Slay your giants

Hello readers, it has been a while..

So much has been happening, I might have to write 2-3 blogs on my experiences and ride of faith this 2.5 months has been. I celebrated my birthday last May and was definitely blessed with a random trip abroad, I may choose to see my life has and always has been a blessing. Tho I cannot escape the fact that it hasn’t been all that a good ride for the past 2.5 months.

May 1 til date, I have been struggling – struggling emotionally and spiritually. Because of all that I was experiencing from day to day circumstances and challenges, I was beginning to stray away from my faith little by little, I was beginning to doubt and ask why? Why Lord, why?

Strangely, in different ways His presence was always felt in any situation, despite being in my lowest, the sadness, the tears, the anger and the frustration, I could hear Him speak, I could feel His presence which is may be why I have been holding on to His promises until today.

In times like such: where you begin to believe the lies of the enemy, where you begin to feel defeated, where you begin to feel like your lost and unable to believe His perfect plan for you, I realized a couple of things:

1. It is very important to keep a constant connection with him.. – make the effort and fight for it. I was not able to do my quiet time but I asked in my prayer once – where are you? why are you not able to do anything? And the response got my thinking – got me at one point back to him – to believe and to trust even if I don’t see.

so.. what was the response? I am a God who moves mountains. Indeed, Matthew 17:20 – And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

A couple of days ago, as I read in the news, “Everest moving: World’s highest mountain ‘moves by an inch’ due to Nepal earthquake” you may call it a coincidence, nature or something else, I believe it was indeed God who did so..

2. Make sure to have / communicate with your small group or friends. Make sure that you are covered in prayers – because believe it or not, prayers do work. Speak life and bible verses and most importantly as bad as the situation may seem – have an inch of hope and a pinch of positivity. Have faith as small as a mustard seed – I know this is not easy – but like I said earlier you have to fight the good fight of faith. Trust me, it was not easy for me either, but it is a constant battle we have to fight everyday.

3. Last but the most important – is to slay your giant.

What do I mean? Do not focus on the problems or the situation – do not focus on the failed plans and wrong timing of things rather focus on God, focus on Christ and what he did on the cross.

It started to make sense when one day, I prayed and went back to Him and seek him – forget everything else. Believe it or not, suddenly the problems and situation who seemed like giants in the beginning, who were blocking my vision to see God, where now shrunk to the point of nothing compared to Jesus and the cross. Suddenly I felt at peace, I knew I was in safe hands, I knew no matter what, God was with me and protecting me.

I am not saying the problems and situation disappeared, but it became much smaller then I thought it was. You see, when focusing on a problem, we tend to magnify the problem and make it a giant whereas it is or could be as small as an ant. (ok may be a little bigger than that..)

A few months ago, I was given a paper weight which was a stone that had a small note that said “Slay your Giant” which was now brought in the real sense and meaning.

Hope this blog can inspire and spark hope to those who are going through hard times and I pray May God speak life unto you as you go through a difficult phase. I agree it is not easy as all but its definitely worth knowing you are in the hands of the mighty Savior who was fearfully and wonderfully made in his image and likeness for a greater purpose.

PS. would definitely appreciate some prayers from your end, and do write in the comments or send me a private message for prayer request, I will join you in believing God for favor.

Have a blessed week.

God bless 🙂

WHERE CAN I FIND PEACE?

If I were to ask you, draw me a picture on what is peace for you? I’m sure most of you will have a picture in your head of a beach, calm waves crashing the shore, birds flying and kids building a sand castle in the side, for others it can be in your living room in from of a fire place nice soothing music playing while you sip your hot chocolate, or maybe for others doing yoga, massage, or as simple as having no war or death because of unresolved issues.

From this season of Christmas, we all experience back to back parties and get together’s. Not just this season, but in life in general, from a stressful day at work or school, heavy traffic, unfigured life plans, marital issues, unresolved and conflicting situations, we all strive to find peace, peace in mind, heart and within ourselves. Which leaves us begging with the question of “Where can I find peace?”

This weekend, I had a pleasure of listening to pastor Christian preach about peace. The true definition and what the Bible had to say about peace. While listening to the Pastor preach, I was reminded of my recent past of who I was before Christ in my life. Of how I spent money like a leaking faucet just to fill the part of my life where peace lacked. I went to countless beach trips, out of town trips, spent time with friends and did things which the world defines peace. Which was nothing wrong, apparently, for some strange reason that particular bucket remained empty despite those countless efforts.

We all know our heart, by default, has a vault where only God has the key, A space where only God can fill. And this space – yes! is where the peace of God lies. Believe me after all this years of trying to fill this space, I failed. Mainly because I failed to understand that unique design of how God created us to be.

This empty space was now getting filled every time I heard Gods word, seeked him and followed His will for me. The moment God came in to picture of my blurry life now started to make sense, the purpose became more clear and my life became more beautiful everyday. This started to reflect in my character, my beauty and my relationships with everyone.

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A story is told of a painting contest. The artists were asked to render their perspective on subject of peace. There was one who painted calm waters of a brook. Another painted a man under a tree resting. But one submitted his artwork that didn’t seem to make sense at first. It was a picture of raging waters coming from the top of a mountain. The weather gloomy and it looked like the wind was strong.

But when you zoom into one part of the painting, you will see a bird with her young lings in a cleft of a rock, nestling. In the midst of the raging waters, gloomy weather and strong winds, they peacefully rest.

The Bible says that Jesus is our Prince of Peace and He is with us every moment.

So what does it mean to have the Peace of God? There are three points to consider:

1. Peace with God.

We have peace with God through Jesus. We were at war with Him. The Bible says that, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” (Romans 5:10)

Jesus came so that our relationship with God could be restored.

2. Peace of God.

The result of peace with God is the peace of God. Life is now lived before an audience of One. The Apostle Paul says that he lives to please only One – only his Savior Jesus.

We are told in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

3. Peace with others.

Because we have peace with God which brings about the peace of God, it is now possible to be at peace with others. If we have been forgiven of our gravest of offense, we are now empowered by His grace to forgive others.

Romans 12:18 tells us to “do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”

My Prayer for all of you reading this, just like God had turned my life for the best, I pray same for you. May you have the peace of God to know Him better, to restore relationships and most importantly to set you free.

Remember that Peace is not the absence of storms but the assurance of God’s presence in the midst of it.

Have a good week everyone 🙂