FRESH START, ANYONE?

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Today is the ninth day of the eighth month of this glorious year. The number 8, according to bible numerology, is representative of new beginnings. I don’t know about you but I like the sound of that. The fact that I have a new beginning in Christ and that God loves me enough to grace me with a fresh start over and over again makes me want to leap up in joy and dance. I love a fresh start; a new year, a new month, a new chapter, a new day. I have yet another shot at having faith the size of a mustard seed. That faith is all I need to walk with my head held high. 

How has 2016 been to you thus far? How is your walk with God? Are you enjoying an intimate friendship with God or is He a distant acquaintance? Mine has been a rewarding year so far and I intend to commit the rest of the year to delighting in God.

Currently, I’m renewing my connection with God by doing a month-long study of the book of Psalms. It is in this very book that we see David, a man after God’s own heart, cry out and say,

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. [Psalms 51:10-12]

We are well aware of the garbage that surrounds and threatens to get into our heads and hearts. We also know that the heart is the seat of all wickedness. It is imperative that we strive to walk daily in devotion; otherwise it will be garbage upon heaps of garbage.

There is a confidence that comes with walking with God, a joy in the privilege of His presence; a restfulness in the face of life and its many rigours: be it decision making, trials or dilemmas. There is a wisdom that comes with knowing and fearing the Lord. A glow of salvation on the face of he/she who trusts God.

I desire to walk in God’s purpose. I desire to delight in His salvation and in Him.

What fresh start do you desire today?

Share your thoughts.

Be encouraged.

THIS HIT ME HARD:#1

Scripture focus: Jeremiah 29:13

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I recently walked into a bookshop in search of a book that would speak to me. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted at that point but I knew that I would know it when I see it.  So I scanned and scanned and saw a few titles that brought me back to sanity. First off, there is a sea of authors and titles out there. There were innumerable titles on ‘devotion’, and I thought to myself, ‘Why not go and actually spend time with the Lord instead of reading about it? Why not just step into the actual activity without having to read 67 ways of how to do it? Why not just do what you can in your capacity?’ We don’t give ourselves enough credit. I then realised that I didn’t need a book. What I needed was to spend time with my Maker. Another thing, there’s so much information and there are plenty of online resources. It’s all well and good to have a community of believers in the blogging/writing/vlogging ministries. But I’d encourage us to grow our relationship with the Lord first rather than rush to sign up for yet another plan, yet another email list etc. Let us stick with the basics by allowing the Holy Spirit to minister to us first.

This hit me hard: The only way to grow in your walk is, not to read books upon books or blogs upon blogs, but to experience the Lord for yourself through consistent prayer, Bible study and fasting.

Ask. Seek. Knock.

THE DAILY GRIND:

Scripture Focus:

  • Matthew 6:34: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
  • Ecclesiastes 9:11: I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the learned;  but time and chance happen to them all. 

A DAY IN THE LIFE:

What does your today look like? What do you have to deal with? What’s your daily grind? What have you woken up to this very day? Life places demands on each person. There’s stuff that demands your attention, responsibilities, relationships that need nurturing, sacrifices that need to be made towards family and other loved ones, feelings that need to be dealt with, baggage. Who or what are you custodian over? What does a day in your life look like? Do you enjoy your routine or are you bored out of your skin? Do you love your job, business or whatever you devote your day to? Are you just doing it out of necessity or because you have purposed to relish each moment? Do you need inspiration for your day or do you bulldoze your way through the motions of it all? Is your day filled with pressure and anxiety about the amount of work that awaits you? Do you have a ‘life management system’ if any? 

 TODAY IS YOUR BABY STEP:

As you mull over your daily grind, consider today as being your “baby step”. I’ve heard folk use these lines many times before:

‘Am taking it one day at a time’ or, ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’. It all stems from a place where you acknowledge that today’s all you’ve got. Hard as it may be; it makes perfect sense to focus on today cause it’s the only assured time that we have. However,  we’ve all had our share of regrets about the past and dread concerning the future. Paul encourages us for the present when he says, I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (Phillipians 3:13,14). Today makes all the difference.

BIG PICTURE, WHERE ARE YOU?

Sometimes I wish I could spread my life out on the table and study its nooks and crannies. I long to see where I have come from and how it all comes together. I long to figure out how events past and present make up the masterpiece that God predestined me to be. (Ephesians 2:10).

We are to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Before I knew Christ, I would never have guessed how it would happen; where I’d meet him and how I’d finally believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that He is Lord, the magnitude of trials I would go through and how I’d overcome them. Now that am in the fold, I honestly can’t process the perfection that God has in store for me. As hard as it is for my mind to imagine, I still crave for details of how He will perfect it. These great and mighty things that God wants to show me; what are they? Truth is, God may not work in the way we want Him to. I may lay out my life on the table and still not get it. But know what, He has given us today. It is possible to enjoy God and the journey to perfection; details or none.

Over the next few posts, I will write about enjoying God, in our daily walk. Don’t miss out!