The Mirror Effect Life (Edited)


This piece was written seven years ago and has been edited and updated – May 14th, 2019.

A mirror is a very important object in a woman’s life. The completion to our look, is a last view in the mirror. I think the only women who don’t rely on mirrors are those who made a decision (eg: spiritual – nuns) not to. Some men are also great lovers of the mirror. I call them “the pretty boy floyds” (lol). G-d spoke to me using one of my beloved (yes I love the mirror) and boy did it hit me hard. It was the best revelation I received since my rekindled walk with the Lord and oh how I was excited to share.

The week of June 10th – 16th, 2012 I was privileged to get a “random holiday” from the office. Initially my plan was to relax; watch movies, sleep and repeat this routine until it was time to organize for the next days work. However G-d had another plan. He decided to take me to “church”. While laying on my bed, I began to converse with the Lord, asking him what exactly he required of me. “G-d what do you what from me? What must I do for you?” The answer I got almost instantly was one word, “Reflection”. A bit confused, I started pondering on the answer. He continued to speak and ministered to my spirit about mirrors. By the end of our session, I was brought to tears, got up, sat in a corner of the room and cried out to the Lord to be just as he’d shown me. In the word it’s written that we are all blessed with particular gifts and talents which we use to execute work for the Kingdom. However, what the Lord revealed had nothing to do with these attributes. Rather what he wants to see is his reflection when he looks at us.

Revelation: Mirrors are usually used to see reflections. Mirrors which are not used and or never cleaned (purified) eventually gets dirty and almost opaque. Seeing things in them becomes impossible and they are no longer good for use

However a clean mirror usually gives a clear image of what is standing before it. When you look into a mirror, you see yourself inside the mirror looking back at you. When I look at you, I must see myself inside of you looking back at me. I must see my glory hitting me back in my face.That will please my heart. That is mainly what I require from you.

I was totally amazed by this revelation. All my years of using mirrors, it never showed to be so significant as then. G-d wants us to be clean mirrors here on earth, reflecting his glory so that others may see. It doesn’t matter your portfolio; singer, musician or even janitor, what you do should reflect G-d. It makes no sense singing out loud and proud or dancing the best routine and not reflecting G-d. His heart will not be satisfied but rather when he looks at us and sees himself. Maybe you are battling with your purpose. You long to know what G-d requires of you. I have no definite answer but what I can say is, just be a reflection of him. How do you do that? By spending time with him and studying his ways. Who knows! Maybe in doing so, the answer will come. It’s sometimes easier said than done, so what we should do is live it day-to-day. Each day ask him to examine and continue to cleanse you, so that when he looks down at you, he can see his reflection. Strive to live the “Mirror Effect” life.

Reminder: You are the head and not the tail. Above and not under.

ARISE!

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Stumble? Don’t Stop


The weekly nugget for this week said, “Walk in Victory” but what if there is a hiccup in the process? Do we give up or learn and continue walking?

When someone sets out on a project, there is usually much enthusiasm and anticipation for the end result. However, as we know and would have seen illustrated in many memes, the road to success is not the straight and smooth path we mentally construct. It’s rather sometimes the rockiest and one of the most unpleasant journeys embarked upon. This road claimed “lives”, desires and dreams. The intensity of the process causes self doubt at times and many cannot finish the race started.

Such is the Christian walk.

As I started this week with the mindset to win, never did I imagine that by Tuesday there would have been a major hurdle. The hurdle of the old man. You know, the old man that required you receiving salvation. The one which the word says, ‘old things are passed and away and behold all things become new’. Yes that one. There was absolutely no newsness but the old man reared its head in it’s full capacity.

After I flared up in anger to a situation and reflected on my response, I was sunken into a deep state. One close to depression. What was the purpose of praying? Why did I respond like that? Am I not changing? I’m sure G-d is mad at me. The enemy began to intensify the lies by saying, “Give up on this Christian walk girl. You are not worthy. Your prayers makes no sense because look at your behaviour“. Sobbing uncontrollably, I said,”I need help”. Then I heard the very word which also pierced me with guilt (not conviction), PRAY! While my mind said to me, your prayer makes not sense, my heart knew otherwise. More prayer was needed. There was no need or room for relenting but a sign that more prayer was needed.

WALK IN VICTORY.

I realized, the victory walk will have moments of failures but each failing moment should be a learning moment. Attack the issue with force; with much prayer, fasting and juicing of the word precisely for the matter and WALK IN VICTORY. DO NOT believe the lies reinforced by the enemy but counteract it with the WORD.

