HAPPY NEW YEAR !!
I Hope you guys had a beautiful Christmas. I really enjoyed my Christmas. We had a pre-Christmas eve meal as my mum was working on Christmas day and it was just lovely.
After we had the dinner; my sisters, myself and my younger brother Benjamin played monopoly which was so much fun. Talk about intense and competitive. I got to learn and understand my siblings a lot more because of that game.
Christmas was nice spending time with everyone, watching films, making jokes and then New Year’s Eve came by really quickly and as you see it, we’re already in the New Year.
So, as many of you know I attend Christ embassy aka Believer Loveworld and every year we go to church on New Years Eve to celebrate the coming year but to also hear from our Man of God the word of the upcoming year. This year was no different but it sure was special, I tell you I danced and jumped in church like never before. So as some of you might know 2018 for us is the “Year of the Supernatural.” This is so exciting and amazing and you can partake of this blessing. In the year of the supernatural the lord is to intervene in every area of our lives. We have been given supernatural ability, supernatural strength, Supernatural knowledge, supernatural insight, supernatural wisdom, supernatural health and supernatural supply. Do you see how easy the lord has made this year for us? I am so excited and ready to take on this year, honestly. 2017 was great, in that I experienced a lot of healing but I am now ready to possess what belongs to me. I am ready to have the promises God gave to me to be fulfilled. I am ready to take what belongs to me and to see the physical manifestation of Gods promises to me and so should you be. God wants to help you this year; he will intervene in every area of your life. It’s your year of The Supernatural. Who knows this might be the year where we start flying, levitating, teleporting from place to place lol. Who knows this might be the year where you also walk on water
Anyways I thought I would write this article to you to encourage you. I have actually wanted to blog about this topic for such a long time but I needed to find the time to do it. This article means a lot to me because it is my current test at the moment and that is the temptation to settle. I didn’t realise how much I settled until I have developed and I am working on not settling. We are met with idea and a temptation to settle every day and it is up to us to choose not to and to select the best. The problem is we don’t realise that we have options to choose so we choose by default without realising that we have other options available for us. So I am wanted to discuss my journey of this with you. On my social media I normally say that 2017 has been a really great year and it is not because I have had everything go easy for me, it’s because God has helped me to be liberated in more ways than I have been in a really long time. However, it has taken so much work and it has been really difficult to walk out of the settling mentality and go for the ultimate best for my life and for those around me
We are told in society and in our circumstances to achieve what we can, to move with the flow of things, to grow, get an education and then a career but that is not even the beginning. You haven’t even started living yet until you decide to as we are told in Colossians 3:2 AMP to “set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value].” God wants you to go for the best and to enjoy it. I said on my Facebook: God is not obligated to give you copper when he desires to give you Gold and the issue is not that we are not getting the thing; the real issue is that we often miss the best version of that thing because we are so thirsty for that thing that we choose the counterfeit and the worst thing is that until we have renewed our minds we may never realise we have counterfeit in our lives. 2017 has been a year where my mind has been renewed in this area and God has challenged me to progress, to succeed, to move forward, and to go for the best in every area.
He has used Philippians 4:19 CEB to help me with this and it reads: “My God will meet your every need out of his riches in the glory that is found in Christ Jesus.” God wants to meet all you needs. He wants to help you with the needs that you have. I find out that this scripture is not just about money, “your need” here could be spiritual, financial, material, social, emotional, in relationships, it could be physical and many more. He doesn’t just want to meet your need at a lower level; he wants to give you that thing according to his glory. There things that God wants to give you but how can he give you if you are occupied with a lot of counterfeits. I am not just asking you this, I am asking myself because as I have mentioned it has been an area that I am learning to accept. God wants to give you out of his “riches” which means abundance, overflow, out of his supply not the worlds, or your job, e.t.c although he can use those things to give it you. The world glory in this scripture is translated with many synonyms such as excellence, honour, respect, magnificence. The things that God wants to give you are approved by God, and by that I mean by his judgment and opinion God agrees that they are best for you, they are seen by him and defined by him as good. When I realised what they scripture meant I was shocked because I didn’t know God wanted to be so personal with me.
I did not know that God cared about the little things in my life, the decisions, and things I choose and get into our not always Gods best for me. He says to you in Ephesians 3:20 CEB “ the more I look at such scripture I realise how obvious it all is. God does not want me and you to settle and it’s all over the bible. That means that sometimes even the things we ask for, might not be good enough in God’s opinion. Wow glory be to God of the highest. He is so holy and so good. As my Pastor says, God has called us to a life of Glory and he won’t let you settle. Be careful to keep pushing something God is protecting you from. I will be honest with you I have struggled in this area internally. I am in a place where I know to make the right decision and wait for Gods best but that does not mean that I don’t war in my mind and with God about why what I have given up for the best. Saying no to myself doesn’t mean that the cravings for that thing just go away, that is where trusting God comes in, and clinging to the last thing he told you and believing faith that he loves you and has the best for you. If I am honest I have had to be disciplined in this, it has not been easy but I am hanging in there with God and he has helped me to stay in his perfect will no matter what, no matter what I like or dislike, no matter who I like or desire because he loves me and he wouldn’t ask me to do anything that is not good for me. Let me give you an example. Everywhere around you there’s message to settle. From circumstances and situations that try to tell you things won’t change, to people telling us were not good enough or we don’t meet the mark of their expectations.
