Author: Janisha Smith
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Have you ever made a promise to someone and then turn around and broke the promise
unintentionally? Well, that’s because you are only flesh and blood; however, I know a man who
promises are true for he indicates this in 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For all the promises of God find
their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory”.
If you would just sit back and reminisce, you will discover that there was once a vision in your
life where you saw your future as a millionaire, doctor, teacher, author, engineer, nurse,
preacher, etc., but suddenly it felt like it was intangible and you began blaming God? It was like
God gave you a glimpse of the PROMISE and the took it Back. God does not lie; his words are
Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should
repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good”?
It is easier to blame God for the setback instead of praising HIM through the circumstances
because as Humans, we don’t like to face the problem, but rather find fault in others rather than
ourselves. Understand that God gave you the PROMISE because he promised to give you the
desires of your heart (Psalms 4), HE also said that he will never leave you (Deuteronomy
31:6) because HE’s always with you. He further explains that you will conquer any obstacle that
you encounter for you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). God promises are TRUE if
you only believe and have faith that all things work together for your good according to HIS
riches in glory (Romans 8:28).
God gave me the vision of my Promises, but I didn’t know quite how to reach them because I
was trying to do it my way instead of leaning on God. One of my promises was that I was going
to obtain a college degree, but after my first year of college, I could not return due to finances.
My mother was a single parent with four children in college and we just could not afford my
tuition. I was furious!!! I did not understand how God could show me this promise and then
place this hurdle that I could not cross. I still had the burning desire to complete college, but I
got a job and worked for six years. One weekend while visiting my Bestfriend Charmaine Lewis, we
attended a church in Columbia, SC, where Bishop David Baxter was pastoring. Bishop Baxter
opened the altar for prayer and he placed his hand on my and anointed me with oil. He then
whispered in my ear and said, “God heard your prayers and he is true to his promise. You will
go back to college and complete it with honors and go beyond what is expected of you.” Let me
tell you, in the Fall of 2010, I was accepted to South Carolina State University and two years
later, I graduated with Honors with a degree in English. I got accepted to Graduate School,
graduated two years later, wrote a book, created a profitable blog, mentoring hundreds, teaching,
and still praising God. God promises are TRUE. I know the journey is rough but declare that
you are more than a conqueror, I shall live and not die, I have the armor of God. Whatever God
declare, it shall come to pass, but you must be faithful, believe, and do the work that HE
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”. Don’t lean on your Understanding, but to God’s because you will lose focus on the Promise.
The Promise is not met in your time, but God’s.
Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will
not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay”.
I have been saved all my life. I knew i was set apart and God blessed me with great understanding of His word at an early age (nine years old to be exact). So i decided to get baptised. But over the course of my life, I got tired of being left out of what everyone else had experienced or what they were doing. I began to loose my way.
I always heard older people in the church say, “you’re going to keep getting saved until you’re saved for real!” We would all laugh because it was really funny in honesty. I got baptised again when i was about 19 years old. I felt like God was pushing me to do it again, but this time with a different persepctive on what I was really getting myself into. Again, some time after that I lost my way. I had been swallowed up by the things of this world and my earthly problems. I was so distracted by life “and the cares of this world”. After a while, I grew tired. The devil was having a field day in my mind, in my personal life, in my home, and in my spiritual life. He was literally draining me, making me feel ready to “give up”, in every sense of that phrase.
I began to look at my life and get so defeated. I couldn’t understand what i had possibly done that was so wrong that i kept getting the short end of the stick. No one was unsderstanding me. No one saw what I was seeing. I felt soooooo ALONE, FUSTRATED, AND CONFUSED. I was so hurt from so many things that had happened to me. My heart was a mess and i fell into depression. I didn’t recognize it as depression until later.
A few months ago I was conversing with a friend who is also a believer in Christ, and i just vented my fustrations with myself and my lacklustre attitude towards my relationship with God. I told her I wanted to know what it felt like to totally live for God because i had been doing it my way and haven’t made any progress.
On June 22, 2017 we went to a generations conference at All Nations Worship Assembly (check them out they are awesome). I had been following the ministry for a while and I was excited to go. The whole building had an overwhelming presence of God. Everyone in that place that greeted me was INTENTIONAL. They had set the atmosphere for the presence of God. I had never, in all my years, been in an environment like that. I was delivered! I was set free! God had put in me a new heart and restored His vision He had of me. I was elated to say the least. I had been in such great expectation and God went above and beyond for me. He truly went in my heart and began to clean it in the most gentle, but aggresive way possible. He had taken things that i had buried and brought them to surface and took them with Him. The Holy Spirit interceeded for me and He came through. The Holy Spirit assisted me into selling myself out. I left nothing hidden. I INTENTIONALLY opened myself up to be cleaned and inspected for God to deposit His likeness in me.
