Sunday Outfit #2: Celebrating Christ

It’s that time of year again where we remember the love and goodness of the Lord. Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, my saviour, who died for my sins so that I might be free and receive eternal life.

honestly in all my life so far that has been the BEST gift I have ever gotten and I am forever thankful to God.

Today rocking that seasonal skirt 😁 slaying that green and red!💁🏾‍♀️👸🏾 with a black long sleeve and black belt. And let’s not forget those POPPING Wittner shoes 😍🔥✨

It’s all about that smile game 😁 Happy to have received my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.🙌🏾❤️

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

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Have You Proven Yourself?

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Hey hey hey I’m back ladies! Greetings to all those who have stumbled upon this page, be encouraged in the Lord😊 and feel free to let me know how your week/day/year has been.

Today’s topic: proving yourself to God and not man

Firstly, come with me on a journey.
I was a young girl, the church was telling me one thing and the world was telling me another. At that time picking the choice that got the most affirmation from people was easy and a given. However, the days grew, it became more difficult because now the recipe for being liked had changed. To be liked, one now had to deny themselves in Christ. Covering up my love for Christ because I feared judgment and loneliness and desired to belong. The days aged and here I am a young lady, things are worse. You see more, you have to make more decisions and you have to at the same time discover who you are. But now I have decided not to prove myself to the world anymore, I have decided to prove myself to God.

Be very careful to not discover the you that is molded by others. This is an easy mistake we can make, people’s influence is very strong in our lives from family to culture to friends. It’s easy to form an identity based on how they see us or how society wants to see us. We can become so consumed with having their approval that we become fully convinced that this is who we must be. To feel a sense of belonging.

When Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,[a] and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
He meant deny our worldly self. The one formed by people’s expectations of us. And if we seek to prove ourselves to Him we have to carry up HIS expectations of us, HIS will for us daily and follow Him.

Jesus’ disciples denied themselves (Matthew 4:18-22). In those days honour was a valued thing and keeping the occupation of your fathers was a way of keeping honour in the society. When they left their fishing nets and followed Christ, they denied what the community/society expected them to be. We must be like the disciples of Christ, denying ourselves and following Jesus. This is how we will truly prove ourselves not to man but to God, the Almighty Father. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,”[a] says the Lord,[b] “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

Don’t get me wrong this is no fairytale, it’s not a walk in the park. It’s going to be challenging. Nobody said being a Christian was easy, nobody said being unashamed of the Gospel of Christ (John: 1:16) was a breeze. But the Lord did promise that He is our strength and shield (Psalms 28:7) and He will help us to carry through. Stay blessed!

Be Bold, Strong and of Good Courage Sisters!

Dress Code As Ambassadors

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Hey lovelies ladies, how are you feeling on this day that the Lord has made? Over this side in Melbourne, it is absolutely boiling. Forreal, it’s like I’m sitting in an oven all day, who’s in the same situation?

Topic: The Dress code as Ambassadors of Christ

Okay, this is not going to be a post about don’t wear this, Don’t wear that, DON’T, DON’T, DON’T! Eh nope. This dress code is a spiritual dress code, the dress code of our inner man “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Okay, so now you are thinking OH NO! Do I need to flip like 10 chapters and memorize 50 verses in the bible? Again no, so relax. This dress code can be found in 1 simple place. Colossians 3:12-17, Yes! in just 1 chapter and 5 verses, Hallelujah right!. This dress code comes when we ourselves as Christians are made new creatures being born again. If you are not born again that is alright, the good thing about God’s saving grace is that anybody can be born again. If you want to do so check out my blog post “The way of Salvation” or just email me through the contact page.

Colossians 3:12-17
“12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Now isn’t it weird how it say’s “put on” in this passage instead of having? Yes, these characteristics are ones we can’t just learn but need God to grant unto us. The reason we must put these on is so that they can become part of our inner man. Just as we put on normal clothes on our flesh, they become part of us, right? representing who we are, yes?. Exactly the same concept with the inner man, it needs clothes too. We are advised by God to put on these characteristics so that we may represent ourselves in the right manner as ambassadors of Christ. Just as the saying your clothes can reflect your personality more to others, so does the right clothing on our inner man reflect more of who we are in Christ.

