WOW – Women Of Worth

Find your God given purpose

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Life has to be more than just to be born, grow up, get an education, work on a job, have a house and a family and just die. The truth is that there is a much greater purpose with your life. God has created you unique with unique gifts to fulfill a unique purpose. To find your Gid given purpose is not about coming up with something on your own or work in your own strength but to find and step out into what God already put inside of you and created you for. Your God given purpose is like the hand in the glove, it fits perfectly.

Over all the world people are asking themselves the questions: “Why am I here?” and “What is the meaning, purpose with my life?”. When you look up the meaning of the word “purpose” it says: “the reason why something exists”. All people realize sooner or later that there has to be a greater purpose in life than just to be born, grow up, get an education, work on a job, have a house and a family and just die. The answer is of course that there are but only God and the word of God can give us the answer to what your God given purpose is here on earth.

Before I talk more about what yr specific purpose is I want to share two general purposes all believers have. The first one is to serve, in other words to minister to and help other people. If you certainly want to live an unhappy life then you should live only for yourself. The Bible talked a lot about servanthood because we are all created to serve. To serve other people is one of our general purposes that gives us inner satisfaction. In Matthew 20:26-28 it says: “…whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave, just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many”. When we belong to the kingdom of God a lot of things change. One thing is that to become great you should serve the most. Jesus was our ultimate example in this.

We have all been given unique gifts and talents by God. These gifts are not for ourselves but for others. I believe the best way to serve others is to find out our God given gifts and bless people around us through them. 1 Peter 4:10 says: “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God”.

The other general purpose is that we are all called to spread the gospel. You and I can not decide how many that chooses to receive the gospel and are saved but we can decide to share the gospel and try to win as many as possible. I believe it is time now more than ever for all women to step out into a predestined position and help, along side all men, to spread the kingdom of God. God needs all people on deck to help with the fishing of men before it is too late. Just imagine the sight of seeing a great crowd of women, who’s focus is to spread the gospel, rising up and reach out to people.

With these two general, yet very important, purposes mentioned I want to talk about the specific plan, purpose and calling God has for each and every one. To find your God given purpose is to discover and step into what is already inside you and have been there since your birth. Your God given purpose is like the hand in the glove, it fits perfectly. God has created you unique with unique gifts to fulfill a unique purpose. When we realize this all competition and comparison ends. One of the worst things you can do is to try to be like everybody els. Why try to fit in when God designed you to stand out.

When you get hold of and see your God given purpose it becomes a vision. You can get it through a word from the Lord, through realizing which people you are drawn to, through writing down what you love to do and have a passion for or by realizing what problem upsets you and doesn’t have a solution yet. You, your gifts and your purpose might be the answer to that problem. I encourage you to not give up but pray, seek and knock until you know what you were created to do here on earth. Proverbs 29:18 says: “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”. If you don’t have a vision how can you know where you are going, you will perish. Remember it is not about coming up with something on your own or work in your own strength but to find out and step out into what God already put inside you and created you for.

Your God given purpose is already predestined by God. Psalm 139:16 is a verse that appears in almost all my messages to women because it contains such valuable revelation about our God given purpose: “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them”. How wonderful, before you were born God had a detailed plan for your life. You are not a mistake or coincidence but the eyes of God was on you and all your days were predestined before they had come.

Your God given purpose is given by grace. No matter what God has called us to do is his calling and gifts given by grace, we have not deserved them. 2 Timothy 1:9 says: “…(God) who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace…”. Nobody is more or less qualified in the kingdom of God. God does not see to what men see to but his thoughts and ways are high for all of us. How much we then do with our calling has to do with our response and obedience. But remember no matter what you have done or not done with yr life so far it is never to late to find our, say yes to and fulfill your God given purpose. Romans 11:29 says: “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable”. God’s calling and purpose remains all your life, it is irrevocable. Maybe you have never searched to find it our or maybe you have abandon it,but your God given purpose is still there for you. You can not change your past but you can change your future.

