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God’s will in His time

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Most of us at some point have prayed for God’s will to be done in our life. We carry on with life and sometimes wonder what does God’s will look like or if such a thing even exist? 

Often understanding God’s timing is harder than knowing His will. The instant world we live in has reduced our capacity to exercise patience and perseverance. Instant coffee, Instant Messaging and now we look for instant answers. In this pursuit, we fail to realise that God’s will is always accompanied by His timing. 

While God longs to release blessings on you, He will not give you the blessing that can harm you. Looking back I know many of the unanswered prayers in my life was only because I wasn’t ready for the answer. I would’ve failed to live faithfully in that blessing at that time. 

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Love and Forgiveness

Love and Forgiveness

Lately, I have been thinking about love, forgiveness, people, choices and why bad things happen to good people. I think they’re all very important subjects, and I will probably choose each one of them to talk about, but right now I just want to focus on love and what love really is.

I have been dealing with a lot of people who hurt me and took my friendship for granted. In matter fact, I have come to believe that most friends in our lives are meant to be our friends just for certain seasons. We always say that childhood friends will always be our friends forever and they are, but then you end up meeting with them on the street, at the coffee shop and you just exchange a few random words as if you barely know each other. Truth is that in time, we change, we either become the kind of people we wish to be when we were children or we allow our dreams to be taken away from us and we end up in places doing things we don’t love with people we don’t really like.

So then the question arises: How can we still love well people we haven’t seen in ages or people that hurt us, that disappointed us and did us wrong? What does it even mean to love well?

There is this one verse that comes to mind that’s in 1 Peter 4:8 and it says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers”.  What does that even mean? Well..love covers, I think it means love forgives and yet how can one forgive without being forgiven first?

 Yes, we go through life and make everyday choices, to wake up, take a shower, to do good things, to be nice to people and yet we still have to learn so many things. “Forgive but not forget” some people might say, but is that true forgiveness, the one kind Jesus thought us?!  Indeed its not our place to fix people, we can show them what they do wrong and pray for them, but it’s only God who can restore a person. Restoring, yes, that is the key word I was looking for, because forgiveness restores the standard. Jesus thought us this principle and yet, sometimes we struggle with doing the same. We say it all day long, “ I want to be like Jesus” but yet we find ourselves in the midst of situations that require our full focus and attention and our full forgiveness.

If love covers, and forgiveness restores, then how come we still find ourselves making the wrong choices?! I think that our choices are like little spots on the path of our destinies. We are all destined to reign but how does one reign well without forgiving just like Jesus and loving well?

Loving well also means loving on purpose. Stepping outside of our comfort zones each day, making the choice to stop for the one, every time. But then the question is : “ How to love on purpose those who hurt us?” well..we can either remain stuck in our issues or make the choice to move forward .

Truth is that we all make mistakes, but what are our goals in life really? To remain stuck in anger and bitterness towards those who did us wrong or make one step forward and forgive and ask God for full restoration of people and relationships. We should only look at Jesus, He is our highest standard and if His love covers all, then ours should do the same.

If we are still talking about life goals, let me share some of my own, in the hope you will find yours and stick to them. One of my goals in life is to never uncover that which was already covered. Don’t stick the knife in the place that once hurt, unless that place has no scar what so ever. I also want to love people so much that when they are talking to me, they encounter their Father and leave changed. I know it’s a high goal but I always ask for wisdom to discern well and steward well, that which was given to me. Ahh! Yes, loving well requires sacrifice and sacrifice is always hard work. What will you choose then?!

What is your disposition when people do you wrong? Is it like Jesus’? How do you act when the storms of life almost drawn you? Do you act like Jesus? How well do you choose to love? Do you love like Jesus?

 

Thank you for reading these thoughts.

Lory T.

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All my heart, All my strength, All my mind

As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with your likeness. (Psalm 17:15) 

Here’s something i wrote inspired by the verse above : 

You know where i began, You know where my end is 
I fall for the things that chase me, 
Forgetting that You’re the one that holds me. 
 
I run back to You, like the wind i go round 
Hard to climb, but easy to fall, 
Sometimes I don’t hear the call. 
 
Saying i love You, with all my heart, 
You’re the source of my strength, 
My mind holds You like breath. 
 
Teach me to surrender, Into Your rest i enter
Leaving all my blunders, In awe of your wonders 
I know it is not over, As i let You take over. 
 
Saying i love You, with all my heart, 
You’re the source of my strength, 
My mind holds You like breath. 
 
© Joel Mundackal
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The secret place!

