Believe in Yourself

Pssst! Have you heard the recent news that believing in yourself may boost your self-worth and value?

It is a fundamental rule to have the utmost trust in ourselves in order to accomplish our dreams.  Often times, agendas or past opportunities steer us from believing that we can do this or that.  Periodically, our actions can often abet self-doubt and low esteem.

In our ever-growing society, self-esteem is one of the major problem that affect us on a daily basis.  We may have the tendency to wake up some mornings with self doubt, “Am I going to make it?” or “Am I good enough?”  Undoubtedly we begin to go down this negative spiral of hopelessness which sometimes affect our confidence and personal life.

Believing in yourself does not come overnight but begins with a process.  In order for this process to work, it is often a good idea to recite positive affirmation each day by repeating it all day until you actually believe it! Seek scriptural advice through the Word of God daily. He will direct your path. 

Oscar Wilde once said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance”  and rightly so!

Today, take the first steps to believing that you can do all things; when  you believe in yourself the world will see you as you see yourself; awesome!

First, make a feel-good list about the things that you deem as bad and secondly, make a note of the good things that you are good at.  Secondly, forgive yourself of past mistakes. Learn from them. Allow yourself to be the person God created you to be.

Receiving compliments from people can be good medicine for the soul.  By listing at least ten, both negative and positive, you can focus on the positive attributes.

Today, is the day that the Lord has made and YOU shall rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).

Treat today as a brand new day by believing in yourself and self-worth.

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God’s Divine Purpose

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Have you ever wonder what it would be like not having a purpose, having no hope?  No hope of fulfillment?

Some years ago, I have often wondered about it.  Questions would always fill my mind,

“Why am I here?” or “What was the purpose of me being here?” 

I remember, when I was not yet a Christian, I would often asked myself those questions. I did not feel as if there was any significant reason to be here; here today and gone tomorrow was my answer.  However, my life journey began to change my perspective on life and on the Creator.

It dawned on me, some years later, that I was actually here for a purpose and that God made it quite clear. He made us for His pleasure and He is worthy for our honour and praise.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:11)

Sometimes we feel discouraged and rejected by situations and circumstances that becomes our obstacle to move forward. The very obstacle that may come to rob us from the very blessing that God has promised us. 

Last month, I went for a routine checkup and my morning turned out pretty stressful. To cut a long story short, I was, by God’s intervention, began talking to the doctor about our  purpose and faith.  He began to say that many people with little faith are worried about the unknown when they leave this world.

When my time was up, the doctor said that he would begin to practise his faith daily now and after.   I knew at that point there was a purpose for me to be there that afternoon, even though the day had turned out stressful.  I left him knowing that he had a purpose to live, a purpose to know that nothing is done before the time.

Our identity in Christ gives us the understanding of purpose, and His purpose calls us in a unique way.  God’s divine purpose, His love and His favour is what propel us to move closer to Him.

Every struggles that comes our way, comes with a purpose! Purpose that steers or move us to greatness that succeed the plan of God.  His purpose is not defined by our past nor is He limited to our lack of knowledge.

Pay attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you will not have the need to compare yourself to anyone else (Galatians 6:4)

When life itself begin to take its toil on us or our back is against the wall, we should only look up!  By looking up it will remind us that we are not far from God and His right hand is holding us up in times of trouble.  

Guess what!  We all fall short of His glory sometimes, but the Good Shepherd will gently bring us, once again, back into line, because we are far from perfect.  But one thing for sure, everything that we may face will act as a test for us to challenge ourselves.

God in His infinite love knows exactly how much we can handle and He knows where, in terms of our destiny, where we need to grow in wisdom. So when we are tested we will, in the end, come out as pure gold if we  stay obedient (Job 23:10).

Another thing came to mind; a mobile phone. Imagine having a mobile still in its box; wrapper and all!   Not being used for the purpose intended;  just sitting in a box.  See, when we sum this up we can now look at this in a analytical sense.  If our purpose are not met and we are not going forward with God’s intention in mind, we will find ourselves stuck in the same box; wrapper and all.    

No growth or knowledge cannot be sustainable in a closed box.  Once out of the box the full purpose of what your life was meant to be used for, will now be open to be used for His glory.  

We have to also take God out of the box, in order to receive our blessings.  By taking God out of the box our purpose and our lack of knowledge will be strengthened according to His Word.