I needed this encounter. I wanted this so bad! I just got so tired. From the day I purchased that ticket for the conference, I became INTENTIONAL. God had prepared me for it the whole time and i didnt know it. He seperated me from people. He placed people around me that were seeking Him intentionally so i would know what that looked like, so if i had questions I would know who to ask. He put in me a hunger to learn what REAL, TRUE friendships looked like. He began teaching me by way of sermons how important it was to have certain people around you. He really was preparing my heart for my new beginning.
If you want God, go get Him! He is waiting for you to find Him. He gave us pemission to go “seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7). God is there but He wants you to find Him. When we look for something, we began being intentional on finding it because we refuse to look and not find. We refuse to come up empty handed! When you look for God, search for Him like you’re looking for those car keys. Search for Him like you’re looking for that perfect outfit to go out in. He wants all of you. Lay your own life down, and He will give you a brand new one! Ask me I know! He wants relationship with us.
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I didn’t grow up in church, I attended on the major holidays but I wasn’t an active member. One day I decided to become more than a bench member if you could even call my attendance at that time that. I had no clue this was God setting me up to meet the one he kept for me. Everyone always wants to know what I did to meet such an amazing man of God or how I knew when it was right. But to be honest I didn’t do anything other than open my mind and heart to what the Lord had for me. I was at a point in my life where I knew I needed to focus on Cheryl and pursue a better relationship with the Lord. And if meeting a man of God came along then so be it, but it wasn’t my main focus. God had plans for me, plans that I would never dream of. I get so tired of hearing everyone say a good man is hard to find. Beloved, please stop looking. I love to tell the story of how I met my husband and I pray it encourages you to continue to seek the Lord first and foremost and find comfort knowing that God is keeping one for you.
When I met Josh he was a tenor on the young adult choir that I was joining. I didn’t know anyone but I knew this was where I was supposed to be so I joined and sang my little soprano heart out. Josh was very timid and not really outspoken which is the complete opposite of me. But something that I now know was the Holy Spirit told me “that’s the man you will marry”. I shrugged it off and thought “yeah okay, I don’t even know that guy is he even single”. You know that saying the way to a girl’s heart is though God? Well in my case the way to this mans heart was through God. I wanted to be closer to God and in finding God’s love for me I also found the love of my life.
I admired his relationship with God so much and the person he was because of this relationship. Something was different in him. Seeing him made me want to have a better relationship and be a better Christian. No, I wasn’t praying for a husband but I prayed for someone to walk with me on my new journey. I wanted and needed encouragement and support. I always had that little voice telling me I would marry him and I knew if I were to be a reflection of him I needed to continue to immerse myself in the word. Growing in Christ with him is such a blessing. I say this because we are still growing and learning together, 6 years of marriage later. I was young in Christ and Josh was there. We went to bible study together, choir rehearsal together, he would pick me up before service to ride with him. He quickly became my best friend before my boyfriend and then my husband.
[2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? ] I would have never met my husband had I not let the Holy Spirit led me back to church where I belonged. I was too of the world to be the equally yoked woman he desired. I had to grow to become in the world and not of the world. Some ask how were we members of the same church our whole lives and not know each other? To that I say, God was preparing us to be equally yoked. There were things that were necessary for us to complete before we met. Just like when God took the Israelite’s into the promise land when they left Egypt, instead of the short way Jacob took to get to Egypt. God was preparing the newly free Israelite’s to be His nation. He needed to establish a relationship with them before they went into the promise land. God knew by sending them the short way this was hindering that relationship he desired. They would have had to go through warring lands. God could have easily destroyed the enemy in their path but he knew his people were unprepared and not mature enough in their faith.
In my case God also needed to establish a relationship with me before I could be in a relationship with my husband. I wasn’t always the woman my husband prayed for but by Gods grace I became that woman when it was time. You may feel you are already the woman a man is praying for but maybe God is still taking the man you are praying for on the long journey to become the one he has kept for you. When it’s time you will know, trust me. Until then continue to love the Lord and be encouraged.
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God asks us as believers to have three things:
Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
Compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another authority
The state of feeling certain about the truth of something.
author : Nangie Fleurantin
These things may seem easy but we all know that life makes them almost impossible.
