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Spirit lead me…

8 Aug

Here are the lyrics to a song that I have had on repeat for an ENTIRE week, it’s been such a blessing, take a listen and let the words seep into your soul, it’s called “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsongs United.

“You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am your and you are mine
.”

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Attitude #1 of a Giant-Slayer – Staying Connected With God

15 Mar

This was written by my pastor at His People Joburg, feel free to follow her on Twitter @CarolGossman, she most certainly follows hard after God!

David stood defiantly before the King. “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear,” he began, challenging the King’s doubt that David was old enough to fight Goliath. “This uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine!” he bravely declared. We are not told what David was feeling inside but it is obvious that he was determined to fight Goliath and that he was convinced he would win.

John 15:4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

We were all meant to live in partnership with God. That is, agreeing with Him about situations, remaining filled with Him, being led by Him and tackling life knowing He is with us. When we try to live outside of Him there are some warning signs that quickly appear – fear, stress, jealousy, depression, high levels of temptation. Gosh! It just shows how often we step out of the partnership…

David had a history with God, in which God had helped him protect his father’s sheep from a lion and a bear. He knew what God had done in the past and was convinced that God would do the same in the future. We all have a history with God in which He has done wonderful things for us. He has saved us, rescued us from the grip of sin and even set us free from pain and hopelessness. When we face difficult situations it is tempting to feel that this one is like no other – impossible, unconquerable and sure to defeat us. David, instead of giving into fear, reminded himself of all the previous victories that he and God had together.

REMEMBERING WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US IS THE FIRST KEY TO REMAINING IN FAITH.

Caleb was excited about the potential of the land that he and the other spies had just seen. Bunches of grapes so big that more than one man was needed to carry them, beautiful fields and mountains able to sustain great numbers of people – the land was perfect for the Israelites! Unfortunately, 10 of the spies did not agree. They were afraid of the giants that lived there and quickly informed Moses that it would be impossible to take the land. Caleb could have bowed to the popular opinion and given up his dream. Instead, the Bible says, he silenced the people and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it!”

The greatest hindrance to your being who God wants you to be and accomplishing what He’s called you to is: listening to and agreeing with the negative report that others bring. I have been told many times by well-meaning people that I would not be able to run a prophetic ministry or lead people or have a happy marriage or… the list is endless. If I had stopped to listen and had agreed with just a few of them I would be depressed, defeated and frustrated. Nothing in life that is worth achieving comes without some level of battle. The battle is usually centered around our attitudes and thought life. The devil is trying to discourage you so that you will give up because he knows that your victory will bring many others into their victories also. But Caleb silenced the negativity and encouraged Moses and the nation, “We can certainly do it!” With God nothing is impossible, and as we remain partnered with Him nothing is impossible for us either!

SILENCING NEGATIVITY AROUND YOU AND ENCOURAGING OTHERS IS THE SECOND KEY TO REMAINING IN FAITH.

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I’m followed by Angels

29 Aug

I honestly have no choice but to write a response to “Sometimes I don’t know…” because the support has been so incredible but more than the “Angels that follow me” this is about the confirmation that God Himself has shown. He really is just that good that He blew my mind AGAIN like he did in “The Life Of This Student”….

To go back, last week or so I was having a particularly bad day (as we all do) and I decided to write about it. Understand that I am deliberate about what I say in this little space of mine, it’s a gentle warning and nothing to be worried about. I don’t think that it was more than two hours after the proverbial “ink” had dried on THAT post that I saw a poster for an event called the “Young Economists For Africa”  . They were hosting an event on THAT day on east campus and the speakers were two young, black women (one an actuarial analyst and the other a leading economist at the Competition Commission) at the top of their games. Now you might say oh okay, so what? The so what, is because I have full intentions of using the degree I’m currently completing to become one of South Africa’s top black female economists!!! Yes, there I said it!!! Now, I’m feeling awkward because I’ve never said that more than TWICE out aloud. To believe so boldly seemed kind of silly back then. The engagement was not earth-shattering (but I must say that those women knew their beans/business) but what it did was give me a bigger picture, to refocus, like God was lifting my eyes.

My church-home is “His People Joburg” in Parktown North and I love it to bits and pieces. It really is an amazing place. Pastor Carol and Andrew Gossman run the second morning service called AM2 and boy do they hear from God, which is amazeballs but we all can hear from God which is also amazeballs. During the services, there are “words of knowledge” shared like, someone has left ear pain or depression or what ever the “knowledge” is, members of the congregation are asked to raise their hands so that others directly around then pray for healing – I just love it. On this Sunday past, I think God definitely had it in for me. The word of knowledge was simply that everything was going to be okay. It was that quiet confidence I needed because that was the very thing that my heart was aching to know. As if that wasn’t enough, the guest speakers for the morning was a family that attended my church but were now residing in the USA. They shared their testimony of how they felt a prompting from God to take their business, as fund managers, to the States at a time when the recession was still in full force. They shared how their business had almost failed to the point of giving away the office equipment when one client offered them funds to manage. They are now at a point (almost two years later) where they are managing funds in excess of 80 million US dollars from being dead-broke in a foreign country with nothing but a word from God and faith the size of a mustard seed.

What brought me to an almost ugly cry (with much restraint) was when their daughters sang “There can be miracles” by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. “Many nights we prayed, with no proof anyone could hear. In our hearts a hopeful song, we barely understood. Now we are not afraid, although we know there’s much to fear. We were moving mountains long, before we knew we could. (skip to the bridge) They don’t always happen when you ask. And it’s easy to give in to your fear. But when you’re blinded by your pain, can’t see the way clear through the rain. A small but still resilient voice says hope is very near. There can be miracles, when you believe. Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill. Who knows what miracles, you can achieve. You will when you – BELIEVE…”

 Deep down, I know that  I still have so much more to give and that my contribution will be significant. I can’t get away from that knowing and I won’t reject it either. On a Facebook friend’s page, this quote struck a deep chord, it read: Your spirit carries a memory of your future, that’s why you constantly get this feeling on the inside of you, telling you that you are meant to be more than what you are… it’s what you do with these promptings that matter!”

To those who responded, I’m humbled by your stories and words of encouragement – YOU too give me hope, my heart says thank you.

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