Faith Seeks Councel Pt 2

The heart of man plans his course. But God directs each step.

For years I have planned my life out and nothing has gone according to those plans. God had sonething different in mind.

When I allowed my relationship with God to become more a focus in my life His leading my steps became very noticeable the more.

I may have had a plan to do something God had other plans of course. He knew I needed some growth and culitvation in areas before somethings I planned out I could walk in. God knows what is best and see’s the real deal.

Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.
Proverbs 15:22 NASB

Of course most of my plans were made within my will and not His. When God brought Godly counsel in my life it has begun to help shift me to where He wants me to be.

By the counsel that I have received from my Pastor Juanita Gibbs it has helped me begin to grow in my personhood (character), womanhood (Godly woman) and workin me toward my purpose.

By taking on this counsel it has helped me in my teaching of the children I work with, it has helped me transform my blog style into finding my message. Its through counsel we will find success.

By thinking we have obtained it all without counsel, which yes I have done is pride. God cant work with pride, keeping humble and taking counsel is the way of success.

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~Cynthia 😍

Contribution

Faith Seeks Councel Pt 1

To have a successful faith we must learn of those who are advanced in the faith!

Our choices determine whether we rise or if we fall. Its the same with with choosing to or not to exercise our faith. Part of exercising our faith I believe inpart comes from attaining wisdom.

We attend church, bible studies, conferences, and things related to be taught in part things of the word we are to then leave those places with and begin to apply them into our life. Or has it been that we attend those things out of duty, with no continued meditation and no practicing out what you took in?

I know I did that for years. I would go and listen, take notes and say inwardly like “hey God I showed up, remember this”. How very proud and puffed up that was of me. When the reason He drew me to chase and persue Him was cause He was calling me into a deeper relationship with Him.

Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Proverbs 11:14 NASB

Needless to say I needed some spiritual councel to help me in my soul, as well as, to help get me in alignment with faith.

Thanks be to God he had blessed my life with a councelor in my life. When I crossed over to attending Reformation Developmental Center that is Pastored by Juanita Gibbs.

She has helped by councel pull me into alignmwnt with Gods word and His will and purpose for my life. It is by that councel victories are happening in my life.

This I once felt defeated in, things that I never thought God would come through and help me in He has in miraculous ways. For that I am eternally greatful for her councel of me.

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~Cynthia 😍

Contributions

Faith fruit πŸ“πŸ’

Faith is on display by our fruit!

A tree as it grows and grows it begins to bear fruit. Depending on the environment, soil, location will more than likely dictate what fruit a natural tree will bear.

If we look at this in the context of us as people being fruit bearing and trees planted by the waters (Psalm 1:3) we should bear fruit in season and out and all kinds of fruit.

But, sometimes we don’t bear much if any good fruit in the beginning of our faith as we still have much of the old nature still residing in our soul.

Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions. These parts of us do not get reborn at salvation. They have to go through a process of change to reflect the rebirth of our spirit.

Even so, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the unhealthy tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
MATTHEW 7:17‭-‬18 AMP

So, what has to happen is the pruning begins to take place as we journey into building our relationship with the Lord. The pruning happens to remove dead or useless parts to then bear more and better fruit.

He will begin to show you what you no longer need in your life and begin to clip at it so it can be removed from you.

Like for me He has been using my Pastor in my life to help clip depression, anxiety, worry, doubt, and fear from my life as they only have adverse benefits to my life.

They are counterintuitive to the life of faith and mush deminish and thankfully in her workings with me they have been. This way I can stop producing the fruit of those things in my life and begin to produce better more God resembling fruit.

In my unhealthy nature prior to coming to Reformation Developmental Center the contents of my soul and still living much in the old nature I was indeed bearing those bad fruits. An unhealthy tree cannot beat good fruit.

Pastor Juanita Gibbs took me under her care and began to help change the soil I was planted in, cultivate a new environment to begin to thrive in, as well as, help the buddings of good fruit begin to bear forth as the old branches got clipped away.

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~Cynthia 😍

Faith Grows Pt 2

Faith must be nutured!

There is one thing that I had to come to realize and that nothing grows unless it is firmly planted and established. For one, my faith and journey early on was not firmly rooted but shallow planted.

I was all over the place honestly. I was in this church and that church as if to say I was chasing waterfalls so to speak. Just wanting to hear a word from God and hear deeper revelation.

What happened as a result of that was limited to no faith growth. As well as, no firm foundation in much of anything thus creating immaturity in places of my life.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalms 1:3 KJV

What God had to do was slow me down and replant me not in a shallow place but where my planting would become firm, rooted and established in something for once.

