Reality Check


Circumstances often shows us the reality of our stance. Especially in the life of a Christian, the truth of what we believe, is made known to us through testing times. I remember a couple years ago, when I  began facing situations of a new dimension, a very soft voice spoke to me, posing a question that is still engraved in my mental membrane to this day. I was asked, “Will you be a good time Christian or an all time Christian“?

At the time, I vehemently responded without thinking about my answer “I will be an all time Christian”. The profoundness of the question did not yet fully penetrate my mental faculty and so it was easy to respond. After all, I was responding to God. The one man I will say or do anything to please. What I needed to be mindful of was, I was replying to a God who knows and sees all things. (TIP: Be careful how you answer God, your words might just squelch you).

As time went on and the waves of life began beating against my ship, slowly the infrastructure began to fall apart. The response I gave then became a question. Will I be an all time Christian? I was just about ready to give up. Many days I wallowed in sorrow and anguish. The truth about my foundation was coming to life. How solid was I in Christ? Were my circumstances going to determine the basis of my relationship with him?

There were days it almost did. I am not sure what kept me going. I will have to say, it was God himself in a very strange way because my mind said let go. My body said let go. I believe my heart said let go but yet I found myself holding on and moving on. I marvel at it to this day but in all this I was given a reality check. 

I was left with an evaluation sheet for my life, especially my faith and I must admit, I found myself wanting in some areas. Never did I thought, that I would be thankful for the grueling processing I went through and is still overcoming. Now I know what it means when the scripture says “In everything give thanks”. It may not make sense initially. What about pain makes sense? All we think about is getting it away. If there was a pill for emotional and societal pains, I am sure it would have peaked sales on the market because no one likes to feel the effects of circumstances. However, if there is no testing, there will be no reshaping. There were much improvement to be made in my life and I am thankful for failures and disappointements because they helped in bringing about the readjustment.

By much pruning and purging, it is safe to say, I conscientiously choose to be an all time Christian. God will not be served because he can serve me but simply because he is God and deserves to be revered. Don’t seek God for the things (blessings) but seek him to know his heart. We often don’t realize this is where we truly are until faced with many disappointments. When we find ourselves in a solidified disposition, we simultaneously find it difficult to be moved, even when faced with circumstances.

Have you had a reality check lately? What did you discover about your life (especially in Christ)?

– Candace Cudjoe

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Elevation


Sometimes we can see, feel or taste the end result of prominent or impacting situations we encounter. However, the depth of these feelings is usually led by our perception of what the outcome should be. That is why many a times when things get tough, we give up, question God and sometimes even blaspheme his name. We have become a people who got accustom to retrieving things we desire at the snap of a finger,  in our fast pace world and due to this, we are now trying to apply this said principle to God’s hands. The entralling fact is, we cannot move His hands like we may be able to manipulate everything else around us. This culminates to a hard fall for many. “Doesn’t God love me? Why me? What did I do to deserve this? I live right! And I am STILL here”!

Please be thoroughly informed that you will continue to be “there” until God is ready to elevate you. After being taught for a semester, we are placed under a situation that is sometimes grueling for many called examination. During this time, the lecturer will not speak but gaze at us with intensity as we try to recall and apply what we would have learnt. As the cliche statement says, “It’s not that the teacher is not there. He is silent in the test”. This principle can also be applied to God. In that, before elevation, one must be examined. If the test is passed, automatically we will move up the ranks and in contrast, should we fail, unfortunately (or fortunately) we will have to rewrite the examination.

Either way, it will not be easy because our character will be proven through either process (elevation or repeating the exam). The higher we go or the more we grow the greater the test. That’s why we are mandated by God to be STILL and know that he is God (allowing him to take us through each step). Once we know the word and can apply it to all situations, it will in the end work for us. The word of God cannot lie. It is the one thing we can call truth. There is no obscurity in the word and it will do just what it was set out to do. In my humble opinion, if things in life were acquired easily, we would not be appreciative of them when they are received. Our appreciation for God would also be increased when we are going through the elevation process. Because it is in this, we will be able to say, if it had not been for the Lord on my side where will I be?  

Listen my dear friend, do not despise your mountains or valleys but in everything give thanks because all things do work together for the good to them that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. Understand that the latter will be greater but we must sow before we can reap. Don’t spend time wallowing in sorrow but spend time in the word, praying and fasting. Seek first the Kingdom of God and it’s righteousness and all things shall be added unto you. Be still and know that he is GOD. He will never leave or forsake you. To be elevated, one must be disintegrated and then regenerated. Keep your head up for the best is yet to come.