My Birthday!

As you well know, we are getting closer to my ‘birthday’. Every year there is a celebration in my honour and I think that this year the celebration will be repeated.

During this time there are many people shopping for gifts, there are many radio announcements, TV commercials, and in every part of the world everyone is talking that my birthday is getting close and closer.

It is really very nice to know, that at least once a year, some people think of me.

The celebration of my birthday began many years ago. At first people seemed to understand and be thankful of all that I did for them, but in these times, no one seems to know the reason for the celebration.

Family and friends get together and have a lot of fun, but they don’t know the meaning of the celebration. I remember that last year there was a great feast in my honor. The dinner table was full of delicious foods, pastries, fruits, assorted nuts and chocolates. The decorations were exquisite and there were many, many beautifully wrapped gifts.

But, do you want to know something? I wasn’t invited. I was the guest of honor and they didn’t remember to send me an invitation. The party was for me, but when that great day came, I was left outside, they closed the door in my face and I wanted to be with them and share their table. In truth, that didn’t surprise me because in the last few years all close their doors to me. Since I wasn’t invited, I decided to enter the party without making any noise. I went in and stood in a corner.

They were all drinking; there were some who were drunk and telling jokes and laughing at everything. They were having a grand time. To top it all, this big fat man all dressed in red wearing a long white beard entered the room yelling Ho-Ho-Ho! He seemed drunk. He sat on the sofa and all the children ran to him, saying: “Santa Claus, Santa Claus” as if the party were in his honour!

At midnight all the people began to hug each other; I extended my arms waiting for someone to hug me and do you know no-one hugged me.

Suddenly they all began to share gifts. They opened them one by one with great expectation. When all had been opened, I looked to see if, maybe, there was one for me. What would you feel if on your birthday everybody shared gifts and you did not get one?

I then understood that I was unwanted at that party and quietly left.

Every year it gets worse. People only remember the gifts, the parties, to eat and drink, and nobody remembers me. I would like this Christmas that you allow me to enter into your life.

I would like that you recognize the fact that almost two thousand years ago I came to this world to give my life for you, on the cross, to save you.
Today, I only want that you believe this with all your heart. I want to share something with you. As many didn’t invite me to their party, I will have my own celebration, a grandiose party that no one has ever imagined, a spectacular party. I’m still making the final arrangements…

Today I am sending out many invitations and there is an invitation for you. I want to know if you wish to attend and I will make a reservation for you and write your name with golden letters in my great guest book.Only those on the guest list will be invited to the party. Those who don’t answer the invite will be left outside. Be prepared because when all is ready you will be part of my great party.

See you soon. I Love you!

Jesus

NB: Do feel free to share this message with your loved ones before Christmas.

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God is listening

All I can hear is crying. I feel the anxiety getting deeper. I feel somewhat confused, so alone, don’t know how to pick myself up. What can I do to fill my emptiness? Have you ever felt like God isn’t listening to you? He feels so distant. You wake up one morning and all you think about is how your going to start your day. Sometimes, because we are so busy with our lives, we don’t even acknowledge His presence and to thank Him for each new day.


The power of prayer is in your mouth. Prayer is not a check request for things from God. It is a deposit slip – a way of depositing God’s character into our bankrupt souls.


 

When speaking to God, you must ensure that you are in the secret place where you cannot be distracted by anything or anyone. Why do some of us feel as if God is not listening? Could it be that we have put God in our ‘own box’ or we try to fit Him in our schedule? Has it ever occurred to you how sometimes God can be so silent in your tight places. Yes it does happen, but it doesn’t mean that He doesn’t love you. When it comes to the silent treatment, its Gods way of pushing you out of your pain. It’s a way of communicate with God on another level. For example, when a woman prepares to give birth, the process becomes easy; eventually when she is due, the woman will start to feel certain contractions. It could also be caused by the kicking of the baby in the tummy. Lets take a deeper look. The baby in the tummy gets bigger as the days go by, so the baby will use all its strength to fight to get out of the mothers tummy because it is in an uncomfortable environment. If the mother is not yet able to conceive, the baby will eventually become restless.

