God’s Divine Exchange

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I have an investment tip for you, one with no risk and huge rewards. Your investment can be as small as a mustard seed but I can assure you that your return will exceed your wildest expectation. Here’s my life investment tip, For God so loved the world {that’s you} that He {willingly} gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16 emphasis mine.

Belief, that’s your investment and God’s Divine Exchange, is your reward. Here’s a quick snapshot of our investors, aka the Believers, portfolio.

Your Sins and Iniquities = For Christ’s Righteousness

Death and Separation = Eternal Life

Ashes and Despair = Beauty and Joy

Your Sorrow and Pain = Jesus’ Peace That Surpasses Understanding

Your Poverty and Lack = God’s Riches and Grace

Your Brokenness = Jesus’ Health and Complete Wholeness

I’m one of these investors and I can testify that this life-changing investment worked for me. I was once lost in this world. A prisoner to my past, mistakes and pain, until I met my Investment Holder, Jesus Christ, the Son of the one and only God. He pulled me out of the miry pit and showed me a Love I didn’t deserve and didn’t think existed. Then I learned that Jesus loved me, even while I was still in sin and invested in me when He laid His life down on the cross. If I were an investor, I wouldn’t have invested in me but from the Father’s view I was worthy. So I sowed my mustard seed of faith believing Yes, Jesus loves me and by His grace I was saved and set free. By His stripes I am healed.

Today I serve as one of Jesus’ partners with an investment tip I hope to share with as many souls He drops into my path. My hope is to find other investors willing to take a leap of faith on God’s Divine Exchange. An investment that is open to all. No experience needed to invest the only requirements are belief and an open heart.


My Story

My Dad passed away several months ago. The pain and the grief I feel is beyond words. Our relationship was far from perfect. There were  good times and bad times but at the end of the day he was still Dad. As one of his only remaining relatives I bore the difficult task of settling his personal affairs. I was at the bank to get some papers notarized, the teller read the heading of some of my documents and looked at me and said, “I’m so sorry for you loss. My Dad is still with us and I can’t imagine life without him.”

I could feel the grief and overwhelming pain I fought so hard to suppress bubble back to the surface. I swiped at my eyes in an attempt to stop the tears before they fell. Keep it together. I said to myself. Don’t fall apart. Not now, not here! I politely smiled at the teller as I forced the image of my Dad unresponsive in a hospital bed out of my head. The memory of our last conversation flashed before me and I thought, “Great. I could see the headlines now Lord; Crazy woman breaks down in bank! News at 11.”

Then I heard the Father say, “Share your story.” I asked the teller if is she was a believer and she said yes. I then told her that my dad was an unbeliever for as long as I could remember. A few months prior to his heart attack I was prompted to share Jesus with him. I’ve shared Jesus with him in the past to no avail. So I was hesitant when God asked me to do it again, especially since the last time I shared Christ with him, my husband and I got burned. God kept nudging so I said, “Ok Lord, don’t think I won’t say I told you so.”

Over the next few months, whatever Jesus revealed to me in the scripture, I would share with my dad. To my surprise he was receptive, he had questions, a lot of them and he didn’t hesitate to ask me. I would seek the Father, then I’d share the answer that was revealed to me. It was kind of strange at first, the roles were reversed. I was the teacher and he was the student. We even joked about it, but I knew God was doing something significant here because for someone reason my dad wasn’t letting this new dynamic get in the way of his quest for the truth. This wasn’t an easy task, my Dad said a lot of hurtful things to me and there was no apology from him in sight. Yet, I felt compelled to obey the prompting of the Lord and I held on to God’s promise that He alone  will heal my heart.

During our last conversation, my Dad, the one who resisted my faith and relationship with God the most said to me, “I got it! I finally got it! Thank you daughter for the enlightenment.” That moment felt glorious and victorious, my whole being said “Thank you God, I guess you told me so!” We must have said I love you about five or six times and he promised to call the following week to congratulate my son on his high school graduation. That was a Tuesday. That Thursday afternoon I got a call from the emergency room, “Your dad had a heart attack, he may not make it through the night.”

It’s not easy losing a parent but what gives me strength and a peace I can’t explain is knowing that my Dad received the salvation of our Lord Jesus. My joy is that God used me, His beloved daughter, as a vessel to usher in that salvation. There were tears in the teller’s eyes. I asked her, “Is your Dad saved, has he accepted Jesus as His Lord and Savior?” She said, “I think so, but I plan to make sure. I can’t wait to share your story with my Dad.”

