Counting the Cost of Discipleship – Evangelism in Today’s World


Happy TGIF Everybody!

Today, I was really contemplating for the past few days about the price of Discipleship. I personally realize within myself that as Christians, we have to learn to be more transparent about how we feel about the Lord. Transparency is an issue that not many people want to deal with because we know that it is not easy when we face criticism and pointing of fingers and also the threat of being persecuted for what you believe is a deterrent for others wanting to be transparent. However, with what I’ve been praying for, the Holy Spirit has being harping a lot to me about the need for Christians to be Transparent. 

I asked myself how transparent am I?

Am I a “transparent Christian” or am I “Opaque”?

I find that with the things I’ve been able to share here, such as my personal stories about abuse and spiritual attacks I’ve encountered in my life in relation to witchcraft and the testimony of how I got saved, I can say that it took me a while to come out with these stories. It isn’t always so easy to testify. For me, the problem isn’t the story…I always feel the need to assess the timing and the type of audience that I can share my stories with. Some stories are a little far-fetched to some who are immature or are just babes in Christ and will take what I say the wrong way…and some stories are heavy and traumatic that it may take time for me to share with others, but with having blogged over time revealing a little bit more about myself here and there as I go along, I find that it is getting easier and easier with time.

I think that building upon transparency takes time as one conquers levels of fear each step at a time as one builds their faith is what I think the main issue is. I still struggle with areas of fear, but I have no problem admitting it. God has been helping me overcome with time and is building a boldness in me to speak the truth and tell it like it is on here and with people I encounter in my daily lives, so don’t be discouraged if you feel shy or are still uncomfortable about sharing your stories of faith with others. The whole point is to pursue building on that transparency in some way and if you don’t know how, seek help from more seasoned Christians and also do not forget to seek God to help you build courage and you will become bold when you take steps of faith.

Other questions that I have been contemplating about for the past week are:

Why are some Christians “closet Christians” while some others are seemingly more outspoken about their faith than others?

I can think of a few factors as to why this is so, but I think it boils down to two main things, it’s either Fear or Unbelief.

There are some Christians who are introverted and don’t know how to effectively communicate their faith because of Fear … or because they are simply shy and that is their personality type, Others who are extrovert seemingly have no problem and go all out which is awesome. This doesn’t mean that introverted persons have no means of sharing their faith, there are just so many ways we can do that if you really think about it, no need to over-complicate it just use what you already know how to do and maximize on using your gifts to do the job. I write pretty well, and I’m a pretty good story teller…I use this gifting in conversations and in my writing. That’s what I know how to do best and that is what I maximize on. Don’t put God in a box, use what you’ve got to give Him glory.

We also get those who claim they are “Christians” in name only, but seriously operate like they don’t believe in what they purport to believe. Their demonstration doesn’t match the character which can be confusing to the outsider looking in because to many that’s just a form a hypocrisy. We cannot be all about the information without the demonstration to back what we hopefully live. Evangelism is effective when we are honest and don’t come out as fakesters. It is important to be real at all times…people are moved by what is sincere rather than sugar-coated. It’s okay to discuss your weaknesses with non-believers because it just shows them that you are not superhuman just because you are Christian. We are fragile beings that need our Savior. That’s how we become like salt to the earth, we add flavor by preserving and maintaining that which is true, Amen!

I know that I struggle with fear, but that’s when we need encouragement from others to help us develop courage and boldness to do things that we normally wouldn’t do. You learn new things that way when you step outside your comfort zone. Let me tell you it isn’t always pleasant to step out of your comfort zone, but the rewards of what you learn in doing so far outweigh the discomfort. There  are many instances that I’m bold in certain situations and then on the odd occasion I just freeze up because of Fear. It happens and it is still an issue I’m dealing with, *surprise surprise*, so fear not, you are not alone in this arena lol :D.

For those operating in a state of “I’m a Christian in name only but don’t really practice the faith” , you are living a compromised lifestyle that will lead you down the road further into the realm of developing a seared conscience. Don’t kid yourself. You have got to ask yourself why is it you lack faith period? Why continue to say you are Christian when you don’t believe in it anyway? As disciples of Christ, we have to consider that Faith is a demonstration of what you live and believe rather than what you say you believe without the actions to back it. It is an ongoing journey and no one is perfect…however, testimonies are derived by imperfections and prove that we need GOD, Amen!

I believe that there are many forms of evangelism that cater to different character and personality types. There was an article I read concerning introvert evangelism by RELEVANT magazine. Here is the link to the article:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/introverted-evangelism

I believe that we shouldn’t put people in a box and neither should we put God in a box either. We are all created differently with various giftings. We all evangelize differently and for some they thrive in the writing department which is something I’m good at, some thrive in volunteerism, singing, dancing, some are very good at just being listeners, readers, teachers, etc etc. The point is, there are various methods to evangelize your faith which cater to any personality type which include the introverted Christian. Some know how to be very outspoken than others, while others are more shy. I’m shy in some instances and then there are times when I’m just bold and daring. I think some people trap themselves in a situation of guilt when they believe that there is only one method of evangelism that is effective and that’s by outreach street evangelism. Like I said before in my other post, this method did not appeal to me at all when I started out, but it is effective in its own way; however, I think of it as just one form of evangelism, but there are so many avenues in today’s world to reach the lost.

Use the gift you know how to use is my advice. People thrive at what they are good at and I believe you’ll be successful in your approach when you realize that whatever you do well at is the area you can use to evangelize the message of hope.

Instead of tracts you can use different items that people will like…such as pens, bookmarks bracelets, pins, free t-shirts, business cards, iPhone covers, just as an example. Youth like cool stuff and people love freebies, I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t…sometimes it’s just as simple as buying someone coffee and talking about your faith. I have found these methods to be more effective in my walk.  There are so many ways to reach someone…you don’t always have to use the archaic methods to do it, although I’m not suggesting that people stop street evangelism or anything. I’m just saying that if you find these traditional methods aren’t your type of thing…then use modern methods to grab peoples attention. It’s just that simple really, no need to be complicated.

My personality type is good at writing about what I believe, hence the blog. I also like volunteering my time to different social events.  I’m also good at talking to people and listening to their problems, although I at some points prefer to have my own peace since sometimes people off load too much information that it becomes difficult to process, but then again, God wants us to stretch outside of our comfort zone, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you stop being you, Amen!

I have here a video concerning the cost of discipleship. At the end of the day, there will come a point where we will have to take a stand on what we believe. No matter how uncomfortable it makes us, God wants to use those who are willing to overcome their Fears in order to stand on what they believe as Truth. Unbelief is something we must fight against and fear is not of God so we must pursue to operate with a spirit of courage and God will show you how you can effectively evangelize using the gifts you already have within the palm of your hand.

