OVERWHELMED?…THIS MAY HELP YOU

OVERWHELMED?…THIS MAY HELP YOU 

PART 1

IT’S IMPORTANT TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 8:14; Luke 14:26)

 

Do you feel overwhelmed?

Do you feel like your life is out of balance?

I originally posted this in April of 2010 and August 2013 but felt a need to repost it again to help Believers who find themselves overwhelmed because of imbalance in their lives.

Be blessed!

Kim

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Today we live in an extremely demanding age with a myriad of voices constantly calling out after us.

They call out after our mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual resources, after our money, our attention, our time, and sometimes even after our sense of sanity.

They call out after our mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual resources, after our money, our attention, our time, and sometimes even after our sense of sanity.

They call out through family, friends, church, employers, co-workers, social organizations, neighbors, television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, social media, smart phones, electronic devices,  and the list goes on.

They say, “come here”, “go there”, “buy this”, “eat that”, “dress like this”, “you must have that”, “give this”, “read this”, “spend time here”, “never go there”, “join us”, “email me”, “text me”,”message me”, “follow me”, “listen to me”, “like me”, “do this”, “do that”, “do the next…and on and on and on.

We are seemingly bombarded with endless demands, and we can not be all things to all people, so the question is:

How do we find the right balance in all of this?

From a Kingdom perspective, I believe that a key to finding the right balance is:

Being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God.

Jesus’ life was a perfect demonstration of this. He was always in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God, our Father, not as determined by His disciples, family, friends, emotions, circumstances, or even crises.

For example, in John chapter 11 when Jesus heard that Lazarus was extremely sick, He did not drop everything and rush off to heal him, but instead, remained where He was for two more days before leaving to deal with the issue.

If you read the account, in verse 2, the scripture makes it a point to let us know that the Lazarus who was sick was the brother of Mary who had anointed Jesus with the precious ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, in verse 3 it makes it clear that Jesus loved Lazarus, and in verse 5, it makes it clear that he also loved Mary and Martha.

Nevertheless, in spite of the circumstance and who it involved, Jesus did not allow the relationships or emotions to move Him out of divine position or timing. He got His instructions from God, our Father, and simply did as directed.

What do you think you would you have done in this circumstance?

Had Jesus succumbed to the emotion and the pressure of the situation, He would have lost His place of right balance, gotten out of the position and timing of God and aborted the purpose of the event which according to verse 4 of John 11 was, “for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby”.

Have you ever aborted the purpose of a situation because you were not Spirit led?

Jesus’ life was driven by doing His Father’s will.

In fact in John 6:38, He says that He came down from heaven “not to do His own will but the will of the one who sent Him”. His life personified right balance because He always sought to obey God our Father at all times no matter the situation, who it involved or the probable consequences.

If we desire to find the right balance in our lives, we need to approach life as Jesus did and have a Spirit-driven, not people, emotion, or circumstance driven lifestyle.

In this whole process of finding the right balance, there is a fundamentally important point to take note of:

There is no universal state of right balance; finding the right balance is a very personal, God-defined thing.

In other words, what is the right balance for you may not necessarily be the right balance for me and, what is the right balance for me may not necessarily be the right balance for you.

It is important to keep this in mind because it minimizes the temptation to be judgmental about other people’s decisions, and it also reminds us that we are each personally responsible for finding the right balance in our own lives and no one else can do it for us.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

(Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG)

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh our souls.]
 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

(Matthew 11:28-29 AMPC)

                                                                                                        ………..to be continued

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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NOTEWORTHY QUOTE 12

NOTEWORTHY QUOTE 12

 

"SELAH - PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK OF THAT"

“SELAH – PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK OF THAT”

 

From time-to-time, I like to post quotes that I view as noteworthy.

The following was sent to me via  Whatsapp this morning by Gino Maycock, my brother in Christ and the CEO/Owner of Colonial Realty Bahamas, and I’m sharing it with his permission.

“The Lord our God has shown me in a dream that worship has just moved to an all new level. If you want to worship the Lord it will now mean you have to stand for the Kingdom of heaven against the darkness of satan and risk life now. Risk job, fame, name, wealth, the possibility of losing all the non-heavenly that we have become so accustomed to along with life. Saints prepare yourselves for a new stand and a different type of worship. Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus our Christ and King.” ~ Gino Maycock

SELAH!