Sometimes when God put a hold on you, it does not mean that He has abandoned you. It doesn’t mean that He is not listening. It’s just that you are not yet ready to come out. The only way the woman will know when she is ready is when the contractions are more intense. You will know when God is speaking to you when things get so difficult that you can admit that you can’t handle what you are going through. In life, we sometimes have to be honest with one another and express the pain your going through. It is no good keeping it to yourself, thinking that it will go away. The problems you face won’t always go away, but when you share it with someone you trust, and they listen to you, both of you can work together to fight the issue.

Your uncomfortable places are the areas in your lives that God tests. He won’t test when you have got everything together. He is God of all your plans. When you try plan your life, God will come in and disrupt, just to show you that He is God over your life, and only He can plan where you are going in the near future. To encourage you all, be reminded that we only have a few days until this year is over. What have you achieved? What have you learnt from this year? Has this year taught you how to seek God, or do you think it has drawn you away from God? No matter your situation, God listens!! The only person that can make it difficult is you! You have a choice to control your mind! You have a choice to agree with Gods word and His promises over your life! 2 Corinthians 1:20 says “For as many as the promises of God, they all find their Yes in Him. For this reason we also utter the Amen to God through Him to the Glory of God”. Gods promises over your life are yes and AMEN! Amen is to seal and agree with what the Word of God has said over your life. His promise to you today is that HE IS LISTENING!

You cannot be a strong Christian and doubt that God isn’t listening to you. You have to come out of your feeble mind and ask Him to exchange your unbelief into Faith! Before you even open your mouth, God already knows what you are about to say. Sometimes we don’t even need to constantly keep nagging God about our problems, because He knows them all. We can humble ourselves and remind Him, but not complaining and stressing about it. Instead, why not ask Him how to handle the situation, rather than telling Him to take it away. Remember, we can’t put God in a position where we expect Him to do all the work. We also have to work hard for ourselves. When you are sitting for an exam, the invigilator doesn’t speak. That is exactly how God is. Invigilators only walk around; you hardly have time to look at them because they are focusing on everyone in the exam hall.


 

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. 


Ladies, we must ensure that when speaking to God, we also need to hear Gods voice and listen to Him. It is not always about getting a response from Him, expecting Him to come at our time of need. In order to gain more peace in our lives, we must be willing to listen more and speak less. When you allow God to speak to you, you are inviting His presence in your life, the peace that surpasses all human understanding, and a calm mind. No matter how upset, frustrated, stressed or anxious you feel, know that God is listening and cares so much! The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

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Esther.

December 2014: The Month Of Reflection

Greetings to you all. I just want to take this opportunity to thank God first who has given me the vision to conduct a women’s ministry group, and for everyone who has supported this ministry; for those I know and do not know yet, God richly bless you! Women’s lives are being changed! I am receiving great and encouraging messages from a couple of people, and I can only give God the praise for that. That aside, I want to speak to you regarding this month of DECEMBER. We have seen how great God has been throughout the past 11 months, but December to me, is a month of reflection; it is a time to meditate on the things God has done for you, the pain you went through in this year, what mistakes you have made and how you learnt from them, what impact you made towards other people, and what you can do to become a better individual in 2015.


 

December is a month where we have to analyse our selves; what are the decisions we aim to make towards a better 2015..How can we be effective and powerful towards our generation? How can we become more committed and deeply intimate with Christ? When reflecting, it is important to position your mindset positively, knowing that 2015 won’t be the same as 2014. What mistakes have you made this year that you refuse to take it with you into 2015? Be honest with yourself. We have to know what our strengths and weaknesses are in order to have a better 2015. We must use our strengths to overcome our weaknesses. Let this month be a time to also thank God for all the things He has done; for all the opened and closed doors, all the laughter and tears, the quiet and lonely moments, it is all working out for our good!