Don’t stress out if one form of evangelism isn’t for you…use what you know how to use and use that well. My last question that I will leave here for all of us to think about before watching this video is:

How far are you willing to go to be God’s Disciple?

God bless you everybody and have an amazing weekend!

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Casting the Net – Modern Day Evangelism


Hi Everbody!

Happy Monday!

I had a phenomenal weekend as I had attended a Revive Canada conference with Evangelist Shyju Mathew and let me tell you, there was soo much downpoured into my spirit about revival that although I’ve been praying for it to come here in Canada, I’m more than convinced that it is already in operation. I believe that God is setting the stage as we speak to break forth into the type of Revival that will become the largest in our lifetime and if you come from another nation…I just want you to know that this Revival I’m talking about isn’t just for Canada…it’s going to be global. That is what I’m believing for and I can already see it happening. I would like to say more, but I must remain silent and let the Lord do His work. There is soo much more in store that I’m currently excited and at the same time fearful for those not prepared for what will take place.

Setting that aside I went to church yesterday and my Pastor was talking about Evangelism in her sermon and how there is a gap in the church for this area. I cannot agree more with her on that one. In fact, the night after the Revive Canada conference the Holy Spirit had told me the same exact thing. Talk about confirmation. Evangelism in North America seems to have dwindled as of late because people are being swayed between wavering opinions with the enemies agenda to promote COMPROMISE. 

How long must the Church compromise and waver between two opinions?

1 Kings 18:21
And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.

I remember as I listened to my Pastor preach as she mentioned how Jesus told his disciples in

Matthew 4:19
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

The Holy Spirit spoke to me during the service and said…”Evangelism is just like Casting a net, however, not many people like what they catch”, I thought…WHOA…ain’t that the truth!

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We know that God can make us fishers of men and yet we don’t always seem to like what we catch in terms of  looking at what’s caught in your net. Sometimes we expect to capture the most impressive and responsive individual to the Word which I liken to favourable big fish…but it’s the small fry fish that we typically get caught in our nets most of the time that seem to always be the first ones cast away when it comes to evangelism. Why is that the case?

I see these type of cast-away fish as those that are easily overlooked, easily ostracized, easily misjudged by prejudicial eyes which tend to be the ones that look irregular to the big fish that we as Christians seem to aim for. Some of these fish maybe deformed, or be of a different colour, creed, family, social economic status, some may even look like EMOs, Punk Rockers, Satanists, Witches, Occult users, homosexuals, prostitutes, adulterers, those that have mental disorders and some maybe of various religions including the atheists. These types of fish from what I’ve seen, seem very unappealing to us in regards to spreading the gospel of Truth…but these are the same people that God wants us to capture the most. They may seem unresponsive at first, but these are the ones that God will use for REVIVAL. This is what I’m sensing strongly in my spirit right now.

The Holy Spirit also posed an uncomfortable question to me which I will share with you. He asked me, “How far are you willing to cast your net?”.  Has the Holy Spirit ever asked you that kind of question?

He revealed to me that although I’ve captured some through my blog, He seems to be implying to me that I can do better than this. I was incredibly Challenged that I didn’t answer His question right away….because obviously, I was assessing the price.

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 Dear Lord….I am feeling the fear of God rise each time I’m challenged by God’s mandate. It was a fearful question that I found I was not so readily available to answer right away, surprise surprise *gulp*. I’m sensing that I’ve got to prepare myself to be pushed in the uncomfortable zone to see this manifest through. My whole mind feels like it’s just trembling thinking about it. I won’t claim to be welcoming this mandate with open arms…because sometimes…it’s about pushing the bar and walking right into destiny. I thought about it and struggled with the answer…in fact I found myself wrestling with myself with the answer; however, I’d like to be brave and claim by faith here on this blog with much fear and trembling *gulp*, “As far as you want me to, Lord.”

As soon as I answered the Holy Spirit’s question…I began to see visions….and I’m just not looking forward to the rest to tell you the truth and yet with the encouragement of a friend, she tells me that “I am groomed for spiritual warfare”. *sigh*….I certainly hope so *gulp*.

Has anybody ever felt Challenged by the Lord like this???? What did you do? How did  you answer?

I am one that doesn’t answer too rashly or too quickly when the Holy Spirit asks me a question….I have a tendency to assess the risks first and I always seem to look before I leap in faith lol. I guess it’s time to just Leap :).

prejudiced people

The Holy Spirit began to tell me and show me of what I’ve been able to accomplish with just my blog. Of course I do more than just blog about my faith…but this is just an example.

Some people may not know this, but ever since I’ve started to blog about my faith a year ago, I’d get private emails from readers who have told me that their faith has been revitalized, that they feel like after reading some of my posts they feel a lot stronger in their walk, some have even sought information about spiritual warfare, some have seen answers to their problems and others are just hungry to hear more on certain topics that I’ve posted which has given me an indication that social media is one powerful evangelistic tool. Of course you get the occasional hate mail…but that sort of goes without saying when you speak the truth.

One person I remember contacting me who wishes to remain anonymous works for the UN and has seen amazing breakthroughs in their workplace with the spiritual warfare posts I had posted, with one of them in particularly dealing with Hamans in the workplace and other such material. Some people contact me for material that they can read and where they can buy it, etc etc. And many people from my blog come from across the globe. In fact, more the 52, 000 people have viewed this blog according to my flag stats and these people come from 171 different countries! I mean…I haven’t even blogged for that long and even though the blog was open nearly 2 years ago, I finally got active last year in October and it’s only been a year since I’ve been writing regularly and yet so many people’s lives have changed in such a short period of time via Wpress.

If God can attract more than 52,000 people to one blog in one year…What say you in ten years? What say you with thousands of other Christians blogging????

A social media revival is indeed possible, People!

What I am trying to imply here is that we cannot underestimate the power of social media to bring about Revival. I think we have to look outside the box. Television will always be an effective form of evangelism, but there are other effective tools out there to bring people to one place with the gospel message and that is definitely social media. Social media is even more effective than magazines these days and with the use of the internet, anything is possible.

What I’m trying to say here is that we don’t have to over complicate Evangelism. We can cast our nets further than we’ve ever imagined before through social media since it is one place that seems to have mobilized the whole world to be gathered in one place through cyberspace.

You just don’t know who God will use to make a difference.

I remember back in the day (10 years ago) when my sister and I went out with a couple of friends of my mother from the UK to hand out tracts in the street in a popularly known dangerous neighborhood and it was an exercise that I kind of cringed at because honestly…I have never been moved by that form of evangelism personally in regards to myself and I had never done street evangelism before either. “Who says that street evangelism is fun?” is probably the most passionate about it…but I knew even in my Christian self…it did not appeal to me one single bit no matter how much I loved the Lord. I’m just being honest here folks. The idea of talking to strangers was one thing…but in a risky area…that did not appeal to me at all… Yes, I have to admit..it was not my cuppa tea, but I learned a few things during this exercise.

