The Remnant, Who?

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If you’ve been hearing this word (Remnant) and wondering what it means and to whom it refers, please read. The remnant were always the bunch that the Lord kept aside for himself to fulfill His purposes, the ones who were tested and found true. In the last days, the Bible talks about a remnant. These are some of the signs that indicate them: 

  • They are not chosen because of their strength, but because of His Spirit that dwells in them. They will not look the part because what makes them function is truly a work of the Holy Spirit. (eg. Gideons 300 men)
  • They will be tested. You will see in their lives a wave of testing but there will always be abundance of faith in their lips.
  • They will blow the trumpet for the coming of the King i.e, They will speak of what’s coming long before it does, because they know what lies ahead and call for preparation on the lives of people.
  • They are the harvesters of the End Time and have been prepared for it even though they do not understand the How to’s. They are called and are gifted by God to bring many to Him and dismantle the work of the enemy.

I believe, it’s you and I, that the Lord calls remnant. We have a purpose and we are God’s chosen ones. Every detail of your life was curated for such a time as this! 

Romans 11:5 AMP “So too then, at the present time there has come to be a remnant [a small believing minority] according to God’s gracious choice.”


Come, Enter My Rest

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Watching you rest is a joy to the father. It’s relatable, if you have children. You know what it takes to put them to bed. Some are natural fighters, who despite feeling absolutely tired, refuse to sleep. Some more play, food or drink and the list goes on to fight bed time. 

Makes me wonder what God thinks of his children resting spiritually. He can help, but we need to learn and surrender. We can’t achieve it through fighting. God our father knows we need rest even if we are doing the most important work for His kingdom. He knows it is essential for you because in this rest you are being rejuvenated. You are also telling God that He is in control. Learning to enter into His rest has to be the biggest lesson a child can learn. You will dream in Him, see things that if people were to tell you, you wouldn’t be able to imagine. It’s peaceful to rest in Him and only when we enter this rest, can He show us which way we should go.

Many times the answers are hidden in our rest. We learned and fought through the day and now we’re exhausted. He has seen it all, so don’t cry anymore. Just lay your head on his chest and enter this peaceful rest. He who formed you, also created the universe with just a word and now all your burdens are contained in His beautiful smile.


Answers to my Questions!

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What do I do when I’m confused. Some say pray for breakthrough, some say it’s a trial, some say it’s not the right time. 

It’s a good thing we have a manual for all of life’s situations, the Bible! There are times I think it’s a trial and I have to suffer patiently but God expects me to push for breakthrough. Sometimes, vice versa. When my knowledge is exhausted and my plan ‘z’ has come to an end but still haven’t experienced the answer, I conclude it’s not the right time.

So what is it? What am I supposed to do? I’m confused and I don’t know.

First, I’d like that to be the beginning. Admission that I don’t know it all. In all humility when I address it to the King, He takes those mind numbing issues into His very big hands, and then it looks so minute. He smiles, I think, and tells me how to approach my storm. 

  • If it’s that He is shaking me so I move out of the comfort of my nest, He shows me His grandiosity by which I war in worship. Like an eagle that gets its strength from the storm, He makes me aim for the storm’s eye. I keep declaring who He is to me and derive my strength from Him to breakthrough. Eg. Hannah (1Samuel 2).
  • If it’s that He wants to build trust, to confide in Him. He waits for me, while I lay at His feet and comes to swoosh away my problems like a boo boo. Here I am to be still, and He handles my problems. Eg. Ruth 3:18.
  • If it’s that nothing is changing and I have been obedient, He has never once failed to tell me that it’s not the appropriate time. Eg. David when he finally became King (2 Samuel 5:4).

Whatever it is that you are facing, do not ever entertain the lie that God doesn’t care. Ask Him and He is faithful to answer you, check the manual to see clearly and experience your breakthrough.


Rhythm of the Kangaroo

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I love the way a Kangaroo mom cares for her young, cradling her little baby making sure the baby smells and feels her every waking minute. Much like our God, who cares for us with tender mercies. He carries us when we are unable to make it on our own. 

Interestingly, when the little one’s heart has grown and can hop on their own, they are released from the pouch. I wonder if many times we are not released to the assignment that God has for us because of our heart condition. Is our heart mature enough to handle adversity without harboring bitterness, can we live without selfish ambition?

What exactly are we supposed to do then, when situations come to cripple us? We are created to take leaps of faith when faced with adversity. One study revealed that a Kangaroo when faced with a longer journey does not increase the frequency of their hops but takes longer leaps. They change their rhythm based on the journey. Do not surrender to your difficult situation but seek His face, hear Him and take steps of faith, trusting that He who created you will carry you through.

Here’s a fact check too. A Kangaroo can hear well and cannot walk backwards. Probably why they can leap so well. Tells me, hearing God and not constantly looking back at our past could spring us forward to the destiny God has prepared for us.


Intentional God

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I love stories especially the ones with a good ending. My favorite stories are the ones with an intriguing plot making my heart go, and then..? The one where every turn is important, no experience wasted and makes me cheer the protagonist. My point is, I believe all of our lives are planned intentionally by a master planner, God! He cheers us on when we make a turn closer to our destiny. Our every day was intentionally created by God and every single situation we ever faced passed through His eyes. Psalm 139:5

When we seek Him to understand His plans for our lives, it pleases Him. He reveals them one lamp at a time and after a while when you recount your days, you will see the path that was laid before you. One easy way to realize this is just by closing your eyes and reminiscing your days whether good or bad. You wont fail to see his moves. He brings people in your path, situations through which we get to choose to please Him. They are all a set up to bless you. That’s why you can cry out to Him and know for sure, that HE SEES and He will answer. 2 Chronicles 16:9 

It’s not going to make any sense if you look at Him as a force although He is God (all powerful). He walks with us through our trials as a person does, way better though!, helps us overcome temptations, builds us when we are weak, all the while training us on to conquer what looks impossible. I’ve read, before Zacchaeus ever climbed the Sycamore tree where he was met by Jesus, God planted that tree. Sycamore tree’s lifespan is anywhere from 50-200 years. When you meet the reality that God had planted that tree possibly even before Zacchaeus was born, doesn’t it blow your mind away?

