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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“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.

Your Grace has overwhelmed my brokenness.

This verse from Hillsong’s “To Know Your name” song has stuck with me for years.

It is such a powerful declaration. Whenever I feel tired and like I can’t keep going, I think about this verse. No matter what I’m going through, no matter the trials and problems that may arise, I’m always reminded that His Grace has already overwhelmed all of my brokenness, that I have nothing to worry about because I’m in His hands.
I am a sinner saved by His Grace every single day. Sometimes I am tempted to believe the enemy’s lies, that maybe I’m just not good enough, that maybe I will never be, that God could never love someone like me. Why would He anyway? Then I open my Bible, and am reminded of His truth:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Thank You, Jesus. Every time I think about Your truth, I am so overflowed with joy, love, and Your “peace which transcends all understanding” (Phil.4:7).

I am loved by a beautiful God. His Grace has overwhelmed all of my brokenness. And that, my friends, is a good reason to smile. 😉