When I was with these two ladies from the UK who were obviously pros at this street evangelism thing,  it was interesting to walk through and try it out and give this thing a whirl. We did get a few jokers out there who just accepted the tracts hoping to get a phone number at the end which kind of got on my nerves, but eventually my sister and I got the opportunity to evangelize to a Satanist. Yep, in all that hallabaloo, we encountered those that took the tracts without much conversation, some listened with an open ear and thanked us and some were mere jokers until we landed on a Satanist. A fish we did not expect to encounter in this exercise.

My sister and I did not expect that we’d actually encounter one at all since it seemed that the obvious target in the area we were in were “youth at risk”. Yes, there were a few brothas that just took the tract wanting my phone number…which also is another reason I was not interested in street evangelism, however, when we spoke to the satanist, I thought, “Wow! Now here is a real fish that I’d like to get saved!” Mind you I was an immature babe in Christ when this event happened so this is just a recollection of what happened.

The person thought that by confessing he was a satanist that we’d back off in prejudice and fear because he kind of smirked when he told us he was a Satanist…Much to his surprise, I was actually excited and forthcoming…because I was thinking “Here we go…finally someone worth it!” because I felt up for the challenge. Yes, a few people where just playas…not really serious about listening to the gospel of truth… only interested in a date which greatly discouraged me from continuing this type of evangelism after 2 hours of it on the first day…(I shake my head at these). The Satanist was surprised that we were not afraid of him and was completely in awe of how calm and welcoming we were…in fact he must have thought I was crazy between my sister and I, because I was really excited to tell him about Jesus. At first he wasn’t very forthcoming in taking the tract we had to offer, but when we talked to him about the love of our Lord Jesus, and noticed how passionate we were about talking about Jesus without judging him on his appearance or status quo, he became responsive. He even thanked us for sharing the message with him. The whole day seemed worth it to me after we talked to one of the easily ostracized fish in our day. I believe there is a party in heaven for each one that receives the gospel of truth and this was the method of evangelism I was doing when I was a babe in Christ 10 years ago.

I look back at this and think of it as a very fond memory that is bringing me back to where I am now in my walk. I question myself, Am I still as passionate as I was before? I know in my heart I’m passionate about the gospel of truth, hence the blog, but I must confess that I think what I am battling right now is Fear brought upon by over-thinking the whole persecution complex. I went through a round of it when I was a youth leader in my church that I realize what I experienced has affected me more than I realized…but God is saying, “Get over it, it’s not going to be the last time either”. UGHHHHHHHHH! well…can’t argue with the Almighty now can I?

Well, in the end I have to get over myself if the target is for the cast-away fish. I think that the message today is that as Christians, we love aiming for responsive fish to the gospel and get easily satisfied by those that willingly come to the Lord with less effort when the true Catch that God is aiming for is for the easily cast-away fish. These fish are actually easy to catch but we cast them away so easily because of prejudice.

I think that we have to re-think Evangelism and analyze who we catch when we Cast our nets and also consider that we maybe guilty in some areas of casting away fish that so truly need to hear the Word by so easily giving up on them after experiencing their initial rejection of the Truth. I’m not saying become aggressive and stalk people with the gospel, all I’m just saying is that our approach should be one that is loving and kind, appealing to those that are easily overlooked that tend to be the ones who feel ostracized by Christians who approach them with prejudice rather than with compassion. We cannot afford to speak about the gospel of truth with prejudicial hearts and condemning spirits. That will not appeal to them at all. Empathy and Honesty wrapped with Compassion will work better to reach the lost rather than being perceived as a bible-thumping Christian, Amen.

What do y’all think? Do you agree or disagree? I’d like to know your opinions.

Have a blessed day everybody!

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Stepping out into New Territory


I remember that when I was a kid living in Kenya, I think I was about 10 or 11 years old,  there was a school day- trip to the Great Rift Valley. If you’ve ever heard of the Great Rift Valley then you’ll know that it is the most amazing sight I have ever seen. When I sit back and reminisce on it all, I feel like going back there just to see that landscape but if you’ve read my story about living in Kenya you’ll understand my reluctance to even go back there. I often think about what if God were to ask me today “Go back to Kenya”….would I do it? I mean this would mean facing that which I feared, but I’ve now began to resolve within myself, that even though I was terrified as a kid because of the experiences I had without full knowledge of God at the time, my perspective of going there has changed in that now I know God and I wish I knew Him better a little earlier when I was going through some things but I am grateful that God is in my life now. THANK YOU JESUS!

Anyway, back to the school trip story… so we went there and it was really a trip to go to Mount Longonot. Mt. Longonot is not really a mountain per say , it’s more of a dormant stratovolcano, in otherwords a crater created during the time Mt. Kenya Erupted many years ago during the formation of the Rift Valley so it is a tourist haven for those who love hiking. I love hiking and all but when we got there and I looked at the steep incline to go up, I freaked out! Mt. Longonot is known for it’s steep rigdes that look like numerous veins of embankments.

Natrually, I wanted to go back and call it a day, but there’s no turning back now since the bus has left and plus I was with some teachers and friends as well so I wasn’t alone either as this was a whole new experience for me. I even thought of feining sickness like an asthma attack…but I didn’t want to call back a sickness I had long since recovered through swimming, so in the end I had to brave it out into the mountain that laid before me. It took us 3 and a half hours to get up there and let me tell you that my Nike shoes were not built for this rocky and steep terrain. It was an amazing climb but there was a freaky moment when one of the students slipped off one of the narrow ridges that you had to walk single file because you could either fall to your left or right of the embankment but thank GOD a teacher managed to catch her on time. I tell you that my heart literally stopped in pure shock upon seeing that and boy did I pray like crazy after that. I thought to myself “I must be crazy to have convinced my Grandma to go up this mountain” I wanna LIVE! lol.  It was incredibly windy too (which was not helping) and the sun was beaming happily on our heads making us sweat like crazy. I mean…I’m pretty sure I lost weight going up there, if not from the walk itself, definitely from the stress, lol.

I thought about this whole trip and thought to myself, I can’t afford to die here today because if I do, my grandma is surely going to kill herself and meet me in heaven and spank me silly for not living lol. It took a lot to convince her to allow my sister and I to go on this day trip in which we would return at the end of the day because she was quite fearful of our safety so it wouldn’t pan out well if I slipped and fell somewhere and died just like that lol. It’s funny that I thought this as a child because my Grandma was strict so I was afraid that I’d meet her in Heaven and she’d give me hell for dying so easily and probably lecture me on why she didn’t want us to go up there in the first place with many yadda yadda yadas and a whatever *me rolling my eyes*…I tell you this is a Kids mind, well my mind, lol. I’m sure if she knew I was rolling my eyes like that, she’d get angry with me so “Sorry GRANDMA! in advance”. I must say, my grandma truly gave me the fear of God in her uh hmmm.

