Romans 8:18-23 teaches us that “our current sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that is to be revealed”. The world was introduced to sin and corruption in the garden of Eden. Through the scripture, we know the that creation eagerly awaits freedom. The freedom that comes from the “new heaven and the new earth”. In Revelations 21, God tells us about the Hold City, the new Jerusalem. God is preparing a new home for us (His people). He will live with us and us with Him, every tear will be wiped away (vs.4 ‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death.’ (Isaiah 25:8) And there will be no more sadness. There will be no more crying or pain. Things are no longer the way they used to be.”) God is preparing creation for a new life with Him in heaven. Nothing we’re exercising now can compare to what will be revealed. Let us wait patiently and fervently on the Lord.

Revelations 21: 5 says “He who was sitting on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”…Write this down. You can trust these words. They are true”. Trust God wholeheartedly and wait upon Him.

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“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful”.Colossians 4:2

Sometimes prayers are answered differently than we asked, but God is faithful in answering”. God will direct our paths and keep us in His mercy, strength, and love. (James Banks). Trust God to take control of every situations and every prayer. 1 Chronicles 16:11 says “look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always”. Seek God in everything even in our most difficult moments.

Jemeisha Williams

God Is Able

Whatever is a negative in our lives, God can turn it into a positive. Maybe you are facing issues in a relationship, finances, school, employment, forgiveness, the list goes on, God is able! He is able to turn any problem into a blessing. Often times, we take a good look at our circumstance and believe they have power over our lives. Truth is that God holds all the power. He holds the divine power of healing and the power of blessings. Whatever you are facing, know that God is able!

Prayer is key in any situation. Prayer is necessary in our relationship with God and gets us through difficult times as well as allow us to give thanks in good times. Through prayer, we are asking God to intercede and take control of our lives. We are asking Him to help us through difficult times and to also provide us with the strength to get through. There is nothing God cannot do.

Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Take a good, close look at this scripture. It is saying that no matter the circumstance, how big or small it may seem, we can overcome any obstacle in life through our Lord and saviour because he is where all our help and strength cometh from. God will supply all our needs and supply in us the strength to battle and get through any difficult situation. This doesn’t mean that at the snap of a finger, all our problems will vanish. But, rather that with God on our side, we can fight and overcome all obstacles.

Stay encouraged through all life’s circumstance and remain faithful knowing the God is in complete control and that together you can be victorious.

God Is Able!

Jemeisha Williams 

 

When we defend the vulnerable and the marginalized, we give them a chance to realize their potential. We show them real love, and in a small but significant way we reflect the very heart of Jesus -(Daily Bread Devotion, 2016)

Fear in the Lord, Drives out Fear

What are you fearful about?

Perhaps, you fear an illness, safety, finances or relationships. Despite how many different methods you try to ease your worries, only one thing is effective enough. That is fearing the Lord.

Fear in God means to trust in him. Trusting in his word,promises and that He is in complete control. It also means to focus on him. Reading and mediating on God’s word.

In Psalm 34 David teaches God’s children about fearing the Lord in our walk with him. Verses 4 says “I sought the Lord and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears”. when we seek the Lord He is good and faithful in delivering us through our circumstances. He is the only one who can provide us with an everlasting joy. He is our true comforter and provider. So, whatever you fear know that God can deliver you through it. Nothing is to great for God.“we can take refuge in christ because He is good.” v8.

I encourage each and everyone to invest all your trust in God and believe that He is working it out for you.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for each circumstance. They are reminders that you are working in my life and that I need you. I pray that you will deliver me from all my fears. I place all my worries in your hands, trusting that you will take care of me. Grant me peace and joy despite what I am facing and I pray that I will take refuge in you. 

-Ask God to free you from your fears (Daily Bread Devotional, 2016)

Jemeisha Williams 

Why does this generation need a sign?

“Why does this generation need a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” -Mark 8: 12

Why does this generation need a sign? We should all ask ourselves this question. Why do we need a sign? If the word isn’t enough for us to believe in God and accept his son as our savour, then, what else is greater enough to inspire us to believe?

In Mark 8: 1-10, Jesus fed over four thousand people who followed him. He took seven loaves of bread and a few small fish and did the most important thing before feeding the people, he blessed the food. God heard his son’s prayer of blessing and responded by multiplying the little they had to feed each individual and have left over.

However, despite hearing of what Jesus had did and of all his works the Pharisees tried to test Jesus by asking him for a sign. A sign of what? That he was the son of God,  or that what they heard about Jesus was true? Despite their reason for needing a sign, Jesus asked an important question in verse 12 “why does this generation need a sign?” So, I ask the same question to this generation, Why do we need a sign?

We have all that we need and more to encourage us to believe in Christ, don’t we? We have unlimited access to the word, free long distance calling to Jesus, in fact we don’t even need to dial a ten digit number, Jesus is on speed dial. What else ? Lets see! He wakes us up each day, keeps us safe throughout the day, provides all we need and more and the most precious gift of all, life. I’m not talking about life in a physical sense but, a new found life in him. No matter what God does for us we continue to ask for signs. Signs to prove he is real, he cares and that he is listening.

Jesus’s response in verse 12 amazed me, he said “no sign will be given to this generation”. Now, why did Jesus say that? My belief is this…I believe Jesus was saying to us, this generation, he has already given us many signs which can be found in the word. Just like the Pharisees, we have already heard of how powerful God really is and can be. So, I don’t think needing a sign is what we really need. I believe that many of us already believe but just isn’t ready to act upon that belief. But, as Jesus said in verse 12 “no signs will be given.”

God is already speaking to each and everyone of us, it is now up to us to act on what he is saying to us. Maybe God is calling you to do something outside your comfort, maybe you’ve been praying for something and God is responding to that particular prayer, or maybe God is speaking to you about taking the next step in your walk with him. Whatever the situation, you don’t need any signs to prove who God is or that things will be okay. God wants you to trust in him, in his son and know that he is all mighty and powerful to handle any situation.

So, instead of asking for a sign, have faith in God that he will supply all you need and that he is working things out in your lives. Trust that he is in complete control. Don’t be like the Pharisees and ask for signs, although God’s been giving you signs a long time ago. Stop asking and start believing.

-What are you seeking a sign for? and why? Acknowledgement is the trust step to improvement.

Jemeisha Williams 

 

 

 

Tell it!

Psalm 107:2  “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story”.

I read a devotion today from the Daily Bread Devotional titled “Tell it”. After reading the devotional and the passage taken from Mark 5:1-20 of the story of Jesus Healing the man with a demon, I was inspired to share part of my own journey. Although God has done so much for me in my short 22 years on earth, he has done such great things for me over that past year. It began with a tough family experience. Through that experience God taught me how to smile and be joyful again. He showed me such deep love during a difficult time in my family life and personal life. He inspired me to look forward to joyful mornings. Through God’s love, grace and mercy I was able to rebuild my faith in him and trust that everything would be alright. God showed up just when I needed him most the past year and gave me the strength to continue. Through endless prayers, tears and continual trust in him, God kept his promise in caring for my family and I. Happily, I can say that throughout my life and journey as a Christian God has ordered my steps and encouraged me to continue serving him no matter the circumstances in life. If anyone has been inspired like I have I encourage you to share your own journey with others. We are all here to encourage and inspire one another through Jesus Christ.

What has Jesus done for you? Tell it” -Daily Bread Devotional

Jemeisha Williams