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The Workers are Few

Reflecting on our current theme ‘GO’ and considering the positions of service I have found myself in from mid last year up to this point, I’ve come to the realisation that God literally provides opportunities for us to disciple others. Though I was subconsciously aware of this and have by the grace of God achieved the necessary goals at each stage, it just occurred to me how easy it is to underestimate the importance of the place we have been positioned. It hit me because sometimes, I have no motivation to follow through with things simply because I can’t see how it helps my personal goals OR it doesn’t line up with what I think should be happening. The truth is, we are self-centred beings by nature. However, to take up our cross and follow Jesus Christ, we absolutely cannot live life focused on ourselves. We have to be focused on God and His Kingdom [Matthew 6:33]- meaning we need to consider how & to what extent our own lives are impacting the lives of others in a positive and eternal sense.

A wise friend once said to me that most times, God makes himself manifest to us through our areas of need. Every group of people has an area of need and thus, an angle through which the gospel can have the biggest impact on their lives. For instance, teenagers are in a process of growth/discovery and thus need guidance and someone to look up to. Young women need to be shown that they have immense worth, value and purpose regardless of what society says. Mothers have the great responsibility of nurturing a life, and need to know that they have what it takes to also birth purpose in their children, husbands and home. Young men need help understanding their responsibility as leaders, providers and protectors. Not to talk of the finer demographics- entrepreneurs, fitness enthusiasts, musicians, beauty enthusiasts, artists/creatives, singles, students, young couples … the list is endless.

Question is, what category of people do you have access to? How do you relate to the struggles unique to them, and how can you apply the gospel to bring light to their lives? We need to be sharing the truths God has placed inside of us with the people around us. What I’ve come to realise is that more often than not, wherever you find yourself IS YOUR MISSION FIELD. You don’t need to create opportunities for discipleship, they are already right in front of you. If you are too focused on YOU, you won’t key into what the Holy Spirit is doing around you.

“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV)

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. We cannot allow our human flaws, judgment and vision to blind us to the fact that the harvest IS ready and within reach. When you think about the people you walk by daily, be it in school, work, or wherever, do you simply see faces or do you see souls that are precious to God?

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter  4:7-11 (NIV)

It is my prayer that we live as workers of the gospel and faithful stewards of God’s wonderful grace.

Love and light,
@nuellaswords

***A few things….

-Though the theme“GO” was intended for April, I feel led to start doing the themes on a bi-monthly basis so there’s enough time to study and meditate on each area. So ‘GO’ is for April/May.
-“GO” Bible Study will be holding this coming Saturday 9th May at Lekki Phase 1. Would love to fellowship with you all! Please add this pin to RSVP – 5597DFEA, and will send you finer details once you do.
-Keep in touch via any of the WLMVT social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter 

Thanks!

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April Theme is ‘GO’

 “Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly and on every occasion), to the very close and consummation of the age. ” Matthew 28:19-20 [AMP]

Last year, I put up a post on Easter (Our Redemption Comes with a Purpose) about how the heavy gift of grace Jesus showed us all on the Cross, and His resurrection is followed by a heavy duty– to go out into all the world and share the Gospel.

In Isaiah 60:3, God gives us a promise that though darkness covers the earth, ‘nations will come to [our] light, and kings to the brightness of [our] rising’. What exactly is this light you may ask? The light of every believer is Jesus himself, living in and working through us. We are a chosen people, and God’s special possession because of the sacrifice of Christ. (1 Peter 2:9). This is the totality of the Gospel, so how can we not share it as He’s commanded?

Continuing in the spirit of Easter I’d like to then follow up this month by addressing the ‘how?’ of it all. Because though there’s a purpose God has for you that is unique, be it in terms of your work or talent, there is also the overall purpose as a believer which is Christ’s command in Matthew 28. Ultimately, these two tie together. However, if you’re anything like me, it can all seem a little out of reach sometimes most times. Cue Moses being all “[but Lord who am I to do this job?] Please send someone else” (Exodus 4 v 1-17). We can easily buy into the lie that to move into the purpose God has given us is impossible. If you dwell on that, the result is paralysis- the (negative) feeling of helplessness where the devil convinces you that you are too unworthy to fulfill your purpose so you might as well not try.

