The beautiful word GRACE .. God whispered your name and said you are good enough just the way you are. You don't need to change yourself in order for Him to love you or be part of His Kingdom. God loves you unconditionally. No matter your sin, no matter your past, God's GRACE is for you as well. So don't wait, accept Him in your life today!
God gave us a phenomenal principal in Proverbs 3: 5&6 that we must trust in Him with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding, we must acknowledge Him in all of our ways and He shall direct our paths!
Normally in the beginning of each year I would set goals for the year and refresh my 'soft skills' so I can become a better person, but in the beginning of 2015 the first and only thing on my heart was "to trust in God fully no matter what". It was as if God was already preparing my heart for a difficult year. Yes, I think God was just preparing me for what was to come. A lot of changes and turmoil - but - God is reinforcing in my heart that I must trust Him no matter what. I am reminded by the Spirit on a daily basis that I have to focus my eyes on Him as He has my heart and life in His hands. Yes it is true that we can't always see where the road leads and what storms are up ahead, BUT God promises that He will always be with us through those storms and that something will be better up ahead if we just keep our trust in Him and God does have a firm grip on us His children, even if we can't feel it, we just need to TRUST! But I must also admit that even with all the storms I still feel blessed. I am still grateful for all that God has blessed me and my family with, the things we can't buy or put a prise on, those are the most important things, our senses, our health, the love we have for one another and for me most of all would be having Jesus in my life.
God loves me and He loves you and He has ALL the power above and beyond, even during our storms, all the power belongs to Him so whom shall we fear. Greater is He who is in me than the one in the world.
We must not put our trust in man as they will hurt and fail us, but Jesus said that apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). Even in our places of work, we must work as we work for God and Him alone and put our trust only in Him.
I do believe when believers look back at their lives they will see how God has carried them, even during the biggest storms. I can see in my own life, how He carried me and made me stronger - the most awesome thing is He will never stop, not for me and not for you. Just trust in Him no matter what! So as we enter 2016, always know that God is within us, above us, beneath us, next to us and He will give us the strength to get through another year and make a difference for His glory in the process.
Isaiah 49:23 "She who trusts in the Lord will never be disappointed"
Father God thank you for loving us so unconditionally and allowing us to trust you implicitly!
Although you are already in Heaven and I miss you so much everyday, I want to take this time today to say thank you for being the best father I could ever ask for. Thank you for always working those extra hours for us as a family to make sure we could live. Thank u for looking after mommy when she was so ill, sacrificing your time. Thank you for taking in 3 extra kids of your brothers' when they passed away so early in their lives. Thank you for always making sure we had everything we needed as a family. Most of all thank you for taking us to church and introducing us to Jesus from an early age.
My daddy, I love you and miss you with every fibre of my being, but you are with mommy in heaven and I know you must be so happy, spending time with her and most of all singing praises to our Most High God in heaven. Tell Jesus I say thank You for His unconditional love and Grace.
Happy Fathers Day my daddy... till I see you again. Your Daughter. You and Mommy are forever in my heart.
As a leader I want to rather stick with Jesus and His principles than to follow man. We work for God anyway to show His glory and not for man.
My writing is based on humility and not pride, keeping our feet on the foundation that Jesus has laid for our lives. Proverbs 11:2 warn us that if we are full of pride and stuck-up we will fall flat on our faces, but if we are humble and down to earth we will stand firm.
We can still be assertive and be strong leaders when we lead with humility - power and pride is a dangerous avenue!
We must always look at the needs of our fellow staff members. An autocratic management style is not healthy for any organisation. Loving others should become naturally - people are desperately seeking acceptance and are in need of love and leaders should be helping people through difficult times. We should teach, lead, coach and correct with love.
Leading should not be about making a name for ourselves or hurting others to be at the top but we have to make sure we stay grounded on the good foundation that Jesus has laid for us. We should never hurt the ones that are weaker than us. We must always be reminded that Jesus never exalted Himself.
Whatever important decisions we make as leaders, we should never compromise our values and we should always tap into the godly resources the Holy Spirit makes available to us and always be people of integrity and be trustworthy.
Always think - how would Jesus do my job - then act!
