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#MusicMonday

Next up on The Playlist is the amazing song ‘Blessings’ by Naffymar (featuring Sam Jamz)!

Definitely fitting considering October is the month of Blessings.

I love this song because it’s a song that shows that consciousness of the fact that we have the power to invoke blessings in everything and unto anything.

“I’m the seed of Abraham it’s something you should know, everywhere that I go blessings overflow” 🎶

Say what you want to see. If you want to see blessings, then use your words to make it so.

You can find it on quite a few music outlets including Soundcloud and Reverbnation:

Or you can find the acoustics version on YouTube:

This song is definitely lit and just by singing along, you are making life changing confessions!

Listen and be blessed!

Keep Shining & Winning
xoxo
-S.SAW

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Blessings 

Blessings 

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Welcome to October the month of Blessings!

What an awesome way to enter the month of October after ‘catching the rain’ – receiving, meditating and making God’s word mine during September, the month of ‘springtime’.

During the October Global Communion service, Pastor Chris said:

“A blessing is that which confers, invokes, authorises or shares prosperity, power, ability and welfare. A contented state of being happy, healthy and successful.”

Okay…Where do I sign up for one of these? Am I right? 😅

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The truth is God already blessed us, right from our beginning,

“God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” – Genesis 1:22

And when God blesses you, you remain blessed!

How did God bless us in the beginning?

The bible tells us He said. God blesses us through His words and through our words is how we too should and can bless. We can speak over our situations and circumstances; over our jobs and studies; our whole day! (Ref. Genesis 2:3).

What we say can cause a blessing or a curse and we should learn to speak blessings.

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 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.” – Proverbs 18:21

If you are not satisfied with the way things are going, then change the way you talk. I have been training myself not to think or talk negatively, but rather thank God in all situations and speak blessings unto the situation, ensuring I chart my course and the situation in the direction of God’s perfect will for my life.

“And now that we are Christ’s we are the true descendants of Abraham, and all of God’s promises to him belong to us.” – Galatians 3:29

God blessed Abraham in all things, and according to the scripture above everything God promised to Abraham also is promised to us and we should use our mouth to confess these blessings.

We need to function with the consciousness that God has made everything available to and possible for us in Christ.

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Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑
xoxo


– S.SAW

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Moving Forward 

Moving Forward 

How amazing is it that the month ‘ishineiwin’ comes back is the same month that my Pastor announces is the month of “Moving Forward”. 

The plan was to come back in introducing the “Word of the Month” Segment. #Destiny 🙆🙌😂.

It’s good to be back: The hiatus wasn’t planned, but then I realised I had to stop talking🗣 for moment, listen👂and gain more understanding🕵️‍♀️ before I could go on – which is what I’ve been doing the past two months and we’re back!💃.


“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” – Proverbs 4:7

During Pastor’s message of the month, the most important word for me which I took from it was that we shouldn’t ask God for progress and that we should make it. 


“But you, dear friends, use your most holy faith to build yourselves up even stronger.” – Jude 20a

In that scripture above, it says “build yourselves up”, that means it’s our responsibility to take the building materials God has given to us (His Word) and use that to advance in life, making our story one of success and victory. 

God has already given us everything we need, it’s already all inside of us and if we want something, all we have to do is reach in and take it and use it. Through His Word and answering His call, we have been given the ability to do all. 


“For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through [a] true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” – 2 Peter 1:3

I’m so happy that this was the word of the month because, it was like someone knocked me on the head and was like “hello? Why have you stopped building? Whose responsibility do you think it is to sort your life out, love?” For a while, I had become complacent and I was just thinking, yeah yeah, no, yeah, God knows what I want to do, he’ll handle it for me.👌

That’s like being employed and your employer gives you materials and an instruction manual, then you start working but halfway through think, “Oh, the boss knows what needs to be done, he’ll do the rest.” But it’s YOUR job😳🙄. The boss has already done his part, the rest is up to you. I was playing myself to be honest.😅

We need to put our faith to work continuously and not lose sight of the bigger plans. 


“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.” – 2 Timothy 3:16

We should use the word of God to build up are lives, to guide us in the right direction and keep us moving forward. 

Put your faith to work and make up your mind to win, always. 

Don’t choose to be a failure and don’t take your life lightly, God gave His son for us, I’d say that makes our lives pretty important and we should spend our time wisely; helping and inspiring others; spreading the gospel and always, consistently moving upwards and forwards. 