So, where ever you go put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, and longsuffering. But above all put on LOVE, for it was through God’s love that we are saved, it is through His love that we are alive today. So that where ever we go people will know that Christ is with us. When we put on these characteristics in our everyday lives we benefit more, for our flesh is not the one that will be judged on judgment day but our inner man.

Even when we commit sins because we are still human, let that not take away this apparel. We must always have it on. Jesus understands our temptations and that is why we are given mercy, but our spiritual apparel must never be taken off. Not for our sake but for His sake as His ambassadors. Stay blessed!

Above all put on Love, let love not be taken away from your spiritual apparel 🙂

The Way Of Salvation

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Okay, I have been meaning to post about this topic for a very long time. Many people don’t understand when you start to talk about salvation to them. Some believe salvation is when you choose to become a Christian, others think it’s when you believe that Jesus is real and is the Son of God.

Salvation is not only about believing in Christ but also RECEIVING Him. Salvation is the divine plan of God for us to be in connection with Him again. To not experience death through sin but be free from sin and have everlasting life in heaven.

1st we need to understand that we are all born sinner, through one man. and with sin came death. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12)

2nd we need knowledge of the saviour. Jesus Christ came on this earth to fulfil this divine plan of God.”For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.” (1 Corinthians 15:21). Through the blood that was shed at the cross, we are free from the bondage of sin. We gain everlasting life in heaven. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free,[a] and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)

3rdly there is only 1 way to salvation, not 2, 5, or 10 but 1. Through Jesus Christ we obtain Salvation. I was on twitter the other day, you know doing my thang. I came across this tweet speaking of people in church complaining about how God only made 1 way and why not many ways. This is unacceptable, we should be grateful and rejoice that God loved us so much to even give us 1 way. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Okay, knowing this you are now aware of salvation. You’re probably thinking great, with this information surely I now have salvation. Girl, No! It’s not enough to just know it, you have to call on Jesus Christ and receive Him in your life. “For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Once you have received you are now born again and you are now a new creature. “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). You now have a connection to the Father through Jesus Christ. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6). Stay Blessed!

Guideline for A Prayer to receive Salvation
1. Acknowledge that you now understand that you are a sinner and Christ came so that you may be saved “Lord, God, I now know that I am a sinner and cannot save myself, but you sent your son, Jesus Christ. Who carried my sins at the cross and died, that I may be saved and be free from the bondage of sin.”
2. Ask for Jesus to come into your life “Lord, Jesus come into my life, be my personal saviour, wash me clean of all my sins, make me a new creature.”
3. Declare that you are no longer of the world but you now belong to the kingdom of God and resist the devil “Devil I resist you, you have no control over my life, I am not yours, I am no longer of the world but I now belong to God, I am now a child in the Kingdom of God.”
4. Thank God for salvation and receive it “Thanking God for this salvation through your son, Jesus Christ. I receive this salvation today. IN JESUS NAME. Amen.”

Rooted In Christ

By Chidi Udemezue 

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Job 14:7-9 (NIV)
“At least there is hope for a tree. If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.
Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,
Yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.”

There’s something magical about trees, no? The root is the organ of the tree and typically a lot bigger than the tree itself.
Is it a coincidence that there are references made throughout the bible to our relationship with Christ to be like the roots of a tree? The root is the ORGAN – what is needed to keep the tree alive. Strong roots are not easily uprooted, they span so far and so long that you probably would be unable to get to the beginning.