When you have found out your God given purpose I encourage you to not stop there. To find your God given purpose is just the beginning. Act, do something, according to your calling. Start already today! Too many times I meet old people who have lived most of their lives knowing their God given purpose but they are still waiting for God’s timing to take the first step. Understand me correctly, by experience I of course know that God has a specific timing for certain things, but it is no excuse to not do anything year after year. Sometimes I say: “Rather a dint in my forehead caused by running into a closed door than chafing in my but due to sitting too long”. It may sound a little funny but contains a big portion of truth and seriousness. The Bible talks about several people who acted. Peter, despite that he had clothes on and the boat was near the shore, jumped out into the water eager to meet Jesus. Paul was always in the go in Acts 16:6-10: “Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them”.

Let us be women who acts. Let us plan and make concrete goals. What are your answers to following questions: “What do you want to have accomplished before the end of this year? what are your planes the coming year? Where are you and what do y do in five years?. My husband and I makes plans all the time. Plans for coming gospel campaigns, mission trips and different faith challenges. When we have made the plans we pray according to Proverbs 16:3 where it says: “Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established”. We are no naive and believe that all our thoughts will be established but we are convinced that when we reach forward and make concrete plans God will lead us and change our thoughts according to his thoughts.

You are unique with unique gifts for a unique purpose. When you start to cooperate with God by seeking him and his will with your life he will show you his higher thoughts with your life. When you have found your God given purpose, your own lane he designed you to run at, take the first steps today and let us run with endurance with our eyes on Jesus!

Find your God given identity

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You are uniquely created by God and for God. Self image is our opinion or picture of ourselves, while finding your God given identity is about getting hold on God's opinion and picture of us. Everything changes when we start to look at ourselves with the eyes of God. A God given identity is not built up by something you do but by realizing who you already are in God. Your true identity lies not in what other people say, your success or your failures, your childhood, the place you come from, your education or profession ex. You find your true identity in what God says!

Your are uniquely created by God and for God. When he created you he put a piece of himself inside of you. That alone shows how valuable you are. Beyond that God has a lot of positive things to say about you, who you are and what you can do. You are a master piece created with unique gifts, talents and characteristics and with a unique purpose that only you can fulfill here on earth. In reality I believe we already know this but still many people, especially women, live with a wrong picture of themselves where they don’t believe any good can come from their lives. Why is it like this? That question doesn’t have an easy answer but I am convinced that one thing that adds to this wrong notion about ourselves is that we build our self image on what other people think and say, what our society says, what our experiences and our mistakes say when we ought to build our self image and identity on what God says.

Self image is our opinion or picture of ourselves, while finding your God given identity is about getting hold on God’s opinion and picture of us. Everything changes when we start to look at ourselves with the eyes of God. God sees so much more in you than what other people see. In Moses other people saw a murderer but God saw a deliverer and leader for the Israel’s people. When others looked at Abraham they saw an old and childless man while God saw a father to many people. Ester was in other people’s eyes only an orphan when God had chosen her to save the entire Jewish people. In David others, even his own family, only saw a simple shepherd but God anointed him to be a king. I could continue with person after person in the Bible but I think you have understood my point. There is so much more in you than what other people see.

How do we get hold of God’s opinion of us? The answer is that when you and I start to look into the word of God we are changed, because the word of God is living and powerful (Hebr 4:12). Our lower thoughts about ourselves disappear and the one God created you to be appear. A God given identity is not built up by anything you do but when you realize who you already are in God. James 1:25 says: “But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free…”. When we fill ourselves with the truth it makes us free, free to dare to be ourselves. When you find your God given identity our answers to the questions “Who am I?” and “Where do I come from?” changes. Usually our answer to these questions are what we work with or maybe what we like to do in our spare time and that we come from a certain city or country. These answers are not wrong but if we have our identity in what we work with what happens then if we looses our job, get sick or burnt out that we may not be able to work? If we have our identity in the country or family we come from what happens if we meet people who does not approve of our country or doesn’t have any family?

