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

Longing fulfilled

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life

The focus for this week concerning this scripture is ‘’longing fulfilled’’.

When you have a passion for something this can turn into a longing. A longing for something is to feel a strong desire for it. This means that it becomes your drive, your passion. Whatever it is this is something that you know that you were created to do. Think about it, if you could do ONE thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

To have a longing fulfilled, one must know and understand exactly what it is they’re longing for. You can go around the world, searching for but you can stumble by longing for the wrong things. Be careful about what it is you long for because when you receive it, your longing for the thing could die down and then what? You start complaining to God about him giving you what you asked for. What you long for is a manifestation of your character.

Does what you long for demonstrate how much you love God?

This one thing is what you long to do, it is what keeps you up at night. You wake up and it’s the only thing you want to do for the entire day. God is filling your heart with this desire. One thing that I have realised is that your desire will be unique to everyone else and that is okay. In fact, it is better that everyone has a different desire because it means that more people can be reached and get to know more about Christ. You cannot live in someone else’s desire because it won’t fit you. God created you for a specific reason and until you seek him and find out what this desire is you will constantly feel lost.

You are not on your own funnily enough there are people out there with similar desires but because we live in a generation that chooses to have a lack of communication this prevents us from networking and getting to know more detail about how about how to fulfil the desire you have. Fellowshipping with people that have a similar desire is very beneficial because it allows you to realise that you’re not alone in this and that it can be done. One thing to not do is look and compare at how well others are doing and see your situation as a negative thing because you haven’t got the ball rolling. Comparing is a very dangerous thing to do because it can lead you to begin doubting yourself and then you can slowly isolate yourself from others because you don’t feel like you’re good enough. Know that you are God’s best and that wherever you are in life, he loves you regardless.

For your longing to be fulfilled I have a few steps:

  • Talk to God and ask him what your longing is
  • Once you know what your longing is, map it out
  • Research what is out there based on your longing
  • Begin to make movements with your longing

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Heart Sick

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life

Today’s post will focus on the ‘heart sick’ aspect of this scripture.

The fact that your heart can be sick means that you have to be careful about what you are letting into your heart. Some of us are carrying too much in our hearts that really do not concern us.

Not every battle you face, is yours to fight.

Physically, having your heart sick would mean that there is damage to it. Your heart can experience damage in various ways: not dealing with a break up, abuse, unforgiveness and not being able to let go of the past. All of these things affect the function of your heart. Your heart can be healed but it is your responsibility to receive what God is giving you. In order for your healing to take place then you have to be honest with yourself.

One thing that I have realised is that no one wants to be honest with each other. We are all a bit too quick to reply on how we are looking instead of actually telling people how we are feeling. The way you look will not always determine how you feel. If you have an issue then talk to someone about it, first go to God and pour your heart out to him and then ask God to bring someone to you that will help you face the situation. In order for God to bring someone to us, we have to be open to receive and this comes with us being honest with ourselves and then to God as well. It’s funny because even though God knows everything that is going on, there is a level of respect that you have for him where you will still tell him everything regardless. This is a good form of communication because you are incorporating God into everything that you do and not just what you want him to know.

You have to come to the realisation that not everyone that you open up to is going to hurt you. You need to get out of this mentality that because you have been hurt in the past,  you will be a closed book and not let anyone in. If we carry on like this, God will be trying to tell us something in order to help us but we have already shut down that we won’t be able to hear what God has to say. Then, we will start crying out that we cannot hear God when we have not opened our hearts to receive anything that God wants to give us.

Now, linking this back, deferring your hope, you are causing pain and damage to the heart because ‘’hope deferred makes the heart sick’’. The two are parallels, you choosing not to step into your purpose makes you feel idle. You know when you’re supposed to be doing something and you know exactly what it is you should be doing but you keep putting it off. Your tomorrow never becomes your today. You see everyone else shining but this causes resentment in your heart. Essentially, you are making your heart to be sick and you don’t even realise the impact if the damage you are creating in your heart.

The damage created in the heart can affect the way that you view and live your life. In everything you have a choice, there is a choice of you giving it all up to God and telling God that you believe in him and know that you cannot live this life in your own. Everything presented to us is a choice, are you going to choose to receive healing for your sick heart or are you going to carry on accumulating more and more baggage to your already damaged heart?

Let me challenge you, the next few days, in your quiet time with God, try tell him something in your heart that you have never told anyone and see what happens. Try it out and see how God moves.

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Hope deferred

The next few weeks I am taking a different approach in just studying one scripture and it is found in Proverbs 13:12 which says ‘’hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life’’.

The definition of hope is a feeling of expectation and a desire for something to happen. Our hopes can found in various things such as: people, dreams, talents and employment. It is good to hope but with hope comes patience. This patience comes in the form of the wait. When you’re waiting on God for something it can seem so long. Sometimes it seems that someone in the world is getting everything they want, when they want it but when you have asked God for what seems right for you, you’re left waiting. As tough as it may be, I am glad that some of the things I have asked God for he made me wait because it is during this waiting period that he is preparing and teaching me more about himself and his ways and also about myself and my character. What if God gave us everything we wanted when we asked for it, would we still need him? Would God still have a purpose in your life?

Having hope in our dreams is a good thing, we all hope to make a difference in the world and we all have a prediction of how we want things to turn out, we have packaged them in a particular way that when our way doesn’t meet God’s way for us we get upset with God. Notice how we require things to be on our terms and not on God’s. We have become too self centred with everything that it seems to be streaming into our relationship with God. We give God what we want based on our needs and on our emotions. This is very dangerous because our emotions will cause us to do things without thinking at all. Therefore, wise decisions are not created when we are in our feelings. We need to deal with the situation then take it to God and leave it there. Not bargain with him so that you can have it back once you have just given it to him but truly give it to him and leave it with him to deal with.

Now, the word deferred means to put something off or to postpone. This makes me think, why would anyone want to postpone hope? If you have an expectation for something then wouldn’t you just want to chase it until it becomes what you do? The fact of the matter is that, we postpone hope due to fear. This fear comes in many forms: fear of failure, fear of not reaching your full potential or fear of not doing a good job. This is what tends to stop people pursuing their dreams. But we need to think of it this way, God has given everyone a unique purpose, something that he knows only you can do in your own style. There are going to be people that I can reach that you cannot reach and there are going to be people that you can reach that I cannot. But the beauty about it is that we keep going as Proverbs 13:12 tells us ‘’hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.’’

The longer you defer the less likely you are to fulfil your dreams, time is flying past us so I want to challenge you this week to do something that’ll bring you a step closer to your dream than you were yesterday. Remember, everyday is a chance to be a better you then you were yesterday.

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

It’s not you, it’s me

How often do we look to God and think, ‘’Lord, it’s not you, you’re perfect in all of your ways but it is me’’?



You tell yourself that it is only just a phase, it is only a season that’s why you’re feeling like this but what happens when the feeling doesn’t fade? You pray. You worship. You express yourself through your gifts/talents but still nothing. Know that God is seeing all of this, your failed attempts to pick yourself up needed to happen because when you find yourself, at the end, this is when God will come through and save you. One thing that has been dwelling with me so far this year, is, yes, I am saved but I still need saving.  

To openly admit that you still need saving shows great maturity because as Christians we can go around acting like we have it all together and we don’t go through any tough times. But who are we trying to kid? As Christians, we go through some pretty trialing situations, so much so, that in the moment, we really don’t know when or how God is going to bring us through but at the last hurdle, there he is. He comes to rescue you but it is because of your diligence and obedience in him. For you to have carried on running even though ahead there were too many obstacles that you knew you couldn’t handle, as Zephaniah 3:17 says ‘’He takes great delight in you’’.

However, it is important to remember as Ephesians 2:8 tells us ‘’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 know’’. We need to understand that we have been saved through the grace and love of God but we also need to comprehend that salvation is not just a once in a moment thing. It is a process because at times you will feel like you are saved but you still need saving. The fact that you still need saving means that you know that you cannot do this life on your own and you NEED God. Philippians 4:19 says ‘’my God shall supply your every need according to his riches in glory of Christ Jesus’’.  Whatever you need, you can have every confidence that God will give it to you and even better than what you asked for.

Coming to that realisation that God is the only constant factor in your life means that you are allowing him to take total control. You begin to search for more answers through the quality time you spend getting to know more of him. He begins to expose gifts and talents that you yourself didn’t even know you had. You dwell with him any chance you get to the point where you’re so vulnerable with him and then others that others are being set free from watching your relationship with God. As the body of Christ, essentially, this is what we should be aiming to do, building ourselves up in Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 instructs us to ‘’encourage one another and build one another up just as you are doing’’. This scripture highlights the reason of fellowship and how important it is to really and genuinely be there for those that God has placed in your life. Those that are in your life that are God ordained need encouragement too just like you also need to be encouraged to do things, they themselves do as well. It may seem like they have it altogether but it is usually those types of people that are too proud to ask for help. In this, the only thing you can do is pray for those that are in your life.

Have confidence that God is building you up, you are a better version of who you were yesterday. Just continue loving God, serving him, meditating on his word and you will see a great significance in your life but it all comes down to a choice. These are the things you can do if you want to make a change. Change can only happen if you authorise it. You can go from saying ‘’Lord, it’s not you, it’s me’’ to ‘’Lord, however I am feeling, I shall dwell in the house of The Lord all the days of my life’’.

What are you going to be saying to God?

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Eyes on the prize

Is your prize more about yourself then it is about Christ?

We all have an ambition of what we want to do with our lives, some of us are just going through the motions and floating around seeing where life takes us whereas others are moving when God says move. Essentially, we have a common denominator, we all have somewhere to be. Some are getting to where they need to be faster than others and some have no idea of how they are going to get there but they just know that they are going to get there.

While running the race and making sure that you stay focused in your own lane, you need to have something realistic to aim towards. This is why we have to have our eyes on the prize. But in order for us to have our eyes on the prize we must know what the true prize is and what it entails for us. One scripture that I have been meditating on this past week is Psalm 23:6 which says ‘’surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of The Lord’’. Notice that the scripture says goodness and mercy shall follow us not that we should be chasing goodness and mercy, because with God goodness and mercy should follow us. When you put yourself into the things of God, good things will follow you but it is your choice to allow these good things to come. The only way that these good things will follow you is through your discipline in your secret place. Your secret place is where you and God grind together. This ensures intimacy and a deep dwelling place with him. When you press into the things of God, goodness and mercy shall follow you.

One thing that I have witnessed recently is that as Christians we are slowly, slowly losing the value of sacrifice. Many of us can give the dictionary definition of what sacrifice is but to actually carry out this verb is a different story. In order to sacrifice, you must give up something that you truly value. It makes me think that as Christians at times we feel as though we don’t owe God anything and that by ourselves we can do it. I mean, you can live this life by yourself without God but just know that your resting place when you die is hell. Something that I always remember is that you can chase everything and MISS God but when you find God you get everything We need to focus on the second part of this and realise that everything that God has in store for you is beyond your wildest dreams and he is doing it because he loves you.

Looking at what you consider as a prize, determines what is in your heart. For example, two people can be given the chance to buy anything they have ever wanted in life, one person can choose to buy stock shares in their favourite company and the other person could choose to buy a pair of socks for the homeless person they have just passed. Now, notice the sheer difference in what each person has CHOSE to buy. One will profit themselves and the other is for another person to benefit from. Mark 8:36  tells us ‘’for what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul’’.  Honestly, what does it actually profit someone if they have everything they ever wanted but not have the peace, joy or sound mind to even enjoy all this? This is why it is important that the prize you have your eyes on is only pleasing to God.

Pleasing man will not profit you anything and it’ll cause you to feel down and out when things don’t work out. When choosing to please man over God this causes you to be lukewarm because you are fighting in two camps. Galatians 1:10 tells us ‘’For if I do please man then I am not a true servant of Christ’’.  When you are doing things to have the approval of man the scripture boldly says that we are not servants of Christ. Pleasing man and pleasing Christ is two things that don’t go hand in hand. This will not profit you anything. You need to stay focused, on the prize that you have set and keep going on. The race is still going on whether you realise the impact you’re making or not. Keep seeking the approval of God and notice the changes he will make for you.

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18