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
John 8:36 NKJV

Go back to the drawing board and correct the errors but never give up. Press towards the mark of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus.

ARISE!

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Listen Linda Listen


My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;
Proverbs 4:20‭-‬21 NKJV

As I read these words this morning, there was an emphasis added to the word “my”. I reread the verse and yet again, my heart continued to draw into said word. I realised there and then that the Holy Spirit was reinforcing something within me.

As mentioned in previous blog posts, I’ve been going through a challenging season in my life. Dealing with health issues, especially when we don’t have answers calls one to a different level of faith because our resolve is, only G-d can bring me through. During this time my faith and strength have been taking roller coaster rides. One day, I’m in high spirits and the other, passing through dungeons. In the lows of my mind, all the thoughts of negativity seems to rage. My mind becomes flooded, making it harder to pray and or read the word. It takes determination to still press in to the Lord and I thank him for his presence which continues to draw me nearer amidst the struggles. In this time, I’ve seen the vitality of the word, for it’s truly sharper than a two-edged sword.

As I read the abovementioned verses, the Lord began to reveal to me how much I’ve focused on the issue lately rather than his word. Again, because there are many unanswered questions, in my humanity, I’ve been formulating logics to the issue. Dwelling on the how’s, why’s and maybe’s BUT G-d spoke this morning saying (personalising it),

MY daughter, give attention to MY words. Listen to MY saying. DO NOT forsake them.

The word went on to say,

For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.
Proverbs 4:22 NKJV

I knew I was guilty of harping on the situation and surrounding circumstances, rather than declaring the word ONLY. Keeping them in my heart, mind, soul and mouth. How often do we do this? To incline is to lean towards or be drawn into something or a direction. If we are to incline to the word, we must then not lean to our own understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 NKJV

As I challenge myself today, so too do I challenge you. Incline to the word of G-d. Though the storms may be raging, let your anchor be placed in the word. For indeed it gives life. When thoughts opposing the word comes, open your mouth and speak life. SPEAK THE WORD. Jesus defeated temptation by the word. Don’t accept the lies of the enemy but the truth from eternity and walk in your victory.

ARISE!!

I Believe


Laughter is a good medicine but it became my expression when I received a revelation. This morning I laughed at myself because of a pitying realization, for which I’m sure you will be able to empathize with me.

Recently, I’ve been experiencing different bouts of ill feelings and pains in my body. In going to the doctor, I’ve been given some good news and not so good but nothing alarming. In his words “don’t worry. It’s all treatable”. Treatment seemed never ending because when one set was completed, my body flared up another way and I had to take medication for something else that is ALSO treatable. However, if you’ve ever been in pain, you’ll understand when I say it’s irritating. Especially the see-saw feelings. One minute good and the next, pain.

BUT THIS MORNING……. THIS MORNING

A friend messaged and told me she’s been ready for work but could not leave her home due to pains in the stomach area. My IMMEDIATE response was, “Drink something hot, command it to go in Jesus name and go forth”. This occured while reading the verse below.

But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name–
JOHN 1:12 AMP

My message to my friend combined with the words I read, immediately gave me a personal revelation. We believe for others but not for ourselves. With this I began to laugh. While I know the power of G-d and how effective it would have worked for her, releasing her of all pains and discomfort, I continued to sit here in pain, take medication and “claim” to trust G-d. Though I would have prayed and said my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and by his stripes I’m healed, I doubted. The verse above explains believing, which means to adhere to, trust in and RELY on his name.

How often do we trick ourselves into thinking we truly believe? Yet we cower at the sight of a little affliction or adversity. The word becomes sharper than a two edged sword for our friends, family and neighbours but for us, it’s dull, not being able to pierce anything in us. HELP US LORD!!!! To fully grasp your word.

The Bible says, the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it (John 1:5)

Comprehend – to understand or fully grasp the nature , significance or meaning of something (in this case Jesus)

So the darkness (the world/people of the world) did not fully grasp his nature. Again I say, HELP US LORD! Help us to grasp your nature. To BELIEVE that you are who you says you are and therefore will be the rewarder of us when we diligently seek you.

But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.
HEBREWS 11:6 AMP.

I decree and declare to, on and in us today, that we will fully comprehend the nature of G-d. No longer will we carry fear or doubt but we will believe. We believe G-d we believe. Where we lack in belief, increase our faith but we believe Lord, we believe.

Receive it. Proclaim it and live it, in Jesus name.

ARISE!

