Happy new month – June

In this month remember when you are down to NOTHING, God is up to SOMETHING. God is orchestrating the components of your miracle in the background. Fix your eyes on God & His promises and not the difficulties you are facing. Feel free to send me prayer requests for the month on this link Have a Jolly June!

When fear creeps in…

It has quickly come round to that time of the year again, students preparing or sitting exams, completing assignments and meeting various deadlines. Some people have actually already finished their exams wow! – I don’t even start till July ūüėĒ Anyway, there is no time like the present to share what I wanted to share with you.

There are certain times in our lives when fear begins to creep into our minds, ¬†specifically for students that time is now, not forgetting non-students who have other fears which don’t revolve around sitting exams. Fear feeds on the uncertainty of the unknown in an attempt to consume us. What is your coping mechanism for¬†when fear creeps in?¬†Do you distract yourself, use breathing techniques, face the fears, imagine the worst case scenario, examine & assess the situation, go to your happy place or (a favourite amongst us all) procrastinate ?

Despite the fact that those options can sometimes be effective, research shows that spirituality can boost happiness in times of stress and those with some form of religion cope with their fears better. So, how can you incorporate your faith when times get rough and fear creeps in? By relying on the word of God and holding tightly onto his promises. ¬†I’m going to share some bible texts which you can meditate on and declare over your life so you can live victoriously, especially during fearful moments.

Psalm 121:1-3

I look up to the mountains Рdoes my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. 

Did you catch that last line? God does not sleep on the job!¬†The reason why a few of our coping mechanisms aren’t effective is because we are looking inwardly for help, when we should in-fact be looking up to God. When you start to trust in your own strength and abilities you ultimately set yourself up for failure. We have to accept that there are many things in life that we simply cannot handle with our own might. It doesn’t mean we are weak it demonstrates¬†that we understand the difference ¬†made when God is in the equation.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

I love this text soooo much! As humans, we find it difficult to grasp the fact that God is all knowing and there is a reason for everything that happens. That is where the problem is, we attempt to journey¬†through life with our limited knowledge. ¬†We can only see what is right in front of us, so fear, worry and anxiety creeps in because we have a limited understanding. ¬†But God sees what is round the corner, down the corridor and far beyond into the future, so why don’t we submit ourselves to this knowledge. It is only when we seek His will that we will be shown what path to take, God would not impose himself on us.

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Pray about everything, no matter how small or big the situation. Fear, worry and anxiety creeps in when something goes ‘wrong’ and we try to figure it out on our own. Numerous¬†times in the past, when I can’t figure out something I’ve found myself having a tantrum and crying my eyes out instead of getting down on my knees and seeking the Lord in prayer. I wonder how much heart ache, tissues and time I could have saved by simply¬†praying from the start. Prayer¬†¬†enables us to exchange our doubts, worries, anxieties and fears with PEACE. ¬†What a beautiful exchange!

 Matthew 11:28-30

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

We all have burdens that weigh us down by stressing us, making us anxious and instilling fear in our hearts. But what does God say about that, HE WILL GIVE YOU REST. All you are required to do is simply come to Him. In His presence there is fullness of joy and peace no room for fear and anxiety.

To finish off I want to share a familiar passage from exodus ( just before that big big miracle at the Red Sea)

‚ÄúAnd Moses said to the people, ‚ÄúDo not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.‚ÄĚ‚ÄĚ

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:13-14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I want you to personalise this in your situation;

‚Äú[Name] Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the [your fears and troubles ] you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for me, and I shall hold my¬†peace.‚ÄĚ

So 4 key undiluted words to take away from this text:

  1. Be Fearless
    • Even though our human reaction is to be fearful, don’t entertain fear or else it will cripple you.
    • Move forward despite your circumstance, so you can experience the milk and honey on the other side.
  2. Be Still 
    • Don’t lean on your understanding of what your flesh or mind is telling you to do in that scenario.
    • Plant your feet firmly on what God says about your circumstance.
  3. Be Watchful ( for God’s salvation)
    • Open up your eyes to see the details of God’s miracle.
  4. Be Quiet 
    • “guard yourself against complaint”
    • Discipline your mouth “If you cannot be positive then at least be quiet”,¬†Don’t give the enemy something to work with.
    • Speak God’s promises over your Red Sea.

When you are faced with a Red Sea circumstance, you need to realise that you are not fighting FOR victory you are fighting FROM victory. It changes the way you face the Red Sea circumstances of life. If God’s word says that we are more than conquerors through Christ, then we are period We are not going to become conquerors, we already are. We may be experiencing some failures or setbacks but only good will come out of these circumstances because God says – In all these things we are more than conquerors. We have victory.

