Kingdom Commitment Conquers Rejection

Rejoice in the Lord, you who loves Him …you who fears the Lord … who delights greatly in His commandments.  Though you may seem insignificant by the world’s standard know this, by heavenly standard you are Jesus’ descendants upon the earth.

Therefore, you are mighty on the earth.

Believe it or not, you will not be happy when you allow the fear of rejection to shut down the calling which the Lord has on your life or to stand in the way of your preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God, or working in the Kingdom.

Besides, what would your life be without Jesus?

Recently I received three rejections …two of which were business transactions … within days of each other.  I was stunned.  I didn’t see them coming and I went away thinking, “God what was that about?”  Granted, they were nothing major … I had other options available but I admit, I still felt the impact of rejection.

And so, I prayed to the Lord to give me a clearer perspective so that it won’t rob me of my joy in Him.  Praise God I soon forgot about it and my joy and peace in the Lord remains.

However, a few days ago, it was impressed upon me to study Luke Chapter 4:14-30.

Today I would like to share with you how I’ve learnt to handle rejection the way Jesus did.

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God’s Grace The Source Of all Blessings

I don’t know about you but as a parent I am very concerned about the social issues that are negatively affecting our children and the unprecedented decline.

Recently my ability as a parent was truly undermined and I was totally at my wit’s end.

My youngest son, who is eight years old, was in a cycle of repeated suspensions from school which events were not only unchartered territory for me, in my many years of parenting, but they were beginning to take a toll on my peace of mind.

My husband and I tried everything in our powers to get him to stop but nothing seems to work.

And recognizing our inabilities, I decided to take this matter to the Lord and ask his counsel on this issue and His word reminded me … Blessed shall be the fruit of your body… [Deuteronomy 28:4].  The Lord empowered me to deal with the problem and not getting all stressed out.

The life and future of our son was way too important to ignore.

Recognizing that we were in real battle …I not only call upon the name of the Lord I took him to the Lord, to the real source of blessings, and that’s where we are… glory to the most High God. [Matthew 19:14, Mark 10:14, Luke 18:16].

I understood that the way to go forward is to go in the fear of the Lord.

The devil is a liar!

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Where Is The Kingdom of God?

My journey to finding the kingdom took me back.

By that I mean I had to leave the place I had ventured to… the place of dread, hopelessness, selfishness, greed and pain to find it.

As I walked the lonely narrow road back with just my savior and I, I realized that in my deep hunger for success and the fulfillment of my dreams, I had gone away from the Lord. Like a sheep that strayed from the security of the fold and the presence of the good shepherd.

Yes, I admit that I made some steps which took me in the right direction but I foolishly thought that I could have accomplished it all on my own. And having gained much confidence in my strength, I proceeded to make several running steps in the wrong direction.

Not all at once but gradually over the years that took me out from the rule of God over my life. On account of which, it was only a matter of time before my disordered steps would take me to the place a child of The King had no place to be.

I was tethering on the edge of a mental and emotional breakdown wrapped in the sheet of fear and doubt.

But with falteringly slow steps I made my way with the Lord at my side. He never stopped reminding me of His love along the way. Yes, He did. Every step of the way.

I was Desperate for Change

I wanted instant gratification.

So I read books and articles on self-development. I repeated the mantras, tried thinking positively and engaged in a positive attitude as an attempt to change my lifestyle. This self-help information was my olive branch and I clutched onto it for dear life.

While reading and trying to transform my life, I came upon this well-known scripture from the book of Proverbs 23:7… For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…  This particular scripture that I thought about literally took hold of my attention. I could not understand its meaning but felt in it. I would find help.

Meanwhile, as I embraced the concept of self-development and implementing it in my life, I paid more attention to my outward appearance to make it look as if I had it all together. I realized that this was just a façade because I remained unhappy.

I cannot fool God. The Lord is real and so should my relationship be with Him. With God there is no place for pretense.

At some point along the way I was mentally convinced that there were some slow physical changes. But I later learned through careful examination by the Word of God, that they were only superficial. As I was still grappling with fear, doubt, anxiety, panic attacks and stress.

All of which, I now know, are all nasty disease-causing bugs in my life which by the way, are all associated with that place I left behind.

Allow me to break for a moment to say if you are residing at this place, please do yourself a favor and leave now!

Friend, consider yourself served.

Returning to my testimony, I had to make another decision.

Where did I go for help?

My lightning fast mind soon realized that this job of total change and transformation was a job best left to the Creator.

I was deeply tired, frustrated and sorrowful. I humbly turned my life over to the Lord again.

I was tired of dragging the burdens of this life on my back. I wanted to rid myself of it for good. So I began to talk to the Lord candidly. You know, just as you would confide in a very close friend who you know will listen and not judge you.

I told him about my struggles and my inadequacies, my weaknesses and pain and my fears.  If everything or anything bothered me, I told Him about it. By doing so, it soon became clear to me that my heart and my mind became more receptive to His presence and I experienced a deep sense of relief.

This experience was so fresh, new and wonderful to me that I refused to separate myself from it. This was my choice and I prepared my heart to go all the way with Him.
I began reading the Bible more, particularly the gospels and by unashamedly placing myself among the disciples, living and being with Jesus. I became like a child again, listening to His teachings, preaching and the personal times shared together.

When I arrived at the place where the words of Jesus became so precious and valuable to me, I obeyed them. Whatever Word I did not understand, I hid in my heart and meditated upon until my understanding was opened and, friends, whenever this happened I was eager to practice it.

Yes, I was curious and excited all at once to see what would happen. I expected great changes that only He could do in me and friend, he never, not once, let me down.

And the Word Never Fails  

It wasn’t long after that I saw the awesome changing powers of God’s words working in my life. He not only put in order what I couldn’t, He also showed me how to use the key to staying in control and on top of situations that always got the better of me.

Now I can gladly say confidently that the greatest personal growth comes as a by-product to your spiritual growth.

And the Word led me into the Kingdom. I neither labored nor toiled to enter in. All that was required of me was that my heart believed. There I found rest from all my labors, a place saturated with the grace of God and His unconditional love.

Friends, as you sit at the feet and in the presence of Jesus you will become attracted to His gracious, kind, loving, compassionate, all-powerful, all-wise, peaceful, always at ease, triumphant and fearless guiding Spirit. The true light of the world spoken of in the book of John 8:12. In whose presence there is fullness of joy.

Now as my heart became open and entwined with His, I became aware of His almost “enviable” relationship with The Father which, praise God is available to me, you and indeed to all.

I am proud to say that I am resting at home in the Kingdom in the presence of God who rules my heart. I have found peace, joy and contentment and I am enjoying God’s love like there is no tomorrow.

My friend, this place is always filled with God’s grace, His favor and His love for you. The feeling of condemnation, which I think most of us suffer from, just does not exist here.

You are free. The pleasures of sin have lost its hold and you become bold as you stay restful in the righteousness of Jesus. You will realize that God is not angry with you and His love for you is undoubtedly second to none.

So be encouraged and as you continue in the Word of God, know this…

The Kingdom is Truly Accessible to You

It is not far off into the unknown and you need not wait to experience this thrill, excitement and fulfilling love when you die. This eternal quality of life is available to you today.

Finally, my brothers and sisters… look to the Word of God and not to the world and allow God to carry out through you more than you could possibly dream of.

Put Him to the test and prove Him now. I have and I will never regret it.