Trust


Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord , And whose hope is the Lord .
Jeremiah 17:7 NKJV

In today’s society the word TRUST, is not used loosely. Actually it has become a thorn in the flesh of many. Due to reoccurring hurt patterns and negative experiences, especially in “love” relationships, this word left a bitter taste in mouths and anger in hearts. However, we see in the word, that the man who TRUST in the Lord is BLESSED.

For many, trusting in something we cannot see seems farfetched. Although, we do it everyday, by breathing in oxygen, (though not seen). We believe every inhalation is a breath that gives life or the ability to continue living. Therefore it should be easy for us to believe in the one G-d.

Jesus said to him………….Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20:29 NKJV

The beauty of trusting in the Lord is, we are blessed. There is no pain or hardship when we put our trust in him. No disappointments or rejection, being lied too or being abandoned. There is a guaranteed hope that he will be with us. His character is one that can be trusted, since he is a G-d that cannot lie.

Trust: Assured reliance on the character.

The nature of G-d is one of unconditional love and affection to his children. Wrath is also constituted in his love WHEN we disobey. The same pattern used in disciplining today’s children. We are His children and therefore because he loves us, we will be chastised when necessary.

For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
Hebrews 12:6 NKJV

Even in this,we see a nature that can be trusted because of his inexorable love. Look at the picture above. Two things can happen; the person standing on the rock can either help or release the other. With man the possibility of him letting go is more likely to happen than G-d. His word is his bond to us and he will never let us go.

It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.
Psalms 118:8 NKJV

I can guarantee you, once you totally surrender to the Lord, placing ALL your confidence in him (for he cares for you) you will be…

For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Jeremiah 17:8 NKJV

When heat comes, you won’t fear but in the word you will be confident and will be able to say,

Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.
Psalms 27:3 NKJV

G-d is not like man, so I encourage you to trust him TODAY. He wants to guide your life into the most beautiful fulfilling path. There is no need to be timid of trust when we can trust in an eternal love.

ARISE!

Know Your Source


From Aroer, which is on the bank of the River Arnon, and from the city that is in the ravine, as far as Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us; the Lord our God delivered all to us.
Deuteronomy 2:36 NKJV

The highlighted verse deals with the journey of the children of Israel. Through this verse, we will be looking at the words highlighted in bold. To quickly recap, the children of Israel were told by G-d to go and possess the land he promised them. The land however was still owned by others. In order to retrieve it, they had to earn it. This usually entailed going through a battle or battles which ended in them retrieving the land.

Can you imagine how they felt at times? The “owners” (because Israel was the rightful owners according to the promise), may have looked strong and immovable at times. Causing them to feel intimidated or timid. Knowing they served a G-d who was providing manna from heaven, why couldn’t he send fire and brimstone to destroy the land? Why do we have to fight? Being human and knowing how I feel concerning prayerful warring at times, I can only imagine how they felt in a person to person battle. Tired, nostalgic (for Egypt), weary, bemused and more.

However, they were not alone for the Lord guided them through EVERY battle and as highlighted, there was not one city too strong for them.

Do you have a “land” (eg: a job promotion) the Lord told you is yours, yet it seems impossible to retrieve? Let this verse be your driving force. Know that it will not be too strong. Though the land looks possessed by someone else or persons, if G-d says it’s yours, then act on it. Acting may simply be prayer and fasting but act on it. Don’t look at the size of the battle but let the characteristics of our Lord resonate in your heart and mind.

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?
Romans 8:31‭MSG

Your battle is already won in Jesus name for there is no thing or person stronger than the Almighty G-d.

ARISE

Wisdom Over Walls


Pain due to emotional hurt is inevitable. It’s unrealistic for us to think we’ll go through life without encountering disappointments.

Due to our varying personalities, it is natural for us to deal with things in different ways. In recent times the most taught principle is “LOCK THEM OFF. LET THEM GO. GET RID OF THEM”.

Though this is VERY necessary in some cases, there are instances where it’s not applicable. Sometimes the very person you wish to lock off is the person G-d wants you to bless. That’s why I now apply the principle of WISDOM OVER WALLS.

Here is something to think about. What if G-d was to treat you by today’s standards and LOCK YOU OFF?

Be wise in your interactions. It’s not always necessary to get rid of a person or people. Your life as an example though tactfully “distant” can be a blessing. Choose your friends wisely but also your battles. Not everything requires a radical move.

Most importantly ask G-d for guidance and as he leads your every move, you will see how easy it is to choose WISDOM OVER WALLS.

ARISE!