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

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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

Simplicity of God

Can you see God in the simple things?

As promised, this week is a double whammy of posts and they will follow the notion of being able to find God in the simple aspects of life. This has been something that has been on my heart for a while. As Christians, we often fail to notice God in the simple things and it bugs me that we are behaving like this. We have let our own natural desires and wants overtake those of what God is doing for us. In light of what is going on in the world, each week we are waking up to the news of yet another frightening act somewhere in the world. This can have two effects on you as a Christian, you either see this and it gives you the encouragement to start change or it doesn’t faze you because the world is an evil place. A scripture for this time is Psalm 46:10 ‘’be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among all nations and I will be exalted in the earth’’.

The title of this post came to me whilst I was studying Habakkuk 2:2 ‘’write the vision and make it plain’’ sometimes we ask God for such big, big things which is good. Expand your faith in God and watch him come through. BUT, don’t always expect God to answer you with a drastic move. We often think that God will answer our prayers by a BIG change when sometimes it is a simple but clear answer. We fail to notice because we are too consumed with ourselves and again, we are comfortable in relying on God to answer us in a way that we understand and know.

God is in the simple things.

One thing that I have really learnt so far this year is that, although it is good to find God in everything we can overdo it. As we are called to be spiritual beings, some of us often forget that this comes with the flesh body that we have. This means that we need to consider the fact that we are human. Mistakes, regret and doubt are all factors that we will and have faced at some point in our lives and although we shouldn’t dwell in the past, it is good to reflect and remember who you were when the blood found you. By doing this, it gives you the opportunity to have compassion and empathy for fellow believers. We have to come to a place where everything we talk about doesn’t have to benefit us that way within a simple conversation you are able to see what God is doing. God is in the simple things.

When was the last time you thanked God for your life, for waking you up this morning, for having clean running water, for having a roof over your head or for your loved ones? At the capacity that the world is we need to be showing more appreciation for what we consider the small things but what others see as the big things. For you to have that revelation of God being simple, you have to take time with him, get to know him as he wants to get to know more of you and by studying his word you will comprehend that God can be let out of the mediocre box that some of us have placed him in. Take God out of this box and find him in the simple part of your life, for example, the friends that you have. Some of them you know you need to let go of but because you keep pushing it back, they continue to do you wrong and you wonder why? When God has told you to do something simply because it is for your own good, please do not hesitate but to obey what God has said.

God is in the simple things.

Have you noticed God in the simple things?

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Sit and wait

Apologies, for the late post, as of late, I have been busy but I am back.

In the midst of a busy generation, what will it take for you to just sit in the presence of God and just soak him in?

In Matthew 26:36 it tells us that as Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane he told his disciples to ‘’sit here while I go and pray over there’’. For me, this is a profound scripture as Jesus told his disciples to sit at one place because he wanted them to follow his instructions and just sit and wait. Not knowing what they were waiting for but it was a test of obedience of whether the disciples would actually just sit there or would they find something better to do. This tends to be like us, we know we are supposed to be in one place but because of our emotions we choose to defy God and move on our own accord yet we get annoyed at God when things go wrong. God must be looking at us shaking his head thinking ‘’what did you expect to happen when you go without me’’.

The waiting game is a tough one, when you are waiting you feel like you are missing something. You get agitated because as a human you want to move, your flesh is screaming out to you that you should go on our own accord. This leaves you torn, part of you wants to move by yourself just to test the waters and see what happens if you try on your own. When this does happen, you feel like everything is going well until something happens, it catches you off guard. You try and cover it and pretend like it didn’t happen but it just gets worse then you get to the end of yourself and God shines his light on your situation. But imagine, if you trusted God first, you wouldn’t go through all of that. This would have saved your emotions a lot of trauma and gave you a sense of peace.

However, during the stage of sitting and listening to God it is important to wait on him before you move. God will give us what we need and then we can move according to what he has told us, but it is important that we follow his instructions when we are moving. We cannot expect God to bless us when we move without his permission. I’m remembered of Exodus 33:14-15 where God tells Moses that his presence shall go with them and that he will give Moses rest which led Moses to tell God that he is not going anywhere unless his presence doesn’t go before him. Even before we place our plans before God we need to know what God is saying in our current situation, this is why it is important to just sit before The Lord and just be in his presence.

One thing that I have realised is that the reason why we find it difficult to sit is because we are too consumed with technology, we use it for pretty much everything and anything. This has changed the way that we live our lives and has dangerously changed people as well. The next generation will struggle to communicate verbally because they are so used to being strapped to a device unless this generation makes a difference to that. To just sit still in silence seems alien to most people because in reality, they are scared that they will have to face up to themselves and who they really are. But just sit and listen to what God has to say about you and not only do you need to sit and listen to God but you need to believe what he says about you. Some Christians will read and know scripture just like that but do not think that the word is talking about them. 1 Peter 2:9 says ‘’for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession’’ what this is telling us is that God sees us as a special type of people, he has chosen us to carry out his work, we are not worthy of such a call but with God he makes us worthy. You need to start believing when reading the word of God and believe that what it says does apply to you.

I have always been the type of person to find it difficult to just sit still and do nothing. When this happens I feel inadequate like I should be doing something when there is nothing for me to actually do. At the end of the day, I like to take time to reflect on what the day consisted of and how I can improve myself for tomorrow. I always say that today you are better than the person you were yesterday so take the opportunity to be more and do more.  

So sit and wait on God, what is it he is saying to you?

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Is it a new thing?

We are so focused on what God can give us and making sure that we are prepared when he gives us what we want, so what happens when God doesn’t give you what you want in the way you pictured it?

Many of us are guilty of asking God for something and we continually ask him of the same thing not realising that he has already given us what we asked for. The way he has given it to us is different from what we expected but God being faithful and loving answers our prayers. But, it is down to us to change the way that we give God and the way that he does things in our lives.

The main focus on this post will be on Isaiah 43:19 ’Behold! I am doing a new thing, it shall spring forth; do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.’’  Sometimes we get so stuck in the previous things that God has done that we miss the window of new beginnings in our lives. The new thing that God does, doesn’t have to be huge nor does it have to cause drastic change within your life. It can be a small and subtle thing but it will still be new. We need to get out of the mentality that for God to be real, he needs to prove himself in a mighty way.

When God does a new thing, it will cause growth and maturity because when new things happen it will require you to level up. You will have to sacrifice more in order to spend more time with God, however, what and how you sacrifice is between you and your heavenly father. In order for us to experience the new thing that God is doing we have to pray to him for our spiritual eyes to be open because we can spend way too much time living in the past that we miss God in our present. This ties in with being and staying comfortable. When you’re comfortable you do not want to engage in anything that is foreign to you and this changes the way that God moves in your life. Since we only see what we want to see, when God has done a new thing, we do not see it.

God is instructing us that the new thing that he is doing is something that you have been crying out for but because you have got so lost within yourself and your own problems that you have failed to see what it is that God is doing. The interesting aspect of this scripture is that it says ‘’do you not perceive it’’  meaning that God wants us to catch something here. God is questioning how well we know him, to the point that when there has been a shift in your life, do you realise it before others comment on it or do you always allow others to dictate the way you’re life is running?

We are constantly crying out to God for him to help us with something and when it doesn’t come wrapped how we expected it, we don’t think it is of God. We have got so comfortable with God and thinking that we know him so well but in reality, we are further away from him than before. You can have the mentality where you think that you know God but the question is, does God know you so much as you claim to know him?

You can easily find yourself becoming selfish with God. You can require too much from him and God being faithful will answer his children’s prayers. However, when it comes to you doing what God has asked there is a system failure. You do not register what he has said so you slowly but surely take steps away from God because you can feel that the thing God is asking you to do is going to stretch you and you don’t see the positive side to this so you take steps back instead of pressing forward. One thing that I have realised is that God will always go too far to get you right back. 

What new thing is God doing in your life that you have not perceived? 

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Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18