When we got to the top, and I mean the summit *praise the Lord*, we were sitting at the very edge of the crater so any foolish move would mean toppling into it and I took a brave peek inside just to see what was down there but it was really dark… I mean Pitch black…I know in photos you can see trees from an airplane view but it’s diffferent when you walk all the way up there and look into the deep. It was drafty and it was dark….pitch black…no, more like blacker than black. It was a scary thing to see looking in. I remember my foolish guy friends trying to nudge me forward to take a closer look and some were foolishly walking right at the sharp edge as the dare devils that they were, but I had no crazy ambition to do what they were doing so I shake my head at these *guys* tsk tsk tsk. However, it was an amazing thing to see all the same. When you shout into it, you expect an echo but it doesn’t really echo down there since there seems to be so much wind at the top that muffles the sound.

We ate our lunch as we took a break from the treacherous trek upwards and looked at the view of the Rift Valley that lay before us down there. It was indeed a wonderous sight. I was in awe of God’s creation of this land. I remember feeling amazed and I thought to myself that this must be how God felt when he finished creating the whole world…He must have sat at a high place like this and thought…”Wow, I did a great Job! It looks so Awesome!” *Pats Himself on the Back*. Truly the World is our Lord’s canvass and it is beautiful.

To end the story, it took us two hours to get down because going down is easier than going up and it was just as treachorous. My shoes looked like road-kill and my Grandma was not pleased at all, whoa, you should have seen her angry expression…but I’m used to that lol…..but despite all that, she was happy that we ventured out into the deep and explored this amazing land. We (My sister and I) did something that was new and it was a great adventure. We stared at fear right in the face and took the courage to go out there and get messy, get experience, expanded our world view and enjoyed the journey. It was a terrific adventure. I will never forget it.

It was new territory for me and I learned a lot from this experience. One lesson that I grabbed from all this was that You have no idea what you are capable of doing until you step out and do it. When I reflect on this truth I think this goes without saying about everything we do. Sometimes we are too scared to do the things we have never truly ventured out to do before because of fear, and we over-analyze ourselves for lack of skills or experience, but You have no idea what your true capabilities are until you step out into a situation that is foreign to your comfort zone.

I feel like God has been talking to me about this area for a while and there are areas in which I find myself feeling shaken and afraid to do because I have comfort zones that need breaking. What are your comfort zones? Don’t kid yourself and think you have none because if you aren’t operating at your full potential then you have comfort zone issues that you need to deal with in all sincerity. I know I do…in fact I feel like lately, God has been forcing me to face myself so much in this area so each year I purpose to do something different to expand my horizons. Try and do something that you’ve never done before and see what happens. You might learn something new about yourself that you never knew before, but you won’t know what it is if you are sitting on your derriere. You can’t enlarge your territory sitting down, you have to get up and GO!

If you go year to year and do nothing different….you are living in a case called INSANITY. The Insanity Zone keeps your potential on lock-down. In order to break from that, you have to do something DIFFERENT. Shock your Comfort Zone levels, Shock your Insanity Zone levels and get into the POTENTIAL Zone. To unlock your potential, you have to step out of the Comfort and Insanity Zone.

Question is: “Are you willing?”

No one can do this for you except yourself so like me, who had never climbed a crater let alone a mountain before, had to face this reality… Believe me, I wanted to turn around and tail run…but when you have no where else to Go but UP, then GO UP! This is what I believe God wants people to do…Don’t look back, don’t look Down, LOOK UP! You are the HEAD and not the TAIL.

If you want to enlarge your “territory”, it’s not enough to pray the  Prayer of Jabez. You have to be willing to step into that territory just like CALEB and JOSHUA! Read about them again in my post called The Latter Rain will be Greater . Enlarging your Territory means stepping into it. It’s not something that you should expect to land in your lap without your participation. You have to perceive it first when God shows it to you and then He will expect you to walk right into it and claim it. God Points the direction and you follow where His hand leads, do you get that? Are you ready for God to Point His Finger in the Direction where He wants YOU to GO? When I think of this question, I always freak out first and then I say “Yes” in a small, sheepish voice…because when you don’t have the full picture, it is at these times that God expects us to WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT(2 Corinthians 5:7).  He always tests us with the WORD.

The Promised Land

So my encouragement today is:

Walk into your territory, do something that you’ve never done before to enlarge your territory because you haven’t tapped into your hidden potential yet. Expand your horizons and seek no limitations because God says “NO LIMITS!”. For with man it is impossible but with GOD all things are Possible Matthew 19:26. You have someone that is Greater that is living within you (the Holy Spirit, the HOPE OF GLORY1 John 4:4) that is waiting to perform, but we cap the Holy Spirit in us by our Faithlessness, our Disobedience and our Fear. Fear is not of GOD, so embrace Courage and step into your Territory so that God can take you to the Land of Promise that He is going to Show you. 

 Stay blessed everyone !

Scriptures to Meditate

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Deuteronomy 28:13
And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

Numbers 13:30
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”

Numbers 14:24
But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.

Matthew 19:26
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Genesis 12:1
[ Promises to Abram ] Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:7
Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it.

Joshua 1:6 
Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.

Psalm 27:14
Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

Psalm 31:24
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.

1 John 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Psalm 37:23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.

Proverbs 3:5-6

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[a] your paths.

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My 2cents on Friday the 13th – “Bad Luck” Day


So today is Friday the 13th in the Year 2012 and it’s snowing outside and I was one hour late to work. I arrived safely despite the long arduous wait for a bus that wasn’t packed full of people. Would have loved to drive but I couldn’t get my car out of the underground parking lot since the ramp had ice and my superintendent had failed to salt it before the snow hit us. It has been an interesting morning and an interesting day and yet I feel full of joy and excitement because simply put, it’s a TGIF to me!

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Now I know people have their superstitions about the number 13 being a number for “bad luck”, especially  since we have the world renowned horror flick that plays without fail every Friday the 13th of any year entitled Friday the 13th that stars the notorious Jason Voorhees the hockey-masked machete wielding killer. It seems that we have reasons to be wracked up with fear every Friday the 13th because of the number 13.

According to my Chinese colleague in my legal department, she told me that in China, the number 13 is considered “good luck” whereas the number 4 is considered to be “bad luck” because the number 4 in Chinese means “death”. So any number with the number 4 in it (i.e. 14, 24, 34, etc) is considered bad to them, so you won’t see a 14th floor or room with the number 4 in hotels or apartments or office buildings, etc.

It’s interesting how other cultures have different associations for certain numbers that they deem as “bad luck”.

In Biblical Numerology the Number 13 signifies negative connotations. According to this website called Christian Resources Today the Number 13 signifies the following:

Thirteen : 13 – This Biblical Meaning of Number 13: comes from my understanding that it is at times associated with the rebellion of things, corruption, abandonment, defection, revolution, to break or destroy.