How can we make an impact towards our generation? This could be the month in which we make good decisions on how we can help others. It is important that we have a passion to help others, although we need to help ourselves, helping others will enable God to meet all our needs in due season. We won’t have to worry about anything, but trust that God has already ordered our steps. What could you do to improve yourself? How can you bring influence onto your generation? Rather than listing all the things you desire in 2015, let this remaining month be a time to renew your relationship with God, and to allow Him to use you in a way that you have never been used before.

Entering into 2015 must start with a positive mindset! We cannot wait until it reaches 12:00am 01st January 2015 until we decide to be happy. Being happy starts from within, It starts now! Even though you did not obtain all you desired this year, it is now an opportunity to trust that God will answer your needs according to the amount of Faith you have. What is is that you desire from God in 2015?


 

Some of the thoughts that run through our mind may consist of:

  • Having a personal intimate relationship with God.
  • Having low self-esteem and unbelief.

  • Feeling insecure and lonely.

  • Trying to imitate somebody else.

  • Trying to find joy in worldly things.

  • Lack of Faith and doubt for the future.

  • Suffering from your past experiences.

  • Not knowing your calling… (Will continue this in January)

All these things we have been through or is currently going through, but I strongly believe that in this last month, if we all make a decision that we will lay aside all our burdens, to keep our focus on Christ, and to help this generation for the better, we will see the Glory of God manifest in our lives. Christmas is also around the corner. We can use this as an opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost, to buy gifts for people you wouldn’t usually buy gifts for, and to be a support to your neighborhood. There are so many ways in which we can be a blessing! Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season, so we must be reminded that we are living for Him and not for ourselves.


 

As we prepare to enter into a new year very soon, I pray that those who have been encouraged by this ministry will continue to grow in the Lord and to make a positive impact towards others. If it is a desire to travel, to set up a business, to pass your driving test, to find a job, all these can be yours if you renew your mind. There is nothing that God cannot do, because He said that as we seek Him first, all other things shall be added unto us. Remember we are a chosen generation called forth to show His excellence! We must know who we are in Christ to have a successful 2015! #ThinkBig #ActBig #MoveBig #2015 #GreaterThingsAreComing!

Be blessed.

Esther

Founder of the WWCG.

Think Big…Dream Big…2015 is your year!

Stop Pitying Yourself!

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Why bother? Why stress about it? Is it going to bring it back? Do you think it is helping you to better yourself? Sometimes as we ponder upon our lives, we tend to look back and dwell on the things that has happened, what we could have done to prevent something from happening, and how we could have made ourselves better people. Take a look at your life now. Look at how far you have come within these past months of 2014. It is a few more weeks until we see 2014 no more. How have you spent your life within these months? Is it feeling sorry for yourself, or doubting your ability to become better than you were a year ago, or competing with others?

Self-pity leads to self-destruction. Our enemy Satan prowls around like a roaring lion seeking those who he wants to devour. Our lives are in the precious hands of our Lord Jesus Christ, and we must remember that as women of the most high, we must walk with dignity and self-esteem. When you wake up in the mirror, tell yourself that YOU ARE ROYALTY!

There will be times where you will reflect back on your life, and tears will roll down your eyes. Sometimes you won’t even know what made you cry in the first place…other moments can be when you planned something, and it didn’t go your way when you expected it. You thought in January 2014 that you would be in a better position, but you still ‘feel’ stuck in the same place. I came to tell you that it is a lie! You have progressed, because small progress is better than NO PROGRESS at all. But can I ask you something? What is progress to you? Is it buying the latest outfits, buying the best car that your money can’t even afford, trying to be someone else when you don’t even realise your own unique worth?

In this societal world we live in, we are prone to being ‘self-centered’. We want to better ourselves. Yes it is a good thing. We want to be independent, we want to dream big, live big and even so, eat big! But we must remind ourselves that life is not our own. God did not only create us to think of ourselves, but He called us to become FRUITFUL and multiply! When God gives you a gift, a car, a talent, a job, a promotion, a house, He wants you to use all these blessings to help someone else! As you continue to set your mind on helping others, all your problems and worries, God will take care of. Trust Him on that!

