Balance

Apologies for the LONG break guys, I was on holiday but I am back and have adjusted to the time and weather here. So, as many of us enter into a new season of work and university this week I will be releasing two posts on this new season that people are entering. The main scripture that I will be focusing on is Ecclesiastes 3:1 ‘’to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven’’.

This first post as you can see is named ‘balance’ it is hard to find a balance between everything that you are committed to especially if you are going into your final year of Uni or you are just starting work, trying to find a balance to  maintain everything will be tough. As much as you want to attend all the societies and maintain the life you had before work let’s be real you cannot. This is where you have to take time in reflecting about who you are as a person and what God is saying for your life at that given moment. It may be that God says that he needs you in all these places and he will grant you favour upon all man.

You need to consider yourself as a person and have great discipline, it may require you to wake up 30 minutes earlier and spend that time in prayer or having your morning devotion or for some people it will require them going to bed 30 minutes earlier so that they can have some quiet time before God. There are many different things that you can do to make sure that you are balancing everything to your capacity.
One thing I will say is that you should NEVER compare the activities another person does and look at yourself and think that you are not doing enough. Whatever it is God has asked you to do, stay committed to that very thing and God will reward you. You can easily get lost in the spirit of comparison, you see how others are living and you begin to compare yourself based on their lives but they are only showing you the surface level of themselves. The best thing to do is focus on yourself and continue to build on your relationship with God. If people begin to talk, then let them talk, at the end of the day you’re the only person that knows what God has told you and you need to receive and believe in what he has told you. Build yourself in the eyes of God and don’t look to man for verification.
Looking at the scripture Ecclesiastes 3:1 ‘’to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven’’. There is a season for everything, there are things that you did last month that you do not do now, a season means that there is a transition and it will require growth. You have to change and adjust to this new season, yes, it is uncomfortable but will cause you to release more who you are based on what God is telling you. There is a time for every purpose, this means that there will be new dynamics within this season that you’re in, but NEVER GET LOST IN A SEASON. What I mean by this is that often you can think of all the things you went through in a particular season and see how great it was and then get stuck asking God to do all those things he was doing for you back in that old season when God is telling you that he is doing a new thing, it is just up to you to believe and receive it.

Peace and love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

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Feelings

Don’t have your relationship with God based on your feelings otherwise you’ll always be disappointed

This week I will be looking at one scripture in particular and basing it on the topic of feelings. Now, we all get in our feelings most probably once a day, whether it is with people or with God we cannot deny the fact that as humans we love to operate based on our feelings and this is what gets us in trouble. When you move based on your feelings, you can often feel lost or confused and this is because you have done something without consulting God and don’t know which direction to go in. You have moved because you felt as though it was the right move, you are now feeling like you should have waited and are stuck. Even though you went on your own accord, SUDDENLY God shines his light and gives you hope through the situation.

Looking at the scripture Romans 5:7-8 it says ‘’Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to willingly give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a good man [one who is noble and selfless and worthy] someone might even dare to die. But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’’ Breaking down this scripture it shows how we are not to base our relationship with God based on the way that we feel, we need to base our relationship with God from his word which is the truth.

Verse 7 talks about how someone willingly, on their own accord would even give up their life for someone else. Think about it, would you give up your life for someone? Let’s say, someone you love, you are both walking and someone pulls out a gun, would you jump in front of the gun for the person you love? Most of us would think twice and that time we take to think it’ll be too late. Now, as humans we have that mentality of every man for himself and would rather live than die. For it to be an extraordinary thing it is because this is not likely to us, it is one thing to give up your life for a good person. Someone that lives a quiet life, always does good and is a noble citizen.

Then, studying verse 8 ‘’but God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’’. The love that God has for us, never changes. It does not shift based on how we feel towards him, the amount of times we have felt like God let us down or that God was not present within our lives do you think that stopped him from loving us? If anything, God loved us even more then. One way that God proves his love for us is by the fact that he sent his only son to die on the cross for us. Now, if that is not an extraordinary love then I don’t know what is. God didn’t wait until we got ourselves together or felt like we deserved it then sent his Son, the scripture is clear and it tells us that ‘’while we were STILL sinners, Christ died for us’’. When we are sinning, when we are thinking of going back to our old ways we have to remember and think of this scripture that regardless of what we were, Christ came to change that by dying on the cross for us.

If God moved based on his feelings, do you think you would be who you are today?

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Favour

Are you walking in the favour that God has given you?

As we are enjoying our summer break, I have come to realise that many of us go through a stage in our lives where we lack confidence of ourselves and our abilities. There are various reasons for this, maybe you’re not being fed enough or you are not staying connected through fellowship which leaves you feeling isolated but one thing to remember is that God’s grace has carried you this far and it is that same grace that’ll lead you on for the rest of your life.

Many of you are thinking of the next step in life whether that be a job, the goals you want to achieve academically next year, the changes you want to make to better yourself and these are very important but thinking about such things with the wrong mindset is very dangerous. You witness all those around you thriving. It seems like what you are praying for everyone else is achieving. You’re praying to God for a job, you’ve been praying for months and then someone that just prayed last night has already received a call back. Do not get discouraged in your prayers and time alone with God.