Recently, I felt almost very restless and a stirring, so I took my Mums car to run some errands but ultimately to go for a drive to clear my head. I think my best when I am outside, uninterrupted just me, my thoughts and the Holy Spirit.
I ended up parking next to an old school which has turned into a construction site. Literally bricks, rubbish, mess everywhere.
I felt like the Holy Spirit was saying ‘Okay see that school, how much pressure do you reckon it has taken to pull that school all the way down? The resistance? The force? And then how much more pressure and resistance do you reckon it will take to re-build it up again?’
See maybe you are like me and you feel like there is some resistance or pressure in your life. You feel restless and almost jumpy like “come on, I’m ready!”
But from that encounter I realized, when God is breaking things off you, e.g. your character, personality traits, habits etc. it is not a comfortable place to be in. Likewise, when He is re-building you and instilling in you what you need to be all that you want to be and more.

But then I realized, once He has finished building you up, how much will it take for you to come tumbling down again? Our roots, our organs need to be rooted in Christ so that if and when we are cut down (because God and life will serve us slices of humble pie if we aren’t careful) when the Holy Spirit comes again, we can still grow and shoot forth again.

I shared this on snapchat when I caught the revelation, but I’m really glad I have the opportunity to share on a wider platform!
I pray that somehow it touches you and encourages you to seek Gods face a little bit more so that your roots become planted firmer in Him!

Stay blessed,
Chid x
www.mycameragodandi.weebly.com

To view more of the lovely Chidi’s post check out her blog 🙂 click the link above, stay blessed! 

Rooted In The Truth

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Rooted in the truth/in Christ, how do we get there? How does one become rooted?. These questions were running through my mind these past few weeks. And God showed an answer. It’s very simple yet comes with complications. Being rooted in Christ is when you know the word of God and having the ability to obey His commandments without compromising. Doing what the Lord says and building a personal relationship with Him. However ladies, don’t get it twisted, this is easier said than done.

One thing we must understand is that when we decide to become rooted it is not an overnight transformation. It is a long-term process, and it differs for everybody. I know sometimes we want to speed the process and get to where God wants us to be fast, becoming impatient. But we need to understand the best time is God’s time “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven”(Ecclesiastes 3:1). This process will be full of conflict, challenges, and spiritual warfare.

Even Jesus in the Gospel of Luke expressed how following him would cause conflict within families, “Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:53). For some, there will be battles for Christ with their parents. Nevertheless, with conflict comes courage, to stand for what you believe in. To stand for the truth. To stand for Christ.

When Rooted In Christ there comes challenges. This world will bring forth many ideas that go against the word of God. We sometimes become afraid to stand up for Christ. Especially young people, we start to become ashamed of who we are. But it says in the word ” For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). We cannot be ashamed because we do not seek validation from this world but we seek it from God. Furthermore, commitment, we must be committed to change, to letting go of past behaviours and giving our all to God.

Lastly, we enter a spiritual warfare. We have one enemy and that enemy is the devil who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). We need to understand that he will try and persuade us to go astray but we must remain grounded in the things of Christ and resist temptations. Like Jesus resist temptations by the devil himself in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). Jesus also set an example of how we can also resist the devil’s temptations, through the word of God. Stay blessed!

Stay Rooted in the Truth

Be Strong And Of Good Courage

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Scenario: You are with your friends and you are a very strong Christian and they are not so much. You begin to discuss the bible and they starting speaking of how it’s fake and not real. What would you do? What would you say? It’s easy right now to say yea I would totally speak up and defend the word of God. Educate them about the importance of the Bible, and how it is inspired by God and since God words are the truth “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”(John 17:17) then the Bible is true. Well, this might be the case for some but for others, easier said than done.

When alone you imagine you can and might convince yourself this is what you would do. However, when it becomes a reality you can completely switch up and find yourself afraid and silent. In a society where we desire to belong it can be hard to defend what we believe in. We become so afraid as Christian to talk about Christ, to spread the good news. We become so afraid of the outcome, what will they think of me? We become afraid of rejection, what if they walk away from me? We are afraid of not belonging.

