Are Your Words/Actions Causing People Into Slavery?..

1 Corinthians 7:23

“You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.”

There are a lot of things we do or say (knowingly or unknowingly) as believers that could cause our fellow brothers and sisters to stumble.

I’m sitting here wondering the amount of times I have imposed my “beliefs” on others.
You see, the amazing thing about Christianity is, it is not a religion. Christ did not die so we could be chain-bound by rules and regulations. On the contrary, He came to give us freedom, freedom from sin and our mortal selves. Of course our freedom is not an excuse to indulge in fleshy desires but to be humble in love (Galatians 5:13).

We have been set free by the cross therefore, we should not overwhelm ourselves or others with non-biblical beliefs.

Apostle Paul elaborated this point in 1 Corinthians 7:19. He explained that circumcision or uncircumcision, it means nothing; the most important thing is obeying the commandments of God.

The act of cutting a piece of flesh does not make one holier than another.

Let’s highlight a few practical points, shall we?!

Some christians choose not to eat certain foods as they deem unholy. If that is how you feel, well it’s okay however, you are not to impose this on other believers in hope of making them feel bad or ‘less unholy’; that is putting their mind into slavery which is not the message of the cross. Walk in love at all times (I Corinthians 1

Romans 14:17

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Simple put, you don’t get brownie points from God for eating or not eating certain foods. Those are just preferences.

Another example is day of worship. Now, I know most people have a lot to say about this so before I go any further I would like to put this across; this post is not to condemn anyone.

So, some believers deem one day more holier to worship than the rest. If this is the case for you, then it’s fine. Again, this should not be imposed on others.

It is better to recognise everyday of your life as a day of worship unto the Lord than just a day of the week.

We must stop imposing our cultures, traditions and preferences on others. It causes a lot of damage in people’s lives  especially new believers and gives false outlook on the kingdom of God.

Whatever message you put out there either by words or actions, make sure they are in line with the word of God. Many have been confused and subsequently left the kingdom because they felt suffocated with non-biblical rules. I know that because I have been there. As mentioned above, Christ came to give us freedom not slavery.

It is all about your faith and obedience.

Colossians 2:8

“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

‘Nehemiah-Like’ Attitude…

There will always be an attack from the enemy when a believer is set in doing the things of God. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t deter you from accomplishing what God has placed in you.

One thing you must know is, you possess everything required for the task/journey ahead, through Christ.

Colossians 2:9 & 10

“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; (10) and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”

The enemy knows this, hence his continuous attack towards you.

Nehemiah knew the hand of God was on his life. He recognised the task placed on his heart by God; which was to rebuild Jerusalem after its destruction. Like you and I, he encountered adversaries. His enemies made a mockery of him and his team, yet he was not moved (Nehemiah 2:17-20).

What if I told you, you possess the same attitude like Nehemiah? What if I told you their gossip and disbelief in you could be used as a ‘strength-booster’ to get to your destination? What if I told you, you have already won the battle and you need only to believe?

It is very easy to cry and moan over who doesn’t appreciate your calling, gift, work etc, however, this benefits you nothing. Standing up to the enemy through prayer, being focused and disciplined, now that gets the goal achieved.

It is okay if they laugh, let them. You don’t need to explain yourself to every single person. God gave YOU that vision/word not them. So run with it.
In His own time, your work will speak for itself.

Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

Rely On The Lord, Again!

It is difficult to go down a painful route more than once. It feels like old wounds are being exposed when you find yourself battling with a familiar spirit/situation, you are always left to feel helpless and drained. It is my prayer that by reading this post, you will be encouraged enough to continue to rely on the Lord.

During the reign of king Asa in 2 Chronicles 16, he discovered that Judah was being invaded by Israel’s king, Baasha. However, instead of  running to God for help, he took treasures from God’s temple to king of Syria, Ben-Hadad in hope of rescue.

As I read through the scripture I thought to myself, king Asa had such short memory. How could he run to a mortal being for help when God rescued him from a much bigger situation?! He delivered him from a million men and three hundred chariots (2 Chronicles 14:9-15). 

So, why then did the king put his trust in man this time and not God? Knowing very well that he would face the consequences in the end, which he did. 

I have realised that many of us believers are giving away too much of ourselves to people or things in hope of been delivered from whatever mess we find ourselves in. In some parts of the world, people are giving away properties just for a “prophet” to tell them they will get married soon, their finances will increase, they will get pregnant etc.

I am in no way suggesting prophecies are bad. Not at all! They are good, however, no human should take God’s place in your life. You should not be relying on the words of men; especially when they are not producing the fruits of the spirit. It never ends well.

Romans 3:4

“Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a lair”.

Why can’t you rely on God like you did the last time? What makes you think or feel this situation is too big for Him to handle?

O Human beings! We are so unreal; it’s scary. God could rescue one from death-bed yet doubt Him to heal mere headache.

You have no idea what relying on God brings. It is the best thing one could ever do. It calms you, brings peace, takes away fear, it gives hope and increase of faith. His burden is truly light like the bible says. Let me drop this scripture before I continue.