For a few weeks in March, I found myself feeling overwhelmed in true Moses fashion, thinking about all the stuff I have to do (and barely doing them), then I stumbled across Mathew 10. In this incredible chapter, Jesus sends out His disciples by laying out a ‘how to’ guide on fulfilling the mission He gave to them.

I’ve set out the points that stood out to me below:

 Matthew 10 (MSG)

  • “Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighbourhoood. Tell them that the Kingdom is here.” (v 5-8).
  • You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment and all you need to keep that going is 3 meals a day. Travel light. (v9-10)
  • STAY ALERT. You’re going to be like a sheep in a wolf pack. (v 16)
  • Don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the spirit of your Father will supply the words. (v17-20)
  • Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now. (v 26-27)
  • “This is large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance.”
  • Forget about yourself (v. 38-39; v. 29-31)

How amazing is it that God reaches into our every need and insecurity and provides not only comfort and solutions but the very push we need? In fact, it shouldn’t be that surprising given that HE IS LOVE and would never give you something to do and leave you unprepared for it. This is why we have the BIBLE and the HOLY SPIRIT. In Matthew 10, Jesus has put it in the simplest of terms- all you need to be light in a dark world is Him, yourself, your words, and your actions. Don’t buy into the lie that you need something extra special to be the disciple that God has called you to be. Jesus is all the ‘special’ necessary.

We need only be alert, and travel light by leaving all the baggage behind (physical, emotional AND spiritual baggage). We need to stay FOCUSED on Jesus and dependent on the Holy Spirit for guidance and the right words when necessary. We need to let go of all selfishness because God is already taking care of our needs.

This month, I believe Abba is encouraging us to push boundaries, escape our comfort zones, forget about ourselves and GO into all that He has called us to.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. [Joshua 1:9]

Love and light,
@nuellaswords

**I encourage you to read/meditate on Matthew 10 for yourself (in whatever version(s) you best understand) because its packed full of so much that we need on this journey.

Love Like Jesus Bible Study Outline

Hi Everyone! As most of you know, we held the February “Love Like Jesus” Bible Study in Lekki on the 7th of February. It was amazing to hear everyone’s heart on what it means to love like Jesus. We dug into the word and each person made really insightful comments/contributions. I have added a few to the outline. Hope to see you at the next Bible Study, which is likely to hold on the first Saturday of March [more information to come].

Do meditate on the scriptures and feel free to leave your own contributions in the comments section below 🙂


How did Jesus Love?
-John 15:13

 How does Jesus expect us to love?
-John 14:21, John 15:10, 1 John 5:3;

Luke 21:1-4

  •  [Jesus expects us to keep His commands (they boil down to loving God and loving people) and give our ALL for the sake of others/the gospel.]
  • Is giving only to the extent that it doesn’t affect your life/standard of living, the type giving that is pleasing to God?

 What is Christ’s new command?
-John 13:34 – 35

 “Beautiful is the body of Christ poured out into every crevice of this world, every city, every office, every home. It is the unselfish passions of people displaying the love of their God in a million unique ways”. -Jennie Allen

  •  So, based on the scripture how can we display the love of God? What do you think the quote means by ‘unique ways’? (God expects us to be proactive in how we love)

-Mark 2:15-17

 “Nothing makes a soul sicker than too much time given to itself.” -Jennie Allen

 

Being proactive in love

1) How can you find out the needs of those around you? (This includes acquaintances). How can you make an effort to meet them? (John 21 v 5-9)

  • During the Bible study, Ezekiel commented that one of the best ways to find out the needs of others in order to meet those needs is genuinely getting to know people and listening to them.
  • Eni Ife also commented that it is important to be led by the Holy Spirit

2)  In what ways can your passions cross paths with meeting the needs of others? [Greater purpose]; (Read Genesis 41:46-57)

  • Here Moyo commented that Joseph served the country that enslaved him. He still gave himself up for them- he could have gotten to this position of influence and used this to plan for their downfall but he didn’t let bitterness prevent him from his purpose. This is love,
  • Ephesians 5:1-2 MSG
    Love, not cautiously but extravagantly

3) How can you move some casual friendships into a deeper connection for the sake of the mission/gospel? Think of who you can seek out this coming week.
(pray, ask great questions, pursue, share your struggles and your God)

  • Here Chiso suggested asking good questions as a good way to move friendships along
  • Eni-Ife said consistency is also also important.

 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” – Philippians 2:3

4) When in the past has someone put your needs before their own? How did that impact you? Think of how you can extend that same sacrificial love to others this month.

  • A good way to start this would be to join in on the #21ServolutionDays challenge. Simply love people intentionally and then share that on social media with the hashtag. This is for accountability and to inspire others to join in. For example, “Loving like Jesus looks like finding out the needs of others and going out of your way to meet them #21ServolutionDays” OR, “#LovingLikeJesus looks like forgiveness.” You can be more specific if you like.

“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.” -Isaiah 58:6

 5) How can you reach out to the lowest in society daily? [hospitality?]
-Matthew 25:31-46

  • This Scripture reflects how important it is to Christ for us to love others and give ourselves up for them. 

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*These questions are all to challenge us to love like Jesus has loved us. Not in the Chocolates and hearts way of Feb 14th, but in the way that gives yourself up for others. It needs grace, but never look at it as frivolous or crazy – it is an investment in people and in God.

February Theme: Love Like Jesus

Hi Everyone!

January is over already, its incredible how time flies! So WLMVT is back on the themes again after a bit of a break from them. The theme for February is ‘Love Like Jesus’. SO, we’re throwing out this question throughout the month – what does Loving Like Jesus look like to you? We’ll be putting up posts, interviews, etc on this.

Also, super excited about the Bible Study we’re doing on this theme THIS Saturday, 7th February at 2pm. If you would like to attend, just send an email to theworldlightmovement@outlook.com or simply add this pin on BBM: 7C5E7C57. Can’t wait to see you guys there!

Love,
@nuellaswords

(you can also just tweet @ me) xx

Who wants to join me on a 30 Day praise challenge?!

Hi Everyone!

I’ve recently been going through many tests and The Lord very specifically dropped in my heart today to do this praise challenge in order to ‘cultivate thankfulness’ [Colossians 3:15] and ‘stay grounded, steady in the bond of Christ and constantly tuned into the Message (careful not to be distracted or diverted).’ [Colossians 1:21-23 MSG].

So here’s how I’ll be going about it: 
1) I’ll be using the 30 Day Praise Challenge Devotional by Becky Harling (you can find it on amazon and there is a kindle version). You can also use any other reading plans available just google ‘praise challenge’. I’ll share scripture on our Instagram each day too.

2)I’ll devote an hour of each day to read the devotional and praise! *Play music and allow the songs to prompt your praise. This can carry on throughout the day. You can use our WLMVT playlist which is embedded here on the website. I’ll be adding songs to it everyday but you can also leave music suggestions for everyone from your personal playlists in the comments section or on twitter (I’ll add them to the WLMVT playlist).

3)I’ll be journaling! This is to record the praise journey and all God is saying. It’s also for accountability (to make sure I’m doing it everyday by numbering Day1-30 each day). I’ll share questions for journaling purposes here too (from the devotional).

4) To add a twist, upload pictures of something you are thankful for / anything that represents God’s goodness to you as you go along. Use the hashtag #wlmvtpraisechallenge to share them and also your thoughts on instagram/twitter/wherever. You can nominate others no join in with you!

And that’s it!

“Praise restores our faith, fills us with joy, calms our fears and inspires us to love and obey God.” – Becky Harling

[Day 1-5 of Becky Harling’s praise challenge devotional is available online]. Click on the link and enjoy xx

Love and light,
-Nuella.

WLMVT Interview on Contentment (Part 2)

Hi everyone! Here’s Part 2 of the Interview feature in our “contentment” series. Continue reading to see the thoughts that were shared on love and marriage, and being content in the waiting.


 

3)   Earlier on you mentioned that ‘If you want God to laugh, make a plan’ … I’ve noticed that a lot of times, dissatisfaction or discontentment stems from your plans not working out. There you can see the direct link. But there’s also situations where there’s just voids we as human beings try to fill and cant even pinpoint what it is. Have you had this experience before and how did that work out for you?

O*: Of course, I mean, the void I’ve felt in my life is an obvious one- I would like to be married. I feel like the void stems from Biblical requirements – the Bible point blank tells us ‘it is not good for man to be alone let us make a helper suitable for him’. You don’t feel complete until you are with that person who you are supposed to be helping, that’s what I believe. I would wake up crying, I would wake up feeling empty/deeply unhappy because of the lack of someone. As with many things in life there are things that money cannot do for you. Someone being there, to hold your hand through it all… you cant pay for that. I mean, the Lord is there for you but if the Lord thought that it is not good for man to be alone, then being alone is a void in itself. It makes way for a lot of stupidity to happen if you don’t guard yourself. It takes the grace of God to be alone because that’s when people try silly things. You do things that you never thought. It is what it is.

So, in those types of situations that’s a void that I’ve felt. You went further in your question to ask if there’s been any situation where we receive the thing but it still did not fulfill that lack. When I first moved back to Nigeria I couldn’t find a job and I always thought I need a job more than a man. I’ve gotten jobs now and am I spectacularly happy? No , I still want to be married. Also There’s been situations where I’m like oh my ideal weight is this and I’ve sometimes reached that but at the back of my mind still want to be married so yes I still feel a void in that instance though I have reached a goal I was clamoring for. I know that even when one settles down and marries, there could still be challenges of dissatisfaction I mean, one could still be unhappy based on the naughty or unsatisfactory behavioral pattern that I have seen men exhibit however I feel that would not be a void rather it would be a dissatisfaction.

 

4)   Has there been a point that something has taken that feeling of wanting to be married away?:

O: I was made to be married (I believe that) – it won’t go away. However I know, as with every stage in life there’s always something. Even in primary school everyone’s big desire was to pass common entrance and get into secondary school. Then you get to form1 in secondary school and you start again from zero, and then its – I need to get into university. That’s what being alive is, ‘I guess’? there are several stages and several goals. Everyone has a worry that’s forefront in their mind. What I know for a fact is this – when I was younger (there’s this scripture that says ‘the peace of God that passeth all understanding’) everyone would be running around trying to hand in course work and even if I hadn’t handed mine in, it didn’t phase me.

I really don’t know what other people might have or suffer from– some people may be sick , how do you forget that. Some people may be in debt or need money their creditors wont let them forget it. I guess you could be at peace with it with the knowledge that God will heal or provide. It’s not like its deleted from your mind.

I guess if you have your eyes fixed on Jesus and all he is to you then that peace will reign in your heart.

O: Yes, a Scripture says seek God first and everything else will be added to you. And we are human. Things will eat at you but it takes the grace of God and a mind that looks beyond the obvious to be able to shake it off. That’s what I aspire for. I have seen things that the Lord has done and it has put me in awe. I told you about my aunty who gave birth to three kids at 51. No matter what you say now, this lady has three kids, you know? It just takes the grace of God to be able to be able to find peace within yourself till that time. Instead of driving yourself crazy.

5)   Thank you so much for that. I’ll close off one last question- what do you enjoy about a relationship with God?:

O: It is the peace that comes from knowing that somebody has your back. You can’t think of everything… you can’t. I usually tell people this story- there was this knight that was going on a quest and he was like, because I’ll meet the ferocious dragon in ‘whatever land’, I’ll take my trustee sword. Because I’ll meet ferocious enemies of ‘wherever place’, I’ll take my trusted shield so that I can travel a get there on time I will take my trusted horse that travel at that travels faster than any living creature He did all these things, he had his armor, he had he’s trustee sword, he had his trustee horse, he had his shield, he had everything ready for this quest and then he embarked on the journey.

During the journey he came across a rope bridge which was built over a river and because of all the things he had on him including his horse he was too heavy. So, the bridge gave way and he sank into the river. Now for me this says that he thought of everything but he wasn’t ready for what really happened.

There is nothing like God. The things you do not catch even if you overthink or over analyse only God will catch it by His mercy and grace. Right now we live in Abuja, we are here for law school- we’re scared of the bombings but there are places where you haven’t heard of any kind of violence or war and people die everyday from things like a car hitting them. The fact that the perils of the day do not catch us does not mean we are better than anyone else. 5 people could pass the same path and the 6th person passes and falls into a hole. That is what the love of God, the knowledge of God, the favour of God, the mercy of God means to me. Things I can’t even fathom are there, but God gives me peace.

 

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*This Interview was anonymised for the sake of privacy  

WLMVT Interview on Contentment (Part 1)

Hi Everyone! After a bit of a hiatus, we’re starting our July theme of “Contentment” with two parts to an interview. I met with a good friend (and pretty much a ‘big sister’) of mine, to hear her thoughts on contentment in the Christian walk. She shared her personal experiences and we talked everything from love and marriage to what happens when your dreams and goals don’t happen as you wished. Read Part 1 below 🙂


1)   The Bible says “For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead body and ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” [Colossians 2v9-10]. What do you think it means to be ‘Complete in Christ’:

O*: I feel like I might have heard that quoted somewhere before. My understanding is that being complete in Christ would mean that with Christ everything that you are, everything that you want, everything that you know, everything that is you…is vested in him. No matter what you want, no matter what you need, He can do it for you. I would like to take it to mean like they say, that the ‘Bible is the living word’.

For every situation you could potentially face, and every situation that could potentially affect you or yours, there is a word in there for you and therefore there is a God that can be all encompassing for your life. Even in things that you take for granted.

I had this roommate once when I was in Ife. She was Muslim her name was Kuburat. She had this little book that she read of little prayers and I asked to see the book. I looked into it and it had prayers for every situation. We [Christians] believe in grace a lot. We believe in the grace of God because of the death of Jesus Christ. So we say one prayer and because of that…even if we don’t pray for a lot of specific things it is covered by the blood of Jesus.

From what I understand, in Islam they believe that they have to pray for everything so even for something as small as going to the bathroom or pooping – there was a prayer for it in Kuburat’s book. Now, we take that for granted but people have died because they weren’t able to eliminate waste. But I believe this scripture covers everything; even things as small as the ability to go to the bathroom, hair growth (the bible says every hair on our head is numbered, He knows).

Therefore I believe that the fact that the above scripture’ goes as far as pointing out that, He (Jesus) is the head of the principalities and powers means all situations are covered- we are aware that there are principalities and powers but there are things we do not know and don’t even think about. And not just the obvious like ‘oh God I need money to eat’ or anything else. But I believe that outside of the things that are obvious to us, we are complete in Him and for things we don’t even see, for things we are not even aware of, for spiritual battles, He has covered it all, is what I believe this scripture means. We are complete in God.

2)   So you mentioned that God is all encompassing and everything we need. What advise would you give to someone who doesn’t know this? For someone who feels generally dissatisfied with everything and always feels like they need and want more. What practical advise would you give to them?:

O: I will be honest with you- it is easy to say because we believe in God, things are simple or easy. They are not ‘in fact’ always simple or easy. However, I believe that the Lord does not give us anything that we cannot overcome. So, from my understanding of your question, there’s probably at least two facets to it I will answer as thus.

Now, for a person who keeps desiring more, that is another aspect of this question, which is probably an issue or spirit of not being satisfied. That is not just a ‘can God provide for me situation’, it is more of ‘I’m not satisfied with what I have’. That in itself has to be solved, or settled within themselves- it’s a spiritual issue. And usually that stems from problems of insecurities, fr7299826_f260om what I’ve seen. For instance, a person who wants more and more clothes, because they want to hang out or ‘feel among’ or feel good enough to be with the ‘cool kids’ has an insecurity issue. That’s an entirely different thing they need to sort out.

But then if its just a situation of, ‘can God provide for me?’, what I have seen thus far (and I’ll use an example from my life) is that, you do not necessarily have to know or understand God’s plan for your life, but He does not lie. And so, I know that if you are in God, the Bible point blank tells us that, the God that provided for the birds in the air will provide for you.

I moved back to Nigeria a few years ago and I reached a stage where I felt like I didn’t want to rely on my parents for every little thing. I don’t like to really talk about it, but I have a lot of qualifications and my very last degree that I studied, I borrowed the money from the bank in the UK for the course.

They say when you want to make God laugh you set out your plans, and I had this whole thing mapped out of how I was going to pay back and this and that and it didn’t pan out especially because the economic crisis kicked in, in the UK. I was like look, in Nigeria they like foreign degrees and foreign experience and I had had the opportunity to work in one or two legal practices, I had worked at the United Nations in New York . I had done a lot of things I was like there was no way I won’t find a job in Nigeria. But then ..man proposes, God disposes. So, I went back to Nigeria and finding a job was really tough. My parents were fairly influential at a point and I thought that at least they would be able to pull some strings. But it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. My parents were retired, the people they knew were also retired so I thought to myself, how would I survive.

I promise you, every week like magic I would get 10 grand out of nowhere from one person or the other without even asking. Once in a while maybe 70 or 90 grand so I was sorted the savings I had in the UK went into my repayments.

So I stand and I testify, that the God who provides for the birds in the air would provide for you. I was covered for the things I needed.

I can honestly say that a person who is questioning whether God would provide for them should know that they would at least eat; it might not be the most expensive food from the trendiest new place but they will eat.

On the other hand for those who keep wanting and wanting- that’s a spiritual matter and you go to God in prayer. A lot of people don’t even realize they have this issue. They may have a new or functioning car at home but they think to themselves.. why cant I have the latest new car. That is just a spirit of dissatisfaction or greed or vanity. [To be continued]

 

***Thanks for reading!  Stay tuned for Part 2 to read O’s thoughts on love, marriage and being content in the waiting. If you feel anything in this interview will bless someone you know, do share the post. Also, subscribe, comment below and follow us in Instagram (worldlightmvmt).

*This Interview was anonymised for the sake of privacy  

 

 

 

 

You’re Pregnant (with purpose)

A few days ago I was spending time in God’s presence and was absolutely wrecked. There is nothing like being in relationship with the king of kings. Being close to the creator of the universe. My heart was so full, and as I cried I involuntarily said out loud, ‘how can there be people who don’t have this? how can people not know? how can people reject you, Lord?’ In that moment it broke my heart and as it breaks the heart of our heavenly father (the Spirit of God can be overwhelming, in an amazing way).

Anyway, at the time I had been thinking a lot about purpose, all the things that fight for God’s place in our lives and the significance of a woman in this world. Then I stumbled across Luke 1:39-45(MSG):

‘Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and travelled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in [Elizabeth’s] womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit and sang out exuberantly,
“You’re so blessed among women,
and the babe in your womb, also blessed!
And why am I so blessed that the mother of our Lord
visits me?
The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears,
The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb
for sheer joy.
blessed woman, who believed what God said,
believed every word would come true!”’

In Luke1: 46-55 Mary replies:
‘I’m bursting with God-news;
I’m dancing the song of my Saviour God.
God took one good look at me, and look what
happened-
I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is Holy, set apart from all others.’

The period before Jesus’ coming was filled with awe and joy and wonder. ‘God took one good look at me and look what happened’. Mary must have been in shock but she didn’t waste a minute. She believed the purpose God had for her, and she got up and moved in the direction He wanted her to.

Listen. Each of us are pregnant with God’s purpose. He is calling us just like he called the mother of our Lord. He is looking at you, just longing for you to look up and listen. That purpose is blessed, important, and will impact the lives of others. That purpose is one that will fill you with joy and fulfilment. Your God-assigned purpose is bigger than you could have ever imagined. And when God reveals it to you, you’re going to have to move by faith to the sound of His voice.