We guess what that’s man’s expectations and opinion but God wants to give to you according to his glory, his opinion, which one do you prefer and want. Yes with God you might have wait for a while, you might have to say no couple of times, you might be lonely, you might even lose friends because your appetite for mediocrity is no longer in your month. This is where Philippians 4:13 comes which encourages us to do things in Christ’s sufficiency: I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength. The AMP version: I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfil His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] this is one of the scriptures that has helped me to not give up. God told me in 2017 that I would have a lot of options and boy was he not kidding.
I am in a place in my life where I am healed enough that God can trust me with more so as God said I was approached a lot by guys, some I liked, some I didn’t like, some were younger, some were much older, some have exceptional careers and they are people that I respect and would have loved to be in a relationship with, others didn’t have a job, some Christians, so are not Christians. With all of them I would try and convince myself that they were the one, or that we could work but something was just not right. I have gotten to a place with God where if I am lying to myself I know because he will convict but I have been through enough as well, and have been hurt to also know that God does not lie, and what he says is always true. So if God advices me not to date someone, I should listen. Now, I am not in a place of desperation where I need to be in a relationship for me to be happy. I am free and so happy in my own skin that I am so grateful for God for keeping me single. But I am now in a place where I am ready to enjoy myself a little and to be taken out or to build a nice friendship with someone. It has not been easy because I feel like I am being too legalistic and too rigid with myself. Sometimes I stopped and I ask God if I am being too picky? And he says no. “So why do you want to keep me single for so long?” I would ask. Then Philippians 4:19 comes in and I remember, it’s not that I can’t get married, because anybody can get married, its marring the one God has for you, the right person for you and your purpose. I have struggled in this area because sometimes I just need company, or a friend to build with but it has not been the right fit. Of course some of these people I have met are friends and we remain friends but what I am saying is that I know it’s hard out there. It is not hard to settle, but it takes character to uphold the standard God has given you no matter what.
So what are you struggling in accepting Gods best for you? Could it be a better career but you are too comfortable in the one you are in now? Could it be getting in shape? Or saving up for a home or a car instead of going in debt?, could it be going back to school, or university? Or applying for that leadership role? Why do we believe that that thing is too good for us that we don’t bother to go for it? That it’s too good for you is evidence that you should go for it because as I said God will not be a good God giving you the least when he wants to give you the best. That’s not even his character. All I am saying if God approves it and deems it best, best believe him. God loves you and me and he wants every area to be shinning and showing forth his glory. So what the conclusions to my story? Well I cut off relationships, dates, or friends that we not my best. I left it in 2017, and I have decided to wait on God. I know God wants the best for me and believe you me it’s nice when you have someone checking on you every day but have you improved since you met that person? Do they see your spirit? Do you share the love of God? And what’s that gut feeling that says no not now? Do not neglect it- listen to it even if you might be wrong. I am not talking about anxiety or fear or suspicion; I am talking about discernment because it will save you from a lot of trouble.
I have found out some people can’t date me because God hides me from them, or they have not developed enough so it just won’t work. With every bone in my body I have to put that phone down and say no but it has been worth it. No person or thing that God has asked me to let go off has been regret. So trust God and refuse to settle. Find out your purpose and do it, love God and love yourself, work on you and enjoy life. This is the period to know what is best for me, what do I like and dislike. Ask yourself, who am I? What makes me happy? Find out those things and then go for it but don’t settle. I have tried, I am embarrassed to say and when I do, I am just miserable, I feel out of his will and I feel like I am missing something. When you have Gods best in life you won’t feel like that because he will satisfy you with his best. Proverbs 3:5-7 AMP says it like
Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.6 In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.
I shared with you my story about dating. Funny to say I am quite obedient in other areas. For my job I have signed up for leadership training so that I can enhance my skills. I plan on becoming a manager and also lead some projects in the trust that I work in. I am working on eating healthy and exercising, making sure I look after myself physically, meditation and prayer, being positive, going to church and serving in my church, meeting up with friends, and building friendships, embracing new opportunities, travelling, meeting new people and many more. However, when it came to dating I tend to struggle to listen and it’s not good. So, 2017 I am praying, fasting and hoping to stay in Gods will. I understand that this year’s God is going to give me things I have been waiting years for and one of them is a special friend that at the end of 2017 I had to get into obedience and alignment. I could have settled but he helped me fight for his best for me. It has shown me how much he loves me.
So this 2018, it’s your year and my year of the supernatural. So if the supernatural which is the Holy Spirit and God and his angels are stepping in to help you live life at your best, why not let them. This year’s heaven is working with me. This year heaven is determined to help me no settle and to achieve amazing things so why settle. I encourage you stay hopeful, stay prayerful, stay faithful in God. Of course try things, enjoy life, live life, meet people, and look at the opportunities that are in-front of you but if the Holy Ghost nudges you to slow down, to wait, to cut it off, to go ahead, listen to him because he knows what is best for you. This is not difficult for someone who has a relationship with God, who has leadership in their life and who meditate on the word. It’s important to desire Gods will and his ways which will help you to move forward correctly. God says to you in 1 Corinthians 2:9 TLB “That is what is meant by the Scriptures which say that no mere man has ever seen, heard, or even imagined what wonderful things God has ready for those who love the Lord…”
I love this scripture and I am excited to carry one. So maybe we can encourage and help each other? I know I need your encouragement. Let’s refuse to settle, let’s have Gods best. Stay prayerful, happy and glory in God, have fun, make connections and know that at the right time and in Gods way, his best will come into your life.
I love you and praying for you