The Only Trusted Way I know

Friday, November 21, 2014 1 Comments A+ a-



See how oblivious he is about his predicament? This is what happens when we make God our Peace.


The day I got wind of Dr Myles Munroe’s death I felt much grief. The more I thought about it, the more I learnt from his life and the way he died. That day I felt so emotionally drained. I find this kind of feeling very distracting and draining, because, it seemed my energy went into the thoughts and emotions that raged my mind, leaving me in a state of shock! Is this what it meant to be bereaved? 

As the day was coming to an end, I did a mental check and still found this odd feeling. I realized that I needed to ‘rush’ into the presence of God for grace and mercy, because in the Presence of the LORD God, there is fullness of joy.

When I got home, the first thing I did was to lie down flat before the most High God, the one I have come to know as Jehovah Elohim, Yaweh, The Self Existing one. The Uncreated Creator of the Heavens and the earth who lives outside of time, yet controls the times and seasons of men. I laid face down before The Almighty God, and sobbed like a baby. I worshiped Him, praised Him and thanked Him as He would have me do always. Soon, I felt relieved and restored to God’s peace. 

Little wonder Philippians 4:7 says,

“…and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – NKJV

The amplified version puts it thus,

“And God’s Peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

God takes pleasure in us. He takes pleasure in us making Him our First, making Him our Priority. I believe this is so because he created us for fellowship. I love to relate with God as Jehovah Elohim, this reminds me that God chose me to be in a relationship with Him, and is committed to keeping his covenants concerning me. 

No matter what may be, I choose to guard my heart with the peace of God. This for me is Key, because out of the heart flows the issues of life. ‘Guard’ in this context, suggest that I will carefully and consciously be alert to defend my heart with God’s peace. 

This means that our hearts needs to be under the surveillance of God’s Word which naturally will lead us to God’s peace. There may be other ways, but this is the only trusted Way I know. This is the trusted way to maintain my peace anytime. God’s Word tells me that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through Him. John 14:6. 

If you are reading this and you have not yet made Jesus your LORD, or given Him controlling interest in all that you do, I encourage you to please do so. I believe life starts in full when you are committed to living for Jesus. This way, the puzzles of your life begins to fall into place. 

Only Jesus is able to take a seemingly unpleasant life and make it into a beautiful one. He is able to decorate your life with His mercy and grace because,

“… He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:5 (Amplified Version)

Can you fathom this? It means that even while I was still living in perpetual wrong, living for myself, justifying my thoughts and trying to figure out life on my own, Jesus Christ died for me! Yes, You too. He died for us. He paid the price for my peace of mind with His life.  He died to restore me and make me whole. Wouldn’t you embrace this great love from an awesome Friend – Jesus?

Prayer
Jesus Christ, I believe in my heart that you are Lord, and I confess with my mouth that you are LORD. I accept you into my life. Be LORD over every facet of my life. Do not leave me to myself; help me daily, to always find my way back to you. In Jesus Name, I have prayed, Amen.

References
Isaiah 53: 3, Romans 10:10, Proverbs 4:23, John 14:6
The New King James Version of the Bible (NKJV)
The Amplified Version of the Bible (Amp.)
“I love to relate with God as Jehovah Elohim, this reminds me that God chose me to be in a relationship with Him, and is committed to keeping his covenants concerning me.”
I came to this conclusion after I heard Pastor Mark-Mordi teach on Genesis 2:15a– 'The LORD God'.

My Name is Precious, I was bipolar and I live a full life.
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Living Life Joyfull!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 2 Comments A+ a-



Choose to be Joyful Regardless ....!

If you read this blog often you will observe that I always sign off each post with, “My name is Precious, I was bipolar and I live a full Life.” This is my declaration of faith in God, and it is my reality. Bipolar does not define me, neither should it define you if you have being diagnosed with it nor suspect it. 

Wikipedia.org, describes bipolar as “a mental disorder characterized by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression.
A lot of people suffer from mental health issues, a larger percentage suffer from bipolar, if you are not observant you would write off the subtle signs of bipolar as normal everyday life occurrences. These symptoms vary from individuals and depend largely on what side of bipolar is displaying – manic episode or depression episode. You can read more about this  http://www.everydayhealth.com/bipolar-disorder/bipolar-disorder-aspx

The essence of these details is that; just as being diagnosed with sickle cell anemia does not define the carrier, bipolar should not define you.

 Bipolar is not your identity and should not explain or determine how far you can go in life, should not limit your natural abilities, talents and gifts from finding expression in your everyday life. 

Having said that, please bear in mind that, aside following your doctors’ advice and adhering to your medications, you will need to commit to trusting God with your life. Recall from an older post, that this life you are living is not your life, its God’s life in you.

So how can you live a full life without involving the One who has life and gives life? The One who can make alive and Kill!*smile* (1 Samuel 2: 6a.)

We need to make trusting in God’s best for us a lifestyle not a convenient option. To survive the ordeal that comes with bipolar, God has to be your life! To start with He has to be your joy.
One of the predominant signs of bipolar is mood swing. It usually occurs on its own accord without any premonition. One minute you are excited, energetic, full of ideas, the next moment you are irritable, sad, confused, feel abandoned, feel not loved, and even start considering suicide*simle*. I am smiling because, as simple as this sound, it is the scaring truth and many individuals around the world have lost their lives to mood swings like this!

However, one thing I have observed about mood swings is that it expresses itself through our ‘feelings’. If we can consciously scrutinize our feelings (this sterns from our thought processes), and deliberately erase negatively feelings (because they give negative energy), then we will experience less mood swings!

Your life counts! Your life is valuable, irrespective of what you think or feel; you are valuable and essential to existence! Otherwise, the One who makes alive and can Kill, would not have allowed you into this earth! Do you understand what this implies?

This implies you have to recognize the source of your life, align to him and abide in Him. John 16:1. This implies that you are not moved by mood swings; what you feel, hear, see, and know! Not moved by what was meant to happen or what should not have happened. This Implies that regardless of what goes on, your Joy comes from the LORD who can Kill and make alive. 

Being Joyful is better that being happy! Joyfulness is the state of your mind as a result of trusting in God’s best for your life regardless of the prevailing circumstances you find yourself per time. Happiness is elation and a feeling of all is ‘great with me’ as a result of  something - some expectation that was achieved, in some cases, as a result of a new car, dress, house, a gift from a loved one, etcetera!. 

The way I see it, you can be a happy person and not be Joyful; but you can’t be joyful and not be happy.  I love the way Bola Salt Nelson-Essien, author of True Confession puts it, “Happiness is so fleeting. Joy is more enduring; …” Wouldn’t you rather be joyful?
Well, this is how I see it, how do you see it? Whichever, please also see that trusting in God’s best for us as a lifestyle is the one way to maintain your joy. Saleh!

My name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a full Life

Prayer
 Lord, I receive your grace to be joyful always regardless of what may come my way, in Jesus name, Amen.

Reference      
1 Samuel 2: 6a
True Confession - Bola Salt Nelson-Essien
http://www.thesaltchronicles.com/
John 16:1.