You know what came with Mary’s fulfilling her purpose though? Sacrifice and self-denial. Her entire life became about that purpose. In Matthew 16:24 Jesus said, ‘whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’. Everywhere we turn something is fighting for our hearts and our attention, and each time we need to consciously choose God. I cannot describe the amount of life, joy and fulfilment that is waiting for you on the other end of that decision. But the result is true relationship with God and being in tune with his heart and will for our lives.

For me, self-denial meant leaving behind everything from relationships that don’t honour God, to pride and vanity and unforgiveness. It hurts when He pries such things from your grip but afterwards you feel whole, free, content and so much closer to Him. Its a continuous process of yielding and refinement. If you let God, he will break you apart and re-mould you in the image of Christ. And He will show you exactly what your purpose is and guide you in the right direction.

[‘And so, we are transfigured much like the messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become more like Him’ –Paul (2 Corinthians 3:16-18 MSG)]

‘And so, we are transfigured much like the messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become more like Him’ –Paul (2 Corinthians 3:16-18 MSG)

I just want to encourage you- seek God like you are drowning; as if you had only a few hours till you’re face to face with Him. You don’t want to feel shame at that moment, but joy. Be intentional with your relationship with him. Spend time in His presence, and studying His word. Look up verses about things that are on your heart. Talk to Him. Work on your spiritual growth. Dedicate your body and life to him.

With each step, you’d be better, closer to God, and closer to birthing the purpose He has just for you.

love and light,
@nuellaswords

Striving vs. Abiding

I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from some of the WLMVT social media, the blog and generally ‘striving’ so much to see this vision come to life because I had a little meltdown. As believers and kingdom builders, God fills us so much with a passion to see the pain, suffering and evil on earth disappear, and to see God’s kingdom truly established here ‘on earth as it is in heaven’ that there’s a constant burden in our spirit. This passion is so strong, so intense that it can quite frankly get overwhelming when we try to do things in our own strength. And so we go into overdrive, wanting to do and do and do some more, really trying to see the people around us finally come to the realisation of God and his sovereignty and its possible to just implode. The devil will use anything possible to attack our spirit.

From this moment of despair, from the tears and the sighs, God in His loving kindness, told me to be still. He said, ‘be still and know I am God’.  That same tranquil voice dropped Romans 8:22-26 in my heart. In a moment I’ll tell you all the things I learnt from that scripture but can I just say… how awesome, loving and kind is this God? Infinitely. Despite everything going on in the world, he cares so much for us and loves us unconditionally. He cared enough to calm me and reminded me of who He is. With Him on our side, whom shall we fear? And even in all our failings, His kingdom will come. So the vital question then is, how much are we trusting and ‘abiding’ in him, rather than striving to see things happen?

I’ll go into some of the things I’ve learned through this scripture and others, during this time of prayer and fasting. I hope you take away something from this, in whatever situation you’re dealing with.

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1)   ‘All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us, its within us. The spirit of God is arousing us within. We are also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance’ (Romans 8:22-25, MSG).
->Honestly, this passage to me is so potent, so apt. The world is in a depraved frenzy. And the problem is in all  of our hearts, something only Jesus can fix if we let him. The older we get the more we see how bad things are and its easy to lose all faith. But Paul the apostle says here that these are simply birth pangs, and we who love the Lord also feel it within our spirit. Something great is coming, and our individual transformations are evidence of this. So we should wait, not grieving, but with ‘joyful expectancy’. God’s glory will pour out upon us and one day, fill all the earth. His kingdom will come- and guess what? He is using those who live for Him to show his glory.

2)   ‘Waiting doesn’t diminish us, any more than it diminishes a pregnant mother – rather. We are enlarged in the waiting. […] But the longer we wait, the larger we become and the more joyful our expectancy’ (Romans 8:22-25, MSG).
->I think one thing that’s hard for me is patience. I’m someone who is ambitious and when I start something, I want to see it finished to perfection. But great things take time- and waiting, and gradual, deliberate steps. Especially when God is working- the ‘expectancy’ is joyful. The NIV version of v 24 says ‘but hope that is seen is no hope at all, who hopes for what they already have?’ That speaks for itself. And we know glory is to come, so it’s important to be patient and let God work things out in his time. It’s also important to let him build us and work on us- sometimes God is putting us through a refining process, to prepare us for what is to come.