Let us together find out in the word of God who God says we are and where we come from. What God says can be trusted and our lives can be built on it no matter who we meet and what we go through. God says, first of all, in Genesis 1:26 that we are created to his image. Wow, that truth alone is enough to raise our thoughts about ourselves. You are not a cell that has developed and the monkeys are not your ancestors. You have been created by God. He is good, loving and creative and your are created in his image. 1 John 3:1 continues with saying that you are a child of God. No matter how your biological family looks like, you now belong to God’s family. Regardless if your parents wanted you or not, in Psalm 139:16 God says that “his eyes saw your substance, being yet unformed. And in My book they all were written, The days fashioned for you, When as yet there were none of them”. To God your birth was well planned and he has a wonderful plan with your life. There are so many wonderful truths in the word of God that answers the questions “Who you are” and “Where you come from” that all can be summoned with that you are created by God and for God.

To find your God given identity and comfortably be the person God created you to be has many advantages. First of all you stop comparing yourself with others. When you realize what lane God has called you to run in you will no longer focus your energy to look on all the other runners in the other lanes but you will put one foot in front of the other and focus on your own lane. Secondly your performance anxiety disappear. You will no longer have need to perform to feel valuable. We are called to do things for (or with God) but what we do can never be from the perspective that we need to perform that God or other people will love us. Thirdly we stop to seek the approval of other people. Some people never have enough approval and confirmation but are constantly seeking it from everybody and everything. Today we can see a lot of approval seeking through the different social media sites we have. Some are constantly crying out “See me, hear me, confirm me”! Naturally we need each other’s encouragement and affirmation but we can not build our identity on others confirmation. God’s confirmation and approval is enough. Another thing that happens when we find our God given identity is that we don’t care so much about what other people say and think. I can tell you that even if you do everything right some people will still think it’s wrong. Therefore we can not live our lives accordingly to what other people think and say. When we realize how much God loves us and that we are created by him and for him the words of other people looses their importance. The last thing I want to mention, even that there of course are more advantages, is that you will not be easily hurt. I usually say that some people have so big toes that no matter what you do you step on them. When you know who you are in God most words and actions that were send to hurt you just runs off you with no harm done. Just imagine how wonderful that mean words no longer have an effect on you because you know what God says about you and that is all that matters.

Your true identity lies not in what other people say, your success or your failures, your childhood, the place you come from, your education or profession ex. You find your true identity in what God says!

You are who God says you are, have what God says you have and can do what God says you can do!

Mirror mirror on the wall

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What message does your mirror image give you? Are you beautiful enough, thin enough, smart enough and anointed enough? A good self image, self esteem and self confidence is not built up by something from the outside, even if we many times believe that, but when we understand, through reading the word of God, who we already are in God. You and I can change our picture of ourselves when we the word of God becomes our mirror.

We all know about Snow white. Every day in front of the mirror Snow white’s step mother asks: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all”. For many years the mirror answers her that she is the fairest in the country but when Snow White grows up the mirror changes its message that Snow white is the fairest woman. This makes the step mother so mad that she even divides to kill her own step daughter.

Maybe you say that this only happens in the fairy-tails. The question is how far from the reality the fairy-tail about Snow white is today? Young girls almost (and women in all ages) starve themselves to death due to what the mirror tells them. Other women pay tens of thousands do remake their appearance through cosmetic operations. Media pumps out a vicious ideal of beauty that makes most girls and women feel bad about themselves when they look in the mirror.

Research shows that women look at themselves in the mirror up to seventy times a day. Yes, you read correctly. I also had to read it twice before I could take it in, seventy times a day. Of course it varies between different women, but no matter if it is seventy or ten times a day we have to admit that we have a hard time not to look at ourselves when we pass the bedroom mirror, the bathroom mirror, the hall mirror, the shop window or the car window.

