Psalm 23, He leads us beside clear cool still waters. Like any good Sheppard or a farmer who owns flocks cares for their animals, God cares for us, His children. In New South Wales, Australia we witnessed great drought where animals were dying. It must have been heart breaking for the farmers to see their crops wilt and die, their animals starving and thirsty.
How much more our Heavenly father cares for us and does not want us to wilt in the droughts of life. He wants to follow him to the still waters, to the place of rest from our daily toils.
Jesus told a woman in the Bible who came to draw water from the well, who had many situations in her life, that He could give her water that would quench her thirst for good in John 4:13.
Jesus is offering this living water to all of us even TODAY, those of us who are troubled, walking aimlessly in the dry desert land for years, not being able to find a destination, not sure which way is home and who is for us. I can hear in my spirit Jesus is saying, "come with me to the living waters, to the still waters where there is peace and joy, rest from your daily chores."
I come from Fiji, we have many rivers and creeks where we sit and relax, bath and wash our clothes. "Still waters" are waters that flow slowly and calmly, does not rush like fast flowing rivers or waterfalls. When you sit near one of these 'still waters', you feel relaxed and peaceful. It has a way of making you forget your miseries.
Nature has a way of bringing me calmness, quietness where I feel oneness with God.
Still waters are restful and has a way of calming our nerves and soothing our minds and emotions.
The Bible says, God leads us to still waters, calmness and quietness where we can hear from Him and be one with Him.
We live in the hustle bustle of life, want everything now, run up and down escalators and jump from meeting to meeting, and are too busy to care for ourselves like God wants us to.
He is calling us to walk with Him to clear, cool still waters where we can find solace and have a relax with Him, our maker. He wants to talk to us and tell us of His plans for us. He wants us to let go of our past and the things that occupy our mind and our lives, to load off to Him because He cares for us.
Many of us are heavy laden. We all have a cross we are struggling to carry. Even if we have a nice big fancy house full of expansive furniture and drive a gleaming car in our garage, we still have something that is amiss in our lives.
In Matthew 11: 20-30, God calls us to go to Him when we are weary and with heavy heart, that He will give us rest.
"His yoke is easy and light".
I don't know about you, but I seem to need God so much more in my life now than ever before. Maybe because when we are older and have gleaned from life experiences, we understand the value of God in our lives who we can draw upon for advice and wisdom.
Like soil, life can only give us back what we plant, what we give to it.
If you feel laden with worries and anxieties, battling a sickness, having family issues, alcohol and other drug related issues and addictions, marriage and relationship problems, financial needs, and whatever your other needs are, hear Jesus calling you to the still waters.
You can only get to the still waters when you follow Him, hear His voice behind you saying, 'this way.'
"Jesus, I hear your voice speaking to me in my spirit today and I obey. I bring to you my worries, my concerns and everything that has taken my joy and peace away. You are the giant slayer, the mountain leveler, in your Name even the ocean waves roll up and the foundation of the earth quakes, come show yourself strong in my life.
The Lion of Judah, roar in my life in Jesus Might Name. I declare peace as you send ambush in my life against everything and everyone who dares to come against me, the apple of Gods eye. In Jesus Might powerful name, Amen."
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Today we are discussing fear of failing, which we sometimes don't know we have till we have a closer look at ourselves. MPM, we have had many prayer requests and counselling sessions in this area as more people feel they are living in bondage of fear unable to find a way to break free. Feel free to comment and share.
We all come from different backgrounds, beliefs and faiths, upbringing and values that makes us different.
Here are some of the questions you may ask yourself:
1. You apply for jobs but don't turn up for the interview even though you meet all the selection criteria.
2. You do all the research about something and gather all the resources but last minute unable to sign on the dotted line.
3. You are madly in love and have waited and prayed for a spouse but you are unable to go through the process of marriage.
Here are just some of the examples of fear that holds us back.
Failure is not the same for everyone. Some use failure as a stepping stone, a great learning experience to climb to their destiny. They don't allow it to destroy their peace and joy while for others it may seem a dead end. There are people who have this deep seeded desire to pass at everything and have very high expectations of themselves. These are high achievers who don't like to fail at anything and they may take it really badly.
Where does this kind of push or need come from? Fear of failing most times stems from upbringing and past experiences. Some parents demand from their children to achieve no matter what the cost is. They put a great deal of pressure and fear on their children and constantly push, criticize, judge and rebuke them. They are constantly told the only way to be anybody is to win at any cost.
