During A Storm

Hey lovelies, how are y’all doing? 😇

I know it’s been a long minute since I have blogged😅. To be brutally honest, I have been neglecting God’s work for a long while now. Shocking, I know! Nonetheless, I know that no excuse I give is permissible.🙅🏾‍♀️

I can just be truthful and say that I was in a big storm and hope what I learnt during this storm can resonate with you.

I can go on and on about the struggles, the distractions, the pain, COVID-19. However, God has a different purpose for this post. 

It was only recently that I understood that the idea of my storm overpowering me was self conflicted.🤯

Philippians 4:6, NKJV

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”

How quickly I had forgotten the power in those few words. I had allowed my life to become complete chaos because I chose for it to be chaotic. 👀

Please, read that again because I know someone can resonate with those words. Yes, a lot goes on in our lives and there are plenty of storms, but it’s how we handle those storms that affect us the most. In those times, we forget that we have such a capable God, a calmer of storms. “He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.” (Psalms 107:29, NKJV). I’m giving myself a little smile right now because I know God is not only speaking to me but also to you.

When storms come we can decide to go through alone or with God. Another factor we forget is that in that storm the Devil is greatly excited because that is where we are vulnerable and He will use this opportunity to feed us lies, fear and panic. 

John 10:10, NKJV

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Let me paint the picture.

Storm comes -> tries to act calm and handle it alone 😮‍💨-> storm increases -> Okay panic settles in 😰-> nothing is working, here comes fear and anxiety 😫+ devil’s happiness 😈-> Still tries to do everything alone😬😥😰😓, add it all up = chaos😱🤡

It’s scenarios like these that cause us to see our storms much bigger than they are. Causes us to feel so out of place and evidently more further from God. This is not a favourable root to take 

Sadly, it happens time and time again. I still fathom why we forget God in these times🥺

As written in the scripture on how Jesus reacted to the disciples when the storm came (Luke 8:22-25, you can go read the whole story if you don’t know it) after calming the storm He said “Where is your faith?”(verse 25). Imagine how He reacts to us reacting to our storms.

Jesus: Where is your faith?

I was reminded of the verse 

Psalms 55:22, NKJV

“Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

God knew these storms will come and we will feel the way we do. That’s the part that gets me, He knew, He Knew there will be storms and He gave us the stools to overcome. Through His word, clinging more onto Him and trusting Him more❤️.

A champion example of total storms and chaos is David, I mean just read the Pslams. Nevertheless, David always looked to the Lord and indeed time and time again he was delivered👏🏾.

The thing I like about the storms is there’s always an outcome.

It can only go 2 ways 

  1.  They pull you down 
  2. They bring you up 

You can keep getting carried away with the storm even after it’s over😵

 or 

You can learn from the storm and get stronger.💪🏾😏

I recently listened to a Kirk Franklin song “just for me” which resonates a lot with this message

especially the part…

“But if necessary pain, Is the ingredient for change, Even when life may be bittersweet, It’s working, Just for me”

And those words are so true🙌🏾. At the end of it, all these storms are for your good. God allows them to build you and make necessary changes in your life. Moreover, they allow you to be ready to do what God has prepared for you to do in that season.

If you are in a storm right now and struggling to get out and need God to carry you through. This might be your firsts time getting to know God or you might be rediscovering your faith. There are 2 key steps to accomplish 

  1. Being born again
  2. Being filled with the spirit 

To understand the 1st please visit (Salvation). For the 2nd please reach out to me and I will be able to guide you, I have not yet posted upon this topic but will soon.

God loves you and wants to help you during these tough times but only IF you allow Him.🙏🏾

Stay blessed the most stylish was possible being the you that God made you to be 🙂

The 7 Major Benefits Of The Presence Of God

A continuum with the Presence of God theme this month (previous post). We now have identified what the presence of God is and how to connect with Him in this presence. Next is understanding that the presence of God is there for our BENEFIT😃.
God wants to bless us 🥰
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32, NKJV). The plans He has for every one of us is not of evil but of peace to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). God is a gracious God! 🙌🏾

There are 7 major benefits of the presence of God we will be exploring today.

In the presence of God we have:

1. Life
“Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.” (Acts 17:25, NKJV)

Genesis 2:7, NKJV
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

God is the one who gave us life from the beginning to the present and even the reason we will wake up tomorrow is all by His grace and power. He is the giver of life, and in His presence there is life.

