Called to Preach

Hey family, hope you are all doing great, and for some of us that have been home-schooling yaay!!! to the holidays. It has been an interesting season, juggling home school and everything in between, God has indeed been good, His grace is sufficient. Thank you so much for supporting the blog, it has been really encouraging and I hope you have been blessed so far. I also hope you have been able to listen to the Revive Podcast, if not, then what are you waiting for? I thought we were friends, haha, but honestly do tune in there is a lot in store for you, you can check that out HERE after this post lol. 

Today I was reminded of the purpose for this blog, beyond the inspiration, teaching, encouraging posts it is actually a means to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and save the lost. The more I look at the world, the more I hear Gods cry for the lost and His love towards them.  As Christians, we have an assignment as a whole and that is to share the GOOD NEWS of the saving power of Jesus Christ. God loves the world (the people) that he gave His only son to die for them, you and me. 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3;16

We shouldn’t be afraid or ashamed to share the gospel for it is Gods saving power, I love what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”  You don’t know who needs to hear the gospel, you don’t know who is in need of salvation, so let us not be quiet, let us use all the opportunities we have to share the good news and win many to Christ. You don’t have to be a pastor, evangelist, prophet or function in any of the offices to spread the good news, the bible says in Romans 10:14-15:

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

You might say, but Lisa I am not called to preach, well-beloved Jesus said in Mark 16:15 …  “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. So that answers your question, everyone has been called to preach the gospel, we are all part of the great commission: Matthew 28:19-20

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The good thing is that you don’t have to do this alone, you have the Holy Spirit with you, and he gives us utterance. So beloved let us preach the GOOD NEWS let us talk boldly about our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. if you know people that are close to you and are not saved, this is the time to pray for them, ask the Holy Spirit for utterance and talk to them about Jesus. Thank God for social media, use what has been provided to us to spread the Good News, Hope, peace and love, these things can only be found in Christ. The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few! Matthew 9:37, let us not waste any more time, you can start today by sharing the salvation post to your friends and family who need to hear about Jesus just by clicking HERE. We are Gods army and we will finish our race. 

With love always 

Lisa Maxwell – be blessed and be a blessing

The Prayer Of Salvation

Hey beloved, welcome to the salvation page, I know you coming here was not by accident, this is your time, this is your season. Jesus loves you, He died for you so that you may become a child of God and may have eternal life. No matter what you have done, His death on the cross paid for your sins, and all you have to do is say yes to Him and receive the redemption of sins and righteousness as a gift. You are on Gods heart, so don’t run away from Him rather run to Him. This is your time.  By faith, believing in your heart say the prayer of salvation below. The bible says in Romans 10:9-10:

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

That is all it takes. 

O Lord God, I believe with all my heart in Jesus Christ, Son of the living God. I believe He died for me and God raised Him from the dead. I believe he is alive today. I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life from this day. Through him and in his name, I have eternal life; I am born again. I ask you, God, to fill me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul! I am now a child of God.

Awesome, do you know what just happened as you said this prayer, heaven rejoiced because of you!  “I say unto you that likewise, more joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, than over ninety and nine just persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:7. I can just imagine a party of praise going on right now just because of you. Welcome to the family. I would like you to email me lisa@writersessence.com so I can help you with the next steps. Once again, I am super excited and happy for you. well done for taking this step of faith and congratulations you are now a child of the living God. 

Pursue your Desire

Hey family, how are you? hope you are well, welcome back, its always nice to have you here and if you are a newbie, I want to welcome you to the family. Thank you so much for your continued support and for showing up to read the posts. My prayer for you is that you don’t just read the posts but that change occurs every time you interact with the content, experience a transformation, an awakening and clarity! I also hope that you are applying some of the things you are learning here because applied knowledge is what makes the difference.  I have been well, thank you for asking lol. I celebrated my first-born last weekend, he just turned five and I am like wow I have a five-year-old haha, time really does fly by really quick, it doesn’t seem too long when I had him.  I want to thank God for His grace and faithfulness; He is indeed a good Father.   

Were you guys able to listen to the first Revive podcast episode? I share a little about me and the birthing of Revive so if you weren’t able to have a listen, you can do so HERE. Don’t forget to rate it, share with your loved ones and be part of the Revive Family.

Desire is not enough

Seek

When you read scripture, you will find the word seek a lot, especially when it comes to you and God. In Jeremiah 29:13 the scripture reads “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”. For us to really get the gist of things I think it is best to actually know what seek means, I love definitions and I am sure you guys have noticed lol! I believe when you really understand the meaning of a word you are able to get context. According to the dictionary seek means an attempt to find something, or to look for something, other similar words say to hunt for and to pursue. When you look at the words here you will realise that seek is an action word, it requires action.  When you lose your phone, for example, you are most likely to stop all that you are doing and search extensively until you find it. So, my sisters and brothers God wants us to search for Him, to look for Him, to hunt for him even. “…seek, and you will find…” (Matthew 7:7-8). It is an act of intentionality! To seek for something will require your time and attention! All your senses are involved in the process. Again, if we go back to the lost mobile you will probably be calling the phone and really pressing in to hear where the ringing is coming from, all your senses at this point will be engaged in looking for this phone! You wouldn’t say ah! I desire to find my phone and then boom the phone appears no! you started with the desire to find your phone, but you didn’t stop at just desire, you took action. 