Four : 4 – This Biblical Meaning of Number 4: comes from my understanding that it is normally associated with God’s creative works or perhaps “Earth Creation” (material completeness).

Fourteen : 14 – This Biblical Meaning of Number 14: comes from my understanding that it normally deals with one gaining a spiritual perfection that is doubled measured in strength or spiritual completeness that is twice over.

Another interesting website that breaks down the meaning of the Number 13 is from the gethsemaneanabaptistchurch.org. Look at what they say in Biblical terms what their reference of the Number 13 is about:

Number 13

The Old Testament has thirty-nine books, (13×3). The last word is a curse. It has five letters, the number of death.

In Acts 13:39 (13 x 3) is the justification from the curse of the law. It took the death of the Son of God.

In Galatians 3:13 we are given the triple curse connected with the law; cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree. Jesus became a curse when he hanged on the cross.

2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” Jesus became a curse for every one of us.

In 1 Timothy 1:19-20, we are told that the law is for thirteen kinds of people.

In Proverbs 13:13, there is a statement on unbelief.

In Joshua 13:13, is the cause of all apostasy.

In Joshua 7:13 is found an accursed thing.

Eighty-five percent of the thirteens in the Bible refer to death, destruction or evil.

Ten percent are neutral and five percent are good, while the eighty-five percent refer to sin, Satan, hell, unbelief, apostasy, and judgment.

Some references are:

Isaiah 1:13, 5:13, 7:13, 9:13, 14:13, 16:13, 21:13, 22:13, 28:13, 34:13, 35:13, 36:13, 37:13, 38:13, 42:13, 44:13, 59:13, 65:13,

Jeremiah 1:13, 2:13, 3:13, 4:13, 5:13, 6:13, 7:13, 12:13, 16:13, 17:13, 19:13

Genesis 4:13 has thirteen words that are the reply of a murderer to God’s fair dealings.

In Genesis 6:13 and Genesis 13:13 is the sinfulness of man.

Nimrod was a type of the antichrist, the thirteenth from Adam.  He was a rebel. The first time the word thirteen occurs in print, we find they rebelled (Genesis 14:4).

Apollo 13 was the thirteenth space flight, the one which failed.

Revelation 13 deals with the Satanic godhead.  Judas Iscariot has thirteen letters in his name (John 13:13)  The verse had thirteen words and thirty-nine letters, which is 13 x 3.  Judas is called the angel of the bottomless pit. Apollyon and Abaddon both mean the destroyer.  He is identified in Revelation 13 as the one Satan will raise from the dead and the one Satan will live in.

In Revelation 17:5 there are thirteen words in block capital letters on the harlot’s forehead. They contain sixty-five letters (5 x 13).

In Deuteronomy 14:7-9 there are twenty-six unclean animals (2 x 13).

In Mark 7:21 Jesus says there are thirteen evils in the human heart.

The United States rebelled against England in 1776. We had a flag with thirteen stars, thirteen stripes and a snake with “Don’t Tread On Me” written on it, which that is thirteen letters.  There were thirteen stars on the Confederate flag in the Civil War.

With that being said, I can understand why some people feel some level of anxiety over the day — Friday the 13th. It’s no wonder why some buildings don’t have a 13th floor or why some rooms don’t have the number 13 on it in some hotels, apartments and/or business blocks. The number 13 carries such a powerful significance and meaning in people’s mind that some people refuse to go to work on Friday the 13th. How can a number be so powerful to paralyze people from functioning normally within the boundaries of reason?

I personally don’t believe in “bad luck”. I only believe that the devil is real and that God is real and God is greater than the Devil, PERIOD. No number or day is more powerful than that TRUTH. This is not to negate the importance of understanding the numerological meanings associated with the number 13 Biblically speaking, because it is important especially when it’s in regard to Biblical prophecy to understand the meaning behind some numbers such is the Number 12 which means GOVERNMENT hence the year we are in is a year of Divine Government, or the Number 7 which means Divine Perfection. I could go on and on, but I think you catch my drift, right?

I’m not saying that peoples fear of Friday the 13th is irrational  or illegitimate, because we have Biblical reasons that back up the negative association of the Number 13 since it has a clear connection to misfortune. All I’m saying is that we have in a way over-aggrandized it to the level where it perverts everything we see on such days that may have been intended to be Good, but because of the fear of the Number 13 we label everything as “bad” or “evil”. This is just based on my experience with some people I have encountered. It could be different for others but I’m just putting this out there.

We shouldn’t over-exalt the number like the number 13 on a specific Day such as Friday to such an extent that we forget that each day is a day that the Lord has made for YOU, His Son and Daughter to live in this World that needs to see Hope at the end of the tunnel. Don’t give a number so much power over your mind  that it paralyzes you from moving forward with everyday life is what I’m getting at here. Yes, I agree, understand its meaning but don’t let it become something that controls your actions. You have the power of the Blood of Jesus to overcome anything and everything, so put your TRUST and YOUR FAITH in the right place.

I see everyday as the day that the Lord has made regardless of what number it is because I will rejoice and be Glad in it. I think we should think of each thing in that same sense. What are your thoughts?

Scriptures to Meditate

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)- Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

2 Corinthians 10:5
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

Psalm 118:24
This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

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Beauty that overshadows the real War inside


I was thinking over the weekend how at times I find myself just crying over the suffering of mankind and I feel like there are moments where I can’t help but feel overly sensitive. This sometimes happens to me when I’m in my prayer closet talking to the Lord as I ask Him questions about the current world condition and how to proceed to be an effective intercessor. During this particular time, I  was reminded of when I once lived in Kenya for 3 years, how I saw the suffering of the people everyday as I was driven to and from school and I remember being a spiritually sensitive child that could sense evil and the presence of it in people and within my environment. Poverty is evil! It tears families apart, it breaks the human soul and it ravages the helpless. When I lived there as a kid, I remember feeling afraid  everyday because I used to have nightmares often about evil beings trying to get me. The place where we stayed was in Nairobi, the Capital City where violence was an everyday occurrence… Newspapers were always filled with bad news…no glimmer of hope

Slums in Nairobi

Let me state for a fact that Kenya is indeed  a beautiful country with a rift valley and skies that hover beautiful terrain but underneath this terrain, the beauty that one can witness is overshadowed by the reality of the suffering of the people that live in this beautiful land.

