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 😊

The Spirit Of Fear

FEAR. False Evidence Appearing Real, a saying that caught my attention when I first heard it. I began to question why do I fear? what is it that I fear? 🤔

Fear is something we formulate in our minds, things we convince ourselves are real and a great threat to our living being. THAT’S CRAZY RIGHT! Like why does our mind have to go and play us like that?😤Haha but sadly that is the truth about fear and the power of the mind. Isn’t it written, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7). This is why even inspirational/motivational speakers stress on the topic of personal development and creating a positive mindset (but this is a conversation for another day☺️).

Think about what you fear the most, I know everyone has many fears and we toss this word around a lot like a ball. However, have you ever really sat down and thought, what is my BIGGEST fear? and why? 

What are the actual thoughts that lead you to believe this is your greatest fear? If you come up with the answers please let me know.

Even myself I struggle to think why I fear what I fear😩. It has become a norm to accept what we fear as a way of life, like yea this is who I am, I fear this and that.

Well here is the funny bit, wait for it…

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear…” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Fear is a SPIRIT, WAAHHHAT🤯 I know but stay with me though. Fear is a spirit that takes a hold on our minds, puts a blanket over our eyes and makes us believe in a reality that is not the true reality that God has placed for us. This spirit likes to come in slowly and discretely, it will keep feeding you fear slowly and slowly that by the time you realise what’s going on it’s already taken hold. This is when it becomes very difficult to break.

Today I challenge you to look at your life? what are you fearing right now the most? I know even with the coronavirus there is a lot of alarm and fear and this is the perfect playing ground for the spirit, but I want you to sit down make a list of your top 3 fears, acknowledge them, understand them by asking the question at the beginning of this post.

And I want you to decide to make the necessary steps to break that fear.

During the coming weeks, we will be going on a journey to breaking fear. 💪🏾💪🏾

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

Words Of Life

“The words of your mouth are very powerful” 🗣🗣 that’s what my mum always said growing up and sure enough it caught on with the whole family. The funny thing was when I was younger my siblings and I used it when we were teasing each other. If one said jokingly “you’re dumb😝” the other would respond ” Hey! don’t say that the words of your mouth are very powerful!😤😂”. As I look back at it now we probably didn’t realise the true power and truth in that statement.

“A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”(Proverbs 18:20-21)

When we look at the creation of the world and beginning of life, it all started with spoken words “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”(Genesis 1:3). Isn’t that amazing😲, God could have done everything by Himself, the verses could have said then God DID this then God DID that. But no God knew there was going to be a time as this when He needed us to understand the importance of what proceeds out of our mouths and what we speak into existence🙏🏾.

Words are so powerful that we sometimes don’t realise how they consistently form the lives we live. If you say you’re poor, guess what you will continue to be poor, if you say you’re successful, guess what you will be successful. The words we form do not discriminate they can bring both bad and good things into existence. That’s why we have to be cautious of what we are speaking into our own lives. Shift what you say about your situations, speak life into your situations, not death.

Even as mentioned in my previous post (Look to God) about coronavirus, we must speak life, God is beckoning us to use that which is so powerful, the words of our mouth to speak life into this world, to humble ourselves to Him and cry out (speak) to Him.

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”(2 Chronicles 7:14)

Let us speak to the Lord words that will spring life back to the world, not death.

I challenge you today to reflect on the words you have spoken into your life. What is it that you say to others and yourself about your situations? Is it something that must change?

And let us all speak life to the nations in these times of COVID-19 that God may hear our cries and deliver us. 

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

Happy Anniversay!

You can believe my surprise yesterday when I saw I had a notification from WordPress. I thought “gee it been a long while I wonder what it could be🤔”. It was a happy anniversary notification celebrating 7 years with WordPress.
I was beyond surprised 😱, 7 years when the Lord planted all this.
I started to reflect…what have I achieved in these years? why did I suddenly stop? and why have I been afraid to come back?

Fear is easy to form but hard to break. Fear of the unknown is what sometimes stops us from taking risks, starting something new or even being open to change. It came to my attention that fear has had me for a while now…

Have you ever stop doing something for so long and kept thinking I should get back to that, but began to fear that maybe you’re not as good as before or it won’t be the same as last time? because can relate. Fear and doubt complement each other, when fear creeps in we start to doubt our capabilities, the talents that God placed in us and we suppress them.

The funny thing is no matter how many times we hear this sometimes it takes certain moments in our lives for this to click, for us to realise what we are doing to ourselves. It’s very true what they say “our biggest enemy is ourselves”. I came to a realisation of this as the ‘verse of the day’ alert came on my phone with a verse which reminded me of how fear has managed to make me delay the things God has put in me to share.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

We shouldn’t be wasting time fearing men, fearing what the world is going to think of us🙅🏾‍♀️, who should be fearing God and doing what He has called us to do, as each individual.
I don’t know who needs to hear this but it’s time you too break out of your fear shell. It’s time to stop ignoring the calling inside you, you are worthy and you are capable. For it is God who has installed the gifts in you.✨

I know it’s not an easy ride but you don’t have to go through it alone if you feel like this join me on this journey of breaking lose of fear and rediscovering one’s self. If you need to contact me feel free.

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