Pray for someone 🙏

We are all constantly going through something, heartbreak, disappointment or depression. Each one of us have that one or two individual battles we are fighting, we are so busy fighting our battles that we forget that someone out there may need our prayers. But who can blame us, the enemy constantly knocks us down to keep us distracted and occupied with our own troubles.

One of the most powerful things that can happen in the body of Christ is when saints start praying for each other. Forget talking about sister Jessica and her short skirt and pray for her or forget gossiping about someone’s marital problems and just pray for them. I wonder just how powerful the modern church would be if they just prayed for each other, the voice of people reserving time from there busy schedules just to pray for someone.

Today I urge you to pray for someone, ask God to help you think of someone that needs a prayer and just start interceding for them now. Be selfish to yourself and reserve time for someone through prayer, your prayer may save a life. 🙏

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Hiding

You may have your make up on with your perfect little smile ready for the world
to see, but you and I both know the inner pain you experience when you look at
the mirror. The insecurities hidden from the naked eye, the pain of past regrets
and broken relationships that have eaten away at your self worth.
We have become masters of manipulation, showing the people around us who
we really are not, frowns covered by smile. Fresh trims hiding away anxiety, how
far we are from really finding ourselves. Let me buy this new shoe to make me
feel better about myself, trying to deal with inner pain and struggles with
temporary outer decorations that last but for a minute. The age old question
why am I here keeps popping up, but you studying for your degree trying to
answer this question, so Lord leave me alone canʼt you see Iʼm flexing.
But what happens when your heart stops beating, when your body lets out what
you been feasting. Do you know where you going, can the roar of your cars
engine or your fleshy nails save you, will the people you been pleasing pull you
out. Before your last breath comes be sure you understand what your giving up
by loving the word, he who is friends with the world is at war with God.
What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul
Riaan
Spoken Word

Slave

It is beautiful glowing and attractive, it pulls me in like a lasow used by a cowboy. Am I a slave

Sin you entice me and have me hooked with your spell, Am I a slave

I know you are not my friend, you are distructive yet attractive, dangerous yet look so harmless. Am I a slave

Your friends are death and darkness ready to kill me with one bite, yet I cling to you with such vigor. Why am I a slave

Who can free me from my desires?

Who can rescue me, sin is out to get me and I like it

Who can help me fight this broken and incompatible relationship

Who can save from this nightmare

Suddenly I hear a whisper from the King of kings “I am with you, hold my hands”

Slave

It is beautiful glowing and attractive, it pulls me in like a lasow used by a cowboy. Am I a slave

Sin you entice me and have me hooked with your spell, Am I a slave

I know you are not my friend, you are distructive yet attractive, dangerous yet look so harmless. Am I a slave

Your friends are death and darkness ready to kill me with one bite, yet I cling to you with such vigor. Why am I a slave

Who can free me from my desires?

Who can rescue me, sin is out to get me and I like it

Who can help me fight this broken and incompatible relationship

Who can save from this nightmare

Suddenly I hear a whisper from the King of kings “I am with you, hold my hands”

Being the victim

Sometimes we all go through things, really painful things. At times we are overcome by the magnitude of the pain we have gone through and it takes not only a emotional tole on us but a mental one as well.

We all are compelled to play the victim card sometimes expecially if we feel hard done by, it becomes easy to point the finger and shift the blame. After doing a carfule assessment of myself I have seen just how damaging playing the victim card can become, telling yourself that you are not to blame is easy and excuses you from assuming responsibility. But I regard it as a sign of immaturity, most things that happen to us are self inflicted wonds. Being to trusting and open with people we barely know, being constantly negative, entering into a relationship we know God has told us to avoid. These are all more straightforward and much easier to recognize, but there are more ways that are evident of how we constantly only have ourselves to blame. Once we play the victim card we don’t easily learn from our hurdles in life, we walk around thinking the world owes us something, that is why most people that move on from one relationship to the next constantly end up hurt again and again, sure you got hurt and as perfect as you may have thought you may have been, you really spent need to spend time assessing your role in the situation. Yes you have a job that does not pay that well but is that the only reason you run out of cash easily, or is it because you have not learned to live based on what you can afford could it be that you do not know how to handle money. You see, being the victim prevents us from seeing our role in the situation and often times this prevents us from growing into who God wants us to become. There is profound truth in the statement that says “every hurdle is a learning opportunity” . Adam shifts the blame to Eve after he eats of the tree of life, what if he could have merely accepted the blame and admitted the role he played in sinning, could God have given them a lighter sentence different then sending them out of the garden? We will never know will we, simply because he shifted the blame. Sometime you need to assume the part you played in the situation, assess what you did wrong carefully.