Praying for my fellow students & wishing you all the best for your upcoming exams and if you have already sat them, remember you are fighting FROM victory.

Stay Blessed & Share to be a blessing to another ,

Dara x

P.S – check out my previous exam posts which have many prayers – one especially for procrastinators ( Do your BEST and He’ll do the REST¬†)¬†and a revision tool that works for ANY and EVERY subject (Commit it to the Lord ).

 

 

Happy New Month – May

As hard as it can be to imagine there is PURPOSE behind your pain. You are exactly where God wants you to be at this given moment. Every experience (good and bad) is part of his divine plan. Keep your eyes fixed on Christ even when the storms of life are raging and you’ll see that you’re ABOVE your troubles & circumstances. One thing I do is declare over and over ” I shall HAVE a testimony from this” – the more you believe this the more evident God’s faithfulness becomes to you. MAY you have a Marvellous May!  
Stay blessed x

3:16 : John

It’s that time of the year when everyone around the world remembers/ celebrates the death & resurrection of our saviour either by easter egg hunts, going to services or just relaxing during the break. Oh yeah I only just found out that eating hot cross buns was an easter tradition and Jamaicans celebrate Good Friday with fried fish. Haha.. guess you are always learning new things. ¬†But what does this season mean to you specifically?

About 4 years ago I read a book about all the 3:16s in the new testament, it was a great read so I thought it was only right to share what I learnt. In this post I will speak specifically about the verse that encapsulates the gospel : John 3:16 then in subsequent posts I hope to share the other 3:16s with you.

Let me start with a question, Who was the initial recipient of this sentence? It was, Nicodemus, a troubled Pharisee who had come to Jesus in the middle of the night probably because he was afraid or ashamed to be with seen with Jesus. Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born again, however he did not understand how this could happen. Then Jesus gave him a fundamental element of the goodness of God and the ultimate gateway to Heaven; For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

Here are the basics of John 3:16 (J.H):

God The Author
So loved The Measure
The World The Object
Whoever believes should not perish The Purpose
Have eternal life The Ultimate Result

This analysis also shows why John 3:16 is classed as the greatest  (Anon):

God The greatest lover/giver
So loved The greatest motive
The World The greatest number
That he gave The greatest act
His only begotten son The greatest gift
That whoever The greatest invitation
Believes The greatest DECISION
In him The greatest attraction
Should not perish The greatest promise
But The greatest difference
Have The greatest certainty
Eternal life The greatest possession

and my favourite The Triune (Trinity) God in John 3:16 (Anon).

God Ruler Micah 5:2
So benefactor Psalm 68:19
Loved Lover 1 John 4:8-10
The Creator Genesis 1:1
World Maker Psalm 95:6
That Purpose Ephesians 3:11
He Governor Matthew 2:6
Gave Giver 1 Timothy 6:17
His Father Isaiah 9:6
Only Saviour Luke 2:11
Begotten Mediator 1 Timothy 2:5
Son Redeemer Job 19:25
That Intercessor Isaiah 53:12
Whoever Provider Genesis 22:8
Believes Counsellor Isaiah 9:6
In Revealer Daniel 2:22
Him Messenger Malachi 3:1
Should Commander Isaiah 55:4
Not Comforter John 14:26
Perish Deliverer Romans 11:26
But Restorer Ruth 4:15
Have Bestower Isaiah 63:7
Eternal Keeper Psalm 121:5
Life Preserver Psalm 28:8

Beautiful, right? So once again what does this easter season mean to you? Do you recognise that you’ve been given the greatest promise (shall not perish)¬†to have the greatest possession (eternal life), by the greatest giver¬†(God) who gave the greatest gift (life of his son)? What does this mean for you and me, saved or not, believer or not? – we are told to BELIEVE¬†in Him.

To believe means much more than agreeing with the facts; it means personal commitment. You can believe that Barack Obama is a real person, but knowing that might not affect you personally. Similarly you can believe that Jesus lived over 2,000 years ago and died on the cross, and this may not affect your lifestlye. Believing that Jesus existed is not enough because even the devil believes {Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19}.¬†We know that the devil will not be saved, but what makes our belief different from his? To truly believe In Him as specified in John 3:16, we don’t stop at believing Jesus¬†Christ¬†existed but we commit our lives to Him and trust that He is our LORD & SAVIOUR. The devil doesn’t believe that God can save him and that is a decision you and I can make that differs us from him. The greatest decision a person can make is to trust that only Christ can truly save him/her.

