Unprecedented

Times are changing! The days seem to reflect a time that many of us have never seen before. The word as many seem to be throwing around is “unprecedented.” It literally means “never done or never known“. For the majority of the world, a virus, like that of covid19 and its effects to keep us housebound and somewhat fearful is new. Whilst many have never experienced it, does that mean that we really had no foreknowledge of this kind of thing happening?laimannung-2SPMb1WqOoI-unsplash

There are various conspiracy theories but, we’re not here to talk about them. We have knowledge that these times are to come. And how you may ask? Through the Bible. In Matthew 24 verse 7, it sounds the alarms of earthquakes and diseases and famines. Some are still in disbelief, but having seen them manifest in our lifetime, can one still even cry coincidence? Where some attribute these disasters to climate change and whatnot, I think it presumptuous. Mankind has managed to come up with some diabolical and ingenious feats but to accredit to them; hurricanes and other natural disasters are to give them too much power and praise.

Deep down We know the truth, but man’s separation from God, because of sin, permits them to deny the prophetic word of God. I say “we” due to that fact that; if people who choose to live outside the bounds of “God’s will” are honest they will tell us they just don’t want God: hence their reason for their state of unbelief. Its mere disobedience, better yet rebellion. With that being said, if we put bias aside and look at the evidence before us, it’s as they say, “the writing is on the wall”, in a layman’s terms it’s written in the bible. “For all scripture is given by God and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2nd Timothy 3 verse 16).” I quote this to say that we’re always debating the validity of the bible and though some would say “I cannot use the book to prove its truth,” I can. Inherently, the word of God points the absolute reason why men deny its truth. They hate correction and love unrighteousness. These are the said factors stated in the scripture deems to help us navigate through life.

Other prophecies that the bible mention have been fulfilled. Famines and Wildfires and diseases, the bible says are just the beginning of birth pains. This book was written so long ago. With great accuracy, it has predicted Israel becoming a nation again and many. To go into detail would require extensive writing and I’d rather not stray from the points closely relating to covid19.  Sceptics will say that “disasters” have always been around. Though true, it coincides with the other prophecies that are happening simultaneously. Some of these diseases we’ve experienced before have returned: scarlet fever and measles being two.

Things like the ” second coming of Jesus“, the increase in knowledge as well as technology is foretold. There is no denying; the age we live in and the vast amount of knowledge or information that exists. These, might I add are readily available to us. Sure, we haven’t yet seen the return of Christ. For those walking close to the edge, away from God, I implore you to use the time you have and think. Death is now, more real than ever. Count the cost, especially in light of the coronavirus. Look at the signs that are clearly before us and go search the scriptures for yourselves with real desperation to know the truth. As for my fellow believers, we are held accountable when we who know what the book says don’t do what it says or even share the hope that the book speaks about. Let’s not get slack and if we are, it’s time to get active!

Hope is Rising

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In 2017 I was at a place of despair. It’s crazy to think that I am writing this about myself on this blog format. I am normally personal through poetry, but this time, in as simple English as possible, let’s get personal.

So in 2017 as I said before I was at a place of despair. What? But Nicolette, You were a Christian even then! Yes, I was and still am for your information. I am and will never be exempt from anything life throws at us. As long as we’re involved, something’s bound to go wrong/ human beings; we break things, people and hearts and I was definitely heartbroken.

Trauma had set in. The dormant parts of my life that I thought I had under control, soon erupted causing me to relive past offences over and over again. Memories I was shocked existed, crept out of their holes. Like spiders in the corners of your house chilling in their webs, waiting for their prey to struggle to the death, so did these memories have me, my mind and I was almost consumed.    

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God saved me from my sins and is delivering me daily from the things that were laid upon me. I have mentioned before that even Christians are not without the issues of life nor the issues of people and violations. The bible says that we should hold on because we will overcome the trouble. It says that we do because Christ has overcome the world (John 16 verse 33. I have had to climb through the dirt and rubble of depression and anxiety. My faith wasn’t non-existent but my mind and body were just tired. I laid there with tears in my eyes and the feeling of someone digging a hole from underneath me. It was then I cried out to my God. The foundations of my faith had remained. Scriptures upon scriptures written upon my heart brought to recollection that Hope is risen.

Everything I was feeling at that moment was not permanent but temporary and soon would pass. Many times we make permanent decisions in temporary places. The words tried to come and eventually all that slipped out was “God I know what Your word says, help me!” I was not without counselling and I definitely prayed and to this date pray that I won’t slip back into that state. That was 2017. it’s now 2020 and I continue to fight against trauma and flashbacks, but I know I have hope because of Jesus. He went through suffering and pain temporarily. He went to the grave temporarily only to permanently defeat death, the and hell. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weakness…” Hebrews 4 verse 15 and so I remember this and know that I too can get through. In the end, it says in Revelation 12 verse 11 that one of the things that cause us as believers to win is the blood of the lamb (Jesus Christ).

 I did want to give up. I almost did, but I’m glad I didn’t. As time went on I was able to face 2018 and by 2019 I realised that the devil sometimes wants to kill the potential in you. I don’t even want to give him too much credit, but this trial tried to break me for sure. The true test of faith the bible speaks of is said to come by fiery trials (1st Peter 1 verse 7). I think its fair to say that I have experienced some fiery trials. Will be the last time I’m tested? I doubt it. I know that it’s hard, however, I’ve experienced hope rising in my life every day since. I will be able to pull through because experience, as they say, brings wisdom. Maybe not for all but for most. And, now I look on to 2020 with hope and love and gratefulness for life.

 I understand that if I hadn’t built my foundation on Christ I would be lost. If I had given up I would have missed out on dating this great person in my life. I would’ve forfeited my destiny and all that God has in store for me. What’s that you ask? We’ll just have to wait and see. “For eye has not seen ear has not heard nor has entered into the heart of man what is prepared for them who love Him.” 1st Corinthians 2 verse 9.   

Resolutions

With the new year in full swing, I wonder how many have already given up on their resolutions? Or have you even begun? It would come as no surprise that many of us say we will do this or not do that but by weeks 2 or 3 we’ve given up. But, is that what resolution means?

The definition runs along the lines of making up one’s mind to do or not to do something. Other words like intention, resolve, decision and aspiration are synonymous with the term, but the one we want to focus on is that of resolve. This points us to opportunity and not only that but a fresh start and since our main aim as Christians is to give people an opportunity to meet Christ, we can also look at the other side of the word which speaks on making amends.

Our resolutions vary from weight loss to learning new things. These are not bad in themselves. However, our aim really should be on what is eternal for the bible states that we are to set your minds on the thing above, not on things on earth Colossians 3 verse 2. In making a resolution we are saying we will begin to prioritize certain things but what we should prioritize is a relationship with Christ.

To the new believer, we urge you on this journey as you walk with Jesus. Begin by making Him number one. This involves a simple decision to pray more or even setting aside time to delve into the scriptures. Don’t worry if you miss a couple of days because no one starts off running. Remember that we are saved by grace through faith not by what we do (Ephesians 2 verses 8 and 9).

To the older believer, is Christ still your everything? We too need to make haste to put our lives in order. Christ needs to still be the centre of our lives.  He isn’t going to accept our putting the world before Him because the world’s standards are not His and He does not change with the times. We see this in the word of God in Hebrews 13 verse 8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.” We are in greater danger of idolatry because we are in the know. We have been exposed to the truth of the gospel and sin and whatever we prioritize above Christ replaces God in our lives. Our God is a jealous God and desires that we have no other God Exodus 34 verse 14. Take care not to lower the place of God in your life.

The best thing one can do is to resolve their relationship with Christ. You may think that it’s too late to begin this resolution but the bible says; the mercies of the Lord are new every morning ( Lamentation 3 verses 22 and 23). Unlike the world who may criticize you for not sticking to your decision, as long as there is breath in you there is an opportunity to make amends with God but don’t leave it because now is the day of salvation 2nd Corinthians 6 verse 2 and we do not know if we will see tomorrow (James 4 verses 13 and 14).