They are not encouraged or supported. They are treated as subjects, humiliated and rejected if they do not meet the demands.
The child from an early age starts to compete and suffer silently the feelings of rejection. This pressure at times leads to a breaking point.
Fear of failing may not be real to you but there are people who just cannot fail. Failure would mean their life is not worth living. This is extreme and is not normal.
Fear of any kind is real and it affects a lot of people from taking a step forward. Fear of failure is not alone. It brings with it a cousin, thoughts of not being good enough, what if I fail at this business or marriage? People with high expectations feel they are losers if they do not get what they want because that is all they have been exposed to by their parents, win at any cost. These kinds of people will stop at nothing to get what they want, will not allow anyone or anything to come in the way of their goal.
Overcoming fear is to dig deep to the childhood and one by one deal with the grass roots, reconditioning the mind in Christ. Mind is the battleground where you win or lose a battle. The mind is the powerhouse that can play tricks on us and keep us in chains. Capture one thought at a time and replace it with positive thought. Look in the mirror and speak good things about yourself.
You are your best cheer leader. Cheer yourself on.
"When we speak from our bleeding wounds and show our scars to those who have been beaten and broken, we show them the real Jesus, the one who was beaten and bruised for our sins, and from his gaping wound, His blood dropped on the ground and found you and me. I am hoping that this book will bring you closer to Jesus, so that you can zoom Him in to see yourself in His scars. Only by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony can we reach out to others (Revelation 12:11). Don’t be ashamed of your testimony. Show your scar to the world so they can see the real Jesus through you, the one who came for the sinful, the unholy, the bleeding and the lost and died for their sins. There are many who gave their lives for the gospel of Christ. What is your testimony today? Where did the blood find you?
comments are encouraged! tell me where did Jesus find you?
The Bible says Hannah worshiped God like a drunk. Paul was a terrorist killing Christians till he was apprehended by God and became a radical Christian. The lady with the Alabaster Jar was so radical in her worship when she poured the perfume on Jesus and cried at His feet, her tears washed the dust off his feet. With her long hair she wiped his feet, opening her heart and soul.
There is a kind of PRAISE that sends an echo in the air that puts terror in the demons. A praise that sends a shrilling sound into the atmosphere that breaks walls of sicknesses as God heralds into the situation. A kind of worship that brought down the walls of Jericho.
God calls us to PRAISE Him, forsaking everything in our life that comes between us and God. When we surrender to God, and break our alabaster at His feet, our worship breaks all bondage, releases blessings and miracles that has been withheld from us by the enemy. David in the Bible knew that the only way to Gods heart was through WORSHIP. Worship breaks generational curses and releases freedom from the past.
We cannot sit still and let the devil take our children, our marriage and our finances. It is about time we get on our knees like Hannah and turn on our praise fountain and take everything by force that has been taken from us.
It does not matter what is going on in our lives, our praise belongs to God and God alone. Our circumstances does not and should not dictate our worship, our time with God. We must bring to God our best worship, our heart, lay it at His feet in total surrender. David danced in Psalm 34, before God like a crazy man. He took off his shirt and danced unashamedly that made his wife upset. There is a praise that tells God that you do not care who is watching, who gets mad, you will praise Him no matter what.
A kind of praise that does not wait for anyone's approval or endorsement, it just flows like a river from your belly, from the pane of your pain. From a place of brokenness that tells God that if it wasn't for His Mercy and Grace, you would not have survived.
Healing does not occur till you go back to the place of brokenness and face your giants, otherwise the whispers will always haunt you and keep reminding you of your past.
They say it is better to leave things in the past, to forget, to move on. That is exactly what I desired to do, to move on but I could not move on till I laid the ghosts to rest.
For many years I tried to ignore my past, pretend it never happened, but my behaviors were telling another story. When you have been molested early in life, it changes you.
I was afraid of many things in my life, I had anxiety attacks that I secretly dealt with.
I looked all confident and wore high heels and suits but behind the mask was the girl afraid of the dark, afraid to fall asleep in case anyone came in her room.
Only after fasting for 40 days seeking my calling when all doors were closed in my life, did I hear from God who told me to show my scar. I could not do it. I told God I could not even go there. I had too many bad memories. Memories of domestic violence and the death of my child as well as my childhood molestation. I was not ready, but I wanted to be free and finally obeyed God. It was one of the most difficult decision I ever made. I made my website and write about myself. God led me to write a book, "Breaking the Alabaster" coming out soon. Only when I lost myself in God, was I able to find myself.