So, no matter what life throws at us today, we will, we shall, remain victorious and stand strong in Christ.  We serve a great God because He IS our strong Tower and many who run to it are saved.

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Its Only a Test!

I believe that every struggles that we face, comes with a purpose.  Purpose that steers us to move towards our greatness!  God’s purpose is not limited to our past. When life gets us down, and I’m sure it sometimes does, and our back is against the wall; look up!

We all fall short sometime, but guess what?  God gently brings us, once again, back in line because we are far from perfect.  Similar to a sheep that has strayed.  Everything that we go through is a test and God knows how much we can handle.  He never gives us more than we can bear.   He knows our destiny, so when we are tested we will come out as pure gold (Job 23:10).  We will remain victorious through adversity.

No weapon formed against us shall prosper, and every tongue that rise up against us in judgement they shall be condemned (Isaiah 54:17).  For His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways His ways (Isaiah 55:8).  But every word that comes from God’s mouth will not return void, but will accomplish that pleases Him by preparing the things that He has sent (Isaiah 55:11).

We are again encouraged to pray without ceasing and to rejoice always by giving thanks in all circumstances, because this is what is required from us (1 Thessalonian 5:16-18).

When the feeling of worry, fear and discouragement comes, we are to turn our thoughts into prayer and thanksgiving. In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving we should make our request known to God (Phillippians 4:6).

When we love ourselves, we will see a difference of change in the areas of our lives as well as our prayers. When our situation gets us down, God is up to something because He knows the plans that He has for us. Plans to prosper us and not to harm us and also plans to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

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THE ACT OF FORGIVENESS

imageWhat is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness is an act of strength. Strength that enable you to move on from a situation or person; but not tied to resentment and anger which can turn into bitterness.

Why do we hold on to resentment with someone when we can let go and live?

This is the the thing; and I am not saying that it will be easy to forgive; it may be hard, but the longer you hold on to it the harder it will be to forgive.

I have heard people say, “Forgive and forget.” Forgive and forget can mean that you forgive the offender and move on with your life, because God expects us to forgive, using godly wisdom.

The Bible says “Forgive those who has trespass against us.” (Matthew 6:12).

What does that mean?

Trespass is an act of offence against a person. In order for us to receive God’s blessings and forgiveness when we do wrong; we have to forgive. The sad thing is that when we do not forgive, we leave unresolved issues behind on loved ones who do not have the opportunity to say, “I forgive you.”

Forgiveness brings peace and freedom and it releases you from the power of that person. The only way that you know you have genuinely forgiven that person, is when that person walks into the room and you feel nothing negative; only forgiveness.
We all have one life; a life that should be filled with peace and tranquillity instead of anger or resentment. It is impossible to move on with a heart that is not forgiving and live your life fully.

Is it right for a person to take over one’s life and emotion with an unforgiving heart?

No, absolutely, not!  Forgive, and move on, in order to let go and live your life more abundantly. We should also, forgive ourselves of mistakes that we have made in the past. The past is the past. We should not stay in the past, but use the past to learn from the mistakes!

You may be saying, “It’s easy for you to say because you have never been in my position!” Yes, you may be right. But it does not make one’s hurt emotion different from another person. We have all experienced hurt, rejection and pain from loved ones, strangers and people. No situation is different to another person when it comes down to hurting emotions.

Forgiveness brings healing and with healing brings joy. The act of forgiveness sees blood pressure and heart rate lowered, reducing the levels of depression and anxiety.

Resentment is self-inflicted and will always hurt you more than the person who you are angry with. In fact, the person may have moved on with their life over the years and you’re still worrying about it!! According to the Bible, we have to forgive so that God can forgive us (Matthew 18:22). We cannot expect Him to forgive us when we are holding on to grudges with someone else (Ephesians 4:32).

The key factor is to take a leap of faith and forgive in order to receive your healing through forgiveness.

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Fresh Oil: New Beginnings

imageNow the year 2016 is now underway, while we wait in anticipation. What will it bring? Will it bring gladness and  unspeakable joy full of glory or will it bring unhappiness and strife as the battle of excess baggage, piled on us year after year, becomes unbearable!! Oh, my back!

imageThis is the Year of Fresh Oil and New Beginnings that will be pour out abundantly over your life.  In order for this to happen we must:

“Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first and ALL things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

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