Don’t let your story stop here. God always has more instore for you. 


“God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs but plenty left over to give joyfully to others.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑
xoxo


– S.SAW

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Acton Carnival

Acton Carnival


On the 9th of July 2016, Acton Carnival happened. And of course WE happened too. 

(Our Church stand where people were able to stop and talk to our appointed members behind the desk, find out information and be blessed by the word.)

Acton Carnival is one of the summer festivals that takes place in Ealing [London]. It is an amazing event celebrating the community and culture of everyone with live music, good food and beautiful stands.

My church, BLW Hammersmith actively took part in this carnival having our own stand in Acton Park and evangelising throughout the day with our daily devotional Rhapsody of Realities (ROR). 


We had a glorious time giving out ROR and preaching the gospel to the many people that attended the carnival. I personally really enjoyed this opportunity because there were a lot of young people who came out on this beautiful day, who I and my other teens were able to reach out to and talk to about God and Jesus Christ. 

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” – Mark 16:15

We have a job to do, and no one said we couldn’t have fun while doing it! 


The atmosphere of love and laughter and life was very present and strong. But so was the presence of the Holy Spirit who was our guide and also doing his job as we did ours, planting the seed, the gospel into the people of the Acton community and all those who came to celebrate with us. 

“And let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25

As children of God, we need to take advantage of opportunities like this, to reach the masses, bring them into God’s loving arms, help each other grow in the Word and go back out there to reach more. 

From the prayers leading up to the carnival to partaking on the day itself, it was a lovely experience and I cannot wait for next year!


#Spreadingoneveryside


Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑

xoxo

– S.SAW


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A Life Worth Living

A Life Worth Living

Two weeks ago, I talked about not letting anyone rain on our parade and how we can do anything we set our minds too with the Holy Spirit as our guide.

This week, I’m talking about living that good life!🎉 *cue party music*

(Side note – This is literally what I looked like coming out of my final exam this afternoon 😄)

God has given us a life of beauty, success, prosperity and favour. All those things point to a life full of enjoyment to me.🙌 

We should take advantage of the new life we have in Christ, enjoying it to the fullest and bringing other people into it, so they can enjoy it with us – I mean, who wants to party alone all the time🙄? 👬👫👭

Psalm 24: 1-2 says: 

“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it, The world, and those who dwell in it.”

And because we are of God, then everything is ours too! Everything that belongs to Jesus Christ belongs to us too because we are joint-heirs with Him. So, really the World and everything in it, is ours and for us to enjoy. 

*hint hint*!This means that the best way to enjoy life is with God.

“Everything is already yours as a gift … the world, life, death, the present, the future – all of it is yours, and you are privileged to be in union with Christ, who is in union with God.” – 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 

In my previous post, I said that there’s enough success to go around. Well there’s also enough enjoyment and God’s goodness to go around. The earth is full of it. 

We shouldn’t live life, just existing, like “Que Sera, Sera” (Whatever will be, will be), but more Carpe diem! Seize the day and its opportunities! Take action. 💥 

We’ve got that beautiful God kind of life, that Zoe. So, don’t think we can just be living ordinary lives and that there are certain things we can’t get or don’t deserve. Everything is already ours. 

“Everything was created through him; nothing – not one thing! – came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” – John 1:3-5

Let’s not let anybody try and put out that light inside of us. Shine brightly, living life to the fullest and enjoying what God has given you, like he intended. 

Be happy always and appreciate all that there is to this wonderful life in Christ. From morning to night, family and friends, the food that you eat and the people that you meet. Enjoy everything and every moment of life and all it has to offer and all you have to offer it. 

(Photography by Izin Akhabau)

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑

xoxo

– S.SAW

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*Teevo (A Daily Devotional) inspired post. 

Get Up 

Get Up 

Mary Mary are a Contemporary Gospel duo (no, I’m not writing a wiki for them.) They’ve sung quite a few songs those women and I think my old church dance group has danced to them more times than I can remember.

There is a song of theirs that I remember more than most and not just because it’s catchy (and it is very catchy). It’s called Get Up.

As children of God we have the power to do anything we set out minds and our hearts to, yet sometimes we choose to sit and do nothing and are content with life taking control of us, rather than the other way round, just because it doesn’t seem to be going “too bad” and I guess we could always just cry about it right?

