Over the years many influencer’s on the social media platform have been so helpful to me in different walks of life. A lot of the time we talk about how not to use the internet, but because of the internet God’s Word is able to be shared so freely and widely to all the parts of the world. Of course it is always good to exercise some caution as to the people who you allow to influence you life, so it is always good to check back with God’s Word and trusted mentors about what you have learnt about God! Here are some amazing Christian influencer’s who have helped me so much in all things related to my relationship with God, be sure to check them out! I have linked all my favorite videos of theirs, and they can also be found on Instagram 🙂
KIRBY MINNICK- Christian Social Media Influencer/ Speaker
RAVI ZACHARIAS- Christian Apologist/Preacher
JORDAN AND MILENA CICIOTTI- Christian Influence Couple/Podcasters
SADIE ROBERTSON HUFF
COFFEE AND BIBLE TIMES
CELEST RAYANNE MANN
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I wanted to share with you all a quick, really effective way of praying that I learnt from Celeste Rayanne Mann, a Christian Youtuber. If you struggle with prayer I have touched on this topic before, but I have been trying this out for the past couple days and I think it has helped me in many areas of my life, especially surrender.
OPEN HEART 💗
When we come to our heavenly Father in prayer we have to be completely honest and vulnerable with him. Ever tried communicating with your better half, already holding grudges in your heart or holding secrets back? The thing is God knows already but He wants us to be able to share that with Him, to invite us into the situation because He will never come in uninvited. No matter the guilt or shame, without vulnerability we cannot experience God’s full counsel and wisdom. Surrender your heart to Him. (Eph. 1:18, Prov. 4:23, Psa. 51:10)
OPEN MIND 🧠
We usually ask God for something in the hope that He will do exactly that, but many times He does the exact opposite. Not to exasperate us but because He knows whats best. Have you ever prayed a prayer and received an answer that wasn’t for your good? God’s answers are NEVER wrong, His promises are yes and amen. The mind is a battlefield between the flesh and the Spirit, which is why it is although the more important to train our minds in the ways of the Spirit, but sharing our wants and needs with the Lord but letting Him work through them in His own way and in His own time. Surrender your mind to Him. (Rom. 12:2, Luke 24:45, Isa. 26:3, Col. 3:2)
OPEN HANDS 👐
Since our old Sunday School days to our weekly church services and prayers, we have bee taught to pray with ‘our eyes closed, and arms folded’. Of course, little fingers are never still but what if we prayed with our hands open. This is something that I have tried these past couple days and I find it such a release to not only just say ‘Lord, I am giving this to you’ but to physically do it. Release your problems, do not hold on to them and let Him take it. Let it go, so we can let God. Don’t try and micromanage (of which I am so guilty) along with God, give it fully to Him. Surrender what is in your hands to Him. (Psa. 24:4, 90:17, 134:2, Isaiah 49:16)
As I write this, I can hear this song playing in the background:
Oh, what peace we often forfeit Oh, what needless pain we bear All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer
What a Friend we Have in Jesus- Joseph M. Scriven
Prayer is a personal conversation with our Creator. When we start to hold things back and keep things a secret (although it is known by Him anyway) we cannot fully experience a fulfilling relationship with God. I find it really hard to just let go of things and not micromanage as I mentioned earlier, but I have found such a release in surrendering my thoughts, wishes and needs to Him. I have never been disappointed when I have given everything into God’s hands, in fact I have been positive filled with awe and His goodness in my life. It says in the bible to love the Lord your God.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray:“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”’
Have we realized that the prayer that Jesus taught us, it is all about God’s work and His will and His kingdom. The whole prayer is inviting Jesus to come in and help us to do and to fill us with HIM. This is by no means, the only way to pray and to experience God but I know I have found so much release in Open Pray, and my prayer is that you reading will also find inspiration to get into a conversation with Jesus!
Lately I have been loving these Christian Resources that have strengthen my faith and helped me in my relationship with God. I’m sure many of you will already know about these but I thought I’d share this anyway.
1.PODCASTS– this is my latest find this year. I used to wonder what all the hype was about podcasts until I started listening to some Christian ones. It is so inspiring and encouraging to listen to having discussion about faith and our everyday lives. I love to listen to these when I’m transporting to and from uni, taking a walk or even while I’m working out!
As For Me And My House- with Jordan and Milena Ciciotti
The Good Life- with Stevie and Sazan Hendrix
The Bible Project
2. YOU TUBE– I have mentioned this before but I have been so blessed by so many Christian YouTube channels that I have found over the years. Whether it’s a certain topic, bible studies, finding out about other resources or just a good old chat, these have always been my go to when I want to spend some time with the Lord or in a dry season. I have listen some of them below for you to check out!
3. APPS– these are so convenient and so easy to access! The first one I would like to mention is the BibleApp. Not only can you highlight, compare, take notes and have hundreds of versions to choose from, you can also change the bible into your specific language and can choose from thousands of different plans. There is literally something for everyone in this App, and a must have on our devices. The second one I would like to mention is the Enduring Word App, which was oringally an online bible commentary but now in App form! It has really helped me to dig deep into the bible and figure out what God is saying to me, so definately reccomned giving that a go!
