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SPEAK!

While watching a movie one night, the generator went off. It was at an interesting point in the movie so I pleaded with hubby to put it back on quickly. But that was not to be, as the fuse had gotten burnt (or something of the sort). Therefore, he was going to have to spend time fixing it. My children came downstairs and my son decided that he would lead us in praise and worship while we wait. So he started off and we sang and praised God. After about 10 minutes or thereabouts, he said it was time for worship. So, he led a worship song (He’s got the whole world in His hands LOL), after which he said “let us pray”. He led us in prayers and specifically prayed that the generator will be repaired and as soon as he was done and we said amen, the generator came on! Of course, we all cheered and hi-fived “Pastor D-boy” but the entire episode taught me an important lesson….

Faith speaks.

Totally unrelated to the story above you may say, but that singular action by my son in having so much faith in his prayers corroborated what God has been teaching me lately.

Recently I’ve had to revisit faith fundamentals. When you believe something in your heart, it flows out of your mouth. You invariably begin to speak about what you believe. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Believing without speaking is just hope. Hope is good because it gives you a picture of what you want and would like to see, but faith is what actually delivers that picture and translates it into reality. Anyone can have hope, that’s true. Many walk about hoping that tomorrow would be better. And as long as they keep hope alive (that’s a picture of a brighter tomorrow), hope may translate to that tomorrow they desire. But what separates us as believers from non-believers? It’s faith!

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) – Now faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen

Amplified version (AMP) – Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things HOPED for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].

Did you see HOPE in that scripture above? Faith gives wings to your hope. And for faith to work, you have to speak! Speak based on the word of God. Speak what you believe of that word, and keep speaking to make that hope a reality. This doesn’t take the place of works, but you have to realise that works can fail but faith doesn’t fail.

2 Corinthians 4:13 (NKJV)
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.

Open your mouth and confess what you want to see regarding that situation. But make sure your confession is based on God’s word and make sure you’re constantly speaking that word.

Remember, a closed mouth is a closed destiny.

Speak!

God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2017

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Logic? Naah!!!

I had problem with the toilet in my office. It was broken and I needed to get a plumber. Luckily for me, I had his number and I called him. I was in more ‘luck’ as he was just round the corner from the office and was free. In less that 20 minutes, he’d arrived to fix it. Told me what was wrong, I gave him money and he promptly went to get a replacement of the broken part, came back and fixed it all in less than an hour! I was pleased. Life is good! Hehe

Thanking God for early detection and fixing, I thought I had overcome…

I got to the office by afternoon the next day after an early morning meeting. Because I was moving house, I was going to take the rest of the day off but quickly remembered I needed to stop by the office to pick up something I had forgotten. As I brought out my keys, I felt water around my shoes. I panicked as I opened the door and yes, I was right – the whole office was flooded! And it came from the toilet the plumber fixed the day before! I was really upset, to say the least. What was the point of detecting the fault early enough, calling the plumber and ending up with the very same problem I was trying to avoid?

Then the Holy Spirit whispered to me. You see, I had had a nagging feeling to turn off the main inlet before leaving the office the day before but I felt there was no need to, the toilet had been fixed. I got home to realise that I had forgotten my charger  and it prompted me to go to the office the following day despite of the fact that I was tired and just wanted to go home after my meeting. And guess what? I called the plumber immediately I saw the flood and he was available again! He swiftly came by with some workers, fixed everything properly and helped to clean up the entire office.

You see, life can sometimes be difficult and you run to God for Him to fix things up. But there are times when you think you have it all figured out and actually apply all the ‘principles’ you know yet things still end up going the wrong way! Learn from the Samaritan woman. With each marriage gone wrong, she kept fixing it with another marriage. That seemed the most logical thing to do. But it kept messing her up. Sometimes, life defies logic. You need the wisdom of God to handle that situation! And though it may seem you have tried all that there is to try yet things go awry, remember the Holy Spirit could just conveniently ‘make you forget your charger’ and that leads you back to the place of wisdom!

And through it all, remember to have a heart of gratitude because Romans 8:28 is our constant reminder that He’ll sort it out. Hallelujah!

My thoughts?

Life sometimes defies logic
You can’t seem to figure it out
You need more than your own wisdom
To clear out all self doubt
When you’ve tried all you can
Yet don’t have all the answers
Remember God has it all planned for you
Just go to Him for the right answers

Personal study: John 4:1-42

God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2017

 

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God is God, God is good.

Paw Patrol (a cartoon) came up on TV and I heard an excited voice:

“Mommy, you have to watch this episode!”

When I hear such ‘instruction’ sometimes, I listen because it means I’m about to be schooled…lol. I wasn’t wrong.

This particular episode had been repeated over and over (as they tend to do on DSTV *eyes rolling*) and being that he had seen that episode before, my son asked me to pay attention to it and proceeded to tell me the story as it unfolded. A big purple egg was found astray somewhere and was rescued by Paw patrol. They got to realise it was a dinosaur’s egg. As I watched, my son said “Mommy watch closely. The egg will hatch and the baby dinosaur will come out crying for his mummy”. Then after a while he said, “It’s a good thing I have a Mommy so I don’t ever have to cry”

And I just ‘teared’ up in his place. Tears dropped down my cheeks because I felt so loved and trusted. He never has to cry? Of course he cries. But I think he was talking about a different kind of cry. The cry you have when you feel all alone and abandoned, like no one cares. the cry you have when you’re burdened and have no one to help, the cry of confusion, pain and hurt…

But to him, those cries don’t exist because Mommy is there as his shield! And Mommy can never do him evil. Isn’t it surprising that some of us think we know God yet have the wrong perspective of Him? Some people think that when something bad happens to them, then it must be God doing or permitting it simply because of a sin somewhere or something of the sort. Get this straight – God is good!!! And He only does good!!! The concept of a heavenly Father who sits back and watches bad things happen to you must be eradicated from your thinking! That is not who God is!

1st John 1:5 – This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

Does my son cry? Oh yes he does. When he falls, or wants something or feels I’m not being fair or fights with his sister….etc, he will cry. But he never wavers in his trust for me through all that. He always believes Mommy is good and if anything bad were to happen, it would never be Mommy instigating it! That’s why the Psalmist said in that famous psalm:

Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

If He’s there with you in your darkest moments and pulls you through, does it make sense that He instigated it?? Of course not! The problem is we think about God in our human knowledge and judge Him the way we would a friend or family member…. Stop doing that!

Remember “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end” – Lamentations 3:22(ESV) –

Remember this song by Don Moen?

God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night His light will shine
God is good
God is good all the time

God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2017