God wanted me to share my story, with other survivors of child molestation, domestic violence and death of a child or any form of trauma.
I slowly began to speak about it in small groups and 1:1 and I could see how it started to minister to others. One senior lady had held her abuse in her heart for as long as almost 60 years and after showing her my scar, and praying with her she was able to find healing.
I understood why God gave me this ministry. When I speak from my broken place, people who have been broken like me can see Jesus, whose body was broken for them/us and whose blood was poured. In my scar, they are able to see the scar of Jesus and know that He has paid the price of their shame and their pain. After I began to share with others my heart, my testimony of being sexually molested when I was young, ending up in a domestic violence relationship and the death of my child, it began to heal me and it was no longer a secret that I was carrying for so long alone. It had become very heavy and God said, it was time to give it all to Him. As long as I kept the abuse a secret, I wasn’t free. I could not worship freely as I was holding onto secrets. God wants to heal us in all areas. That is why Jesus came, to set us free. Free from everything, sin and shame.
When I spoke from my broken places and showed people my scar, they were able to resonate to my story and find healing. Only the Blood of Jesus can flow to those areas of our past, in those crevices and hidden places, where no drugs, no psychology and no psychiatrist can go. The Word of God is able to go to the past and heal those hurting places no medicine can.
I praise God for healing me and others through my story.
It is Domestic Violence awareness week, and I have come out of domestic violence to share my story and to encourage you that domestic violence will rob you and put you naked on the street if you do not get help. I wish someone had the courage to be real with me and tell me just how it was, instead of the many lies I believed.
The devil will tell you all the lies that, 'they will change, they love you that's why they are jealous, it will not happen again, it was just one off, you are a woman therefore you have to take it, they are men they can do what they want, it will be alright just give time, things will change once you have kids, if you change a bit, learn to serve them more, you are not satisfying them, maybe you talk back, it is your fault ....."
Those of us who have come out of domestic violence situation will be familiar with some of the above.
You lie awake trying to think of ways to make your relationship better, to make them happier, to be better, till you lose sight of who you really are and what you were made for.
You become that person who is jumps at a loud sound, anxious when you are running late from the shops, jump when the phone rings, you try hard to keep the kids extra quiet, be all that they want you to be, but you always run short. There is nothing you can do that stops the ongoing nightmare, that you don't seem to wake up from. We make ourselves believe the lies, that we are loved, that we are extra special that is why, that they are trying to change.
But there is a God who says in Galatians 6:7, "Do not be deceived; for God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that shall he reap."
You may not be able to fight this terror alone and you may feel small and insignificant and powerless, but there is a God who can fight for you for He says that the battle is His (2 Chronicles 20:15). And He is not powerless, neither is He deaf that He cannot hear your cry. When you call upon His name, He hears you and He comes to help you (Romans 10:13).
He walks on fire and water to get to you (Matthew 14:22, Daniel 3:25). He came to get me out when there was no hope for me and He healed me from the many fears I carried with me.
The God who sent His only son to die for you, do you think enjoys seeing you beaten and bruised daily. It says in Psalms 56: 8 (NLT), "You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
You are His most priced creation in James 1:18, He gave us birth through His word. You are his most breathtaking creation and He loves you more than you know. He knows your heart like no one else and He knows you before He formed you in your mothers womb. Decisions are hard, but God is on your side and will help you. He will send you help as He did me. Domestic violence nearly killed me and took my child, it is that serious. I pray His protection over you as He leads you out as He did the children of Israel out of bondage.
When you operate in a realm of what is important now and what can be put aside, you can achieve much more. We all at some point procrastinated about housework, "I will do it later, leave the dishes," and rather sit and watch television for a lot longer that had nothing but bad news. We can often waste a lot of time complaining or putting things aside for another day, and that day does not come.
The Bible says in Proverbs 24, to put first things first and prepare for harvest. Sometimes what seems important to us is not important to God in the big picture. We all have been given a gift, a calling and placed on earth to do it. If we don't find our calling, we tend to go with anyone, do anything, and keep searching.
God made us for a purpose, not just to float around, sucking air and die one day without completing the job He gave us.
