How are you? It is always good to connect and catch-up with you. Although I cannot see you in person or virtually, I believe that you are in great spirits. Considering the year we have all had, I am confident that you are glad to be alive.
This year seems to be packed with so much heartbreak and heartache, we have experienced much loss individually and collectively, yet I choose to continue to have hope that the rest of the year and the years ahead will absolutely be amazing. I believe it and so should you!
I have been doing my best to practice what I preached at the onset of the lockdown (check them out here) by reaching out to family and friends. I am grateful to God for sustaining my community, for sustaining YOU.
Over the last week, I checked in with one of my Besties, and as she typically does, she asked “So, what’s new?” We each caught up on what happened in our lives since our last catch-up. One event after the other, we discussed the good, the bad, the ugly, and ended our conversation with a prayer. I look forward to her asking me “what’s new?” even when I may not have any updates, because I know it’s a sign that she’s checking in out of love. I’m thankful for the ability to connect and check-in.
During my quiet time with The Word, I reminisced on my 2020 thus far. Let me tell you, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions and mental battles. I thought about a specific moment, and I realized that even the enemy checks in with us. Just not in a loving way.
“Who do you think you are?” “What gives you the right to expect or ask for that?” “What makes you entitled to that type of blessing?” “Why would you want more than you need? Wouldn’t that be greedy? Be humble.”
Think for a second, how would you answer these questions? What would you say in response?
One thing I could think about was the truth “I am in Christ; therefore, I am a new creation. Old things have passed away, all things are new.” 2 Cor 5:17 But, what IS new? What does that REALLY mean?
After studying the Bible and meditating, I have a few things that are new with you and me. I believe these will rekindle your confidence as they did mine so that even when the enemy asks “what’s new?” you have ample ammunition to respond.
Grab your notepad, pen, and some coffee or white chocolate mocha😋
So, WHAT’S NEW?
1. You are redeemed: Ephesians 1:7 tells us that we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus. What this means is that you are free from captivity, released from consequences and blame. So, when the enemy attempts to recount your past as grounds for dismissal before God, tell him what’s new with you- I AM REDEEMED.
2. You are free: John 8:36 tells us that whom the Son, Jesus Christ sets free is indeed, truly, free. What does TRUE freedom look like for you? What this means is that your freedom is sure, certain, guaranteed! If you desire total freedom, it is available in Jesus. So, what’s new with you?- I AM FREE.
4. You are an heir and a beneficiary: Romans 8:14-17 tells us that we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Jesus. Do you know what that means?? That means that we are guaranteed promises through Jesus. And being CO-Heirs with Jesus means that ALL Jesus has access to in the Kingdom of heaven is now accessible by you and I. LET THAT SINK IN! Hebrews 6:17-19a and Hebrews 9:15 tell us that we are heirs of a covenant, a promise, and an eternal (FOREVER) inheritance. For as long as you believe you are bought and washed by the blood of Jesus, you can ask for ANYTHING and you have it! Don’t believe me? check out Ephesians 1:3
Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ.
What’s new? I AM AN HEIR OF THE KINGDOM. ALL THINGS ARE MINE!
Many things are new with you when you receive Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life. I only listed these 4 because they are very effective in repelling the inquiries and lies of the devil. So, instead of getting afraid or worried when the enemy comes against you, take a tip from my book and look forward to him asking you “what’s new?”
Speaking of what’s new…I was ordained a Minister on October 4th. It’s a new journey and, I’m excited to see what God has in store for me to accomplish. Also, I found out some amazing news about my exams! It’s officially over y’all! GOD FINISHED WHAT HE STARTED!! Right in time for Thanksgiving and my 31st Birthday!! WON’T HE DO IT?! Look out for a new blog in a browser near you!! LOL Just take a moment today to praise God on my behalf will ya?!
~ Moyo ~
I’d like to provide an opportunity to those who are yet to meet with Jesus. If you have a deep desire to know Jesus and enter into the kingdom of God you are in great company. I did at some point in my life, and it was the greatest desire that God ever met!
I invite you to pray the sinner’s prayer: Dear Jesus, I accept that I am a sinner and I confess my sins before you. I believe that you died for my sins and rose again to give me a new life. I ask that you forgive me of my sins; cleanse me with your precious blood which you shed on the cross of Calvary. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Fill me up with your Holy Spirit and strengthen me. I profess that I am a new creature; old things have passed away and I have become new in You. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus’ name, AMEN!
If you prayed the prayer, WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM FAMILY!! You are a new creature, the old has passed and the new is here! Be sure to find a bible believing, Spirit-led church in your city and purchase a bible in a version that you understand. I use the New Living Translation, Message, Free Bible, Christian Standard Bible, or the New International Version. Enjoy the journey!