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Buckingham Palace, London, England

                                                                                                                 Photo: The New York Times

In 2016, I visited my beloved goddaughter in England, where she was attending the University of Nottingham.

We spent some time however in London and of course, who visits the city without checking out Buckingham Palace?

I – like multiple visitors from around the world – posed and took photos at the large fortress-like iron gates. But that was it! That was as far as we could go. The hoisted flag was an indication Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II was in residence; however, none of us had the privilege to walk through those gates and meet with her.

As I am presently in the book of Hebrews, I am reminded of the privilege I have to “boldly approach the throne of grace…” (Hebrews 4:16). I do not have to go through a human high priest, who first has to pray for his own sins, then mine before offering sacrifices for forgiveness (Hebrews 7:27). Because Jesus paid it all and only needed to shed His blood once for the remission of our sins, we have access to the longest reigning head of state: the King of ALL kings!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!!

Because of the blood, and faith in what is wrapped up in that blood – healing, deliverance, salvation etc. – I have an ALL ACCESS PASS to MY FATHER, MY KING.

NO guard could stop me from approaching MY GOD at anytime within the 24 hours in a day…365 days a year! I do not have to wait in line, nor do I have to write a letter requesting permission to meet with the God of the universe. In faith, I simply approach Him. In fact, I love when I turn off the two-station radio in my car (yes, TWO stations) and literally talk aloud in prayer or when I take time out at my desk to pray. It’s me and God – anywhere…anytime. No appointment necessary. And guess what? He’s ALWAYS in residence!! NEVER on vacation or too busy! Thank you Jesus!!! Although many people worldwide might be praying to Him simultaneously, I KNOW I have his attention when I pray. Isn’t that amazing??!!! He cares enough to listen to YOU, while listening to ME and many others worldwide. Our omnipresent, omniscient God!

So as we are already halfway through January (can you believe it?!), I pray that 2020 be the year we draw closer to God in prayer and study of His Word. And as you pray, do so boldly in faith and in the name of Jesus. 

Growing in Christ,
Hadassah

Just ONE Belly Breakdown

 

If you have never had your belly breakdown on you, perhaps you are not human.

Let’s be real: you’ve had AT LEAST one belly breakdown in your life – right? At least one.

Look, in recent weeks, I’ve been focusing more on allowing God to be glorified in my life as opposed to me. Trust me, it is EASY to glorify self. Just think about it the next time you take a “selfie.” It’s ALL about you. Let’s be real. And of course, you are entitled to do as you wish.

Whether you are the head of a nation, the CEO of a company, the richest kid in your class, someone who is making minimum wage, black, white, living in the suburbs or the inner city, we all are but flesh and blood. In fact, Job 19: 26 says, “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God…” It’s a riveting description and some might see it as offensive, but it’s reality. The rich, the poor and the middle class all meet at the cemetery. It’s that one, common meeting place. “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”  ~ Genesis 3:19.

Source: http://www.dalmeny.org/history/history-graveyard

There is no doubt that one sickness, one disease, one accident…one belly breakdown and human beings could easily be humbled. However, I implore you to not wait for something drastic to happen to become humble. Choose today to recognize that your beauty, your hot body, your Louis Vuitton bag, those red bottom Christian Louboutin shoes, that Ivy league university degree, the money in the bank, your swag…they all shall come to nothing at some point.

As we are in the final month of the year 2019, standing on the precipice of not only a new year, but a new decade, let us seriously think about the importance of humbling ourselves in the sight of the Lord. One belly breakdown is enough to remind us that this body could easily disintegrate. Hence, don’t get caught up in the things of the world and of the flesh and forget that the breath in your body is not yours.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah

Expect Great Rain

I was recently looking at the life of Elijah. I love the stories of the Old Testament. I get so many life lessons from them.

Elijah’s servant had a front row seat to how God miraculous worked through this man of God. One instance was when the three-year famine was about to come to an end.

Elijah told his servant, “There is a sound of abundance of rain” (1 Kings 18:41). While on Mt. Carmel, Elijah was so confidant rain was coming and the end of the three-year famine was upon them, he sent his servant to look for coming rain. But nothing.

Every time the servant returned to report NO RAIN, Elijah sent him back because his expectation was of the Lord. It was not until the SEVENTH time, the servant was able to report: “…Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand” (v. 44). Not long after that, the heaven was black with clouds, wind and there was a “great rain” (v 45).

You’ve been waiting. You’ve been praying. You keep going to God – MORE than seven times. But nothing.

Has God made a promise to you? How long has it been since you received that Word? Are you weary? Battle weary? Has your faith wavered? Are you wondering if you truly heard from God? Have all you seen was a “little cloud”?

He’s promised you that husband. He’s promised you that baby. He’s promised you deliverance of that child. He has promised to raise you up off your bed of affliction. He has promised you restoration in your marriage…the salvation of your children. What has He promised YOU?

Keep going back to God. Put Him in remembrance of His Word (Isaiah 43:26). Nothing He has promised you shall fail.

“Look toward the sea” (43). Look with expectation. Expect a “great rain” (45). To borrow the words of singer Sinach: God is a way maker, miracle worker, light in the darkness.” He is a promise-keeping God.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah

Boss Faith

My FAVOURITE miracle in all the Bible is about the centurion and his servant. The faith displayed is on another level!

Firstly, we need bosses like the centurion who truly care about their staff. No matter how much state-of-the-art equipment an organization has and how plush the furniture is, if bosses don’t care about the humans operating those machines, sitting in those chairs and interfacing with clients, it’s seemingly just a building with robots.

The centurion cared so much about his servant who was sick and “grievously tormented,” (Matthew 8:6) he approached Jesus to heal him.

What impresses me is he told Jesus he did not have to come to the house; in fact, he didn’t even think himself worthy. He requested that Jesus simply, “…speak the Word only and my servant shall be healed” (v. 8).

Jesus’ response: “Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel” (v.10).

The servant was healed in the selfsame hour (v. 13).

Do you realize the same God exists? The same Jesus is still seated on the Father’s right hand. And guess what? He has already spoken that Word over your situation. You now have to believe and receive that “speak the Word.”

Often we are waiting on God, when it is He who is really waiting on us.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah