“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10, NIV Do you know what your calling and destiny is? We need to learn to recognise God’s voice. This is essential for our walk with him. Do you remember the story of Samuel? Eli told Samuel to go and lie down, and when God called Samuel, Eli was to say, “Speak Lord for your servant is listening”. Samuel needed Eli to tell him it was God’s voice, and we all need mentors, or people, who will help us grow in our relationship with God. Most important, we also need to be spend time with God, listening, not only speaking all the time. God wants a holy people for himself. God delights in relating to us in individual ways. We all need to know for ourselves what God has for us, but be wise with whom to share your dreams, vision and calling. Remember Mary ‘kept all these things in her heart’. Sometime you may share with wolves in sheepskins. At the right time we will need to seek godly counsel, as others may well play a part in recognising or confirming our gifts and calling. Never judge yourself to be unqualified for God’s work. God does not always call the qualified, but He always qualifies the called. In the story of Ruth we see that, when it looks like there is no future, God has a plan for us. Sometimes we will have to wait for God’s timing before we can move into His purposes and calling. And be careful not to miss His timing. Thats what made the Israelites spent forty years in the wilderness on a journey God had planned for them to take in just eleven days. Majority of us do just that. We awake in our forties, fifties or sixties. And thats if we don’t give up altogether. Many Bible characters had to wait. Moses was 80 years old before he got started, and Joseph had to wait in prison for 12 years, accused of something he hadn’t done, before God’s calling came to him. While we are waiting, we are to use and develop what God’s already given us. There is often a time of serving others, before coming into our destiny. David, as a shepherd, looked after, and protected, his father’s sheep, before becoming king. Our character needs to precede our gifting. Most of us will need considerable healing, and development of our character, before our calling will be sustainable. Many of us have giants of fear and rejection to face, and, in our time of waiting, we will grow in our relationship with God. Each one of us is chosen and selected by God for a unique and particular destiny, and God uses the events of our lives, including our mistakes, to shape our destiny in Him. And thats why its crucial to seek God by spending time with Him. Once God does open the door, don’t let fear hold you back. Step out, and the waves will part. Sometimes we must walk by faith that there will be dry land under our feet. He has great plans for each and everyone of us. “for I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11
There is a saying that, “Don’t burn bridges, because you may need them someday.” Although I understand what is implied by this statement, am also aware we must be able to move on from some situations and never look back if we are going to fulfill God’s plan and purpose for our lives, there are some bridges that we must burn.
Some bridges keep pulling us back to the past. Perhaps some relationships that are hindering us, places that we should no longer be visiting, habits that are destroying us, activities that are time wasters. Negative thoughts. If we stay too attached to such bridges, we will never have the strength to cross them and enter our future.
Ultimately, it is only by burning some bridges that you will discover you do not need them to get to where you are going. God Himself is the only One who can take you there.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19
Many of us will make new year resolutions which we have no intentions to keep, or we are simply too weak in our resolve to keep. Our flesh and emotions prefer the easy way out. If we are not careful, we shall end up going round the same circles for years, because we were not firm enough to follow our spirit man’s direction.
Am very glad i have managed to cut off a number of relationships that were quite detrimental to me. Doing the right thing is harder, but, we always have a choice. I would hate to waste my precious time anymore in the same circle more than necessary as i did in the past.
I request you to take the harder choice and see change come into your life as you focus on God and obey His will for your life in this coming year. Embark on your journey in the new year by traveling light. Focusing on Jesus and damping all the extras.
I wish you all happy holidays and a fruitful and joyful new year!
Father God, give me the grace to burn unnecessary bridges at the back of my mind and move on in your perfect purpose for me in your Kingdom.
I awoke to a peaceful quiet in my room this morning. This is the normal, or what we expect as normal. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys this peace and quiet. I for sure can attest to this. Majority of people live in very tumultuous and stressful circumstances that peace is a word they just here of but never experience. For those who live in it, we take it for granted and are never thankful for it. During my former life in an abusive home, i can count the peaceful mornings i had in years on my fingers and toes. What a shame. Whenever drama king would be yelling, most often than not, from the age of three onward, Denzel, our son would always come to me and whisper, mom, please give him some food, he must be hungry. “hii ni kitu kidooogo”, he would tell me. ( this is something very small). As a child, he assumed drama king would be upset and yelling because of hunger. According to his childlike mind, hunger can make you unhappy. Why else would someone be so angry and drag everyone else down with them? When i accepted Jesus Christ as my saviour, i instantly understood Denzel’s advise. everything is so small in the eyes of God. Suddenly i realized that i can do nothing without His help. Getting angry, being stressed or miserable cannot change my situation. And i made a decision never to be stressed. I still get upset, but, i keep my anger in check. When you look back on the year that has been, you will notice so many things that stressed you that should not have. The anger you felt over some people or situations that was not worth your misery. The time you lost being sad instead of just being thankful that was not worth it. I don’t know about you, but i want God to enable me to keep my peace, my peace is everything to me. Nothing or no one is really worth loosing your peace over. For there is nothing you can do in your life without His help! Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. Proverbs 3:5-7
God commanded a widow to provide food for the prophet Elijah, but all she could see was what she did not have and what she could not do. When Elijah asked her to bring him a morsel of bread, she replied, “I don’t have any bread – only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it – and die” (1 Kings 17:12).