When I received that message, it really resonated with me because the same thing has been in my spirit re the cost of living for Christ and of true worship in these last days.

The line between the Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness is becoming increasingly distinct.  

As this happens, God is concurrently requiring His people to take more and more of a clear stand for Him and His Kingdom.

This stand, this bowing down of our lives to Him and His Kingdom purposes at the cost or potential cost of all else will be counted by Him as true worship for it will show His true worth-ship to us.

Selah!

What price are you prepared to pay?

What are you prepared to lose or risk losing?

Where, and in what is the true treasure of your heart?

May our hearts be willing and His grace empower us to take a stand and worship Him as He desires and indeed requires.

 

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

(John 4:23-24 – NIV)

 

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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TRUST GOD MORE THAN EVER IN 2017

TRUST GOD MORE THAN EVER IN 2017

"GET IN THE ZONE AND TRUST GOD"

“IT’S CRITICAL TO TRUST GOD IN 2017”

 

Happy New Year to all!

I did not intend to post anything today, but I feel impressed to share that this year, it is more important than ever before for us to trust God.

To trust Him, particularly concerning the following 5 areas:

1) The infallible truth of His Word…..

2) The unmatchable greatness of His power…..

3) The irrefutable goodness of His nature…..

4) His indisputable sovereignty, knowing He has the final say on all matters…….

5) His unchangeable love for you as His child…….

We have officially entered the unchartered waters of 2017 and we do not know what this year will bring, but we can make a decision today to trust God.

We can make a decision to trust Him and to show our trust by our obedience and submission to Him, and in our attitude and posture toward Him no matter what we face.

Will you make that decision today?

Will you say, Lord, by Your grace I will trust You this year?

Father, thank you for allowing us to see 2017. As we enter this new year, we declare our desire and decision to trust You and ask that You enable us to do it by Your grace, Your divine enabling power, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

 

“TRUST HIS HEART” – BY BABBIE MASON

 

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.”

(Proverbs 3:5,6 – The Message Bible)

 

“Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”

(Psalms 125:1 – NKJV)

 

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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2016……2017…..

2016…..2017…..

2016 Gone

 

2016’s about to end…..

2017’s about to begin…..

the old is leaving…..

the new is coming…..

“this year” is becoming “last year”…..

“next year” is becoming “this year”…..

transitions……

changes…..

uncertainty…..

God remains the same….

trust Him!

 

He also says, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 

They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.

You will roll them up like a robe;
like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.”

(Hebrews 1:10-12 – NIV)

Selah!

 

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WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS – WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS?

WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS – WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS?

WORLD CRISIS

“WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS”

 

WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS

world crisis abounds

fear, panic and worry everywhere

resting, hoping, and trusting in God the King

 

When I look at the instability of the kingdoms and nations of this world and its leaders, I am more grateful than ever to be a part of God’s Kingdom.

A Kingdom that is unshakable, a Kingdom that has no end, a Kingdom whose citizens span every race, nation, societal level and color, a Kingdom whose King is our Great and Mighty and Matchless God.

Who is like our God?  – Who can withstand Him, who can defy Him, who can counsel Him, who can thwart His purposes, who can undo what He has decreed, who can open what He shuts, who can shut what He opens – who is like our God?

Our God is Great, Mighty and Matchless!

 

“Remember [carefully] the former things [which I did] from ages past;For I am God, and there is no one else;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end and the result from the beginning,
And from ancient times the things which have not [yet] been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will do all that pleases Me and fulfills My purpose”

(Isaiah 46:9, 10 – AMP)

 

“HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD” –  (WORLD EDITION)

FEAT. CHRIS TOMLIN

 

“Great is our [majestic and mighty] Lord and abundant in strength;
His understanding is inexhaustible [infinite, boundless].”

(Psalms 147:5 – AMP)

“There is none like You, O Lord;
You are great, and great is Your mighty and powerful name.
Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
For it is appropriate and it is Your due!
For among all the wise men of the nations
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.”

(Jeremiah 10:6,7 – AMP)

 

In the face of all the crisis that abounds in our world today, know that we serve a Great God and are citizens of a Great Kingdom.

This is the truth that we must hold fast to.

This is the truth that will anchor our souls.

Our focus on this truth or lack thereof will determine our level of peace or fear.

Our focus on this truth or lack thereof will determine whether we walk on the tumultuous waters of our times or sink in them.

