Connecting with the body of Christ

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I just got off the phone with a friend, a fellow sister in Christ and towards the end of our conversation I expressed to her that we really need to connect the north of our city with the south of our city and spread the love. I said that it’s great that we are all connecting with different churches and supporting and loving one another and encouraging one another.

So often, we get caught up ‘doing’ church and just living from Sunday to Sunday without having proper and meaningful relationships with one another. One thing that I am seeing more and more these days and maybe it’s just in my home city but God is placing the desire in people’s hearts to reach out and step out of the four walls of their church building and connect with others.

God’s church, the bride of Christ is a people, His people, not a building. Jesus isn’t coming back for a building with four walls, He’s coming back for His bride which is the body of Christ, it’s us, it’s believers of Jesus Christ.

So why not get together, why not connect. I believe in this day and age God wants to use the churches by uniting them and bringing them together to carry out His work. Each of us belongs to a large puzzle, a large tapestry that God is weaving together, we cannot do life without one another, it’s time to stop playing church and break out of the four walls that we’ve been conditioned into being restrained by and work together.

So start that coffee club, connect group, men’s group or bible study group and start connecting in each others homes on a more deeper and personal level. I dare you to visit another church, I dare you to go to a conference and make some new friends while you’re there, I dare you to ask that couple down the road over for dinner. I challenge you…step out in faith and connect, God will meet you in the middle right where you’re at and He will reveal to you more and more, His bigger picture of what He wants to do through your life and the life of others around you. ~ Blessings Jonda

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A little story…part 1

Once upon a time there was a bird. She was a beautiful bird. This bird had no family or friends and was raised by a stalk. The stalk had found this abandoned nest on the ground amongst the reeds near the river. The nest sat under the peppermint gum tree and as the stalk walked over to investigate, to it’s surprise leaned over to look into the nest and immediately saw the outer shell of this tiny egg crack open. The stalk looked and looked and as it looked the shell cracked some more. The stalk moved its head nearer to take a closer look and POP!!! there was a sudden crack and the top of the shell cracked open and popped off and out popped this tiny little beak poking around in the air…..

to be continued…

 

Writing resource

Hey everyone, for anyone just starting on their writing journey like myself here’s an awesome free website created by a guy here in Perth, Australia (my home city) where you can write, upload/share and get your work reveiwed as well as review other people’s work. A great way to get into the habbit of writing…successful writers WRITE and to get better at writing, it’s good to read other people’s work, read, read, read, write, write, write…REPEAT! Blessings  ~ Jonda

https://thewritersbloc.net/how-it-works

 

The rise of God’s prophetic voice

GOD’s prophetic voice is rising up in the body of Christ. Why?
God is sending messages through His appointed messengers. God is pressing onto the hearts of His prophets, important messages that need to be delivered to the body of Christ.
The earth is shaking, groaning and stirring under the weight of sin and God’s people are starting to cry out. In return God sends His messengers to lift His people up, to strengthen, correct and direct us towards the heart of God, to direct us into a deeper relationship with Him, to turn from our sin, our old ways and to give us a hopefull voice to keep up the good fight of faith.
The battle here on earth is not finished.
We must heed their voices and listen. Prophets will bring correction to the body of Christ, yes, believers or people who call themselves Christians, the backsliders, the luke-warm and the fence sitters.
We cannot call ourselves Christians without being accountable to God and no…we do not have permission to look at unbelievers and judge them or compare and complain about them. We are to love them, pray for them and share Jesus.
The purpose of the prophet and the prophetic voice from what I’ve been reading in the bible and what Holy Spirit has been showing me and also what I’ve witnessed over the last 12 months is that they are God’s appointed messengers to the body of Christ, they are called to correct, challenge and direct us towards a more Holy life before God and to help prepare us for the return of the One and Only true King.
I’ve seen many prophetic voices rising up and the legitimate ones are coming to prepare the body for the second coming of Jesus Christ. The prophetic voice needs to be spoken and heard in our Churches.
Malachi the prophet was burdened with a message from God and directed his message of judgement to the corrupt priests and false believers. He challenged and questioned their false worship, pride, arrogance and dealt with all sorts of issues amongst the believers (Read Malachi 1:1 onwards)
Malachi 3 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Coming Messenger

1 “Behold, I send My messenger,
And he will prepare the way before Me.
And the Lord, whom you seek,
Will suddenly come to His temple,
Even the Messenger of the covenant,
In whom you delight.
Behold, He is coming,”
Says the Lord of hosts.

2 “But who can endure the day of His coming?
And who can stand when He appears?
For He is like a refiner’s fire
And like launderers’ soap.