Self-pity on the other hand causes us to sulk and obsess over our hurts. At the heart of self-pity is a disagreement with God over how life and He has treated us. God has not treated us any less than we think. Just because He did not bless you when you wanted Him to, doesn’t justify the fact that He should still be first in your life. Regardless of how you feel today, know that God has got a plan for each and every one of us. I want to challenge you with this ladies:

“The biggest clue that self-pity is not of God is the word ‘self'”.

Anytime we are focused on ourselves, we draw away the presence of God. Your mind is saying “Its all about me now. I have had enough helping people. Every time I give a helping hand I never get anything back”. Yes we can feel this way at times, but if we continue to have this negative mindset, not only are you killing your spirit, but you are killing the environment that you dwell in, that can therefore have an impact on your relationships between family, intimate ones and friends. Imagine waking up to messages from your loved ones saying they don’t want to associate themselves with you. How would you feel? This could be a wake up call to someone. The way we treat others should always be aligned to Gods will. When talking to your loved ones, ask the Holy Spirit to guide what comes out of your mouth, so that you won’t offend one another. Ensure that they are encouraging, uplifting, and motivating.

When Self is dominant, God is not. It can be seen that we, in effect, have become our own god. C. S. Lewis put it this way: “The moment you have a self at all, there is a possibility of putting yourself first. This includes wanting to be the center, wanting your way all the time. That was the sin of Satan; and that was the sin he taught the human race.”

Up to now so many people are fighting what they can’t handle because they are taking every responsibility they face into their own hands. Others turn to drugs, alcohol, possessions etc. Self-confidence, self-seeking, self-admiration, self-indulgence, self-absorption, and self-love are all symptoms of a fleshly nature that has not yet been fully surrendered to Jesus. If we continue to live this way, we will think we know better for our lives, when it says in His Word that without God we can do nothing, but with Him all things are possible!

When we indulge in self-pity, we have elevated our importance in our own eyes. In Romans 12:3 it says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.” I am not saying that you should belittle yourself, but when we are thinking too highly of ourselves, we  eventually invite life’s hurts and injustices to dictate our emotional state. This is why some people don’t get along with others. When people are excelling, you are hating on them. Why? Because you have chosen not to forgive yourself from self-pity, but you have allowed bitterness to enter into your heart. 1 Thessalonians 5:18-19 tells us that we are not to quench the Holy Spirit.” In other words, we should not grieve the Holy Spirit, but instead, to give thanks in everything. It is impossible to give thanks while clinging to self-pity, because, by definition, a self-indulgent attitude is not focused on gratitude to others. Self-pity cannot be thankful at all for what God has allowed.


I had a revelation this week about where I am in my life, and once I received it, my mind positioned me to think more about others, particularly in this last month of 2014! I encourage you ladies, as we enter into a new year, let our minds be plugged into helping other people. Yes we have needs, we have wants, we have desires, but let us be strongly reminded that we have a God who knows ALL OUR NEEDS even before we open our mouths. He knows our tears, He sees our pain, He sees our silent struggles. But this does not give us the opportunity to sit in doubt and fear worrying about what tomorrow brings, because when you choose to praise God in your hardest moments, He will pour out a blessing that we won’t even have enough room to receive! (Malachi 3:10).


When we reject the impulse to feel sorry for ourselves, it will become an easier process as life goes on. Life provides many opportunities to experience rejection, injustice, and the cruelty of man, because initially, the heart of man is wicked. Our natural response to all this is self-protection, which often results in self-pity. However, we can choose to walk by the Spirit, and make a conscious decision not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16). We can also refuse to indulge into our sinful natures and choose a grateful heart, trusting that “It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose”. (Philippians 2:13). We can look at every opportunity to indulge in self-pity as a chance to defeat that old nature. Instead, we can choose to trust that “God will work everything for the good, to those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

A brief reminder: When you pray, instead of asking God what you want Him to do for you, ask Him what He wants you to do for Him. Try it, and you will see how God will work wonders in your life. Your prayer life is important to God. He will definitely answer. Put Gods needs first, and He will surprise you! He won’t always be specific on when to bless you, but He will ALWAYS be on time!