 

TGFF

Its Easter time and whilst many are consumed with chocolate eating, hot crust buns or like my fellow Jamaicans; bun and cheese, the real reason for Easter is Jesus. Some may say why is everything about Jesus? All things were created by Him and for Him Colossians 1 verse 16. Your life is not your own you were bought with a price 1st Corinthians 6 verse 20. So like Christmas points to CHRIST so does Easter. SO if you’re thinking Good Friday is just a day to sleep in you’re wrong. Its the day we commemorate the crucifixion of the Jesus. Whilst we were lying,stealing, fornicating, hating each other, coveting others, Jesus was hanging bleeding suffering in our stead. Death is sad but the only death that gives life eternally happened and we should remember everyday but more especially today. Thank God For Friday.

 

 

A kingdom of segregation?

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We live in such a beautifully but messed up world. One of the greatest blunders in human history is racism. Whether you call it colour consciousness, light skin, dark skin or even in-between it all stems from racism. It is no wonder why people are always so kinked in themselves about other races who make themselves seem superior to others. Let’s be clear, I’m talking about black and white. It would be great if I could just say that in 2018 things should be different, and so hope to change the mindsets of mankind. However, I know the deal! I know that nothing can ever repay for lives lost and stolen through slavery. Not to mention the injustice many still face. From police killings to inequalities in the workplace, many black people still feel stuck and so they are angry towards whites and would rather stay as far as possible. “No mixing,” they say and even the church is impacted by this.

Bringing the world into the church

There are certain attitudes expected from people of the church and people of the world. I know all too much about this and have seen how many times we transfer our worldliness to the church and expect for God to be pleased with us. You cannot function as a child of God whilst harbouring these kinds of feelings. It boils down to whether you are just religious or whether you have a relationship with God.

Every true believer should know that they are to love their neighbour as their selves Matthew 22 verse 39. How can you claim to love God whom you have not seen and hate your brother who you see? 1st John 4 verse 20. It is the call for us to not use carnal “fleshy” nature to combat issues of life.Where others seek retaliation and vengeance, we should instead put on forgiveness and allow the love of Christ to rule in us. This makes for maintaining the testimony of Christ.

To say that in the melting pots of western societies there is still that deep segregation within the church is shameful. There should not be an all Nigerian Church or an all “White” church, especially in the communities around me, but that is what you will find. I know it is easier to speak to someone who is similar to you, but if winning souls is your aim as a church (which it should be as it is our first priority as children of God) why are you not stepping out of the box to reach these souls as well. They say there is a place for everyone but what if your church is the only place these people can receive the gospel? Are you going to shun them because they look different or because you feel different towards them?

A Gospel for all

I am always drawn to John 3 verse 16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that WHOEVER believes in Him can have everlasting life.” The Gospel is for EVERYONE and not just some. Not Just blacks or whites or Asians or the in-between alone but for ALL. I think this slips the minds of many believers today. Imagine if Christ said only blacks could receive salvation or vice versa, the majority of us would be in trouble and God would not be seen as the loving God He is. In His mercy, He has made salvation inclusive because He only made one race but because of sin and mankind’s stupidity, we see this filtering through the church.

I have had a few discussions about this with people and it baffles me that some are so consumed with what they want from God. How do you expect God to bless you when you won’t even obey Him. One of the greatest commandments is “…Love thy neighbour as thyself” Matthew 22 verse 39. As this is a commandment, you would expect this to be a high priority, but as this involves us making ourselves uncomfortable it becomes somewhat redefined to be “love the people around me, the people who are like me.”

I do understand that many white folks don’t want to hear the gospel and the truth is that more black folks go to church, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t one who wouldn’t be open to receiving it. Our job is not to be the judge but to be the bearers of the message issued by the almighty judge Himself. Whether they accept it or not is up to the individual and we pray that they do. The world may be singing this song of “stay in your lane and I in mine” but the church’s song should be different.

After this, I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7 verse 9. This is one verse that has stuck in my mind since the beginning of my walk with Christ. If this is a picture of what heaven is going to be like shouldn’t you be preparing yourself now. Hating people and keeping yourself distance is a hindrance to obtaining heaven.