When professional football teams lose a match they don’t spend time worrying about what the other team did, each players role on the losing end gets assessesed and is corrected accordingly, the good and the bad are laid out before him and he is confronted with facts. This brings me to the point of having people around you that will not butter up things, but someone that will tell you of your role and how you could have better handled a misfortune or a situation you encountered, these type of people are hard to find but if you find one be thankful they can teach you a lot more than you think.

Sometimes we so busy playing victim that we don’t know how to be victors 😱. Stop looking for self pity God shouted in my ear a couple of months ago grow up now before you shrink and drown in depression. It’s high time we stop looking around for people and circumstances to blame, grow up and lead your mind away from the pity parties stop looking for people to validate your emotions.

I want you to reflect and think about everything that has happened in your life expecially the bad card you felt you have been delt, if you find your faults and how you could have delt with them better, you my friend are one step closer to being a victor and not a victim.

By:

Riaan Afrikaner

Take off your headsets

I woke up really early today, I beat the alarm this time. For some reason I started thinking about Time, the though refused to vanish like so many of my random thoughts usually do.

But I felt it was Gods way of talking to me, after a quick shower and breakfast I rushed to work usually I put on my headsets and blast the music at full volume but I felt God telling me put the head sets in your pocket. For the first time in ages I spend the whole time on my way to work just thinking trying to tune my self into the things around me, thinking about the battles I’m going through and the vast list of blessings God has given me. It was really eye opening no no spirit, soul and mind opening, I realized that I really don’t spend much time really tuning into my environment and my thoughts. I realized that putting on my headsets was a way of distracting my self from the realities I face. Tune into your environment, use your mind and start awaking yourself to your situations and storms.

I’m encouragimg you to tune yourself into your environment, take of your headsets now.

Thoughts

Stuck, drowning, chained hooked

Thoughts

Stationed, enslaved, burdened

Thoughts

How can I free myself from these broken Thoughts

Questioning my worth falling to the silent Whispers conceived by my Thoughts

Nightmares in broad daylight am I going crazy someone free me from these Thoughts.

Crushed, enemy to self

Thoughts

My enemies are deep within me, I’m fighting myself a war of Thoughts

Tired of this, can someone save me from my own Thoughts 

I cant hide from them they come up every morning holding me hostage am I a prisoner to my own Thoughts 

But then I hear Gods messenger shouting:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

Now I am friends no longer with my Thoughts 

YOU ARE NOT YOUR PAST

It is mind blowing how our subconscious mind ends up playing tricks on us and on top of that we have the nagging from the enemy constantly reminding us of of lies he wants you to believe.  By playing tricks on us I mean how our past pain ends up influencing our future decisions.

Some of us are so hung on the past it actually influences our choices for the future, and yes we need to learn from the past if we don’t than the battles we have faced are pointless.  But being fixed on the past can dictate how we go about our every day tasks and that’s not what God wants for us, it would be foolish to allow our past to dictate how we feel about ourselves.  The past is meant to learn from as we navigate through life’s complicated journey, its for us to say yes I made some dumb choices, yes I went through abusive relationships and emotionally draining friendships, yes I got cheated on, but I wont let that define me and make me insecure and bitter about myself.  Its not easy to let go of the past, we deal with the painful memories that come up when your busy having your morning coffee or the echos of the verbal abuse we endured during that difficult marriage/relationship that crushed us emotionally.  Those echos and memories become prisons locking us up, we need not let the pain and hurt stop us from reaching the destination God has called us to.  The past is a painful place to live in, it can suck out the joy within us  and leave us drained and anxious, the past keeps us locked and sealed in a world that has no outlet a colorless and hopeless life filled with bitterness.

But Christ sets us free from the pain of the past, when God looks at us he sees nothing but potential he sees hope and a bright future filled with achievement and reaching our full potential.  Sometimes we have beaten and blamed ourselves for the past and the hurt we have endured but God says let go and do what I have called you for, let go of that pain. God wants us to realize and see the giant within you, he wants us to overflow with a life filled with purpose and self motivation driven by his love for us, that’s why he recreates us so that we can start seeing what he sees in us. YOU ARE NOT YOUR PAST

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17