Psalms 18:30

“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him”.

I always say this; we need to stop thinking we can make life on our own. If we could, what would be the significance of God’s existence? We just can’t! Which is why we should always submit our ways to Him and allow Him to work. It is not easy, I know. Moreover, that is where the application of hope and faith comes in.

The relevance of hope is when one desires something they do not have. If you had that job or opportunity you are looking for, what then would be the point to hope for it? None at all, as you already have it.

So, you see how all things work together for your good? That desire of yours, the “bad” situation you find yourself in, is to help exercise/activate the faith and hope you have in God. (Gosh! I wish I had a microphone to shout this out loud… never mind!).

Today I say, Rely On The Lord, Again! Some of us it’s our 100th time relying on Him, and since He has done it 99 times, this proves He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask or think of according to the power that works in me.

So I rely on Him, again, again, again and again.

Jeremiah 32:27

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

Who Do You Work For?..

God loves us so much and truly want the best for us. Every word in the bible isn’t to condemn but to bring out the best in us, therefore we shouldn’t have the mindset of doing God a “favour” when working for Him. Infact, it is a privilege to work in the Kingdom of God. From the head pastor to the cleaner; same privileges come to us when we play our part with all of our heart.

In the bible, David passed on the building of God’s temple to his son as per God. (1 Chronicles 28:3 & 6).
When time came for Solomon to build the temple, he understood the importance of the task. He was overjoyed that he was chosen to build a dwelling place for the most high. He didn’t think he was doing God a favour neither did he murmur excuses. He knew mere earthly materials would never be befitting for the dwelling of the King of Kings, nevertheless with a humbled heart he honoured God by choosing the best materials to build.

1 Kings 8:27 & 28

“But will God indeed dwell on earth? Behold, heaven and the heavens of heaven cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! (28) Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication…….”

Solomon was humbled in his work for God. We rarely see this kind of attitude in the church these present times. A lot of us are stingy with our talent and gift because we feel it benefits the pastor or someone else (I’ve been there). We unashamedly express our arrogance towards ministry work.

Who are you really working for? Yourself or God? Never forget the talent was given to you by God to honour Him in the first place. Don’t be so caught up with exaltations from men that you loose sight of your purpose. 

If your ego won’t allow you to do the work of God selflessly, honey let go of that position and allow someone else to bless the kingdom with their gift.

Also know that, it is not about the quantity of work you do for God, but the quality.
For instance doing charity work is great however it is the heart behind that counts. As a believer, it is ungodly for one to do charity work solely for the purpose of self recognition or fame. On the other hand, when one carries out the smallest kindness yet with a heart filled with love and to the glory of God, it automatically becomes a blessing.

Jeremiah 17:10

“I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind. Even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings”.

Working in the Kingdom of God can be challenging at times hence why one must pray for strength daily. Feeling overwhelmed? That’s okay, just focus on loving God and you will be filled with the joy to do His work.

May we always work to the glory of God and not ourselves.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going” .

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

Back To Love… (Letter To My Bridegroom)


Psalms 143:5-6

I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your works;
I muse on the work of Your hands.
(6) I spread out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.

My Bridegroom,

Sometimes I feel like David did. I feel so lost and far from You.
I ask myself, why can’t I worship You like I used to? Why do I find it so hard to make time for You like before?
I used to spend hours at Your feet; reading Your word and worshipping. Those were the good days, the great days. Those were our days, just You and I.

I know in my heart that my worship towards You at present isn’t enough and like David, my soul longs for You like a thirsty land. I was not created to make life on my own, to live on my own hence my desire to worship You, My Bridegroom. To worship You like I used to, and more. I want to make You my number one priority again. I want You to be the first person I speak to in the morning and last at night. At dawn, the peace and quiet atmosphere allowed us to share our thoughts.
I want to feel that intimacy again. No distraction nor time limit because You are my King and worthy of my uninterrupted attention.

You know I love You and because saying it isn’t enough, I want to prove it everyday. I need the strength to prove my love for You.
I don’t want to be lukewarm, I don’t want to play the harlot. I don’t want to speak to you every other day, I want to speak to You daily, like we used to.
I miss those days. I want to go back.

I have known Your forgiving heart. Forgive me for not treating You like the King that You are. Even in my waywardness You have kept Your word in Isaiah 49:15,

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.”

Oh My Bridegroom! You have not forgotten me.
Truly, Your lovingkindness is better than life.

Teach me how to choose You above all, for the rest of my life. It will not be easy but by grace and strength, I will sacrifice. You have shown me more than enough love to deserve mine. And because I desire to please You, because I want to behold the beauty of Your holiness, because I want to see You someday, My Bridegroom please help me love You like You want me to.

Signed,
Your Bride.

Psalms 143:10,

Teach me to do Your will,
 For You are my God;
Your Spirit is good. 
Lead me in the land of uprightness.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

My Plan, His Plan…

Do you ever wonder why certain things don’t work out the way you anticipated? Maybe you had life planned from the get-go but things have been happening the complete opposite.