Who do you resemble?

Two wrongs don’t make a right. Avoiding others because of what they’ve done to you or retaliating, in the same manner, is not the way we should react as the church. No matter how justified you may feel it goes back to the point of sacrifice. Just as we are undeserving of God’s love and mercy, nevertheless Christ came and gave Himself in our stead. So, looking at His example-ship we should imitate Christ as Paul says in 1st Corinthians 11 verse 1. Show love, grace and mercy. 

I know that there are going to be those who just don’t care. They blame mixing for societies confusion but if they really looked to God they’ll see that the world wants to label everything and everyone. In order to find where your true identity is, look to your creator and don’t rely on society because they have lost their way. This is why it is so important to keep the world and the church separate. I digress. If after the flood Noah and all his children went in the same direction we wouldn’t have all this mess. We are all the same we just look different and that is the beauty of the HUMAN RACE!

God vs logic

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26 KJV
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As a young woman I’ve faced many obstacles that to many people are unimaginable. When it comes to seeing God move in the impossible I’m a witness so take it from me, if He has done it before who says He can’t do it again. God’s word is spirit and we need to trust the word rather than focusing on our natural man which only points out the facts of life when God’s word is clearly above the logic of man

Who are you?

Many people like to say I’m a child of God and yet they live a distant life from God the father. Wouldn’t you be expected to know your father and no not on a shallow level. You are only a child of God when you accept Christ for outside of Christ we are enemies of God because of sin. I say this to make you choose where would you stand as children, partakers of the inheritance of Jesus or outside the family of God. The thing is its not that God doesn’t love you, it’s that you choose to try and live abandoned.

 

 

When it comes to the kingdom!

1. In the world men seem to be quick with their approach with women. The chat up lines seem to come as fast as we can draw our next breath. Sometimes she doesn’t even have to be attractive but as long as she’s got chest they’re at it. She doesn’t even have to be a good woman by world’s view but they’re so eager to go and fornicate. In the Kingdom (Church) this is however very different. There are virtuous women in abundance but these “brothers” don’t seem to move. As much as one would say to themselves “I like her”, he will wait and wait and wait before he does anything. Soon they find themselves in a situation where the woman is snatched up by some other brother who knows how to take initiative. They’re then left feeling regret and moaning constantly “if only”! 2. Another of our many faults as Christians is that we are not as eager about the things of God as we would be with the things of this world. We would for example, prepare weeks or even days for an event, whether it be a rave, part concert or whatever the world deems as fun. When it comes to praying, reading the word of God or even telling people about the Gospel this is another story. We drag our feet and we do it with so much apathy. But, in all honesty, we are all guilty of this. We’re guilty of neglecting prayer because according to some its boring or too long and reading the bible is likewise the same. We shy away from telling people about the Gospel/Jesus because  of fear of rejection. This is linked into my 3rd point. this is that we are embarrassed about telling people because we don’t want to be rejected. the sad truth is that many will reject the Gospel and tell you to shut up but you have to push through. Another thing is that there is a lack of confidence. Its funny how you see young people on the streets promoting all sorts of ridiculous things without shame and the one thing that’s suppose to actually be of use to us we don’t want to do because “we’re embarrassed”. (song) “its a little bit funny”, (lol) . 4. This point that I’m about to make, ties in a lot with my first point. Because men in the church won’t act they leave a lot of women waiting which made me think about how anxious women are in the church in comparison to the world. In the world women are looking for good men to settle down with and by this I mean what the world thinks a good man is. The nice guy with the nice job, car and good upbringing. This market of guys is larger in comparison to the market of guys in the church. These are the “real”  good guys. They are saved, they are doing something for the kingdom and they have some of the other stuff too (job, car etc).  Because women in church are no longer looking in the market of the world, and the ratio of men to women in church is lower women tend to be filled with anxiety about marriage and children. I am neither married nor do I have any children and so I can say that as a single woman that’s something I get anxious about. That’s why keeping a woman waiting is selfish. Men don’t think about the fact that women cant produce after a certain time but instead are wrapped up in themselves and the fact that they can have children at anytime. Selfish!