actions to reflect this as well. Unbelievers may not read the Bible, but they will read me!
I thanked the Holy Spirit for working in me that morning. If it wasn’t for my invisible partner, I would not have walked into that ladies’ room. I would not have had the strength to pray for myself or others. I would not have made myself available, to be used by God.

I am thankful that God was and is working in me to bring good news to the spiritually poor. I ask that God continues to work in me, until Christ Jesus returns ( Philippians 1:6).

Today’s Prayer

I pray that God will use you to bring joy to others.
May God provide you with opportunities to grow your faith.
May you be blessed by God, so you can be a blessing onto others.
I end with this message from Mother Teresa. I love this quote, because it applies to Christians and those whom God have not yet called.
God Loves You,
Love,
Ann 🙂

Pray together, to stay together. The beauty of praying with friends.

Behind Closed Doors

Twenty one years ago, Shan and I tied the knot. Shan was about elevenish ( Is that a word? Guess it will have to be) and I was eleven at the time. After primary school ended that day, I raced to our vow ceremony. It wasn’t a spontaneous decision, it was well planned. Upon entering Shan’s home, two timid girls crept into her mom’s bedroom. When we thought no one was looking, we closed the bedroom door, opened the Book of Common Prayers (A book used by Anglican churches ) and found our marriage vows.
In those days, children or even adults made rings from colourful beads. We somehow got our hands on one for our ceremony. As we took turns repeating our vows, we swapped a single beaded ring (one similar to the one below, but it was red). No we did not kiss! It’s ok, you’re not the first to ask about this 🙂


In that moment, two children somehow believed that God was able to do abundantly and exceedingly great things. We asked to be best friends forever.

(Shan and I twenty years later, at my vow renewal in 2017)

Praying with Friends

Each week, my girlfriends and I allocate at least an hour and a half of God’s time to Him and our friendship. When Bible Study Phone Conference (BSPC) was created, it was Georgie, myself and God.


Georgie was sent by God six years ago. What started off as a work relationship turned into a beautiful friendship, a sisterhood. So, here were two sisters, on two different journeys, wanting to know God together. God sent Shan a few weeks later.
At first, BSPC started a bit rocky. This was new territory! It wasn’t our regular afternoon tea or make-up shopping! It was God creating something new. Each week, we asked for God’s leading. We asked the Holy Spirit to teach us to understand and interpret His word. As the weeks waved by, I witnessed three women galloping in their prayers. Few months later, God showed us the singer among the trio. Our spiritual gifts were coming to light.

Facing Trials through prayers and encouragement

The last few weeks were a bit difficult for us. It was difficult for a number of reasons. Georgie couldn’t join us for prayers, but it was as though she was still with us. Georgie was having a hectic few weeks with university life and was quite busy. Shan had troubles of her own and needed support. Baby B had gone quiet for a few days and the mama bear in me began to roar. I had an upcoming work presentation, which needed God’s blessings. I had also learnt some terrible news about a sister. As we shared these difficulties, Shan and I felt compelled to pray.

Prayer Requests

As I looked at our prayer requests list, it was a long, but God was in control. The opening prayer lasted for about twenty minutes. The Holy Spirit led Shan to pray for persons who were not even on the prayer request list. The names were just pouring, she couldn’t stop! This was the sister who joined BSPC with the fear of being uable to pray openly. The Holy Spirit was now telling her what to say, teaching her how to pray. As I reflect on our friendship, I realised that God was there from the beginning. At age eleven, He was with us when we thought no one was looking. Twenty one years later, He is still with us.

No judgements

There’s such beauty in praying with a friend. You can be honest, vulnerable and happy at the same time. No judgements. I love large gatherings, but I’ve found so much healing and great joy when praying with my girls. Sometimes, there are private pains which can only be discussed with a friend and God. This is the most amazing bit of it all.

Celebrating God

As this new week draws to a close, I am in awe of what God has done. God had answered our prayers. Georgie made it through a hectic few weeks. Shan’s prayers were answered within a few days. Baby B was kicking in new places! My presentation was Holy Spirit driven and my sister was rescued. How amazing is our God 🙂

Benefits of Praying With Friends

1. Learning How To Pray
From week one to present, we have grown in our prayers. The Holy Spirit teaches us to be confident and speaks for us when we cannot speak for ourselves.
In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26 GNB
2. Learning to Glorify God together
We get to glorify God each week, as we reflect on the miracles of God.
Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3 (NIV)
3. Encouragement
We get to encourage each other. We also get to pray for healing in the lives of each other, our other friends, families and communities.
Pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5: 16 (NLT)
So encourage each other and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
4. Genuine love is shared
Our love for each other grows, but in a different way. It’s genuine! We get to love God even more.
Love each other with genuine affection, and keep on praying. Romans 12: 10- 12 (NLT)
5. Commitment
We get to commit to prayer requests. When we say we will pray for others, we ensure it gets done.
As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. 1 Samuel 12: 23
6. Cooperation and Acceptance
We understand the importance of partnership working. We are learning to accept that we might not receive all that we ask, as God knows his will for us.
If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. Matthew 18: 19 (NLT)

Final Thoughts

Isn’t God powerful!
Twenty one years ago, God listened to the voice of two children who believed He was all powerful. Today, He continues to bless our friendship in amazing ways.
Each week, He blesses our families, friends and communities as He hears our cries.
God wants to be a part of all your friendships. He wants to seal your unions with His everlasting love. Why not share all of your friendships with Him? God will ensure that your friendships last a lifetime. Spend sometime praying together, it will change the nature of your friendships in powerful ways.
May God bless you and your people.
Love,
Ann 🙂

Put to Death

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9: 23

I Must Testify

After the last blog post, I waited for the next piece of writing to be revealed, but nothing came. I had little desire to write, so I immersed myself in the Easter celebrations. A few mornings later, I rose with an overwhelming desire to share this message. God had used the celebrations to renew my spirit. I had fallen in love with Jesus all over again. I knew I had to testify, so here goes.

A “Christian” Easter

Last week, I celebrated my first Christian Easter. I say “Christian Easter”, because I have always enjoyed the Easter holidays, but this time it was different. Of course it was! In my BC (Before Christ) life, I understood the significance of this holiday for Christians, but I never truly appreciated this free gift. Now that I am a new creation, I am able to experience these events with fresh eyes. Like a new born baby, I patiently wait to encounter all the other milestones in Christ.

“And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3 NIV

The Free Gift

This Easter, the message of Christ and his resurrection sunk in! As I reflected on Jesus’ body on the cross, I asked many questions. Who would die for the sins of the world? Would I have done such a thing? Hmmm, I’m not to sure about that one, but I do know that one man died for me. Today, I can approach God through Him and ask for forgiveness.

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 NIV

I have unlimited access to the Creator of the heavens and the earth, because of one man. I have the power of the Holy Spirit within me, because Jesus died for me. God’s power raised Him from the dead and this same power lives WITHIN me. That’s not even the end, actually, not even death is the end. I have the opportunity to inherit the kingdom that God prepared for me from the beginning of creation ( Matthew 25:34) and I owe this to our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” 1 John 2:2 NIV

Now, think about this! YOU have unlimited access to this free gift, if you believe in Him. Jesus’ death was not only for me, but he died for the sins of the world. How blessed are we?

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2: 2 NIV

The Planting of Seeds

As I left the office on Good Friday’s eve, I sensed that Easter will be a new experience. I departed with a new spring in my steps; Jesus was the hot topic of the day. It’s interesting, when I first moved here, everyone was tight lipped. Eight months later, they were asking about the Lenten season. (Lent traditionally lasts forty days, modelled after Christ’s forty day fast in the desert, and ends on Good Friday).

“And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan: and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.” Mark 1: 12-13

I listened to my team and smiled in my heart. In my first week of work, my colleague explained that she believed in Karma, after I expressed by belief in God. That was fine for me. Today, we can discuss Jesus’ death on the cross! God positioned us opposite each other in the office for a reason. On one of our early morning chats, she jokingly stated that she would soon be converted by my words.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 NIV

Yes, there is that much power in the tongue. Who knows what God has in store for her? As a disciple of Christ, I am to plant seeds through my words and actions, it is God who determines whether these seeds grow.