I was thinking about my career and how slow things have been moving. I had everything planned for my future; how I was going to take this course and that course. The ultimate goal for me was to climb the career-ladder as high and as fast as I could. I look back now and it feels like that dream is still far from reality.

I should’ve studied more, I thought. I should’ve worked harder, maybe I should’ve been more serious in making this dream a reality. These thoughts have been bugging my mind for a while. I see young ladies like myself with higher positions and I’m like God why? I have worked hard enough and planned well, why isn’t this happening for me?

I was reading the Bible and came across Proverbs 16:33,

“The lot is cast into the lap,
But it’s every decision is from the Lord.”

This scripture has not only been a great revelation but also a peaceful one.
I have come to realise that all the plans I made were more to the glory of my flesh than to the glory of God. Why did I want to move up so high so quickly? Was it for prideful gain or financial gain? My motives were not entirely pure. I didn’t invite God into my plan and clearly I had very little regard for Proverbs 16:9,

“In their hearts human plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps”.

So, the Lord interrupted my plans. Now, I could’ve gone ahead and achieved those goals however, there would be no peace within. I would be empty and the will of God for my life would’ve prolonged.

I am all for hard-work and studying; by all means do that as the scripture says whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might (Ecclesiastes 9:10). I believe this must be done within the will of God. Don’t misquote scripture by working hard on something you clearly know God doesn’t want for you in hope of changing His mind because it won’t.

Make sure you are in the right path by inviting God into your plans from the beginning.

Proverbs 3:6

“In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”

Understand this, planning is good however no matter how well one plans life, the ultimate decision lies with God.

As for me, my soul is gently resting in Him. I may not be at the level I want to be but I know I’m in line with the will of God.

It may not be career for you but whatever it is, if it’s God’s will, know that He will establish it in His own time. Pray and do your part. Examine your heart; make sure your motives are pure.

Before I end let me just state this, when one gives their life to Christ, they surrender all, including their will. Therefore, when making those future plans, don’t forget to ask God to let His will be done. Christ once said in Matthew 26:39,

“O my Father, if this is possible let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will”.

Though His flesh did not want to die, He acknowledged the will of the Father. Allow the will of your Father in Heaven to be done in your life.

Psalms 37:32,

“The steps of a good man is ordered by God and He delights in his ways.”

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

Walk Your Own Walk… (Follow Christ, Not Men)

John 21:20-22

“Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”     (21) Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”
(22) Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

Lately, I have been hearing God say to me “What is that to you, Eunice? You follow me.” “What is that to you? You follow me.”

The above scripture was Jesus’ response to Peter when he asked a question that did not concern him. He lost focus while following Jesus. Why did Peter do this? Certainly not his first time in loosing focus. Previously, he lost focus when he took his eyes off Jesus while walking on sea (Matthew 14:28-30). Nevertheless, Peter is recognised as one of the most influential men in the Bible. This goes to show anyone can loose focus.

I can’t help but ask, why do we loose focus? One way is by comparing one’s self to another. But why do we like to compare ourselves and our journey with other believers? Well, as I can only speak for myself I’ll say this; sometimes I feel I’m not holy enough, I’m not ‘purpose-minded’ enough, I’m not prayerful enough, other times I feel God doesn’t speak to me as much as He does with the believer next door. On the other hand, more than I care to admit, I know stretching my neck into another’s walk/journey contributes in making me feel not good enough.

Why do I do this? Why do we do this? Have we forgotten that we are meant to follow Christ and not other believers, who are just as sinful as we are yet saved by grace?
But hold on, what makes one think that the other believer is perfect or better?

Just because they share surfaces of their journey with you doesn’t mean they are not dealing with deeper issues. You have no idea what their journey is like or what they’re battling with.

As mentioned above, I have compared myself to others countless of times. In many instances, I have looked up at other believers and set targets to be exactly like them. Of course I failed, which in turn gave the enemy the green light to use my mind as his playground; he would whisper to me like “you are weak, God loves them more than He loves you”. What a complete waste of space that I created for him!

In Ghana West Africa, where I was born and had my primary education, the old folks used to say, it is an abomination to have a strong desire to be like someone else. I couldn’t agree more with this proverb.

Thing is, there is nothing wrong with been inspired and encouraged by another believer’s walk, it only becomes sinful when we imitate each other’s life because it is considered “great” in our eyes. They are blogging, so you blog, they have a title in church so you want one too, they are preaching behind the pulpit so you want to become a preacher too.

I want you to understand that our God-given purposes are not the same; I don’t believe God called every believer to be a blogger, singer or “pulpit-preacher”. (I used the word “pulpit-preacher” because even though one of our primary goals as Christians is to preach the good news as stated in Mark 16:15, this  doesn’t have to happen solely behind the pulpit).

Know that, you are not any less important because you have a different purpose.

1 Corinthians 12:15-17

“If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? (16) And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? (17) If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?”

Stick to your purpose, if you don’t know what it is, pray and ask God to reveal it to you. Stay focused and follow Christ only.
Today, I encourage you to Walk Your Own Walk. Remember, you gave your life to follow Christ Not Men.

Psalms 118:8

“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man”.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.