Stop Complaining!

This is going to be short. I’ve decided to get straight to the point.

STOP COMPLAINING! Simple.

The Israelites did not remain in the wilderness for 40 years simply because of a lack of faith. They also stayed there because of complaining.

Angels’ food was not good enough. I suppose they wanted rosemary, thyme, garlic etc. Springs of water were not good enough either. I guess they wanted ginger tea, orange juice and the like. And they didn’t recognize that their clothes never got old nor did holes burn into their shoes.

What is God providing for you that you are complaining about?

I am convinced that the longer you complain, the longer you stay in the wilderness. I’m not saying you shouldn’t want better. But do yourself a favour and start being thankful for what you do have and the many blessings God has bestowed upon you.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah

Six Lessons Hannah Taught Me

No matter how many times I study Hannah’s life over the years (1 Samuel 1 to 2 v 1-11 and 18-26), it always inspires me. Here is what I learned:

1) Take Your Desires and Problems to God

Hannah wanted a child badly. She craved, yearned…deeply wanted a baby. We learn in 1 Samuel 1 that this took a toll on her emotionally and physically to the point “she was in bitterness of soul…and wept sore” (10). She also confessed to being, “a woman of sorrowful spirit” (15) and described herself as being in “grief” (16). Interestingly, it was GOD who, “shut up her womb” (5). What exacerbated the matter, was that her husband’s other wife – who had children – provoked her to the point she did not eat and wept sorely. She considered being barren as “an affliction” (11).  Here we read descriptors that give vivid imagery of how deeply she desired a child! In fact, she “poured out (her) soul before the Lord” (15). She took it to the Lord in prayer. You too ought to take everything to God in prayer.

2) Be Specific with Requests

Hannah was quite bold to the point, she struck a bargain with God, in my opinion. She negotiated: You give me a male child and I will give him back to serve you all of his days. 

Honestly, I do not bargain with God, but I do admire how specific she was with her request for a son. I do believe because God already knows our hearts anyhow, as Christians, we can boldly approach His throne of grace, letting our requests be known unto Him, as encouraged by Paul. Be specific.

3) Believe the Word God has Given You

The priest, Eli, thought Hannah was drunk while in the temple as her lips were moving, but her words were not audible. However, Hannah shared that she was grieved and presenting her petition to God.

Eli told her, “Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou has asked of him” (17). 

This so pleased Hannah, she ate and her countenance changed.

Clearly, she believed the word of the priest; how much more should we take God at His Word? He will do what He said He will do! Hallelujah!!

4) Worship While You Wait

Hannah and her husband rose early the next day and worshipped the Lord. THEN, when they returned to their house, she and her husband were intimate and “the Lord remembered her” (19).

I love the fact that she had such faith in the word of the priest – whose word was ultimately from God – that she worshipped even before there was physical evidence of conception. She believed and acted upon that belief.

I encourage you to worship God in faith, as you wait for the promise, whether the promise of that baby, the promise of your husband, your wife, that house, job…the promise of God opening that door for you…the promise of healing.

I once read that the posture of holding our hands out to the Lord while we wait for what we desire, is the same posture of worship. Worship while you wait.

5) Pay Your Vows 

Solomon tells us, it is better to NOT vow than to vow and not pay (Ecclesiastes 5 v 5). Whenever we vow, we MUST keep our end of it, whether vows made on our wedding day or a vow to God Almighty. 

Hannah kept her vow to God. When her son, Samuel was weaned, she took him to the temple to serve the Lord with Eli, seemingly only seeing him once a year when she and her husband visited to offer the yearly sacrifice.

6) God does the Exceeding Abundantly

Hannah requested ONE son, but I believe because of her faith AND her faithfulness, God honoured her. He opened the flood gates of heaven and poured out a blessing upon Hannah, giving her THREE more sons and TWO daughters.  LOOKA GOD!!!! (one of my FAVOURITE sayings!) He showed up and showed out! The exceeding abundantly above what we can ever ask or think GOD!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!!!

Isn’t it beautiful when we can receive so many lessons from one story in God’s Word??!! Remember, the God of Hannah, is the SAME God yesterday…today…forever!!!!

