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‘My Walk With Christ’: Dolapo’s Jesus Story

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I don’t think I found Christ, I believe He found me!

Before coming into a relationship with Christ, I was not seeking God at all; in fact, I was extremely far from Him! Everything about my life three years ago sang worldliness; my actions, my thoughts, my words. I would say I had a very strong relationship with sin and it escalated as I got older. I always got in trouble with my parents and this always made me want to start on a clean slate. I would go for alter calls and ‘give my life to Christ’, with no real understanding of His love for me or the meaning of what Christ had done on the cross. I remember after every alter call I would cut all ungodly music out a14522947_1151127274980011_3462657435315792968_nnd start reading my bible, in my head I probably thought ‘yes Jesus I am ready to do this, I can do this!’ But, I would always either get bored or fall into sin, condemn myself and then go back to my old ways- not understanding how much of God’s grace I needed.

My first year of university, however, was when I would say my walk with God properly began. I had gotten in a huge mess and I was just tired of running from God and knew He was calling me. So, I decided to open my heart and mind to God and I am super glad I did! From first year till right now, my walk with God has been somewhat a roller coaster, with lots of ups and some downs. I would say most of my struggles have had to do with me not being fully aware of who I am in Christ. However, this is one thing I am growing to understand and I believe it truly makes the difference with our walk in Christ! As I continue to grow in my intimacy with Him, I am becoming more aware of who He is, what He has done for me and who I am in Him. I am growing to understand that I am the Daughter of the King of Kings and my identity is in Christ and there is absolutely nothing/no one else I want my identity to be rooted in *snaps fingers*

There have been so many defining moments in my walk with Christ and truly God is faithful!

I remember when I began my walk with Christ and literally had no friends because I felt I needed to change my environment to grow. I remember whispering to God in the library saying God I need new friends and then I went off to my lecture. The girl sitting next to me happened to be going for a campus fellowship, which she invited me for (a fellowship I now currently attend, which has helped me immensely in my walk with Christ). I also remember in my second year when I opened the doors to sexual immorality again and how God sent so many people to get me out of it and talk some sense in my head (and I overcame, thank God!). I remember last academic year being one of my hardest, however it was also the year I drew closer to God and leaned heavily on His grace and I ended up doing really well.

I can go on and on about the many things God has seen me through and done for me but to cut the long story short, everything that has occurred in my walk with Him points to one bible verse Philippians 1 v 6:

‘Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’.

So to anyone reading this I just want you to know that God loves you and He would never leave nor forsake you. Like Mathew 28:20 says, ‘He is with us always to the very end of the age!’. If you know Christ keep trusting Him and if you don’t, get to know the one who loves you wholeheartedly!

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Thank you so much Dolapo for sending us your Jesus Story!!

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7 Steps to Understanding our Righteousness in Jesus

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” -Matthew 5:6

For they shall be filled.

In acknowledging my own struggle with my flesh, and the loathing and hatred of my sin, this verse hit me hard.  Conviction by the Holy Spirit, of my own sinful nature, brings even the sins that may have even seemed harmless or good/expected at the time, to light (e.g. a display of indignation at another’s wrongdoing, upon which the Holy Spirit convicts me of pride). But focusing on ‘self’ instead casting our eyes to Jesus, can easily cause conviction to morph into disabling guilt.  In Romans 7:15 Paul describes this struggle like this: ‘I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do. But what I hate, I do.’ From verse 21-24, he expands by saying: ‘this is the principle I have discovered: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s Law. But I see another law at work in my body, warring against the law of my mind and holding me captive to the law of sin that dwells within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord!.‘ We see further clarity about this struggle  in Galatians 5:16-17 :

‘Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.’

The beauty of Paul’s acknowledgment of his own sinful nature, is the opportunity to understand and fully accept Christ’s saving grace.  We see the terrible tension within every believer, where the spirit of God within us is at war with the flesh. ‘So then, with my mind I serve the law of God, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.’ Similarly, Jeremiah 17:9 describes the heart of man as ‘desperately wicked/deceitful above all things.’

