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I Choose Joy!

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

But the fruit of the spirit is unconditional … joy … – Galatians 5:28 (the Voice)

Joy is very different from happiness. In simple terms, happiness is fleeting and temporary. One hour you can be happy about something great that’s happened, and then the next hour something goes wrong and all of a sudden moods change. That was me yesterday – I was so happy all day at a friend’s wedding. And as soon as it was all over, my environment changed and I allowed myself to be preoccupied with different {somewhat challenging} situations. And voila, happy Sandra was no more there.

See joy is different. Joy is the deep inner-knowing that no matter what is going around you, God is still in control. It is the deep-seated assurance and the quiet confidence that everything is going to be alright because God has not abandoned you. It is the determined choice to praise God in every situation.

Looking back over the past few hours, I had a choice to allow my mind to be preoccupied with the circumstances around me, or I could choose joy. I could have chosen to be grateful which would definitely have helped to put things into perspective.

But now I know. 

In any and every situation we encounter in life we always have a choice. We can either choose joy, or as I would sometimes say, we can also choose to be a moody cow.

I don’t say this without any empathy for the circumstances surrounding you. But I do say that God has given us the free will to choose. As Christians, we are called to be believers and not feelers. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we have to stand up and opt to believe the truth. We have to believe that God is in control of the grand and miniscule details of our lives. We have to choose to believe that He has not abandoned us. We have to choose to praise Him.

So friend, I encourage you to choose joy this week. You can do it!

And if you think you can’t, just listen to this song ‘I choose to be dancing by Donnie McClurkin (this man can saaaaang)!

Keep smiling =)

4 reasons why you should read the Bible

Posted on: July 19th, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

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I believe it’s very important to make a habit of reading your Bible. I mean, if you’re a Christian, how else can you get edified? Yes, you can read Christian blogs, listen to sermons, prophetic words and worship music, but that shouldn’t take the place of personal Bible reading.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: “All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; 17 so that the[a]man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

As I read that I see several reasons why reading the Bible is good for us:

1: Instruction – the Bible is full of instructions for us on how to live our life. Some of these instructions may be easier to carry out than others, but with God all things are possible. There is grace available for you for every single thing God asks you to do.

2: Conviction – the Bible really does have a way of showing you where you’re not on the right track with God. Always remember that the Holy Spirit convicts specifically. The enemy doesn’t convict but he brings general guilt. For example, if I lie, the Holy Spirit will zone in and say ‘hey, that right there wasn’t good’, but the enemy will bring thoughts that make me feel like I am not good enough and I’m not a good Christian etc etc. So the point here is that,as you read the Bible, you find that you will start seeing specific areas where you are not walking right. You also get better at knowing when God is speaking to you, because He never contradicts His own Word.

3: Correction – just as you get convicted by reading the Word, you also get corrected. The Bible simply shows you which way to go. It corrects your attitudes and actions.

4: Training in righteousness – the Amplified Bible put it well when it said, “learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately – behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage” I can not agree more. We cannot achieve righteousness by our own ideas and works. Reading the Bible through the help of the Holy Spirit will help you know how to live a righteous life.

All in all, reading the Bible is good for you and for me to. As verse 17 puts it, the Scripture enables men and women of God to be complete, proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. That means that it will help you live your day-to-day life and to fulfill your calling.

So be encouraged friend, go and read your Bible! If you don’t know where to start, use a Bible plan, or have a go at it with a friend for accountability.

Bless You =)

 

Happy Adar II

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

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What is Adar? 

It is the last month in the Jewish calendar year.

It’s the month when Haman planned to annihilate all the Jews but after 3 days of fasting, God showed His favour upon the Jews. They ended up victorious after a decree was made that allowed them to protect themselves from anyone who came up against them (see book of Esther). Purim is celebrated on this month; it celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman.

Why Adar II? 

The Jewish calendar is in lunar months whereby the last month is Adar. When it is a leap year an additional month is added to the calendar in order for it to remain in sync with the solar calendar. The additional month that is added is Adar II. During a leap year, Purim is normally celebrated on Adar II.

According to Jews, joy increases in the month of Adar. This month is normally a time of rejoicing and celebration over their triumph during Queen Esther’s time. It’s a time of miracles! It’s a time when a decree was made by Esther that reversed Haman’s initial wicked decree. It is also the month preceding passover!

What does this mean for me?

Jesus was a Jew. He would have followed the Jewish calendar and celebrated Purim. As Christians we can also partake in the month of Adar and like Esther, we can declare and decree that God’s favour would rest on us.

How am I applying ‘Adar’ in my life? 

I have written down declarations and decrees that I have (at most times) daily spoken out loud. I have been declaring, praying and believing for situations in my life where I am desperate to see a change. You see, this month was a time of divine reversal for the Jews. It can be the same for you and for me because the same God who delivered them is the same God we serve today.

Any thoughts so far? 

Honestly speaking, I have actually seen prayers being answered speedily these last 5 weeks (Adar and part of Adar II).

I am planning for my wedding and I have seen God releasing favour with service providers and vendors, for example, our videographer agreed to shave off 50% of the ‘marked price’, and our venue provider was content with less than 50% deposit which is not the norm according to their policy. I also have other miracles that I am seeing God working in, especially when it comes to the area of relationships.

Final words of encouragement

I would wholeheartedly encourage you to:

#1: take the situations that you are facing right now.

#2: Look up what the Bible says about them.

#3: Write those verses down.

#4: Decree and declare them out loud.

#5: Pray into those situations.

#6: Believe what you are declaring and decreeing.

#7: Trust and wait for God to move as you do this.

Prayer

Lord I pray that you would increase our joy at this time. Not only in this month of Adar II but daily. Open our eyes to see the blessings you have given to us. I declare and decree that there would be an outpouring of miracles in the lives of those reading this in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

More info on Adar (I & II) and the Jewish months can be found here , here and here.

The site Hebrew for Christians is also very interesting.

Bless you!