4. INSTAGRAM– now those of us who have it all know that regardless of what happens during the day, there will be a time when we randomly scroll through our Instagram feeds. If we’re gonna do this anyway, then why not follow some amazing Christian Instagramer’s for some Godly inspiration during the day. It’s a fool proof way to make sure that you are getting some kind of exposure to God’s voice daily.
30 days of bible lettering
As for me and My House Podcast
Coffee and Bible Times
Celest Rayanna Mann
Those are my 4 resources that I have been loving so much lately. It has honestly helped me strengthen my relaionship with God and I really hope it as inspired you to do the same.
Everything was shaken up, and turned upside down. It was like a twist in my heart, that I could not untangle. Coming into this year I had only one prayer. That God would bring me closer to him, because I felt so confused and so far from like. So He did, by uprooting me from a place of sinful soil, and planted me in fertile soil.
Take a look at the picture above. The seed that is planted is small. It cannot be seen on the outside, its planted where it is dark and lonely. If at any stage it uproots itself, it will never reach the stage of fruitfulness. If it stays, it gains roots little by little, and it stands firmly on the ground. Soon enough, you can see it growing on the outside.
“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in it’s season; whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” -Psalm. 1:3
I felt a lot like this seed. I’m the kind of person that needs to see the whole picture, before I’m satisfied. But God is so much greater than that. He plants us in a place where we can grow. It is dark and lonely, for us seeds. It can seem like we have been buried in our last resting place. But that place is the place where we can grow, where we have been planted. Every time, we stray away from God’s path, we uproot ourselves. But God is gracious enough to plant us back in, it can seem dark and lonely, and no one can see you and people will think you’re not growing at all, but in due season you will start producing fruit that people will see. I love this picture that I drew from a picture that was in a message series, by Pastor Michael Todd. I wanted to share this with anyone who is reading, because it really spoke to me.
For more in depth study on this amazing topic, follow the link below to find the ‘Planted Not Buried’ series by Pastor Michael Todd:
So today I wanted to talk about something that all of us Christians struggle with in our lives and that is getting ourselves to dig deep into God’s word. Honestly, if we genuinely wanted God to listen to us, we wouldn’t have to drag ourselves into it. Shouldn’t it be something that comes naturally? No matter where you are in, in your walk with Christ reading the bible can become a mundane activity that we sometimes fall out of love with. Top that off with the busy schedule of 21st Century life and bible reading becomes something that never gets checked off the ‘to-do list’.
It says in the bible that the Word of God is breathed out by God (2 Tim 3:16-17), it pierces into our thoughts and the intentions of our heart (Hebrews 4:12) and if you mediate on it day and night you will be successful and equipped for every good work (Joshua 1:8). So…how many of us have read self-help books? Yup, I’ve done it too. People who we look up to as having been successful write a myriad of books that tell us how to live our lives, to become successful. Now, I’m no professor of literature or anything, but the more I read them, the more I find that most of the advice being given out is just a summary of what is already in the bible. Why go and spend you time reading hundreds of books, about a billion different topics, when the real deal is already all in one package!? One of the people I’ve been inspired by lately is a comedian and talk show host called Steve Harvey. In one of his speeches he says “They’ve taken all these scriptures and putting them in books….but everything in there is in the scripture. They just reworded it because people don’t know how to read the bible”. We are more concerned to read a fancy New York best time seller, than a raggaty, black leather book. But the thing is you and I need that black leather book, the one with the pages that are so old and dusty from not being used, because that is God speaking directly to us; it is His voice. The smallest sentence, the three simple words that you read can change your life…..as it did in Mr. Harvey’s case. He went on to be on of the greatest black-american comedians, four TV shows and much more!
So here’s some things to do and inspiration to start reading your bible more:
Podcasts- we live in a age where there are literally podcasts about everything and anything. No matter which preacher or inspirational speaker you like to listen to, chances are they have a dedicated podcast. This is a good way to listen to God’s word on the go. Check out brightontheday.com’s -Best Christian Podcast post.
YouTube– I reckon YouTube is such a good way to gain inspiration and to see your favorite speaker’s in action, from the comfort of your own home. There are some great Christian YouTubers out there, and for those of you who feel sleeping just hearing the word ‘read’ this is a great visual aide to help you. Some of my favourites are Sadie Roberston, Joseph Solomon and CoffeeandBibleTimes.
WordForYouToday– no matter where you are in the world, the word for you today is a great tool to remind you daily of God’s word. It’s great for on the go, and from experience it really is relatable to our everyday struggles. You can get it posted to your house for free, subscribe to their emails or follow them on social media, which I find very useful. It comes in a adults version as well as a teens one.
Bible journaling/Pinterest– for all you guys out there who are creative and like the arts, bible journaling is a great way to meditate on God’s word. It’s one of my favorite things to do, and there are endless ideas and inspirations on Pinterest.
And last but not least, just grab a coffee, sit on your own with a pen or pencil and start reading. Sometimes with the noise and distraction from everything else, we can miss out on what God wants to say to us. The tips above are meant to encourage you and to help you. They are not meant to replace the process of actually digging deep into God’s word. Just pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and teach you in what you read and I promise God will speak to you!
If you found this post helpful, please like, share and follow me for more inspiration and encouragement like this. I really hope you felt inspired to go and delve into God’s word because there is nothing like hearing our Creator’s voice!