If we keep our eyes on the reality of the Greatness of our God, and on the fact that He is King over all, and on the fact that we belong to His Kingdom which rules over all, we will have more peace and be water walkers, but if we allow our focus to shift onto the crisis that abounds in this world and onto the instability of its leaders, we will have more fear and sink.

Selah!

Where will your focus be?

Will it be God and His Kingdom or on world leaders and the abounding worldwide crisis?

Today God says:

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

(Psalms 46:10 – NIV, 1984)

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all [the universe].”

(Psalms 103:19 – AMP)

“Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal; you never get voted out of office. God always does what he says, and is gracious in everything he does.”

(Psalms 145:13 – MSG)

“God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.”

(Psalms 47:8 – NKJV)

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

(I Timothy 1:17 – KJV)

“You will keep him in perfect peace,
 Whose mind is stayed on You,
 Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever,
 For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.”

(Isaiah 26:3, 4 – NIV, 1984)

“God is our refuge and strength,
 an ever-present help in trouble.”

(Psalms 46:1 – NIV, 1984)

 

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WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

Do you know that God has called you to a task or assignment but you feel inadequate and unqualified?

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe will be a timely word for you, and as such, am re-blogging it with her permission.

Be encouraged,

Kim

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CALLING MIGHTY MEN AND WOMEN OF VALOR

CALLING MIGHTY MEN AND WOMEN OF VALOR

November 12, 2016

WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

Elaine Tavolacci

In the natural it may appear as if the churches are dwindling down in membership, Christian friends are falling away, great men and women of God are passing away, and believers are declining in number. But the truth is, that God has a remnant that He has chosen for His end time army to usher in the greatest harvest in history. The fields are white unto harvest and it is about time that we take our place in what we have been called to do. Many of you feel inadequate, unqualified, or uneducated to be used by God.

There was a man in the bible named Gideon who was fearful and weak in his own sight, but mighty in the eyes of God. The name Gideon means “Mighty warrior”. Gideon was called to deliver Israel from the Midianites, but one day Gideon was hiding as they were attacking Israel. God had sent an angel to him saying, “The Lord is with you, mighty man of valor”. Gideon replied with a question, if the Lord is with us, why did all these terrible things happen? The Lord responded, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man. After this encounter with the angel, Gideon went and rescued Israel from the enemy with an army which the Lord had reduced from thirty two thousand men, to three hundred men. The Lord also allowed Gideon to see into the enemies’ camp.

The Holy Spirit is showing me that many of you are fearful and you feel as if an army is rising up against you, but Jesus calls you a mighty man/woman of valor. You will defeat every enemy that attempts to overtake you, and you will be used in a great way.

The Lord says I looking for the mighty men and women of valor. They are those who will take heed to My word, and see themselves as I have created them to be. I am calling forth My warriors who are not fearful or fainthearted. I am looking for those who will walk in faith and are not moved by adverse circumstances. They are those men and women who are willing to go to the front lines regardless of what they hear and see in the natural. They will take Me at My word as they rescue and deliver the captives. Their minds are sharp and their thinking is intuitive, therefore they are not moved by bad reports but will continue to advance into all that I have called them to do. They do not fear the unknown and are not be afraid of what lies ahead. They know that I have given them everything that they need to accomplish My purpose and plan for their life. They will not become weary as the enemy seems to be battering and relentless. As they seek My counsel, I will give them clear understanding and keen discernment. They will seek Me for wisdom and direction when they are in doubt.

I am looking for those who will not tolerate idolatry. They are those who will destroy the god of Baal and the goddess of Asherah. They will sacrifice everything for My name’s sake and they are willing to burn their bridges behind them and forget the mistakes from their past. To them I will expose the plans of the adversary. They will discern the enemies’ tactics and recognize his schemes. They will then understand the assignments that the enemy has brought against them to distract them, and remove them from their purpose and destiny. I will give them discernment to thwart the plans of the enemy over their life. This discernment that I give will bring wisdom and direction. But this discernment that I give will not come without reading My word. This discernment will not come without prayer and intimacy with Me. Store My word in your heart. In the days ahead you will look back and understand that everything that you have done was not in vain.

