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Sharing our experiences

by Celia on January 24, 2013, no comments

Welcome to our blog. We meet as a family every month to share our experiences, testimonies and what we’re going through in our lives and have been doing this now for a couple of years.

 

GOD CAN DO WHAT MEN CAN’T

by Celia on July 30, 2018, no comments

Those who heard him say this exclaimed, “If it is that hard, how can anyone be saved?” He replied, “God can do what men can’t!”

God's work

Luke 18:26-27 The Living Bible (TLB)

Doing my morning devotional and listening to this beautiful praise anthem (Unto God) by Planet-shakers, I was reading the passage in Luke where the rich man asks Jesus what he needs to do to enter the kingdom of heaven. I, like you, have read it many times before, but in reading it today a statement Jesus made struck me, it was as if I hadn’t seen this statement before “GOD CAN DO WHAT MEN CAN’T”

 I can’t count the number of times I have tried to do God’s work for Him, the number of times I have prayed, cried out to Him, heard God say “I’ve got this” and still held onto the burden.

These words spoken by our saviour hold the key to our faith, God’s grace, and our salvation, daily I recognise and try to live by these words, understanding that if I truly believe that the God I serve is the Alpha and Omega, creator, King of kings then I must lay all before Him and let Him do what I cannot.

It’s interesting that we worry, struggle and despair daily with things that God has already dealt with, ignoring the fact that if we actually give it all to Him, surrender, and lay our burdens down, we will feel so much better. I know there have been times when I have surrendered everything to God, and the peace I feel is immense, I almost want to kick myself, thinking “what took me so long!”

No matter what you’re dealing with today, right now, make a concerted effort to surrender it to God, you are His child and He will take care of you, let Him. Don’t listen to that voice that tells you, you’re not worthy, you don’t deserve it, God won’t listen to you, don’t allow that seed of doubt that the devil has planted to drown out God’s words, remember what Jesus said….

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 New Living Translation (NLT)

GOD CAN DO WHAT MEN CAN’T make this your memory verse and mantra for today

NAWLINS GULLA message inspired by Jesus

Our God is a Practical God

by Celia on July 30, 2018, no comments

Oak alley plantation dwayIn our family group we were reading Exodus 12 about the Passover and started to ask questions as to why God instructed the Israelites in the way that He did, we then went to Leviticus to read the instructions God gave His people, then it struck us, these were practical instructions around health, hygiene, morality, good living, in short, on how to live life, the people had to take action, be obedient for God to move.

Often we restrict God to an esoteric (spiritual) level, which God is, but we do it so much that when God provides practical answers to our prayers, we’re blinded/blinkered by our expectations, we overlook the answers that are staring us in the face.

You may already know the story of the drowning man…

A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help.

Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.” The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and He is going to save me.” So the rowboat went on.

Then a motorboat came by. “The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.” To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and He is going to save me. I have faith.” So the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.” To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and He is going to save me. I have faith.” So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to speak with God, he exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”

To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”

We’ve all heard stories of people receiving miraculous healing, we’ve also heard of people refusing to take medication for life threatening ailments or rejecting lifesaving operations because they know God will heal, yes, He will but what if the answer to that prayer is the medication, or the surgery?

Many times we ask our Father for things, a good job, money, good health, a car, and then we sit on our hands and wait for these things to appear without taking the practical steps needed for them to come to fruition and like the man on that roof, we wonder what is holding up the answer to our prayers, I know I’ve done it.

We serve a God who is the Alpha and Omega, Creator, He knows the end from the beginning. He made everything, as Paul tells us in Philippians 4:19, He has supplied all our needs. We know our God is a miracle working God who does amazing things, we should remember that (1) daily, God answers our prayers, and meets our needs through the things, people and events in our lives, and (2) when we move, God moves.

Do not overlook the everyday, mundane and obvious, God has placed them in our lives for a reason.

GOD SAYS YES

by Celia on July 30, 2018, no comments

I woke up today to some fabulous news about a new job, a role I’ve wanted and prayed for, doing what I love, and am wired to do, in an organisation that I like.

Cloud formation

After coming down from my euphoric high, I sat down and reflected on my journey of the last 18 months, weighing up what God had done in my life, as opposed to what the world declared should happen.

The world said, taking redundancy, are you crazy! You’re a black woman, pushing 50, you’ll find it hard.

The world said, you’re too old to go back to university, stay in your lane.

The world said at 50, you should be slowing down, your life is over, careers are for younger people

The world said, why are you waiting for a job in this field? You’ve been turned down many times, take this job you’ve been offered it’s not what you want but it’s safe.

On March 16th 2015, I prayed, and as part of my prayer I had specific requests, God said, “Yes, and Amen” and I knew my prayers were answered.

I’ve dealt with a lot of nay-sayers, doubters, people who have judged and pigeon-hold me because of their preconceptions, misconceptions, and prejudices. I’m saying to everyone who reads this, don’t allow other people’s views of what they think you should do, be or are, become your reality, listen to what God has said about you.

“…You can ask him for anything, using my name, and I will do it, for this will bring praise to the Father because of what I, the Son, will do for you. 14 Yes, ask anything, using my name, and I will do it!” John 14:13-14

The world says “You want a relationship! At your age! You’re too old!!!”

Let’s see what God says…

Obedience and maintenance of faith

by msadmin on September 8, 2013, no comments

Good morning, just read 2 Corinthians 6:8-10 then linked it to Rev. 14:12 the key for me was obedience and maintenance of faith.
2 Corinthians 6:8-10 Don’t look at your circumstances through the eyes of the world, instead look at them the way GOD sees it, He makes a way out of nothing.

Trust and Obey

by msadmin on July 2, 2013, no comments

Close up of ripe wheat ears

We read the Book of Ruth at our last meet and when the text came through from the month’s host to study it in advance, I admit I had my preconceptions.

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It’s yours, take it.

by msadmin on June 18, 2013, no comments

At our last meet, we talked about why it is so difficult for Christians to accept God’s gift of love and why we feel the need to earn it first. Listening to Israel Houghton’s I receive your love
did put it in context especially when you watch the version on YouTube where he gives a brief intro before playing the unplugged version.

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If you can’t stand the heat

by msadmin on May 9, 2013, no comments

Whenever we meet up, a recurring theme for sharing is the travails we face at work. It’s no coincidence that ‘travail’ means work in French so I guess that’s that then. The problem with tough economic climate is it produces a sort of ‘dog-eat-dog’ or ‘every man for themselves’ kind of attitude. Management are so focussed on keeping their jobs that they are no longer in a position to offer the support and mentoring their team requires.

We give thanks that prayer requests we have been making since last year have been answered and in God’s own way, the answers crept upon us unexpectedly, catching us by surprise. Sharing this testimony last week allowed one of us to draw strength from the fact that as they are currently going through the same situation now, and have seen how God dealt with it for another, they need not fear, safe in the knowledge that He has it all in hand.

The most difficult thing about problems in the workplace is the feeling of worthlessness and inadequacy as one of us was made to feel. God’s answer? Psalm 139:5 – “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;”. By no conincidence (mainly because God doesn’t do coincidence) this was the Psalm I heard in church just 4 hours earlier. We agreed that this would be our mantra for the week and so far, so good.

I remember a sermon Creflo Dollar gave at New Wine Church a couple of years back along the lines of ‘If you’re looking for appreciation for the work you do, that’s not what’s in your contract; you’re already drawing a salary for that”.

Focus on the work you do for the Glory of God and not yourself, let Him deal with the office politics on your behalf and even if there’s upheaval at your place of work remember, Psalm 91:7 tells us “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.”