I had an amazing time blogging last year and was motivated by the good rewards in terms of viewers. I decided to take it more seriously and one of my goals in 2013 is to be more committed to this blog and write more. 
 
As I was trying to do this, I quickly noticed it affecting my time with God.  I realised i was spending my time with God to write about God and feeling good about it. And obviously that is not quite what I wanted. I started thinking about the balance and here’s what I believe are the 2 things God reminded me : 
 
Made to Love : 

Never let what you do stop you from being who you are. 

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; (Luke 10:27)
We are made to be lovers. God’s love for You is an invitation to a relationship with Him. A relationship where your heart, mind and strength is controlled by your love for God. 
 
On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; “(Matthew 7:22-23)
 
The above passage is a good reminder about the importance of relationship and knowing God. Be careful not to get carried away by what you do and miss on being who you are. 
 
Made to worship : 
Worship is your response to God and your response to your circumstances. I have read many quotes heard many messages on worship(which are all true), but worship to me is categorised into : 
 
  1. My response to who God is. 
Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

When you’re hit with the realisation of who God is, you cannot stop yourself from worshipping. I shared an amazing article by Matt Redman called 1000 reasons. If you haven’t read, please read it here : http://bit.ly/XvSvOO
 
  1. My response to the situations I’m in. 
David’s weapon against the enemy was worship. Worship has been my weapon in spiritual warfare and worship never fails to sustain me on a challenging day. Worship has the power to change situations and transform your life.
 
Try this : When you’re in any challenging situation, keep everything aside, and go into sometime of worship. It will uplift you and give you strength to do what you need to do and changes the atmosphere around you. 
 
So my point is, doesn’t matter who we are and what we do, remember that nothing we do can be a substitute for our time with God. Our first calling is to create a history with God in the secret place. It is the secret place that builds our foundation. A strong foundation in the secret place will be our greatest strength. 
 
Love the way Bill Johson says it ; “If you make history with God, He will make history through you”. 
 
He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.(Psalms 91:1)
 
I pray that whatever you do, you will never forget the above 2 things. 
 
Blessings, 
Joel. 

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There is someone!

There is someone who can answer all your questions. 
There is someone who can meet all your needs. 
One person hears every cry of your heart. 
One person loves you unconditionally. 
There is someone who is always willing to be with you.
There is someone who understands everything you go through. 
One person will never leave you no matter what. 
One person loved you even when you dint know. 
One person lifts you up when you fall, time and again. 
There is someone who longs to fulfil every desire in your heart. 
There is someone who can change you into who you need to be. 
There is someone who is willing to clean all your mess. 
There is someone who accepts you just the way you are. 
There is someone who has the power to change every situation. 
 
He is the most obedient son and the most caring father. He holds you in the palm of His hands. His love for you rewrote history. His love for you never fails. In Him is peace, joy, happiness and all that you’ll ever need. He is the most powerful, He is alpha and omega and in Him all created things find its purpose.
 
He is the definition of Love, He is love. 
 
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2013! A year of overflow!

Let 2013 be a year of overflow! Overflow of joy, peace, grace, love, mercy, favor, blessings, prosperity. May you experience an overflow of heaven over you and it being released to those around you.

Happy blessed new year everyone!

Legacy of faith

To leave a legacy of faith you have to face the risk of failure in the natural. 

Hebrews 11:1 : Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Now how do you get the courage to believe in something you cannot see? In our world we are given hundreds of reasons to live cautiously and I am often warned by people who love me to play the cards safe. While there is a generation arising in faith and love there is one that is losing the meaning and essence of faith, hope and love.
Which side of the coin do you find yourself in?


Matthew 15:28 : Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.


You and I owe it to our lives and the lives around us to have that kind of faith, “great faith“. Ever wondered what would it feel like if Jesus is impressed with your faith?


I have said this many times before, “Faith is birthed in trust and trust is relational”. We’ve got to get to a point in our relationship with God where we trust Him completely and then it becomes easier to endure in faith.


The outcome of enduring in faith till the end is bigger than the shame of any failure. 
I have been afraid to take steps of faith because of the nagging question “what if I fail?” And now my first response to that is, “what if I don’t? , what if I get that miracle? , what if that person you’re praying for is healed?”


Matthew 21:21 : Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done”


Make living by faith your lifestyle. Expect and believe you will see amazing things happen in your life. Dream big and abide in God and see mountains move, be quick to give God the glory.


If you live cautiously, your friends will call you wise. You just won’t move many mountains” – Bill Johnson.


Blessings!


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