Go Deeper with God

Go Deeper with God

Can I talk about something so real?

God is so much deeper than we make him out to be. We fail to realise that there are so many layers and levels to our relationship with God than we are currently at- we can never arrive at a full knowledge of who God is and His power. He calls us to have a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him every day, and He takes us through new seasons in order for us to learn a greater level of dependency on Him or a different aspect of his character.

For example, I can give a testimony of a time when I first came to Christ. I was about to go to university and I was stuck between choosing between going to Birmingham or staying in London… actually, let me go further by saying that summer I was BROKE to a point where I was really down because I wanted to work that summer. However, learning and coming to the knowledge that God does not love those who want anything more than Him, I decided to not let money be an idol in this season. I simply applied to jobs and said ‘Lord I trust you’. And I did, I did not stress anymore about having a job, I lived within my means and relied on His will for me because I knew He had a plan although I did not understand it. Now fast-forward to results day, a week before I had two job offers lined up, (I was contemplating declining them because in my mind I was going to Birmingham) …I didn’t get into Birmingham and got into my London university despite still not achieving the grades they asked for. He wanted me in London and He made sure that I was set and had everything He knew I desired. In Him not giving me that job straight away made me rely on His will and showed me that as long as I trusted Him I would not have to worry- I knew that he wanted me, and this drove me to want a deeper relationship with Him. I experienced a greater intimacy with Him that season.

Secondly, we have to realise that He is more than a feeling.  Here I’m focusing on the Holy Spirit (I hope you know that He is also God), you need to make sure that your relationship with Him is INTIMATE because He is our helper, the one Jesus left to teach us and empower us, as well as counsel and comfort us. If you have ever felt the actual manifestation of the Holy Spirit you will know that it is Euphoria, you know in that moment that God is with you. His presence almost feels like a cloud resting above the room you feel like you can touch Him. But the Holy Spirit does not need to break windows open and cause wind in the air for Him to prove that He is there. After the first time I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me and felt His presence in my own room, it left me (the FEELING went) because I became reliant on it as a confirmation that He was with me and was listening to me. I was crying to my leaders because I thought it meant that He was no longer with me. If you have ever felt like this don’t worry! He is with you. He is more than just a feeling because His spirit dwells in us (1 John 4: 4) and he will never leave nor forsake us. Just because you cannot feel His presence does not mean He is not present, don’t rely on a feeling. The extent to which your relationship with Him goes should not be based on some chills down your spine. Our faith in Him should be more than this and we will not reach spiritual maturity until we realise this.

The Lord has shown me, even last week that He will make Himself distant (not leave you) in order to pull you into deeper fellowship with Him. When we become used to the way we approach Him we think that we have arrived when He wants to show you much more. Change the way you seek Him: Go deeper in your bible study, pray more fervently, spend more time with Him, cry out to Him with more of your heart. Check that you’re fully surrendered to Him. The word of God says to seek wisdom (of God) fervently- “Tune your ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would search for silver, seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord and you will gain the knowledge of God.”- Proverbs 2: 2-5. So it is clear, that when we are seeking godly wisdom and wisdom of God that we should not take it lightly and do it half-halfheartedly. As much as He is our Father, and friend, and saviour, He is God, the more you seek to know him the more intimate you will be with Him.

If you have been distant with God lately, I am here to assure you that all you need to do to get back on track with Him is to cry out to Him and pursue Him more fervently. Of course you may feel distant because you simply are not pursuing the things of God, however he may just be calling you to go deeper into your knowledge of Him. Either way He will restore you, just stick with Him and don’t stray from the truth. Rest in the promises of His word, He says, if a Father, being ungodly gives his children good gifts, how much more, will He (God) give you give you. He will not withhold himself from you if you call on Him.

I hope this helps someone xxxx

Stay beautiful, blessed, and a daughter of the Kingdom x

-Chanté Moore

How Are Your Friendships?

How Are Your Friendships?

Last week, the Lord spoke to me about friendships and my relationship with others. So here is just a few things that I discovered about friendships and relationships last week.

The first thing is that FRIENDS ARE AMAZING! I believe that we live in a generation that opposes positive friendships. We see it all the time: on social media you will see someone publish an emotional post on the fact that they cannot trust anyone/ people have hurt them or glorify the fact they are antisocial and can live without people. We should not feel like this! The Lord has given us friendship for a reason. Of course He made Eve for Adam for the purpose of marriage, but companionship was also her purpose- God has not intended us to go through life ourselves. The word of God says that “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” (Ecclesiastes 4) Again the word of God says in the same chapter, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated but two can stand back-to-back and conquer”. So it is clear that the Lord does not want us to be alone, He, the author of creation knows the dangers that isolation can bring. He does not want us to be depressed and lonely. Furthermore, would he have said that we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves if he did not intend us to have friends? Of course not. So having friends are amazing, do not give into the worldly view that having friends is a waste of time and another way for you to get hurt.