Do not give yourself the opportunity to be scared!

 

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You won’t be effective in this life if you can’t abide in God. No matter how you feel, it is vital to release the inner pain to God so that He can take the burden away. As we continue our daily lives, we must remember that the enemy is out there trying to plan our downfall. This is why in Ephesians 6, it states that we should put on the full armour of God. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the Spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12).

What am I afraid of? What is stopping me from smiling? What is making me become so lazy? Why aren’t I reaching towards my goals? These questions can spring to mind. It is easy because sometimes we base our past situations to dictate what our future will ‘look like’. In other words, we feel that because we did not receive that promotion in our last position, we may not receive it in a new position. If we keep looking back on our past, remembering the things that we did not receive, it will rob us from our future.

The way you can build your future is how you make it! It starts from within. Fear itself also starts from within. It is not something that someone passes onto you (although at times it can happen), but not as consistently as you give fear the permission to rule your life. God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of love, power and a STRONG MIND! (2 Timothy 1:7).  To some extent in our lives, there are things that will scare us. It could be a loved one who passed away, another job opportunity within in different environment, moving to another country permanently or just worrying about what the future has for you, however fear should push us to seek God even more in times of confusion and doubt.

Fear is a torment from Satan! We must remember that at all times so we can use the Word to fight against it. It is only when you are near to your next blessing, that is where the enemy will come in like a flood to deceive and manipulate you. A strong believer must know what and when God is speaking to them. We must know how to acknowledge our fears and not let it have any opportunity over us. Yes, the fear factor may face you, but it won’t consume you. That is if you do not let it. Until you get your breakthrough, DO NOT GIVE UP! Yes it is easier said than done, but that is our test. When it seems like your blessing is delaying, do you decide to take decisions into your own hands, or would you rather be at peace with yourself and hand it over to God?

This month is the last month of the year! What have you learnt throughout the past 11 months? How have you use your gifts and talents to help and encourage those around you? For me, I have learnt that nothing in this life can satisfy other than Jesus Christ. I have tried to find comfort and satisfaction in jobs, money, clothes, shoes, but none of these last. Yes we do need these things, but they are nothing to be compared to the Kingdom of God. God’s presence is more than enough for me, and I employ you to seek His Kingdom above anything else. As we continue to put God first, blessings will eventually follow us.

You were thinking about how you were going to find your job? But God says if you WAIT upon me, I will renew your strength, and you will mount up like eagles and not grow weary; you will run and not faint (Isaiah 40:31). If you seek me with all your heart, then you will find me. What is it that God cannot do for you today? Why do you feel the need to beat yourself up and cry because you were rejected? Don’t you know that Gods rejection is His protection for you? Why do you look at others envying what they have, not knowing what they have been through behind closed doors to get where they are? If God wanted to give you their blessing, He would have done so. So in the meantime, FOLLOW YOUR OWN LANE! Don’t look at what other people have, but trust God that He will grant your portion in His time, because He wouldn’t give you what you cannot handle.

When we operate in the will of God, we must require patience. I hear this word literally all the time! Patience can be classified as the opposite of fear; the reason being that fearful people are always reluctant and feel the need to get things now, but those who are patient can endure the painful process. We must remember that fear can come from any angle, but we must not bow to it.

If you are feeling scared, worried, anxious, or depressed today, speak to God. Let Him be the one to speak to your heart. Stop trying to figure out everything; how your life will look like in the next 5 years. Don’t put a barrier on what God can do. God won’t always be specific as to when He will bless you. He is a God of surprises and is the one who chooses who He decides to bless in His time! Another way of resisting fear is through speaking in tongues instead of weeping. The enemy doesn’t understand tongues, and it is a great way to communicate with God also. This is one effective way to ‘shout’ away your fear. Remember Jobs attack was a challenge between God and Satan. Do not give the enemy any opportunity in your life. I urge you to lift up your head and TRUST GOD IN YOUR FEARFUL MOMENTS!

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