I remember reading a UN report on the current status of the country where I lived in the city of Nairobi and I remember seeing slums everywhere, and  from what I’ve read, the current situation is much worse than I remember it. Apparently, curfew is now recommended to be at 6pm in the slum areas because if you aren’t back in your homes before that time, the chances of a woman or child getting raped or killed is most likely 100%. Where I lived, we had guards at the gate with rifles…it was that dangerous. You cannot underestimate bandits, killers and soo on. My Grandma was robbed in broad daylight by men with machetes. Usually when you wear jewellery on your wrist, robbers would usually cut the hand off to obtain the item or even worse kill you to get the items.When I heard that my grandma was in that situation, I was at school at the time and cried because I thought she was dead. I prayed to God

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praying that she was alive and safe. When I got home, she was fine. Her watch was stolen and her money taken but she was intact..nothing missing nothing broken…they just took the jewelry and ran off…they didn’t want to kill her or the driver. I PRAISE GOD for saving my grandma! God is indeed an awesome God.

However, in spite of this…I can’t help but feel emotional pain when I think of how my Indian friend’s father was murdered at his office in broad daylight. He was a well to do business man and yet…he was not immune to being attacked…he was murdered. Another family destroyed by evil. Evil knows no bounds…it doesn’t discriminate….

As a kid I began to learn that evil was everywhere and I was constantly living in fear….and yet my grandfather told me to be brave…I was 8 and yet I had to be brave….

I went to a boarding school in the outskirts in  the countryside (1hr drive from home) for Form 1 which is English standard for Grade 7 (I think), and I was a weekly boarder who came home on the weekend and let me tell you, I was terrified of living far from my grandparents. I used to suffer severe nightmares when I lived in Kenya…I saw things that were unexplainable and experienced the worst sicknesses when I was there. When I remember all those things, I feel convinced that at the time all I could sense was evil. During that time I wasn’t a strong Christian as I am now…I was born a Catholic but I didn’t really believe in praying to “saints” for help…I believed in praying directly to GOD for help. I think that belief was the only thing that would later anchor me to Christ in the future when I got saved at age 15 later on in China, which was yet another country that outlaws open worship and persecutes underground Chinese  Christians. However, that’s another story….

Hurricane Katrina

I remember that during my 3 years in Kenya, I prayed everyday for God to take us out of this country…My grandparents couldn’t leave until they were told to go to the next country and that is how long we had to stay there. I prayed like crazy crying to God to leave because I couldn’t handle the level of evil I felt in that place. I couldn’t handle seeing evil in my face. I remember seeing our neighbour punishing his worker with a wooden bat for stealing bread because his living conditions were so bad and he was poor. The master kept hitting him until I saw blood flow. I remember feeling traumatized after seeing that. I was upstairs peeking behind the curtain watching him hit the man over and over from across the road and for some reason….the man stopped hitting the man and for some reason….looked up at the window and saw me witnessing this atrocity. I remember feeling shaken with fear in that what I saw wasn’t a man…but something very very evil in that man. I don’t know how he sensed that I was watching him from across the street on the second floor with a small peeking crack from my bedroom curtain…but I believe…that something evil in him could sense me watching him hurt this weak but poor worker. I truly hoped I was not witnessing a murder. I didn’t return to watch the conclusion…but my spirit cannot forget the mans screaming… I told my Grandpa….but he told me that police would do much worse to him if we called them….It seems that money can silence the police and poverty increases victims to this perversity. As a kid hearing this reality, that literally disheartened me in so many ways more than one in that now I knew that not even police could be trusted in this land…Corruption cultivates and facilitate further evils.

I know that I should be writing an uplifting post but I can’t seem to shake these things that I have experienced.I feel like I have to let all these painful emotions out. So I apologize in advance to the reader reading this.

Hurricane Katrina Floods New Orleans

After Hurricane Katrina, The Tsunami and the Typhoon that has just ravaged the Philippines just recently that is being covered by Joyce’s post called National State of Calamity: 2011’s last SCREAM, I keep thinking that God gave us the Earth as a gift and yet no matter how many pictures we see in our world atlas to see the beautiful globe in its majestic glow, underneath the surface, there are worldwide atrocities, worldwide evils that are continuing to afflict the innocent and remain hidden under the surface of things because we have cultivated an “Out of sight, out of mind” mentality. God, I believe has broken my heart many times to feel so sensitive to world issues. I know that my grandfather was a major influence on my life in that he used to tell me that you should be careful how you treat people, “You don’t who will help you or kill you if you treat them badly”. He said this to me in Kenya…and with good reason in that you don’t want people to conspire to murder your entire family knowing full well the dangers that exist behind some peoples smiles.

In Kenya…it isn’t a place where you just treat people anyhow…if anything…that place humbled me to the point of being terrified. I was about 8 years old having these thoughts and lived there until I was 10 or 11 years old. No kid should have to feel terrified the way I was, and yet each day I praise God for saving me. I suffered spiritual attacks there too but I won’t go into too much depth with that here all I want to say is that living there changed my perspective on life and living as usual in that when I see Westerners acting like

View of the Rift Valley via Trip Advisor

spoiled people who have the luxury of having a roof over their heads, and can live while grumbling about their 9 to 5’s that they have to get up in the morning, I think…if only people knew what life was really like in the world where fear is your everyday battle ground, where food is as precious as finding gold in the ground, where clean water is as rare as mining for a diamond, where safety and security isn’t marked by a curfew of 6pm…would we change the way we treat people? Would we change how we treat what we have differently? Would our hearts stop being hardened or will our senses that are numbed by commercialized violence be softened so that we are no longer desensitized to the realities of the ever present evil that exists in this life???? When my sister and I got a call to pack our bags at our boarding school because we were leaving the country…you have no idea how relieved and excited I was to hear this Good news. I felt like “At last…my God has heard my prayers!!!!!”…

I remember crying for a very very long time…I could not really feel true relief until I was on that plane officially. When I was on the plane heading back home to Zimbabwe, I was praising my God and still crying. My Grandma and Grandpa began to realize how truly terrified I was living there with my tears constantly flowing. I really was a terrified child. My twin was stronger than me but I suffered a lot in that place that I can’t even begin to tell you how much I still Thank God to this day for getting me out of there. Despite all that…my heart is permanently broken for the people that still live in that place constantly living in that fear that I have escaped. I believe that the Gospel needs to reach these parts of the world that need to see the light shine in all that darkness. Kenya isn’t the only ravaged country because there are many such as Rawanda, DRCongo, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea, parts of Russia, Mexico, Cuba, etc.

The Devil is real and he enjoys us ignoring this truth by distracting our attention and focus off of Him and making us focus on our daily troubles and affairs while blinding us to His works to bring pain in our lives. We can get overly absorbed in ourselves that we cannot see what is really happening underneath our noses.  All I’m saying is that we should seriously seek God’s face to make us more aware that the battle in this beautiful Earth that He gave us to live is truly not against Flesh and Blood….it’s against the evils that exist in this world.