Transformation : How amazing that if we tap into those amazing resources that Jesus so freely make available to us as leaders, we will always be transformed and our work, family, friendships and our lives will just become more meaningful.
Everyday at work we can start fresh with new GRACE from Jesus not dwelling on the "yesterdays". New mercies every day!
A shepherd will lay down his life for his flock, serve and sacrifice. That is how we should be with our employees daily. You will get a lot of respect from your employees and they will do so much more for you when you as a leader respect them.
We must never break the rules of our company and we need to be the examples and always respect those in authority.
We will face many challenges and also be criticized as Christian leaders but we need to know when to stay silent (be still and know that I am God) and also when to stand up for our values.
Always remember if you don't have people you are leading, you are still a leader. We are leaders leading from the heart of Jesus. I pray that God will guide your heart as you lead to show His glory on a daily basis. Amen.
The gift of GRACE through Jesus Christ is invaluable.
Religion can become such a controversial topic. We as Christians need to be carefull that we don't become so religious that we forget about the greatest commandment Jesus gave us and that is to love. We must not "push" people away from God's love because we become so religious. We must truly live out the grace and love of God.
We have to love on people that are broken by sin, people in need of His love. When people hurt and they feel they are not good enough to be loved and accepted by Jesus, we need to be there full of the Grace of Jesus to lead them and show them they are loved and accepted, no matter their sin. For everyone sins and falls short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23) but then John 1.17 tells us that God's unfailing love, grace and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. How exciting.
The gift of Grace through Jesus to us is absolutely invaluable and great. God's mercy was given to us only through Jesus Christ .. how awesome that NO MATTER what our sin, God loves us unconditionally and so we have been accepted by God. Jesus tells us in Matthew 12: 31 - 32 "every sin will be forgiven, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven". And blasphemy against the Spirit means to continuously reject the Holy Spirit's promptings to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Jesus said in John 10 : 27 that NO ONE shall snatch a believer out of His hand.. we shall never perish but have eternal life.
So today I say to all sinners (like we all are including me), no matter what your sin is, turn to Jesus because He alone will love you unconditionally, accept you as you are and give you everlasting joy and peace.
God keeps His eye on us and listens to our every plea. God has not moved and He is still the same God - He will never change.
God's eye takes everything in, the good and the bad. He understands what we are going through on earth.
God will keep us safe from the wicked; when we face a great storm, He is there and that is why we will have victory. God is in charge!
Father God, You are an all-knowing God, You know our hardships, You know our situations and our burdens. You know we can't make it in this world without You.
Father God, thank You that You are so faithful to us, thank You that You will give us victory through Jesus and that something unexpectedly amazing is going to happen when we least expect it, so You can be glorified.
1 Cor 15:57 : "But thanks to God who gave us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ".
One of God's incredible attributes is that He is our Strong Protector. We live in such dangerous, unsure times, where enemies are prowling around each corner. So it is safe to say that during the times we live in we have to remind ourselves that there is only ONE Strong Protector -
I absolutely love the piece out of Psalm 91 ...
“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”
Oh yes, Father God, help me to get to know You and to trust You. Protect me from all sides, let my feet be grounded in You as my Foundation. Lift my head high and clothe me with Your blessings as my help is only from You. Father God take my side and give me favour. Let me be still when I need Your help God as my heart is doing all the talking. Amen!
There is no fruit without some kind of root. In order to blossom and carry beautiful fruit our root must be steadfast and strong in our Saviour Jesus. So whatever comes out of our mouths and our actions come from the roots that have taken hold deep in our souls.
Father God, I am here Your daughter please open my heart and show me who You are through Jesus and don't ever take Your Holy Spirit from me. Let Your Holy Spirit lead me, teach me and guide me.
Matthew 15: 13 - Jesus said: "every tree that wasn't planted by my Father in heaven will be pulled up by it's roots". He carries on by saying in verse 16: " Don’t you know that anything that is swallowed works its way through the intestines and is finally defecated? But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes. Eating or not eating certain foods, washing or not washing your hands—that’s neither here nor there.”
Jesus thank You for Your grace and for planting us so we can stem from Your root. Help me to always do the right thing as You teach me and lead me. Amen