The question how many times you look in the mirror is not the important one to answer but what you see when you look in the mirror? It doesn’t have to be about your outside but also what you see about your inside. What is the picture you have about yourself? Maybe you see that you are not good enough, strong enough, beautiful enough or anointed enough. Can you change the picture you and I have about ourselves? I am convinced that you can. The Bible says that with God nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).

You and I can change our picture of ourselves when we the word of God becomes our mirror. It is the word of God and only the word of God that gives you the true picture of who you really are. Just imagine if we would read, meditate on and speak out the word of God over our lives as often as we look in the mirror. It would definitely change us and the picture we have about ourselves. In James 1:25 (NLT) we read: “But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free…”. The perfect law, the word of God, sets you free. John 8:32 says: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. A wrong picture of ourselves can bind and hold us back from serving God fully. But the truth sets us free. When you fill yourself with the word of God things start to happen inside of you. Hebrews 4:12 says: “For the word of God is living and powerful…”. When you and I choose to read and believe the word of God it starts to live, work and change us. Our eyes change and we start to see what God sees when he looks at us. A good self image, self esteem and self confidence is not built up by something from the outside, even if we many times believe that, but when we understand, through reading the word of God, who we already are in God.

God has a wonderful plan with your life. A plan where he wants you to live whole and secure. A plan where you can live in total freedom. A plan where you can love yourself and others like yourself. A plan where God wants to use you. When we fill ourselves with the word of God we start I see and believe in that plan. Everything starts with you seeing yourself with the eyes of God. I encourage you to daily look yourself in the mirror of Gods word. Let the truth set you free, free to serve God and be the woman of God you were created to be.

With our eyes on the eternity!

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Whatever we do in this life will in one way or another echo into eternity. Life here In earth is short compared with the eternity. Let us live for the things which have eternal value!

Have whatever engage our thoughts, our focus and our time eternal value? Colossians 3:2 exhort us: “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth”.

When you and I “set our minds on things above”, when we set our eyes on the eternity, our thoughts change, what we do with our time and money change, our decisions change and our focus change. Everything in our lives change when we decide to give our everything for the “things above”. That which has been important to us before fades in comparison with the things which have eternal value.

When I was twenty years old I preached the gospel for the very first time. I remember it as it was yesterday. We preached in a school and six fifteen year old girls responded to the altar call. These girls, including their families and relatives, were Hindus and had been worshipping idols for generations, but that night they confessed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and their eternity was changed forever. The same night when I had gone to bed I couldn’t sleep anything. The happening at the school a few hours earlier was replayed inside of me again and again. Even that I was just a young, uneducated girl who knew very little English and who hadn’t been to Bible school, could God use me to do something that will echo into eternity. That night’s experience knocked out everything else I had experienced before and I knew that I was marked for life. There was nothing else I could do with my life. I had to do what I could do to change people’s eternity.

All people will one day face eternity. The question is what kind of eternity will they face? The Bible is very clear. It is with a great sincerity that John writes in Revelation 20:15 that to be saved and go to heaven we all must have our names written in the book of life. There is only one way to get your name written in the book of life and that is to believe in and call upon the name of Jesus! You and I can change people’s eternity and fill the book of life with new names, by giving our everything that the gospel will reach all people!

Let us do everything we can to save people for eternity. Let us not be consumed by things in our every day life but live with our eyes on the eternity.

God-confidence

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God has a wonderful plan with your life! One of the strategies of the enemy to stop you from stepping out into this plan is to build up a negative stronghold in your mind that you don't believe anything good about yourself. Whoever you are and how bad self-esteem you may have, you can get a "God-confidence". A God-confidence is not developed by anything you do but when you realize who you already are in and through Jesus...

I long to see more women in the Lord’s service and have therefore asked myself and God why so few women do what they are called to do. Which hindrances need to be removed? I am convinced that one of the most effective strategies our enemy uses that women may not step out into their calling is to build strongholds in their mind that give us a wrong and negative picture of ourselves. Maybe you are one of them that don’t think that you are good enough. Many women I meet is struggling with a low self-esteem and need to exchange it to a confidence in God and a belief in themselves. We need to build up a, what I like to call the made up word, “God-confidence”.