Wrong.

God made us and he made us for success, it’s never okay to just be “okay” because we’re much more than that and there’s so many great things that we still have to do. We don’t have time to sit down and let life take its course. God has plans for us and we need to put them into action. First step: Get up!

When God was delivering the Israelites from slavery he said to Moses, “Moses, you do something!” God didn’t say that Moses should sit down, He’ll sort it out. (Exodus 14:15-16)

Could you imagine Moses just sitting down drinking Lucozade saying, “well at least we got this far😅, not bad.”? 👌

Yeah. Me neither.😂

We’ve got to change things with our faith and be like Moses and do something! Keep making progress.


“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13


The hook of the song Get up is:

“What are you afraid of?
Don’t you know what you’re made of?
One of God’s greatest creations
Take this invitation now…”

The first two lines ask very important questions and as children our answer to the first should always be “nothing” automatically making our second answer “I do”👰

It’s true that fear – fear of failure is what stops a lot of people from progressing and ultimately from reaching a higher level of success.
“One of God’s greatest creations” – God doesn’t make anything, especially not his greatest creations to fail. So, that fear? Yeah, it can stop now – we’re not failures because there is no failure WITH God and God is always WITH US, therefore…you see where I’m going with this? 😀😌

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” – 2 Timothy 1:7

“He said, She said, They said, What do you say?
• It’s your dreams
• Your choice
• Your time
• Your life
So don’t you miss it”

Another very important fact the song highlights:

YOU. What do YOU say?

Don’t worry about the people around you and what they’re doing with their life or what they think you should be doing with yours. The only consultation you need is the Holy Spirit’s and He will never guide you astray.

Don’t miss out on opportunities based on someone else’s experience with it.

Don’t miss out on the life you were meant to live because you decided to take a back seat. If you’re sitting at the back, then who’s driving?

Get up, and make things happen! Don’t be afraid of life. Live it and love it!♥️

Through God’s Word you can empower yourself, acknowledge the power inside you and use it to make dreams become reality.

“24 hours, almost gone …”🕚💭
Find the link to the song referenced in this post in the Playlist or the homepage!! x

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑

xoxo

– S.SAW

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He Loves Me

He Loves Me

Many of us who went to Sunday school will remember the lyrics to one of our favourite songs we used to sing every Sunday:

Jesus loves me, This I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
They are strong as he is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me

Yes, Jesus loves me

The Bible tells me so.
#Tune. 🎵👯👌

Sometimes, it would even turn into a competition of who could sing it the loudest.

YES! JESUS LOVED ME!!!! 🎉

When we were young, it seemed so easy to confess these things. So easy to sing and shout and let everyone know that you a have God that loves you and will always love you. We were sure of this.

And we were right to be, because this isn’t just a fact, it’s the truth – it’s the reality.

In my last post, I talked about us loving God and giving our heart for Him, but this is not some one sided unrequited love. God loved us first. He gave Son for us. We’re His children and He loves us no matter what.

He gave you His love and everlasting life and so much more. He didn’t even ask for you to change who you were so that He could accept you, He loved you even when you didn’t believe.

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:5

Sometimes when things aren’t going our way or we do something wrong, we forget about God’s love and plans for us. God isn’t like man, His love isn’t conditional or wavering; it’s unconditional and everlasting.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 

Also, we have to remember that no matter what may come our way – Our lives are in the hands of the Lord and I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t want my life to be in anybody else’s but God’s. (He has a never ending, ever increasing, success rate 😌)

Trusting in Him and His Word and His Love, it can only produce good things.

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” – 1 John 4:16

That is proof that there is no reason anyone should think God doesn’t love or care for them. He is love, therefore he can’t do any differently. He is who He is and nothing can change that. Nothing you do or say can change how He feels about you.

And that is why he wants us to follow His Word and walk in the light, He doesn’t want to see us hurt, but He has given us a choice. Choose to love and stand by him, like He always has you.

Don’t try and read God’s mind from the perspective of your circumstances. You aren’t are alone. God is always with you and will never leave you. Whatever you have done or you think you have done, God still loves you. It can never be too late.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38

Anytime you feel differently just say to yourself:

“God loves me, I am His child, I am a part of His Heavenly Kingdom”
You are loved by the Most High☝

What could be greater, better than that?

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑

xoxo

– S.SAW
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