Psalms 91:16, NKJV
“With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
God is the only one who can prolong our lives. This verse ties in perfectly into the next benefit🤗

2. Salvation
He will show us His salvation. As mentioned in the last post, the divine plan of God to send His only begotten son to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16) and through this not only did we obtain a right to salvation, to connect with Him again as His children (John1:12), but everlasting life.

John 10:9, NKJV
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
Through salvation, we have access to better things, to God’s blessings that He wants to give us, in all areas of life, health, wealth, education etc.💃🏾🎉

3. Works of God
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33, NKJV)

This applies to us as the children of God in His presence we must proceed to do our father’s work, just as Christ also did God’s work (Luke 2:49). When we do the business of the Kingdom of God, we don’t need to worry about other things, for EVERYTHING ELSE and yes EVERYTHING ELSE! will be added unto us. This really shows the value God holds on those who do His business here on earth. “19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20, NKJV)

This doesn’t exclude also performing signs and wonders, healing and miracles (John 14:12) (Mark 16:20). The presence of God allows us to do such works in Him.

4. Healthy relationships
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5, NKJV) and (Jeremiah 29:11)

The Lord has planned and ordained good things for your future, in His presence you can depend on Him, cling to Him and trust Him that He will provide someone for you far better than what you had imagined. God is a provider of healthy relationships👏🏾✨.
In this category, there are also supernatural gatherings – where God’s presence is there and great things happen (Matthew 18:20). He is there when His people gather in agreeance.😍

5. The power and capacity to build and achieve
“16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:16-19, NKJV)

Just as Peter was given power in the presence of God, so will we be given the power to build things for the glory of God. For some of you, it may be to build churches, ministries and other businesses that will glorify Him and any other sort of building. Moreover, whatever we bind or loose on earth will also bound and loosed in heaven🤯. That is real power!💪🏾 And this verse also blends well with the next benefit.

6. Defence, protection and victories

“…and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.(Matthew 16:18)
With the presence of God, we have His protection as we do His work and we build for His glory and in these things we have victory. (Joshua 1:6) This is one of my favourite verses as it assures us that in His presence we have to not fear for He will be with us and He will never leave nor forsake. People, families, even pets may leave you but God will never leave you.
Here are more verses on his protection, defence (Isaiah 4:5, Zechariah 2:4-5)

7. Eternal states

This is our ability to be able to receive that eternal life to be with Christ at the end of days. And no one can get there unless through Jesus Christ, that salvation through receiving Him (John 14:1-6)

For all those who fill in their hearts that they want to receive Jesus, be in the presence of God and receive all these blessings.
You can do what we call a sinner’s prayer to receive Him (sinner’s prayer)
and once you have done this belief in your heart that you are saved.🙏🏾✨

Also, message me if you have and I will be happy to guide you on the next steps.❤️

Stay blessed the most stylish way possible, being the you that God made you to be😊

The Workings Of Power, Love And A Sound Mind

Now that we understand the need to remove fear because it is a spirit not given to us by God… What’s next?!?🤷🏾‍♀️

Well from previous post “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

God has given us some pretty sweet weapons to break fear from our lives. 

Power, Love and Sound Mind, this is great and all but to use a weapon you must understand it’s workings, and these are not your physical weapons but spiritual. So, let’s break these down so by the end of this you will be able to understand the workings of all 3 vital weapons to remove fear.

POWER

It first starts with power, we need the power to stand against fear to break it. Without power, we will always bow down to fear which is why this is the first weapon God mentions against fear. 

Let’s slow this down for a second. What is this power exactly? This power is the strength given to us by God, not something we have obtained ourselves but have gained through His grace.

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

With this gained strength we have the power to do all things YES! even break fear, but wait there is more 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right God” (Isaiah 41:10)

not only have we been given strength to do all things but God goes on to say I will also be with you with this strength.

LOVE

This leads perfectly into the next weapon which is love, you know the saying “the power of love is stronger than anything”. Now y’all might be thinking this only relates to fairytales and movies but you are sadly mistaken. This phrase is beyond true, for is it not written: “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” (Colossians 3:14) and furthermore “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8). If love is God Himself, the bond of perfection then you can imagine the edified power on top of God’s strength already given to us to overcome fear.🤯

Let’s dig a bit deeper to make this more interesting “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”(1 John 4:18). Isn’t God amazing, the power in perfect Love itself drives out fear, in other words, the strength we have in love will drive out fear.😲

POWER + PERFECT LOVE (God) = Driving out fear

SOUND MIND

Naturally, a sound mind was a hard one for me to grasp, I asked God what is a sound mind? Then God spoke that your mind is a powerful tool in maintaining the disposal of fear. I sat there like huh! 🤨and God further began to explain. It’s one thing to drive out something it’s another thing to maintain from not giving in to it again. The example of exercising came to mind. When we set the goal to lose weight, get healthier or get into shape. We smash out the first week but then start to give in to temptation in the next week, next thing we know we are back to old habits😩. The same thing when it comes to fear, we can break it from our lives, feel so refreshed. However, don’t go thinking this spirit is going away silently, its going to come back with seven other friends.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first..” (Matthew 12:43-45).