Now moving on, people are difficult (TRUST ME I KNOW) this is why knowing who your real friends are is important. I’m sorry but not everyone can be your friend, even if they are Christian- just because someone is a Christian and goes to the same church to you does not mean that you two are supposed to be the best of friends! (Please do not take this as me saying that you should not be friendly to the people in your church, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ) Not everyone is supposed to be in your circle- we are only hurt by those who we hold in high regard (people that we give a high position of friendship to: like a best friend etc), so perhaps one of the reasons that your ‘friends’ are hurting you is because they are not supposed to be a close friend in the first place. Do not continue a friendship that feels forced. Ask yourself ‘do my friends treat me properly?’ ‘what kind of words do they say to me?’. Will your friends tell you the truth even though it may offend you? This is actually a sign of true friendship; Proverbs 24:26 says that “Honesty is like a kiss of friendship”. You know the signs of someone who truly loves you and wants the best for you, so discern between those who are true friends or just associates/ people who don’t care about you at all.

Having friends won’t stop you from getting hurt, you will be hurt in life regardless. However, we have to know how to deal with that hurt. One way is to guard your heart- Isiah 2:22 says “Don’t put your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. What good are they?”. Humans will fail us- our friends and family will let us down because they are not perfect. When we accept this, it becomes easier to let go of hurt and come to an acceptance that there will be times when tensions will arise in our friendships. But I also want to address the fact that we need to stop having too many expectations of our friends- they owe nothing to us but love. When we expect over and above of our friends, the chance that there will be disappointments increase. So ask yourself if the expectations you have for your friendships are unrealistic.

Lastly, DO YOU TREAT YOUR FRIENDS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED? You may not realise, but perhaps you are not a great friend? Perhaps the way your friends treat you is reflective to the way you treat then. Do you love and care for your friends the way you want to be loved and cared for? Or do you gossip and back-bite your friends? Can people call you when they are in need? I challenge you this week to analyse yourself and check that you are TRULY loving towards others. I put TRULY because the love we have for others cannot be fake , because God sees this. 1 John 4:20 says “If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?”. One of the best articles of friendship we see in the Bible is the one between Jonathan and King David- the Bible says that Jonathan loved David as he loved himself (1 Samuel 18:3), do we love our friends as we love ourselves?

We will not get there with our friends overnight but we WILL get there eventually. We WILL learn to love others the way we love ourselves if we ask and trust God to teach us how to love. God will shape your character if you let Him. If you want to become more loving and patient, ask Him to help you. The Lord loves to see that we trust Him with even the things that we consider small. I also encourage you to trust that God will direct your friendships- some friendships are seasonal and God only intended them to last for a short while, so trust that He has a great friend coming your way. And if you are someone who finds it hard to make friends or don’t think that you the friends you have are genuine, ask God to send you some like-minded, GENUINE friends, and trust that He will deliver, after all our Father gives us the desires of our hearts.

Stay beautiful, blessed, and a daughter of the Kingdom x

-Chanté Moore

Moving on from your Past- Part 2

Moving on from your Past- Part 2

Philippians 3:13
“No dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,”

Another aspect of moving on from our pasts we have to come to terms with is being content with our present and looking forward to our future. After being saved for perhaps almost a year I went through a period of doubt and confusion- thinking “can I really do this?” “is any of this even real?” I wanted to go back to my old life: the music I used to listen to, and the mindsets I used to have because it just seemed easier. Then I started wanting to go back to my last relationship because I missed having someone’s attention, and started to tell myself that he did nothing for me to break up with him. But I’m here to tell you that it is real! Christ is real, even throughout this period where my thoughts towards Christ were not faithful, he remained faithful. He continued to love me. He continued to show me His glory. The Holy Spirit never allowed me to stray away; he constantly reminded me of His love for me and my worth in Him.

We need to realise that we cannot keep going back to the past that we have been saved from because there is no life in it; we have to understand the deception and destruction that characterised our old lives- whatever your old life was characterised by- drinking, partying, ungodly relationships, just being without Christ, it’s all emptiness and vanity. Ungodly relationships seem to be one of the things we all seem to go back to, WE NEED TO STOP IT. He took us out of these relationships for a reason. I believe that our spouses have already been chosen, the Lord has already carefully picked our life partners so we have nothing to worry about! When your husband comes along the Lord will make it known to you. This is why should diligently seek HIM and not a spouse, otherwise we end up in relationships that are out of His will. (After all His word says HE who finds a wife and not SHE who finds a husband. Your man will find you girl!). This is what I had to keep reassuring myself of when I went through the period of wanting to go back to my ex-boyfriend. We NEED to learn to be content in whatever situation God has placed us in, because frankly He is all we need.