The widow’s immediate response when asked for bread was to say, “I do not have.” This is a natural response, but our big God was looking for an opportunity to perform a miracle. How often do we do this same thing in our lives? God asks us to do something, and our immediate response is, “But, Lord, I do not have the time; I do not have the resources; I do not have the flexibility; I do not have the qualifications, talents, gifts or ability.” For me, my common reaction is to look at what is not available than what is available. Instead of offering what we do have, we become paralyzed by what we don’t have.
But faith is exercised when we trust God with our limitations, not when we trust our own abilities. If we will choose to put our little into the hands of a very big God, then we will find that somehow we will always have more than enough! Be quick to simply trust Him when He instructs you. His plans are perfect and exercised with precision. Don’t waste time looking at what you don’t have. After all He knows you more than you can ever know yourself. And you can never ever do even an ounce better than Him.
Father God, give me a trusting and thankful heart. Make me quick to obey your instructions for You know what You created me for. You have the best planned for me, enable me to discern your voice and without a shadow of doubt that keeps me in the limited circle i have created around me. Amen!
My ardent readers must have noticed that i havent blogged for a while now. The reason is that i was unable to access the new page on my ipad until now. My patient husband reassured me when i started getting agitated that, i would, when He wants me to. Meanwhile this has given me time to advance in writing Adornment; two, which He emphasized that must be written in detail.
I was drifting back to my former impatient self due to a few events which i thought were detrimental to my vision, but ofcourse which my beloved hubby could not understand my concern with it. He assured me that i would get the page when God wants me to write. So i believe what am writing today is of importance to Him, because He has enabled me.
This is in such contrast with what we read in Isaiah 40:31 where the Word says ‘But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint’ This really had me thinking about my life and my often unrealistic expectations. Do we really know what it means to wait upon the Lord? I know that if we only focus on waiting for an event, a person or a thing, our strength will be depleted day by day. The Lord specifically instructs us to wait upon Him and His timing. But if we are setting our focus and our longing on that job offer, proposal, breakthrough, healing or anything similar, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. To wait upon the Lord means to place our trust in Him and not on the outcome of our situation. It means to continue trusting Him, even if the outcome is not as we had hoped for, because the Lord promises us that He ‘will work all things for good to those who love Him’ (Romans 8:28). Our biggest hindrance in waiting on the Lord is fear – fear of losing control, fear of failure, fear of lack, fear of rejection, or fear of just letting go and trusting the Lord, no matter what. When we experience a traumatic event, we often feel very unsafe and vulnerable. Suddenly all that was familiar is hanging in the balance ; or that is how we perceive it. But actually the Lord is with us every moment. His heart is not to hurt us, but to save us ; often from our own wrong decisions, habits and thought patterns. He longs for us to walk in the fullness of what He has in store for us. But first we need to take that big step, let go and let God. This decision restores the godly order in our lives and allows the Lord freedom to take over and perfect His plans for us. Just recently God jolted me in one of this situation that i had hijacked a project God initiated in my life, of which He has told me a number of times that its not about me, but His Might.
I wanted to sell the Adornment; one so desperately in a particular church. But, for three consecutive monthly meetings, they would not announce it in the women’s meeting. As usual my husband could not even understand why i kept requesting them to. He is the still kind and was sure God would do it His way. When i was just about to get frustrated, the Lord asked me, who told you that the book can only be sold in that church? When i say Nations, do you only see Nairobi Kenya? I was so embarassaed. Thanks for insisting on doing His job!
I immediately released the book to Him. Barely a week later, am seeing Him sell in Nations. He is a Mighty God!… . His timing is always perfect and He is not a God of quick fixes.
In Luke 12:31 we read: ‘Only aim at and strive for and seek His kingdom, and all these things shall be supplied to you also’
Father God, please enable me to always wait wait upon you. No matter my curcirmstances Your plans for my life are perfect. I glorify your Mighty name!