So it’s critical not to fill our minds with just anything, we need a positive mindset, one filled with the word of God and consistently ready to drive out fear when it appears with the understanding of the tools you have. 

I hope you are all fired up and ready to use these weapons 💪🏾💪🏾

stay blessed the most stylish way possible, being the you that God made you to be 😊

Are You STUDYING or MEMORISING?

Now that you know the purpose of the bible it’s important to know how to read and study the bible. Many people believe the bible is like reading a novel, but a matter of fact this just lowers the value of the content in the bible. It’s more than just memorising verses and knowing what happens in it. To really benefit from reading the word of God you need to know what to do before the reading, during the reading and afterwards.

Before
There are a few things you need a BIBLE, pen and paper/notepad and most importantly prayer. It’s essential to pray before you read the bible to allow God to open up your eyes and reveal to you His word. There are 3 critical points to pray about:

1. The Holy spirit – The Holy spirit is the helper who is sent to teach you “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”(John 14:26). The holy spirit has the ability to guide you and teach you of God’s word, revealing to you the deeper things of God. “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”(1 Corinthians 2:10)

2. Revelation- you need to pray for a personal revelation of what you are about to read because the way we understand the verse is always different to another person. With a personal revelation, it makes it easier for you to keep that word in your heart and act according to it.

3. Ability to apply the verse in your everyday life – This is important to do every time you sit down to study the word of God. This is the key because at times we just read and understand but never act on the word. But God wants us to act on it. To BE like the people He wants us to be, not to just KNOW what type of people He wants us to be. So, always pray that what you learn you may also apply it in your everyday life.

During
DOT IT DOWN: When you find a link between the verse/chapter you are reading to another verse or chapter in the bible, dot it down. If you have a new understanding of that chapter/verse then you need to dot that down too. I suggest also writing the date, that way when you read that chapter/verse again and you get a clearer understanding then you can dot down your processes. This is something that really helped me and I found myself remembering more of the bible than I did when I wasn’t writing down ideas and thoughts everytime I read the bible.

After
Thank God for the reading and pray for more understanding as you meditate on it during the day/week. Make sure after a long reading to go over your notes so you remember better the key points you learnt and might want to pray about during that week.

I hope this has really spoken to someone and touched them and helped them on how to go about reading, studying and understanding the bible. Stay blessed!

“In the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God.” (John 1:1)

Knowing Yourself, Knowing Your God

The bible is known to be the word of God, yes? But you’ll be surprised how many people don’t know the PURPOSE of the bible. The bible is not only for us to know the word of god, it is more than that, it’s not just about showing us the way we should live, it’s more than that. The bible reveals to us about ourselves and makes us know God and the way he works. It’s the foundation of our connection and communication with God. That’s why it’s essential to know the bible

As mentioned above there are 2 key things you understand from the bible are:
1. YOU and who you are
2. GOD, who He is and who He is to YOU

Let’s focus on the YOU first.
When we receive christ as our personal saviour we are no longer the person that we were before christ, we are made new. We are no longer of the world but have become part of the children of God. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). With this, we need to be able to understand how the new us works and functions. Just like when you get a new technology device you read the manual to understand all the functions. That is what the bible is to Christians, it is a manual for ourselves. You get!

Okay, 2nd part, God and who He is to You.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1). It is critical to understand this because when we know God we begin to understand the purpose he has for our lives, and we can get to know God by reading his word (the bible). God is like the tools used to make us, He is the one who assembles us, makes us to perfection and fixes up all the loose knobs in us. However, how can we allow God to fix and build us if we don’t trust and understand how he functions? Like a mechanic, if He doesn’t understand His tools how will He know which one to use to be able to fix a problem. Just like us if we don’t understand God and who He is to us then how can we know how to pray to him to ALLOW Him to work on us.

Understanding this will enable us to study the word of God more efficiently and benefit from what God says more. Stay blessed!

If you don’t know yourself then how can you know God