Though there will be armies ahead of you, I have already made a way of escape. Don’t allow your circumstances to rule your thinking, but align your thoughts with My word. Do not allow discouragement and despair to wear you down. I have created you and called you for such a time as this. Stand strong in the face of adversity and do not be confused about what you see in the natural. As you pray and believe, know that your prayers are powerful and effective. I did not call you to mediocrity but I have called you to conqueror difficult situations that arise abruptly. Submit your lives in total surrender to Me, ask of Me and I will give you the wisdom, discernment and understanding for the days ahead. Just as I sent the angel to Gideon with a message, I say the same to you, rise up you mighty man/ woman of valor and carry out the assignment that I have for you says the Lord.

Judges 6:11-12
“Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

Judges 7:13-15
“Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. “I had a dream,” he was saying. “A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed.” His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.” When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.”

1 Corinthians 1:26 – 29
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

Original Christian Song – “Where Did Our Boldness Go?’

 written and sung by Damon Gerber

I hope the word and song was a blessing to you.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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A GOOD THING???

A GOOD THING???

BE CAREFUL

A GOOD THING IS NOT ALWAYS A GOOD THING!

“Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.”

(Acts 16:6-8 – NKJV)

Speaking of the Apostle Paul and his ministry team, the above scripture states that they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the Word in Asia, then when they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but again, the Spirit did not permit them.

What!

Isn’t preaching the Word something God wants to happen?

Isn’t it something He has commanded done as a fundamental,  part of His plan to build the Body of Christ and advance His Kingdom?

Isn’t it a good thing???

Yes, in and of itself, preaching the Word is a good thing, but in these instances, to have done so at the time in these places clearly was not a good thing from God’s perspective otherwise the Holy Spirit would not have stopped them from doing so.

So what can we learn from this?

Some small yet powerful takeaways are:-

  1. God may say “no” to what we consider a good thing. 

He is Lord, so His divine purpose is ultimately key.

2. God’s definition of good entails more than our definition of good.

Many times we base our definition of good purely on the nature of an action, however, from God’s view, it is not just the nature of an action that makes it good, but also whether or not He has sanctioned the action to be done at the time, and/or place and/or with the person(s) we propose to do it.

  3.     It is not always the enemy coming against us when we attempt to do “good” things and are forbidden or blocked.

When we encounter internal or external resistance or obstructions, we need to exercise spiritual discernment to determine its source whether of God or the enemy.

Selah!

So why did the Holy Spirit not permit Paul and his ministry team to preach the Word in Asia or Bithynia, the ensuing verses reveal that God’s will was for the Apostle Paul and his ministry team to go to Macedonia at that time so that is where they instead headed.

When it comes to doing good, it is God’s will, purpose and  intention that is important, not ours.

He is Lord, so our obedience to Him is what ultimately determines whether good is truly being done.

Be encouraged,

Kim

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BEAUTIFUL SUNSET AFTER THE STORM

BEAUTIFUL SUNSET AFTER THE STORM

The Calm After The Storm

The Beautiful Evening Sunset On October 7th, 2016, Taken From My Attic Window Following Hurricane Matthew’s Passage Over New Providence, Bahamas

 

 terrible storm ripped and raged

unprecedented damage strewn across our archipelago 

miraculously not one life lost……\O/

beautiful sunset in the aftermath

a declaration of God’s faithfulness and grace

 

“From the rising of the sun to its going down
The Lord’s name is to be praised.”

(Psalm 113:3 – NKJV)

 

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AN IMPORTANT TRUTH TO BE MINDFUL OF

AN IMPORTANT TRUTH TO BE MINDFUL OF

“The voice said, “Cry out!”
And he said, “What shall I cry?”
“All flesh is grass,
And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.

The grass withers, the flower fades,
Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it;

Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40:6-8 – NKJV

 

 

“A voice says, “Call out [prophesy].”

Then he answered, “What shall I call out?”

[The voice answered:] All humanity is [as frail as] grass, and all that makes it attractive [its charm, its loveliness] is [momentary] like the flower of the field.

The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the Lord blows upon it;

Most certainly [all] the people are [like] grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40:6-8 – Amplified Bible

SELAH!

Be encouraged to live mindful of this truth.

Kim

 

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I WATCH – I WAIT – I EXPECT…..

I WATCH – I WAIT – I EXPECT…

I WATCH - I WAIT - I EXPECT...

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7 – NIV)

 

I WATCH – I WAIT – I EXPECT…..

 

Whatever your situation today, look to the Lord, hope in Him……watch, wait and expect to hear from Him.

 

“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him,
to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.”

(Lamentations 3:25, 26 – NIV)

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

 

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