Looking at the scripture I will break it down Proverbs 3:4 ‘’so find favour and high esteem in the sight of God & man’’.

  • Find favour– God has given us grace which is the unmerited favour, but we need to source this out from God ourselves. Once we get to know more of God we will then begin to understand the level of grace that he has entitled us to. Knowing that God has given us more than we deserve should give us the confidence to carry out the purpose he has created us for.

 

  • High esteem– In order to find high esteem we must be happy within ourselves and the person that we are becoming. We have to continually ask God to mould us into the person that he has created us to be and to rid us from things that are taking us away from him. This is a bold statement to say to God so be ready to lose people as well as materialistic factors. Once we are of high esteem, we have an understanding of who we are and whose we are.

 

  • Sight of God– What we see and what God sees are two very different matters. We as humans see with our physical and natural eyes but God goes beyond us and sees the supernatural but it is our job to align with God so that we see the supernatural in the natural to bring about change.

 

  • Sight of man– God grants us favour with man but we need to believe this. It is clear in the scripture but instead of just talking and meditating on the word we need to start acting like we believe what God says about us.

Walk in the favour that God has given you and be ready for goodness and mercies shall follow you.  

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Self

In a generation that is competing for your attention, how do you focus on yourself?

Recently, I have noticed that people find it hard to stay focused on one thing. We are busy going here, doing this, talking to that person and we struggle to maintain stability in our lives. Although I am not saying don’t have multiple ventures but when push comes to shove these ventures mean nothing if you don’t spend time on yourself.

You are an important person too. The same way you support your friends, you push them to pursue their dreams and you’re there when life gets tough, can you truly say that you have the same backing? Relating this post to the basis of relationships, not just the romantic one but all types of relationships that we make in life. You cannot be the one to be gluing your relationships together because when life comes at you fast and you break, who is then holding your relationships?

One thing that I have been learning is that as much as I want to be there for everyone and get everyone where they need to be this leaves me deflated. The more God pours into me, I pour into others but I need to make sure that I am being filled by God for this to happen. Me pushing myself to grow in the things of God is more necessary for when an unbeliever does approach me about Christ. If we are not growing in the things of God, what are we growing in?

The way to look at it is, you are your own biggest investment. Only you can make things happen in  your life. It is you that will ask God for certain things, it is you that will take the steps for things to happen. Matthew 7:7 tells us ‘’Ask and it shall be given to you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door should be opened to you’’. When you ask God even if you feel like you didn’t ask with boldness due to the greatness of God he will still give it to us when we use his name. When we look for God, we will find him and this is the important part when we do knock, this can be translated into the form of prayer. When we do this, the door shall be opened for us. We do not need to knock on any doors, if a door requires for you to knock then it is not your door. Open doors.

Make sure that you prioritize everything well. You should balance everything out so that you can sit back and reflect on how your day/week went and the things you want to achieve in the future week. Have people that push you, on your good days they celebrate your successes but push you to do more and on your bad days they reassure you that tomorrow is a new day and looking at what Lamentations 3:23 says that ‘’The Lord’s mercies never come to end as they are new every morning’’. When you don’t achieve what you wanted for that particular day, don’t beat yourself up about it just trust God and his will set your path.

Take time to work on yourself because if you do not work on yourself then who will?

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Control

Who is in control in your relationship you or God?

The obvious answer to this question is God but when you actually sit down and think about the response to this then does your answer change? It is easy for us to tell others based on their situation that God is in control but then we are only kidding ourselves because when we hit a tough time in our life, do we allow God to be in control or do we take over?

Recently, control has been something that God is teaching me. I am the type of person that I need to be in control with everything. I need to know what is happening on which particular day and that said time and I need to know what I am getting way before I plan to go somewhere. It doesn’t sound as bad as I am making it though lol. I just like to be organised and plan ahead of what is happening but then it leaves me at a struggle when I am in a situation and need to let go of what is happening so that God can take over. Sometimes I have to just stop in my tracks and God tells me to relax and slow down. The more I do, the less control I give God.

We have to allow God to have total control in all things because once we want to have control in everything we then limit God. We stop God from being God in our lives and this is what we need to understand. We cannot tell God what to do, we can talk to God with boldness and confidence but we cannot tell God how we want things done. Leaving things to God shows a level of maturity within your walk with him because you then realise that you need God at all points of your life. This is how it ties in with the scripture we looked at last week Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘’trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’’. Using this scripture let’s relate it to control:

When you choose to trust God notice how I said ‘choose’ it is a choice to trust God. You either choose to trust God with everything or you have a half hearted relationship with him where you only trust him based on your terms which is the controlling spirit. Having a controlling spirit can really be dangerous when walking with Christ because this then transfers on how people view you. You want people to see the God in you and this can only be done when the fruits of the spirit follow you. Galatians 5:22-23 mention what the fruits of the spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self control.