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah


Accessing What Is Mine!

I’ve been a follower of Jesus Christ for quite some time now (although length does not matter as much as quality of relationship), but it was not until some five-and-a-half years ago that I began praying His Word. It’s amazing what enlightenment does for us.

I’ve come to realize that I can either pray from the posture of defeat or the posture of victory. I choose the latter. I recognize that as a child of the King of ALL kings and the Lord of all lords, I have access to His promises through Christ Jesus. PRAISE YE THE LORD!

God says in Isaiah 43 v 26: “Put me in remembrance…” Now, let me say quickly, that God is omnipresent and omniscient, everywhere, all the time, knowing all things – the end from the beginning – so in reality, we really do not have to remind Him of anything, but I believe God has us do this as our verbal acknowledgement of His Word and our expectation of Him bringing His Word to past.

Hence, when I pray, I pray in the positive, using scriptures He has already given me in His Word. I say, “Lord, I thank you that greater is He who is within me, than he who is within the world. I thank you that all things are working together for my good and I am more than a conqueror through Christ who loves me.” All three of those points are scriptural. I even break his Word down to my specific situations: “Father in heaven, I thank you that you have gone before me in this matter and made every crooked path straight. I am grateful Lord that according to Ecclesiastes 3, you maketh everything beautiful in your time. Father, no weapons formed against me shall prosper and you will fight against those who fight against me. Lord, you are my shield, my bulwark, my shelter in the time of storm. Father, I thank you that as the mountains are around about Jerusalem, so are you around about your people from henceforth and forevermore. Thank you Father for allowing the Angel of the Lord to encamp around me and deliver me. Thank you for giving your angels charge over me, to keep me in ALL – not some – of my ways.”

Honestly, when I pray God’s Word, I feel a confidence and a power. What I must hastily point out though is that to pray God’s Word, you have to know God’s Word. Further, you must pray in faith. It’s not about how long you pray, how many big words you use or how loudly you pray (God looks at the heart and not the outward appearance).

And for those who do not know the Lord as Saviour and are not walking in obedience to Him, begin drawing nigh to God that He may draw nigh to you. Take baby steps, praying simply to a Father, who wants to come into relationship with you. He knows your heart and wants you to give it to Him. You might have been hurt by others, but with God, your heart is safe.

I encourage you to pray God’s Word. Not one Word of God ever fails (Isaiah 55 v 11).

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah

Real Friends Tell You the Truth!

I’ve had this quote stored in my phone for several months; it resonates with me. I truly believe what we put into our systems affect us. What we allow our eyes to dwell on, what we listen to, who we associate with. In fact, the words in the image above support my August 16th post, What are You Eating?

Today, the portion I wish to focus on is the “people you hang around.” And this is not just for young people; it’s for you older folk as well. Are the people you associating with elevating you? Do they enrich your life? People who really care about you, won’t allow you to go down a pathway that leads to destruction. True friends or family members, tell you the truth – even if that truth hurts. And yes, it’s not what we say, but how we say it, but I have a brother, who often says, “We need to pull them out of the fire!”

Years ago, while studying towards my Bachelor’s degree, something happened between me and a very dear friend of mine, Katina. Later that night, following our class, she called me (days before Whatsapp) and was so real. She told me she saw something in me, a character trait that was, “Ugly.” And you know, I really couldn’t say much because what she thought she was revealing, I already knew. Nevertheless, it was sobering, hearing it coming from someone else. It was something I struggled with, but being the REAL FRIEND she was – and still is today – she needed to say it. And I thank her. In fact, THANKS BE TO GOD, that character trait is far removed from me. I have DEFINITELY GROWN! BUT GOD!

What is just as beautiful is our friendship remains in tact. I did not cut her off because she told me the truth – which would have been ungodly. Our relationship grew because I realized, here was someone who cared enough about me to tell me the truth and wanted to see change. I thank God for her and she was someone I chose to be by my side on my wedding day.

You might not be a Christian at this moment, but even so, please choose carefully who you associate yourself with. Surround yourself with people who are focused, people of integrity, people who have your back for good reasons and won’t lead you down a path of unrighteousness. Now is the perfect time to reevaluate your relationships.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah