The flesh or the Spirit?

Isn’t it hard when you feel you’re being pulled in every direction all at once? 

Wouldn’t it be easier if God just told us exactly what He wants us to do, without us having to ask to be led? 

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed because I’m trying to understand the path that God wants me to take. Sometimes it’s clear, and sometimes, not so much. Sometimes I can say in full confidence that I know exactly what I am doing, and sometimes I feel stuck and unsure, intimidated and insecure, confused and doubtful, stressed and anxious. 

I think it is normal to feel this way sometimes. We are only human. We are not perfect.

At times, I wonder why some doors keep popping open, even after I’ve closed them. I wonder if it’s God, or if it’s the enemy tempting me. Then I go back to my Father’s Word, and I’m reminded that, “God is not a God of confusion but of peace…” (1 Corinthians 14:33)
His Word also reminds me that He calls us to, “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” (2 Timothy2:7)

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

“I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!” – Psalm 119:125

These verses give me great peace whenever I’m tempted to give it all up and go for the desires of my heart, without meditating on it beforehand. I have to be honest. Lately, this man I have tried saying goodbye to many times, keeps coming back. I have wondered if it’s God’s way of telling me that he might be the one. Then I’m reminded that although my flesh (my heart) tells me that he might be the one, my Spirit remains doubtful. I ask myself, “Is he the type of man you’ve prayed for all your life?” “Does he love Jesus Christ above all else, and love you second?” “Would he be a great leader in our walk in Christ once married?” “Does he respect your wants and needs, and does he try his best to support you?” “Does he challenge and encourage you to grow in Faith?” 

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:9

The answer to all of those questions is the same… A big, fat, NO. So there you have it. I have made up my mind about him by meditating on the Word and putting the Lord first. Like He promises, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) 

He is so FAITHFUL. He will always be there for His children. 
So if you are feeling confused about something today, I encourage you to spend some time in the Word. Anxiety and worries are not part of His plan for your life. If you have a hard time feeling at peace when making a decision, it could mean that He’s trying to talk to you and show you the right way. Pray, meditate, listen, wait patiently. He will guide you through. And then, you’ll just know.

Trust Him. He’s got your back 🙂

In Christ,

Nessa 


 

 

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Ephesians 1:3-10

 “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.”

Reading these verses today has given me peace. Why would i worry about the future, when I KNOW that God holds it in His hands?

Which brings me to this verse I like a lot:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4 

Christ is truly the truth, the way, and the Life (John 14:6). I love it that I can trust in this truth. It makes me want to rejoice, no matter what I’m going through. He’s got my back, and He’s got yours, too. All we need to do is trust in Him, abide in Him, like branches on a tree, surrendering completely to His loving Grace. And keeping in mind that HE WORKS FOR THE GOOD OF ALL WHO LOVE GOD. 🙂 What a wonderful thing! Let’s keep our faith in Him, and know that everything happens for a GOOD reason, no matter how dark the situation you’re going through right now is. Know that you will come out of it victorious in Jesus’ name.

God is soooooo Good! 🙂

Sharing this awesome song with you all today. Hope it blesses you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn5zk3yCRr0

 

 

My prayer for anyone who reads this…

“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” – Ephesians 3:14-19

Amen.

Meditating on these verses today, and found them, simply put, beautiful and powerful. Was feeling a bit antsy earlier, and decided to come to the Word and be filled with His perfect peace. It worked. 🙂 I pray It works for you, too. 

Thank You, Lord, for being there for us at all times. You make everything beautiful. ❤

In Christ,

Nessa

Remembering him…

These past couple of days, I’ve been thinking about Danny, more so now than usual. If you’ve just started following and don’t know who he is, I’ll say this: He was the man who brought me back to Christ. My best friend forever. The person who inspired me to follow Jesus. The person who’s cared for me more than anyone has ever cared. He passed away from cancer back in 2011, but still inspires and encourages me to this day. http://www.danielhaddad.org

So anyway, re-read his posts on his website, and his faith was just so amazing. What a beautiful man he was. What a beautiful Angel he is now.

Every time I think of him, this verse comes to mind:

“Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” – Hebrews 13:7

After he passed, I made a promise that I would follow in his footsteps, to feed my faith to starve all my fears to death. He was a real leader, a warrior, a child of God, loving, caring, funny, faithful. He trusted in Him all the way through, he finished the race, and kept the faith.

“But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” – 2 Timothy 4:5-8

I will never ever forget him. Love you, Dannyboy. Always in my heart.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for your daily Love and Grace. Thank You for every person you’ve put in our lives, for we know that there is a reason for everything that You do. Thank You for knowing exactly what and who we need exactly when we need it. You know us more than we could ever know ourselves, and we are certain that You work for the good of all of us. We trust in Your will, and totally surrender to You. Thank You, Lord, for the leaders You’ve put in our lives that have changed our lives one way or another. Father, we thank You for loving us, despite our sin. We ask that You keep us guarded in Your hands, safe, secure, warm, and may we be filled with Your spirit, so that one day we can be someone else’s Danny. We love You so much. All of this we pray in Jesus’ holy name, AMEN.

What about you? Have you had a person in your life who’s left an ever lasting mark in your heart? If so, how? Would love to hear your experiences!

God bless you.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future..

When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.”

– Proverbs 31:25-26

I love these verses… All of Proverbs 31 is amazing, really, but these verses are just plain powerful, and are things all women can strive for, whether single or married.

Let’s think about what they mean.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future..”

How many times have we been driven by our fears rather than by our faith? I have faltered so many times, been too scared to take chances, have worried so much about silly things and not so silly things, have prayed with fear, have felt so unworthy, etc. Reading these verses brings me back to God’s love and grace and sets my focus on what truly is important. Our human nature will never be one of no fear and no worries, but God’s grace reminds us that in spite of all of these things, we can have peace through and in Him. Despite all the troubles that may try to haunt us, we can overcome by relying on His strength and totally surrendering to His will.
Despite the past mistakes we’ve committed, we can be clothed with HIS strength and dignity again. We may not be worthy by ourselves, but He who first loved us makes us worthy. We may not know what tomorrow may bring, but we won’t worry anyway because we are certain that “.. All things work for the good of those who love God..” (Rom8:28) so we know that whatever comes our way, we will be able to come out as overcomers. So we can relax and focus on our present time, on living in the now, while finding our joy in Jesus.  Feeling scared sometimes is normal, but a virtuous woman feels fear, and does it anyway, because she knows God is there with her through it all. And if God is Love, and “..there is no fear in Love..” (1John4:18), there shall be no fear while in His shelter.

Let’s continue to look at the verses..

“When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.”

How many times have we been enwrapped in gossip? Maybe we have not been the ones who started it, but we are there to listen to it. Maybe we meant no harm by making that comment about someone, but we broke a promise by talking about it with someone else after having agreed to total confidentiality. Or how many times have we spoken out of fear or pride or anger or resentment?
Maybe we argued with someone and said things we didn’t mean because we spoke out of temporary emotions. Maybe we cussed. Maybe we yelled at someone. Maybe we fought so hard to prove that we were right because we were too prideful to admit our mistake.

I know we’ve all been through things like these. Thank God for His word, because It gives me great hope, and encourages me to never settle and always strive to keep improving myself. I want to become the best version of myself that I can possibly be, and I know that with His help, strength, dignity, Word, Grace, Forgiveness, unconditional Love, support, Beauty, I can and I will be transformed into the most virtuous woman that I can be. The woman that I know He created me to be.

And what makes a woman virtuous? In my opinion, it’s her faith and her COMPLETE reliance on The LORD. It’s finding joy in the trials, peace in the storms, love in the darkness. It’s deciding to be led by Jesus, rather than by fears. It’s speaking and walking in, and living for, Love. Only then will we be able to fulfill His purpose for our lives.

Trust Him. He knows better than we will/could ever know. Let’s work on becoming the women that God created us to be. One step at a time. 🙂

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” – Prov.31:30

Be blessed.

Love,

Nessa

 

“I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me..”

– Philippians 4:13

What a beautiful truth.

At times, I am filled with doubt and fear. “Will I be able to finish what I started? How will I go about doing it? I feel so tired, I don’t feel like doing anything. I have no energy today. I don’t feel like working out because I’m so exhausted. I need a break from everything and everyone.” Etc.

I’ve realized there is nothing I can do without His help, without His power, without His strength. From the big projects for work, to spending time preaching to street kids, to cooking dinner when I’m too tired, to making myself go to the gym even on days I’d rather be lounging on the sofa eating my feelings away. He is there through it all. He makes all things possible.

This verse reminds me that although I am weak, He who lives in me is strong. Although I am tired, His spirit is able to give me all the energy I need to go about my day. Whom shall I fear then?

Which brings me to this beautiful reminder:

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

So today, as you go about your day, remind yourself that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you. He will never leave nor forsake you, His Grace is with you wherever you go. He delights in your weaknesses, for His power is made perfect in our weakness. In fact, our weaknesses are a great reminder to lean on Him in everything that we do, to put Him first and to seek His guidance. How amazing 🙂

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Let’s pray:

Lord,
We know that we are sinners in need of Your Grace. We understand that we are too weak to carry out all of our daily tasks. We trust in Your hand to guide us through it all, for we know that Your power is made perfect in our weaknesses. Thank You for giving us the strength to do things that may seem impossible. We know that what is impossible with men, is possible with and through You, loving Father. Thank You for being our strength when we want to give up, for being our Hope during times of trial, for loving us no matter what. Today we declare that whatever comes our way, will be nothing compared to Your power and strength within us. Thank You for the beautiful reminder that You, Lord, are in control, and that You, Lord, hold our lives in Your hands. In Jesus’ beautiful name we pray, Amen.

Much love your way.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect Love casts away fear…”

– 1 John 4:18

I love this verse. Speaks volumes to me, especially since I’ve always been one to run from love. I know, right?! I always prayed for love, but deep down, I always was fearful of what would happen when/if I finally found it…. Would I get hurt? Will he cheat on me? What if I hurt him? What if it doesn’t work out? What if I get bored and want out? What if I can never love him? What if he does not love me back? What if things get complicated? What if I’m not pretty enough for him? What if there’s drama? What if he’s too possessive? What if he makes me change? What if he feels intimidated by me? What if he distracts me from God? What if, what if, what if. I must admit I am so tired of asking myself that question, wondering, assuming, guessing, hypothesizing, over thinking. And have you ever noticed that whenever we do wonder and hypothesize and over think, it’s always about the negative things? Why can’t we ask, What if it works out? What if it’s the best decision I make in my life? What if it brings me everything I’ve ever desired and more? What if it’s all worth it? What if we both fall in love? What if it’s the best thing that ever happened in my life? Well, there’s only one way to find out… You will never know if you never try.

All our lives, we are conditioned to think about the negative what ifs. We are taught to follow the rules, to be serious, to plan ahead, to analyze and make an informed decision, to save money for the future (which yeah, I agree it can be good), to think inside the box, to never trust anyone, etc. We are never taught to be creative, to take risks, to make spontaneous decisions, to laugh at the inconveniences, to think outside the box, to go on adventures, to love despite what might happen, to see the good in people and think the best of them, to think for ourselves, to follow our gut, to love the unlovable, etc. We have been raised to always be careful, to keep our distance, to protect ourselves from getting hurt, because getting hurt would just be the worst thing ever. Would it really? For me, I’ve realized that the pain of regret (What if I would’ve taken that chance?) is far greater than the pain of loving someone and then being disappointed by them.

The Bible makes it very clear in the book of Corinthians:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails..” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

And if that, indeed, is what Love is, and God commands us to love everyone, including our enemies, then why are we still so hesitant to follow through? He commands us to love one another and build each other up. He says, love your neighbor as yourself. He says, love your enemies. Your neighbor is anyone you come across with. That person from work who is gossiping and lying about you, that person who backstabbed you, that person who always seeks to bring you down, that person who tries to belittle you.

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” – Matthew 5:44

“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself….” – Matthew 12:31

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

So if the Word of our Lord teaches us to love with no agenda, no boundaries, no limits, why then are we still so afraid to take risks for love?
I believe that if we keep hiding ourselves and building up walls to try to keep others from hurting us because we are afraid of being hurt, it means we haven’t really understood God’s love. God is Love. Love and fear cannot go together, because when you choose to truly love, you’re choosing to let go of your fears and take a leap of faith. Nothing can guarantee that you won’t get hurt, but that’s the beauty of it. Loving no matter what.

Which reminds me of something I read a few weeks ago by A.W. Tozer:

“Love wills the good of all and never wills harm or evil to any. This explains the words of the apostle John: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.” Fear is the painful emotion that arises at the thought that we may be harmed or made to suffer. This fear persists while we are subject to the will of someone who does not desire our well-being. The moment we come under the protection of one of good will, fear is cast out. A child lost in a crowded store is full of fear because it sees the strangers around it as enemies. In its mother’s arms a moment later all the terror subsides. The known good will of the mother casts out fear. 
The world is full of enemies, and as long as we are subject to the possibility of harm from these enemies, fear is inevitable. The effort to conquer fear without removing the causes is altogether futile. The heart is wiser than the apostles of tranquillity. As long as we are in the hands of chance, as long as we look for hope to the law of averages, as long as we must trust for survival to our ability to outthink or outmaneuver the enemy, we have every good reason to be afraid. And fear hath torment. 

To know that love is of God and to enter into the secret place leaning upon the arm of the Beloved – this and only this can cast out fear. Let a man become convinced that nothing can harm him and instantly for him all fear goes out of the universe. The nervous reflex, the natural revulsion to physical pain may be felt sometimes, but the deep torment of fear is gone forever. 

God is love and God is sovereign. His love disposes Him to desire our everlasting welfare and His sovereignty enables Him to secure it. Nothing can hurt a good man. ”

Let us pray together:

Lord, You know our innermost fears. You know all of our doubts, our worries, and our stresses. Help us to realize that there is no fear in Your shelter. Help us to lean on Your arm, Father, and believe with our whole hearts that You are Love, and that there is no fear in Love. Teach us to love with no limitations, and grant us Your peace when we find ourselves being attacked by the enemy. May we become brave and fearless. In Jesus’ holy and powerful name we pray, Amen.

Now go on, go spread the LOVE!

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