3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver;
He will purify the sons of Levi,
And purge them as gold and silver,
That they may offer to the Lord
An offering in righteousness.

4 “Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem
Will be pleasant to the Lord,
As in the days of old,
As in former years.

5 And I will come near you for judgment;
I will be a swift witness
Against sorcerers,
Against adulterers,
Against perjurers,
Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans,
And against those who turn away an alien—
Because they do not fear Me,”
Says the Lord of hosts.

6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.

7 Yet from the days of your fathers
You have gone away from My ordinances
And have not kept them.
Return to Me, and I will return to you,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“But you said,
‘In what way shall we return?’

Do Not Rob God

 

8 “Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.

9 You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.

10 ring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.

“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
Says the Lord of hosts;

12 “And all nations will call you blessed,
For you will be a delightful land,”
Says the Lord of hosts.

The People Complain Harshly

13 “Your words have been harsh against Me,”
Says the Lord,
“Yet you say,
‘What have we spoken against You?’

14 You have said,
‘It is useless to serve God;
What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance,
And that we have walked as mourners
Before the Lord of hosts?

15 So now we call the proud blessed,
For those who do wickedness are raised up;
They even tempt God and go free.’”

A Book of Remembrance

16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord
And who meditate on His name.

17 “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts,
“On the day that I make them My jewels.[a
And I will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him.”

18 Then you shall again discern
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God
And one who does not serve Him.

As we read more in Malachi 4, Malachi speaks the word of God regarding The Great Day of God nearing His return. More so today and more now than ever we must draw closer to God so that He can draw closer to us.

We must do what His word says, we must be obedient, we must love, we must tithe, we must do all that His word says to do and we must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling and we must fear The Lord.

We must therefore listen to God’s prophets as He is guiding us and drawing us into a deeper relationship with Him as He prepares us for His return. Jesus is returning soon and I want to be ready to meet Him face to face.

God is good and His love endures forever and His face shines upon the righteous. May you draw closer to God and experience His relentless and jealous love for you.

 

Peace and Blessings ~ Jonda

A lifetime of dreaming

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From children to old age, we dream. I don’t fully understand why and how we dream but it’s something that is within each of us. God’s given us the ability to dream.

I believe God gives us the ability to dream in order to see into our future. To propel us forward and to give us a hope towards our future.

Ever since I was a little girl, I had dreams about what I wanted to do when I was older. One of those dreams was to be married and have my own family and live in a big house, unfortunately that dream has not come to pass yet but I know it will. God has given me a dream about my husband and given me dreams about my future family. I know it will happen because I’ve learnt to trust Him.

God’s given me so many dreams that I’m so certain of my future and that He has everything sorted for me. I don’t even need to worry.

I find that our dreams are closely related to the desires that we have in our hearts.

I guess in school and growing up we are not really encouraged how and what to do to make our dreams become a reality. It’s only now at the age of 32 that I’m starting to live my dreams, they are slowly coming to life but I’ve finally allowed myself to dream and have faith in God that He will give me the desires of my heart.

Yes we can have what we want but God’s word is the absolute truth and His word works. Gods word does not tarry and it does not return void. Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”

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I wondered why I could never accomplish anything in life. It was because I never had a relationship with God, I didn’t understand why I kept dreaming and imagining a bright future only to look at my miserable circumstances and get depressed.

Once I received Jesus as my Lord and saviour, I still didn’t put God first, I put Him at the bottom of the list or second, I tried to do everything in my own strength. I did everything out of works.

2017 has been the year where my dreams have actually become a reality. There are countless things that God has done in my life over the last 12 months but one thing is for sure…He loves me and wants to bless me. I need only follow Him, serve Him, rest and trust Him.

I re-dedicated my life to Jesus earlier this year and I said “Lord, this time I’m doing things Your way, I’m giving every part of my life over to You”. Slowly, God has weaved a fine tapestry of His goodness into my heart and life. 32 years is a long time to start making your dreams become a reality but in fact it’s been the best 12 months of my life for a long time and I’ve not done anything but to say “I choose You God”.

God has brought amazing people into my life and has given me opportunities to pursue my dreams. I thought it was too late but it’s never too late to start dreaming.

In fact, never stop dreaming. Never stop reaching for the stars, never stop running after God because the more you run after Him, the more He will reign His blessings and goodness all over your life. So much so that you will want nothing more than just to have Him love you alone. So much so that nothing else in the world will matter but His love alone, that’s when you will know the true meaning of “delighting” yourself in the Lord.