Praise God that through all this we see the incredible hope we have in Jesus Christ, and the value of the price He paid for us through his death and resurrection. In one of those moments where I started to feel the ‘disabling guilt’ settle over me, I turned to God’s word to consider why. Why do I still desire at times, the things that displease my Lord and Saviour? Shouldn’t the war be over? Is it even possible to be completely pure and holy at every point in time? And in torrents I came across numerous verses that I’ve condensed below, as the 7 steps to understanding our righteousness in Jesus:

  1. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, will be filled (Matthew 5:6). A hunger and thirst for righteousness is a hunger and thirst for God. The more we seek him, the more we begin to look like him. When we seek Him and meditate on his word, we walk in the spirit (Galatians 5:6). And so, we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh and we must hold on to the promise that we will be filled with righteousness.
  2. God has put eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). This reminder comes immediately after the declaration that God makes all things beautiful in its time. There is something huge that the Lord deposits in us once we become believers. It’s a work that He begins, to transform us into the image of Christ- and this will come into completion on the day of Jesus’ return (Phil. 1:6).
  3. Because we keep believing, we get what we are looking forward to: total salvation. (1 Peter 1:3-9). The journey to being Christ-like is impossible without faith. The devil comes as an accuser in order to introduce guilt and doubt. But Hebrews 11:6 says that ‘without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.’ We must renew our minds and hold on to what God says about us, in order to keep believing.
  4. Afflictions and temptations will come. Psalm 34:19 says that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. So we must understand our weaknesses, but we must also understand the strength we have in God. Jesus himself understands our weaknesses  having gone through every temptation we face (Hebrews 4:15-16). He has commanded that we draw near to the throne of grace with confidence to receive grace and find mercy in the time of need. When we do, his power is made perfect in our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9).
  5. God’s love endures forever. Romans 8:31-38 beautifully explains God’s unending love for us and His faithfulness, even in our filth and even when we face the Accuser:  ‘If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  6. Salvation is a gift and we have been saved by grace. Ephesians 2:8-10 puts it aptly: ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’
  7. Whatever God does, it shall be forever (Ecclesiastes 3:14). This includes the work He began in us when we became believers. As long as we continue to chase after Him and yield to Him and His word, we will continually be transfigured into His image. And one day, we will meet our Lord and be with him for eternity (John 3:16). This cannot be taken away from us. ‘For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 1:6).

I hope this knowledge gives us understanding and peace. And I pray ‘that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God’ (Philippians 1:9). Amen.

Love,
Nuella.

Walk With Me

Hi everyone,

Gosh it’s been so long, but be sure that God has been dealing with me behind the scenes about this blog.

After a long period of literally struggling to write or post, The Lord has, over  this time, taught me many lessons; and most of them have been at the most unexpected moments. These moments are the calm after the storm- where suddenly,  the still tranquil voice of the Holy Spirit brings the answer. So, in one of these moments, the major lesson that hit me was this- that the enemy will continually try everything possible to abort God’s purpose from our lives.

A couple of years ago, shortly after  I surrendered my life to Jesus, I had a serious burden in my heart for the Church in Nigeria and this urge to speak the truth about God’s word and His true intention for the body of believers. So I asked The Lord, how? And He said start with your gift- write. Once I started, I felt a sense of fulfillment and I knew this is exactly what I should be doing. However, distractions, fear and anxiety crept in, in what was one of the toughest years of my life (last year). And so.. I just stopped doing what The Lord had said I should. I stopped what I had so much passion for. Unsurprisingly, I did not have peace about doing nothing about it anymore. Yet I couldn’t bring myself to for so long. Isn’t that strange?

Here’s the thing. You may not realize it, but we are in an all out spiritual war. The enemy is after the power and anointing that is upon every beleiver’s life (Acts 1:8). Not only that, he’s after our purpose. Our warfare is in the spirit & every word that The Lord has given to us WILL be tested. Our primary purpose as believers is to go out and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19). Then of course, we all have our unique purposes within that framework. It’s not enough just knowing what we’re meant to do (inaction); and its also not enough saying we’ll do it later. What I’ve learnt over the past year and a half is that we have to be able to FIGHT for our purpose in God, first in the place of prayer and then in the physical by working and walking out our faith daily.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:11-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We have to be able to stand our ground against the enemy’s schemes. Scheming connotes cunning, deviousness and deceit. This deceit could be in the form of little distractions, even distractions by things you love / that are ‘good’. Or, you may just realise that though you know what The Lord wants you to be doing, you have very little time for the task he’s given, or even worse, you just plain run in the opposite direction —cue Jonah and the whale (Jonah 1). And to be honest, like many I can relate with Jonah:

‘Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.’

‭‭Jonah‬ ‭1:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬

Now we all know that there were grave consequences to Jonah’s disobedience. So here’s the next calm-after-the-storm lesson: we literally cannot walk with Jesus without obedience. It may sound obvious, but in reading scripture where Jesus calls us to come to him and he will give us rest, it seems pretty rosy and comfortable until the further instruction in the next verse to take His yoke upon us, and learn from Him (Matthew 11:28-29). We can’t take Jesus’ yoke upon ourselves and learn from him without obedience and trust. To come to Jesus, we need to follow him by answering his call; and to walk with him day by day, we must  heed his instructions. We must let go of trying to control our own lives and simply make ourselves available as vessels that are pleasing in his sight. It’s simple because he graces us to do so, he says ‘for my yoke is easy and my burden is light‘- but we complicate things for ourselves by doing things the hard way (our way).

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Truth is, having  no time or desire for God’s purpose is indicative of a will that isn’t, or is no longer conformed to the Lord’s. Depression, sadness, anger , anxiety and feeling unworthy are some of the tools satan uses to ensure we get in this place of putting God’s kingdom last & our individual  purposes end up remaining unfulfilled. When we wear negative emotions like a cloak and shy away from communing with God and fellowshipping with his children (instead of running to him), we end up not even hearing what direction He’s telling us to go… and we end up removing ourselves from his divine plan.

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11)

Thankfully, each time I felt that way in the last half of 2015, The Lord pursued me relentlessly (again, cue Jonah 1:4-7). Through my church body,  He’s taught me about the power of the Holy Spirit upon us as believers, about spiritual warfare and the weapons we have against the enemy. About obedience, submission, leadership & community. About love and surrender. In all my disobedience and doubt and fear, He has never left my side. He has placed me where I’ve continued to grow, and in the lives of the most inspiring people that boost and encourage me every time I need it. Friends, every single day, God wants us to grow us, love us, lead us, and amaze us. We simply need to walk with Him.

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:14-18‭‬‬

Love,
Nuella.

Single and Satisfied?

“You’re single? You’re not having fun with your life then!” …. This is a statement someone actually made to a good friend of mine when she mentioned she wasn’t seeing anyone. We live in a society that places relationships on a pedestal- from celebrities (Jay and Bey? KimYe?) to presidential couples. Truth is, people love love!

Its not at all strange- love is something the human heart longs for because we were created to love and be loved. We were made to be in fellowship with each other and to be in constant communion and relationship with our Heavenly Father. Sadly, most people are seeking this perfect love from deeply imperfect beings. There are so many pressures on people from not only from society to find someone or get married or have a ‘boo’, but also from within themselves.  This shows how careful we need to be about how these pressures influence our decisions.

As someone who used to be on the search for ‘the one’, I think I can confidently speak on this from my personal experiences. The other day I was with some old friends for a birthday gathering, and one of them announced that she was sure I would get married early because every time she saw me in the past (after long periods of time) I’d be dating someone new. Guilty as charged. Was I a serial dater? Probably not that bad. But it dawned on me how much Jesus has really saved me from. It really is a stronghold that’s on so many people’s lives: that constant search for fulfilment in another human being. Trying to ‘find’ the one who you’d spend the rest of your life with, and hence giving every ‘sorta kinda right’ guy a chance, in the hope that he’d be ‘the one’. And if not, trying to make him the one. Needless to say, these situations always end badly. being single

Because of His infinite mercy, God broke that stronghold in my life, and everything that came along with it. Truly, whoever the Son sets free is free indeed [John 8:36]. He showed me that I didn’t need a significant other to feel happy. He showed me that all I need in life is Jesus. That He is in fact, the one. Once God opened my eyes to this, I began to receive all the joy, peace and happiness I had been searching for. I didn’t realise how broken I was, till He raised me to life.

So, here’s where this is heading. Do you find it difficult to accept singleness, let alone to be thankful for it? Every period in your life is a season. And here’s the thing about seasons – they have to come because they are crucial in the growth process, but they will most certainly pass. Whatever season you’re in is a blessing. And believe it or not, singleness too is a blessing. At this stage, I’ve for instance realized that I’m able to focus on one of the most important qualifications for my future career; I’m able to focus on and enjoy God alone, and grow in Him; I’m able to make new friends and have the time to love and serve them (instead of spending all my time on a significant other). I’ve learnt to entrust everything to God. I’ve realized I can live, laugh, travel and savour all of God’s presence without any romantic attachments. I’ve learnt not to spend all my time wishing all my current blessings away waiting and hoping for the next thing. I’ve realised that I need this season to grow!

If you’re struggling with discontentment in this area it may simply be time to give God full control. Take time to thank Him for your season, because the key to contentment really is gratitude. Stop filing voids with the attention you’re getting from the opposite sex, that’s temporary. If you don’t see yourself with that person, why waste your time and theirs? Become satisfied in the Lord. Ask Him to open your eyes to what you need to be doing with your time at this at this stage and His purpose for you. Wait on Him and you’ll get there when the time is right.

 ‘for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances . I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength’ [Philippians 4:11-13]

***Thanks for reading! For some godly advice and encouragement on relationships, dating, marriage, singleness etc, visit Heather Lindsey’s blog, founder of the Pinky Promise Movement (ladies) and Cornelius Lindsey’s blog, founder of The Oath Movement (men) . God bless you!

 

Maddy’s Jesus Story

I’m just so inspired and encouraged when I hear about what Jesus has done in people’s lives. Maddy shared this at yesterday’s evening service at Proclaimers; she’s one of the most bubbly people I’ve ever met. Full of life and energy! Read her #JesusStory below and to listen to the service MP3, click on the ‘proclaimers’ link above.


Photo on 12-11-2013 at 20.41I grew up in a secure and loving family. I was raised into the church that my mum went to. The first day I went I accidentally took a nose-dive off the pew and the person behind me leapt forward to catch me before I hurt myself, I on the other hand was laughing my head off.

I was a happy child and I took great delight in making people laugh and smile. But things turned bad during my school years. I was bullied quite badly, careless comments about my appearance, why was I short, fat, ugly, a loser, a nobody plus some boys thought it would be fun to beat me up and give me death threats.

This followed me into secondary school and (thankfully) it stopped. But the damage had been done, my self-esteem was crushed and I believed the lies they said.

This followed me into secondary school and (thankfully) it stopped. But the damage had been done, my self-esteem was crushed and I believed the lies they said.

I did have an idea of who God was. And mum always told me that Jesus loved me, but I didn’t really understand what that meant.

After believing those lies I thought to myself why would Jesus love someone like me?

The more I believed them, the more I hated myself. My dad used to take his anger out on me, things he didn’t mean and it made home life difficult. It hurt to hear that I was a waste of space and wasn’t good enough.

Convinced I was a failure, the depression within me consumed my mind. Before I knew it I was cutting my arms to let out the pain. I starved myself for a sense of control; within a few months I became anorexic and was told by the doctors if I didn’t start eating properly I would have a heart attack in 2 weeks – I was 16.

I didn’t care. I wanted to die. I had completely rejected God and wanted nothing more to do with the church or life itself.

After 3 and a half months being sectioned in hospital recovering, I felt no better that I did before. I tried to commit suicide 3 times during that period.

After 2 more years and 11 more suicide attempts, stitches in my arms, my depression not improving nor gaining an appetite for food it seemed I was in a black pit I had dug for myself and I couldn’t get out of it. Everything was hopeless.

After 2 more years and 11 more suicide attempts, stitches in my arms, my depression not improving nor gaining an appetite for food it seemed I was in a black pit I had dug for myself and I couldn’t get out of it. Everything was hopeless.

Then a friend asked me if I wanted to come along to Hillsong church one weekend. I thought to myself  “oh great! Just what I need, a bunch of judgemental people telling me how messed up I am”.

She persisted, so in the end I agreed to come. The message given was so over powering and it spoke so much into my life. At the end I was given an opportunity to accept Jesus into my life. I hesitated at first because I didn’t think I was worthy.

But I raised my hand.
I wasn’t healed there and then but I was taken on a journey of recovery walking with God.

Within 2 months I’d stopped self-harming, within 4 my depression was gone and my mental health was restored, I found value in myself, I discovered a love so much bigger than me. I was transformed from the inside out.  Never the  same!

Within 2 months I’d stopped self-harming, within 4 my depression was gone and my mental health was restored, I found value in myself, I discovered a love so much bigger than me. I was transformed from the inside out. Never the same!

Now if He can do a miracle like that in my life, I believe He can do the same in yours.

And that is why I decided to follow Jesus!


 

***Wow! I’m completely blown away by that testimony and I hope this reminded you of how completely our Jesus saves. ‘Whoever the Son has set free is free indeed.’ (John 8:36).  To anyone out there who needs encouragement, Psalm 34:18 is another good reminder that ‘the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit’.  Let him in.

Thank you so much Maddy for sending this in. For anyone else who would like to share their #JesusStory , send us a tweet @worldlightmvmt or send an email to theworldlightmovement@outlook.com 🙂

‘In that moment I knew every breath I ever breathed was a gift.’

I remember it like it was yesterday… Okay maybe not quite yesterday seeing as it was almost 3 years ago. I could go down to the very days, minutes and even seconds but I’d probably be way off. I’m certain of the date though. It was a not so unusual day, I was hanging with the guyz and we were about to do what we so often did to pass the slow dry afternoons on campus. We were gonna roll an 8th, turn the speakers on blast and forget all our problems. Problem was I had no idea what my problem was, and I was about to find out.

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I’d often pondered life’s big questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Do aliens exist? How do KFC get their chicken so perfect? If I jump from this 7th floor building is it game over or does that jumbo sized cake I devoured from Tesco count as an extra life? (I’m serious about the extra life thing minus the Mario reference), but when I got high it was all about being still and enjoying the emptiness and simplicity of everything. This time however was much different. This time, my life was about to change forever.

If I remember correctly I did the rolling up, I’d become somewhat of an expert in the last 4 months (I felt like an artist, who am I kidding, I was an artist in the art of  “roll up”). In a matter of seconds we were airborne. But this time something was different, this time there was a serious problem with take off (MAYDAY! MAYDAY!!), I felt like my plane had crashed. Instead of the usual empty hollowed feeling I had grown so fond of, I felt dead inside. I can crack open an Oxfords dictionary, a thesaurus, and my own personal Shakespeare and I still wouldn’t have the words to describe what actually happened that day. All I know is that in that moment I felt absolutely broken. Imagine a beautiful vase (go ahead, you can colour it pink or put a dragon on it or whatever), now imagine that vase falling some 7 stories and shattering into a million different pieces. Now that’s how I felt.

All of a sudden I felt something telling me to pick up my mom’s old bible form my shelf (I kinda threw it in my box when I was packing my things for school, thought it would make her happy), I opened it, came back down to earth and since then my life has never been the same. Everything I was feeling just stopped. I felt I was alive again, and then words started jumping off the pages.

That was the first day I believe I truly acknowledged God’s grace in my life. In that moment I knew every breath I ever breathed was a gift. I knew I could never deserve forgiveness from this God whoever He was, but He said He loved me anyway. (insert frozen reference)

Needless to say, I haven’t smoked since that day and a whole lot of other baggage got left at that stop. Others, however, not so much. Plus I picked up some extra on the way out as well, but it’s all worth it considering what I’ve found in Jesus.

Walking this Jesus freak road definitely hasn’t been easy, but He never said it would be.

 

***So there you have it. (Disclaimer: I reserve the right to tell the extended version of this awesome story. If you wanna hear the extended unedited version hit me up @DaveedOne99)

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‘If God is not in support of it, don’t force it’

Ever since I can recollect it was a ritual to go to church on Sundays. Whether I actually went to church to sleep or to heed the word of God was a different thing entirely. Like most Nigerians I always called myself a Christian but never implemented the ways of Christianity.