3)   ‘Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in waiting, God’s spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter, He does our praying in and for us, making a prayer out of our wordless sighs, or our aching groans’ (Romans 8:26).
->Prayer. I cannot describe how many things God has convicted me about concerning prayer in the last couple of weeks. But what I can say is our relationship with God, our goals, our everything, are only as good as our prayer life is. Because in prayer, we are humbling our will to that of God’s – we are open to his direction. Abiding in God means focusing on Him and who He is, not ourselves and our worries. Prayer (and worship) allow us to do this. In prayer, we’re inviting Him to guide us, and really, you only know someone as much as you communicate with them- in this case, God. This communication includes studying His word because in many cases, that’s how he speaks to us. But this is the amazing thing – even when we don’t have the words and yet there is a burden in our spirit- the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. Because he knows us better than we know ourselves! (v.27 MSG). Isn’t that amazing?!

4)   ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards watch in vain’ (Psalm 127:1).
-> This was my lesson in striving. Striving means working and working yourself to the bone without God’s help. And this is inextricably connected to prayer because the more we pray to God, the more we depend on Him. And so if we aren’t talking to or consulting God enough in the things we do, we’re only striving in our own strength. Sadly, that’s all in vain. So why dont’t we depend on the creator of the universe instead, by abiding in Him?! In my case, I learnt that there’s such a thin line between striving and abiding. You may think once you’ve prayed about something that’s it, but the communication with God needs to be constant so that we are guided and helped the whole way. I love how v.2 of Psalm 127(MSG) says, ‘don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?’ Peace is what we  have when we abide in him.

***I’ll do a follow up to this post later, in order to cover the other things I learnt adequately. In the mean time, do share your thoughts on ‘Striving vs Abiding’ by commenting below or using the hashtag #AbideInHim on twitter. Also, shout out to OreO and Sheyin for holding the fort on the blog and social media while I was off , what an awesome team 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone!

@nuellaswords

DREAM: IT’S YOUR BIRTHRIGHT! (pt.2)

This is the second half to the ‘Dream! It’s your birthright’ series.

 1. LIVE DIFFERENTLY:  because you have a vision, you know where you’re headed. Embrace and love every situation you’re in because it is God’s will.

Don’t drag your feet through life. Make a decision to enjoy life to the fullest, your current situation is only temporary.

2. SPEAK DIFFERENTLY:  Proverbs 18:21 says, “the tongue has the power of life and death”. With the words that come out of our mouths we can “build up” or “tear down”.

Words are very powerful.

In the creation of the universe God spoke certain words (Genesis 1) and they came to pass. He said, “let there be light” and there was light, His words were used to do good – to create the universe, as we know it. The Bible condemns negative talk (Ephesians 4:29); therefore we should use our words to ‘build up’ – to encourage, to complement and to inspire people.

3. GIVE DIFFERENTLY: Give freely! The Bible encourages us to Give! Give! Give! without expecting anything in return (Luke 6:35).

In a world that is filled with selfishness and skeptics, a gratuitous gift is a blessing to the receiver. It goes against the grain of societal culture.

Besides, what do you have to lose? Have you ever heard of a person that has become poor because they give too much?

4. THINK DIFFERENTLY: Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart so is he”. Think positively and be hopeful. Be in regular contact with God; fill your mind with His Word and keep a close relationship with Him so you begin to think like Him.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”(Philippians 4:8)

 

 Dreamer’s Daily Confession:

 I am more than a conqueror, I am the head and not the tail, and I am first and not last. I am the city upon a hill that cannot be hidden and I am destined for greatness. I am Father, Lord and Ruler over [insert your desires/aspirations, etc. here]. My light will shine forth and so brightly that others will see your good works and glorify your name. I am your child and I am destined for a purpose and I will fulfill that purpose with your strength.

 

Thanks for reading and I wish you all a blessed week! 🙂

– OreO