So, what can we do when there is chaos all around us? Remember, He is God even in chaos. 2 Chronicles 15:15 Love Him with all of our heart because He is worthy and He has all intention to love on you and give you rest.


And When You Fast…

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This passage (Matthew 6:16-18) speaks few truth statements out loud. First that you should be fasting like it’s the new normal. Also, that it’s not designed specifically for the religious people. Jesus knew very well that the religious crowd loved showing what they’re doing for God’s favor when in reality God delights in showing and revealing the hidden to the humble that search His Heart. That’s His glory!

Proverbs 25:2 Amplified Bible (AMP)
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

That’s why when you fast, you are humbling yourself before Him and expressing your deep desire to know Him while accepting that you do not know it all. You realize that you can’t achieve God sized dreams on your own. Right there He rewards you, showing you the path, breaking chains that was hidden to your eyes. 

Many personal experiences testify the power of true fasting. I know in my life, it’s a key that brought astounding breakthroughs. What happens in Heaven when a person fasts, I don’t truly understand but I feel the heart of the Father running to His child, who sets apart time to seek Him and tells, He comes first! You truly seek Him with your all when you fast and He promises this: 

Jeremiah 29:13 (AMP) “Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.


Attracting The Heart of God

I was dreaming one day and I realized that in most of my dreams I have all these fabulous things but I’m enjoying them by myself and it felt quite selfish. When you dream about your future are you alone in it or do you dream your future where you are being a blessing to other people? Our God created our future with the view of being together with Him and a lot of other people. He rewards us for being faithful stewards of His blessings. He increases our blessings when we are able to bless others. When we see only ourselves we lack the fulfillment our dreams deserve.

The beginning of many successful enterprises was a good heart to help and serve many people. Hospitals, inventions were all a part of benefiting many. This attracts the heart of God and He blesses people who want to change lives and bless others. 

Consider the life of King Solomon whose wish was to have wisdom so he could govern well! That meant he wanted to see his people blessed which God enabled Him to do. God was pleased with this request because He mirrored the father’s heart, which is blessing to see His children prosper.

I believe that’s why He blesses marriage too. It mirrors His heart. You no longer think about yourself but as a family, sharing every blessing and pain with each other.

Proverbs 18:22 (ESV) He who finds a wife finds a good thing
    and obtains favor from the Lord.


Training Little Soldiers

How do you train your little children? Is it even possible to tell these little ones who are not even potty trained, the things of God? 

See, God saw this even before it came as a question in our minds. He told the Israelites, to tell their children what happened to them in Egypt and how God rescued them from the hands of their enemies. It only recently dawned on me how smart that was! 

When you keep telling these little sponges about your experiences A.K.A testimonies, they hear these as stories that shape their lives and never forget. They understand the journey as they grow up and chances are they’ll be facing similar struggles which now they have an advantage over. 

The things God asks us to do have multifaceted blessings, like in this case, it not only helps them face their fears knowing there’s a God who loves them fiercely, it shows them that they have a purpose which is the most fulfilling knowledge to possess, it shows that their identity comes from God, they are named after Him and their lives have a bigger impact than they can understand.

The funny thing is, even for us who are now the grown up soldiers, that’s our act of warfare against the enemies tactics.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame and conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, for they did not love their life and renounce their faith even when faced with death.

This is how we fight and how we train to fight! Tell them your story…


Step 1

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Have you heard countless sermons on God’s plans for you, that they are for your good but you did not feel the good happening in your life? Me too!

I had this problem, no matter how colorful my dreams were, I was petrified of taking the wrong step that made me take none at all. Of the many regrets I’ve had, not taking a step was the one that haunted me the most. So how do you move forward when God has given you a promise? The easiest way is to take a step of faith. Successful people don’t overthink, they take a step every day. These deliberate steps help them reach their goal.

If you’re like me and you have trouble taking a step because you’re afraid it will lead you to loss, remember this:

“Psalm 37:23 A person’s steps are directed by Yahweh,
    and Yahweh delights in his way.”

Go to God in confidence and rely on His strength while you confide your fears to Him and watch Him enabling you to reach the heights you were created for. Most often it’s those who are faithful in taking that one shaky step, that see the reward of the visible next step and eventually look back to the full picture in amazement.


Faithfulness Changes Everything

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In general we all know whether it’s family or friendships, faithfulness is a quality that determines the course of our relationships. It’s something we crave for and we look for signs every now and then. Friends who stick up for you over and again show signs of faithfulness and in marriage, it is the number one quality for sustenance.

We see faithfulness through the lens of loyalty, consistency, truthfulness and honesty- the foundation of any good and lasting relationship.

Somehow and somewhere along our journey we met with unfaithful people and it changed something in us, something that made us believe the lie that people are not worth trusting, EVEN GOD!

So how do we change this lie?

God is faithful even when we are not. He is constant in His affections and only speaks the truth over us. Looking into His eyes will destroy the lies and just as you build your relationship with Him, He will help you build your relationships.

 In the process you change, you invite honesty and truthfulness over being accepted. You call out the inconsistent behavior in yourself and in those you love without settling. The standard changes first in you and then in those around you. You display grace just as Christ has shown you grace over your flaws and create an atmosphere of love. That’s where faithfulness thrives.

Try being faithful in the little and you will see its many rewards.

Luke 19:17 “And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant!c Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.”