The type of control that God requires us to have is self control. Don’t get me wrong, you have to be in control of your life and be able to stand up for what you believe in. God has given us all a voice, let’s use it for influence and not harm.

Therefore, I want to challenge you this week, whatever you’re facing, why not let God be in control of it and watch the results.

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Trust

Apologies for the very late post. This will be a two part series about trust and control

Trust is one of those things that is hard to do at times but essential for everyone to have. Think about that one person that you trust, you have told them things about yourself that no one else knows. Have you ever wondered how that trust was formed? Was it through building a friendship or you just felt comfortable telling them these things?

Either way, at times it seems like we trust man more than we trust God.

Trust and control go hand in hand because in order for you to trust you have to lose some form of control and for you to be in control, you have to trust the situation or trust yourself that you are making the correct decision. Without either thing it can make you feel like you’re floating. You are just letting life go past you that you are not really living but you’re just existing. There is a big difference. You can live and make the most of the life that God has given you or you can merely exist and just let life drag you by.

Many Christians don’t have trust in God because they see God as being up there and there seems to be a distance between us and God. To have trust in someone means that we have a strong belief that this person is reliable therefore we can feel comfortable going to this person with any matter in our lives. Putting this into context with God the trust in God is not present because we have become casual with God. We go to church because we either can’t wait to see someone from church or because we it is part of the Sunday routine. This then leaves you feeling worse than you came in because you have not allowed yourself to be filled or to receive anything from God.

The scripture that I will break down for y’all is Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘’trust in The Lord will your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall make your paths straight’’. We are given many steps in this scripture trust in The Lord but in order to trust God we have to have a relationship with him where if something was to happen we are not wavered nor do we stumble because we know that God is in control and we have to give your heart to God. You have to make room for him to reside in your heart. He should be the main focus of everything that you do essentially people should know that you are a follower of Christ by your love. Love abounds everything. By doing this, we leave God in control and we put ourselves out of the situation knowing that God will help us overcome therefore instead of leaning on our own understanding, we lean on God.

Leaning on God means that you have total faith in him. You have faith that he will come through in his timing and things will change. You have peace when things are going on because you know what Numbers 23:19 says that ‘’God is not a man that he should lie’’. Trusting in God requires a step of faith it is you letting God and allowing God to come in and be God. So I want to challenge you, during this week, see where you can step out on trust and give it to God and just witness what he does.

Can you be a Christian and trust man more than you do God?

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

What are you giving?

The recent events in the world have made me think about what I am doing in order to give back to others. When the word ‘giving’ is mentioned there seems to be a negative stigma attached to it but here I want to take a different approach and expand your thoughts on the term. Which brings me to question, what are you giving?

This week I will be focusing on the scripture found in Luke 6:38 and it states ‘’give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back’’. Throughout scripture we know that it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35) therefore there is an emphasis on the word ‘giving’. Just as God gave his son, we are also called to give because by giving we are choosing to put others before ourselves. We place the importance of others before our own needs and desires. You serve a purpose for those that are in your circle. One thing that I have been saying this year is that ‘’if one person on the team wins, then we all win’’, this boils down to making sure that you have significant but varied people in your circle and that you congratulate the team when one person wins. When I get blessed, my whole team receives part of that blessing.

But that depends, are you giving?

When you give, God will give back to you with a double portion because he has seen your heart in the art of giving. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says ‘’ for God loves a cheerful giver’’. This highlights that God loves it when we give as it pleases him. Each time you give, helping to advance the kingdom. When you receive a nugget from God through obedience you have to be able to have confidence in sharing what God has taught you based on his time. Pouring into others is such a blessing within itself and can be done in various ways, such as, time, attention, finances, food and materialistic things. As there are different ways to give, this means that as individuals we do not have an excuse to not give. God doesn’t want our money, he would rather have our time and know that we are striving for our hearts to be aligned with his will.

With all this being said, what are you giving?

Once we give, we have to prepare ourselves to receive. Receiving requires much because it boils down to a heart matter. Your heart has to be ready to receive from God. When we open up our hearts to receive. God gives us what we need not what we desire. Having that sole reliance in God knowing that this very thing that you are giving, God will supply it to someone that needs it. We have to come out of the mentality of what we have is not good enough because you could be hindering someone from receiving exactly what they are praying for. The very thing that you do not use or is sitting at the back of the cupboard is the answer to someone’s prayer.

What are you giving?

Part of this scripture says ‘’The amount you give will determine the amount you get back’’. This reminds me of the story found in Mark 12:41-44, it is about the widow who had nothing but two coins to give during offering time. The disciples and religious rulers looked down on her for giving so little but it was all that she had and she still gave. This parable teaches us so many lessons based on giving:

  • Others see the inward but God looks at the heart
  • Don’t worry about what others think of you, trust in who God says you are
  • If this was all you had, would you give it all?
  • Where is your level of faith at with God?

I want to challenge you this week, give to someone. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture but do something for someone.

What are you giving?

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18