Ephesians 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

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Corruption, Greed, Blood lust, War, Poverty, Violence, Death, Famine, Destruction, Natural Disasters….we have soo much to pray for. I know that as we head into 2012…we must not forget to pray against these evils because God is Lord over all but we silence that truth by our apathy, our indifference, lack of concern to world news until it hits us right at home…. Must we wait until evil reaches our soil to start praying?????? Remember Hurricane Katrina….there was so much lawlessness that ensued after that un-natural disaster hit. Whereever you are in the world…pray and seek God’s face to heal your countries land so that the Devil has no room to continue petitioning to rob the people of peace and security. We have to remain secure in Christ because the days are evil but we can pray in unity and consecrate ourselves before God so that He will hear from heaven the cry of our hearts for DIVINE INTERVENTION. Evil rulers are being dethroned and it is time for us to fight in the Spirit through prayer to continue battling and seeing God to triumph over EVIL. We can only overcome Evil with GOOD and with GOD!!!!

Colossians 2:15
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Right now this is the cry that is in my heart…tears flow as I write this. Many churches are heading into the 21 Day Daniel Fast and my Church is participating. I am going to seek God in these areas that have been overwhelming me and I hope that you will participate where ever you are in the world. Let us Seek Gods Face for the Year 2012 and seek Change in countries that need God’s grace and mercy to Heal the Land and Heal it’s inhabitants. Let us stand in the gap, people shouldn’t have to live in fear like I once did…everyone has the right to live secure in Christ and in His Peace. Let us Intercede for those that need it most and pray fervently to see a supernatural move of God in the lives that struggle to see His face in this Love-starved World.

2 Chronicles 7:14-15

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.

I have a song that has been ministering to me and it’s from Deitrick Haddon’s new CD CHURCH ON THE MOON. The song is called “Gravity”. I hope you like it.

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Be of Good Courage – Take Chances and Step out


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Motivation for the Day:

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV):
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” [Emphasis added]

Sometimes it is difficult to be brave and step out to do something that is outside our comfort zone, but when we decide to NOT take that chance and do something to change our current circumstances, we are left with “what would have happened if I had decided to take that chance, that step, that leap of faith?” questions.

How can you know your full potential if you shy away from taking calculated risks and chances to improve your status quo? You have to determine if where you are right now is a place that you are satisfied with. Ask yourself Is this really my LEVEL BEST?  If the answer is no, then you have to question what it is that you are not doing to advance your capacity to do more and achieve above average? Those that aren’t operating at their level best have settled for less and are typically the ones that grumble and complain about those that end up being the over-achievers and over-comers. I’ll be the first and confess that I’ve been one of those complainers *blush*, but consider this — Over achievers did something the complainer didn’t, they took that step of COURAGE and chartered themselves into new territory.

We ask God to enlarge our territory all the time, but we forget that He helps those that help themselves! Take Initiative and You step out and take that leap of FAITH and see your territory increase. Think of Peter who stepped out of the boat to walk on water towards Jesus (Matthew 14:29), or Moses who had to take the children of Israel across the Red sea and watched how the waters divide (Exodus 14:21-22).  God was with them all that time during the process and it all started with them deciding to take the initative and do what has never been done before. They had the COURAGE to step out in FAITH. If you want to see change in your life you have to decide to have the courage to take a leap of Faith and see what happens.

Miracles are derived from Faith in ACTION.

Do you know that it only starts with  just one step?

If you want to have an over-coming attitude, you have to be sick and tired of being sick and tired  of where you are right now. You can change the course of your monotony by breaking out of the cycle of routine and exchange it for something better. Decide to STEP OUT and take a risk. You can only know what is on the other side of the fence if you jump over it. Deciding to be less than the best is actually confirming that you don’t want to be what God wants you to be. How can you reflect God’s image if you are accepting the lie that “you can never amount to be what you are meant to be?” .

Stop accepting LESS THAN THE BEST and look FOWARD TO THE BEST THAT IS YET TO COME.

You can change your status quo and take courage and be brave and do what has never been done before. You CAN DO this if only you BELIEVE. Faith takes you to increase, Unbelief locks you from the promise. Remember, that prosperity isn’t just having stuff, it’s an ATTITUDE. It’s an attitude that believes in the Jeremiah 29:11 promise.

This is my encouragement for myself and for you today. Stay Blessed everyone!

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Comfort Zones – The Disabler of Destiny


What are the things that we encounter that prevent us from progress and stop us from exploring and trying out new things? I realized that as much as I have spoken about positive thinking and negativity, it is easy for us to overlook the fundamental things that are considered hindrances to progress. I believe comfort zones are one of them.

Comfort Zones by definition are mental boundaries that we place on ourselves to function behaviourally in an anxiety-neutral condition. We act on familiarity and resist the peculiar. Anything that we do not recognize in our zone of familiarity we reject without giving consideration on how something or someone can change our outlook on life and help us discern the things that hinder our progress.

To me, comfort zones are a form of disabling a person from performing at their optimum level. You will find that over-achievers are those that press beyond the boundaries and step outside the box to target reaching their goals and accomplishments.

The Disabling factors I consider to be the demotivators of progress and facilitate people hiding behind their shells of comfort are:

1. Fear – This is a major culprit I believe that hinders many from pursuing purpose. Fear says “No, I can’t do this because…”. It is a powerful emotion that can overwhelm and paralyze a person to not act because of the level of anxiety they feel based on their notions of a perceived threat and fear of feeling pain. Fear also causes people to think up of many excuses to NOT do something by meditating of false imaginations of possible consequences to actions. An example of this could be the fear of Rejection. Rejection can be a used as a logical explanation for not doing something because of its association with pain. We as humans fear anything to do with pain so the natural inclination is to run from it. On the other hand, you can’t run from it forever because you have to overcome the things you fear in order to achieve great things in this life. False imaginations of a perceived threat of pain can immobilize the individual from stepping outside the box and keeps them trapped in their personal cage that I call a “prison boundary“. Remember that God did not give you a spirit of Fear…(2 Timothy 1:7). Don’t be afraid of taking a calculated risk… You will never know the level of your TRUE potential if you remain inside the box. Have courage because victors are born from confronting what they fear in the face and that’s how they conquer.

2. Depression- This is another heavy emotion that is tied to Fear and Negative confession. Depression sees no hope in a situation. It is devoid of it completely. It manifests itself in many ways such as obesity, bulimia, drug use, intoxication, self-injury, over-sleeping, isolation etc. It is a type of comfort zone that I find to be quite deadly. When you lose hope you actually give up on life in general and I have seen accounts in which it ends tragically by suicide. Depression is deadly in scope as a comfort zone that keeps people out even when it wants to invite people in. I also think that depression is contagious and you have to be a strong-willed person if you want to tackle this demon so just be aware of it. Depression is an expression of a heart and mind devoid of hope…It sees the end and doesn’t see a beginning. It sees everything in pitch black and it is a killer of many destinies. A hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12). Just because a person is depressed doesn’t mean they don’t have aspirations; however, for  various reasons they come to a place where they start to believe that what they long for will never be possible and are left unfulfilled. They start feeling self-pity and then they just end up depressed. Such people are highly sensitive to criticism (including constructive criticism) and need a huge dose of positive confession to change their way of seeing nothing at the end of the tunnel. Depression leaves people blinded and some remain with tunnel vision and see no other options but continuing that path of depression.  It’s a serious emotional hindrance and obstacle that drives people into a “deadly comfort” zone. Their heads can remain in the sand while things are happening around them. They also don’t see the danger in remaining depressed for an extensive amount of time. Depression attracts death so it is necessary that if you ever feel this way in your life…don’t remain there for a long time because that state is like living in grief only waiting for death to come to numb or end your emotional pain. You need to decide that “Your sick and tired of feeling sick and tired and I want to rise above this!”

