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God is my source

 

There are days when I feel as though I should be further in life than where I am. I start to get anxious about my future and then fear grips me. What am I going to do? How can I manage without money? How am I going to pay for my son’s college? Will I ever get out of debt? All these questions crowd my mind and I sink deeper and deeper into fear and worry. It is during these times that I have to purposely remind myself that the LORD is my source. I start to confess, the LORD is everything I need and want. He is my joy, my peace, my strength, my provider and my protector. “He is the lifter up of my head”. Psalms 3:3. He protects my family and me from harm. These confessions increase my faith and help me to put my hope in God for all I need, both present and future. I know his plans for my life are “good and not for evil”. Jeremiah 29:11.

One name for God in the Bible is Jehovah Jireh, which means “The Lord will provide” Genesis 22:14. So when there is a lack in an area of my life, I can call upon his providing name to provide whatever it is that I am in need of if it fits into his will for my life. Whenever you ask God for something that is in line with his will for you and you don’t receive an answer right away, don’t be discouraged. Trust in him and know he’s a good God and he will take care of you. There may be a reason why God does not give us what we ask for when we first ask him. Sometimes we can pray for the right blessings at the wrong time. If God was to give us the right blessings at the wrong time we may not be mature enough to manage the blessing properly. For example, you wouldn’t give a car to a 14 year old that has not learned to drive or obtained a learner’s permit. The teenager may think or even believe he or she is ready to drive a car, but it will not be the best idea to give it to them. They still have a process that they need to go through to make sure they are ready and mature enough to handle a car when they get it. This is similar to our Heavenly Father. God doesn’t give us anything that will harm us. He makes sure it is the right time for us. We need to trust him and have faith that he knows what he is doing. At the appointed time, we will receive the answers to our prayers. I try to keep in mind that God is always providing even when I cannot see it.

I was a single mother for about 12 years. When I look back now, I see how God provided for my son and me during those 12 years. There were times when I felt discouraged and down, but God was there opening doors and taking care of us. When I needed a baby sitter, the Lord provided someone to babysit. When I had trouble paying my bills because I was in school, the Lord brought financial support through someone. He always brought people around me that encouraged me and helped in all sorts of ways. Now, when I sit back and remember those times when he made a way out of no way, I just give him all the glory. He is a good God!

I want to encourage someone today. No matter what you are going through, whether it’s a financial problem, health problem or problem in your family, remember God is able! “He can do exceedingly, abundantly, above, and beyond, all we can ask or think according to the power that works in us”. Ephesians 3:20. My question to you is which power that is working in you? Is it the power of God or the power of fear and doubt? Do not allow fear and doubt to consume you. Continue to have faith in God and trust that he will take care of your needs. God said in his word that we are “not to worry”. Matthew 6:25-34. Instead, we are to “cast our cares onto him for he cares for us”. 1 Peter 5:7. If you put your trust in the Lord he will take care of you. Don’t lose hope, our God is good!

Your sister in Christ,

Nuku Nwajei

God is in Control

Sometimes things happens in life when we least expect it, and it knocks us straight to the ground. What just happened, we ask? It’s not real. I must be dreaming. And in that moment all of what you thought you knew goes flying out the window. You find yourself trying to make sense out of the confusion that is taking hold of your mind.

This is how I am this morning. I laid in bed confused and sad. What do I do? What steps do I take? I have no idea what to do right now.But the beauty of our faith is that even when we don’t know what to do, God does! He is in absolute control. Situations may happen that appears suddenly to us but it is not to our God. Our Bible tells us that He’s omniscient (He knows everything). There is nothing under the sun that is hidden from Him. Hebrew 4:13. So I have to let go of my fears and trust in Him. I have to know that He has already made provisions for the trials and temptations that I may be facing right now. The Bible says that God does not give us more than we can handle. 1 Corinthians 10:13. So if there is an situation you or anyone you know are facing, have hope and know that God has already provided what you need to make it through.

I am so grateful that I serve an able God. A God that never leaves me nor forsakes me, Deuteronomy 31:6. When I am weak, He is strong and He strengthens and helps me according to His word in Isiah 41:10.

So please be encouraged today. Know that your Heavenly Father is taking care of everything. Relax and put your trust completely in Him. He will make a way for you and your family in Jesus name, Amen!

Be Bless and Keep the faith!

Your sister in Christ,

Nuku Nwajei

Stay in Your Lane

One day I was talking with a friend of mine just having girl talk. She began talking about her goals and aspirations. Immediately, I found myself comparing myself to her. I should have goals and aspirations like these, I said to myself. Why I can’t be more goals oriented like this, I asked myself (Its funny how we can have a whole conversation in our heads and people around us have no idea). Anyways, while beating myself up in my head, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “stay in your lane.” This statement brought peace to me immediately because it reminded me that I was doing it again. I was allowing other people’s accomplishments to make me feel worthless again. I tend to want to compare myself with other people. I look at their strengths and I think I should have the strengths they have, especially if it’s in an area that I am weak. But that day God brought freedom to me by those words. The “old Nuku” as I would like to call her would have held on to those comparison thoughts and let it define her identity. Thinking to myself, because I don’t have those goals or strengths; then I am not good enough. I would start to feel worthless and insignificant. But the “new Nuku” that is walking with Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to help her now realizes that we all are not the same. The Bible says “we are one body with many functions.” Romans 12:4. We all need each other to do the work of God. So when I start to compare myself, the Holy Spirit reminds me that I too have a specific purpose and destiny from God to propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ and to live a fulfilled life. I can now be joyful when people are operating in their gifts and strengths. If God is asking you to do something but you are so focused on what others are doing, you will miss on your calling. Don’t focus so much on what other people are doing. If you are not sure what your purpose is, spend time with the Lord, read his word and ask him to show you your purpose in life. If there’s an area in your life where you are weak, ask the Lord to strengthen you and give you the ability to overcome that weakness. For example, let’s say you want to lose weight and all of your attempts have been futile. Go before the Lord, He knows you better than anyone else. He will give you the understanding about your body and how it works. Everybody is different. The weight loss techniques that work for one person may not work for another and if a person keeps pursuing wrong techniques, they may not get the results they are hoping for. God is more than capable to give you the ability to do what needs to be done. When you are looking around and comparing yourself to other people, you won’t have time to focus on what God has called you to do. Another problem with comparison is that it can lead to low self-esteem. There will always be people that will be good at doing certain things that you are not good at. So when you compare yourself to them, you start to feel like you don’t measure up. But when you look to God, who created you, and ask him to show you your strengths, you won’t have the time to be worry about what you are lacking. You will be too busy operating in the grace that God has given you to fulfill your purpose in life. By the grace of God, when I find myself falling into the trap of comparison, I pull out the Word of God and study the scriptures that talk about comparison. Thank God for the advancement in technology, so we can search the internet to find bible verses that teach us how to handle various issues of life. If reading your bible seems overwhelming, I suggest you research the specific topics online. Once you get the bible verses you are looking for; go into your bible and turn to each bible verse and read them as many time as you can. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you new insights concerning the scriptures you are studying. Don’t just read it one day and forget about it. Continuously study those scriptures and overtime it will become a part of you. I even recommend writing each scripture on a note card and carry it with you. Whenever you are tempted to compare yourself with others; pull it out and start to read it out loud. With time you will start to see a difference. And when the devil comes to tempt you, you will start to speak those scripture back to the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7. Below are some scriptures that have really helped me in this area. I urge you to open your bible, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and study the word of God. The power in the word of God can set you free from any type of bondage.

Here are some scriptures that have helped me:

  1. Galatians 6:4-5
  2. Corinthians 10:12
  3. James 3:16
  4. 1 Corinthians 3:3
  5. Romans 12:2
  6. Philippians 2:3
  7. Proverbs 3: 5-6

Your struggle may not be with comparison, it may be worry, anxiety, pride, jealousy, greed, lust etc. No matter what your struggles are, the principle is the same. Study the word of God in the area you are struggling and God will give you victory. Always remember Jesus is on your side and the Holy Spirit lives in you ready to help you. All you have to do is ask, believe and you will receive his help.

Stay Blessed and keep the faith

Your sister in Christ,

Nuku Nwajei

A Mind of Christ

 

Philippians 2:5 tells us to have the mind of Christ, which means having a mind of humility and unity. We should respect and admire others, as well as, consider their needs, interests, and overall wellbeing. As for me, having the mind of Christ takes daily practice of surrendering to the Holy Spirit and allowing him to teach me how to think like Christ. It is not my natural tendency to wake up in the morning thinking like Christ. I can be selfish and self-centered at times which is definitely not the mind of Christ. So what do I do if I want to think like Christ? Well I have to submit to the Holy Spirit, study the word of God and let God transform my thinking. Romans 12:2. Also what helps me is to speak the words of God over my life. What you confess is what you will possess. Below is a confession I often speak over my life. I hope you find it helpful.

I declare in the name of Jesus that I have the mind of Christ according to Philippians 2:5. Every day, I am thinking more and more like Christ. Every day, I am loving people more and more like Christ. Every day, I am becoming more and more forgiving just as Christ is. I celebrate the goodness of God in the life of people. I will not hate because Christ does not hate. I will not be jealous or envious because Christ is not jealous or envious. I will not allow strife into my heart and I will “esteem others better than myself (Phil 2:3)” because this is the will of God for my life. Amen!

My sisters in Christ I hope you find this helpful.

Be Bless and keep the faith

Nuku Nwajei

 

New in Christ

Now that we are in the new year, there will be many talks about new year’s resolutions. Everyone is going to be setting goals on how to be their best self in the new year. There is nothing wrong with setting goals, but as children of God, our number one goal should be to grow closer to God. We should strive to become who he has created us to be. So today, let’s look at some things we need to do to help us get closer to God.

In order for us to move forward with God and allow him to do the work that needs to be done in us, we must let go of things that hold us down. Paul says in Philippians 3:13-14, that he has not achieved everything he needs to achieve. Yet Paul decided not to let that hold him down. We cannot allow our past mistakes and hurts to hold us down from becoming who God has called us to be. We have all made mistakes in our lives, but we cannot allow those mistakes to define us. Let us allow God to define who we are in him. Focus our attention on God and ask him to forgive us of our sins. Once we have honestly repented, we can now concentrate on moving forward and not dwelling on the past.

When we have repented and are ready to move forward with Christ, let us consider these few guidelines to help get us to the next level in your relationship with him. Let your new year’s resolutions look similar to these:

First, spend time with the Lord and read his word. You cannot know a person until you have spent time with them. Knowing their personality, likes, and dislikes will help you understand that person. God is the same way. He desires to spend time with you. The best thing about spending time with God is that you learn things about yourself that you did not know. He doesn’t just reveal himself to you but he will also educate you about who you are in him. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Secondly, pray for God’s wisdom. As children of God, we need his wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him,” says James 1:5. Also pray for God’s understanding. We need God’s understanding to be able to do his will. Take a look at Psalm 119:73. A person can have wisdom and not have an understanding of how to apply it. In seeking God’s wisdom, it’s also best to seek his understanding.

Thirdly, you want to make sure to rely on God’s strength to help you. You cannot handle the demands of life with your strength alone. You need God to strengthen you. I love Isaiah 40: 29-31 and Philippians 4:13 because they encourages me to rely on God’s strength. We live in a very busy world that requires a lot of our strengths but when we go in the presence of God and “wait on him,” we come out feeling rejuvenated.

Lastly, be mindful of the company you keep. Surround yourself with other believers; people that will help build your faith. The Bible tells us that “evil company corrupts good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33) If you want to grow closer to God you are going to need friends that have similar goals. Pray and ask God to show you a friend that could be an accountability partner for you. An accountability partner will help give you the support and comfort you need to move forward in your faith. Let it be someone that will tell you the truth in love and according to the word of God.

Please be aware that this not going to happen overnight. It is going to be an everyday decision you make to follow Christ. You are going to have some good days and some bad days but the more you walk with Jesus, the more you will have good days rather than bad. Also, when you feel like you have fallen short, don’t be discouraged. Call on Jesus, repent, and continue where you left off. God will meet you where you are and “perfect everything concerning you.” (Psalms 138:8)

Be blessed and keep the Faith

Your Sister in Christ,

Nuku Nwajei.