It was not until I turned 13 before I began to fully recognise God’s presence .  As my teenage years progressed, I encountered numerous life lessons. From world tragedies to miraculous events, and with each occurrence I began to realise more strongly that nothing positive in this life could be done without the assistance of God.

However, I did not realise how significant my realisation was. I continued to live life and like everyone I would experience euphoric days and sombre days. Nonetheless, it had not occurred to myself that in order to ensure I lived a happy life, I had to consult God in every decision I make every day of my life. Upon realisation , I began to implement this approach and I noticed a radical change in my life. Life was just easier; I judged myself less , avoided  less issues and in general favour was always on my side.

Today, I can say that my faith in God is much stronger and there is nothing too minuscule or too grand for him to do; if it is in accordance with the purpose he has laid out for you.  However, I am still learning and sometimes I want things to go my way but my way is not necessarily the best way.

All in all the best advice I can give is that no matter what you are going through in life if God is not in support of it, do not force it because when all is said and done God’s path is always the most favourable path.

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5)

– Denike

*** We’d like to thank Denike for taking the bold step to put her story forward and inspire us all. God Bless you. Keep the stories coming guys! follow us @worldlightmvmt on Twitter, #JesusStories to share your thoughts as well. Don’t forget to subscribe below to keep up with our posts :)

The God Narratives

The God Narratives project is a space to document all the ways Christians have experienced God, His church, His son and the ways they’ve navigated His purpose for us on earth. It will contain a diverse range of voices that will mesh together to create one grand narrative. It’s about confronting life’s crucial questions, examining our inner being [human spirit], and starting the conversation. We’re opening up the project with this amazing account of a relationship with Jesus: read as Colette recounts a turning point in her walk with God, and all the things she realised. _____________________________________________________________________

The End

My relationship with God has been quite the roller coaster ride.

securedownloadSometimes, I am flying on the wings of Grace, fuelled by the emotional high that comes from a Christian retreat or a great sermon at church. Other times, I am buried in doubts about the validity of the Christian faith, the “goodness” of God and the necessity of following Christ. Last year, I reached an all-time low in my faith: I knew God existed but I could not care less that he did. I asked myself and some of my friends: “What’s the point of following Christ, anyway?” Some of the replies I got included: –       “Experiencing God’s love and peace” –       “Blessings from the most high” –        “God’s beautiful plan for your life” –       “High moral standards and being a ‘good’ person” Unfortunately, these words that once made so much sense no longer meant anything. As far as I was concerned, faith was too restrictive and sin was relative. God was unnecessary and non-believers were doing just fine. Fast-forward to October, in my hospital bed, three surgeries and an almost fatal illness later; I had a dream, or a vision, or I was just high on medication. “The King came back from a long journey.  Everyone around me was excited and cheering. They had been waiting on the Lord for so long and finally, He was there!  Everyone was cleaning, cooking, chanting; getting ready for the greatest of feast. I did not rejoice with them. I could not. To me, the return of the King was not a source of celebration but of terror. I was ashamed and afraid” Imagine that! The creator, your Father, comes home after a long absence, and instead of running and throwing yourself in his arms, you hide because of your guilt and shame. That is honestly a terrifying experience. It was also the answer to many of my questions. So…what is the point of following Christ? Christ is the point! Don’t praise God because of the earthly blessings he provides (job, husband/wife, grades, money, etc). Those fade away faster than you think. Praise Him because of the ultimate gift: the open invitation to feast at the table of the King, to worship the Alpha and the Omega, and to be a child of the Most High.

Jesus is not a means to an end. He is THE end.

I pray that this realization changes my life and yours. A verse that inspired me as I was writing this: Luke 19:38-40  “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”  But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!”

 He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”   —  @le_titanium   ***How awesome is that! Comment below or hastag #JesusStories to share your thoughts. We’ll be starting off a series of WLMVT Interviews under this project too, so make sure you subscribe to be up to date 🙂