3. Negative Confession – This is self explanatory but I will say that “negative confession brings about possession”. If  you believe it in you heart whatever negative confession that comes from your mouth or from the mouth of another then you will become what you think…you will possess the words that will manifest into actions. It is possible for one to unwittingly receive these negative confessions with open arms when they accept them as “fact” in their head that it will soon affect their actions. Such people see set-backs before advancements to progress. They see obstacles before they see the finish line and that is enough for them to decide not to move. We all encounter this in our lives at some point and the only way to get yourself out of this vicious cycle of negativity is by confessing positively into your situation and rejecting every negative thing spoken over your life. You’ll reap the rewards of having a positive outlook on life. Ask yourself, how full is your glass? Is it half empty or half full? How you answer that will determine what you need to work on. If you  see a half empty glass, your veering towards a negative thought pattern. If you see it half full, you are on the right track. 

4. Escapism – This stems from the fact that a person chooses to be in denial about their problems. Instead of confronting the issue for what it is, some people tend to escape by pacifying the problem with unhealthy activities that generate pleasure to minimize the experience of pain. This can be done through drugs, partying, drinking etc and some people can even use generally healthy activities to an extreme such as reading, eating, or sleeping too much etc to distract them from facing their problems. Anything normal done in excess is bad for you. This comfort zone is a type of “self-distractionary” zone that is intended to keep a person inside the box focusing on what they know how to do rather than exploring what they might also be able to do outside of that box. This behaviour is self-destructive and is closely linked with depression. I must also make mention here that some people develop disorders and obsessive behaviours through the activities they use as a crutch to numb the pain or fear of pursuing purpose while facing obstacles that are placed there to help you grow into maturity and not leave you stranded on a dirt road. It’s all in how you look at it. You cannot escape real life through these crazy activities, you have to live it through in order to end your comfort zone.

6. Apathy – You don’t care about what’s outside the box because what’s inside the box is your world and you choose not to have that world be disrupted. If you are not disturbed by this level of tunnel vision, circumstances around you that are beyond your control have the power to disturb your “in-the-box and stays-in-the-box mentality”. Apathy doesn’t allow one to grow from experience, it actual encourages stagnation and cultivates immaturity. You will not move and therefore nothing will move with you. Even if you have desires, you have to step out and reach for the things you want because the things you desire won’t run into statues. Not everyone is going to hold your hand a walk you through. It’s up to you to make that step and that’s by making a decision to do so. This comfort zone is a “stagnant” zone that prevents one from moving at all. No one can persuade a statute to move if it’s unwilling. Such people are defensive about this type of behaviour and choose to agree with you in that they agree to disagree but never arrive at the solution for their problems because they just don’t care and are too immature to deal with it.

7. Selfishness- Pretty self-explanatory in that it is what it is…and that is selfish. The comfort in this zone is based on the focus that remains on the “me” attitude. “What can I do that will benefit myself?” This zone is a comfort zone that doesn’t allow others in at all because they fear that others will minimize their worth if they are invited into their world. Selfish people do everything in their power to keep people out of their zone by making themselves appear greater in their eyes and avoiding other possibilities outside their philosophy of thinking. They only see “their way as the ‘right’ way or you take the “highway” jack and hit the road” which is a very narrow-minded view of the world. Such people cannot see the benefit of other people’s input or ideas and remain enclosed in their “ideal” world. This comfort zone I would refer to as the “Idealistic but not realistic” zone. It’s a crazy place to be, in that you cannot advance further than your own understanding. Knowledge is shared but idealists refuse to learn outside their philosophy of life, thus, they remain grounded in ignorance. Ignorance keeps them from learning beyond what they know and exploring different options. It’s a form of insanity too if you consider that such a person can perform activities over and over again expecting to achieve a different result while ignoring sound advice from the counsel of others who have experienced the same trouble and have knowledge to share in terms of what strategies one can use to combat a problem. What is needed to battle this is taking into consideration of others and respecting other people’s opinions and advice. It’s all about coming to that realization that you know you know absolutely nothing but can still learn about everything. No limits.

8. Confusion – Why list this as a comfort zone? No one ever wants to feel confused which is true. I make mention of this because confusion is a state of mind that is restless because it seeks to find logic in things that are disconnected. We make sense of things in our world by associating things with the way they are connected. If we find no connection, we find an excuse to not proceed with a course of action. It’s another way of placing oneself from venturing into a place where they are stuck with this level of uncertainty to proceed to do something when the time calls for it. We set limitations and this is a serious hindrance to progress.This comfort zone materializes in ways that cause one to remain indecisive about pursuing a course of action. When you are confused you can’t reason things out properly and you remain indecisive about taking a risk or a course of action that can logically help you achieve your desire. However, because you are unable to assess the pros and cons with the act, you ultimately decided not to do anything and presume that doing nothing didn’t harm you in anyway. That is a deceptive mind trick that fools a person into deciding not to make a decision.

This zone is a comfort zone built on “Uncertainty”. If you cannot make a logical choice to do something and fear making the wrong choice, choosing not to make a move out of fear of making the wrong decision just because you can’t make sense of a situation is still the act of making a choice. Indecision leads to stagnation and this hurts many people in ways that they cannot understand. They assume that no choice isn’t making a choice when really “no choice” is the choice. Decide to move and understand that it’s okay to not know how everything will pan out. You don’t need to know the outcome beforehand all the time to arrive at making a choice to decide to act on something. Step out and see what happens. Learn that mistakes can be made but you can only learn from them if you make them in the first place. This helps you build on maturity while at the same time gaining some wisdom as well as knowledge.

My Last Note: I just want to make it clear that this list isn’t exhaustive but I find these 8 factors as contributors for people choosing to remain in their comfort zone. There is nothing wrong with stepping out to achieve your goals. You have to confront yourself honestly if you want to be an overcomer. Victors rise above the most difficult battles which are the battles they fight within themselves. Choose to live victoriously and not stick your head back into the sand. Your world becomes larger when you step out of your own world and jump right into the real world.

Questions to consider:

What are your comfort zones? Can you identify yourself in any of these areas? What causes you not to step out?

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