Whoever you are and how bad self-esteem you may have, you can also get a God-confidence. In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 we read: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”. Regardless what strongholds or arguments that the enemy has worked hard to build into your mind, maybe even since your childhood, the weapons you have are mighty to bring down those strongholds and set you free. To build up a God-confidence you need to bring every negative thought about yourself into captivity, i.e. not letting them wandering around freely in your mind, but instead exchange them to God’s thoughts about you.

What are God’s thoughts about you? Everything the word of God has to say about you. God starts already in the book of Genesis with telling you that you are created in His image (Gen 1:26). God is good, loving, strong, creative…and you are created in His image. The word of God says that He has higher ways and thoughts for you (Isa 55:8). God’s word says that you are loved (1 John 4). It says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14). The word of God says you are called (2 Tim 1:9). God’s word says that you are chosen (15:16). The word of God says that through Jesus you can do all things (Fil 4:13). The list can be made long with all the marvelous things the word of God has to say about you and me, but we have to read and fill our minds with these lovely truths. When we do that a God-confidence is created. A God-confidence is not built up by anything you do but when you realize who you already are in and through Jesus.

A woman with a God-confidence is difficult to stop. She doesn’t care what other people think and say. She doesn’t compare herself with others. She knows that she doesn’t need to perform to be loved. A woman with a God-confidence has passed the stage where life only is about herself and sees and helps others. She sees every challenge as an opportunity to grow. She doesn’t let mistakes stop her, but rises after every fall. A woman with a God-confidence steps out into all the wonderful things God has planned for her.

Who doesn’t want all these qualities? Don’t let a bad self-esteem and a wrong picture of yourself hinder you any longer. Start already today to through the Word of God build up a God-confidence. Let us be women who do what God has called us to do!

Chosen for a time like this

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You don't need to be very prophetic to see that we are living in the last days. We all need to do our part to bring in the harvest. Now more than ever is God calling on us women to rise up and believe that we are chosen for a time like this. Let us follow the example of Esther in the Bible and take courage and respond to God's calling to save people!

Just imagine being chosen, not by any human but by God himself. Chosen to make Jesus known, the most important mission on earth. Chosen, no matter who you are or what your background look like. Chosen, for a time like this!

Esther was a simple, orphan girl who won God’s and the king’s favor. She became queen and lived in a palace when she heard the calling of God, through Mordecai’s voice, to enter the king’s palace to appeal for the Jewish people who were threatened to be exterminated. Esther hesitates in the beginning because it was forbidden to enter the palace without the king’s permission. Whoever did that would be killed. When she hesitates Mordecai raises his voice once more and says in Esther 4:14 “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” When Esther hears this she realize that it is God who is calling on her and decides to enter the king’s palace. Even that it meant a risk for her own life she was willing to do her part to save the Jewish people.

Just like Esther we can also hesitate to believe and do great things for God. Maybe we also are afraid of what it will cost us. God gives Esther a second chance to say yes to what he calls her to do and she decides to do it. Even if you have hesitated to do what God has called you to do, I believe that you reading this is God’s way of reminding you to believe in Him and dare to do what he is calling you to do.

When we continue reading in the book of Esther we see a wonderful ending. Because Esther dared to go into the king’s palace the Jewish people was saved from destruction. Just like Esther’s, our mission is to save people. No matter what gifts God has put in you and whatever calling you have, we are all called to save other people by telling them about Jesus.

During the fourteen years I have been preaching and serving God I have realized that it isn’t about my own strength or power but my willingness to have the right heart. Second Chronicles 16:9 says: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”

You don’t need to be very prophetic to be able to se all signs that tell us that we are living in the last days. In these last days we are all needed to do our part of bringing in the harvest. I am convinced that now more than ever the Lord is calling on us women to join the harvest work. I am convinced that we will see how a big crowd of women rises up and, shoulder to shoulder with all men, take their position in the Kingdom of God. Let us, just like Esther, believe in God and dare to go and do whatever he calls us to do. Let us believe that we are chosen, for a time like this.