I spent much of my life running away from my calling. Like Jonah, God chased me and found me in various places. Now I want nothing more than do what He has called me to do. Your calling is usually what you do best. There is something that lightens your eyes when you talk about it. Something that no one can talk you out of. Something that you don't tire of doing and no one can do it better than you. That is your calling, your special talent.
If you are waiting for it to become big, it will not till you plant it. Which means till you put it into practice by being an answer to someone else's prayer. The Bible says when we sew our seed, God makes it grow. When we put it to good course, it is like planting a seed in good soil. When you put it in the Master's hand, He will stretch it, and make it more.
Everyone has a talent given by God. Some of us go through life never finding it. We don't look for it. We give it away, waste it by not doing anything about it.
Jesus had a purpose. He was placed on earth to do a job. He could not do it till the time was right with God. His job was to die. He was born to die as a sacrifice for you and me. He knew it and He did it well.
Instead of chasing dead dreams, dead end jobs, wasting time chasing things that don't matter, ask God to show you what He made you for. He will show you. Chase after things of the Lord and He will bless you.
" I have always loved you so I continue to show you my constant love. Once again I will rebuild you. Once again you will pick up your tambourines and dance joyfully." - Jeremiah 31: 3-4
Domestic violence will rob you of your dignity and peace. It is still a topic no one wants to talk about. It is still a topic of shame and disgrace. People change subject as quickly as flicking the ashes off a cigarette. It is not a topic easily discussed and not many want to share their stories. Many put on a brave front and go to their usual activities and still lie about that bruise on their eye or a broken lip.
They tell themselves that it will be okay one day. They live in the lie that they are loved and that they will change. You wait in hope, but that day never comes. Your children grow in the abuse and you still wait for the change.
Some change had to be forced, a decision has to be made and it is not easy. Change takes courage because you are entering a zone that is not familiar and it is outside of your comfort zone. Sometimes it is easier to stay in the abuse because it is familiar.
It took me many years to be able to candidly speak about my journey from domestic violence. I don't want you to feel that you are the only one, maybe even a Christian living in the shame of a broken marriage and a home. I was a Christian who strayed away, allured by love and left everything to follow my own ways. My own ways were not right and it led me to many painful events and loss of my child.
I lived in a secret guilt and depression for many years. I suffered from anxiety and fear and could not move on in life. I felt stuck even when I came out.
God who put together a mosaic of my life from the shattered pieces will do it for you too. He is a God who can heal your wounds and give you a new life as He did for me.
You don't have to feel alone, you don't have to live in shame and guilt. Jesus came so you can have life, a life without shame and fear. A free life.
David in the Bible in 2 Samuel chapter 12 verses 1 through to 8; had everything he could ask for. He had many concubines and could have any women he wanted. He had wealth and power. He had everything. Yet he had a man killed only to take his wife. This man was in his army and was very faithful to David.
This man had been in battle fighting for David while David was home indulging. He comes out to his bacony and sees a woman bathing and he lusts after her. This woman was Uriah's wife. Some say she seduced King David by bathing outside knowing David usually stood on his balcony. Anyway King David had this woman brought to him and he slept with her. In the course of time she conceives a child with King David. David tries to get Uriah to sleep with his wife so that he doesnt get blamed but that does not happen as Uriah is very faithful to the King and refuses to sleep with his wife till war is over. David then plots to have him killed so that his sin is not exposed and then goes about his business as if nothing had happened.
God sends a messenger to him tell David what he had done. This messenger brings David a mirror for David to see himself in the form of a scenario. He tells David a parable telling him about a poor man who had a lamb whom he loved very much. He had nothing else but this lamb who was like a pet whom he lived and fed. There was also a very rich man who had everything. Many animals, wealth and everything he could ask for. This rich man steals this poor mans only lamb and kills it. What should happen to the rich man? DAvid is outraged and tells the messenger that the rich man should be killed. He was quick to judge and without thinking he passed his judgement. Most of us do that. We have plenty and yet we lust for another. Its never enough. We want more and more. The messenger tells David that he was that rich man who took the poor mans only most loved lamb. He could have had anything but he lusted after another mans wife and took her. Uriah was committed to serving David. He was faithful to David yet David stole the one thing he had and loved the most. David was quick to speak about another and did not see his own sin. How many times you hear, "isnt she supposed to be a Christian, how could she." You see my mistakes but cover yours.
We are busy looking at the speck in someone elses eyes like David and not look in our own. We take advantage of the less fortunate and use our power to bring them down. It was easy to judge but when David found out it was him who did the wrong, it was another story.
