Our faith walk and life process with God is not for us as human beings an easy run. But God knows that already. He knows that as flesh we are weak. He knows that our endurance level is extremely limited. He knows that we can easily become weary and tired. He knows that as natural human beings we often find His supernatural ways hard to articulate. He knows that it is not always easy for us to focus on Him in the midst of our battering storms. He knows all about our ways, nature and weaknesses because He is our God, Creator and Maker. He knows we cannot do anything by ourselves. This is why He came as Man in the Person of Christ to be with us as our Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14 -15 & 9:6-7, Matthew 1:22-23). -
-God as our Immanuel is not asking us to trust ourselves but to trust Him as our Maker. He is not asking us to focus on anything but on Christ who as His person revealed in the flesh is evidence of His love for us (John 3:16-17, Hebrews 12:1-3). He did not say we will not go through the fire, rivers, oceans of affiliations, raging seas, battering storms etc (Isaiah 43:1-2). But, He promised to take us through it all and bring us out of it by His power and for His glory with our mind fully renewed and our faith in Him perfected for His glory. -
-Naturally, I must say it can be daunting trying to make logical sense as to why God allows us to go through everything we go through. It is indeed virtually impossible from a natural mindset perspective to try and make sense of how God as the Almighty can lay down His own life for us, suffer as Creator in the hands of His created for the sake of our salvation when He can simply in His utmost authority forgive us if He so wishes (1 John 3:16). It is difficult humanly speaking to begin rationalising God's ways because the supernatural ways of God are indeed not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). And I must admit that understanding God's supernatural ways, is not always an easy thing for me to do as a natural human being. However, the one thing I am wholeheartedly convince of and without a doubt have come to fully understand in my faith process walk with God, is that He loves me regardless of how heavily slain I end up becoming in any situation or circumstances He can possibly allow me to go through. -
-The evidence of God's love for me is not based on the visible things that I see or don't see with my natural eyes but entirely based on the fact that I can behold with my spiritual eyes His actual glorious Holy Spirit presence in my soul as the light of my soul. God demonstrated His perfect love for me by allowing Christ---His very own flesh and blood to die for the remission of my sins so I can be reconciled with His Holy Spirit. In Christ and by His grace of forgiveness of my sins, I have access to God's Holy Spirit (Romans 5:1-5). God's Holy Spirit presence in me as life and love itself is all the evidence that I need to remain consistently convinced in my soul without a shred of doubt that He loves me beyond my human articulations. And due to His presence in me, I am in comfort when discomforted, full of laughter in my soul when physically in tears, restful and peaceful when my physical mind is worried and joyous when naturally emotionally saddened. To the natural man who is yet to come to awakening of life in Christ let alone experience the perfect love of God, my conviction of God's love for me will be nothing but a great mystery. But those who are in spiritual awakening will relate to my convictions and also attest to the effectual workings of God's grace in our every day lives. -
-God's grace is ever sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). And through His grace, we are daily empowered and enabled to carry on marching forward and reaching out to others even in the midst of our own daunting challenges. By His grace, we remain more than conquerors in all circumstances and situations (Romans 8:28-39). By His grace, all things are continually working together for the good of our souls. Indeed by His grace, problems ends up becoming the determiner of purpose and all tests ends up working out for us a life changing testimony to the glory of God. -
-God's ways although are mysterious, it is for all intent and purposes perfect. I am a witness of His perfect ways. I live not because of anything I was able to do on my own but because of everything He has already done through His Person -- Christ Jesus long before I was even conceived in my mother's womb (Romans 5:6-11). I live not by reason of any self-oriented ideology of man but because Christ the root and foundation of sound divine doctrine and everlasting author and finisher of my faith lives in me (Galatians 2:20-21).
Our faith process walk with Christ is indeed a tough run but the eternal life rewards we have in Him makes it all worthwhile (Romans 8:18). Therefore, my brethren, yield your entire members and components of existence; mind, body, spirit, soul, heart and your body to Christ. Don't misconstrue His process for your life as problems. Through process, purpose is defined and faith is perfected. Seek His face in all situations and circumstances. Walk and operate daily in Godly discernment and allow His process to have its way so that you can end up with an outcome of purpose that is in alignment with God's Will for your life. The LORD Jesus as Person of God revealed in the flesh understands you. He sees and knows the level you are at. And He is able to take you from where you are to where you are meant to be in Him. Remain focused on Christ and trust in His faithfulness. He is as King of kings and LORD of lords able to work it all out in your favour and for the utmost good of your soul. Unto Him be all the glory, power and honour everlastingly. Amen.
"But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel,
Fear not: for I have redeemed thee,
I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
Since thou wast precious in my sight,
thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him."
Pastor Olabisi was a mother, Senior Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet,Teacher, Psalmist, Author, Writer, Publisher and a Housing Practitioner.
She set up Encouraged by God as a means of encouraging and strengthening the faith of Christians everywhere.
Lived and died in Christ, 06 October 2016, aged 49 years old.