Think about what you think about

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Our thoughts affect our lives more than we can imagine. That is why it is so important for us to think about what we think about. You and I can choose which thoughts we allow in our mind and get rid of wrong thought. Let us choose God's higher thoughts for our lives!

Have you ever thought about what you think about? Research shows us that we are thinking around 65 000 thoughts every day. Most of the thoughts you think today you also thought yesterday, because we people are used to do as we always do. If this research is true or not it still gives us a hint about how important it is what we go around and think about. Many of us go around with wrong thoughts about ourselves, God or about other people.

Our thoughts affect our lives more than we think and that’s why it’s so important to reflect over what we go around and think about. I am convinced that we can deliberately choose which thoughts we allow in our mind and that we can get rid of wrong thoughts that affect our lives negatively. The Bible says: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.

Our enemy knows how important our thoughts are and does everything he can to send all kinds of negative thoughts into our minds. The Bible says that he shoots fiery darts against us (Eph 6:16). These fiery darts is not factual darts, but negative and wrong thoughts that contradict the Word of God, which he shoots into our minds. The thoughts are not totally untrue but his strategy is to use our negative circumstances versus the promises of God and make us believe that what we see, hear and experience is the truth rather than the Word of God. Maybe you have been struggling to change your life in some area and it goes very slowly, then the enemy is there immediately to give you his thoughts to give up and make you believe that God is not with you. Maybe a friend has let you down lately and you feel alone, directly the enemy is there to sow in his false thoughts that you are unloved and nobody likes you. Perhaps you experience the calling of God on your life but you see no way to fulfill it, then the enemy comes and shoots his fiery darts that you are not called and you will never do anything for God. It doesn’t matter what we are struggling with in life: health, marriage, provision or self esteem etc. our enemy knows exactly when and how he shall bring us down by shooting his fiery darts into our mind.

If you don’t reflect over what you go around and think about and compare it with what the Word of God says you will easily become a prey for the enemy, which results in you receiving and believing his thoughts as the truth. BUT there is a way to expose him and exchange his negative thoughts to God’s thoughts. In Romans 12:2 it says: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

To not be “conformed to this world” and become a victim of all these negative thoughts that wants to fill us, we need to renew our mind. There is no better way of renewing our mind than to read the Word of God daily. But don’t stop there. Read the Word of God, memorize it and speak it out loud. Write the promises of God down concerning areas where you need to change your thoughts and put them on your mirror or on your fridge and read them every time you pass. The Word of God changes your thoughts and develops faith in God that He has a wonderful plan for your life. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8-9.

I encourage you to already today make a decision that from now on you are done with being ruled by negative thoughts no matter where they have come from and how long they have been in your mind. Choose to change your thoughts to God’s higher thoughts for you, your life and your future!

There is a way through

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Whatever you are facing right now there is a way through! Don't focus on the problem but on the problem solver. Together with God everything is possible. Speak out the Word and promises of God over your life and situation and you will se your Red Sea divided.

We all know that life goes up and down. Sometimes everything just runs, then it is easy to praise and thank God for all of His blessings. But sometimes we go through harder passages, God seems far away and we wonder if there is a way through all this. No matter how bad your circumstances may look, how big your problem seem or how hard passage you are going through, there is a way through!

When Moses and the Israel people left for the promised land they didn’t know what a long and hard walk lied ahead of them. They were about to meet many impossible situations where only God could help them. You and I are also on our way to our promised land, just like the Israel people, we also face a lot of situations that, for us, seem totally impossible. It is in those situations that God gets the opportunity to show us His miraculous power. The Word of God says: “For with God nothing will be impossible”
Luke 1:37.

This passage from the Bible, you will read below, talks about such an impossible situation. When we enter the story the Israel people have walked far and are very tired only to find the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptian army, wanting to kill them, behind them.