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”(Deuteronomy 31:6). We are sent as children of God to go and minister the word and bring souls to Christ. Nevertheless, Nobody said it was going to be easy, It comes with fear and weakness. That’s why we need strength and courage from God to get us through. Knowing that as His children He will never leave us nor forsake us, we should not fear anything. “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”(Joshua 17:15-16). We should understand that we do not belong to the world anymore but we belong to Christ, who is not of the world. This gives us the good courage to minister to others, the God-given courage to do what He has sent us to do “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”(Mark 15:16). SISTERS! BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE. Stay blessed!

Hey Ladies, I dearly apologise for not posting yesterday, had some internet problems, but no matter here I am today. Chidi and I will be doing these themes here and there and posting our perspective on them. This month we decided to focus on courage. It is a great honour to be working with Chidi, she is a wonderful woman of God and if you wish to follow her (mycameragodandi.weebly.com) be blessed

Comparisons That Lead To Destruction

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Hey, lovelies this week is going to be a little different, I have Chidi with me and she will be posting on Thursday. We also have a theme this week which is comparisons and we will be sharing our different takes on the topic.

I’m going to be focusing on the comparisons made by some Christians towards non-Christians and also the comparisons that occur between different churches.

God tells us to love thy neighbour, but do we really? Do you find yourself quick to judge once you know someone is not a Christian?

As Christians we are made to follow the footsteps of Christ, however, sometimes we can forget that we are not perfect. We are not above or below people, we were all made equal no matter our title “Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.” (John 13:16). I have seen it in some Churches and Christians where they perceive themselves higher than those who are not Christian. kind of treating them the way the Jewish people treated the gentiles like outcasts in Ancient Palestine. Thinking they were not holy enough to be near, quick to judge a gentile than another Jew. That behaviour of thinking is not right, we cannot compare ourselves higher than a non-Christian and favour a Christian. We may never know what is happening behind closed doors, the Christian might be a bigger sinner than the non-Christian, the only difference is one knows Christ and the other is waiting to know of Christ. Instead of Christians comparing themselves to non-Christians, we should be winning their souls, seeing them for who they can become in Christ not who they are without.

Another matter is churches competing with other churches, one believing to better than the other. This happens often, where competitions and comparisons arise between churches and they find themselves losing their main focus and doing things to be better than the other. We should know as Christians we are ALL in Christ, we ALL love and believe in the same Jesus and we ALL have a common goal to win souls to him as his disciples. However, it’s sad when you see comparisons lead to a destruction of churches and also lead to pride in some.

God made us all equal in him, its just some are waiting to be revealed of that. Instead of being like the Pharisees in the bible questioning Jesus as he feasted with the sinners, let us be like Jesus and also call sinners to repentance (Mark 2:13-17). Let’s put all negative comparisons aside and see the gem that God sees in everyone and helping them to reach it by receiving Christ. We should aim to bless people with the good news not to put down people with the fact that we have learnt the good news. Stay blessed!

The good that God sees in you, you should see in others.

A Love As Strong As Death

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First things first, HAPPY EASTER! Hope everyone had a good one and attended a lovely service/mass. With that being said thought this week would be a great time to give you all a little Easter encouragement.

Easter for me this year opened a new understanding. Some may consider Easter a time of sorrow for the death of Jesus Christ, a time to remember the suffering and pain that Jesus endured on the cross. However, I don’t think Easter was ever meant to be a time of remembrance of the pain but a time of thanks and gladness for what Jesus did for us.

If Jesus had not died we would not have salvation, we would not have grace. We would be doomed and still be drowning in all our sins from the past and present. It’s a time to THANK God for the finished work at Calvary. Also, the most important thing to know is that Jesus had to die so that he might fulfil what was written in the scriptures, “After this, Jesus, knowing[a] that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”.” (John 19:28).

The death of Christ demonstrated the love that God has for us, it’s a love as strong as death (Songs of Solomon 8:6). Jesus was willing to die for us out of love, that we may be free from the bondage of sin and have life in abundance. So that we could live in God’s Grace and have His mercy towards us renewed every morning. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). We were given eternal life through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us celebrate the goodness that came to us and not forget to thank God. Stay blessed!

Happy Easter 🙂