I saw someone quote this on twitter a few days ago: ‘elevation requires separation’ and this could not be more fitting for what I am talking about. For you to go further in Christ, or even in life in general you need to be separated from your old self and situations, so please stop running back to them!!! When you do the same thing over and over again, expecting different results it’s called insanity, Proverbs 26:11 says “As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness”. Our Father considers it foolish to go back to our past. You have to ask yourself, do you want to walk in the life that Christ has given you or do you want to go back to your foolishness?

It will not be easy but I encourage you to make a commitment and stick with it. Following Christ is not going to be easy but we must continually die to ourselves and let our commitment be greater than our feelings and emotions. We have to guard our hearts against the things of the world and crave to walk in the spirit, at all times fixing our eyes on our Saviour x

So I challenge you to speak these words over your life whenever you are reminded of your past:

  • The spirit who lives in me is greater than he who is in the world, so therefore I need empowerment and comfort from only Him (1John 4:4)
  • I refuse to go back to my past because I am a new creation in Christ. I choose to walk in the newness of life (2Corinthians 5:17)
  • I have worth to my Father and I know this because out of kindness and Grace he purchased my freedom with the blood of His son and forgave my sins (Ephesians 1:7)

He has set before us life and death and I encourage you to keep on choosing life xxxx

Stay beautiful, blessed, and a daughter of the Kingdom x

-Chanté Moore

Moving on from your Past- Part 1

Moving on from your Past- Part 1

Philippians 3: 13
“No dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,”

If only we could all be like Paul- Paul explains that he was not perfect. As anointed as he was he still made mistakes, however he recognised that in order to continue on the journey we call faith, we must be willing to move on from the past. We all have trouble doing this- either letting go of past events and circumstances or having a strong desire to return to our past situations.
So I will address these two circumstances (I will focus on the desire to go back to our past situations in a future post as I do not want them to be too long). Firstly, there’s no denying that it is hard to let go of the past: pain, anger, sorrow and sin are extremely hard things to let go of. When dealing with pain that someone has caused you, the key action is FORGIVENESS. You have probably heard that unforgiveness hurts you more than it hurts the person that needs to be forgiven; and this is TRUE. When you hold on to situations all that happens is you now bear a burden and the only way to let go of that burden is to let go- forgive. Furthermore, forgiveness is one of the key principles of the gospel, Colossians 3:13 says “Forgive as the Lord forgave you”. We should forgive with the same forgiveness that the Lord forgave us with, and remember that if we don’t forgive others the Lord will not forgive us (Matthew 6:14-15). So according to God’s word unforgiveness is serious, and this is because it breeds hatred.

Sin is also something that is hard to let go, coming from experience. When we fall in Christ we feel as though we have failed, and although I am not saying that we should not feel convicted of our sins, we cannot afford to sit and wallow in our mishaps. The longer you turn away from Christ because you feel guilty the more of a chance the enemy has to allow you to turn away completely. The key action in this situation is REPENTANCE. Repentance is not a one-time thing that we do at the altar call (or whenever you give your life to Christ) repentance is continual, especially because we are humans and will fail. We must remember that Christ loves and died for us while we were in our sin- and he would do it a million times more. All that he asks is that we turn away from sin and unrighteousness, and that’s all you have to do! Using an example from my own life; I gave into lust in my last relationship, even after giving my life Christ. The guilt I felt was indescribable, I couldn’t pray, I missed church, and I couldn’t praise God the same anymore because I felt like a hypocrite. But I soon came to the realisation that Christ is my redeemer, and I didn’t want to go back to my old life and being without Christ. So, I repented, and committed myself to turn away from lust and sexual sin completely and got myself back on track- just as Paul says “we must hold on to the progress we have already made” (Philippians 3:16). Sister, do not feel that all the efforts you have made are now void because of one mishap. Try sitting with the Lord and confess before Him “Lord I know I am a sinner, I come to you to repent of my sins, I am asking for your forgiveness”, and then trust and know that by doing that He will restore you. From then on make a commitment to turn away from that sin whatever it is. It is foolish to repent and then go back to the same sin that you confessed that you were sorry for- in that case, it is not repentance and only something called worldly sorrow, a situation where you find that you are not truly sorry for your sins, but in that moment your emotions make you feel as though you are. Do not believe that you cannot overcome sin because the spirit that lives in you OVERCAME sin and death.

So to close, although it is hard, we must move on from our pasts whatever the circumstance: whether that means forgiving an offender or repenting of our sins.

Stay beautiful, blessed, and a daughter of the Kingdom x

-Chanté