It is through God planting me at Reformation Developmental Center which is lead by Pastor Juanita Gibbs. Her teaching helped slow me down and not be all over the place.

I was in all kinds of books that didnt help bring change, I was in studies on youtube that were to no effect. When I learned to focus on what she was bringing that was strategic for me and cut out all the rest, it has made great deal of difference in how I grow now.

I can honestly say I am not where I want to be, but to God be the Glory for Him using my Pastor for helping me be not where I used to be. She has helped nurture my faith journey so that it can become stronger. She knew I needed to be established beside the waters of the spirit and take root in truth to be firm and have fruit in all seasons.

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~Cynthia 😍

Wisdom on Display

Wisdom will eventually have an impact on your reactions!

I have to be honest, I am someone that when things happen in my life that I can become very hasty in decision making. I can become very irritable and snappy when I feel like I am being attacked.

But, those reactions weren’t wise one reactions I have to also admit on my part. What I took in as being attacks to thus cause me to make hasty decisions and react in not so Godly ways caused much issue.

Yet Wisdom is shown to be right by what its followers do.
Luke 7:35 CEV

Now that wisdon has come on the scene from impartation from my Pastor Juanita Gibbs, of what is going on within me it is now up to me to implement that wisdom.

The issues of my soul have caused woundings and scars that have set me on auto to react and think certain ways that are contrary to the truth of what is really trying to take place.

I have to admit these issues within my soul so that they can loose power and hold in my life to turn to the new way of being. That is slowing down and not being hasty and hearing a thing out so to gain understanding as to what is coming forth for me to take in.

Wisdom that I take in will show forth in my following of its guidance.

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~Cynthia 😍

Wisdom

I can always use more wisdom, can’t you?

There are just things I will admit that I just don’t have a clue on as to how to navigate things in this life.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5 NASB

When I requested of God to send someone into my life that would help impart wisdom and insight into areas of my life known and unknown that could help me learn from them. God sure enough answered abundantly more than I could have imagined.

He sent a wonderful leader in my Pastor Juanita Gibbs who can impart wisdom to navigate life from all aspects. She has taught me so much of the things of God and the natural day-in day-out things that I needed to be shown or taught.

(My Pastor Juanita Gibbs – Facebook)

God uses her surrendered life to help impart wisdom to others and I am blessed to be counted in that number. She goes live on facebook every tuesday between 6pm and 7pm EST.

She has helped mold and shape my womanhood into what it should be to mature me in those areas. She is used of God to help in cultivating my spirit life by the word she delivers and has taken me under wing to help with the gifts God has placed in me. She has also helped me in areas of my soul, as well as, helping me get healthy in body. She is a whole person ministry and I love that about where I call my church.

The more wisdom I need in areas she is able to impart from experiance and the word and from her councel practice she can tailor councel just to my life so perfectly.

Never be ashamed to ask God or people for Wisdom. It can help you so much in life.

~Cynthia 😍

Perfected Faith

How is this so?!??

How is our faith perfected?

Well….

That would be by seeking out Jesus as He is the main reason why we should have faith. Faith in the finished works of the cross. Faith in what His life came to be as our example of that walked out.

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 NASB

He is the author of our faith as the written word is the conduit in which we learn of Him. His life was the living word written so that we may know.

He lived sinless so that we may know the grace and mercy of God that even in our sin we can be perfected by believing on that which is perfect.

He who was blameless and spotless is how we are perfected. He came to live and die for us. This was His purpose, as well as, to show the power of God.

God gave His only son so that who so ever believe will not perish but have eternal life. That eternal life comes because of the lambs sacrifice to lay down His life.

John 1 says in paraphrase “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. The word came in form of a man to live amongst us”. Jesus was and is the word that was and will forever be.

So focusing my mind in the word more and more is how faith is perfected. It takes a passion for the word and a strong desire to know more about it and use it in your life.

Yes this is definitley an area I need to come up in. I have times when its like the Word has left me and God is a million miles away and Jesus is now sitting with his head in his hand shaking it like when will my daughter learn. But, this isn’t the case as the Holy Spirit will let me know they are just as close as ever.

Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father interceeding for me, He sent the comforter to comfort me and God on High sends earthen vessels in the form of my leaders at Reformation Developmental Center to help get me back on track when I go astray.

My Pastor Juanita Gibbs used the sword of the word cut away that which is contrary to the word that has contributed to my stumbling and got me out of faith. Without this influence I don’t know where I would be. Thankful God has used her mi

~Cynthia 😍

Faith & Hope When Disturbed

My inner disturbance has disrupted faith & hope!