I will leave you with this verse from Hebrews 11:6 : And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Believing that God exists is only the beginning, He will not settle for your mere acknowledgement of his existence. He wants to have a personal, dynamic, life-transforming relationship with you. The reward of those who earnestly seek Him is the greatest possession we could ever be certain of having : Eternal life.

Stay Blessed,

Dara x

Happy New Month РApril 

Don’t be in a rush to figure everything out, embrace the unknown and let God surprise you. Eventually everything will make sense, but for now laugh at the confusion and foolishness. Smile through the tears and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason so keep hoping for that season of peace. Have an Amazing April! xx 
P.S – if you do have any prayer requests please free to send them to me via this form here ūüôŹūüŹĺ

What’s LOVE got to do with it?¬†

Yes, February has passed by along with Valentine’s day and all it’s festivities, but I hope the “love” shared and displayed hasn’t faded either. ¬†In this post I’m going to talk about a 4 letter word that is most important in the life of a Christian. This word isn’t ¬†FAITH or HOPE, I’m sure you could have guessed by the post title – it is LOVE.

You may have come across the verse in 1 Corinthians 13:13 – “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”¬†Love is greater than both Faith & Hope, really!? ¬† FAITH is the foundation and content of God’s message, HOPE is the attitude and focus, LOVE is action. When faith and hope are in line, you are free to love completely because you understand how God loves. Paul says though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2) Having the highest degree of faith without love is nothing.¬†Without love, genuine hope cannot exist. Is it possible to hope (long for or have a desire) for something you don’t love? I don’t think so … ¬†Therefore unless faith and hope are coupled with love they are dead.¬†

It’s no surprise that love is a keyword in the 2 greatest commandments: Jesus replied: ‚ÄúLove the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.‚Äô¬†This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‚ÄėLove your neighbour as yourself.‚Äô40¬†All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).¬†I want you to draw close attention to verse 40. What’s love got to do with it? Rather than focusing on all the things we shouldn’t do in the 10 commandments, we should channel our focus onto what we should do. That way we are looking at God’s Laws in a more positive light. I’ve heard some people use the above passage to support the opinion that we are not required to keep the laws of the old testament. However, if we love God we are naturally going to obey the first 4 commandments which deal with God ( vertical relationship). Additionally, the remaining 6 are centred on our relationship with ¬†one another ( horizontal relationship), if we love one another we are going to think twice before stealing, lying or murdering them. As I mentioned earlier the greatest commandments have a central theme. So verse 40 can be read as “All the Law and the Prophets hang on Love”. ¬†Love is the fulfilment of the Law,¬†love enables you to keep the Law.

Horizontal and vertical Love is what the cross is all about. Firstly, you come to the Lord and then you share or display that same love with others. Therefore if you do not have vertical love, you will not be able to display horizontal love. Let me use a song I sung at primary school to explain this concept; Love is something if you give it away, Give it away, give it away. Love is something if you give it away, You end up having more”. You’ll agree with me that you can only give away something that you possess. So, in order to love and be loved completely we need to love ourselves first. In Matt 22:39 Jesus says:¬†You shall love your neighbour as yourself,¬†if a person doesn’t love him/herself, this command amongst all others becomes very difficult to follow.

Then again, you might have self-love but find it extremely difficult to love those¬†neighbours who have carved wounds so deep you think they can’t be healed. You develop love through trial, by surrounding yourself with people that are difficult to love. Falling in love with God for example may not be at first sight, it takes time. The love you have for God develops through strain and the trials of life, if we persevere real love muscles eventually develop.

So I ask again what’s love got to do with it?

At the centre of Christianity is love, the greatest sacrifice in history was done because of Love.¬†Love is a practice that our Saviour embodied. Through love we may do good deeds, care for our bodies and possess a desire to help humanity. Love involves unselfish service to others. ¬†If our lives are full of quick-fix, feel good approaches to our fellow humans instead of intentional and purposeful responses to God’s unselfish love, we have failed to understand the meaning of the gospel. God’s love is evident throughout the bible, it governs the actions and decisions He made and continues to make. And finally, God is love.¬†

No matter what I say, no matter what I believe, no matter what I do, I am bankrupt without love.

I love this song called¬†“The Proof of Love” by King & Country, please listen to and meditate on the lyrics.

Stay blessed,

Dara xx

Happy New Month – March

Regardless of what lies ahead of you this month, be rest assured that God is already there. I declare that God has gone before you this March, He is making every crooked path before you straight, He is also protecting you from behind so you will not be attacked by things that have happened in the past. Have a marvellous March! xx