Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A Letter To The Suicidal

You are worth it. You are good enough. You are unique. You are special. You have been created for a purpose. You have been predestined and chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:3-6). Within you, is potential that longs to be released. A potential that longs to be used for the glory of God.

The trial that you are going through is for your good (Romans 8:28-30). It is for your development and not your death. This may be hard to believe but it is the truth. What you are going through, someone else has gone through. Someone else has conquered that very same thing. They have won the victory over it and are still alive today.

A Letter To The Suicidal

These afflictions will not last forever. They are only for a season. They are only for a time. They are but for a moment. Think of all the trials that you have went through before and how you overcame. You overcame them and therefore, you can overcome this. You can get through this. You already have the victory.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 (NKJV)

The thought that everything will get better when you die, is a lie. It is a lie from the enemy. It will only get worse. Escaping your reality does not bring joy. It does not bring peace but rather, it brings hurt and sadness to the ones you love. It creates a hole in their heart. It creates a void.

There are many things in the world today that can only change or get better when the potential within you is used. This potential can only be used if you are alive. You have a purpose to fulfill. You have a God-given call upon your life. Jesus came to give you life and life more abundantly. You were created to live and not die. You were created to live and declare the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17).

Do not take your life. Do not succumb to your depression or trial. Do not isolate yourself. Do not think that you are all alone because you are not. Find someone to talk to. Find someone who can give you guidance on how to overcome this. Seek godly counsel. 

Suicide is not the answer for your joy and peace. Your joy and peace is found in Jesus Christ. He is the answer to every problem. He is the One who can set you free from every depression, bondage and trial. Look to Him today.

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NKJV)

Monday, 5 June 2017

When Your Future Looks Dim

Have you ever felt like you didn't know what was your next step? Have you ever felt stuck in one position in your life and seem not to be moving forward? Do you feel like you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel? Does your future look dim?

We have all felt this way at some point in time in our lives. It is a feeling of uncertainty. You don't know which road to take. You don't know what is the next step in your life and you are just going with the flow. This is a hard time but there is always a reason for it. There is always a reason for every season. In those moments where we feel like we have on blind folds, we have to trust God. We may not know where we are going but we know Someone who does.

When Your Future Looks Dim

It is never easy feeling as though you are not going anywhere when you look around and consider the lives of those around you. To you, some may seem as though they are excelling in their career, family and ministry. Everything is going good for them. But when you look at your life, you wonder where is the growth. Where is your well? It is in that moment, that we must remind ourselves to hope in the things that are eternal, the things that are not seen. 

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV)

Even though everything around us seem to be perishing, God is developing the character of Jesus Christ within us. Our spirits are being renewed day by day. This light affliction of uncertainty will only be for a moment. It is only for a season. It is working something greater on the inside of us. It is peeling away all the things that hinder us from love, that hinder us from moving forward in Christ.

We can hope and trust in God because He knows what He is doing. He always did. Through this trust, we develop a confidence, assurance and peace within that everything is going to be alright. It is all going to work out for our good. Just remember how it all fell into place last month or the year before. We thought that it was all falling apart but then it worked out. We saw God's hand in it all.

God is faithful to us. He will not leave us hanging dry. He sees our needs and He will provide. When your future looks dim to your natural eye, remember that God is working behind the scenes and preparing you for the next season which is much greater than this.

Faithful, You’re always faithful. True, You’re always true. You’ll never leave me, You’re always with me. You’re good, You’re good. - Always Faithful by Cory Asbury

Monday, 17 October 2016

What It Means To Die Empty

There is potential on the inside of you waiting to be released.

For the past few weeks, I have been reading the book, 'Understanding Your Potential' by Dr. Myles Munroe which helps the reader to recognize and understand the potential they have within them. Through this book, I have come to realize the importance of knowing what your potential is. This potential is good for nothing, if it does not move from the inside of us to the outside to create change and bring a difference to the world we live in today. 

As I read this book, the concept of dying empty became real to me and struck a heart string within. God created each of us for a reason and a purpose. Within each of us, He has placed the potential to be like Him, do what He does and say what He says. He created us in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). Within us, is the potential to do greater works than Jesus did (John 14:12-14). As a result of this, our time on earth is for a greater purpose and a bigger picture.

Potential has died with so many people who have gone before us. These people may have had the solution for a problem but were never able to realize this potential for a number of reasons. These reasons could include fear and pride. It is important for us to understand our potential and the calling upon our lives. If we do not understand it, we would never be fully everything that we were created to be. 

Die Empty

Dying empty is using all the potential within to bring change and revival to our nations for the glory of God. As the light and the salt of the world, men should see our good works and glorify our Father. It's all for the glory of God.

In order for us to use our potential, we should know what we are called to do. What are you good at? What are your passions and your desires? What do you love to do? Are you an excellent writer? Then write a book. Are you a passionate dancer? Then choreography and teach dance. Are you a musician? Then compose melodies and sounds that would create change. Just do it! Don't be afraid! Just run with it! Create a plan, set goals and act! Your passions ignite a pursuit within or rather potential within. When you know what your passions are, find ways to develop and pursue them. Turn your potential into a reality. 

How unfortunate it would be, if we never fully attained everything we were designed to do during our time here on earth. How unfortunate it would be, if we were like that servant who didn't use his talent but rather hid it because of fear (Matthew 25:14-30). We want to be good stewards of what God has given us. We want to give a good account at the end of our days. We want to die empty.

Is there potential on the inside of you that you are afraid to release? Do you have gifts that you aren't using and putting on the back burner? Are you procrastinating and not doing the task at hand? It's time to understand your potential and use it for His glory.