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6‭-‬7 NIV


Spiritual Eyes
On Good Friday, I joined the local churches in celebration. In my BC life, I would have happily had a lazy day in bed, but this time I couldn’t. I had to deny these pleasures, as Christ denied himself for me.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6‭-‬8 NIV

As I stood in the town centre, we sang praises to God. Passers by stood and watched, while others went about their shopping. In the far corner, I heard someone mocking us while we prayed. My heart was overwhelmed with compassion, it triggered a piece of memory which will forever remain in my heart. It took me back to the time when God first opened my eyes.

The Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. Psalm 146:8 NIV


Inspired Messages

In August of 2018, we journeyed into Southampton for a day out. As I entered the crowded mall, something changed. It was as if I was seeing people for the first time. They were going about their own ways, but it was as though time had stopped. As I looked around, this came to me, “Look around you, these people will not be saved if they do not believe in me.”

“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! Matthew 6:22‭-‬23 NLT

In that moment, I had a burning desire to reveal this message. I wanted to tell the world about Jesus, but I was fearful of sounding like a mad person. I felt like the odd one . Looking back, I had quenched the Holy Spirit. He wanted me to reveal this message, but I was more concerned about embarrassing myself. Consequently, I departed from the local shopping area.

Do not restrain the Holy Spirit; do not despise inspired messages. Put all things to the test: keep what is good and avoid every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:19‭-‬22 GNB


Compassion

I walked away with a heavy heart, but it was not yet over. As I sat down to eat my meal, I couldn’t touch the food. My heart was filled with so much compassion, it affected my stomach. Do you know that feeling you get when you learn of relative’s death? If someone informs you of a death during your supper, it’s all over for you, that’s why you should always eat your meat first! On Good Friday, I had that same overwhelming feeling of compassion as passers by went about their daily shopping.

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36‭-‬38 NIV

Put to Death
As the curtains closed on the Easter celebrations, I reflect on Christ’s death on the cross. When I’m reminded of those three nails, I thought about the pains He would have suffered. At one point he shouted in a loud voice,
” My God, my God, why have you forsaken me. Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?” Psalm 22:1 NIV. (This can also be found in Matthew 27:46, but I’m using this verse because it’s more descriptive).

How difficult this must have been for God, who loves his dear son? To have watched Jesus calling his name, but couldn’t intervene. So with all of this being said, what is now required of me?

Take Up my Cross
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9: 23
How can I follow Jesus? How can I deny the desires of my own heart and seek His will everyday? How do I put to death the things which prevent me from acting in obedience? Is this even possible? Here are three responses which give me hope:

1. ” What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18: 2 NIV

2. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33 NIV

3. ” You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1John 4:4 NIV

What blessed assurance 🙂

The Holy Spirit
Jesus reminds us that He has conquered the devil while He lived on earth. More importantly, through His death, we are given the wisdom to understand the life which awaits us beyond the grave. A life which is more beautiful than what the world will ever offer. We also have the power of the Holy Spirit. He will guide and teach us the ways of the Lord.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” John 14: 16:17

A year ago, I was one of those passers by, going about my own way. The moment God intervened, He changed my path and lead me to roads I’ve never travelled. I walk with Him holding my hands, for I know am not strong enough to overcome the temptations and trials of this world on my own and that’s OK.

We will one day be made righteous, if we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us. For any day, Jesus will return to separate us. He will return to take us to the place He has prepared for us (John 14:3). We must be ready for when this time comes.

Today’s Prayer
Thank You God for sending your one and only son, to save us from sin. His death and resurrection has given us more than what we ever deserved. Lord we are truly grateful for your mercies.

Lord, I pray that you transform the hearts and minds of those who are reading this message. May your Holy Spirit work within us, to do your good and perfect will.

God, I ask that you peel our selfish desires and put to death anything which prevents us from acting in obedience. Lord, please teach us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
May the good Lord bless and keep you, as he continues to work in you. May He be gracious and merciful to you now and always.

Love,

Ann 🙂