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

Mother’s Day

MOTHER’S DAY

On behalf of my Chief Editor, Jesus Christ, and I,  I would like to celebrate all  Women and wish each and every one of you a Happy Mother’s day. Whether you are single or married, young or perfectly seasoned, with or without child we celebrate you all as mothers for you are all nurturers, carriers, fruit bearers and givers of life.

 You are blessed (like Sarah) “I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her” Gen 17:16

You are prophets and leaders (like Deborah) “Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel.” Judges 5:7

 You are effective prayer warriors (like Hannah) “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high.” 1Sam 2:1

 You are more than a pretty face; you are brave and courageous (like Esther) “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16)

 You are smart, savvy, purposed filled woman (like the Proverbs 31 Woman) “She is worth far more than rubies.” (Prov 31:10)

 You are a vessel for God (like the Woman at the Well) ready to be filled and willing to share and deliver the good news of our Lord. “Come see a Man who told me everything I ever did, Could this be the Messiah?” (John 4:29)

 You are daughters of the Most High, ambassadors with Christ; you are Mothers, fearfully and wonderfully made!

 To all of  the Women and Mothers out there Happy Mother’s Day!

Now Is Your Time

Now Is Your Time

There was a pool called Bethesda where a multitude waited for the stirring of the water, the word says, “For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well.” (John 5:4) NKJV

It was there that Jesus came across a man who had been suffering with his infirmity for 38 years. Jesus asked him, “Do you want to get well?” The man replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Jesus says to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” (John 5:6-8 NIV)

There is so much revelation in this, but allow me to share this one with you. God has stirred the hearts of many. Some felt the stirring, heard God’s call and with great courage boldly stepped into God’s will for their lives. Then there are some of us who felt the stirring, know they’ve been called but like the infirmed man had a mountain of excuses stopping them from moving forward. If you look at the scripture Jesus did not coddle or comfort this man He commanded him to get up and move forward.

God has called some of you to ministry, He’s given you a vision, some have simply been nudged to spend more time in His word, and while it’s clear what God wants to do in your life, you’ve placed obstacles in your path before you’ve even started. God is saying to you get up, take up His vision, take up the call and walk! Walk toward your destiny, step into His will, God is not going to ask you to do anything He hasn’t already equipped you to do.

Move forward knowing that, “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it.” (Philippians 1:6) Now… is… your… time!

A God Who Can

In the book of Matthew chapter 14 Jesus, who had retreated to a deserted place upon hearing about the death of John the Baptist, was teaching and healing the multitude of people who had followed Him. It was getting late in the day so the disciples told Jesus to send the multitude away so that they can travel to the villages to buy themselves some food. Jesus told the disciples that they didn’t need to go away just give the people something to eat. The disciples replied that they only had five loaves of bread and two fish and in their company were five-thousand men and this didn’t include the women and children that were amongst them.

Jesus said to the disciple, “Bring them here to Me.”  The scripture goes on to say, “He took the five loaves of bread and the two fish, and looking up to Heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.” (Matthew 14: 13-21 NKJV)

There may be a vision or dream deep down inside of you or perhaps there is a goal, a great task or a great responsibility before you and you may think that you don’t have what you need to accomplish it. Some of us put our hopes, dreams and plans aside because we feel that what we have is not enough to make things happen.

Great  Man and Woman of God don’t lose hope because our Heavenly Father has proven to us time and time again that He can take the little that we have and multiply it. Jesus said that if you have faith as big as a mustard see you can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). God can take the few resources you have, the few dollars you saved, the bit of time and space you have, the knowledge and
education that you do have, your hope, trust and mustard seed of faith and belief and He can bless and multiply it and take you to new levels in your life that you couldn’t possibly imagine.  Jesus said, “With men this is impossible, but with God All things are possible.” (Matt 19:26) So don’t focus on what you don’t have and what you can’t do instead put your plans before the Great I AM, A God Who Can

Written by Afiya Duncanson

Discover Your Vision

 

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18)

Deep down inside of you, within the core of your being lies a great and mighty vision. I know this because God, your Creator, your Source, your Heavenly Father is a visionary. In the beginning, before our creation, God gazed upon the dark void and He saw life. God looked upon the void and saw light, the Heavens, the cosmos, the sky, the earth, the plant life, the animals and His greatest creation, Man. The bible describes God as being a God, “who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” (Romans 4:17) We possess this same ability. When God made Man in His image and likeness He gave us the ability to give birth to ideas that never existed before.  I know that a mighty vision lies within you because you are a child of God, made in His image and likeness; you were born to be a great visionary. Discover your vision today by asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Analyze your current state in life, is this what God wanted for your life?
  2. What do you desire to do most in life?
  3. What inspires you, what do you dream about?
  4. What are some of the ideas you’ve had that you can’t stop thinking about?
  5. Does your desire/idea contribute to the Kingdom of God?

 If what you desire is something that will have a positive impact on the Kingdom of God, chances are this can be God’s vision for your life.

Remember saints you are citizens of God’s Kingdom, sons and daughters of the King of all Kings and you were born to do great things. Lord I ask You if it be your will that you will reveal to your people the vision that you have placed in them for Your namesake. I ask this in Jesus name, Amen.

Written by Afiya Duncanson

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