Yes! This is true, my faith has waivered back to a place of fear. And fear has as much power as faith just in the opposite outcome. What do I do now?

Before feeling lost, hopeless with no hope in sight I would and have given into it. I would wallow in self pity, become a person that wasn’t pleasant to be around due to the amount of negativity that flowed from me.

Now, yes I still battle that same cycle. The difference is that I have councel in my leadership of my Pastor Juanita Gibbs of Reformation Developmental Center. She has shown me when I enter self pity and wallow, I am giving into my flesh (soul) and allowing it to rule me. Instead of turning to the spirit and allowing it to rule me in difficult times.

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence.
Psalms 42:5 NASB

By not allowing my soul/flesh to rule me I can regain a renewal in God by His spirit. This is hard work to do when I have allowed my soul to be that strong for years and years and years without going unchecked to get right.

Now because of her realness and calling me to a place of being real and clear that I have to be real with the fact that fear at times over powers my faith. By this admission I want that stronghold to loose its tight grip of me.

My soul is disturbed within me because I haven’t renewed my mind (Romans 12:2) to renew my mind I have to clear out by casting my cares (1 Peter 5:7) and then meditate on the word, prayer and listening to Gods voice.

~Cynthia 😍

Faith finds rest for your soul!

Faith through the word is our key to rest!

Is this easy to say? Yes, of course it is. But, what about actually tapping into the source and overcoming doubt, unbelief, worry, fear and anxiety.

Its been a journey and I am the furthest thing from having this thing perfected. Even as of yesterday I failed in areas and spent way too much time self abusing myself.

My Pastor can attest to this as she was with me to councel, bring wisdom and insight to areas that need dealing with within my soul.

I have got to be diligent about putting more of the word inside of me! She teaches us the Word of God is His voice and His mind that we are to put on. This is the only way that I can learn of Him is to study Him.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:29 NASB

Say if I was dating or interested in someone I would study them, find out what they like, what they don’t like. Learn through trial and error what makes them smile or laugh or what tickes them off. I have to be just so with God through His word. He is to be our first love.

The more I learn of Him, I am learning Gods character, His love, His voice, His way with me as it is my personal relationship with God. This helps me take on His yoke that is easy with lighter burdens, because He would have showed me how to handle it.

The more and more this is implemtented the more I find rest in my soul. Handling things on my own is messy, chaotic and frustrating. His way just sound way better. Sometimes too good to be true but with time and effort I see possible and my Pastor Juanita Gibbs is that example before me of this very concept.

So, may we all progress in the faith by pulling more and more from the Word of God to aide in resting our souls.

~Cynthia 😍

Faith & Undisturbed Rest

Being undisturbed inwardly is tuff!

What do I mean by inwardly right? In your soul (mind,will, and emotions) we can be busy and it can be knowingly and unknowingly.

I can honestly say that for as long as I can recall my inward being has been busy. Somethings I knew I was thinking on things and other times I didn’t realize it.

For example,yesterday while I was out and in the midst of the conversation it was noted how I think of myself in an aspect to speaking on a certain topic repetitivley.

This repetition wasn’t a good one as it revealed an inner disturbance of lack of self acceptance. Thus, also revealing another level of an issue I have that keeps me from reality at times. This disturbance inwardly has caused much issue within and without as it effects interpersonal connections.

Once this had been brought to light and attacked with truth, I now have to cultivate the good that was given to me to have that begin to grow and manifest in my life. Its up to me to keep meditating on the word, praying the word and worshipping in spirit and in truth.

Then my people will live in a peaceful surrounding, And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places.
ISAIAH 32:18 AMP

It is then that I can make the shift to go from living a disturbed life to slowly progressing to live in undisturbed resting place. That no matter what God is in control to calm my soul.

So, since yesterday with having the new information I have cried a release and then pressed into renewing my mind (Romans 12:2) to get back on track and be about doing the work that needs to be done.

Before when stuff like this would happen I would throw a full on pity party. For some reason, now its a different view. God used a vessel to bring to light much needed information that needed addressing.

Now that light has come, I can begin to address it. Its gonna take time and patience on my part to do the diligent work to make the move. I sure want to and need to, to know that this has been a issue has gone on long enough. It began yesterday and I strive to keep at the work and be aware when it flairs up.

Its gonna take me pulling on faith from the word of God to make it. His word is His voice and the mind of Christ and I need to put more in me to line up my life into His will for me.

Note: The contents of this blog are inspired by my Leader Pastor Juanita Gibbs of Reformation Developmental Center

~Cynthia 😍