I personally struggle with these simple guidelines on a daily basis. I have to constantly be at God’s feet asking for strength.
One of my favorite stories in the bible comes from the book of Matthews, chapter eight starting on verse 23. The scripture says:
Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”
The part that got to me the most was that God was asking his disciples why they have little faith. Imagine if you were in that position. The King of kings is asking YOU, why your faith is so little. I would be crying and asking for forgiveness in a heartbeat.
God is like the wind. You can’t see him but you feel him, so you know he’s there. The disciples had the honor to see and feel him. But they still didn’t fully trust God.
This brings me to the topic of obedience.
1 Corinthians 15:58 says,
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
To know God’s command and following it requires you to read the Word. That is a way he is able to communicate to us what we need to do on this earth. Others think that life is just about living and doing what we want to do. But that is not the case. The life we are living is not for us it is to glorify God. We are on a mission to bring souls back to the Father and the only way to do so is to be obedient.
In having faith and being obedient, you need confidence. A little swag to your walk. We are sons and daughters of a KING. His word will never fail.
Another favorite scripture of mine is Psalms 27:1,
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
When you know who are you and WHOSE you are, nothing should phase you. You should wake up in the morning with a smile on your face ready to take on the world. You know your Father in heaven has a plan for your life and you will walk in victory. He has given you the authority on Earth. With him, all things are possible (Phil. 4:13).
I know it is difficult to keep these in mind when life is coming at you hard. But know that the enemy has no power over you. God never says no. It’s either “not yet” or “I have something better.” Stand firm in your faith.
You Are Not A Nobody.
Author: Harriee X.
Have you ever walked into a room of people, who were supposed to be your friends and felt like an outcast? Somebody in the background? Felt like you don’t matter or whatever you said, was not being heard? Where you felt like that tree, in the play, no one wanted to be?
I didn’t feel like I was special, or if something happened to me, anyone would care. It can be very hard to see what we are worth or that we are even worth anything, when you’re constantly ignored or not seen for who you really are. To the person reading this post: You are not a nobody! To the person who doesn’t have many friends: You are not a nobody! To the person who ends up being the tree in the play: You too, are not a nobody!
You are in fact God’s somebody! Romans 9:25-26 says that, those who are called nobodies will be made somebody. Those who are unloved, will become loved.
‘I will call them “my people” who are not my people:
and I will call her “my beloved one” who is
not my loved one. And, ‘In the very place where it was said to them,
“You are not my people,” there they will be called “children of the
living God.”’ Romans 9:25-26 NIV
Did you see that?! You are not a nobody! You are not how others see you or what they say about you behind your back. You are someone God calls beloved. Children of the living God.
In the very places where they call our “You’re nobody!” or treat you like it, they are actually calling you ‘God’s Living Children’ – Lysa Terkeurst
This is also found in Hosea 1:10.
‘Nobody’ noun + pronoun, according to the Cambridge dictionary means, not anyone or someone who is not important. But, the word ‘nobody’, is nowhere to be found in God’s dictionary. He didn’t create nobodies, because He knows YOU. He knows when you sit and when you rise. He is familiar with all your ways. If you really were a nobody, He wouldn’t care about the thoughts you have or the words you say. He deeply cares about your opinions; He cares about how you see yourself and if you walk into that room, with your head held high. He does!
God chose Jacob who was insecure, Zacchaeus who was unpopular & God chose you.
Get this; Zacchaeus was unpopular, a cheater and a sinner, yet Jesus called him by his name and insisted to stay at his house. In front of everyone! And this led to a change of heart. God knows your name. He knew you before you were even born and knew the steps you were going to take. If Jesus can pick an unpopular tax collector, then He has surely chosen you too.
You are so loved and significant; you now just need to embrace how Gods sees you. What about those days when you do feel like a nobody?
Say these 3 phrases out loud — I am not a Nobody! I am a somebody! God’s somebody! —
Do you feel better? Say it every day, before you go out and hold your head up high.
Lord, thank you for the amazing people reading this post. I pray that You touch their hearts to know and keep close to them, that they are loved by You. That because You are worthy, they are also worthy. And most importantly, that they belong to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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How to Improve Your Self-Confidence
Author: Leah Pilcher
The most beautiful accessory that a girl could wear does not lie in the soles of her shoes but, it is hidden in soul of her heart. As a Christian women in today’s society we should deem ourselves as royalty because we’re daughters of the most high, almighty KING! What baffles me is the fact that we claim to be lovers of God but, constantly tear each other down with our words and demeanor. Below are some tips on how you could achieve self confidence through our Lord and savior.