“And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea…” Ex 14:13-16

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.” Ex 14:21-22

Just like the Israelites we also react with fear and want to give up when we face problems and hard circumstances. But through Moses God encourage them not to look at the problems but to look to Him and they saw with their own eyes how God turns an impossible situation into a great miracle. The Israel people saw God making a way where there was no way!

This is yours and my God! Whatever you are going through there is a way through. Don’t focus on the problem but on the problem solver. Moses only had a simple rod in his hand but with God’s help he could divide a whole sea. You and I have so much more. We have the Word of God which is filled with power and works today and we have the name above every name, the name of Jesus. In the same way God told Moses to lift his rod, stretch out his hand and divide the sea you and I can lift up our rod, take the promises of God and speak them out over our life and situation. Then we we also see our Red Sea divided!

This is what I’ve been practicing when I’ve faced impossible situations. I have taken the Word of God and spoken it out over my situation until I have seen the sea divided and just like the Israel people did I have also gone through on dry ground. You also try and don’t give up until there is a way through.

You are what you eat

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We are all aware of that what we eat will affect our bodies and lives in one way or another. In the same way will what we "eat" - read and listen to - affect our spiritual lives. Let's fill ourselves with things that will help and edify us!

Some time ago there was a program, far from popular with everyone, on TV called “You are what you eat”. It was led by a woman called Anna and the purpose of the program was to help people change their life style mainly when it came to what they ate. Anna was quite tough and threw away most of the things the people she visited had in their fridge and kitchen cupboard and exchanged it for healthy things they hade never eaten before.

You may have an opinion about these kind of programs but the truth is that they have helped a lot of people loosing weight, but more important than that, when they exchange their junk food to healthy food they feel a lot better and their lives are improved. I believe it’s the same in our spiritual lives. Just like the things we eat will affect our bodies and lives either positive or negative, will the things we “eat” – what we listen to, watch or read – affect our spiritual lives.

Some years ago I was sitting talking with one of my former pupils. She, who had at the time we were talking become an adult, told me something that I have been reminded of many times. She told me how she, during a period of time in her life, started to develop a bad attitude against other people and that wrong words started to come out of her mouth more often, even that she didn’t want to. This was not the kind of person she wanted to be or how she wanted to act against others. She thought a lot about it and after a while she realized that she had almost stopped reading her Bible and instead started watching TV every day. She understood that there was a connection between what she “ate” with her eyes and what kind of attitude she had developed. Immediately she changed her diet back to eating the Word of God again, as she used to do, and reduced her time watching TV and she was surprised how fast her behavior, words and attitude changed and became positive again.

I think we all can recognize ourselves in her story. Sometimes, maybe even often, we do and say things we don’t want to and it makes us sad. Nobody wants to go around with a wrong attitude and hurt other people. Maybe you have been wondering where this behavior has come from and why you can’t get rid of it. I am certain that our attitude and behavior has to do with what we “eat”.

The Bible is full of verses which speaks about this. In first Corinthians is says that all things are lawful but all things don’t help or edify (1 Cor 10:23). In Galatians we can read about sowing and walking in the Spirit or in the flesh and what results out of it (Gal 5:16), 6:8). Jesus also talks about it when he says that by the fruit you know the tree (Luke 6:44). When God speaks to us through His word it is out of love not condemnation. He knows what is best for all of us. We have a free will to do whatever we want but I’m convinced that when we follow our instruction book, the Bible, we feel the best.

There is no other time, as spring, when magazines are filled with receipts and methods to become healthier. I don’t believe in any “Five steps to become fit” or “Three ways of loosing weight” but I do believe that small changes in our diet can really change how we feel and improve our health. This is also true when it comes to our spiritual life together with Jesus.

Let us make the decision together. Let us take a step in the right direction and change our spiritual diet. Let us fill our lives with healthy things such as reading the Bible, Christian literature, listening to Christian teachings and worship. I have made the decision, have you?

From my heart
/Hanna Bloom