You Are Really Forgiven…

Last Sunday I taught my Sunday School children about Forgiveness. During the hour session I stated what forgiveness means and referencing with scriptures, I further explained it’s importance.

I used an illustration of a paper. I coloured one side with red pencil; the red representing our sins. The back of the paper which was clean represented the aftermath of our cleansing; that is after we ask for forgiveness and repent, we are made clean by God. This kept the children engaged and they gave examples of when they have had to forgive a friend/loved one.

Before the service, I prayed and asked God that His message would settle in their little hearts. Little did I know it was I who needed the message to settle in my heart.

24 hours later I found myself to have fallen short; I allowed my flesh to lead me and ended up desperately needing forgiveness from God. I was very disappointed in myself. Worse than that, I was ashamed. I thought to myself, I know better therefore I should have behaved better. It broke me. I prayed and truly repented from my heart. I asked Jesus to wipe me clean. I felt His forgiveness and peace after this prayer. Last night the enemy tried to remind me of the sin and made me doubt if God had truly forgiven me.

As I prayed this morning, I asked for forgiveness once again. In a still small voice The Holy Spirit reminded me of the illustration I had used in Sunday School. He truly has wiped my sins and made me clean without stain, like the other side of the paper.

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together”,  says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool”.

This reminder brought tears to my eyes.
I am truly forgiven. He has wiped me clean. I need not to entertain the enemy’s lies because Jesus has cleansed me. The word of God says in 1 John 1:9 that,

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

I encourage you today to walk in His forgiveness. No need to ask forgiveness for a sin over and over again just because you do not feel like He has forgiven you. His love for you is so strong. It does not matter the nature of your sin(s), as long as you have repented from your heart and ready to walk in holiness, believe that You Are Really Forgiven.

Hebrews 8:12

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and lawless deeds I will rememeber no more”.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

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The Preparation Time…

Moses spent most part of the book of Deuteronomy, speaking to the children of Israel about the Promised Land.

He prepares them for the land by giving an account of what to expect; the good and not so good aspects, encounters they may have, dos and don’ts and a reminder of the Ten Commandment.

I have come to understand that it was very necessary and of utmost importance that the Israelites were prepared for Canaan (Promised Land). They needed to know what was ahead of them, their minds and  and bodies had to be prepared for the task ahead, they needed a reminder of the deliverance they had been through to know the kind of God they served. That was their Preparation Time.

Today, whatever calling is upon your life, whatever God has promised you, just know the He is preparing you for it. He needs you to be ready before He takes you there. You cannot afford to be unprepared when you get to your promised land.

A good friend of mine once said,

“No one prepares for battle on the battlefield”.

Whatever it is that you’re believing God for, He needs to prepare you outside the field before ushering you into it.

Wait on Him and listen to His voice.

Man of God, Larry Titus said in one of his teachings,

“God as the one who knows everything, knows when character has been completed”.

Just know that ‘preparation time is not wasted. He is molding in you a character that can withstand seasons to come.

Don’t forget that even Christ had to go through a preparation time of 30 years (Luke 3:23).

Enjoy your preparation time, you will praise God for it in your next season.

Isaiah 40:31

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.”

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

 

Present Land Or Promised Land?..

Numbers 32:5

“Therefore they said, If we have found favour in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan.”

The Israelites were getting closer to the Promised Land, suddenly there’s a change of heart from the children of Gad and children of Reuben (two out of the twelve tribes). They saw the other lands nearby and expressed to Moses in the above statement/scripture that they preferred those than Canaan (The Promised Land).

For a second I thought, what’s going on here? Why did they change their minds about entering into the land the Lord Himself blessed? The land which the God of their forefathers gave to them to possess.
Could it be that they were enticed by the appearance of the other land? Could it be fear of the unknown? Or just laziness?

I’m not sure why they changed their minds but one thing is definite; the moment they decided to stay in the east side of Jordan (other land) was the moment they settled. They settled for less.
They settled for less than what God had promised them and in so doing, they forfeited their inheritance.

My question to you today is,

ARE YOU SETTLING FOR LESS?

You know who you are in Christ, you know what God spoke over your life; so why are you deceiving yourself by thinking you’re happy with your Present Land? This isn’t your Promised Land and you know it.

ARE YOU SETTLING BECAUSE YOU ARE TIRED OR FEARFUL OF WHAT YOU MAY ENCOUNTER ON THE OTHER SIDE?

You see, in most cases I don’t buy the saying “The devil you know is better than the Angel you don’t know”. This phrase I believe has “thumbs up” many to be comfortable and not move forward. They ask questions like, “what if the other side is worse? What if it requires a lot of work, what if I die before I get there?”

On the flip side, my question to you again is,

WHAT IF THE ANGEL IS TRULY AN ANGEL AND NOT AN IMPOSTOR?

What if it’s truly where God wants you to be? Do you realise that by settling for less, you are forfeiting your royal inheritance?

