2019 Spoiler Alert ¡!

Wishing you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

There are different metaphors that have been used to describe life. A few that I’ve heard before are: 

  • Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out just take another shot.
  • Life is like a box of chocolate you never know what you’re going to get.
  • Life is like a cup of tea, its all in how you make it.

And I’m sure you’ve also heard of life being likened to a book with different chapters. 

Life is like a book. Some chapters are sad, some happy, some exciting. But if you never turn the page you will never know what the next chapter holds.  There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.

2018 was a chapter that has come and gone. If you could think of a genre to describe that year what would it be… Drama? Horror? Action? Adventure? A thriller? A romantic comedy? 

As with any best selling book, you have reviews such as “Astounding. Thrilling. Lovely and amazing’ “a mesmerising novel”. How would you rate the year that has just gone by? What star rating would you give it? Did God (the BEST selling author of your life) keep you on the edge of your seat? 

When I was younger I loved reading. I’d spend hours after my bedtime turning page after page so that I would find out what happened to the characters I had fallen in love with. I had a few friends who would read the first chapter then skip to the last one and attempt to fill in the details, strange right? My thoughts exactly. Why couldn’t they just read the book normally and enjoy watching the story unfold? But then again it would be great to know the ending to a new beginning. For example, we have started the 2019 Book, you may have already set out goals or made plans that you want to know how they turn out. Unfortunately, I’m not here to fill in the minute details of what this year might hold for you but I do have something to share, it’s a spoiler though. So drum roll, please… GOD WINS!

I want to challenge you this year to increase your OPTIMISM. A more familiar synonym to optimism is HOPE. “Let your hope in Christ shape your future”. When God is weaved into the intricacies of your life there is truly no limit to the wonders He can display.

‘What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

What shall we say to anxiety and / depression

What shall we say to financial troubles

What shall we say to unemployment

What shall we say to educational problems

What shall we say to confusion or doubt

What shall we say to poor health and illnesses

What shall we say to failing friendships and relationships

What shall we say to challenges and obstacles

What shall we say to fear or other negative traits or habits

IF GOD IS FOR US, WHO/WHAT CAN BE AGAINST US?

We will certainly have opposition in this world, but what is the world compared to God? What is satan compared to God? What are the obstacles or difficulties we encounter compared to God? What are the trials and temptations we face compared to God? The Answer is resounding NOTHING.  You + God is always an unconquerable majority. When God is added to the equation it is impossible to find yourself on the losing side. To those without hope and faith it may appear that you are defeated but ultimately victory belongs to Jesus. He is our deliverer and provider. The Psalmist reminds us that With God, we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.” (Psalms 60:12)

As I mentioned earlier, God is the BEST selling Author and He has great plans for your future, you are destined for success this year.  With only a few days into the New Year I ask you; What do you want the review of this chapter in your life to be? Be optimistic and Trust that God has you in mind and He will cause you to have total victory. Everything will be more than alright in the end and if it isn’t, it simply isn’t the end of that chapter. The Word of God over your life outweighs the plots of the enemy against your life. God had a plan before the enemy had a plot. I pray that God will surprise you and surpass your expectations because absolutely nothing is difficult for Him.

I leave you with this excerpt from Jesus Calling: Do not be weighed down with problems and unresolved issues for Jesus is your burden-bearer. In the world, you will have trials and distress, but don’t let them get you down. Jesus has conquered the world and deprived it of power to harm us.

When you get a chance listen to the words of this song “Victory Belongs to Jesus by Todd Dulaney and be encouraged.

Once again Happy New Year, thank you for your continued support.

Stay blessed,

Dara xx

P.S : Are you living your best life? Check out how you can on last year’s New Year’s Post Living our best life in 2018

 

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Death has lost its Sting

On Easter Sunday my grandfather passed on to sleep in The Lord. This post is written in reflection of my thoughts and encouragement for others whose loved ones have gone to sleep in The Lord.

Death is something people are often scared of. How  will it happen? When  will it happen? We want to be able to live our lives to the fullest, and accomplish all we would like to do. From the day Adam and Eve fell until the day Jesus rose from the dead, death held us ransom.

When a person has been captured and is being held for ransom, the perpetrators rely on the compassion of the person’s loved ones to get the payment they desire. So relating that to the scriptures in John 3:16 we hear that; God loved us so much that he sent his only begotten son to die for us and pay our ransom.  Now, whoever believes in The Son can have eternal life. Death and Sin still remain in humanity, but they do not determine our lives. God made the sacrifice over 2,000 years ago, so that we would know about the great love He has for us. God does for us, what we mere humans cannot do for ourselves. He saves us from living in despair and without hope. Through His son, and the decision he made, He has given us new life and hope of a resurrection morning when we shall live for eternity with him. God is not a distant, all powerful being or  tyrant, who demands payment for our sins. He has already paid for our sins. God doesn’t demand ransom, he provides us with his son, who paid the price.  God doesn’t hold us as prisoners, he sets us free from sin.  “Christ has truly set us free” Galations 5:1 

On the cross, sin was rendered powerless. Satan seemed to be victorious in the Garden of Eden, when Eve and Adam ate the apple and brought sin into mankind. He also seemed to be victorious when Jesus was betrayed, tortured and hung onto the cross where he died. However, God turned Satan’s apparent victory into defeat when Jesus  Christ rose from the dead. Jesus’ resurrection changed EVERYTHING for mankind. In Christ we are now free, restored, redeemed and reconciled back to God. We have been given the free gift of eternal life. 

The Greatest gift in the world (Anon)

The Author of the Gift
God
The Incentive of the Gift
so loved 
The Content of the Gift
His only Begotten Son
The Universality of the Gift 
whoever
The means of appropriation
Believes
The Benefits of its Gift 
Negative: Not Perish
Positive: Have eternal Life

 

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭2‬:‭14-15‬ NLT) From this we learn that, Jesus had to become human (“flesh and blood”) so he could die and rise again, in order to destroy the devil’s power over death. (Romans 6:5-11). Only then could he deliver those who had lived in constant fear of death, and free them to live for him. When we belong to God, we need not fear death, for we know that death is only the beginning of eternal life. Therefore, death should no longer be a source of dread or fear. Christ overcame it, and one day we will also. Christ’s death and resurrection free us from the fear of death because death had been DEFEATED. Many of us may experience death in one way or another but death is not the end; instead, it is the doorway to a new life. We have hope beyond the grave.

 

Just as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:55“Where O death, is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?” 

The enemy (Satan)  has done the worst he can do. When he snatches loved ones prematurely, that is the worst he can do. The victory of Satan is not permanent, he has already been defeated.  Those who are ill and suffer before they die are victorious after death. Why? Because the Devil can no longer torment them, they are free. Death = Victory!

 

An empty grave is there to prove our Saviour lives. Because Jesus lives, we can face tomorrow. Because He lives all fear is gone. Because we know, He holds the future. Life is worth living because He lives. 

I’ve experienced the death of a few loved ones, but I Thank God for gift of His Son. His resurrection, gives hope to myself, and should give the same to other Christians. May we all be reunited with our loved ones on that glorious resurrection morning, when those asleep in Christ will wake up. Their bodies will be transformed and we who are still alive will be caught up in the clouds to meet our Lord and spend eternity with Him and our Father. In eternity, “God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4. In the meantime, we should remember ,Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

“It is finished” was not the end. It was just the beginning, for greater things that were yet to come! 

 


Stay Blessed,

Dara x