Whatever you dream and desire right now, God wants to bless you. Seek Him first and EVERYTHING else will be added. ~ Blessings Jonda

 

 

Yielding to God and enduring the fire

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Fire, heat and pressure are all essential elements to producing quality diamonds and gems. These are also elements to creating, refining, redefining and shaping a person’s character.
You can’t expect quality and character without standing in the fire and ENDURING. Similarly if we’re praying and asking God about things, expect to be tested and put through the fire.
God WILL shape you in the fire but He will sustain you, you will come out the other end better than you were before IF you YIELD to God.
The purpose of God shaping you in the fire is to get you ready to RECEIVE the blessings, the breakthrough and to prepare you for the next season, chapter, assignment or whatever you are being called to. It’s a painful process but absolutely essential if you want to minister to others and be a leader, forerunner for Jesus.
You MUST go through the process. Be encouraged friends. God’s taking some of you into a higher and deeper lever. He’s going to put burdens on your heart and mantles upon you that will be heavy, weighty and He expects us to yield to Him, in that yielding we actually allow God to do what He needs to do to prepare us. The load then becomes light and then we start running. I see many people taking on new things now and in 2018.
To whom much has been given, much is required. Persue excellence, allow God to shape your character and get rid of self promotion, self glory and jealousy, envy, strife, doubt and anything that is not of God.
Let people and things go. This is a time to YIELD and ENDURE as God pours out His love and His Spirit onto you.
Love and blessings ~ Jonda

Seven days of captured moments

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I thought I’d do something a little different on my blog.

Some friends of mine on Facebook started this little photo challenge. Seven days, seven black and white photos of my life. No people, no explanations.

Then you get to nominate someone else every day to take the challenge. It’s quite fun and if you’re like me and get excited about photography and love taking photos then this is a great little interruption into your schedule.

An interruption to stop, focus and capture a moment. Life is all about moments and cameras and pictures have the ability to capture and express things that we cannot express in words or any other way.

Photography is a passion of mine. I miss it so much. When I had my own camera, I used to pick up my camera, put on my walking shoes and go out for a whole day or a few hours and just take photos. I miss doing that as I no longer have my own camera.

I would hold my camera and look through the lens at everything. I’d look at everything differently, my focus was different. I’d look at angles, colours, change the focus, reposition myself then afterwards I got to upload the pictures onto my laptop,  look at the pictures that I had captured and edit them. It is as addictive as playing candy crush or watching your favourite TV series.

Photos tell stories, they even tell a thousand words.

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So I thought I’d share my 7 day challenge with you starting today. I invite you to do the same also. For this challenge as I don’t have a camera of my own anymore (or yet), I have sufficed to using my iPhone camera which will do for now.

I hope you can join me.

Blessings ~ Jonda

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Seven days, seven black & white photos of my life. No people, no explanation. Day 1 of 7.

 

Give it a go, you just never know

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I’ve been unwell for a good 10 days or more and I’m still recovering so not a lot of writing has been done over that time. However, I’ve had plenty of time to think, to think and think some more, to ask God some questions and seek Him about a few things.

One thing I always seek God about is “Lord is what I’m doing giving You Glory”? and “Is what I’m doing taking me closer to Your calling on my life”?

I’ve been thinking about some open doors that God has created in terms of my worship. I’m ever so thankful. Earlier this year, I would pray specific prayers and one of those prayers was for God to open divine doors, bring divine connections with people that will be a part of my journey, purpose and calling for my life.

I’ve literally not had to do anything except step out in faith and God has done the rest and brought so many people into my life. There has been divine connections and appointments and my worship has accelerated like never before.

I didn’t have to do anything except to be obedient, to pray, worship Him, to listen to His voice and wait for His leading and the prompting of The Holy Spirit then step out. Even when there’s been doubt and uncertainty, I step out and I ask God to meet me.

To be completely honest, I have not always been on target and that’s because I’ve tried to do things in my own strength or I’ve just sought after “opportunities” and to be recognised when that is not necessary. I don’t need to do that.

God has been telling me “WAIT”.

God will exalt the humble.

Matthew 23:12 ~ For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted (NIV).

1 Peter 5:6 ~ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time (NIV).

There is a reason why the bible speaks of being humble and one of them is so that we live a quiet and meek life in character and that we are not exalting ourselves and being prideful.

So whatever God is asking you to do or whatever The Holy Spirit is prompting you to do, pray first, step out in faith and ask God to meet you and He will. You just never know what will come out of your step of faith. Go for it, you can do it. What have you got to loose? Nothing, you will only learn, whether good or bad, you will learn.

STEP OUT

Blessings ~ Jonda