This is Love

I walked into that bank with the weight of the world on my shoulders. I walked out refreshed, lifted and comforted by Christ Himself. I believe this is what Jesus meant when He said, no greater love is this than to lay down one’s life for another. I was given the option to stay in that dark place or put my grief aside to give hope to another. In the midst of my “sacrifice” God took the grief I laid down that was so heavy and He gave me His cross, which was light. At least two people, the banker and her father, were blessed and I walked away comforted and divinely used by God. When you lay down your life for another  you don’t lose anything you gain everything, you gain… more of Him!

It’s moments like these that cause me to fall deeper and deeper in love with Jesus, it’s why I’m still in Love after all of these years.


 

Confidence in Christ

The Holy Spirit enlightened me recently in such a way that it’s giving me hope during one of the darkest hours of my life. You may know the story well but I want to encourage you to take a moment to hear what Christ is saying to you today.

In the book of Mark Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” So they boarded the vessel with Jesus. Some time later a vicious storm broke out over the boat. Imagine the disciples fright as the wind and waves violently tossed them about. The boat swamped with water. The thunder claps, the lightning strikes, skies so dark and cloudy you could barely see what’s in front of you.

There in the midst of it all laid Jesus, fast asleep on a cushion at the rear of the boat. They must have wondered how can anyone sleep through all of this? Fearing for their lives the disciples woke Him and said, “Teacher don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus got up and stilled the storm. Then He said to His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (See full story Mark 4:35-41)

In all of my studies of this story the focus has always been on Jesus quieting the storm but that’s not the significant part of this story. In my recent study I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Did He not say they were going to the other side?”

Getting Through the Storm

The book of Hebrews defines faith as, “Confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV.

Jesus breaks this down even further for us. He says Have faith in God; our faith in Him can move a mountain. Note that Jesus is calling us not to have faith in ourselves but Confidence in Him who can do all things. It’s Him not you moving the mountain.

Faith is Confidence in Jesus Christ being who He says He is. Confidence in Him being the Alpha and Omega of your life. That nothing in this life is beyond His knowledge, ability and reach. Confidence in Him being the promise keeper. That every word He uttered to you will be fulfilled. That He does have a plan for you one that will take you to great heights and depths in Him. A life filled with meaning and purpose. That He heard every prayer and every cry and because you are His, ALL THINGS will work out for your good. Including the things that don’t make sense to you.

Confidence in His willingness to heal you and your loved ones, grant you your heart’s desire and set you free from the things that have kept you bound. That He will protect and defend you. Still the storm, tear down walls and break chains on your behalf. Confidence in His unfailing, unconditional and unshakeable love for you. A Love that cannot lie. A love so perfect and pure that He laid His life down and shed His blood so that you may live this life and the next victorious.

I believe the Father wants to take us to a place in Him where our confidence in His love for us is so great that when trouble arises, we don’t respond in fear and doubt but in Faith. A centurion type of faith that says, Jesus, just say the word and I know it will be done!

A faith that doesn’t wake Him in the midst of a storm but grabs a pillow and rest with Him. A confidence in Christ that is not shaken when things are falling apart or moved by the fire blazing around. A faith that holds on to Him who is with you and for you and can see you through the storm. You hold on because you trust what His word says about you. Your boat may rock, it may sustain some damage but you know that He who promised is faithful and You Will make it to the other side!

Follow the Promise


What promises did He make to you? I encourage you not to give up on His promise; don’t give in to the doubt. He is faithful, willing and His word is tested and true. Jesus cannot fail you. It may feel like you’re all alone but you’re not – Christ is with you. The gifts and call of God are irrevocable. Things may look dark for you right now. It may seem like you’re not going to make it, but Jesus Christ, God’s Love made perfect, says You Are going to the other side! 🙂


-Amen

Healing, Comfort, & Salvation

AN AGREEMENT PRAYER

“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:2)

Father God your word says that if two or more agree in your name you will grant our request (Matthew 18:19-20) so today we pray for our brothers and sisters around the world.

Father God your people are in need of divine healing and we ask that you heal minds, heal emotions, restore sight, restore speech, repair hearts, heal organs, heal cells, heal bones, heal and restore limbs, remove impurities, remove tumors, restore balance, and remove from our bodies anything that is not of your kingdom and your will. Do this for your Namesake in Jesus name.

Father God today we pray for our brothers and sisters in Japan. To those who are hurting may you pour out your love and comfort upon them. Continue to keep them, strengthen them, and draw them closer to you so that you may bless them with your peace and salvation. Heal your people Lord in every area of their lives and thank you for hearing our plea in Jesus name. Amen.

Written by Afiya Duncanson