We make room for the things we want

No matter how busy a person you are, you will always make room for the things that are important to you! and this is a fact! You will make room for what you want! I love the song by Jonathan Mcreynolds- Make Room, it is so profound and so true check out the first few lines of the first verse: 

I find space for what I treasure
I make time for what I want
I choose my priorities….

And this is true beloved, no matter how busy we are, we find space for what we treasure, we make time for what we want, and we choose our priorities! The question is not necessary whether you desire something, it is really about your priorities and what is really taking your time? The devil doesn’t really come for your desire, he comes for your time. I love how King David was always after Gods’ heart …” I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water…” (Psalms 63:1). Imagine if you were looking for water in a desert, you will search for it! not just desire it. The Holy Spirit puts the desire in our hearts, but it is up to us to pursue our desire to know God and have a deeper relationship with him.  We are to seek His presence continually (Psalm 105:4).  We start with desire, but we don’t stop there. 

Reflection 

  1. What is really taking your time? Do a 3-day time log exercise where you record everything you do in the 24 hours. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you spot time wastages you are unable to see. 
  2. Check your desire, desire is not enough but it starts from there, sometimes we don’t pursue because our desire tank is low. Rate your desire tank from 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest. If it’s low ask the Holy Spirit to set your heart on fire for God again, if it is high, it’s time to seek Him with all your heart.  
  3. Take action! Start seeking, searching and hunting, how? Start with the word, be intentional about it, look for God in everything, even in the seemingly mundane things. 

Remember Jesus loves you! 

Stay blessed and be a blessing 

With love always, Lisa Maxwell

The Love Letter

Hey, my lovelies, how are you all today? like really how are you? have you done an internal check-up? Have you gone to the father to ask if there is something that needs paying attention to? You see this is something I do on a regular, and a heart check is very important. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23 that we should guard our heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. When you also read in proverbs 17:22 you will see that it says a merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones! What is broken in your life that you need to give to God? He is the only one that can fix any brokenness. So, I urge you today to sit with your loving father and allow him to fix any brokenness so your heart can be filled with joy and do you good like medicine. 

So today, I actually had a different article ready for you, however, while I was spending time with my Abba, basking in his love, faithfulness and Wonder, I started writing Him a letter as I always do every morning. This time, it was a love letter and in the process of just pouring out my love, gratitude and surrender to God, the Holy Spirit said, this is what you will share on the blog today. I was like huh? This is my vulnerable side; like how can I possibly share my private moments with God and how I open up to Him. Well, He just said share. So, this is not your usual post, this is a peek into my conversations with my father in my secret place. I hope you are blessed and as you read this letter, I pray that you bask in the fathers love today and just enjoy His presence.  

Dear Abba, spending time with you is something I don’t want to grow out of, your presence is heaven to me.

May I make your presence my dwelling place beyond our secrete place!

May I carry your presence everywhere I go.

Dear Abba, teach me how to look for you in my everyday life, teach me how to be quiet so that I can hear your still voice!

Teach me how to hear your heartbeat and how to read your body language.

Awesome God, there Is no one like you!

My King, oh how my soul is pleased to be called your own.

I will live up to who you called me, as your daughter, as one who is only satisfied by you!

I will forever live in your bounty.

I dance in your showers of blessings every day.

I enjoy the freshness of your mercies every morning.

Oh! How you love me!

May my entire life speak of you! 

shower me consistently with your love every day.

Drown me in your glory, drench me with your grace.

May I never lose sight of what is important, may I never lose my wonder.

Keep me on the straight path of righteousness, direct my steps towards you.

Refine me in your refiner’s fire and remove from me what is not of you!

I place myself into your careful hands, to do what needs to be done!

Just like your servant David cried out in the scriptures 

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

 See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.

Create in me a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me 

May I continue to be taught by you! 

May I never come to a place where I feel like I know it all 

I will forever be your student and you my teacher 

Hold my hand Abba and never let me go!  

I love you! And I receive your love.

Your beloved baby girl 

Lisa Maxwell

There Is Hope

There is Hope!

Hello everyone, so glad to see you here! I love the support, thank you so much.  Today I just want to share what has been going on in my mind lately. With everything happening on the news and in society as a whole, it can get to you; you start to ask questions and if you are a parent you start worrying about your children’s future and so on.  While it seems like all we are hearing is gloom and doom, my dear readers there is hope! And what is this hope you say?  See while all this was going on in my mind, the Holy Spirit reminded me who I was and to whom I belong to.  And that brought peace to my heart because I know who I belong to and I know who I am in Christ.  Therefore, I refuse to fear or entertain fearful thoughts. The word of God tells me to renew my mind (Romans 12:2) with his word! So instead of feeding myself with the negativity and fear that the media is pouring out, I chose to feed myself with the TRUTH! Which is the word of God. And I just want to encourage you my dear readers today that there is hope!

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