At the end of the day we have two choices like the Gadinites and the Reubenites had. We can either trust God that the Promised Land is truly a land flowing with milk and honey and not allow anything to deter us from entering (not even the good appearance of another land) OR we could choose to settle for less and stay in our Present land.

Yes, it wouldn’t be an easy journey. There will be sadness on the way, tears (LOTS OF TEARS), there will be bad times, discouraging times but be confident of this very thing,

HE WHO HAS BEGUN A GOOD WORK IN YOU SHALL COMPLETE IT UNTIL THE DAY OF JESUS CHRIST. (PHILIPPIANS 1:6) 

Be encouraged to defeat all with the help of Christ and match gloriously into your Promised Land.
You’re more than a conquerer.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

The Word Over The World…

“Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more”.  Numbers 22:18.

The King of Moab, Balak was distressed and extremely afraid of the Israelites. The children of Israel had destroyed the Amorites with the help of God and Balak imagined his kingdom was next.
He searched for a way to destroy Israel before they destroy him and his kingdom. Balak sent messengers to Balaam, son of Boer who was reputed to be of great powers, to come forth and curse the Israelites.

Balaam refused as the Lord told him not to curse the children of Israel for they were blessed by Him (God). Balaam then sent the messengers away.
Balak stubbornly sent his men a second time to Balaam, this time, bribing him with riches. The above scripture/statement was Balaam’s response.                                  (Full story Numbers 22:1-21).

Reading this chapter made me think about the present state of the kingdom of God. I’m here asking questions like, do we still have men/women of God who are rooted in the word enough to refuse bribery and riches from the world? Do we still have Christians who refuse to compromise the truth for fame and “likeness“?

Sometimes I feel the “faithful church” is fading gradually. We are loosing our integrity as a church. We seem to run from the word of God at the first bribery. Many are loosing the anointing due to greed and selfishness. We yearn to be liked by people than to be faithful to our God.

Nevertheless all is not lost; Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 “…. and on this rock, I will build my church and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it”.

No matter how appealing riches of the world are, we must never compromise or twist the word of God.
We must let our nay be nay and our ye be ye. It is not always an easy ground to stand on but the Bible says “He who endures till the end shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13).

Fight the good fight of faith and you will be rewarded in the end.

Today, ask God to help you exercise the good fight of faith He has placed in you. Do not compromise the word for riches, fame or likeness.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

Cry Out To Him…. He Really Doesn’t Mind…

“….. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth he began to cry out and say “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!” And many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:47 & 48.

Reading the scripture above made me think about the trail I’m going through at present, the trails we go through as believers. Bartimaeus was blind and I believe he had tried all he could to be healed before meeting Jesus. He heard Jesus was passing by and knew he had to do something to get His attention, which he believed would lead to his healing (that in itself is, great faith).

Sometimes we may feel like God has passed us by, so we pull back, become bitter or start feeling sorry for ourselves. We must stop entertaining these feelings for two reasons.
1. He Himself has said, He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
2. The enemy preys on the weak
(1 Peter 5:8).

YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW DEEP A ‘LITTLE’ SORROW OR ‘PITY PARTY’ COULD SINK YOU.

Cry out to God and let no human or circumstance stop you. Noticed, some of the people around tried to silence Bartimaeus from crying out but that didn’t deter him; in fact it pushed him to cry louder. He managed to get Jesus’ attention in versus 49-52, and was healed. Who knows what would’ve happened if he had kept quiet?!

Don’t ever give up on God, He hasn’t passed you by. Hold unto your faith; even the tiniest amount left and when you have done everything humanly possible, that is made effort in that situation, prayed, worshipped, praised, even fasted and still no result, Just CRY OUT to Him; HE REALLY DOESN’T  MIND. And like Bartimaeus, your healing and restoration will come if you don’t give up.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

When Forgiveness Is Hard

Earlier this afternoon I felt offended by something someone had said to me. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and to be honest I was very annoyed, for hours (Yep! I know lol). This distracted me from my bible studies. I was finding it hard to forgive, I thought to myself, “wow this is too much for me I’ll take it up to God”. I prayed and started worshiping. Just then The Spirit of God reminded me of a prayer I’ve been praying for months; which is to love people the way God loves them. I just laughed with tears in my eyes, couldn’t believe it. My flesh wanted to yell “wait a min, she did me wrong, she was rude, why should I love her”

The Holy Spirit reminded me again that this is a chance to love her regardless of what she has done. So I prayed and asked God to give me strength to do this. I can tell you for sure the hurt didn’t disappear immediately but I knew that was the moment I had been praying for, for several moments. So what did I do? I thanked God for the moment, asked for forgiveness for refusing to forgive her initially and holding anger in my heart. And oh, also I sent her a kind word. Just to let you know, you don’t have to FEEL like forgiving to forgive. Forgive because your Father in Heaven has forgiven you and also it sets you free. It can be hard but we are all learning. Jesus knows it all so ask Him.