God said to David, "I gave you all of Israel and Judah and everything you asked for. I gave you houses and vinyards and everything you wanted. If that was not enough, I would have given you more."
Didnt David know that he could have asked for more. Have you heard Christians say that you not supposed to be rich. God says to David, I made you so wealthy and if that was not enough, wby didnt you ask for more? I would have given you the desires of your heart had you asked for more, yet you went and stole what belonged to another.
What are you settling for? You can ask God for more for He says in James 4:2, you have not because you have asked not. What are you asking God? God is giving you a blank cheque. Yet you are too busy plotting and planning someone elses fall. You are jealous of someone elses gifting and not maximizing your own. Are you tapping into His resourses. He told Caine that he could have had what his brother Abel had. David you could have asked God but you have refuses His advice. You went your own way. Your brother's blood is crying out to me Caine. David, Uriah's blood is crying out to me therefore your child his wife is carrying will die.
You could have asked God for more yet you try to fix it yourself. You have options. You have Gods resources. You have the healing. You have His Word. You have His Blood. You have all the resources you will ever need. Tap into it.
Anytime you have made a decision to do something or get out of a situation, the devil will bring road blocks to keep you there, to hold you a prisoner.
Have you every tried to quit smoking or to lose weight? You suddenly see everyone smoking or everyone eating. All day you think about food or cigarette more than usual.
To get to a new place, we have to leave our old place. We cannot take our old mindset to our new level. I remember someone telling me once that they adopted a child from a poor country and each morning they would find lot of food hidden under this child's bed. Although the child had left poverty, but poverty had not left the child. It was in their mind.
When I left my abusive relationship, it took a long time for me to feel free. I left the situation, but the effects of abuse was embedded in me. The fear, the hopelessness, the lack of trust and confidence was inside of me. I had to work very hard to break the cycle of my thinking and and pull the root out. Only then was I able to move forward.
Our God is a God of change. He says in Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, that there is time for everything on earth, a season and a purpose. Nothing stays the same. There is always growth and movement. Even the grass in the fields that don't get looked after grows.
In the Bible, you will find out there was a lot of movement. God moved people around. He asked Abraham to leave his father's house and move to a place He had not told him about yet. Naomi moved twice, once with her family and then she returned with her daughter in law. Moses ran away from his palace life to wander around in the desert to find himself. God is about change, about movement. He does not like statues. And when we ask God to change someone, He will often change you.
Long time ago one day driving home from work, stressed already, I was praying and asking God to change my young teen daughter to help me more, when God told me clearly that day, that I had to change the way I spoke to her. You see coming out of abusive relationship had left a lot of scars in me and my attitude wasn't always right. I was always defensive and she learnt that from me. So after hearing from God that day, I started to speak in a new way and it worked. I had peace in my home. When we ask God to change others, most often God will change us because change starts with us.
If God speaks to you, listen and obey. New things are available to us if we obey and not ask a lot of questions. Mary the mother of Jesus accepted her calling even if it meant she had to let go of hers. She was about to get married, when God disrupted her plans. His one announcement changed her entire life. But she humbled and accepted her calling even if it took away her own plans. God looks for a heart like Mary. Joseph in the Bible is another example of love. His own siblings treated him poorly. They hated him and threw him in a pit. Then they told their father that he was dead. Their father's grief did not even move them.
Then they sold him. Yet when the time came for Joseph the governor of Egypt to reveal himself to them, the brothers were afraid. They remembered what they had done to Joseph but Joseph on the other hand, did not mind. He cried thinking about his father and forgave his brothers saying that what did was not good but God made it good so that he could be a blessing to them and to others.
Situations change us for the better of we allow it to. Joseph was not bitter. Twelve years of his life was spent in prison. He had every opportunity to be bitter and angry with his brother. He had a change to behead them in his anger and hatred. But he did not. He forgave them and loved them and that is why precisely why God chose Joseph for this job.
To be a servant in everything God calls you to do is a special gift. It is hard and not everyone can be a servant, but our good example is our Lord Jesus who was always serving. If we take this attitude of a servant hood, than every blessing that comes in our life, will not change us. Pride will not come in. Many people change when they become rich and get a big name. They forget who they were and how God brought them out. Change is necessary for growth. Most of us don't like change. Change means getting out of comfort zone to the unfamiliar, to the unknown. Transition is God bringing a new season in your life. Get ready to expand your boundaries.